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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring

Media (MED) courses

  • MED 610 Playwriting I

    An introduction to the craft of playwriting with a focus on process. Students learn dramatic structure, complete writing assignments, and analyze their scripts in workshops before ultimately writing and revising a 20-30 minute one-act play.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Fall
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • MED 674 History of Film I

    An examination of the evolution of film technique and theory from 1895 to World War II. Emphasis is placed on the social impact of film and on the artistic and technical aspects of the medium. Viewing of selected films outside of class may be required. May be taught concurrently with MED 374. Cannot receive credit for both MED 674 and MED 374.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Fall
  • MED 675 History of Film II

    An examination of the evolution of film technique and theory from World War II to the present. Emphasis is placed on the social impact of film and on the artistic and technical aspects of the medium. Viewing of selected films outside of class may be required. May be taught concurrently with MED 375. Cannot receive credit for both MED 675 and MED 375.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • MED 684 Advanced Producing

    This course will present the essential components of entrepreneurial producing, including obtaining investors, pre-sales, international co-financing and production, business negotiations, collaborating with unions and film commissions, procuring A-List talent, and others. Students will workshop an existing feature film with the intentions of "pitching" a modern remake to ideal investors and distribution outlets. Students will design a comprehensive package - including financing, budgeting, marketing and distribution strategy - that is realistic in the contemporary marketplace. May be taught concurrently with MED 582. Cannot receive credit for both MED 684 and MED 582.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • MED 711 Fundamentals of Screenwriting

    An introduction to the fundamental craft of writing for film, television, and the web. Students learn format, structure, and the principles of character-based storytelling, as well as some basics of the film and television industry. Combining lectures and workshops, students focus on scene work before outlining and completing a short film script.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Fall
  • MED 712 Feature Film Writing I

    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.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Fall
  • MED 713 Feature Film Writing II

    Prerequisite: MED 712.

    Students workshop and complete the scripts for the feature films begun in MED 712.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Spring
  • MED 714 Writing Episodic Television

    Prerequisite: MED 711.

    Focus on the television industry and how to apply the fundamentals of screenwriting to episodic storytelling for 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.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Spring
  • MED 715 Rewriting

    Prerequisite: MED 713.

    An examination of the many phases of rewriting feature-length screenplays for professional submission. Students will rewrite and workshop their scripts with an eye toward the current marketplace.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Summer
  • MED 716 Writing Episodic Pilots

    Prerequisite: MED 714 or permission of instructor.

    Students will analyze successful series pilots and learn about the process and demands of creating an original television or web series. After selecting an original premise, students then design a series bible, and write a completed pilot episode for a unique television or web series.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Fall
  • MED 717 Thesis Script I

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Intensive workshop in developing a feature film script aimed for the current marketplace. Class will cover premise selection, outlining, and writing a significant portion of the first draft.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • MED 718 Thesis Script II

    Prerequisite: MED 717.

    Continuation and completion of the screenplay begun in MED 717. Students will complete their first draft and undergo multiple rewrites and polishes to get the script into shape for professional submission.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • MED 719 Portfolio Review

    Prerequisite: MED 718 or permission of instructor.

    Students will prepare their professional writing portfolio, completing multiple rewrites and polishes to get all components (two features, two shorts, a pilot and spec TV script, and a one-act play) ready for professional submission.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • MED 764 Visual Storytelling

    An introductory course in cinematic storytelling. Students will write, shoot, and edit short video production projects, analyzing and discussing them in class.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • MED 765 Directing for Film and Stage

    An examination of the basic principles, skills, and techniques of directing for both film and the stage. Students will explore techniques for successful script/scene analysis, visualization, collaboration with cast and crew, and set management. They will also learn procedures in selecting, analyzing, casting, and producing a play. Through hands-on assignments students will gain practical experience in both areas of directing.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • MED 766 Pre-Production Practicum for Stage and Screen

    Prerequisite: MED 682 and MED 762.

    Practicum in pre-production for both web series and stage projects.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • MED 767 Staged Production

    Prerequisite: MED 766.

    Practicum in staging productions for web series and theater.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • MED 781 Producing the Short Film

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Practicum in producing a short narrative film. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of six hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • MED 782 Producing the Web Series

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Practicum in producing a narrative scripted web series. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of six hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • MED 783 Producing the Multicam Show

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Practicum in producing multicamera studio projects. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of six hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • MED 784 Producing the Documentary

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Practicum in producing either short or feature documentary project. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of six hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • MED 785 Producing the Longform Narrative

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Practicum in producing components of feature films. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of six hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • MED 786 Producing the Stage Play

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Practicum in theater producing. Students will work closely with faculty supervisor. Variable topic course. May be repeated to a total of six hours with permission of the department when project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • 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 hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • MED 794 Practicum in Playwriting

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Supervised independent writing project in playwriting. Variable content course. May be repeated to a total of six hours if the content of the research or the project is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand