Course Descriptions


MC 121 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)

MC 261 Multi-Camera Television Production and Lab (4)
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.

MC 302 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.

Core Courses

DSG 550 Master Storytellers Seminar (3)
This online course will focus on developing analyses and critiques of master filmmakers. Students will review a selected collection of films from some of the most talented directors in cinematic history and post critques/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. [Previously was DSG 621] (Online)

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. (Online)

DSG 630 Viral Marketing, Methods, Messages and Media (3)
In this online course, students will learn the theoretical foundations of viral marketing, as well as how to successfully apply viral marketing examples in diverse contexts, including political, business and non-profit/ministry arenas. (Online)

DSG 640 Research Methods and Tools in Communication (1)
Taught by the university librarians, this course introduces graduate students to the resources available for research in the communication-related fileds.  The course will include appication assignments.  (Online)

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. (Online)

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 799 Master's Thesis/Creative Project (5)
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 research paper, video/film project that is 20-30 minutes in length, a viral campaign, audio project or other media-related project. This usually takes more than one semester for completion. Thesis/project must be approved by the faculty advisor before beginning the project. Final thesis must be presented to the faculty committee for final approval. Minimum 5 credits required for degree.  May be repeated additional semesters for 1.0 credit each semester to continue work until final faculty committee approval is obtained.  Prerequisite: Must have completed a minimum of 12 hours before beginning the thesis. Repeatable. Load Credit/Credit/No Credit. [Possible course fee-depending on project requirements] [Contract required]

DSG 582 Advanced Screenwriting (3)
A writing course in film and television. Original screenplays will be developed.  Includes lab for script development and discussion of three act structure and story development. (Online)

DSG 585 Communication Technology & Narrative (3)
Students will learn the theoretical foundations of designing nonlinear and interactive narratives across a variety of communication technology contexts, including social media, virtual worlds and video games.  This course will be writing-intensive, with projects focused on creating effective narratives for multiple digital platforms.  Upon completion of this course, students will possess the theoretical and practical knowledge to produce quality stories in a diversified media landscape.  Prerequisite: DSG 550 or 621.

Elective Courses

IDG 510 Assessment and Evaluation (3)
In this course, students will demonstrate assessment literacy and will design and develop assessments to be integrated into the learning process.  Students will learn to identify the differences in formative and summative evaluation data and design online learning scenarios to address both of these.  Emphasis is placed on the developent of a variety of effective assessment tools.  Prerequisite: completion of 200-level ID courses.

IDG 550 Project Management (2)
This course explores project management methodologies, procedures, and tools and their applications related to the creation and implementation of educational and training solutions.  The couse emphasizes strategies for managing human, financial, and technology resources based upon the constraints, scope and nature of the project being designed.  Prerequisite: completion of 200-level ID courses.

MBA 611 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3)
A study of entrepreneuership and the skills and practices needed to launch a sustainable venture.  This involves understanding how to stimulate creativity, innovation management, new product development, and becoming a learning organization.

MBA 516 Strategic Marketing (3)
A study of current challenges in today's global marketing environment.  A key aspect is understanding the need to develop a competitive advantage by creating customer value.  Further understanding of marketing strategies, positioning, market segmentation, pricing, communication, and distribution channels will take place.  Emphasis will be on developing skill for entering new markets.

MCG 510 Cinematography and Lighting (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. Fee.

MCG 511 Directing the Narrative Film (3)
An introduction for 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. 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 518 Sound Design for Sports (3)
An in-depth review of capturing the sound of sports competition.  This class will study current audio techniques in stereo and surround sound for television as well as discuss the emerging audio technologies.  Students will explore how the story is enhanced by quality audio (online only). 

MCG 520 Design for Film, Television and Theatre (3)
Students will explore how design influences storytelling by studying design concepts for film, television and theatre. They will learn how to analyze a script and create a design plan incuding costuming, sets and props.  (Online only)

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: MCG 511 or equivalent. Fee.

MCG 524 Producing for Film (3)
Explore the essential principles of producing for film and film for television.  It will examine key concepts in financing, film monetization, distribution, crew hiring, budgeting, working with guilds, form creation, entertainment management, and various aspects of hands-on producing. Fee.

MCG 525 Sports Storytelling (3)
Sports Storytelling will study the relationships between the director and producer and the storytelling creative process in television sports.  Content will focus on features as well as multi-camera production. Fee.  (Online only). 

MCG 526 Designing and Creating with After Effects (3)
A hands-on course that covers the creation of projects with Adobe After Effects.  Students will begin with the basics such as creating compositions and importing files.  The class will then move on to animations, masks, text and some basic 3D. Fee.

MCG 528 Editing Practice and Theory (3)
Explore the practicalities and theories of film and video editing.  It will provide advanced software editing techniques and the complicated procedures of post-production with an emphasis on importing footage and exporting to various formats.  The course will also explore key aesthetic approaches to editing narrative film. 

MCG 530 Media Ministry and the Church (3)
This course will study the rapidly growing world of media ministry.  Students will explore how multi-media can enhance worship, and inspire, inform and educate the congregation.  Students will learn how to craft powerful narratives by combining scriptural truths with media production.  The class will include theoretical study as well as practical application in the form of a final project that they will create for their respective congregations.

MCG 532 Sundance: Independent Cinema (3)
Students will study a brief history of the "Indie" movement and learn about the art, culture and commerce of the festival.  They will gain an understanding of how independent films are developed, bought, and sold through the Sundance venue.  In addition to this, students will study the concept of redemptive cinema and explore how God uses secular film to speak truth to diverse audiences.  The festival will serve as a laboratory for students as they attend screenings, discussions and seminars on a variety of industry-specific topics.

MCG 560 Underwater Cinematography (3)
We will examine the world of underwater cinematography and filmmaking, the equipment, underwater skills, lighting techniques, storytelling aspects and camera control necessary to capture quality underwater imagery.  This will be a two-week intensive summer class.  Prerequisite: MC 302.  Fee. 

DSG 691 Independent Study/DSG 692 Directed Study (3)
A supervised study of a selected topic in cinema or digital storytelling.  May be taken twice. [Contract required.] Fee (when using Asbury equipment).