Digital Media Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Bachelor of Science graduates in Media & Communication will be aware of the nature of the communication enterprise:

  1. as a force in shaping social, economic, and political structure;
  2. from ethical and ideological perspectives;
  3. from global and national perspectives.

Graduates will also be able to:

  1. research and analyze material;
  2. write well;
  3. competently use chosen technological media;
  4. produce material of high quality in at least one medium;
  5. work collaboratively;
  6. make sound choices in the design and meaning of their messages and productions.

Finally, graduates will have:

  1. the ability to think independently and critically;
  2. the flexibility necessary to adapt to rapid changes in the field;
  3. an understanding of the need to balance and evaluate personal, organizational, and public concerns in the process of creative production.

BS in Media & Communication with a Concentration in Digital Media

Complete these courses required of all COM majors (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

COM 1040

Media Writing

This is a basic course covering writing in a variety of media including print and broadcast journalism, advertising, instructional television, public relations and broadcast continuity.

Prerequisite: ENG 1061.

Every Semester

3

COM 1211

Introduction to Video and Filmmaking

This is a project-oriented course in which students develop their abilities to communicate in a wide range of video applications. It offers hands-on instruction, practice and guidance in writing, producing, directing, camerawork, audio recording, single and multi-camera production, and editing. Depending on their interests, students produce, direct and/or appear on camera in a number of in-and out-of class productions.

Fee Studio fee $20.

Every Semester

3

COM 1220

Introduction to Media and Communication

This course introduces students to the study of communication processes and media literacy practices. Students will explore print media, audio-visual media and mobile platforms. They will also examine historical and technological developments, and subsequent cultural, political and economic implications of these platforms.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every Semester

3

COM 2140

Race, Gender and Sexuality in Media

OR COM 2260 - Media and Society 3 cr

Media are among our primary sources of images of people, places and things we do not encounter ourselves in our everyday lives. This course examines the images of women and racial and sexual minorities who have been on the fringes of policy development and yet at the center of narratives created by mainstream media. It takes a detailed look at the symbolic and social power of commercial media's role in constructing social and cultural differences around age, gender, race, class and sexuality.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: COM 1220 or consent of instructor.

Fee Fee $20

Spring

3

and complete these courses for the Concentration in Digital Media (15 cr):

Code Course Credits

COM 2220

Web Content and Site Development

complete these three courses:

In this course students will first learn the fundamentals of using the world wide web as a consumer, and then progress to the development of their own pages using a variety of hardware and software tools. We will also cover site development including file formats, service providers and connection speeds.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270, ART 1230 or COM 1230 or consent of instructor.

Fee Studio fee $15.

Fall

3

COM 3120

Multimedia

Through theory and practice, students will learn to use a variety of media to provide instruction in a number of content areas. Media will range from video through world wide web delivery of multi-media. Students will produce instructional materials for use by the university and community from needs assessment and educational objectives through project planning and production to distribution and evaluation.

Prerequisite: COM 1211 and COM 2220 or consent of instructor.

Spring, odd years

3

COM 4010

The Future of Communication

This course will consider the explosive growth in new technologies used in various communication processes which together form the so-called "information revolution." Its intent is to provide students, as both potential consumers and leaders in the field, with information and skills they might need to consider the communication media of the future. It is not an overly technical or theoretical course, despite the name; however students will learn certain technical concepts in order to understand the possible uses, advantages and disadvantages of new technologies and their likely impacts on individuals, organizations and society. While most of the course material will be considered in traditional classes, there will be a course listserv (electronic mailing list) on which students will write about various topics related to the course and a course web site that will include links to many of the assignments.

Prerequisite: General Education computing intensive course.

Fall, odd years

3

ART 3130

Motion Graphics and Animation

and complete two of these courses:

This course will introduce the study and application of the basic technical and aesthetic components of motion design. Using industry standard time-based media software, students learn animation principles ans skills as applied to a variety of media on computer and video screens. Topics include character animation, animation layering, motion logo development, and motion typography.

Prerequisite: ART 2221 or COM 2221

Fee Fee $50

Fall

3

COM 1410

Digital Photography I

OR ART 1410 - Digital Photography I 3 cr

The student will explore the mechanical and electronic aspects of digital photography, as well as developing some of the basic tools of image manipulation. Instruction will include the aesthetics of digital images.

Prerequisite: Digital camera is required.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

COM 2221

Graphic Design I: Intro to Graphic Design

OR ART 2221 - Graphic Design I: Intro to Graphic Design 3 cr

This course will introduce students to the basic principles, language, tools and practice of graphic design and teach them how to apply concepts through visual problem solving and communication. Students will also learn the process of design: research, ideation, iteration, implementation via industry-standard graphics software, and critique.

Fee Fee $50

Every Semester

3

COM 2222

Graphic Design II: Publication Design

OR ART 2222 - Graphic Design II: Publication Design 3 cr

Students continue to explore and apply graphic design, typographic principles, and type/image integration with emphasis on print and online publication, including newspaper, magazine and advertising layout and design. The course continues the consideration of design in a historical perspective.

Prerequisite: COM 2221/ART 2221 or consent of instructor.

Fee Fee $50

Spring

3

plus 15 additional credits of COM courses (15 cr)

and in the senior year (6 cr):

Code Course Credits

COM 4510

Communication Portfolio

In this course students develop and organize materials to support their career development efforts. Drawing from papers, stories, scripts, graphics, videos, audio files, etc. produced during their time as undergraduates, students produce online and hard copy portfolios and "reels." Students reflect on their overall growth and development within their fields of study, and thoughtfully address the works selected for their portfolios.

Restrictions Restrictions: Senior Standing

Fall

3

COM 4810

Internship in Communication

[at least 3 cr required]

The student takes on a position of responsibility in an off-campus professional environment under the direction of an on-site supervisor and a faculty member. Experiences are available in newspapers, magazines, large and small radio and television stations, production companies, marketing and PR firms, nonprofits, and other areas. All students enrolled meet periodically to discuss experiences. (Students may take up to 15 credits in COM 3810 and COM 4810 combined.)

Signed contract required at time of registration.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

1-12

COM 4850

Senior Project in Communication

The student produces an independent project in his or her field under close supervision of a faculty advisor. Projects may be production oriented (short film) or analytical (thesis paper). Such projects may be in coordination with the university radio station, newspaper or local television facilities, but may not consist of an established position within these organizations. All students enrolled meet weekly to discuss projects.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and senior standing.

3

(Credits required for the major: 48)

Also complete a Minor, a Civic Engagement Certificate, or related area of focused study

Complete an 18 or more credit Minor or related area of focused study approved by the faculty advisor, or a Civic Engagement Certificate. The Minor or area of focused study may not be in Media & Communication, nor may it include any courses the student applies to the Major requirements. Should the Major and Minor require the same course, a relevant substitution is required in one or the other.

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Click here for General Education Requirements.

Law Degree (CU/VLS 3+2)

This major participates in the 3+2 program with Vermont Law School, in which highly-focused students can earn a Bachelor's degree in just three years at CU and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in just two years at VLS.

For details, see the Law Degree page.