Media, Journalism, and Film Courses

Journalism (JRN) courses

  • JRN 607 Media Law

    History and application of the speech and press clause of the First Amendment; libel law, privacy law, copyright and other legal matters relating to mass media; relation of media law to journalistic ethics. May be taught concurrently with JRN 407. Cannot receive credit for both JRN 407 and JRN 607.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • JRN 690 Issues in Journalism

    A variable content course addressing topics of current interest as well as timeless issues. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours with permission if topic is different. May be taught concurrently with JRN 590. Cannot receive credit for both JRN 590 and JRN 690.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • JRN 695 Journalism Internship

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Work experience with news organizations. The student will be provided an educational opportunity not available through classroom experience. The instructor must approve all necessary paperwork before the student may begin the internship. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours. May be taught concurrently with JRN 595. Cannot receive credit for both JRN 595 and JRN 695.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

Media (MED) courses

  • MED 660 Beginning Screenwriting

    An introduction to the fundamental craft of writing for film and television. Students will learn format, structure, and the principles of character-based storytelling, as well as the basics of the film and television industry. Combining lectures and workshops, students will focus on scene work before outlining and completing a short film script. Variable content course. May be repeated up to 6 hours when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 360. Cannot receive credit for both MED 360 and MED 660 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 661 Sound Mixing

    An in-depth exploration of the art of sound design for digital film and TV. Students will learn how to carry out the aesthetic considerations of sound through the mixing process. Emphasis will be placed on advanced sound editing for sub- and final mixing, mix engineering, sound-effect processing and surround-sound practice. Students will learn how to mix a movie's dialogue, sound effects, ambience and music into stereo and surround tracks. May be taught concurrently with MED 561. Cannot receive credit for both MED 661 and MED 561.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    1

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • MED 662 Digital Filmmaking

    Prerequisite: MED 461 or MED 462 or MED 465.

    A film-style production class in high-definition digital filmmaking. Students will form small production teams to plan, design, and produce short narrative films. May be taught concurrently with MED 562. Cannot receive credit for both MED 662 and MED 562.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 663 Writing Adaptations for Television and Film

    Study and practice in adapting material for television or film. During the course, students will select a source to adapt and will outline and begin writing their script. Variable content course. May be repeated when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 463. Cannot receive credit for both MED 663 and MED 463 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 664 Genre Writing for Television and Film

    An overview of the expectations and requirements of various genres in both film and television. Students will study past, present and possible future trends of each genre in the professional marketplace. The course will focus on what defines audience expectations as students write for different genres. Variable content course. May be repeated when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 664. Cannot receive credit for both MED 664 and MED 464 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 667 Intermediate Screenwriting

    Writing the feature film screenplay. Students will study format, structure, and the effective tools of screenwriting. The course will include discussion of feature films and their screenplays, as well as the business of professional screenwriting. Students will create a premise, outline their projects, and write the first act of a feature-length film. Variable content course. May be repeated when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 565. Cannot receive credit for both MED 667 and MED 565 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 668 Writing for Television

    This course will focus on the foundations of structure, character, conflict, dialogue, and setting, and how to apply these elements to storytelling on the small screen. Students will learn to pitch their ideas effectively to writer-producers and then outline, write, and polish a spec script for a currently running television series. Variable content course. May be repeated when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 566. Cannot receive credit for both MED 668 and MED 566 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 669 Rewriting Film and Television Scripts

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    An examination of the many phases of rewriting television or feature length screenplays for professional submission. Students will rewrite and workshop their scripts with an eye toward the current marketplace. Variable content course. May be taught concurrently with MED 567. Cannot receive credit for both MED 669 and MED 567 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 670 Film Theory

    An analysis of the art of film by using classical and contemporary film theory to investigate such aspects as the relationship between form and content, visual style, and the nature of pictorial motion. Weekly screenings and discussions of short film excerpts, complete classics and contemporary films. May be taught concurrently with MED 570. Cannot receive credit for both MED 570 and MED 670.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    1

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 671 Writing the Web Series

    An advanced practicum in conceiving and collaboratively writing an original episodic series for the web. Students will work together in an intimate writers' room atmosphere to develop original web series for future production at Missouri State. Emphasis will be on sustainable premises, filmable budgets, and compelling character-based conflicts. Variable content course. May be repeated up to 6 hours when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 568. Cannot receive credit for both MED 568 and MED 671 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 672 Advanced Screenwriting

    Prerequisite: MED 667 or MED 668 or permission of Instructor.

    Focus on group discussion and criticism. Students either build on past work to complete a feature length screenplay or else write a new television pilot and series bible. Variable content course. May be repeated up to 6 hours when project changes. May be taught concurrently with MED 569. Cannot receive credit for both MED 672 and MED 569 for the same project.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 680 Media in Politics

    An in-depth examination of the role of print and electronic media in American politics. Emphasis is placed on media coverage of government, social issues, and political campaigns. The course examines both the strategies of paid media and the media's coverage of politics as news. May be taught concurrently with MED 580. Cannot receive credit for both MED 580 and MED 680.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • MED 681 Issues in Media Ethics

    An investigation of fundamental ethical issues and their implications for media practitioners. Responsibilities of media practitioners to the public, advertising agencies, the government, and special interest groups will be examined. Special attention will be paid to the possibility of conflict between the business of media and general ethical considerations. May be taught concurrently with MED 581. Cannot receive credit for both MED 581 and MED 681.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 683 Advanced Television Production

    Prerequisite: MED 383.

    Principles, skills, and techniques involved in advanced television production. Practical experience in writing, producing, directing and editing non-fiction television content for a video-magazine, news show, and/or promotions. May be taught concurrently with MED 583. Cannot receive credit for both MED 683 and MED 583.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • MED 695 Media Internship

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Work experience with a professional media organization. The student will be provided an educational opportunity not available through classroom experience. The instructor must approve all necessary paperwork before the student may begin the internship. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours. May be taught concurrently with MED 595. Cannot receive credit for both MED 595 and MED 695.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 697 Advanced Studies in Media

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    In-depth examination of a special topic in media. Variable content course. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours. May be taught concurrently with MED 597. Cannot receive credit for both MED 597 and MED 697.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • MED 704 Theory and Research in Mass Communication

    Survey of theories, models and research in mass communication. Topics include propaganda, attitude change, agenda setting and media effects research.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • MED 762 TV/Film Producing and Marketing

    An in-depth examination of the producer's various roles in television and film production. Practical experience with grant writing, script breakdowns, scheduling, budgets, and business plan development will provide the student with an understanding of the various aspects of production and how the development and structure of the script can affect the production's outcome.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • MED 792 Independent Study in Media

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Supervised independent study in research of theories or application of learning through a creative project. Variable content course. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours if the content of the research or the project is different.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • MED 793 Practicum in Producing or Production

    Students will work closely with faculty supervisor to produce and create film, television, or internet projects. Particular focus on leadership and communication skills, as well as using technology appropriate to the professional workplace. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hours:
    3-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings