TELECOMMUNICATION AND FILM (TCF)
Dr. Gary A. Copeland, 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.
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.
Development of the cinema, with emphasis on relation of technical advances to film content and style.
TCF 145 Media Production. 3 hours
Through lectures and hands-on projects, students will learn the equipment and techniques used in media production and editing. Open to non-majors, TCF Management majors, and TCF Critical Studies majors. NOT open to TCF Media Production or TCF Documentary majors.
The following courses require the indicated prerequisites, or permission of the instructor. Students must pass TCF 100 with a “C-” or better before taking any other TCF course.
Introduces students to theories and techniques of video production and post-production. Topics include script formatting, camera technique, lighting, sound, and editing. In this hands-on course, students will produce short video projects that emphasize technical proficiency and visual storytelling.
TCF 215 Writing and Presentation for Telecommunication. 3 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 241 The Documentary Form. 3 hours.
The documentary as an informative and persuasive means of communication. Analysis and discussion of selected documentaries.
TCF 287 Symposium. 1 hour. (May be repeated)
Visiting professional’s series on various topics.
Provides students with an opportunity to follow media professionals on the job, and discover career requirements before beginning the news sequence.
Study/analysis of topics in telecommunication and film; subjects vary with instructor.
This course examines sound recording and audio post-production. Students will learn the basics of microphone properties, microphone placement, recording techniques, editing, and sound design.
Study of methods used in gathering information about telecommunication audiences. Analysis, interpretation, and application of information to decision making in electronic media.
Program planning, development, and strategies for radio and television stations, networks, cable systems, and syndication.
Critical analysis of television programs and commercials. Examples are presented for study and evaluation.
In this hands-on intensive production workshop, students will develop their creative vision, aesthetic eye, and technical skill to help materialize their ideas on screen. Topics include digital video cameras, framing, composition, camera movement, and lighting techniques.
Introduction to writing scripts for television and film. Emphasis includes both the creative and technical aspects.
TCF 321 Announcing/Performance for Radio and Television. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TCF 100.
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 331 Introduction to Reporting for News, Sports, and Entertainment. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: TCF 100.
Introduction to the preparation and presentation of news, sports, and entertainment for the electronic media.
Elements of news reporting for the electronic media, with focus on radio writing, reporting, and performance.
Examination, preparation, and presentation of news for the electronic media. Activities include writing, electronic news gathering, reporting, and anchoring.
Operation of broadcast/cable news department, with practical application, analysis and discussion of problems.
Preparation and presentation of news and sports for new media outlets, including internet formats.
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.
This course offers students the opportunity to combine their knowledge and skills in creating and producing broadcast commercials. Students will be involved in all stages of the process from research and development of scripts to production and postproduction of finished commercials and final presentation of the finished product.
TCF 357 Production Management. 3 hours.
Study of and practice in techniques and skills used in organizing location shoots for television, film, documentaries, and commercials.
In this project-driven course, students will learn and practice non-linear video editing principles and techniques, media management, sound design, and digital theory.
Advanced study and practice in the skills needed for successful production management, including professional software. Emphasis placed on critical-thinking, problem-solving, and team building exercises.
TCF 380 Independent Study. Variable credit (1 to 3 hours).
Prerequisite: Written permission of department chairperson and faculty project advisor, obtained before computer registration.
Investigative studies in telecommunication and film. May be repeated.
TCF 387 TCF Internship. Variable credit (1 to 3 hours).
Prerequisites: Written permission of the internship coordinator, obtained before computer registration; TCF 200-level production class, 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 387 may be applied toward a degree.
Study of contemporary practices in the electronic media industries, with emphasis on analysis and understanding of their practical aspects. Topics vary with instructor.
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.
This course gives students the opportunity to work hands-on, crewing for senior production projects. Students will apply for crew positions including production assistants, gaffer, grip, sound mixer, director of photography, camera operator, and various other positions. Students can enroll for 1 credit hour but must apply for 2 or 3 credit hour positions.
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.
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.
Advanced study of selected topics in television criticism.
Advanced instruction in directing for television and film with an emphasis on directing actors, blocking for the camera, and narrative production techniques. Course includes the production of short fiction projects on digital video.
TCF 420 Telecommunication Effects. 3 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 W-designated course.
TCF 433 Broadcast News Analysis. 3 hours.
Historical and critical study of electronic-media news in the United States. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.
Examines the special requirements needed for production managers in areas outside the standard television or film production. Topics may include animation, gaming, and documentaries.
TCF 438 Producing. 3 hours
Examines the economic structures and business practices used by the entertainment industry. This includes development, contract law, financing, distribution, pitching, and negotiating with Guilds and Unions.
TCF 440 Seminar in American Cinema. 3 hours.
Study of selected topics in United States film. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this W-designated course.
This course guides students through the design, pre-production planning, production, postproduction and subsequent evaluation of individual and group documentary project(s). Instruction topics include contemporary visual storytelling, cinematic philosophies, ethical issues, research, funding, and distribution.
TCF 442 Capstone Video Projects. 3 hours (P)
Prerequisites: 18 hours in TCF and permission of the instructor.
The application of advanced production skills, including directing, videography, editing, and production management, in the production of a polished, short-subject film on digital video. Students work in groups over the course of the semester, shepherding film project from preproduction to exhibition.
The study of media practices in the digital age, emphasizing current and new media technologies such as video for the web, videoblogging, podcasting, YouTube, and other media-enhanced social networking platforms. In this course, students will study media theory and produce several short multimedia projects that will be shared on the web.
Analysis of contemporary issues in the broadcasting, cable, and/or motion picture industries, including social aspects. Topics vary with instructor.
Study of broadcast station and network organization, cable systems, decision-making processes, and research techniques.
History, development, and utilization of public broadcasting.
Comparative study of world telecommunication models and delivery systems.
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.
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.
Students will receive instruction and practical experience in the development of programming for television, including research, planning and budgeting for series productions. Students will produce small and large group projects for broadcast and follow the projects from concept through the completion.
Theoretical and practical approach to political campaigns & elections
Further instruction in nonlinear editing with emphasis on special effects, motion graphics, and advanced editing techniques.
TC 487 Telecommunication and Film Honors Colloquium. 3 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.
TCF 490 Capstone Production Projects I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
In this course students will have the opportunity to develop a short narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, television or multimedia project that they will produce the following term. In this seminar, students will workshop their ideas from first draft to a shooting-ready production binder. Topics include script revisions, budgeting, casting, rehearsing, scheduling, scouting, legal issues and release forms, shot list, storyboard, shooting script breakdowns, and hiring key crew positions.
Students produce and edit short senior projects developed in TCF 490. Students will develop their skills directing the camera, working with talent, working with the crew, staying on schedule and budget and see their projects through the post-production and distribution phase. By the end of the term students will have a fine cut and a press kit for their project.