Media Arts Course Descriptions

MEDA-101 Fundamentals of Speaking

This course includes study of communication theory and the preparation and delivery of speeches. Students are expected to give a number of relatively short speeches before the class. Emphasis is on the development of speaking skills before an audience. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-109 Introduction to Communication Design

Students will explore the many ways in which design is used to enhance meaning, add value, and achieve desired outcomes with print and electronic communications while becoming conversant in many fundamental principles and techniques in the field of visual design. Also listed under ARTST 109. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-110 Introduction to Communication

An introduction to the study of human communication. Communication principles will be applied to interpersonal, small group, public, organizational and mass media contexts. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-112 Media in Society

A survey of the evolution of the mass media and their role in society. Looks at historical development of print and electronic media as well as their status in today's world. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-120 Film History and Analysis

Introduces the study of film by examining its history. Film movements, national cinemas, the development of technology, the evolution of the industry, and major directors are areas that are explored. Additionally, the course will introduce the student to film analysis by examining how the film's narrative form works in tandem with mise en scene, editing, cinematography and sound to create meaning. The course is international in scope and regular screenings are included. 4 hours plus additional film screening time. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-121 Our Digital World

An exploration of the impact and effects of the Internet on all aspects of our lives as global citizens. This course examines the ethical, cultural, economic and political aspects of the Internet as a social technology. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-122 Introduction to Digital Media

An introduction to producing, editing and publishing computer-based media including computer graphics, Web sites, and streaming media. Includes a survey of modern communications formats such as blogs, podcasts, and social networks. Also listed as CS 122. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-150 Pacific Index

Working for the student newspaper in editorial, reporting, advertising, design and other capacities. May be repeated for credit. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-151 Intercollegiate Forensics

Participating in intercollegiate forensics as part of the Pacific University team. May be repeated for credit. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-153 Video for Community Engagement

This integrated video production and studies course, is designed to enable students to engage the ways that: video media can impact identity formation; video media can be a means for self-empowerment; video media-making can be a tool for community building; video media can be a powerful tool for social change. The class will engage in exercises meant to explore making meaning through video images. Finally, Students will partner with non-profit groups whose objective it is to assist or enrich the community, and the students will collaborate on a video project as a means to further the community group's goals and tell their story. These groups' goals may include issues of social welfare, advocacy, environmental issues, sustainability, etc. Students are encouraged to use their strengths from other disciplines to better inform their storytelling. Meets 3 hours with substantial group production work outside of the classroom expected. MEDA 153 is designed for non-Film/Video majors with little or no prior production experience. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog) and Civic Engagement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-155 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-195 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-201 Interpersonal Communication

Examines the interpersonal dimension of communication. Principles, concepts, and theories of relationships will be analyzed, discussed and evaluated in their application to daily interaction. Emphasis on how interpersonal communication is structured and how it functions in transactions. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-220 Film and Society

Film and Society is a revolving topics course that examines major societal changes through the lens of a cinematic movement or genre. Film Noir and its reflection of post WWII anxieties in the US or the cinema of the French New Wave and its reflection of pre 1968 restlessness in France are examples of characteristic topics. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-230 Sustainability & American Media

This course explores how the media deals with environmental issues associated with the "Green" movement of sustainability and the images of local, national and international environmental problems. It will give special examination to the emergence of the green movement as an important media issue beginning in the 1970s; the way print, broadcast and entertainment media have presented the environment; the culture which they create and the viewer/reader's responses to these messages. Students will learn textual analysis of environmental news stories (print and television), documentary films, and children's programming. The course will pay particular attention to how these messages argue for a particular view of the natural world and the human relationship with the environment. Also listed as ENV 241. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-240 Writing for the Media

A course in basic media writing with emphasis on writing for print and electronic media. Spring. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-250 Elements of Production

Study of the various elements that come together to create video projects. This class investigates the creative possibilities of visual storytelling. Students produce short pieces in the narrative, experimental and documentary form. Includes production planning, camerawork, lighting, sound, and editing. Some time spent in the studio for application of learned techniques. Substantial production work outside of class is required. Prerequisite: MEDA 120 with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-260 Elements of Multimedia Design

Introduces students to the fundamental tools and principles in the development of multimedia applications and demonstrates the use of multimedia as a modern tool of communication. Prerequisite: CS 122 or MEDA 122. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-265 Web Design

A study and practice in the creation of Web sites and their underlying technologies. Students will approach web design from both an aesthetic and technical perspective. Historical and theoretical perspectives on the Web will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CS 122 or MEDA 122 with a minimum grade of C. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-302 Documentary: Studies/Practice

The history, analysis and production of the documentary. Explores the documentary as personal essay, autobiography, journalism, political propaganda and social advocacy. Course provides a historical evolution of documentary form and students produce short documentary projects. Production work outside of class is required. Prerequisite: MEDA 250 with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (prior to 2010 catalog). Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-303 Experimental: Studies & Practice

The History, analysis and production of experimental film. Explores the creative and the innovative in film form and content through different movements in experimental film history. Students produce short experimental and personal projects. Production work outside of class is required. Prerequisite: MEDA 120 and MEDA 250. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-304 Contemporary Explorations

This course will explore rotating contemporary topics such as sustainability, the environment, intercultural and interdisciplinary subjects through creative film/video productions. Emphasis will be placed in exploring a subject or a concept and expressing it in creative ways. Coursework could include installation projects, travel projects or collaborations between disciplines. Prerequisite: MEDA 320 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-305 Designing for Electronic Media

Introduces students to the advanced tools and techniques associated with the design of rich media assets used for marketing and communication purposes. Prerequisite: ARTST 217 and MEDA 260. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-306 Animation: Studies & Practice

This course will introduce students to the art of animation from a historical, theoretical, and technical standpoint. Students will be introduced to different formats and techniques of animation and will get to experiment with various animation techniques as a part of the coursework. Prerequisite: MEDA 250 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-311 Electronic News

A course on developing electronic news stories for broadcast and the web. Prerequisite: MEDA 112, MEDA 250, and MEDA 340. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-319 Information Design

A course in the many disciplines of information design. Students will apply design concepts and techniques to qualitative and quantitative data sets in order to improve their communicative aspects. Prerequisite: MEDA 109 or ARTST 109; and ARTST 218. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-320 Narrative Production: Script-Screen

With a focus on narrative modes of production, this class will guide students from project conception through principle photography. The class will cover short-screenplay writing and revision, storyboarding, production design, directing, sound recording and cinematography in the service of a creative narrative film production. Prerequisite: MEDA 250 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-322 Post Production

This class is a continuation of MEDA 320 Narrative Production and will guide students in the post-production process of their narrative film project which they have shot. Students will develop the critical and technical skills necessary to take the project through the sound design and editing process. Prerequisite: MEDA 320 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-332 Screenwriting

Scriptwriting will familiarize the beginning screenwriter with the principles of screenplay structure and writing for the screen. We will study previously written scripts and produced films as well as screenwriting structure and form. Through exercises, readings, screenings and the workshop of students' writing, we will examine dramatic structure, plot, scene construction, character arc and re-writing. Prerequisite: ENGW 201, ENGW 202, or ENGW 203. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-333 Directing for Stage and Screen

A director shares his or her vision with collaborators and sees it through to a fully realized expression in time and space. In this course, students who aspire to work in theatre, film, and other media will learn skills and gain practice in responding to texts; developing robust concepts; communicating with actors, designers, and other collaborators; making eloquent staging choices to enhance storytelling; and managing multi-faceted projects. Throughout the semester, our touchstone will be the relationship between artistic vision and practical decision-making. We will also look at and learn from the work of seminal theorists and practitioners. Also listed as THEA 333. Prerequisite: THEA 110 and THEA 120; or MEDA 250. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-335 Advanced Speaking & Presentations

As an extension of MEDA 101, this course explores the advanced theoretical and practical skills necessary for delivering a variety of oral presentations. Students are required to give at least two individual presentations and one group presentation. Strong emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking, organization, and oral presentation skills. Prerequisite: MEDA 101. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-340 Reporting

Development of news-gathering and reporting skills, and techniques for the mass media. Prerequisite: MEDA 240. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-350 Integrated Media Production

Explores the use of advanced multimedia tools in the development of a significant multimedia project. Students combine the various fundamental principles of design and human technology interface to create a single interactive multimedia application for an external client. Prerequisite: MEDA 360. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-351 Advanced Intercollegiate Forensics

Participate in intercollegiate forensics as part of the Pacific University Speech Team. Travel to other schools to compete in open divisions of Public Address, Interpretations of Literature, Limited Preparation or Debate styles of competition. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of oral and written communication skills, critical analysis and research. Prerequisite: MEDA 335. May be repeated for credit. Pass/No Pass. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-353 Video: Community Engagement Mentor

This integrated video production and studies course, is designed to enable students to engage the ways that: video media can impact identity formation; video media can be a means for self-empowerment; video media-making can be a tool for community building; video media can be a powerful tool for social change. Students enrolled in MEDA 353 act as mentors to the students enrolled in 153. Mentoring will involve: learning what it is to be a mentor and creating a video project that explores this topic, working with 153 students which includes tutoring, assisting in production, and leading several class meetings. Meets 3 hours with substantial group production work outside of the classroom expected. Prerequisite: MEDA 320. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog) and Civic Engagement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-355 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-360 Integrated Media Proj Design

Provides students the opportunity to apply their advanced knowledge of interactive media to the planning and design of a major project. Using industry-standard project management methodologies, students develop a complete specification to define an interactive solution for an external client. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in MEDA 350 in the following semester. Prerequisite: MEDA 260. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-363 Publication Editing & Design

Copy editing and print layout and design techniques with the emphasis on publication editing and design. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits). Alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-364 Journal Editing & Publishing

Scholarly publishing is a vital industry, providing a venue for sharing the results of research, study and creative activities. This course will explore the process through which scholarly writing is solicited, reviewed, accepted and prepared for publication, both in a traditional print environment and in the growing online environment. A variety of issues related to scholarly communications - including economics, open access publishing models and citation metrics - will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to participate in mock editorial/review processes and to hear from a variety of guest speakers actively involved with scholarly journals. Prerequisite: ENGW 201, ENGW 202, or ENGW 203. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-370 Advanced Reporting

Investigation of in-depth reporting techniques with specific attention paid to background and analysis and the production of multi-source, multi-part stories. Emphasis is in idea conception and development as well as information gathering and packaging. Prerequisite: MEDA 340. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-391 Junior Seminar in Film/Video

Students will learn and practice film production development including research methods, scriptwriting and directing actors, thus preparing them for their own independent film projects. Students will be instructed in pathways beyond Pacific; for example, identifying entry-level positions in their chosen field, developing a resume, and setting up a job-shadow or internship experiences, as well as how to find and apply to graduate programs. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits), declared Media Arts Film/Video major, and MEDA 320. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-401 Narrative Film Theory & Criticism

Explores a Film Movement, genre, or director to explore major film theories and movements, with an emphasis on contemporary issues in film theory (feminist, post-colonial, etc.) Prerequisite: MEDA 120 with a minimum grade of C-. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-425 Special Topics in the Media Arts

A rotating topics course that focuses on important and timely media-related issues related to the social, cultural, creative, ethical, and legal landscape of media creation, distribution, and utilization. May be repeated when content varies. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-434 Mass Media Law and Ethics

A study of the legal and ethical parameter in which the media work. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and MEDA 112. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

MEDA-450 Pacific Index-Management

Working in an editorial or advertising management position for the student newspaper. Instructor's consent required. May be repeated for credit. Pass/No Pass. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-455 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-460 Design Workshop

Students will be part of a 'design team' that works with clients from on campus and in the community to design and create professional quality print and online communications and marketing collateral. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and MEDA 319. Pass/No Pass. 1-2 credits.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-475 Internship

An internship consists of a field experience in a student's specific career choice. Application of theories is emphasized. Internship contract required. Pass/No Pass.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-480 Internship Seminar

An intensive review of internship experiences with emphasis on the media work experience and the community in which the experience was gained. Prerequisite: Approved internship. Instructor's consent required. Students may not receive credit for MEDA 475 and MEDA 480 for the same internship experience. May be repeated once for credit. Pass/No Pass. 1-4 credits.
Credits: 1.00

MEDA-491 Senior Capstone Film/Video

The Film/Video student creates a video or film studies project that demonstrates a culmination of the student's instruction in the department. The project will be expected to meet rigorous professional and/or academic standards. Emphasis is on planning, research and proposal of the project. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and must be a Film/Video major. Instructor's consent required. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-492 Senior Capstone Film/Video

Second half of the year-long Film/Video Capstone Project. The emphasis is on the execution and finessing of the project. Prerequisite: MEDA 491. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-493 Senior Capstone Integrated Media

The Integrated Media student creates an interactive and/or Web-based project that demonstrates a culmination of the student's education and experience in the department. The project will be expected to meet rigorous professional and/or academic standards. Emphasis is on the planning, research and design of the project. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and must be an Integrated Media major. Instructor's consent required. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-494 Senior Capstone Integrated Media

Second half of the year-long Integrated Media Capstone Project. The emphasis is on the development, testing, and delivery of the project. Prerequisite: MEDA 493. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-497 Senior Capstone Journalism/General Media

The student will engage in research or the creation of a written or visual project that demonstrates a culmination of the student's education and experience in the department. The project will be expected to meet rigorous professional and/or academic standards. Emphasis is on the planning, research and design of the project. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and must be a Journalism or General Media major. Instructor's consent required. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

MEDA-498 Senior Capstone Journalism/General Media

Second half of the year-long Journalism/General Media Capstone Project. The emphasis is on the writing, design, and publication or distribution of the project. Prerequisite: MEDA 497. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00