Courses


Below is a list of courses offered in the Vincennes University Broadcasting Program.  For more information about Degree Requirements for Broadcasting Majors, check out VU's Online Catalog.

 

BCST/MCOM 102 - Introduction to Audio/Video Production

(3 hrs)

An introduction to the fundamentals of digital production techniques for audio, video, studio, and field production. 

 

BCST 110 - Media Performance

(3 hrs)

An elective designed to provide both theory and practice in the voice and visual aspects of radio and television performance. Includes oral interpretation, reading skills, copy analysis, on-camera movement and delivery, voice mechanism anatomy and function, microphone techniques, interview skills and techniques, characterization and improvisation.

Prerequisites: Students must qualify for ENGL 011 or ENGL 079

 

BCST 112 - News Gathering and Storytelling

(3 hrs)

This course introduces the skills used to acquire and deliver news stories in a digital media format. Students will learn how to research issues and events, interview news sources, interact with law enforcement and government officials, along with learning to write in a comprehensive news style. 

Prerequisite(s): Students must qualify for ENGL 101.

 

BCST 120 - Audio Production

(3 hrs)

An in-depth study on audio production techniques for radio, television, and digital technologies.  Students will learn skills necessary for audio production and on-air work used in radio and other digital formats.

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in BCST 102

 

BCST 140 - Video Production I (Studio Production)

(3 hrs)

A study of basic video production principles. Experience will be gained in the development of the process message, directing, camera, audio, video switcher, and character generator operations, and as well as talent. 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours.

Prerequisite(s):  A grade of C or better in BCST 102

 

BCST 180 - Video Production II (Field Production)

(3 hrs)

A study of single camera video production with emphasis on concept and script development, camera technology, shot composition, lighting, non-linear editing, and special effects.

Prerequisite(s):  A grade of C or better in BCST 102

 

BCST 205 - Sports Media

(3 hrs)

A course on media coverage of sporting events, sports reporting, and play-by-play announcing. Also covers non-broadcasting area such as team public relations, sports information, print coverage, internet, sports marketing and advertising.

 

BCST 235 - News Writing and Producing

(3 hrs)

A writing intensive course that focuses on the coverage, writing, and reporting of news stories for audio, video, and digital formats. Experience will be gained by utilizing the computerized newsroom facilities of the Broadcasting program, along with, in the field training. This class also concentrates on skills needed to create video newscasts through hands-on experience in producing the daily half-hour newscast on the University’s public television station.

Writing Reading Intensive Course

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in BCST 112 and ENGL 101.

 

BCST 240 - Broadcast Industries

(3 hrs)

Examines various broadcast industry practices specific to radio, television, and digital media, including company structures, business practices, and current production and distribution methods.  Attention given to cross-industry synergies, emerging technologies, and the global market for media.

Prerequisite(s):  A grade of C or better in ENGL 101; BCST 102

 

BCST 245 - Advanced Electronic Journalism

(3 hrs)

An advanced course designed to sharpen the student’s skills in news reporting and producing for radio, television, and online (digital) formats.  Students will research, write, and report news stories, including live shots for WVUT.Students will produce WVUT news program, being in charge of prioritizing and placement of news stories in the newscast, tracking the timing of the newscast and making decisions affecting the final outcome of the newscast.  Special emphasis will also be placed on the role of social media in the classroom.

Prerequisite(s):  A grade of C or better in BCST 102, BCST 120, BCST 235

 

BCST 260 - Video Editing and Post-Production

(3 hrs)

This course is an overview of the video editing process, Aesthetic, procedural, and technical aspects of video editing will be explored.  This class explores the interactivity and narrative of digital media through the creation of audio and video projects. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing, exploring, expressing and social critique.  

 

BCST 270 - Photojournalism for Broadcast

(3 hrs)

A comprehensive video photography and news class using NPPA techniques.  Students will shoot news stories and/or sports footage for WVUT.  Emphasis will be placed on the "one-person" photojournalist in broadcasting.  

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BCST 112

 

BCST 280 - Producing and Directing

(3 hrs)

The course concentrates on advanced skills needed to produce and direct live and live-to-tape studio programs.  Emphasis is placed on concept development, visualization and storyboarding, script development, and implementation of videography and editing skills.  3 Class Hours.

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in BCST 140and/or BCST 281.

 

BCST 281 - Video Newscast Practicum

(3-4 hrs)

Students participate in the production of the daily half-hour newscast for live broadcast on the University’s public television station.  Can be repeated once.

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in BCST 102

 

BCST 285 - Internship in Broadcasting

(2-4 hrs)

This elective course provides an internship in broadcasting for interested and qualified students. The Chair of Broadcasting supervises the internship. 

 

BCST 291 - Radio Practicum

(3 hrs)

Students participate in on-air production and promotion activities on the University’s public radio stations.

 

JOUR 213 - Mass Communications Law and Ethics

(3 hrs)

This course examines the principles of civil and criminal libel, including detailed attention to recent U.S. Supreme Court pronouncements on the latitude of the press in reporting and commenting. Also treated are privilege and contempt, fair comment and criticism, public meetings and public records, “shield laws,” and the right of privacy. 

 

JOUR 216 - Mass Communications

(3 hrs)

An introduction to the media of mass communication – the roles, characteristics, interactions, and significant and timely problems of newspapers, radio, television, magazines, and films. Lectures also deal with basic theories of communication and mass communication, the major developments in the evolution of the mass media, and the nature of press freedom and its condition in different areas of the world. This course is a transferIN course.

Writing Reading and Speaking Intensive Course

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in READ 011, or SAT Reading score of 420 or greater, or appropriate placement test scores.

 

MCOM 285 - Internship

(2-4 hrs)

This elective course provides an internship with an approved business.  A project or series of projects will demonstrate the practical application of media used in business functions.  May be repeated twice.  

Prerequisties: ENGL 101

 

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