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Multimedia Authoring Concentration

Division of Communication Studies, Fine Arts and Literature

Learn contemporary media writing and journalism skills while gaining hands-on experience in photography, videography and design. This concentration is open to students in any major.

Develop the skills to both author and produce multimedia communications. Reporting, writing, photography and videography are all essential to new media journalism and public relations. Offered in collaboration with the communication studies department.

The Multimedia Authoring concentration consists of 12 credits and combines theory and practice in contemporary media writing and public relations with hands-on experience in photography, videography and design. This concentration is open to students in any major wishing to develop the skills to both author and produce effective multimedia communications in a new media journalism and public relations context.

Required course (3 credits):

COMM/

Teaches students the basic skills of researchinginvestigating and writing in a variety of mediaformats including print and online news storiesaudio podcasts and press releases. Emphasis onidentification of the writing structures used bycontemporary media writers and utilization ofthese structures in original pieces researchedand written by the students.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
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An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG-110General education writing intensive2017 Summer Session II Online course

Unit(s): 3

Select one course (3 credits):

COMM/

Builds on the skills-oriented approach ofENGCOMM-255W by putting behind the practice ofwriting. Through individual and group writingprojects students work toward understanding theincreasingly complex definition of news itsblurring line with entertainment and the dynamicinterplay between technologies and audiences.Prerequisite COMMENG 255W or permission ofinstructorAlternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

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This course will cover strategic planning andspecialized public relations issues. Issuesinclude risks crisis management socialmarketing campaigns and corporate and non-profitcommunication. Students will learn and applyadvanced public relations theories and skills tocase studies and real-life situations.Prerequisite COMMENG 255W2017 Summer Session II offered as an onlinecourse

Unit(s): 3

Select one course (3 credits):

Design and construct websites using current HTMLand CSS standards and digital tools includingBrackets Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Emphasis ondesign process content development andprofessional workflows.

Unit(s): 3

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A studio based exploration into visualcommunication with typography and images usingAdobe Creative Cloud applications. Emphasis isplaced on the design process and creativethinking.Corequisite ENG 110General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Select one course (3 credits):

Learn to skillfully and confidently use digitalcameras and software including Adobe Lightroomand Photoshop to create compelling photographs.Emphasis is placed on composition visualcommunication and creative process in acontemporary photography context. Note Studentsmust provide a digital camera capable of manualexposure and Raw image capture.Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

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Produce short videos using digital cameras andediting software. Emphasis is placed ondeveloping skills in camera operation lightingaudio and editing and development of effectivenarrative structure and non-fiction storytelling.Note Students must provide a DSLR or compactcamera capable of HD video capture and externalhard drive appropriate for video editing. Corequisite COMM 100General Education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

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Prof. Scott Jost, Department Chair
540-828-5775
sjost@bridgewater.edu