Graphic Communication Specialization

Graphic Communication Specialization

1.    Students must complete one advanced writing course from this list (3 cr.):

MSCH-J 303 Online Journalism

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, with a grade of C- or higher. Explores non-linear methods of storytelling and how Web-based tools can enhance journalism written and online work. In addition to building existing skills, students use photography and embedded audio to create story packages for an online magazine. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 303 or JOUR-J 303.

MSCH-J 315 Feature Writing

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110 or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, with a grade of C- or higher. Emphasis on developing story ideas, identifying sources, organizing materials, planning, and outlining the story. Techniques for capturing the reader’s interest. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 315 or JOUR-J 315.

MSCH-J 341 News Reporting

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110 or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200, or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210, with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for print and online publication. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 341 or JOUR-J 341.

MSCH-J 342 Magazine Reporting

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing material for specialized and general circulation magazines. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 342 or JOUR-J 342.

MSCH-J 343 Broadcast News

(3 cr.)

P: One of MSCH-C 101, JOUR-J 110, or JOUR-H 110; one of MSCH-C 225, MSCH-H 225, JOUR-J 200 or JOUR-H 200; and one of MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210–with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques of gathering, analyzing, and writing news and features for broadcast. Practice in interviewing, observation, and use of documentary references that include computer information retrieval and analysis skills. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 343, JOUR-J 343 or JOUR-J 371.

2.    Students must complete two additional advanced skills courses from the following list (6 cr.):

MSCH-J 362 Journalism Multimedia Storytelling

(3 cr.)

P: At least sophomore standing and MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher; or permission of instructor. Hands-on experiences in reporting, editing and presenting stories in images, sound and spoken word. Goes beyond basic skills with advanced cameras and software. Create projects including Podcast, Audio slideshow, web video, and Portfolio website to display projects. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 362 or JOUR-J 362.

MSCH-J 360 Journalism Specialties (Approved topics only)

(1-4 cr.)

Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J360 and JOUR-J 360.

MSCH-X 478 Field Experiences in Media

(4 cr.)

P: Application required. Permission of department. Topical course integrating classroom and field experience. Includes 10-day field experience during or after term offered. Field experience will change based on topic. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J428 and MSCH-X 478.

MSCH-J 460 Topics Colloquium (Approved topic: Words and Pictures)

(1-4 cr.)

P: Junior or senior standing. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and materials from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J460 and JOUR-J 460.

MSCH-J 463 Graphic Design 1

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210. This design course incorporates electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463.

MSCH-J 464 Infographics

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor. This course builds a foundation of knowledge about the visual display of quantitative data and the ethical issues in graphs and maps. Students put this knowledge into practice by creating graphs, maps, and explanatory diagrams in Adobe Illustrator for print publication and in Flash for motion graphics. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 464 or JOUR-J 464.

MSCH-J 465 Graphic Design 2

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463. This advanced design course builds on Graphic Design I and incorporates advanced work in color, type design, computer illustration, creative problem solving, and an introduction to production. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 465 or JOUR-J 465.

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