Students working in a tv studio

Interactive Media Arts

Overview

Create powerful messages through audio or visual productions, and develop your passion for television or radio environments. Learn how to communicate compelling stories within any audiovisual production role.

Looking for a creative outlet? The Interactive Media Arts two-year diploma program is your chance to indulge your creativity and excel in a hands-on career in television, radio or film. Our experienced instructors push you to develop your narrative craft, tackle news reporting, and master technical skills in audio, video and multimedia to broaden your mind and prepare you for the workforce.

Hone your craft across a wide range of audiovisual environments. The media specialization teaches you to write, announce, shoot, record, edit and produce items for broadcast, cable and audio/visual departments. This flexible comprehensive program will prepare you for entry-level broadcast roles within a team. Get on-thespot formative feedback to improve your skills.

Be a college radio personality, produce documentary films, do live television broadcasts on our Westman Newsline television show, and push yourself to find creative ways to showcase your ideas. Graduates have gone on to work with major news and entertainment networks, production houses and digital agencies. Be a part of this creative and thriving community of industry professionals.

We offer an eight-week work practicum at the end of your second year of study to help you build on your strengths and start making industry connections before graduation. Our past partners include Bell Media, CBC, CTV, Global Television and Westman Communications Group.

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 40G/40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 65%

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates of the media specialization are qualified for numerous positions in the technical fields of audio, video and multimedia productions, as well as media communications. Prospective employers include audio, video and multimedia production houses, corporate and educational video production houses, recording studios, music and public address audio services, cable and community TV, radio and TV stations. Opportunities also exist as independent (freelance) audio and video producers.

Connections

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Our connection with professional organizations allows our graduates to join a related professional organization or to gain advanced standing in their professional education programs.

  • The Interactive Media Arts program have enjoyed a healthy partnership with Westman Communications Group over the last 26 years. IMA students spend many hours working as volunteers for community access programming on WCG-TV in their mobile production unit and in their studios. Students gain invaluable hands-on experience as camera operators, replay operators, character generator operators, (among other roles), and as on-camera hosts and announcers for sports and current affairs programming. In return, Westman Communications Group gains many hours of content for their customers to enjoy. 
  • Assiniboine also enjoys a unique relationship with MTS TV in the form of the Assiniboine Community College Film Festival. This real-world, hands-on, and above all authentic documentary production project allows students to work hand in hand with the Executive Producers of MTS TV, who pay the students a modest license fee for the rights to show the finished documentary films Province-wide on MTS TV's Video On Demand service. Students work through every authentic challenge from pitch to post-production under the guidance of experienced instructors. 

Tools & Supplies

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Textbooks are not required for this program.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Interactive Media Arts diploma, students must successfully complete 147 academic credits and 8 practical credits. Students may choose to exit after year one with an Interactive Media Arts certificate if they successfully complete 78 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Please note, all costs are approximate and subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,570 for year one and $5,590 for year two (plus an additional $1,600 in extracurricular costs). Estimated costs for books and supplies are $640 for year one and $410 for year two. Please note, all costs are approximate and subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2019-20)
  Credits Tuition & Related Fees Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies Student Health Insurance Estimated Total*
IMA - Media (Year 1) 78 $19,140 $640 $1,000 $20,780
IMA - Media (Year 2) 77 $18,980 $410 $1,000 $20,390

*All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. Extracurricular costs for program activities in Year 2 are estimated at $1,600. These costs are for program activities that are optional to the student such as large trips.

 

Year One Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Audio Production 1 (MEDP-0054)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0056 Digital Audio
Corequisite: MEDP-0055 Audio Production Laboratory 1
This course is a continuation of the study of the fundamentals of audio production, building on the basics introduced in Digital Audio. Studies include microphone basics, studio and location microphone application, audio production consoles and signal flow, analog and digital recording technology, basic signal processing and monitor systems.

6 credit(s) No No No
Audio Production Laboratory 1 (MEDP-0055)

Prerequisites: MEDP-0056 Digital Audio, MEDP-0058 Production Laboratory
Corequisites: MEDP-0054 Audio Production 1, COMM-0300 Media Writing
This laboratory provides students with the opportunity to apply intermediate level audio production skills including stereo production techniques, basic multi-track production techniques, the application of signal processing, digital audio editing, putting into practice the theory learned in Audio Production 1. Students will also apply these skills to producing content for broadcast on CJJJ-FM campus community radio.

3 credit(s) No No No
Digital Audio (MEDP-0056)

Corequisite: MEDP-0058 Production Laboratory
This combined theory and laboratory course introduces students to essential audio theory while orienting them to the equipment and software used to create audio content for interactive media applications. The focus is on operational procedures, basic production techniques, and maintaining technical quality throughout the production process. Students identify and describe elements of sound theory and the functions of basic equipment used in audio production studios and radio booths, and rehearse the role of the radio broadcast communicator. Students demonstrate best practices in the use of microphones, mixing consoles, recording media and audio monitor systems.

6 credit(s) No No No
Digital Design (COMP-0464)

This course prepares students for the challenges of imagining, creating and editing typographic, photographic, graphic and motion graphic elements for interactive media. Students use image and motion editing applications to create, manipulate, compose and optimize graphics for interactive and media. Students demonstrate knowledge of techniques and standards in design, photography, digital colour, typography and motion design, using the correct terms and explaining key concepts.

6 credit(s) No No No
Digital Video (MEDP-0057)

This course prepares students for the challenges of pre-producing, set up, staging, lighting, composing, shooting and editing for interactive media. Focus is on the professional details necessary to successful video capture, sequencing and presentation for rich media. Students recall and use video production terminology to communicate effectively as members of a production team. Students demonstrate best practices in the use of camera, lighting, and video monitor systems and evaluate video productions and production values according to industry standards. Students identify and describe the underlying technical theory and the functions of basic equipment used in video production facilities/studios. Students master finished video productions for a variety of web delivery methods.

6 credit(s) No No No
Journalism 1 (COMM-0296)

Corequisite: COMM-0297 Journalism Laboratory 1. This course introduces students to the elements of news-writing and decision-making relative to news gathering procedures, and examines the basic approaches and techniques essential to the development of journalistic skills. Since students must be able to communicate effectively in written form, this course introduces the various writing styles and techniques used in the electronic and print media. Students create news copy in a deadline-oriented environment, and hone their proofreading and editing skills.

3 credit(s) No No No
Journalism Laboratory 1 (COMM-0297)

Corequisite: COMM-0296 Journalism 1
This lab gives students many guided experiences in news-writing and decision-making relative to news gathering procedures, and provides challenges to help develop basic approaches and techniques essential to the development of journalistic skills. Students create news copy in a deadline-orientated environment, and hone their proofreading and editing skills. Since students must be able to communicate effectively in written form, this lab enables students to practice writing in the various styles and techniques used in the electronic and print media.

3 credit(s) No No No
Media and Human Communication (COMM-0298)

Today's world requires that students integrate and interact with all members of human society. Through lectures, in-depth class discussions and group work, this course examines the importance and complexity of intercultural communication, and the media's role in global society, with a particular focus on ethnocentrism and non-verbal communication.

3 credit(s) No No No
Media Writing 1 (COMM-0299)

Prerequisite: COMM-0136 Writing Skills
This course prepares students for the challenges of writing for interactive media by helping them to create, critique, edit and convey messages in response to communication problems. The focus is on writing that communicates using common grammar and usage. Students are presented with many fine examples of concise, powerful writing. They explore various methods for targeting text to an audience by applying motivational appeals to basic demographic preferences. This course examines the effects of mediated information and entertainment on people and economies, and attitudes toward the value and mutability of creative works. Also examined and discussed is the creator's responsibility to the audience. Students improve their presentation skills with regular practice. Students improve their ability to find, evaluate and cite appropriate information resources. This course guides students through the intricacies of basic written communication, word usage, storytelling and presentation techniques needed to contribute in creative workplaces.

3 credit(s) No No No
Media Writing 2 (COMM-0300)

Prerequisite: COMM-0299 Media Writing 1
Storytelling. That's what good media writing is all about. Student writers explore formats beyond the traditional news approaches, including descriptive, opinion and feature writing. A good portion of the course is spent on researching and creating scripts for radio documentaries and corporate videos.

3 credit(s) No No No
Multimedia 1 (COMP-0466)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of interactive electronic media creation. Topics include the planning and organizing of interactive projects, content creation for interactive projects and the preparation of interactive assets for multiplatform delivery. Hands-on individual and group project work is emphasized throughout.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networld (COMP-0467)

This course prepares students for the challenges of network structures and effects in Interactive Media. Students use best practices in operating on the internet, respecting copyright, fair use, file management and naming conventions. Students improve their working knowledge in PC and MAC operating systems, maintenance and basic troubleshooting for daily operations. They apply basic principles of web page modification to construct a basic web page framework and post assignments to the web. Students creatively format web documents using graphics, text, links, standard tables, basic SEO and basic CSS.

6 credit(s) No No No
Production Laboratory (MEDP-0058)

Corequisite: MEDP-0056 Digital Audio
This laboratory is a daily opportunity to complete assigned production tasks and to pursue those Digital Audio, Video or Design concepts and Writing, Networking and Visualization skills most in need of improvement with the instructors on hand. Students are responsible for assessing their own challenges in these areas, prioritizing the parts they do not understand and seeking guidance on the most difficult first. Regular, rotating schedules will be implemented to allow students access to production facilities for assigned project work.

3 credit(s) No No No
Radio Production 1 (MEDP-0059)

Corequisite: Radio Production Laboratory 1
This course introduces students to key radio concepts including station formats and demographics, as well as radio regulations and guidelines mandated by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Council, Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. An emphasis is placed on proper show preparation and performance techniques.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Radio Production Laboratory 1 (MEDP-0060)

Corequisite: MEDP-0059 Radio Production 1
This course focuses on the performance element of radio broadcasting. Students host live radio shows on CJJJ-FM with attention to show preparation, performance techniques and adherence to station format. Additionally, students assemble and broadcast live news reports with a focus on delivery and story relevance. Emphasis is placed on air-checks and self-critique.

3 credit(s) No No No
Video Production 1 (MEDP-0061)

Corequisite: MEDP-0062 Video Production Laboratory 1
This course advances students' knowledge and skill in multi-camera studio and remote production and in film-style, single-camera production. Video switching, monitoring equipment and digital video effects units are examined. Editing is explored in more detail as students advance from cuts-only to A/B roll editing. The theory and practice of lighting for both studio and field environments are broadened to introduce a number of lighting accessories.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Video Production Laboratory 1 (MEDP-0062)

Corequisite: MEDP-0061 Video Production 1
Through equipment orientations and practical, hands-on assignments, students further develop their skills of basic video production equipment and learn how to operate a variety of newly introduced tools, including video editing software, waveform monitors, vector scopes, advanced camera feature sets, and lighting accessories. Students also learn the basics of television producing. Techniques for news, weather and sports hosting are reviewed and practiced. Journalism skills such as interviewing, lead-writing, script creation and editing are honed in the creation of television news stories as well as other types of video production.

3 credit(s) No No No
Visual Communication (ARTS-0014)

This course prepares students for the challenges of imagining, visualizing, designing, and composing for interactive media. The focus is on useful, time-tested visual communication techniques. Students represent ideas as design elements for creative planning and successful execution. They create storyboards that clearly communicate subject's distance, direction, speed and other qualities of motion. Students use visual metaphor, parallels and common associations to communicate persuasive, informative and entertaining messages. They use good composition, appropriate colour schemes and balanced typography to get and hold attention. Students exhibit recognition of key creators, styles and quality concepts from the history of art, design and film. They demonstrate awareness of current trends in art, design and film.

6 credit(s) No No No
Writing Skills (COMM-0136)

The ability of writers to gather and interpret information, then create and present text and/or content in a clear, concise and coherent manner, is essential to the credibility, accessibility and professional presentation of any print, broadcast or multimedia venture. This course focuses on the fundamental building blocks of writing: grammar, punctuation, spelling and word usage.

3 credit(s) No No Yes
Year Two Courses (Multimedia Producer Specialization)
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Audio Production 2 (MEDP-0063)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0054 Audio Production 1
Corequisite: MEDP-0065 Audio Production Laboratory 2
This course continues the study of audio production techniques. Areas covered include multi-track recording and mixing, advanced digital audio production techniques, digital hard disk recording/non-linear editing, digital audio control surfaces, advanced signal processing, sampling, and mastering audio for disc. Also included is a survey of current audio production software.

6 credit(s) No No No
Audio Production 3 (MEDP-0064)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0063 Audio Production 2
Corequisite: MEDP-0066 Capstone Project (MMP)
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply practical skills learned in the prerequisite courses, including an integration of all audio production skills with emphasis on the digital audio workstation production environment. It consists of a combination of project work and/or independent practical work in the area(s) of chosen concentration within the audio production field. Application of current industry acceptable audio production standards is essential to all work created in this course.

6 credit(s) No No No
Audio Production Laboratory 2 (MEDP-0065)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0055 Audio Production Laboratory 1
Corequisite: MEDP-0063 Audio Production 2
This laboratory provides students with the opportunity to apply advanced audio production skills based on the theory learned in Audio Production 2, with an emphasis on digital multi-track production techniques, including the digital console, signal processing rack and patch bay, and the various digital audio workstations.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Capstone Project (MMP) (MEDP-0066)

Prerequisites: MEDP-0063 Audio Production 2, MEDP-0065 Audio Production Laboratory 2, MEDP-0068 Directing and Producing, MEDP-0069 Non-Linear Post Production, COMP-0494 Multimedia 2, MEDP-0073 Production Techniques 1, BUSN-0143 Professional Practices 1, MEDP-0079 Video Production 2, MEDP-0080 Video Production Laboratory 2
Corequisites: MEDP-0064 Audio Production 3, BUSN-0146 Industry Encounter, BUSN-0145 Interactive Business Practices, COMP-0495 Multimedia 3, MEDP-0074 Production Techniques 2, BUSN-0144 Professional Practices 2
This course enables students to envision, design and produce industry relevant projects integrating skills, knowledge and judgments learned in the multimedia producer major of the IMA media specialization.

9 credit(s) No No No
Directing and Producing (MEDP-0068)

This course examines the roles of the producer and director in detail, and presents strategies to approach a variety of projects from basic commercials to dramatic features. Planning, budgeting, script breakdown, working with talent and working with production crews are some of the topics covered.

3 credit(s) No No No
Industry Encounter (BUSN-0146)

Corequisite: MEDP-0066 Capstone Project (MMP) or MEDP-0067 Capstone Project (WPR)
This course includes visits by and to industry professionals and is offered as workshops, presentations, demonstrations, tours, existing conferences, student-run conferences, conventions, special competitions, Speed Mentoring and/or small projects initiated by students with professionals. This course is assessed by the quality of preparatory work, engagement, and the documented reporting on the events attended by each student.

3 credit(s) No No No
Interactive Business Practices (BUSN-0145)

Prerequisite: COMM-0136 Writing Skills
Whether self-employed or working for a large corporation, business understanding is crucial to success in interactive media. This course provides students with the tools to effectively communicate in a business environment. Focusing on business foundations, business models, basic contract terms, freelance practices, time-tracking, scheduling and billing applications, networked employment and crowd-sourcing, ethical behaviour and emotional intelligence, students discover the challenges and rewards of working in an ever-changing industry.

3 credit(s) No No No
Multimedia 2 (COMP-0494)

Prerequisite: COMP-0466 Multimedia 1
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the prerequisite course, concentrating on interactive authoring. Adobe After Effects and other multimedia applications are explored in detail in creative projects. The course culminates in the creation of an online portfolio.

6 credit(s) No No No
Multimedia 3 (COMP-0495)

Prerequisite: COMP-0494 Multimedia 2
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the prerequisite course, concentrating skill development within a specialty of interactive authoring. Students conceive, plan, prepare and develop a special project as part of the capstone project.

3 credit(s) No No No
Non-Linear Post Production (MEDP-0069)

Corequisites: MEDP-0063 Audio Production 2, MEDP-0065 Audio Production Laboratory 2, MEDP-0079 Video Production 2, MEDP-0080 Video Production Laboratory 2
Students learn professional quality video editing tools to create more sophisticated and complex productions. They expand their use of techniques. Particular attention is paid to keying, effects and compositing. In addition to video editing tools, students are introduced to motion graphics editing to gain an appreciation and understanding of third party compositing programs, and are oriented to an alternative video editing tool and its supporting applications to gain familiarity with two of the most successful editing platforms in use in television, film and video production today. The course is delivered through lectures and demonstrations with a variety of tutorials and projects to develop advanced skills in the area of non-linear editing.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - MDIA (PRAC-0228)

Prerequisite: A cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater, COMP-0066 Capstone Project (MMP) OR COMP-0067 Capstone Project (WPR)
Eligible media specialization students are assigned to eight week unpaid positions at audio and video production facilities, broadcast outlets, cable companies, corporate or independent production houses, or to instructor assigned duties, to observe, practice and work, both independently and as team members in employment situations. In all cases, placements are designed to complement the training and experience level achieved by the student, and to enhance student employability.

8 credit(s) No No No
Production Techniques 1 (MMP) (MEDP-0073)

Prerequisites: MEDP-0068 Directing and Producing, MEDP-0069 Non-Linear Post Production
Corequisites: MEDP-0063 Audio Production 2, MEDP-0065 Audio Production Laboratory 2, MEDP-0079 Video Production 2, MEDP-0080 Video Production Laboratory 2
This course provides students with the foundations of directing and producing multi-camera newscasts and presents opportunities for the practical skill development in the technical disciplines of TV studio production. The daily live news program, Westman Newsline, is the focus of the course that serves as a production model for a variety of different multi-camera productions on which students may be employed upon graduating. Students learn camera blocking, script marking, directorial techniques for live and live-to-tape production, and develop and exercise a range of skills in the context of the live television production.

3 credit(s) No No No
Production Techniques 2 (MMP) (MEDP-0074)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0073 Production Techniques 1 (MMP)
This course provides students with opportunities to advance their skills in the area of live and live-to-tape TV studio production, as well as electronic news gathering and field production activities. The central project, Westman Newsline, becomes more involved and complex as elements such as digital video effects and live remote segments are introduced. Students direct, switch, create graphics, and operate audio equipment, among other typical control room and studio duties. In the field, students are involved in generating news stories and show elements for on-air presentation. Second year students serve as team leaders to guide and direct new crew members and on-air presenters as first year students take over more crew positions and on-air roles. The goal is enhanced skill development and confidence for students so they can feel adquately prepared for employment opportunities in television and video production.

6 credit(s) No No No
Professional Practices 1 (BUSN-0143)

Students gain skills and knowledge in the complexities of media collaboration. Emphasis is placed on awareness of and response to the needs of all members of the production team.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Professional Practices 2 (BUSN-0144)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0073 Production Techniques 1 (MMP)
This course helps students continue to learn and practice effective interaction. Students gain skills and knowledge in the complexities of media collaboration. Emphasis is placed on awareness of and response to the needs of all members of the production team.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Video Production 2 (MEDP-0079)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0061 Video Production 1
Corequisite: MEDP-0080 Video Production Laboratory 2
This course provides students with theory and instruction in the operation of advanced video production and post-production systems and hardware. Students are oriented to disc-based high-definition cameras, a professional grade production switcher and associated control room equipment. Students are involved in both studio and advanced EFP projects that allow them to develop advanced technical skills.

6 credit(s) No No No
Video Production Laboratory 2 (MEDP-0080)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0062 Video Production Laboratory 1
Corequisite: MEDP-0079 Video Production 2
This course gives the beginning producer/director a chance to apply techniques learned in the corequisite course to a number of practical projects, including commercials, interview programs, news programs, and a dramatic or documentary short.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Year Two Courses (Writer Producer Specialization)
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Capstone Project (WPR) (MEDP-0067)

Prerequisites: COMM-0305 Journalism 2, COMM-0306 Journalism Laboratory 2, MEDP-0075 Production Techniques 1 (WPR), MEDP-0077 Radio Production 2, MEDP-0078 Radio Production Laboratory 2.
This course enables students to envision, design and produce a client-driven project integrating skills, knowledge and judgments learned in the writer/producer major.

9 credit(s) No No No
Industry Encounter (BUSN-0146)

Corequisite: MEDP-0066 Capstone Project (MMP) or MEDP-0067 Capstone Project (WPR)
This course includes visits by and to industry professionals and is offered as workshops, presentations, demonstrations, tours, existing conferences, student-run conferences, conventions, special competitions, Speed Mentoring and/or small projects initiated by students with professionals. This course is assessed by the quality of preparatory work, engagement, and the documented reporting on the events attended by each student.

3 credit(s) No No No
Interactive Business Practices (BUSN-0145)

Prerequisite: COMM-0136 Writing Skills
Whether self-employed or working for a large corporation, business understanding is crucial to success in interactive media. This course provides students with the tools to effectively communicate in a business environment. Focusing on business foundations, business models, basic contract terms, freelance practices, time-tracking, scheduling and billing applications, networked employment and crowd-sourcing, ethical behaviour and emotional intelligence, students discover the challenges and rewards of working in an ever-changing industry.

3 credit(s) No No No
Journalism 2 (COMM-0305)

Prerequisite: COMM-0296 Journalism 1
Corequisite: COMM-0306 Journalism Laboratory 2
This course examines the researching, sourcing and balancing needed to create local news stories for broadcast on CJJJ-FM radio and Westman Newsline. Students are introduced to the concept of story meetings, and rehearse for and eventually produce and anchor the live newscasts broadcast to the community via Westman Communications Group's Access Channel 12. Once the news show begins for the season, this course functions as a preparation period for that production. Students and their instructor work together to create program line-up and content, to bridge stories and to edit broadcast news copy. Students will improve their critical thinking skills in assessing and interpreting information.

6 credit(s) No No No
Journalism 3 (COMM-0307)

Prerequisite: COMM-0305 Journalism 2
This course advances skills, concepts and judgments needed in the researching, sourcing and balancing needed to create local news stories for broadcast in video and audio. Students take a more active role in story meetings than in Journalism 2. They will continue to rehearse for, produce and anchor live newscasts broadcast to the community via Westman Communications Group's Access Channel 12. This course functions as a preparation period for news production. Students and their instructor work together to create an engaging program line-up and content, to bridge stories in a meaningful way, and to quickly and skillfully edit broadcast news copy. Students will improve their critical thinking skills in assessing and interpreting information.

3 credit(s) No No No
Journalism Laboratory 2 (COMM-0306)

Prerequisite: COMM-0297 Journalism Laboratory 1
Corequisite: COMM-0305 Journalism 2
Students continue to create more concise stories and packages, with an emphasis on refining storytelling skills. More cohesive presentation, including the editing and bridging of on-air copy, is stressed. Over the course of this laboratory, responsibility for production of the show gradually shifts to the students, with the instructors acting in advisory capacities only. Problem-solving skills, management abilities and on-the-spot decision-making in high-pressure, on-air situations are stressed.

6 credit(s) No No No
Multimedia 2 (COMP-0494)

Prerequisite: COMP-0466 Multimedia 1
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the prerequisite course, concentrating on interactive authoring. Adobe After Effects and other multimedia applications are explored in detail in creative projects. The course culminates in the creation of an online portfolio.

6 credit(s) No No No
Multimedia 3 (COMP-0495)

Prerequisite: COMP-0494 Multimedia 2
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the prerequisite course, concentrating skill development within a specialty of interactive authoring. Students conceive, plan, prepare and develop a special project as part of the capstone project.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - MDIA (PRAC-0228)

Prerequisite: A cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater, COMP-0066 Capstone Project (MMP) OR COMP-0067 Capstone Project (WPR)
Eligible media specialization students are assigned to eight week unpaid positions at audio and video production facilities, broadcast outlets, cable companies, corporate or independent production houses, or to instructor assigned duties, to observe, practice and work, both independently and as team members in employment situations. In all cases, placements are designed to complement the training and experience level achieved by the student, and to enhance student employability.

8 credit(s) No No No
Pre-Production 1 (MEDP-0070)

Corequisite: COMM-0305 Journalism 2
Research, news judgement, copy- and content-editing, along with time-management and teamwork, are the crux of this course. Students are introduced to the demands of preparation for a live broadcast and the requirements that must be met in order to deliver meaningful and informative programming to viewers. Managing the Burli news system, monitoring other local media and sourcing and selecting balanced show content will be focused on in this first show preparatory segment.

3 credit(s) No No No
Pre-Production 2 (MEDP-0071)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0070 Pre-Production 1
Building on previous courses, students continue to prepare the show, developing their research skills, striving for more in-depth news judgment, and becoming selective with specific copy- and content-editing decisions, and working with their classmates to craft, shape and further hone the details of the broadcast. Time management becomes even more crucial as the on-air deadline looms closer, and the length of stories must be accurately represented. The final rundown must also be determined, while the inclusion of breaking news must be considered

3 credit(s) No No No
Pre-Production 3 (MEDP-0072)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0071 Pre-Production 2
Corequisite: COMM-0305 Journalism 2
Students continue to prepare the show, furthering their research skills, making more rapid and defensible content-inclusion decisions, and becoming ever more professional in the standards of preparation and performance they deliver and demand. Students continue to create more concise stories and packages, with an emphasis on refining storytelling skills. More cohesive presentation, including the editing and bridging of on-air copy, is stressed, along with the ability to improvise and eloquently deliver end-of-show chats.

6 credit(s) No No No
Production Techniques 1 (WPR) (MEDP-0075)

Prerequisite: COMM-0296 Journalism 1
Corequisite: COMM-0305 Journalism 2
This course provides students with the opportunity to showcase their production and on-air skills with a live news-cast carried on cable Channel 12. Students produce and anchor (news, weather and sports) the live presentation. These journalists-in-training rehearse and deliver the news program, and then participate in an instructor and peer critique of the journalistic, performance and technical elements of the show.

3 credit(s) No No No
Production Techniques 2 (WPR) (MEDP-0076)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0075 Production Techniques 1 (WPR)
Corequisite: COMM-0307 Journalism 3
As more advanced technical elements such as double-enders are added to the show, students are required to re-align their content and presentation accordingly. As the course progresses, students are increasingly responsible for all aspects of the live show, as well as the post-production assessment.

6 credit(s) No No No
Radio Production 2 (MEDP-0077)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0059 Radio Production 1
This course provides students with the training to prepare and execute pre-produced production elements for their radio shows. Emphasis is placed on news writing for radio, comedic production elements, show preparation and show review.

3 credit(s) No No No
Radio Production Laboratory 2 (MEDP-0078)

Prerequisite: MEDP-0060 Radio Production Laboratory 1
Corequisite: MEDP-0077 Radio Production 2
This course introduces students to the CJJJ-FM control room and focuses on elements of live radio broadcasting. Through seminars and hands-on learning, students become acquainted with the intricacies of radio broadcasting. Topics covered include live-assist radio operations, automation systems, news gathering and live performance.

6 credit(s) No No No

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