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Digital Media Production Minor

The digital media production minor focuses on developing a wide array of production skills. The courses are directly related to technology—including web, desktop, video, and audio.

This minor can be combined with any major and minor, including the communication major. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Digital Media Production Minor Requirements (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits from the following courses, at least 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

ARTS 2410 - Graphic Design I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to graphic design. The computer is introduced as a graphic design problem-solving tool. Students will use current industry-standard software and technology to create designs based on graphic design principles. Through various assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of the personal computer while exploring the visual language of text, image and digital design. The course will familiarize students with basic aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues as they relate to design.

ARTS 2450 - Graphic Design II (3 credits)

This course will focus on the understanding of the design process and developing effective graphic design concepts for a variety of formats, with an emphasis on form, content, and principles of design and layout composition. Students will further their knowledge of industry-standard computer software as applied to various formats of visual communication. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. 

COMM 2500 - Introduction to Video Editing (3 credits)

This course provides students hands-on opportunities to learn the art and craft of digital video editing through the use of various software programs.

COMM 2800 - Introduction to Field Video Production (3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to electronic field production equipment and techniques for various types of microphones, cameras, and editing equipment, including portable field camera set-up, operation, transportation, and maintenance video editing, lighting, scripting, media aesthetics, and logistics. Students will learn how to produce top-quality audio and video footage using shoot preparation, direction, and production techniques. Students will develop both their creative and technical skills by engaging in a combination of production exercises, projects, readings, and critiques.

COMM 3700 - Documentary Filmmaking (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding the production of various documentary styles. Students will engage in readings, screenings, analysis, discussion and field production/editing. This course guides students through the pre-production, production and post-production processes. Media production skills will be developed through orientation to and working with various types of equipment. Prerequisites: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H and COMM 2800. 

COMM 3710 - Audio/Radio Production (3 credits)

This course introduces audio as a communication medium. Students learn audio production, including the principles of sound, announcing, scriptwriting, microphone technique, board operation, storytelling, program production, leadership, and organization. Prerequisite: COMM 2800 or COMM 2500. 

COMM 3720 - Advanced Video Editing (3 credits)

This course provides advanced training and practice in video editing. Students utilize appropriate software to create professional projects that utilize animation, color correction, and compositing techniques. Prerequisite: COMM 2500. 

COMM 3800 - Advanced Field Video Production (3 credits)

This course offers instruction in advanced electronic field production techniques, including scripting, lighting, portable field audio and video recording equipment operation, directing, and video editing. Students will master advanced creative, production, and aesthetic skills through a combination of readings, production exercises, individual and ensemble projects, and portfolio development. As television is a labor-intensive medium, students should expect to spend considerable time outside of class to complete the assignments. Prerequisite: COMM 2800. 

COMM 3900 - Web, Mobile, and Interactive Design for Communication (3 credits)

Students learn the historical background of the web’s evolution, basic design guidelines for creating effective visual presentations, and essential design and building techniques for creating web sites and mobile applications. Using this foundational knowledge, students plan, design, and develop a website. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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