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Digital Media Course Listing

All courses, arranged by program, are listed in the catalog. If you cannot locate a specific course, try the Advanced Search. Current class schedules, with posted days and times, can be found on the NOW/Student Dashboard or by logging in to SiS.


Introduction to Digital Media (Formerly JMS 100/DGMD 100)

Description

This foundational course that surveys the history and current state of digital and web-based media from a variety of perspectives: cultural and ethical, as well as the production and monetization of media. Students engage with and become critical consumers of media, learning how we use it to disseminate, market, entertain, influence and disrupt.

Screenwriting

Description

In this class students will be immersed in the art and craft of creating compelling stories for the screen in both fiction and nonfiction genres. As it has been said many times about media making, the story is the heart of media production. Students will develop screenwriting abilities through gaining knowledge of and experience with story conception and development: character development; story structure; dramatic action; dialogue; scene/sequence construction and writing for emotional impact.

Media, Law and Ethics (Formerly 41.237/DGMD 231)

Description

This course explores key legal issues likely to confront journalists, mass media professionals or students interested in learning more about the relationships between law, media and ethics in this global community. Nonetheless, students are challenged to think critically about the applicability of those issues to individuals and to media institutions that transmit information via spoken communications, writing, traditional media, mobile messages, social network sites, or e-mail messages.

Introduction to Digital Editing

Description

This is an introductory course in digital editing. Students are going to be introduced to the basics of digital editing, the aesthetics and technical skills of digital editing for film and video.

Video Production for Digital Media

Description

In this course students are going to understand the theory and practice of video production using a single digital camera for digital media through a mix of heavy hands-on practice and lectures. Students will be expected to understand; full digital camera operation and settings, audio control, basic directing, basic lighting, and basic editing intended for digital production. Students will also be expected to learn the terminology of video production/post-production intended for digital media.

Multimedia Storytelling (Formerly JMS 300/DGMD 300)

Description

This course will facilitate a deeper understanding of the uses of online and multimedia communication technologies in a democratic society and the impact of such technologies on the way we communicate The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop professional knowledge and skills with the tools used in online and multimedia creation. Students will develop a critical understanding of multiplatform and multimedia technologies and will learn how to use video, digital photography, audio, video, social networking and other new technologies.

Advanced Digital Editing

Description

This is an advanced course in digital editing. This course introduces you to the tools, techniques and language of digital editing in media production. The class will act as a hands-on production lab and cover the technical fundamentals for digital editing. This course is divided into two parts; practical and theoretical. In the theoretical part, we will discuss several editing terminology, concepts, and aesthetics. In addition, we will cover some basic rules of shooting (production) that is necessary for a good editing (post production). The other part is concerned with mastering the editing software, which is an editing program operating on Macintosh computers.

Documentary Photography (Formerly JMS 320/DGMD 320)

Description

In a world of increasing manipulation, documentary photographs still astound us with their visual truths. In this course, students will utilize words and images "the primary tools of the photojournalist" to explore the significant issues of our time. Works by Fenton, O'Sullivan, Gardner, Riis, Hine, Bourke-White, Lang, Smith, Davidson, Salgado, Mark and others are studied for content, style, and Inspiration.

Digital Cinematography

Description

This course emphasizes the concepts needed to control the quality of images created, including such techniques as varying the frame rate, shutter speed, exposure, camera filters and color temperature. Topics covered will include camera operation, composition, framing, lens choice, camera movement, collaboration, blocking, continuity and all aspects of visual storytelling.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.2510 Video Prod for Digital Media, and DGMD.3100 Digital Editing.

Lighting Principles (Formerly JMS 340/DGMD 340)

Description

In this course students are going to understand the principles of lighting, its nature, its physical Characteristics, and its artistic role in media production. Class will have significant hands-on assignments and demonstrations beside theoretical background lectures. The concept will be developed based on a one-camera setting only. Students will work with light meters to guide their lighting schemes.

Blogging

Description

In this course students will learn the strategies and techniques that bloggers employ to create blog websites. They will analyze blogs across a range of categories and learn how to use online media more productively. Students will use web tools to create their own blog They will be working to crate domain names, email marketing, mobile responsive webpages, will use wordpress, thesis theme, woo themes. Students will learn about website and blog hosting solution and will be tracking blog statistics and results.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.1000 Introduction to Digital Media, and DGMD.1020 Introduction to Telecommunications.

Introduction to Digital Filmmaking

Description

In this course students are going to be introduced to the basics of production in film. Students will learn the visual language of film, filming with digital cameras, film production process, film production crew structure, basics of digital editing, interpersonal communication skills, and working as part of a team.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.3100 Digital Editing.

Production Management for Film

Description

In this course students are going to be introduced to the process of film production management from preproduction through production and screening. Students will learn budget management, crewing requirements, location needs, equipment rentals, and associated production costs.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.3501 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking.

Vlogging

Description

This class emphasizes the students participation as the on-camera host and performer in their videos. Students will develop their on-camera 'voice' and learn to refine their media literacy and production technique, through a consistent theme, content, character and visual style. Students will select a topic and use non-traditional video production techniques to create a series of four vlogs, each building in complexity. Students will create a media channel (YouTube or Vimeo page), post their work online and promote it using online media. Search results will be tracked.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.1000 Introduction to Digital Media, DGMD.2510 Video Production for Digital Media, DGMD.2200 Screenwriting.

Visual Motion Effects

Description

In this course, students are going to use After Effects as a tool to help them achieve a successful and visually convincing effect after going through idea generation process. Students will work on masking, cloning, and three-dimensional space with the aim of producing short productions. Familiarity with Photoshop is preferred.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.3100 Digital Editing, and DGMD.3501 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking.

Electronic News Gathering (ENG)

Description

In this class, students will explore the theory and practicum of gathering live video for news and live events as they happen. A look at live TV culture and the ethics of news organizations in relation to the media principles. FCC regulations and the 1st amendment will also be explored in order to gain a better understanding of how the media organizations must manage regulation with it's responsibility to report the news to the public. Emphasis will be on working with ENG cameras for the purpose of media coverage and reporting. Students will work collaboratively to produce segments of LIVE ENG reports.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.1020 Introduction to Telecommunications, DGMD.2510 Video Production for Digital Media, DGMD.3100 Digital Editing.

Directed Study in Digital Media (Formerly JMS 400/DGMD 400)

Description

Through frequent consultation with the instructor, the student carries out the investigation of a particularly specialized area of interest. This course may be repeated for up to a total of 6 credits.

TV Studio Production (Formerly JMS 410/DGMD 410)

Description

This course will offer you the opportunity to produce different types of live programs using digital technology. Plan, organise and direct TV studio-based broadcasting. Work effectively as part of a group. It provides a working knowledge of compositional, personal and organizational production skills in relation to the making of a live broadcast program using at least three cameras having in mind that you will cut/ edit form a camera to another without stopping. It requires collaboration, teamwork and strict, organized structures. In most cases, it requires leadership. But for everybody, personal qualities such as determination, enthusiasm and persistence are almost essential. So too is engaged participation.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.1000 Introduction to Digital Media, or DGMD.1100 Introduction to Digital Media Production, or Permission of Instructor.

TV Sport Broadcasting

Description

In this course, students are going to learn the techniques and theory behind mobile TV production in regards to the professional sports industry. A look into the major sports of American culture and production techniques utilized to produce each. Environmental factors governing outdoor TV production as well as state and community government issues regarding the broadcast of each sport. In this course, students will be working in collaboration with UMass Lowell Athletic Department and will be involved with the Tsongas Arena sports activities through its Audio/Video department.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.2510 Video Prod for Digital Media, and DGMD.3100 Digital Editing.

Titles in Motion (Formerly DGMD 411)

Description

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the creative, visual and formal aspects of time-based communication and motion graphic design from both a contextual and technical point of view. Designers, with their comprehension of the principles of graphic design, typography and theories of visual communication will develop a knowledge and understanding of processes and techniques involved in creating time-based media including title sequence design. Projects introduce students to time-based visual communication environments. Unique conditions influencing the roles of storyboarding, planning, typography, graphics, symbolic systems, narrative, sound and time.

Podcasting

Description

In this class, students will create audio segments in the style of a Podcast, each executed with increasing complexity. Students will use the language of cinema, television, print, and the web. They will conduct research, scriptwriting, producing, location scouting, and organize scheduling. Students will use current technology to record a location-based audio program.

Directing for Film

Description

In this course, student will work on spatial exploration, mise en scene, and directing the actor. Students will learn methods in scene study and improvisation beside rehearsal techniques, script breakdown and analysis. Students will have first hand experience of the role of director on set and beyond. Leadership and decision making are two qualities and major factors that play a crucial role in the progress of this class.

Prerequisites

Pre-req: DGMD.2200 Screenwriting, DGMD.3100 Digital Editing, DGMD.3501 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking.

Internship in Digital Media

Description

This course is a semester long internship with one of Digital Media community partners. Students in this course will be practicing media as it is being produced on the ground today through direct hands-on experience.