• Animation
    Competing in a 24-hour animation
    contest is a
    unique learning experience
  • Animation
    Students learn how to bring their ideas to life on the screen
  • Animation
    MTSU students annually go to SIGGRAPH, the world's largest computer graphics conference
  • Animation
    The ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter opens interesting doors

Animation

Video games, animated movies, special effects, motion graphics, and even architectural renderings all depend on the work of animators. MTSU’s animation program, a concentration in the Electronic Media Communication Department, helps students learn how to bring their ideas to life on the screen. Students learn basic animation and then progress through advanced digital tools and techniques used by Hollywood animation studios for major motion pictures and video games. This program provides students the opportunity to prepare for careers in character animation, motion graphics, and visual effects.

Animation alum has Academy Award, film credits

Animation alum has Academy Award, film credits

Mikki Rose, who graduated from MTSU's Digital Animation program in 2005, works as an animator on major motion pictures in Hollywood. She was part of the team—including alumna Robert “George” Rowles—that won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for The Golden Compass. Employed by Sony Pictures Imageworks since 2009, she has been cloth and hair technical director on such films as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Oz the Great and Powerful,  Hotel Transylvania, Men in Black III, and Alice in Wonderland. She also earned an M.F.A. at Clemson. She previously worked for Rhythm & Hues Studios where she was technical animation technical director and lead on movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, Aliens in the Attic, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Professor to chair worldwide computer graphics conference

Professor to chair worldwide computer graphics conference

EMC professor Marc Barr will be conference chair for SIGGRAPH 2015, the world's premier conference devoted to computer graphics and interactive techniques. MTSU's ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, organized by assistant professor Kevin McNulty and one of only 16 in the nation, is for those who love and love to make animation, computer graphics, video games, special effects, and anime. Barr also secured a grant to fund the 2013 SIGGRAPH Pioneer Mentoring Program for high school students. The mission is to attract primarily underserved and minority students to computer graphics related fields, both creative and technical. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special-interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Students choosing to study animation (sometimes referred to as digital animation) have opportunities for training for careers in 3D modeling and character animation, motion graphics, and special effects for work in TV, film. or video graphics professions.

Examples of career possibilities include

  • Animator for film, TV, and video games
  • Animated filmmaker
  • Video game production artist
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Visual effects artist for film and video
  • 3D modeler
  • 3D projection mapper
  • Technical director
  • Architectural visualization artist
  • Medical visualization artist
  • Product design artist
  • Forensic re-creation artist
  • Compositor
  • Environment and set extender
  • Lighting and rendering artist
  • Rigger
  • Script writer
  • Texturer 


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
  • Digital Domain
  • Rhythm & Hues
  • Pixel Magic
  • Tippett Studios
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Millennium Studios
  • CMT
  • DWP Live
  • Gibson
  • Innovative Learning Solutions
  • Magnetic Dreams
  • North Star Studios

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The Department of Electronic Media Communication offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mass Communication in the following concentrations:

  • Animation
  • Electronic Media Communication, which includes three specialties:
    • Electronic Media Production (video and film production)
    • Electronic Media Journalism (multimedia journalism)
    • Electronic Media Management (media management)
  • New Media Communication
  • Photography

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Mass Communication may choose to minor in Mass Communication or may request approval for a minor in a specific program of study in the college.

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Mass Communication.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Mass Communication–Electronic Media Communication (Animation) Academic Map

Department of Electronic Media Communication
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ART 16103Candidacy course ART 16203Candidacy course
Elective*3  EMC 13003 
EMC 1020 (Soc/Beh Sci)3Candidacy course COMM 2200 (Comm)3
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Candidacy course CSCI 1150 or CSCI 11603CSCI 1150 rec.
MATH (Math)3Candidacy course ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Candidacy course
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
EMC 33003  EMC 33203 
EMC 10503  ART 16403 
EMC 31203  EMC 31303 
EMC 3020, EMC 3060, or JOUR 27103Candidacy course; EMC 3020 rec. Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
ART 16303  Elective*3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
NOTE: Majors should apply for admission to candidacy at the end of the semester in which they will have completed 45 hours of coursework.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
EMC 33103  EMC 30403 
ART elective3  EMC 43003Prereq: EMC 3310
EMC 3650, EMC 4250, or PHOT 41903EMC 3650 rec. Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  ART elective3 
Elective*3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15Submit Upper Division Form
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
EMC 40403Prereq: EMC 3040 EMC 44103 
EMC 43103Prereq: EMC 4300 HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
EMC 44003Prereq: EMC 4300 Soc/Beh Sci3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Elective*3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Elective*1 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
NOTE: Up to 9 additional elective hours may be taken in the College of Mass Communication but no more than 48 hours in the college will apply toward graduation.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Candidacy course COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ART 16103Candidacy course ART 16203Candidacy course
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Candidacy course EMC 31203 
EMC 1020 (Soc/Beh Sci)3Candidacy course CSCI 1150 or CSCI 11603CSCI 1150 rec.
MATH (Math)3Candidacy course EMC 13003 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Elective*3 
SUBTOTAL4  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
EMC 33003  EMC 33203 
EMC 10503  ART 16403 
ART 16303  EMC 31303 
EMC 3020, EMC 3060, or JOUR 27103Candidacy course; EMC 3020 rec. Elective*3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: Majors should apply for admission to candidacy at the end of the semester in which they will have completed 45 hours of coursework.
JUNIOR SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
EMC 33103  EMC 30403 
ART elective3  EMC 43003Prereq: EMC 3310
EMC 3650, EMC 4250, or PHOT 41903EMC 3650 rec. ART elective3 
Elective*3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12Submit Upper Division Form
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
EMC 40403Prereq: EMC 3040 EMC 44103 
EMC 43103Prereq: EMC 4300 HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
EMC 44003Prereq: EMC 4300 Elective*3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Elective*1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Soc/Beh Sci3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
NOTE: Up to 9 additional elective hours may be taken in the College of Mass Communication but no more than 48 hours in the college will apply toward graduation.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

Electronic Media Communication

EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

EMC 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging
3 credit hours
(Same as PHOT 1050.)Introduces digitally based still photography; principles, methods, theory, and practice for non-photography majors. Emphasis placed on the digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera. Explores exposure, metering, focus, depth of field, lenses, basic lighting, design elements, and composition. Basic principles of digital photographic capture discussed. Students responsible for providing a digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 1300 - Animation and the Illusion of Motion
3 credit hours
Introduces traditional techniques and history of animation. Explores production from planning to execution. Topics include history, story, storyboarding, timing, 2D animation techniques, and stop-motion animation techniques.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-lab per week.

EMC 2030 - Visual Journalism Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EMC/JOUR 1020 and permission of department.Students shown how to gather information with words and pictures for the field of visual journalism by completing photojournalism assignments, producing images with still and video cameras, writing cutlines and voiceovers for images, producing images, using computer software to edit images and sound, and creating presentations for print and online media.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 2132 - Introduction to Video Journalism
3 credit hours
Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week. 

EMC 2410 - Introduction to Electronic Media
3 credit hours
Organization, structure and function, historical development, and social aspects. Designed to give the major, as well as the nonmajor, a general working knowledge of electronic media.

EMC 2500 - Survey of New Media Communication
3 credit hours
Developing systems and methods of new media message delivery. Explores cultural, social, ethical, historical, and legal challenges of new media.

EMC 3000 - Introduction to Motion Pictures
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 3000.) Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the influence of film on American culture, and film criticism.

EMC 3020 - Writing for the Electronic Media
3 credit hours
Techniques of creating and writing for electronic media, including radio, television, and computer-generated programming for cable systems and studio production. Consideration of program design and technical limitations of media production for specific formats. Emphasis on readability of copy, writing style, time constraints, editing, and the integration of sound with graphic images or visual information.

EMC 3030 - Electronic Media Advertising
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 2410.Principles, techniques, and methods of electronic media advertising including commercial story boards and copywriting.

EMC 3040 - Motion Graphics I
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and EMC 1050 or permission of instructor.Two-dimensional computer-generated graphics for television. Emphasis on the aesthetics and techniques for operating systems for character and graphics generation. Develop skills in the successful compositing of these graphics with live action and videotape sequences.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 3060 - Writing for Digital Media
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020.Fundamental principles of writing interactively for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in the new media while providing skills in content.

EMC 3110 - Radio Station Operations
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EMC 2410; instructor approval.Theory and techniques of sound production, recording, microphones, taping, and board equipment. Analysis of creative efforts and responsibilities in writing, production, and direction. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 3120 - Sight, Sound, and Motion
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EMC 1020; writing competency; or admission to RI candidacy.Production elements and technology of the electronic media industry. Creative conceptualizations; elements of composition, the production process included. Basic visual and aural technology demonstrated.

EMC 3130 - Introduction to Field Video Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 1020 or permission of department.Technical, operational, and creative basics of single camera production. Focuses on skills used in producing, directing, and production management. Incorporates equipment applications including videography, lighting, field audio, and video editing.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 3131 - Introduction to Studio Video Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EMC 1020, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, and EMC 2410 or EMC 2500.Technical and creative elements of multi camera video production. Experience gained through lecture and lab assignments in producing, directing, crew positions, and studio layout.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3140 - Multi-Camera Directing and Producing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3131.Focuses on the duties and responsibilities of the television studio director. Emphasis on actual production and directing of video material. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3150 - Single-Camera Directing and Producing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3130.Techniques of video field production. On-location shooting of features and mini-documentaries; editing techniques, coverage, lighting, sound, and graphics. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3200 - Still Digital Imaging
3 credit hours
(Same as PHOT 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 and instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3210 - New Media Video Applications
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EMC 2030, EMC 3120, EMC 3130, EMC 3131, EMC 3200.Digital video production for the Web, cell phones, and other new media venues. Explores transformations inherent in the digital domain and the associated social and cultural ramifications. Students will create digital productions that reflect these concepts. Laboratory required.Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week.

EMC 3300 - Introduction to Digital Animation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ART 1610 or ART 1620 or permission of instructor.Two- and three-dimensional computer data and animation. Emphasis on the aesthetics and techniques for building, lighting, assigning surface attributes, and rendering of three-dimensional models to be used in designing and producing three-dimensional computer-generated animations. Includes a broad survey of the process and techniques involved with creating electronic media quality three-dimensional animations and techniques and aesthetics incorporated into traditional methods of animations for contrast and comparison.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3310 - Intermediate Digital Animation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3300.Continuation of 3300 for the development of two- and three-dimensional computer data and animation. Further understanding of aesthetics and techniques for building, lighting, assigning surface attributes, and rendering of three-dimensional models, to be used in designing and producing three-dimensional computer-generated animations. Introduction to the creation and modification of customized lighting models and the development of customized surface and bump-mapped textures as well as the techniques involved in the compositing of live-action videotape, sound, and computer-generated images.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3320 - Introduction to Digital Compositing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ART 1610 and CSCI 1150History, techniques, and applications of compositing in the areas of film, video, and multimedia production. Broad survey of process and techniques involved with creating composites. Techniques and aesthetics incorporated into traditional methods of compositing for contrast and comparison. Frequent review and discussion of current work from industry will occur in the form of videotape and DVD presentations. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3410 - Electronic Media News Writing
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3420 - Freelance Video Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy, EMC 3130, EMC 3131, EMC 3140 or EMC 3150.Focuses on the techniques and business applications of freelance video and video publication. Emphasis on writing, program design and objectives, planning and producing television materials.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3460 - Media and Messages
3 credit hours
Communication situations, communication needs analysis, and the application of media in solving communication problems. Involves theoretical and practical application of mass communication theories.

EMC 3500 - Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3410.Theory and practice in the gathering, editing, and writing of news for electronic media. Attention given to on-the-air presentation. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3510 - Mass Media and American Culture
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 3510.) Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.Development of American journalism and the mass media from Colonial times to the present, including the role and influence of mass media on American culture, technical advances, and contributions of individual personalities.

EMC 3570 - Broadcast Announcing and Performance
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.Responsibilities and skills required of the individual performer in preparing, announcing, and narrating of various types of materials for television and radio.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 3580 - Broadcast Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing; permission of instructor.Practical experience in an on-campus mass communication setting within the College of Mass Communication. A minimum of 75 hours of work will be required for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed 6 credits.

EMC 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 3650/RIM 3650.)A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. A comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

EMC 3740 - Advanced Electronic Media News Reporting and Producing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3410 and EMC 3500.Theory and practice of television journalism, including use of electronic news-gathering equipment, evaluating and processing news for broadcast, and delivery of television news. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4000 - Broadcast Internship
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing; permission of sequence internship coordinator or instructor.Practical experience for advanced students in a professional setting. A minimum of 75 hours of work per credit hour plus other assignments is required. Note: Total university credit for internship and practicum courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail. Can be repeated with different employer for one to three credits with permission of instructor.

EMC 4010 - Electronic Media Sales
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 2410.Theories of marketing and selling the intangible products of the electronic media industries. The fundamentals of positioning, theory and use of ratings, and local, regional, and national buying and selling strategies presented.

EMC 4020 - Advanced Scriptwriting
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EMC 1020; writing competency; EMC 3020 or permission of instructor.Scriptwriting guidelines, character development, plot design, and creation of storylines for contemporary television genre programs. Writing of original scripts conforming to the genre taught required. Topics will vary by offering. May be repeated for up to 9 hours credit for different topics.

EMC 4040 - Motion Graphics II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 3040.Advanced principles and processes of designing non-moving graphics as well as motion graphics for video production, broadcast television, and the Internet. Emphasizes freedom of expression while respecting diversity of media audiences.Thee-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 4060 - Photojournalism
3 credit hours
(Same as PHOT 4060.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810; EMC 3200/PHOT 3200; or consent of instructor.Principles and practices of photography, including documentary, news and feature portraiture, photo stories and essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4130 - Advanced Production Editing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3130, EMC 3140, or EMC 3150.Methods of editing for narrative and non-narrative forms of media along with theory. Hands-on exercises, in class and one external editing project (experiential) for a client incorporate editing techniques, color correction, motion, filters, text, and audio editing for video.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4140 - Electronic Media Programming
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 2410.Development of techniques, program organization, audience analysis, recording, and directing through projects. Provides practical conceptual knowledge of the problems and procedures followed in planning and producing programming.

EMC 4150 - Video Series Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; .EMC 3140 or permission of instructor.Preparation and development of scripted and unscripted video programming; principles and aesthetics of production and directing.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week  

EMC 4210 - Mass Communication and Society
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4210.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions. Extensive reading in theory, history, and research.

EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

EMC 4300 - Advanced Digital Animation I
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; EMC 3310.Continuation of 3310 for the development of two- and three-dimensional computer data and animation. Further understanding of the aesthetics and techniques for visually communicating information for television journalism, advertising, and entertainment. Serves as a final classroom laboratory in preparation for the required internship and offers greater understanding of complete animation production and more complex methods for the integration of composited computer-generated images with live-action videotape and sound.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 4310 - Advanced Digital Animation II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 4300Continuation of the development of three-dimensional computer data and animation. Further understanding of the aesthetics and techniques for visually communicating information for television, advertising, film, video games, visualization, and other entertainment. Serves as preparation for the required senior capstone courses and offers greater understanding of complete character animation production, principles, and foundation.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 4400 - Animation Seminar I
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing; EMC 4300.Part one of two senior capstone courses for digital animation students. Students will create an original short animated film from preproduction to production. Heavy emphasis placed on story. Instruction on career planning and self-promotion also covered. Team taught. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 4410 - Animation Seminar II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 4400Part two of team-taught senior capstone courses for digital animation students. Students continue work on original short animated film and see it through to completion. At the end of the course, students submit completed films to various film and animation festivals around the world. Additional instruction on career planning and self-promotion covered.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

EMC 4430 - Electronic Media Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 2410.An analysis of the problems involved in operating an electronic media facility including personnel, internal control systems, business ethics, community relations, sales, and promotion. Involves case study method.

EMC 4460 - Digital Communication Applications
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: EMC 3060 or permission of instructor.Solving communication problems through digital communication applications. Involves working with outside clients, forming media companies, and the production of mediated materials. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4500 - International Cinema
3 credit hours
Explores how culture and the contours of history influence filmmaking. Illustrates how foreign filmmakers both emulate and challenge mainstream U.S. fare.

EMC 4610 - Visual Communication for the Print Media
3 credit hours
Increases visual literacy; provides knowledge of our visual heritage, seeks to enrich the judgment of those responsible for making decisions about the use and display of photographs for publication. Also includes photographic processes and handling of pictures for publication among particular audiences.

EMC 4660 - Scientific Approaches to Media
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4660.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.Provides a critical overview off the historical, intellectual, and  theoretical foundations of scientific inquiry with specific emphasis on quantitative research methods. Introduces major theories and methods of scientific inquiry in the field of communication including psychological and sociological perspectives, survey research, content analysis, experiments, observational research, and statistical analysis. Explores audience analysis, media effects, message testing, campaign evaluation, political communication, public opinion, and new media technologies.

EMC 4790 - Global News and World Media Cultures
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.

EMC 4800 - Seminar in Media Issues
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4800.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.Examination and critical evaluation of issues relevant to the operation and functions of mass media including their relationships to each other and to government, advertisers, consumers, and other "publics." Can repeat for 6 hours with different topic.

EMC 4810 - Global Comparative Media Systems
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4810.) Prerequisites: JOUR 4790/EMC 4790  or permission of instructor and junior standing.A close comparative study of chosen media systems in regions of the world. Examines print, broadcast, entertainment, and new media in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim Region, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Media interactions with an influence on the geographic, demographic, linguistic, cultural, economic, and political structures of countries.

EMC 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

EMC 4850 - Ethics and Mass Communication
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4850.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.Examines ethical concerns of media practitioners, illuminated by study of selected current ethical issues and an overview of the cultural and philosophical bases of a socially responsive mass media.  

EMC 4900 - Independent Study in Mass Communication
1 to 3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 4900.) Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.Provides opportunities for individually designed problems, work experiences, or research projects related to the development of professional competencies in a major field of study. Requires approval of instructor.

EMC 4910 - Advanced Seminar-Digital Imaging
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; permission of department only. Practical experience in the conceptualization, pre-production preparation, and production of digital imaging materials. Integration of theory and skills from other EMC/RIM courses. Advanced compositing techniques, particle generation, and advanced modeling techniques are probable topics. Can be repeated with different topics; topics will vary by semester offering. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4920 - Advanced Seminar-Electronic Media Journalism
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; permission of department only.Practical experience in the conceptualization, preparation, and production of a specific news program format. Integration of theory and skills from other EMC/RIM courses. Documentary, political analysis, sports, and newscasting are probable topics. Topics will vary by semester offering. Can be repeated with different topics.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4930 - Advanced Seminar-Electronic Media Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; permission of department only.Practical experience in the conceptualization, preparation, and management of a specific program format. Integration of theory and skills from other EMC/RIM courses. Programming, station operations, and sales are probable topics. Topics will vary by semester offering. Can be repeated with different topics.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

EMC 4940 - Advanced Seminar-Electronic Media Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; permission of department only.Practical experience in the conceptualization, pre-production preparation, and production of a specific program format. Integration of theory and skills from other EMC/RIM courses. Sports, music, drama, and editing are probable topics. Topics will vary by semester offering. Can be repeated with different topics. Can be repeated for 9 credit hours with different topics.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.