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MM 105: BASIC MACINTOSH

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This hands-on, introductory survey course is designed for student development of basic concepts and skills for the Macintosh computer platform. It surveys computer operation, hardware components and basic software. It develops user-friendly technical skills. Instruction includes using: Macintosh computer, operating system, desktop interface, file management, basic word processing software and text editing functions, basic scanning and page layout software, and printing documents. Internet use and web browser functions are introduced. A grade of "C" or better on the multimedia placement test satisfies this requirement.

MM 130: MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE TOPICS

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is a hands-on, skill-building course that stresses contemporary industry-standard software as used in the multimedia industry. Students acquire technology, software skills, and competencies in four four-week modules for current and emerging multimedia software applications.

MM 140: MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION I

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course provides introductory skills survey of multimedia communications, production components, elements, aesthetics, and tools. It introduces the fundamentals of text-processing, digital graphics, digital audio and video, web-based design, and interactive media presentation formats are introduced. Basic skills and strategies in a variety of multimedia software, systems, peripherals, document and file formats, and Internet navigation and production are emphasized.

MM 142: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MM 140 and GRDSN 140 both with a grade of "C" or better

This introductory course explores applied hybrid and digital photography in digital darkroom studio projects. Project assignments are created with direct camera work and methods of image capture, manipulation, enhancement, synthesis and derivation. Students acquire facility with digital cameras, computers, and image-processing software and peripherals. Projects and critiques stress image-making as documentary and narrative visual communication for graphic design and multimedia applications. Studio, laboratory and location exercises and assignments are required. Assigned readings and research address technical, aesthetic, rhetorical, technological and ethical implications of the contemporary digital darkroom and images.

MM 150: MULTIMEDIA THEORY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MM 140 and GRDSN 140 both with a grade of "C" or better

This theory-based course extracts, interprets and examines fundamental aspects of contemporary art, design, communication, rhetorical, and technological theories. Students explore theories to inform, explain, understand and create new interactive multimedia contexts and environments.

MM 230: DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MM 140 and MM 150 both with a grade of "C" or better

This studio course provides advanced video production techniques for use in multimedia, Internet, and new media projects. This is a fundamental course in nonlinear production. The course combines technical information, video production, technical skills, and editing with a theoretical and practical approach. Reproduction planning, storyboarding, and effects production are explored.

MM 231: VIDEO SPECIAL EFFECTS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MM 140 and MM 150 with a grade of "c" or better

This studio course provides advanced video production effects for multimedia, Internet, and new media projects. The course emphasizes principles and properties of special effects for text, keying, traveling mats, and other effects. Advanced software techniques are explored.

MM 241: MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING

5 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: MM 140 and GRDSN 140 both with a grade of "C" or better

This course includes authoring of multimedia presentations, using industry-standard software. Design management, interactivity, branching, navigation, user interface, and digital components are stressed. Digital acquisition and processing of text, graphics, animation, video and sound are also covered. Problem-solving, prototypes, sequential design, and digital media integration are stressed.

MM 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides a student the opportunity to investigate areas of multimedia not included in the course of study according to the individual's academic needs. The student must submit a formal written plan detailing the project, number of credit hours assigned to it, and the evaluative criteria that is to be used. This project must be carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable to a max of five semester hours of credit.