The Media Studies minor will require 18 semester hours, including three courses in the core curriculum (9 hours), 6 hours of additional advanced digital community studies coursework (either 2 courses or one 6 hour-course), and one elective (3 hours). The elective will be drawn from a number of relevant courses already existing in the curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences Sciences involving technology, media, and/or community studies. No grade below C will be counted as credit for the minor.
Students must complete any three of the following Courses:
This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of media production. Topics include the practice of looking, a cross-cultural look at visual representation, and the impact of media on society.
This course will examine fiction and non-fiction films as socially significant documents. Students will receive an introduction to the techniques of film analysis in the class.
This course will provide a history of the documentary tradition by studying the major stylistic movements, works, and filmmakers of non-fiction film and photography in the 20th century.
This course investigates the community development model of New Urbanism which promotes the values of walkability, diversity and connectivity for healthy living and neighborhood sustainability. Students will explore local communities, connecting New Urbanist design principles to community values and social interaction.
This course will provide a history of the American Independent filmmaking tradition by studying the major stylistic movements, works, and filmmakers of the 1970s-the present.
An interdisciplinary course in which students investigate the formation and representation of early American identity and produce their own films representing contemporary American identity.
This experiential course addresses how to investigate and represent local community history and stories through the methodologies of participant observation, ethnographic research and oral history. This class addresses the concepts of human memory, nostalgia, folklore, storytelling and public history. Students will learn how to use new media technologies, such as digital video, podcasting and website production, as a way to represent community history and culture for the public.
Students must complete 6 credit hours from the following advanced courses:
This course is an interdisciplinary course in which students pair up to produce a short documentary film which represents a community in the Birmingham area. The course contains four key elements: 1) community outreach, 2) intro to social science theory and methods, 3) film theory and the aesthetics of filmmaking, and 4) technical aspects of camera work and digital video editing. This is a designated service-learning course intergrating academic learning, civic learning and meaningful service to the community. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.Prerequisites: DCS 101 [Min Grade: C] and DCS 201 [Min Grade: C]
This course offers students hands-on experience creating and analyzing media pieces about community issues, including documentary films, public service announcements, translation of academic research to lay audiences, and multimedia grant proposals and reports. Emphasis will be on communicating effectively in the non-profit sector. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.Prerequisite: DCS 401 [Min Grade: D]
This course will provide an opportunity for advanced students to pursue individual projects in multimedia studies. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.Prerequisite: DCS 401 [Min Grade: D]
Internships will provide students with the opportunity for hands-on experience with digital technology in workplace setting. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.Prerequisite: DCS 401 [Min Grade: D]
The elective may be selected from this list of courses from different disciplines within the college of arts and sciences.
Students are strongly advised to refer to the UAB Undergraduate Catalog for additional information on the core curriculum, major, and minor requirements.
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