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Department of Electronic Media and Film

Course Descriptions

EMF 100 USING INFORMATION EFFECTIVELY IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM (3)
The pursuit, evaluation and selection of information in the study of electronic media and film and its effective and ethical organization and presentation. GenEd I.B.

EMF 120 CONCEPT AND STORY (3)
Introduction to concept development and storytelling methods through a variety of writing assignments. Students will generate ideas and stories for projects in electronic media and film.

EMF 140 INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM (3)
Exploration of electronic media and film history, technology, aesthetics, and culture from the perspective of the media professional. GenEd II.B.3.

EMF 205 WOMEN AND GENDER IN FILM AND MEDIA (3)
Treatment of women and gender issues in film and media from silent movies to the Internet. GenEd II.C.3.

EMF 221 PRINCIPLES OF FILM AND MEDIA PRODUCTION (3)
Basic techniques and principles of film, video and audio.

EMF 222 FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION (3)
The art and technique of single camera media production with focus on learning and exploring applications for camera, lens, lighting, composition, and editing. Not open to students who have successfully completed EMF 267 or EMF 271. Prerequisite: EMF 221.

EMF 265 AUDIO PRODUCTION I (3)
Theory and practice of audio production and its relationship to other aspects of media production. Prerequisite: EMF 221.

EMF 275 PRINCIPLES OF FILM AND VIDEO EDITING (3)
Theory, history and practice of post-production methods and aesthetics, emphasizing narrative continuity techniques. Prerequisite: EMF 222. Upper Division

EMF 311 HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA (3)
Economic, social, technical and artistic factors in the development of radio, television and other media from 1900 to the present. Prerequisites: EMF 140 and ENGL 102.

EMF 331 BROADCAST/CABLE PROGRAMMING (3)
Programming principles, strategies and practices for the radio, television and cable industries. Analysis and evaluation of programs and program formats. Prerequisites: EMF 222 or EMF 265.

EMF 340 LIGHTING FOR FILM AND VIDEO (3) The theory and practice
of lighting techniques for single camera film and video production. Prerequisites: EMF 222 and EMF 275. EMF 275 may be taken concurrently.

EMF 351 TELEVISION STATION OPERATIONS (3)
Theory and practice of station operations. Work is required at WMJF-TV, the universityís television station. Prerequisite: EMF 222 or consent of instructor.

EMF 355 ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM LAWAND REGULATION (3)
Examination of the laws and rules that affect the film and electronic media industries and the regulatory framework through which they are applied. Prerequisite: EMF 140.

EMF 360 AUDIO DOCUMENTARY (3)
Research, scriptwriting and audio technology to communicate contemporary and historical ideas to broad audiences. Prerequisite: EMF 265.

EMF 363 HISTORY OF FILM (3)
Exploration of the social, artistic, economic and technical factors in the development of the motion picture from 1900 to the present. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. GenEd I.D.

EMF364 AESTHETICS OF FILM AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA (3)
Theory and aesthetics of film, radio, television and related media. Prerequisite: EMF 221.

EMF 365 AUDIO PRODUCTION II (3)
Multi-track studio recording and mixing; digital recording and editing. Prerequisite: EMF 265.

EMF 366 SOUND IN MEDIA (3)
Introduction to sound design principles as applied to moving pictures and interactive systems. Examination of the relationship of music to image with an emphasis on the creative and technical skills necessary to create and work with sound on sound track development for visual media. Prerequisite: EMF 265.

EMF 367 NARRATIVE FILMMAKING: SYNC SOUND TECHNIQUES (3)
16mm filmmaking production methods and aesthetics emphasizing narrative and synchronous sound recording. Prerequisites: EMF 222 and EMF 275. May be taken concurrently with EMF 275.

EMF 368 GENRE THEORY AND CRITICISM (3)
Principles and aesthetics of different film genres. Prerequisite: EMF 363.

EMF 370 ELECTRONIC MEDIA NEWS PRODUCTION (3)
Theory and practice of gathering, writing and producing news for television, radio, the Internet and other media using audio/video technology. Prerequisites: EMF 222 and EMF 265.

EMF 371 LIVE MULTI-CAMERA PRODUCTION (3)
Principles, procedures, techniques and terminology of television studio production. Prerequisite: EMF 222.

EMF 373 ELECTRONIC FIELD PRODUCTION (3)
Principles of electronic field production, exploring field camera operation, video editing, and video producing techniques for commercial and non-commercial arenas. Prerequisites: EMF 140, EMF 222 and EMF 275, or consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with EMF 275.

EMF 375 BROADCAST PERFORMANCE (3)
The process of communication through broadcast performance. The principles of broadcast communication will be applied to such functions as television and radio news announcing, commercial announcing, sports announcing and music announcing. Laboratory experiences provided. Prerequisite: EMF 265.

EMF 377 BROADCAST/FILM WRITING (3)
Training and practice in writing non-fiction, fiction and commercial/PSA scripts for the broadcast media and film. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and EMF 120. GenEd I.D.

EMF 380 DIGITALPOST-PRODUCTION (3)
Theory and practice of creating layered, time-based digital image manipulations with exercises in compositional aesthetics. Prerequisite: EMF 275.

EMF 385 RADIO, CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3)
Examination and analysis of the ways in which the radio medium has influenced the nationís social and cultural environments since its beginning in the 1920ís to the present. Topics include radioís role in community/public service; politics; war; race/ethnicity; gender; family, and religion. Prerequisite: EMF 311.

EMF 387 DEVELOPING THE SCREENPLAY (3)
Examination of the creative process of writing for film and TV. Emphasis on writing screenplay treatments, developing characters, exploring dramatic structure, and addressing visual storytelling. Prerequisite: EMF 377.

EMF 403 SPORTSCASTING (3)
Theory and practical application of sportswriting, interviewing and play-by-play description. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing, EMF 222 and EMF 265. May be taken concurrently with EMF 222.

EMF 405 SCREENWRITING (3)
Narrative structure and mechanics; creation of a complete feature-length screenplay. Prerequisite: EMF 387.

EMF 421 RADIO STATION OPERATIONS (3)
Lecture and practice in the advanced study of the internal workings of radio stations and the radio industry. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: EMF 265 or consent of instructor.

EMF 430 THE MEDIA PRODUCER (3)
Management and administration of film and video projects. Prerequisite: EMF 222.

EMF 437 CORPORATE VIDEO (3)
Application of advanced production techniques to a client situation. Production of a corporate video required. Prerequisite: EMF 367 or EMF 373.

EMF 455 DIRECTING FOR FILM AND VIDEO (3)
Fundamentals of screen directing, which includes script breakdown, scene blocking, communication with cast and crew, and the logistics of production. Prerequisite: EMF 367 or EMF 373.

EMF 460 INTERNSHIP IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM (1-6)
Practical field experiences. Under faculty supervision, a student works as an intern with a professional in the field of electronic media and film. Graded S/U. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units, but only 3 units will apply to the major; the other 9 units may be used as general electives. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing, cumulative GPA of 2.75 and 3.00 in the major; completion of appropriate courses determined by the department.

EMF 461 DOCUMENTARY FILM AND VIDEO (3)
History, theory, and criticism of documentaries. Production required. Prerequisites: EMF 275 and EMF 367 or EMF 373.

EMF 462 EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO (3)
History, theory and criticism of avant-garde works. Production required. Prerequisite: EMF 275 and EMF 367 or EMF 373.

EMF 463 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL CINEMA (3)
Thematic,stylistic, historical, social, and economic analysis of world cinema. May focus on a particular country, region, or period. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 units when a different topic covered.

EMF 470 PRODUCING ONLINE VIDEO (3)
Managerial, technical and creative responsibilities of the producer and aesthetic, interpretive, stylistic concerns of the director. Prerequisite: EMF 373.

EMF 473 SEMINAR IN NARRATIVE FILMMAKING (3)
Seminar in professional 16mm filmmaking techniques leading to completion of an original narrative film. Prerequisite: EMF 367.

EMF 475 FILM AND MEDIA ANALYSIS (3)
Intensive study of an aspect of film, television, or the Internet (such as genre, director, studio, producer, writer, designer) in terms of thematic and formal properties and their influence on art and culture. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units when a different topic covered. Prerequisite: EMF 221.

EMF 476 SPECIALTOPICS IN ELECTRONIC MEDIAAND FILM (3)
Indepth study of a selected area dependent upon faculty and student interest. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units when a different area is covered. Prerequisites: EMF 140 or EMF 221 and junior/senior standing.

EMF 481 TELEVISION NEWS (3)
Advanced broadcast news, focusing on television news reporting, editing and production. Prerequisite: EMF 275 and EMF 373.

EMF 485 SEMINAR IN DIGITAL STUDIES (3)
History, theory and practice of digital media and culture, current technological trends and their origins. Prerequisite: EMF 311 or consent of instructor.

EMF 486 DANCE FOR THE CAMERA (3)
An interdisciplinary class between EMF and DANC combining advanced media production skills and choreography to collaboratively produce a movement piece for the camera. Prerequisites: EMF 275; EMF 367 or EMF 373.

EMF 487 SEMINAR IN DIGITAL POST-PRODUCTION (3)
Exploration and critical analysis of digital post-production techniques through exercises including virtual camera movement, animated typography, creating 3-D spaces and composing artificial set pieces. Prerequisite: EMF 380.

EMF 495 DIRECTED STUDY IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM (1-6)
Directed research or project in a specific area of joint faculty/student interest. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units, but only 3 units can count toward the major; the other 9 units may be used as general electives. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, and approval of planned project by the instructor. Special permit required.

EMF 498 HONORS DIRECTED STUDY (3)
Directed study in electronic media and film on a topic or project selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.

EMF 499 HONORS THESIS IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM (3)
Research and writing of a thesis or creative media project chosen by the student in consultation with the thesis adviser. Restricted to candidates for Honors in EMF. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: consent of thesis adviser and admission to Departmental Honors Program.

Department of Electronic Media and Film
Media Center, Room 103 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3184
Fax: 410-704-3337
E-mail: jmackerron@towson.edu


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