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RTD 200 Understanding Media - Basic overview of electronic media, history, current issues and future trends, programming content, technological and regulatory matters, media ethics, social effects and business practices. Critical viewing or listening and analysis of aesthetic techniques, formats, genres and content.

RTD 201 Intro to Media Production - Introduction to the functions, theories, materials and techniques of writing and production for audio, video and television. Students write, perform and produce audio and video projects both in and out of the studio. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: RTD major.

RTD 305 Understanding Audiences –  Students learn the importance of understanding the habits and preferences of their audience and develop an understanding and an appreciation of the business aspects of the media. Lab fee: $45.

RTD 308 Media, Law, Policy, Regulation 
- Students learn the historical foundations, legal principles, regulatory framework, and current policy issues within the rapidly changing electronic media industry. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200.

RTD 310  Electronic News Writing- Designed to cover selecting, writing and editing news material for presentation on radio, television and online. Lab hours required. Lab fee: $45. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and RTD 201 or consent of the department.

RTD 311 Audio Journalism Elctrnc Media - The techniques of gathering, producing and presenting news for radio and other aural media. Skills in research, interviewing, news judgment, ethics, and audio recording are explored. New distribution channels are examined. Lab hours required. Lab fee: $45. Prerequisite: RTD 310 or consent of instructor.

RTD 312 Electronic Sports Journalism – Explores the foundations of electronic sports reporting, including legal and ethical considerations.  Emphasis on responsible reporting practices while on deadline and enterprise reporting. Prerequisite: RTD 310.

RTD 321 Sports, Media & Society– Examines the roles sports play in contemporary society, as well as the ways in which media are used to present, and analyze, these roles.  Issues of socialization, race, class, gender, sexuality, business and power as they relate to sort competition and to presentation in the media. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 or equivalent.

RTD 325 The Media You Use - Students examine business practices of the various  media and entertainment industries, including radio, television, satellite, cable, movies, publishing, music, gaming, sports, and all forms of online, mobile, and emerging media.

RTD 326 Entertainment Corporation – This class focuses on the entertainment corporation in terms of its internal structure, external relationships, industrial operations, and media output.  A different corporation may be selected as a case study for any particular semester. 

RTD 327 Media as a BusinessStudents learn about the business practices of the media and how they operate within a global economy.  Topic areas may include current trends, future issues, program content, distribution platforms, regulation, audience assessment, and emerging media technologies.  

RTD 331 Digital Graphics -  Course covers skills essential to digital image creation and workflow management for all stages of video production by integrating aesthetics, design and visual literacy.  Students build an understanding of graphic computing processes by creating still images with and for different applications, and move on to creating animations, titles and simple post-production effects.  Projects advance creativity, critical thinking and design skills.  Lab fee: $55.

RTD 340 Television Studies - Exploring television institutions, programs, audiences adn how they interact withour lives.  Restricted to junior or senior standing, or consent of the instructor. 

RTD 341 TV in the US - This course is designed to develop an appreciation of US television by examing various factors (political, cultural, technological, among others) that have influenced both the content and context of American television.  

RTD 351 Program Content & Distribution - Students learn the social and economic purposes and methods of obtaining, developing, launching, scheduling, and evaluating programming content for public and commercial electronic media.  Lab fee: $45.

RTD 357 Promoting the Media - Facing unprecedented competition, the media are turning to marketing and promotion events to help win the hearts and minds of audiences and advertisers. Promotion has become a serious business and the industry is looking for professionals who can be both analytical and creative.

RTD 360 Electronic Media Performance - The development of disciplines controlling vocal and visual mechanics and interpretative performances for announcers, newscasters, interviewers and narrators of various radio and television situations. Laboratory hours required. Lab fee: $45. Prerequisite: RTD 310 or RTD 383 or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor; Theatre 203 recommended.

RTD 361 Sound Mix in Popular Culture - A theoretical and design approach to sound in a digital environment within the context of popular culture. Projects include mash-ups, digital storytelling, soundscapes in virtual environments, live mixes, and sound in image. Readings and creative practice using digital technologies.  Lab fee: $55.

RTD 362I Sound Art and Practice - (University Core Curriculum course) This course will provide students with a philosophical understanding of the concepts and practices used in sound art and practice today and historically; and, more importantly, in a variety of careers and in society in general. This course will introduce students to audio technology and terminology as well as expose them to the many applications of sound, as art and function, in society, regardless of their desire to pursue sound as a career. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 363 Radio & Audio Production - Planning and production for radio. Study of different formats (documentary, drama, commercials, promotional announcements): Short form production in labs. Introduction to multitrack recording and editing. Examination of audio production techniques in related fields. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and RTD 201.

RTD 365A Single Camera Field Prod - Hands on practical instruction in a single camera field production.  Through a series of individual and group exercises and assignments, students write, direct, light, shoot and edit original videos in a range of styles including documentary, narrative, promotional and experimental.  The class covers pre-production and work-flow, introducing participants to professional industry practice.  Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and RTD 201.

RTD 365B Multi-Camera Production - Designed to advance understanding of television production principles, student producers create work grounded in traditional and professional practices while learning the basic tools of television production. Focus is upon multi-camera studio production. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and RTD 201.

RTD 369 TV Directing - Practical experience in the art of directing various genres associated with television, and the applied study of directing theory and visual storytelling.  Lab exercises can include multi-camera and single camera formats, as well as work with actors.  Lab hours required. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 365A , or permission of instructor.

RTD 370 TV News Reporting - Reporting, writing, editing and producing television news. Students simulate the disciplines of daily television newsgathering. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 310 or consent of instructor.

RTD 373 Music Business Overview - A survey of the music business, examining the challenges facing the industry such as piracy, new media, and corporate consolidation. Explore how these issues affect what is produced and broadcast, the impact on the consumer, and emerging legal issues. Careers in the industry will be examined, with discussion of where the industry is headed, and what new business models are being forged.  One class trip to Nashville will be included during the course.  Lab fee:  $55.

RTD 374 Entertainment Industry Nashville - Examines the multi-dimensional entertainment industry in Nashville, including record labels, television, commercials, video, film, artist management, publishing, PROs, and radio. Five trips to Nashville with presentations from top industry professionals. Visits to recording studios and television networks. Explores career paths and necessary qualifications for success. Lab fee: $175. Prerequisite: C in RTD 200 and RTD 201. Restricted to RTD majors.

RTD 375 Intro to Audio Engineering - (Same as Music 375) Introduces basic principles of sound and how audio can be captured and manipulated utilizing current recording technology.  The course incorporates concepts of signal flow, microphone selection and placement, signal processing and mixing. The objective is for the student to render a multi-track recording, from concept to completion, employing all the above concepts to demonstrate a solid knowledge of recording fundamentals. Lab Fee: $55. Restricted to RTD majors.

RTD 376 Advanced Audio Engineering - (Same as Music 376) This course further develops the skills introduced in RT 375. Advanced methods will be practiced, including use of signal processing, routing, mixing and mastering. The objective is to have command of a larger format in-line console, and record/mix a multi-track session in Pro Tools, utilizing various microphone techniques, plug-ins, aux sends/returns, patchbay and automation.  Prerequisite: RTD 375 or permission of instructor. Lab Fee: $55.

RTD 377 Selling Media – Students learn the techniques, strategies, and means of selling the many products and services of the media industries, including programming content, show concepts, and advertising. Lab fee: $45. 

RTD 378 Writing for Game Production This course teaches the understanding and performance of the variety of writing skills involved in the creation and development of digital media.  Good writing skills are essential to the pursuit of all interactive media and well-written project documents greatly aid in the success of a digital media project.  The skills learned will be useful in pursuing a career in many new media industries, including the game industry. 

RTD 379 Sports Venue Production The course is designed to give practical, hands-on experience in multiple television technical and production positions during actual sporting events.  Students will advance this working knowledge while producing in-game entertainment for video scoreboards and live multi-camera ESPN-3 telecasts of on-campus sporting events.  Classroom instruction will also include the various elements that make up a professional telecast.   Prerequisite:  RTD 201 with a grade of C or better.  Restricted to sophomore standing or above, or consent of instructor.  

RTD 382 2D Digital Character Animation I - The course instills an understanding and fluency in practical principles and techniques of 2D digital animation, with emphasis on character design and animation.  Students learn 2D animation techniques and create 2D animations for broadcast, web and interactive environments.  In addition, students are exposed to other topics including story-telling and storyboarding, animatics, vector vs. bitmap image processing, and using major file formats. Prerequisite: Special approval needed from the instructor.

RTD 383 Writing for Media Arts - Introduction to creative writing for media, including radio, television, Internet and other emerging media applications. Includes analysis of format, narrative structure and story in produced scripts and aired programs. Lab fee: $45. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and RTD 201 or consent of the instructor.

RTD 384 Campus Media Practicum - Practical experience in media operations on the campus. Instructor makes determination on student duties, based on needs of the Broadcast Service or the department and the desires of the student. A minimum of four hours per week. Students obtain an application form from academic advisor. Mandatory Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

RTD 385 Newsroom Leadership Practicum – Practical experience in newsroom leadership on the campus.  Instructor makes determination on student duties, based on needs of the WSIU-TV, WSIU-FM, or the department and the desires of the student.  Students work under direct supervision of newsroom professional staff.  Mandatory Pass/Fail.  Prerequisite: RTD 310.  Special approval needed from the instructor.

RTD 389 Electronic Media Workshop
 - Specialized work in various areas of electronic media. Topics will vary. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Past topics have been:

  • Sports Venue Production
  • Television in America
  • Basic Web Development
  • Telling Stories for Radio
  • Writing for Game Production
  • Sound for Gaming
  • Pre-production Sports

RTD 391 Independent Study - Area of study to be determined by student in consultation with Radio, Television, and Digital Media faculty. No more than two students may work on the same project. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

RTD 392 Media Studies Workshop - Specialized work in various ares of Media Studies.  Topics will vary but could include Reality Television, Gender and the Media.  Prerequisite: RTD 200 With a grade of C or better.

RTD 395 Internship Program - News, production, performance and/or marketing/management work experience with a non-university professional organization. The student will undertake a work experience beyond that available at the university. No retroactive credit for previous work experience. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Student may earn no more than 9 internship hours from RTD 395 and 396. Prerequisite: junior standing, GPA of 2.50 or better. Pass/Fail

RTD 396 Hollywood Studies/Internship - Supervised work and study experience in Los Angeles, California, in areas of production, program development, casting, distribution, etc. Students work closely with Hollywood professionals and attend seminars on various facets of the industry. Summer session only.  Students may earn no more than 9 internship hours from RTD 395 and 396. Prerequisite: junior standing, GPA of 2.50 or better, faculty coordinator approval. Pass/Fail

RTD 403 TV Lighting – Covers typical lighting situations encountered in the field of television.  Practical exercises are used extensively.  Prerequisite: RTD 365A or concurrent enrollment.  Restricted to RTD majors.  Lab fee: $55.

RTD 405 Media Economics - Focus on economic and financial forces affecting the media industries. Study of the economic practices and impacts of corporate mergers and synergies, global integration of media firms, multi-stream revenue generation, barriers to entry and regulatory constraints. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and consent of instructor.

RTD 450 TV Documentary Production - An overview of the development of various types, styles and schools of major documentary production including analysis of American and International documentaries. Students will also research, write and produce several short form documentaries. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: RTD 365 or consent of instructor. Restricted to RTD majors and senior standing.

RTD 455 Oral History and Media - (Same as HIST 498) This course will develop an appreciation of the field of oral history, methodological concerns and applications. Students will learn about the oral history process, including interview preparation and research, interview technique, the nature and character of evidence, transcribing, and legal and ethical concerns. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

RTD 457 Media Marketing - The core issues of marketing media products in a variety of contexts, such as launching a television program or series, opening a film, introducing an Internet website or application. Attention to branding and media planning, including developing an online marketing strategy. Lab fee: $45. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and consent of instructor.

RTD 461 Visual Effects in Post Production - This course teaches the understanding and creation of contemporary visual effects work.  We will cover both the science and art of visual effects covering motion graphic design principles (including typography), traditional technique (storyboarding, mattes, masks, adjustment layers), chromakey compositing, 2D Graphic animation, and CGI motion matching for 2D and 3D shots.  Production work flows and client management will also be covered.  The skills learned will be useful in pursuing a career in many media industries, including television, cinema, and games.   Lab fee: $50. Prerequisite: RTD 201 with a C or better, restricted to junior or senior status.

RTD 463 Sound Art Practice II - This course allows students to explore sound as an art form. During the semester, students create original sound works and learn hands on approaches to technology, which include building low cost microphones. Experimental sound synthesis and original approaches to creative sound will be explored as well as methods of collaboration and exhibition. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 464 Audio Documentary and Diversity - (Same as WGSS 464) This course focuses on the creation of short and long form audio documentaries by students, regardless of production background. Introduces students to basic production techniques and diversity considerations during the making of a documentary. This course uses qualitative methods to investigate an issue or to document an event, with an emphasis on observation and interview techniques. Topics will explore the role of gender, race, ethnicity and class during the planning, gathering and production stages of the documentary. Open to non-majors. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 465 Advanced TV Production - Instruction and practical experience in the development of programming for television. Students will produce individual and/or small group projects for broadcast and follow the projects through from concept to completion. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: RTD 365A or consent of instructor. Restricted to RTD majors and senior standing.

RTD 466 Motion Graphics-Students build skills in visualization and design for motion graphics through a series of practical projects that include the creation of animated graphic packages, titles, sequences and short animations. Course guides the students in honing messages for visual works and covers best practices for working with clients and workflows for motion graphics production. Recommended: RTD 331 or equivalent graphics experience. Lab fee: $50.

RTD 467 Global Media - Global media history, main theories, and current developments. The significance of global trends for local and regional media and cultures. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 200 and RTD 201 and senior standing, or consent of instructor.

RTD 469 Video for Non-majors - Basic shooting and editing to students interested in using video for purposes other than professional television production, such as education, business or Web page development. The course surveys video formats and applications. Students produce projects using editing and special effects. Credit not given to RTD majors. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

RTD 470 Television News Field Production - Advanced field reporting for television. Students will work under the supervision of the instructor to develop, investigate and report news stories for television. This process will also study the development and production of the mini-documentary. Class will utilize professional grade video recorders, cameras and editing systems. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: RTD 370 or consent.

RTD 473 Media Management - This course provides students with an understanding of how media firms operate within a complex social, poliitical, and multicultural environment, and examines the breadth of the decision making processes involved. Management and leadership of media organizations require dealing with unique challenges and complex problems associated with a creative-oriented and highly visible industry. Restricted to junior standing. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 475 MIDI Production  - Comprehensive study of sequencing techniques, editing, sampling and hardware and software based instruments will be applied with hands-on exercises and projects. Skills developed in this course will enable students to creatively utilize the most current MIDI technology for use in writing, arranging, recording, and manipulating music and audio for albums, jingles, and film/television. Prerequisite: C or better in RTD 375 or consent of instructor. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 476 Creative Audio Producing - This course puts the student in the role of recording producer, including responsibility for all decision-making during project development and production.  Includes selection of material, budgeting, contracts, scheduling, performances, and all aspects of recording. Emphasis is placed on communication with clients, artists and engineers. Related elements include publishing, copyright and con-tracts. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 477 Investigative Reporting – Each student will choose one topic and produce a story with multimedia elements.  Students will do in-depth research, conduct interviews, and investigate issues and topics of their choice with approval of the instructor.  The latest investigative techniques will be explored as well as legal and ethical issues.  Stories can air on public television or radio or appear online.   Lab fee: $55.

RTD 478 Game Narratives - Teaches students the core ideas and practices of game narratives.  It covers: The conceptual fundamentals of theories of game narrative design; the technical and organizational process of creating a narrative game.  This includes designing and implementing a narrative game using an appropriate software tool. While game narrative is at the center of this course, the skills and knowledge acquired in this class are applicable to a broad range of design-centric fields and contexts.  Restricted to junior and senior level.  Special approval needed from the instructor.

RTD 479 Multi-Camera Field Production - Concentration on the techniques, conventions and implementation of live-event, multi-camera production in the field, including concerts, awards shows, and sports. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: RTD 365A and RTD 365B or consent of instructor.

RTD 480 Emerging Media - Examination of developments in emerging media, including Internet applications, mobile media, and gaming, among others. Exploration of the impact of emerging media on traditional media cultures and economies. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.

RTD 483 Script to Screen I: Writing the Pilot - In sequence with RTD 484, Script to Screen II. Script to Screen I concentrates on scriptwriting for serial fictional television-situation comedies and dramas. Students analyze structure, form, style and content of TV shows and scripts.  They will write the “bible” for an original series as well as the pilot episode for that series. Some scripts from this class will be produced in RTD 484. Lab fee: $45. Prerequisite: RTD 365A or consent of instructor.

RTD 484 Script to Screen II - In sequence with RTD 483, Script to Screen I. In this course, students produce a pilot for a sitcom or dramatic television program, from scripts written by students in RTD 483. Topics include casting, budgeting, scheduling, script analysis, location management, production design, staging, lighting, directing and acting for the camera. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: Senior standing, RTD 365A and RTD 365B, or consent of instructor.

RTD 485 Digital Post Production - Students will examine all aspects of the postproduction process. The course combines editing theory and practice with critiquing professional programs and practical editing exercises. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: RTD 365 or consent of instructor.

RTD 487 3D Animation I: Modeling - In this course, students will gain a solid foundation in creating 3D computer graphics using industry standard computer software and hardware. Through analysis and practice, students will develop an understanding of the principles of 3D modeling, lighting, texturing and rendering. Conceptual design and professional practices will also be addressed. Skills learned in this course will prepare students for the 3D Animation II class.  Lab fee: $55.

RTD 488 3D Animation II: Animation & Visual EFX- This intermediate course builds upon the skills learned in the 3D Animation I course, and will focus on narrative development, motion design and creating visual effects generation using industry standard practices. Topics include key frame animation, inverse kinematics, special effects using dynamics and the application of physics-based properties to 3D geometry. A term project utilizes the creative and technical skills explored in class. Prerequisite: RTD 487 (3D Animation I) or consent of instructor. Lab fee: $55.

RTD 489 Electronic Media Workshop - Advanced work in various areas of electronic media. Special approval needed from the instructor. Lab fee: $55. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

  • Reality TV
  • Spirituality, Media and Communication
  • Virtual Worlds
  • US Television History

RTD 490 3D Animation III: Production Studio - This advanced course builds upon the skills mastered in the 3D Animation I and II courses. Students walk through the 3D animation production cycle to produce a high-quality 3D animation suitable for portfolio exhibition. Class critiques and project analyses are used to direct students through the production process. This course advances students’ knowledge of industry-standard practices.  Prerequisites: RTD 487, or RTD 488, or MCMA 497.  Lab fee: $55.

RTD 491 Independent Study - Area of study to be determined by student in consultation with graduate faculty. No more than two students may work on same project. Students must complete an application form which is available from the departmental advisor. Lab fee: $45. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: senior standing and consent.

RTD 492 Advanced Electronic Media Studies Workshop - Advanced topics in Media Studies such as Children and Media, Gender and Media, Race and Media. Restricted to Junior and Senior standing or consent of instructor.

RTD 496 Sound and Moving Image - This course examines in detail the relationship of sound and moving images. It traces intertwined histories, revealing important collaborations and technological developments that set precedents for both film and video. While the primary focus of this course is the artistic creation of soundtracks, we will also explore musical scoring and orchestration as utilized by film and television com-posers.  Students will learn about and create sound designs, Foley sound and mix to picture sessions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Lab fee: $55.

RTD497 African Americans & Film This courseis an historical and critical exploration of the diverse images of African-Americans in cinema which examines the roles that racism and power play in the construction of black film representations as well as in modes of film production and marketing. The course emphasizes critical viewing of films to determine the impact that African American filmic representations have on contemporary society. Restricted to junior standing or approval of the instructor.