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TELECOMMUNICATION AND FILM (TCF)

Dr. Loy A. Singleton, Chairperson
Office 484 Phifer Hall

A student majoring in telecommunication and film must make a "C" or higher in all courses required in the major. Students who enroll in 300- or 400-level TCF courses must have grade point averages of 2.0 or higher.

TCF 100 Introduction to Telecommunication: Three hours.

The impact of the public, the government, advertising, and the media industry on the formation and current operation of all aspects of telecommunication in the United States.

TCF 112 Motion Picture History and Criticism: Three hours.

Development of the cinema, with emphasis on relation of technical advances to film content and style.

The following courses require the indicated prerequisites, or permission of the instructor.

TCF 120 Radio Fundamentals. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Announcing, production, commercial copy, continuity, sales, and radio station operating techniques. Lab required.

TCF 140 Narrative Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 112.

Single-camera production using film and video cameras to create fiction films on videotape. Instruction in cinematography, videography, and videotape editing.

TCF 150 Television Fundamentals. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Announcing, production, commercial copy, continuity, and television station operating techniques. Lab required.

TCF 200 Television Production for Non-majors. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Nonmajors only; sophomore standing.

Study and application of studio techniques of communication via television. May not be applied toward TCF major.

TCF 215 Writing and Presentation for Telecommunication. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in writing and presenting scripts, copy, and professional reports as required by telecommunication media.

TCF 220 Advanced Radio Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 120.

Production of radio announcements and dramatic programs; sports and special-events presentations.

TCF 240 Advanced Narrative Production. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TCF 112 and TCF 140.

Fictional stories are produced and edited on videotape using film and video cameras and television production technology. Instruction in cinematography and television single-camera production and editing.

TCF 250 Advanced TV Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 150.

Planning, directing, and producing of television programs and commercials. Video editing.

TCF 260 Introduction to Digital Video Editing. Three hours.

Foundational course in non-linear editing technology, language, and technique. Special emphasis is given to hands-on application.

TCF 289 Telecommunication and Film Topics. Three hours.

Study/analysis of topics in telecommunication and film; subjects vary with instructor.

TCF 305 Telecommunication Audience Analysis. Three hours.

Prerequisites: TCF 100 and completion of Core Curriculum mathematics requirements.

Study of methods used in gathering information about telecommunication audiences. Analysis, interpretation, and application of information to decision making in electronic media.

TCF 310 Telecommunication Programming. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Program planning, development, and strategies for radio and television stations, networks, cable systems, and syndication.

TCF 311 Critical Studies in Television. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Critical analysis of television programs and commercials. Examples are presented for study and evaluation.

TCF 315 Scriptwriting. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100 and TCF 215.

Introduction to writing scripts for television and film. Emphasis includes both the creative and technical aspects.

TCF 320 Advanced Radio Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 220.

Advanced production techniques for commercial announcements and studio projects, analysis of sound chain, and digital technology.

TCF 321 Announcing/Performance for Radio and Television. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 120 or TCF 150.

Practical approach to techniques and practices necessary for effective appearances on electronic media. Emphasizes copy interpretation, interview skills, and studio performance for microphone and camera.

TCF 332 Broadcast News Fundamentals (previously TCF 233). Three hours.

Prerequisites: MC 102, TCF 100, and JN 311.

Elements of news reporting for the electronic media, with focus on radio writing, reporting, and performance.

TCF 333 Advanced Broadcast News. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 332.

Examination, preparation, and presentation of news for the electronic media. Activities include writing, electronic news gathering, reporting, and anchoring.

TCF 334 Broadcast News Operation (previously TCF 339). Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 333.

Operation of broadcast/cable news department, with practical application and analysis and discussion of problems. No more than 6 credit hours earned in any combination of TCF 320, TCF 334, TCF 350, and TCF 381 or TCF 387 may be applied toward a degree.

TCF 340 International Cinema. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 112.

Study of motion pictures produced throughout the world. Subjects may change each time course is offered. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

TCF 341 Nonfiction Video Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Six hours of production courses.

An advanced course in small format, digital documentary, and nonfiction video production. Course includes a hands-on production lab and covers the technical and logistical fundamentals of planning, shooting, and editing digital documentaries and nonfictional works.

TCF 350 Cable Television Production/Operation. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 250.

Administration and production of programs for local cable channel, with analysis and discussion of operational problems. Students staff the WVUA-TV cable 34 operation. No more than 6 credit hours earned in any combination of TCF 320, TCF 334, TCF 350, and TCF 381 or TCF 387 may be applied toward a degree.

TCF 355 Corporate and Institutional Media. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Study of non-broadcast media systems used within corporations and organizations for training, communications, sales, public relations, and instruction. Topics include production techniques; instructional design for video/multimedia; distribution methods; budgeting and management; and careers in corporate media.

TCF 357 Production Management. Three hours. Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in organizing location shoots for television, film, documentaries, and commercials.

TCF 360 Advanced Digital Video Editing. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 260.

Further instruction in non-linear editing with emphasis on the creative and aesthetic elements of editing.

TCF 380 Independent Study. Variable credit (one to three hours).

Prerequisite: Written permission of department chairperson and faculty project adviser, obtained before computer registration.

Investigative studies in telecommunication and film. May be repeated.

TCF 381 TCF Practicum. Variable credit (one to three hours).

Prerequisites: Written permission of the department chairperson and staff project adviser, obtained before computer registration; TCF 220, TCF 240, TCF 250, or TCF 333; 60 hours or more earned; and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major.

Supervised experience in campus telecommunication media or film, concentrating on analysis of problems and creativity in presentations. No more than 3 hours credit for TCF 381 and TCF 387 may be applied toward a degree.

TCF 387 TCF Internship. Variable credit (one to three hours).

Prerequisites: Written permission of the department chairperson, obtained before computer registration; TCF 220, TCF 240, TCF 250, or TCF 333; 60 hours or more earned; and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major.

Supervised field experience in approved operations in the telecommunication and film industries. No more than 3 hours credit for TCF 381 and TCF 387 may be applied toward a degree.

TCF 389 Telecommunication Applied Topics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100. (Prerequisites may vary with topics.)

Study of contemporary practices in the electronic media industries, with emphasis on analysis and understanding of their practical aspects. Topics vary with instructor.

TCF 390 Electronic Media Sales. Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Understanding prospective clients' businesses; knowledge and application of audience research; application of the marketing model; understanding of effective media mix and advertiser buying influences; assessment of competitive advantages; written presentations.

The following courses may be taken if 18 required hours in any TCF sequence have been completed (excluding minors), or with the permission of the instructor.

TCF 411 Seminar in Critical Studies in Television. Three hours.

Advanced study of selected topics in television criticism.

TCF 420 Telecommunication Effects. Three hours.

Study of individual and social effects of electronic mass media, with emphasis on research results. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

TCF 433 Broadcast News Analysis. Three hours.

Historical and critical study of electronic-media news in the United States. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

TCF 440 Seminar in American Cinema. Three hours.

Study of selected topics in United States film. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

TCF 441 The Documentary Form. Three hours.

The documentary as an informative and persuasive means of communication. Analysis and discussion of selected documentaries.

TCF 443 Multimedia Production. Three hours.

Planning, scripting, and producing information programs for industry and education.

TCF 444 Seminar in Telecommunication/Film Topics. Three hours.

Analysis of contemporary issues in the broadcasting, cable, and/or motion picture industries, including social aspects. Topics vary with instructor.

TCF 445 Telecommunication Media Management. Three hours.

Study of broadcast station and network organization, cable systems, decision-making processes, and research techniques.

TCF 446 Seminar in Public Broadcasting. Three hours.

History, development, and utilization of public broadcasting.

TCF 447 Telecommunication History and Systems. Three hours.

Comparative study of world telecommunication models and delivery systems.

TCF 448 Telecommunication Policy and Law. Three hours.

Organizational structures and processes that formulate and apply laws and regulations shaping broadcast, cable, satellite, and new electronic media operations. Analysis of national policies and standards and their relationship to regional and international controls and practices.

TCF 449 Cable Television and New Technologies (previously TCF 475). Three hours.

Prerequisite: TCF 100.

Overview of the history of the cable television industry and operation of contemporary cable systems. Survey of selected other contemporary electronic media systems, such as communication satellites, wireless cable, cellular telephones, high-definition video, etc.

TCF 487 Telecommunication and Film Honors Colloquium. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Telecommunication and film major; 74 or more hours earned with overall GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Offers advanced TCF majors (others by instructor permission) an enhanced analysis of contemporary issues in telecommunication.

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