Course Descriptions

MCG 500 Audio Production Basics (3)
A broad overview of audio production including audio theory, basic digital audio techniques, basic audio recording and mixing techniques, and familiarity with relevant software and hardware. Required for Audio Production emphasis. (offered every semester)

MCG 501 Multi-Camera Television Production (3)
Survey of the theory, process, and technique of television production including the planning, preparation, and production of various types of studio and remote programs. Includes three-hour lecture and a lab. Fee.

MCG 502 Digital Field & Post-Production (3)
Techniques in television field production. Special emphasis on single-camera, film-style shooting, field lighting and audio, producing, budgeting, working with clients, and post-production editing. Prerequisite: MC 261 or MCG 561. Fee.

MCG 510 Cinematography (3)
This course will introduce students to the fundamental theory and practice of cinematography and lighting for film and video. We will examine the technical and the aesthetic aspects of cinematography and learn how to apply this knowledge to practical cinematographic choices. Prerequisite: MC 302 or MCG 562. Fee.

MCG 511 Introduction to Directing for Film (3)
This course will serve as an introduction to directing for film. We will cover all the things it takes to direct short or feature-length film such as developing a visual language, understanding subtext, learning to direct actors, and executing the theme of your film through directing choices. Each student will be responsible for directing one project that will be submitted to the Highbridge Film Festival or other festival approved by your graduate advisor. In addition, we will be doing in-class workshops that cover actor coaching, creating shot lists and storyboards, and re-writing. Prerequisite: MC 302 or MC 562. Fee.

MCG 512 Film Production (3)
Students work collaboratively to shoot, direct and edit a narrative short or feature digital film production. This is an intense, hands-on course that requires each student to fulfill one of the key roles in the film production process. Fee.

MCG 521 Advanced Directing (3)
This advanced directing course will be challenge students to hone their aesthetic and storytelling skills through the creation of a project. In addition, the course will examine advanced camera, storytelling, and actor coaching techniques. Prerequisites: MC 341 or MCG 541. Fee.

DSG 621 Master Storytellers Seminar (3)
This online course will focus on developing analyses and critiques of master filmmakers. It will require students to review a selected collection of films from some of the most talented directors in cinematic history and to post critiques/analysis for each film in an online forum each week. Learning outcomes will reflect an ability to develop lucid insights into the director’s storytelling techniques, visual conventions and interpret messages/agendas with a Biblical worldview. Classic films would be reviewed.

DSG 630 Viral Marketing, Methods, Messages and Media (3)
This online course will require students to select and analyze viral marketing’s social impact on politics, consumer products and media campaigns. Students will research and critique campaigns in the first half of the class. Students will create a viral marketing campaign in the second half of the course for an actual event, product or campaign.

DSG 642 Media Ethics in an Age of Relativity, Agendas and Advocacy (3)
Students will read, review, and analyze media studies to develop discussion essays for an online multimedia publication that critiques how television, web, radio, music seek to impact culture in light of a Biblical worldview. This online course will serve as a preliminary opportunity to assist grad students in selecting a creative project or thesis topic.

DSG 710 Apprenticeship Program (generally off-campus) (3)
Graduate students will serve in an apprenticeship role directly under a qualified experienced industry professional (resume must be presented to faculty) in the production of a movie, advanced web site, magazine or the production of a music CD. This program requires a minimum of 160 hours under the guidance of a professor and/or qualified industry professional. Faculty strongly recommend a secular apprenticeship. Must be approved by faculty advisor. [Contract required]

DSG 625 Deconstructing the Documentary: Myths, Propaganda, & the Truth (3)
This course will review the history and agendas of documentaries from Robert Flaherty, to Leni Riefenstahl, to Michael Moore to Ken Burns to Morgan Spurlock to Dana Brown. Students will read relevant articles, books and review a planned succession of documentary films and series. They will post weekly essays reflecting a thoughtful analysis of the meaning and agendas of the various documentaries reviewed. Learning outcomes will include research strategies, critical analysis and worldview insight.

DSG 740/741 Master’s Thesis/Creative Project (Blended on-campus/face-toface)(3)
Although much of this can be handled remotely, a portion of this will require a at least one visit to the campus for consultation with the supervising professor. This is a guided individualized mentoring experience in which the student is assisted through their thesis or creative project under the direction of a faculty member. Projects may include a video/film project that is 20-30 minutes in length, a viral campaign, audio project. This may take more than one semester for completion. Thesis/project must be approved by the faculty advisor. Final thesis must be presented to the faculty and creative project must include a public presentation. [Possible course fee-depending on project requirements] [Contract required]

DSG 640 (3) Research Methods in Media
This course provides multiple experiences that allow students to relate ideas and synthesize information from graduate course work, as well as to conduct and evaluate research using multiple research methods. Individuals will implement and report on a media research project.