Jul 29, 2021  
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Technical Theater Concentration, Communications Media, B.S.


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Communications Media


Chairperson

   
Mary Baker    
     
Professors Associate Professors Assistant Professors
Robert Carr Jonathan Amakawa Rachelle Dermer
Robert Harris Mary Baker John (J.J.) Sylvia
Randy Howe Cap Corduan Mary Vreeland
Jon Krasner Kevin McCarthy  
Viera Lorencova Kyle Moody  
M. Zachary Lee Les Nelken  
Kelly Morgan Britton Snyder  
Wayne Munson Donald Tarallo, Jr.  
Charles Roberts Samuel Tobin  
Charles Sides    
Jeffrey Warmouth    

Objectives for the Program in Communications Media

The Communications Media Program prepares individuals to assume communication positions as freelancers, designers, independent producers, or employees of corporations, institutions, and media organizations.

The program provides a blend of the principles and practices necessary for the effective design, production, and evaluation of media for information presentation by graphic, photographic, film, video, electronic, and print technologies. In combination with the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, Communications Media fosters the development of skills critical to adapting to an ever changing technological and knowledge-based society.  

Requirements for the Major in Communications Media


The Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media requires 54 semester hours in its major requirements. Course requirements are organized into five phases.


Phase I Freshman Introductory Requirements


Phase I exposes students to the foundations, concepts, and practices used in the preparation, delivery, evaluation, and research of verbal and visual messages.

Phase II Applied Concentration


Phase II enables students to become involved with an in-depth investigation of an area in communications which is most closely aligned with individual talents and interests. Students must select and complete one concentration with the consent of their advisor. A minimum of five required courses must be taken within a concentration.

Note: Only students who have completed the requirements of a second concentration can formally declare this concentration to have it recognized on their transcript.  Students interested in Communication Studies as a second concentration may formally declare it at any time.

Note: For some concentration courses, students are expected to pay for supplies that may range in cost from $100 to $300 per course.

Technical Theater Concentration


Media History Requirement


Communications Media students are required to complete a media history course, prior to their capstone internship, selected from the following list. The course may be used to fulfill an LA&S requirement or elective, OR a Communications Media requirement or elective, according to its current designation. Dual concentration students need only take one media history course from either of their concentrations to fulfill the requirement.

Phase III Advanced Electives


Following or concurrent with Phase II, students, in consultation with their advisor, select four courses from COMM, GAME, THEA. or TETA:

Four additional courses in the same concentration
Four courses in other concentrations
Four courses from a combination of concentrations, including additional theory, conceptual, or methodological courses
Any course which a student is using to fulfill either an LAS Requirement or a Minor may NOT be counted toward Phase III Requirements for the major.

Phase IV Upper-Level Theory/Conceptual/Methodological Requirements


Students in their junior/senior year will take the following:

Phase V Integrated Studies


This required senior level phase provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a professional environment.

Required Course


VISIONS


VISIONS is an annual juried exhibition of the best work by Communications Media students during that year. VISIONS is held in late April of each year.

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