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In  addition to the requirements below for the BA in Media and Communications, students need to satisfy the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

To graduate with a major in Media and Communications, students must complete 48 credits of course work from the list below, including at least 32 credits of course work from MUM Media and Communications department.

Core Courses (16 credits)

In the core courses, students develop foundational business strategy and implementation skills, writing skills, and narrative communication skills. They also further develop their skills in their area of concentration by building their portfolios in one of the capstone courses, such as Media Projects.

MGT 200 Principles of Business Success (4 credits)

This course provides a holistic overview of business for new management majors or students from other majors. Principles of marketing, finance, operations, accounting, and human resources are taught in the perspective of an integrated business strategy and are illustrated by lively examples from videos, case studies, guest speakers, and field trips. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MC 250 The Power of the Word (4 Credits)

 Information and Inspiration for Action and Achievement

All writing relies on the power of the word to inform, stimulate and inspire. Each word has its own unique quality; when used in conjunction with other words and images, powerful messages are created that are used to influence the audience in many different ways. It is important for a writer to understand the power of words to communicate the most fundamental human experience, the experience of the Self and different states of consciousness. Language is the tool by which knowledge is passed on to others. The course encourages the use of language to communicate experience and knowledge in a clear and coherent form. The writer also needs to learn the craft of using words and language to shape a message for the media they are working in. The course starts with an investigation of how sound emerges from silence. From here we then study the relationship between sound and form; how language is used to describe the different elements, moods, understanding and emotions that each of us experience. The course then progresses to a study of the power of words as used in narrative, both fiction and non-fiction, journalism, audio-visual communication and advertising, with particular focus on new media. The course will draw on the rich pool of literary talent associated with the Fairfield community, with visiting lectures and online webinars with successful professionals from all areas of writing and publishing. Lab fee : $40   (4 credits)

MC 300 Narrative 1 (4 Credits)

Unifying and Unfolding the Full Range of Human Experience

This course examines the essential role of narrative in the creation of all forms of media. From the very beginnings of human records, whether it is mythology, scripture, literature, or the earliest cave paintings, the creators of these works have always told their audience a story or imparted a message by the use of narrative. In order to work in any creative medium, understanding the various ways in which narrative is used is a great advantage. This course will examine the range of narrative forms and narrative devices that have been used since the dawn of time right up until the modern day. We will discover that although the forms and types of media used might have changed as technology has advanced, in fact, most of the essential forms of narrative used in creative works have been with us for ages. Understanding why will reveal how narrative reflects both the universal and unique aspects of the experience of human life. As part of the course students will be required to undertake projects that aid the development of their own narrative skills. Lab fee; $ 40  (4 credits)

MC 313 Documentary Filmmaking (4 credits)

Developing the Means to Explore Human Life in All its Diversity and Underlying Unity

Documentary films have their basis in the real world. They are made for a variety of purposes but fundamentally they explore the entire range of human experience. This course will examine the role of documentary filmmaking and all the various forms of the documentary. It will be a fascinating journey that will take students all over the globe and throughout history dealing with a wide range of issues both past and present. In this course, students will also examine how to make a documentary. It is therefore very practical in its focus. The first requirement to any documentary is knowing what the story is and what kind of story makes a good documentary. Having chosen a story, there is then the realization of it. This course will teach students the process of securing a commission from a TV channel or potential funder. Students will learn what is required to make the all-important pitch. They will then choose some stories and make short documentaries about them. Lab fee: $40 (4 credits) Prerequisites: MC 300, MC 282, and MC 284

Or any of the following courses in place of MC 313 Documentary filmmaking:

MC 316 Creative Filmmaking (4 credits)

Connecting to Deeper Values of Life through the Power of Integrated Images, Sound, and Composition

This course explores a more intuitive and experimental approach to filmmaking. In MC 300 Narrative 1 and MC 313 Documentary Filmmaking, a more structured narrativebased approach to filmmaking is the emphasis. But all forms of media rely to a greater or lesser degree on purely aesthetic or artistic elements in order to give the final product a certain feel, look, or style. For this reason, regardless of the type of filmmaking one wants to ultimately focus on, it is a good idea to explore the power of images, sound and composition. A feature of the course is looking at the work of various video artists and film directors. By seeing examples of their work we can grow in our appreciation of how images and sound can be put together in a way that induces powerful responses in an audience. Most artists and filmmakers find important sources of inspiration for their own work by examining the work of the masters in the field. We will also examine creative forms of film, animation and other media that are narrative and non-narrative based. Students will also work on their own creative filmmaking project. Various media can be incorporated into this project, such as video, still images, animation and music. It is through experimenting with various media that a director of films or other media finds a method of working or an aesthetic that will enhance their future work. Lab fee: $80 (8 credits) Prerequisites: MC 300, MC 282, and MC 284

MC 370 Interactive Graphic Design for Online Publishing (4 credits)

Connecting Every Part to the Whole

Students develop graphic design skills for online publishing usage. Learn about electronic publishing and the various viewing devices and publishing formats including ebooks and Folios for iPads. Students will create a digital magazine for iPads using Adobe InDesign and Digital Publishing Suite software. The course will explore DPS’s creative tools and design techniques. Students also learn how to create and professionally use Interactive PDFs with hyperlinks, article threads, and video. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

MC 380 Media Projects (4 credits)

 Making the Imagination Manifest

This is a capstone course in which individuals who have taken the courses in Media and Communications come together to envisage and then realize a set of core projects across a range of media. These projects are formulated among the student group with the aid of faculty members. The first stage of the course will be the generation of the project ideas, which can include ideas that utilize a range of media or ideas that are focused on a particular medium. The central goal of the course is for students to apply everything they have learned to these projects. It is a cooperative venture, so students will be involved in a variety of projects playing different roles on each one. You may be a director on a documentary, an actor in a drama feature, or a producer on a Web-based animation series. There is a wide range of possibilities. You imagine it and we will make it happen as a team. The idea is to produce great projects that get noticed. In addition, students undertake a research project in an area of their interest that culminates in a presentation to the class and a short essay on their research with properly cited sources. Lab fee: $40. (variable credits — may be repeated for credit) Prerequisites: MGT 200, MC 250, MC 300, and 12 credits in one of the four concentrations, or consent of instructor

MC 433 RED ONE Camera Projects (4 Credits)

Expressing the Deepest Values of Life

This is a capstone course in which students work in teams or individually on media projects that use the RED ONE camera and that contribute significantly to their portfolio. The central goal of the course is for students to apply everything they have learned to these projects. This can be a cooperative venture, so students can be involved in a variety of projects playing different roles on each one. The idea is to produce great projects that get noticed. In addition students undertake a research project in an area of their interest that culminates in an essay on their research with properly cited sources, and a presentation to the class. Students who complete this course at a very high level of achievement will receive an additional certificate marking their achievement with the RED ONE camera. This course can substitute for MC 380 in fulfilling requirements for the BA in Media and Communications. Lab fee: $40. (variable credits) Prerequisite: consent of the Media and Communications faculty

MC 423 Feature Film Production III (4 credits)

Creating Unity from Diversity

In this class, students assist in video editing, sound mixing, scoring, special effects, and colorization as a member of the post-production team of a feature-length film. Lab fee :$40   (4 credits) Prerequisite: invitation by faculty

Concentrations (12 credits)

In the concentration, students gain skills in video/audio production, music production, graphic design/Web design/photography, or writing by completing courses from the electives listed below, consisting of: 

  • 12 credits of Film-related classes
  • 12 credits of Creative Musical Arts classes
  • 12 credits of Digital Arts classes
  • 12 credits of Writing classes

Electives (20 credits)

Elective courses develop the student’s knowledge and skills in the use of the spoken or written language, in the visual arts, or in the business and technological aspects of filmmaking, video, computer animation, graphic design, or Web design. Courses that may fulfill elective requirements in this major include the following:

Film related Classes

MC 282 Video Production (4 credits)

Video editing requires the student to be able to synthesize all the different elements of their video into a greater whole. The emphasis of this course is on exploring the craft of editing and the techniques used to maximize the emotional impact of the story. Students will study examples of work by accomplished editors and discover ways to build momentum and render the cut ‘invisible’. Topics include: the language of the cut, the 180 degree system, and Murch’s Rule of Six. Students will become expert in utilizing nonlinear editing tools through daily editing assignments. Using the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, students will learn keyboard shortcuts and advanced trimming tools, transitions, filters, titles, keyframes, compositing tools, audio mixing, color correction, capturing and outputting. Towards the end of the course some production time will be allotted so that students may edit a final piece of their own. Students may also bring in footage that was shot previously for their final projectLab fee: $40 (4 credits) Prerequisite: MC 282

MC 284 Video Editing (4 credits)

Sound and Image to Create Artistic Wholeness

Video editing requires the student to be able to synthesize all the different elements of their video into a greater whole. The emphasis of this course is on exploring the craft of editing and the techniques used to maximize the emotional impact of the story. Students will study examples of work by accomplished editors and discover ways to build momentum and render the cut ‘invisible’. Topics include: the language of the cut, the 180 degree system, and Murch’s Rule of Six. Students will become expert in utilizing nonlinear editing tools through daily editing assignments. Using the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, students will learn keyboard shortcuts and advanced trimming tools, transitions, filters, titles, keyframes, compositing tools, audio mixing, color correction, capturing and outputting. Towards the end of the course some production time will be allotted so that students may edit a final piece of their own. Students may also bring in footage that was shot previously for their final project. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MC 282

MC 285 Advanced Video Production (4 credits)

Building on the experiences from MC 282 Video Production, this course is a further exploration of team dynamics and technical skills in the film industry. Returning to the production studio, students study shot composition, camera use, lighting effects, green screen and special effects, fight choreography and stunts, as well as practice the essential skills of Directing, Art Department, Grip and Electric, and Sound. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MC 282

MC 286 Stop Motion Animation (4 credits)

Students in this course will gain knowledge and technical skills to produce a short stop motion film. They will learn cinematic processes and techniques used to makes static objects appear as if they are moving. Students will practice the fundamentals in all three stages of creating a film: preproduction (storyboarding, timing, sets and characters), production (camera setup, software, lighting, and animation techniques), and postproduction (importing footage, adjusting timing, and removing unwanted frames). Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

MC 309 3D Animation for Video and Game Design (4 credits)

Student in this class will explore the art and technology of 3-D animation. They will use the free 3-D content creation suite Blender to build and render 3-D animations for video and to create interactive 3-D games. Topics include: story-telling; mesh modeling; landscape generation; materials and textures; character creation and rigging; keyframe animation; lights and shadows; fluids and particles; hair and cloth simulations; force fields; game logic with sensors, controllers, and actuators; compositing; and video sequence editing. Lab fee: $40. (variable credits)

MC 313 Documentary Filmmaking (4 credits)

Documentary films have their basis in the real world. They are made for a variety of purposes but fundamentally they explore the entire range of human experience. This course will examine the role of documentary filmmaking and all the various forms of the documentary. It will be a fascinating journey that will take students all over the globe and throughout history dealing with a wide range of issues both past and present. In this course, students will also examine how to make a documentary. It is therefore very practical in its focus. The first requirement to any documentary is knowing what the story is and what kind of story makes a good documentary. Having chosen a story, there is then the realization of it. This course will teach students the process of securing a commission from a TV channel or potential funder. Students will learn what is required to make the all-important pitch. They will then choose some stories and make short documentaries about them. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MC 300, MC 282, and MC 284

MC 330 Radio & Web Broadcasting (4 credits)

This is a practical course, emphasizing hands-on production for radio and Web broadcasting. Student will research, write, record, produce and edit original radio projects. Students may work on journalistic or creative projects with a commercial or non-commercial orientation. They will develop on-air skills such as presenting, reporting, and interviewing. Sound is a powerful form of expression; through sound alone we can tell a story which moves an audience or takes them to another world by stimulating their imagination. The creative power as well as the story telling power of radio will therefore be fully explored in this course. A unique feature of this course is that it offers students the opportunity of broadcasting their radio projects on KRUU-FM. Lab fee $40. (4 credits)

MC 421 Feature Film Production I (4 credits)

In this class, students join the key production team during the pre-production phase of a feature-length film. They help design and create sets, costumes and props, or assist in the essential organization of location scouting, scheduling and budget management. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: invitation by faculty

MC 422 Feature Film Production II (4 credits)

Students join the crew of a feature-length film in production. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: invitation by faculty

MC 423 Feature Film Production III (4 credits)

In this class, students assist in video editing, sound mixing, scoring, special effects, and colorization as a member of the post-production team of a feature-length film. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: invitation by faculty

Creative Musical arts Classes

MC 330 Radio and Web Broadcasting (4 credits)

This is a practical course, emphasizing hands-on production for radio and Web broadcasting. Student will research, write, record, produce and edit original radio projects. Students may work on journalistic or creative projects with a commercial or non-commercial orientation. They will develop on-air skills such as presenting, reporting, and interviewing. Sound is a powerful form of expression; through sound alone we can tell a story which moves an audience or takes them to another world by stimulating their imagination. The creative power as well as the story telling power of radio will therefore be fully explored in this course. A unique feature of this course is that it offers students the opportunity of broadcasting their radio projects on KRUU-FM. Lab fee $40. (4 credits)

MUS 101 Basic Music Instruction (.5 credits)

Music is an Experience of Bliss

The goal of music lessons is the experience that music is ultimately and fundamentally an experience of bliss. In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: ‘Music originates where unity starts to swing in the bliss of its own unbounded existence.’ This semester-based course in instrumental or vocal instruction is for students who are committed to practicing a minimum of 30 minutes per day. This course generally includes 12 lessons, although instructors may vary this structure as needed. Audition may be required. (0.5 credit; may be repeated for credit) Fees vary according to the instructor

MUS 202 Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa (1 credit)

Creating Harmony of Individuality Within a Larger Wholeness


For students with choral experience or singing experience who can read music. This group performs two concerts annually and affords an opportunity to further develop musicianship skills, listening skills, vocal technique, and professionalism in an advanced choral ensemble. Students will have exposure to a varied repertoire and a cappella literature. Opportunities for solo and small ensemble work are available. Students will develop confidence and a deeper connection to the self as they appreciate their role in the context of a larger musical wholeness. This ensemble meets weekly with occasional extra rehearsals during the semester and preceding concerts. (1 credit —may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: audition is required

MUS 205 A New Approach to Music Theory (4 credits)

Musicianship Through Creativity and Personal Growth

This is a hands-on introduction to creative musicianship. Students explore the language of pitch and rhythm — not by passively absorbing the rules of music theory, but as active listeners and creators of tone, pulse, and pattern. Our faculty use a well-proven, user-friendly approach to improvisation that enables anyone to create with confidence and joy, including students who have never improvised before. Through listening, composing, and improvising assignments, students develop a profound and practical understanding of pitch, interval, melody, pulse, meter and time-feels, analysis, musical form, and a beginning knowledge of modal/tonal/post-tonal systems. Included are basics of music software, notation, and keyboard technique. (4 credits)

MUS 206 Musical Artist Development (4 credits)

Developing More Refined Levels of Expression Through Musicianship, Singing, Songwriting & Performance

This course is meant to help students access deeper levels of creativity from within and apply it to their musical art/craft. It is for serious students who want to progress by taking a holistic approach. We will focus on improving vocals, enhancing levels of songwriting, performance, and musical self-accompaniment. The goal is to help each student become a better artist by developing an understanding of who that “artist” is, exploring aspects of his or her unique vision, and creating self-realization through self-expression. The course also will include live performances, recorded to gauge ongoing success and introduce the concept of self-video recording. (variable credits; maybe repeated for credit)

MUS 207 Creative Music Ensemble (4 credits)

Accessing the Creative Flow


The goal of this group is to develop our personal musical voice. Musicians from all backgrounds and genres are welcome. We play and study masterworks of diverse styles, and also practice creative techniques using a very “user-friendly,” trans-stylistic method that easily elicits the creative flow. This allows today’s musician to access the invaluable expressive skill of improvisation, which exists at the root of all of the world’s music traditions. The only prerequisite is an open mind toward one’s own latent abilities to be creative. (variable credits —may be repeated for

MUS 210 Songwriting (4 credits)

Sharing Our Stories of the Song of Life

We write and sing songs in order to communicate our thoughts and feelings in an artistic and meaningful way. In this class we will hear, sing, discuss, and especially write songs that tell the stories of life and growth as individuals and as societies.  Topics will include: finding inspiration, capturing a story, matching melody to mood, the art of editing, and more. Guest professional singers and songwriters will share their songs, songwriting methods, and advice for getting your songs out into the world. The course will culminate in a performance of the songs we have created. Prerequisite: a music fundamentals course such as MUS 205, 220, 221, or 240, or consent of the instructor. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)

MUS 215 CCTS: Music, Consciousness, and Veda (4 credits)

The Inner and Outer Dimensions of Sound

In this course we explore the nature of sound as it relates to human experience. Topics include frequency, rhythm, pitch, timbre, hearing, speech, light, touch, form, and proportion, in terms of musical expression. We approach these topics from a modern, scientific perspective, as well as from the view of the ancient Vedic tradition, especially Maharishi Gandharva Veda music and the philosophy of Vaisheshika. Aural training is an integral component of the course, and reaches beyond traditional diatonic structures. Students have daily opportunities to explore the various dimensions of sound through creative assignments. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)

MUS 216 Sacred Music, Chants, and Recitations (4 credits)

Diving Deeply Into the Power of Sound

This course investigates sacred music from a rich diversity of ancient traditions, including Native American, African, Hebrew Chant, Gregorian Chant, Gandharva Veda ragas, Vedic recitation, and others. Students explore new ways of musical self-expression through listening, chanting, creating, performing. There will also be readings and discussions on music as a vehicle for communication, health, community, and spirituality. We locate these universal themes within ourselves through self-knowledge — the experience of our own innermost field of consciousness, accessed directly in our daily Transcendental Meditation program practice. Prior training in music or Sanskrit is welcome but not necessary. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)

MUS 217 CCTS: The Power of Sound – Ultimate Quest of Both Artist and Scientist (4 credits)

Ultimate Quest of Both Artist and Scientist (Critical and Creative Thinking Seminar)

 What is sound? How does it work? What gives it meaning; what makes it “musical”? These are some of the fundamental questions explored in this course, from the perspectives of music, science, and the spoken word. We study the properties of sound, explore masterworks in music and poetry, consider the perspectives of great artists and philosophers, examine research studies, and discover our own responses to sound through daily creative assignments. (4 credits)

MUS 220 Music Appreciation

Listening for Meaning at the Source of Sound

The goal of this course is not only to develop musical literacy, but also to awaken and inspire the innate musical intelligence of every student. We examine a variety of masterworks in terms of melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, and form; discover connections of western music to its contemporary art, architecture, and historical culture; and learn to identify major musical styles. A brief exploration of music beyond the western classical tradition is included. These listening skills are supported with basic theoretical analysis, keyboard lessons, and creative activities. (variable credits)

MUS 221 Developing A Musical Ear (4 credits)

Gaining the Tools to Express the Finest Levels of Perception

This course is a laboratory for musical exploration and expression, designed to develop basic musicianship, build musical vocabulary, and learn to recognize and play music by ear. In a very hands-on atmosphere that nourishes imaginative expression, we explore pitch, intervals, scales and modes, chord structures, rhythm and time-feels though daily sight singing, notation drills, dictation, keyboard applications, and guided listening of specific musical patterns in a variety of styles. Included are lots of creative projects, both individually and in groups. (4 credits)

MUS 223 CCTS: American Roots Music (4 credits)

From Richly Diverse Heritage to Strong Cultural Unity (Critical and Creative Thinking Seminar)

This course celebrates the confluence of several distinctly American music traditions: Gospel, Blues, Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass, and Native American. Our goal is to develop a deep understanding and appreciation for the inner workings of the artistic, cultural, historical, and spiritual underpinnings that have shaped so much of today’s music. Listening, playing, and singing songs are a daily part of this exploratory journey, as are research, writing, and discussion. (4 credits)

MUS 225 Creative Music Technology (4 credits)

Capturing Creativity Through Technology

This is an introduction to modern computer-based music composition, audio and MIDI recording, editing, mixing, and production, utilizing industry-standard software. The goal of the course is an overview of the basic skills necessary to initially capture, then organize, and finally polish the music that each student will create. More in-depth skills and techniques are offered to students who demonstrate readiness to go beyond the basics.Prerequisite: A music fundamentals course such as MUS 205, 220, 221, or 240, or consent of the instructor. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)

MUS 227 Introduction to Soundtrack Design for Film (4 credits)

The Art of Integrating Sound and Form

This course explores the relationship of sound and the moving image. We study examples by great film composers and start working with different approaches of using music to enhance a film scene, finding and purchasing music from sound databases, and collaborating with film composers. Included is a hands-on component where students create their own soundtrack for a short film or video clip.Prerequisite:A music fundamentals course such as MUS 205, 220, 221, or 240, or consent of the instructor. (4 credits, may be repeated for credit)

MUS 240 Basic Harmony and Keyboard Skills

Gaining the Keys to Musical Knowledge from Inside and Outside

This course covers fundamentals of keyboard application for beginning musicians, as well as for intuitive composers and performers who wish to demystify music theory through basic piano skills. Topics include reading treble and bass clef, fingering techniques, posture and hand coordination, pedaling, common rhythm patterns, scales, chord progressions and arpeggios in common keys. All this is set within a supportive environment where lessons come alive through creative assignments and group improvisations. (Variable credits)

Digital Art Classes

FA 331 Photography 1 (4 credits)

 Learning the Essentials of the Darkroom and Appreciating Photography as a Tool for Refined Artistic Expression

Students learn to use the photographic medium as a tool for exploring and expressing the finest values of awareness. Students develop their work by learning basic camera techniques and darkroom procedures, while they are also introduced to a broad range of fine art photography. Students must have access to a 35mm camera. Can be repeated for credit (with more advanced projects) with permission of the instructor. Lab fee: $150–$200 per course. (1–4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

FA 332 Photography 2 (4 credits)

Developing Photography as a Tool for Refined Artistic Expression

Students learn to use the photographic medium as a tool for exploring and expressing the finest values of awareness. Students develop their work by learning basic camera techniques and darkroom procedures, while they are also introduced to a broad range of fine art photography. Students must have access to a 35mm camera. Can be repeated for credit (with more advanced projects) with permission of the instructor. Lab fee: $150–$200 per course. (1–4 credits) Prerequisite: FA 331 or consent of instructor

FA 338 Photography and New Media 1 (4 credits)

Exploring the Boundaries of Photography,
Technology and Consciousness

Students explore the basics of digital image-making through traditional photographic  methods (aperture, shutter speed, focus, film speed) while being introduced to a variety of  techniques to manipulate and alter the digital image. The use of scanners, digital cameras, tablets and software programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, present a powerful capacity for the artist to create an integrated language of self-expression that starts with the photograph. One of the main goals for the course is for the student to become comfortable moving back and forth between digital and real-world, hand-made methods of image-making. Learning to integrate digital techniques with the richness of texture and layers available from real-world materials allows the student to add a level of depth that cannot be achieved with digital techniques alone. The course is structured through a series of short exercises to introduce photography, digital software and digital manipulation techniques. Students then explore a series of work that shows a clear progression and development of techniques and themes. Topics include: digital vs. physical methods of image-making, how the integration of digital and physical methods affect image-making and meaning, image transfer techniques, photo-manipulation techniques. Lab fee: $30. (4 credits)

FA 339 Photography and New Media 2 (4 credits)

Integrating Photography, Technology and Consciousness

This course explores the outer boundaries of photography by integrating traditional photography methods (aperture, shutter speed, focus, film speed) with new possibilities presented by using the computer to explore layering, adding text, hand drawing, or other digital manipulation. The use of scanners, digital cameras, tablets and software programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, present a powerful capacity for the artist to create an integrated language of self-expression that starts with the photograph. Students will
harness the power of both digital tools and physical methods of making to create works that satisfy their artistic aspirations. For example, work could be done mostly in the digital realm while being supplemented and enriched by hand-drawing, scanned items/textures, etc., or the computer could be used just as a way to research and test images that then are created in the physical world. Students explore and refine their creative process in a series of work that shows a clear progression and development of techniques and themes. Topics include: appropriate use of digital techniques, the photograph vs. reality, how meaning relates to methods of image-making, how photo manipulation affects meaning, presentation of work to the public. Lab fee: $50 for materials. (4 credits) Prerequisites: FA 338 or consent of the instructor.

FA 489 Advanced Studio in Photography (4 credits)

Finding a Personal Voice in the Language of Photography

Students have the opportunity to build on the experience of previous photography courses through the further development and deeper understanding of their own expression using photographic media. The focus of this course is to allow the student to form a strong personal direction and develop a personal conceptual framework in their studio exploration, with the goal of producing a cohesive body of work. Topics include: exploring and refining photographic methods and materials, as well as research in the history and current developments in the field of photography. Lab fee: $150 (or more) (4 credits) Prerequisites: FA 331, FA 332

MC 335 Digital Photography (4 credits)

Unlocking the Power of Light

Digital photography helps strengthen the connection between the photographer’s vision and the resulting images by providing nearly instant feedback and furnishing ever-subtler tools for self-expression. In this course, students learn foundational principles that underlie commercial digital photography, while using principles of consciousness to consolidate both the experience and understanding of digital photography. Topics include: mastering the digital camera, managing a digital workflow, color management in theory and practice, visualizing light and how to control it in the digital darkroom. Lab fee: $40. (1–4 credits)

MC 363 Web Design Studio (4 credits)

The Convergence of All Media Into a Unified Digital Format 

Students undertake in-depth application of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets along with principles of design for dynamic media in the creation of a portfolio of beautiful, highly functional, standards-compliant, and highly usable Web pages. Topics include: creative approaches to Web design; XHTML syntax, tags, attributes, entities, DTDs and validation; HTML5 and CSS3; creating layers of meaning with color, type, and imagery; principles of usability for interactive media; using a visual lexicon for designer-client communication; examples of outstanding Web design studios; homesteading thenoosphere. Lab fee: $40. (variable credits) Prerequisite: one of the following courses: MC 260, FA 361, or equivalent experience

MC 365 Next Generation Web Design (4 credits)

Integrating Graphics, Animation, Video, and Audio to Create Illuminating User Experiences 
Students learn to use powerful tools for Web design, Web animation and video to build richly interactive Web sites that inspire the viewer. Topics include: conceptualizing new user experiences; creating innovative Web sites in HTML 5 with Web site builders; Web animation and creative user interface construction with Adobe Flash or with JavaScript libraries; choosing, building and using WordPress templates. Lab fee: $40. (variable credits) Prerequisite: basic computer skills

MC 366 Graphic Design for Media and Communications (4 credits)

Integrating Medium and Message 
This course provides students with the basic practical knowledge and skills needed to create effective visual design using current and critical tools and techniques. Students focus on developing their graphic design skills for personal and professional usage using Photoshop and InDesign. Topics include: digital imaging and page layout tools; principles and elements of visual design; color theory, layout design; basic principles and history of typography; brand design; use of digital photography; and copyright law. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: basic computer skills

MC 368 Graphic Design for the Web (4 credits)

Fast Path to Instantaneous Global Communication
Students learn a process that allows graphic designers to create Web sites without writing HTML code. This course focuses on understanding the graphic design process of converting Photoshop files into working Web pages. Students learn how to create graphic design web templates and easily turn them into highly functional Web pages using Adobe Muse software. Topics include: layering imagery; the ingredients of interaction; creating elegant, highly interactive Web site content without writing code; video and audio for the Web; defining features; budgets, pricing and the Web design marketplace; how to hire a programmer to add additional features to your Web site; communicating with clients and programmers; competitions, awards, promotion, and findability. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: basic computer skills

MC 369 Typography and Dynamic Typography (4 credits)

Integration of Form and Meaning
In this class, students will develop a command of the basics of visual communication by exploring the expressive potential of letterforms in a variety of projects dealing with typographic design for print, Web and video. Students will work on projects that combine typography, color, music, and motion. The first part of the course will investigate the history and development of typography within print and Web media. Students will learn how to create effective typography as an integral part of design within their media projects, and come to understand how type is an art form that not only relays information but key creative expression. In the last part of the course, students will explore motion graphics for video; dynamic typography in video will allow students to construct another powerful layer in this medium. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: basic computer skills

MC 370 Interactive Graphic Design for Online Publishing (4 credits)

Connecting Every Part to the Whole 
Students develop graphic design skills for online publishing usage. Learn about electronic publishing and the various viewing devices and publishing formats including ebooks and Folios for iPads. Students will create a digital magazine for iPads using Adobe InDesign and Digital Publishing Suite software. The course will explore DPS’s creative tools and design techniques. Students also learn how to create and professionally use Interactive PDFs with hyperlinks, article threads, and video. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

Writing classes (non-fiction or media-related)

MC 290 The Big E (4 credits)

Unbounded Frontiers of Electronic Publishing
New frontiers in digital technology are generating new mediums and distribution formats for entertainment and information resources. In this course, we will examine the new emedia formats for fiction writing, and what they mean for the professional career. In particular, we will focus on the practical skills: how to structure, create, sell, and market, your writing in the new world of the e-book. In doing so, we will look at the economics of the publishing world, past, present and future, and what they mean in practical terms for our own work. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

MC 345 Creative Process (4 credits)

Curving Back Onto My Own Nature, I Create Again and Again
In Creative Process, students study their own creative process as well as what artists, writers, and filmmakers have shared about creative inspiration. The purpose of this class is to break boundaries and rediscover an easy relationship with the inner Muse. The primary textbook is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The Syllabus Reader contains material by a wide range of authors such as Annie Dillard, Jorge Luis Borges, Eudora Welty, Ann Patchett, Patricia Hampl, William Saroyan, John Ciardi, Frank Conroy, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Earnest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, William Stafford, Rainer Maria Rilke, Lu Chi, Mark Strand, Jane Hirshfield, Billy Collins, Elizabeth Gilbert, plus interviews with great authors by Bill Moyers and material from creativity experts Anne Lamott and Natalie Goldberg. A variety of guest lecturers working in different media will come to the class to discuss their work, career paths, and creative process. Students will keep a daily journal and engage in various creative projects during the course. As a final project, students produce a portfolio and can choose to participate in a group installation/exhibit on creativity. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

MC 347 New Media: From Blogs to Books (4 credits)

From Blogs to Books
The last decade has seen a revolution in communication technology. This “new media” provides multiple channels for communication from the short Tweets and Facebook entries, through blogs, to online articles and electronic books. These new forms of electronic communication are easily available to everyone and have instant outreach to a worldwide audience. This course begins by investigating the transition from the “old media” outlets such as newspapers, magazines and printed books to the new opportunities for professional writers offered by the Internet and electronic media. The course provides an overview of how to maximize the message through each form of electronic media with an emphasis on maintaining grammatically correct and coherent communication throughout. Students will also learn how content can be used in many different ways and how short Tweets and blog entries can be accumulated and developed into articles that can then form the basis for full-length books. This is intended to be a practical course in which students submit their work at each stage of development by creating their own blogs, submitting articles to magazines and pitching their own book ideas to publishers. A chance to publish work through a local publisher will be offered for the best work produced by students. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

MC 410 Narrative 2 (4 credits)

The Quest for the Essential Truths of Human Existence 
This course will go deeper into some of the key aspects of narrative. It will also be more like a writer’s workshop. This means there will be time to develop ideas, novels or scripts that a writer is working on or wants to begin during the course. We will be having lectures from writers and other speakers in the business who will share their expertise with us. The course will also introduce the element of performance. Those students who wish to can learn how to perform their work or the work of others. This helps with understanding how the written word becomes a performance. The performance part of the course is optional for students. Key aspects that we will go deeper into are: developing characters, style, plot development, genre, symbolism, and improving our chances of being published. The profound connection between writing and development of consciousness will also be explored. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MC 300

WTG 202 Writing Fiction I (4 credits)

Emulating Nature’s Own Creative Process — Creating, Developing, Structuring, and Refining Works of Short Narrative Fiction

Fiction writing is among the most satisfying forms of artistic and personal expression. A fiction writer writes from the heart as well as the mind, but good fiction is much more than “disguised autobiography.” To excel at this craft, students need to learn the arts of creating plot and character, fashion an appropriate point-of-view, and control style and tone. For inspiration and guidance we will read some of the world’s finest writers of fiction. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

 

WTG 210 Poetry Writing (4 credits)

Tracking the Path of Transcending — Expressing the Subtlest Fluctuations of Heart and Mind

Students in this course read and study model poems to learn the technical building blocks of poetry: imagery, sound effects, rhyme, rhythm, and form. The class members then write their own poems in either free verse or such traditional forms as the sonnet, blank verse, ballad, and villanelle. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 313 Writing and Reading the Short Story (4 credits)

Exploring the Dynamics between Wholeness and Point

Edgar Allen Poe once stated that everything in a short story works toward a “single effect.” Economy and precision of language make the short story the perfect narrative form. In this course we will read and study intriguing stories such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” as models for short fiction we will write. We will also look closely at elements of fiction: character, structure, point of view, imagery, and figurative language as building blocks for our own stories. Students will write three short stories and workshop those stories in class. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 314 Fiction Writing 2 (4 credits)

The Divine at Every Point

This course advances techniques learned in Fiction Writing 1. See WTG 202 for details. (4 credits) Prerequisite for each: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 315 Writing Literary Nonfiction (4 credits)

Expressing the Truth that Transcends Facts with the Power, Grace, and Insight of Fiction

During the second half of the twentieth century, creative nonfiction — called “the new literature” — has steadily grown in popularity. Reading such writers as Tom Wolfe, Peter Mathiessen, and John McPhee, students discover the potential of nonfiction to elicit an aesthetic response equal to that of the novel. In this course, students learn to combine techniques of journalism and fiction in writing their own creative nonfiction. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

WTG 320 The Personal Essay (4 credits)

Examining Experience from One’s Own Self-Referral Perspective — The Memoir and Other Forms

Students read and discuss a range of essayists from earlier traditions to such contemporary essayists as David Sedaris or Vowell. Writing in this form, each student develops his or her personal voice. Students also discover the power of short prose to transform topics of individual concern into expanded visions of wholeness. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 340 Writers on Writing (4 credits)

Examining Experience from One’s Own Self-Referral Perspective — The Memoir and Other Forms

Students read and discuss a range of essayists from earlier traditions to such contemporary essayists as David Sedaris or Vowell. Writing in this form, each student develops his or her personal voice. Students also discover the power of short prose to transform topics of individual concern into expanded visions of wholeness. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 350 Advanced Creative Writing (4 credits)

Creating Harmony of Sound and Coherence of Meaning

Maharishi says, “writers start with what the eyes see, the ears hear and the hands feel, then travel into space and time to explore the beyond.” Following this prescription, this course offers advanced students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hone their writing skills by focusing on a body of their own work in poetry or fiction. Students will acquaint themselves with authors, write personal responses to books and articles, attend readings, and watch videotaped interviews of famous writers. Course participants will also workshop their manuscripts with their classmates and make an extensive presentation of their work. The final outcome will be a submission for publication. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

WTG 360 Writing and Photography (4 credits)

Expressing Light Into Words 

This course teaches the basics of digital photography and how to write about it. Students learn how to adjust the digital “negative” in an image-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. Students keep a daily journal of their photographic experiences, learn to photograph and write about the environment, and produce a photo essay on their favorite topic. For daily printing needs, students use online sources, such as Snapfish or Shutterfly. The course also includes at least one field trip and a variety of creative photographic assignments. For the final portfolio, students select their best photographs to enlarge and learn how to print and mat them. Requirements: a $25 fee for materials and at least a 7-megapixel camera with zoom lens and manual controls; this means the ability to manually adjust shutter speed and aperture size. Prerequisite: STC 108/109

WTG 370 Writing for Fun and Profit (4 credits)

Niche Markets

This is a course for students who would like experience in professional writing for niche publishing markets, such as educational testing. We’ll explore a variety of markets and in detail: the educational testing market. For that market, we’ll focus on the compactness and concision necessary for writing test passages, the necessity for selecting topics appropriate for testing and recognizing sensitivity issues, mastering editing skills necessary to create grammatical and mechanical correctness, as well developing an eye for topics that will appeal to the appropriate grade level. The course will include a professional workshop with a testing development specialist, the possibility of a follow-up internship with American College Testing in Iowa City, and freelance writing opportunities.

WTG 373 The Graphic Narrative (4 credits)

The Graphic Novel

The graphic novel, a genre of literature combining writing and art, has become increasingly popular in the past decades. The term “graphic novel” broadly refers to any fictional or non-fictional story that is told by means of both writing and illustration—often, though not necessarily, in cartoon form. In this class, students will read selections from various award-winning graphic novels and illustrated memoirs, among them Persepolis by Marjane Sarpati, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Maus by Art Spiegelman. Students are expected to write and illustrate their own graphic novel during the class. In the process, they will hone all techniques relevant to this genre: Writing-wise, the focus will be on dialogue, scene, plot, pacing, character development, selection of detail, language, voice, and editing. Artistically, the focus will be on choice of materials, drawing technique, page layout, the relationship between positive and negative space, color, and shape.

WTG 410 Travel Writing (4 credits)

Discovering the Universal in the Particular — Conveying the Sense of Feeling at Home in Unique Places of the World

From Mark Twain to John Steinbeck, many of the world’s best writers have been drawn to travel writing. By analyzing the work of great travel writers and through in-class writing workshops, students become familiar with techniques of travel writing. Highlighting the course are three day-trips to nearby tourist destinations, during which students learn to research articles and record their personal observations in a travel journal. The course culminates in the writing of a personal travel essay for publication. How to write a query letter and the top online markets for travel articles will also be covered. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of instructor

additional electives

For descriptions of courses beginning with FA, see the Fine Art Course Descriptions.
For descriptions of courses beginning with LIT, see the Literature Course Descriptions.
For descriptions of courses beginning with MGT, see the Business Administration Course Descriptions.
For descriptions of courses beginning with MC, see the MUM Media and Communications Course Descriptions

FA 201 Principles of Design (4 credits)

Expressing Art from the Source of Natural Law through Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Beauty and Wonder of Nature

Students gain an appreciation for the mechanics of creation as experienced in the natural world and within the realm of one’s own awareness as they engage in creative expression and the making of art. Through the experience of an ongoing interdisciplinary project, inspired by their observation of nature, students prepare a unique aesthetic presentation. Topics include —drawing from nature, photographing nature, design and camouflage, math in nature, music in nature, the language of nature — Sanskrit, perceptual exercises, bird-watching, and earth and environmental artists, including Goldsworthy, Long, and the Harrisons. Materials fee: $35. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

FA 203 Understanding Art and Media (4 credits)

 Culturing Aesthetic Sensibility by Appreciating and Creating Art as an Expression of the Heart, Mind and Universal Self

Art is a celebration of life. This course cultures an appreciation for art through both intellectual knowledge and the experience of creating art. Slide lectures, discussions, readings, and studio workshops reveal that art is structured in the multilayered consciousness of the artist and the audience, and in the collective consciousness of the culture. The greatest art works give glimpses of the goal of all creativity — the universal Self in higher states of consciousness — and thus continue to inspire people throughout time. Topics include —the fundamentals of art— form, function, and symbolism as seen in art from many eras and cultures; the great achievements of sacred art; the range of contemporary approaches to interpreting art; and creativity in art and the cosmos. Course includes field trips to art museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. Field trip fee: $20. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

FA 204 CCTS: The Spiritual Quest in Media and Myth (4 credits)

The Spiritual Quest in Media, Myth, and Myself—The Hero’s Journey as the Development of Consciousness

Students explore their own spiritual quest in the light of the wisdom shared in great mythic stories, focusing on epics, mythology, and modern films. Drawing upon the insights of scholars of myth like Joseph Campbell, students identify the universal stages of the quest archetype: the hero’s journey as he or she evolves to higher states of awareness. Students critically evaluate theories of consciousness and analyze how they can illuminate mythic stories and their own life. In the culminating course project, students create their own mythic stories that reflect their personal vision and the transformation of consciousness. Topics include: the power of myth, archetypal characters and events, the love story archetype, the inspiration of ancient epics and myths, adapting ancient stories to modern situations, plot structure and character development. Textbook fee: $15 (4 credits) Prerequisites: STC 108, taken during students’ first semester or with consent of the Department faculty

MC 270 Social Media Marketing

Connecting in the Global Village
The course introduces students to the most recent and up-to-date social media marketing concepts and tools. Students will learn how to strategically utilize social media tools such as blogs, microblogs (Twitter), podcasts, vodcasts, video, e-mail and networking sites to engage with a desired audience. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits) Prerequisites: basic computer skills

MC 309 3-D Animation for Video and Game Design

Creativity in Motion 
Student in this class will explore the art and technology of 3-D animation. They will use the free 3-D content creation suite Blender to build and render 3-D animations for video and to create interactive 3-D games. Topics include: story-telling; mesh modeling; landscape generation; materials and textures; character creation and rigging; keyframe animation; lights and shadows; fluids and particles; hair and cloth simulations; force fields; game logic with sensors, controllers, and actuators; compositing; and video sequence editing. Lab fee: $40. (variable credits)

MC 336 Travel Photography and Video

In this photography course, students will be able to explore the world’s most beautiful diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and spectacular wildlife. Students will spend one week at Maharishi University of Management learning or refining their knowledge of travel photography and videography. They will learn the fundamentals of technical, social, and physical skills that are necessary for a photography travel assignment. Then they will travel for two weeks to develop their photography skills. Using their digital lens, they will learn to capture the swirl of colors of  markets, landscapes, portraits and amazingly approachable animals. In the final week of post-production at Maharishi University of Management, students will create a showcase of their work as a preparation for a public presentation. Estimated additional cost: $2000. (2 or 4 credits. Non-full-time students may take the travel portion of the course for 2 credits. Full-time students are required to take the 4 credit course.)

MC 341 Social Entrepreneurship

This project-based class challenges students to employ every ounce of their creativity and apply their knowledge to finding solutions to the world’s most challenging problems, whether local or global, in the area of environmental sustainability, education, communications, or business. Each week we will connect with and learn from social entrepreneurs from around the world working in education, mobile technology, community development and so forth, and draw inspiration from their relentless vision and determination. Through the study of innovations in the social sector, we will develop an understanding of core principles and tactics of social change as well as the necessary leadership qualities of social entrepreneurs. Students will work individually or in groups to conceive of a social intervention of their own design. Students will present their plans, models and media to a committee to evaluate the potential of their work to create social change. Lab fee: $40. (4 credits)

MGT 378 Marketing Management

Creating a Positive Influence to Attract, Satisfy, and Retain Customers
Marketing is the process of creating exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational objectives. Topics include consumer behavior, market research, market segmentation, competitive positioning and strategy, advertising, pricing, distribution and channel management, selling techniques and sales force management, and new product development. Students conduct an industry analysis and write the marketing section for their business plan. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MGT 314 and WTG 192.

MGT 428 Business Law and Ethics

Learning to Act in Accord with Natural and National Law— Supporting Business Interactions through Contracts, Torts, and Agency Law

Law is a tool of progress. It creates the legal form of the business and enables business people to communicate clearly. It facilitates their commercial relationships and averts problems before they arise. Familiarity with business law and the natural laws upon which it is based promotes success for the individual and society. Topics include contracts, torts, agency, bankruptcy, secured transactions and property (real, personal, and intellectual property.) Students learn to select the most appropriate form of organization for their business and draft simple contracts. (4 credits)

MGT 484 Mediation and Negotiation

Utilizing the Deepest Principles of Human Nature to Create Win-Win Solutions

This course is a survey of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration methods of resolving disputes without litigation. Students gain practical negotiation skills through workshops and case studies. Topics include understanding other parties, building a productive framework for negotiation, defining objectives and strategy, framing proposals, and finding “win/win” solutions. (2–4 credits)

The above information is subject to change any time. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements. The content of this page was reviewed in February 2013.

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