Code Course Credits
ANTH 302 ANTH 302 - Cross Cultural Communication

The nature of cross-cultural interaction, drawing attention both to the unexpected variations in other cultures as well as to the presuppositions from one's own culture that inhibit cross-cultural communication. The need to take into account the dynamic of constant cultural change is also emphasized.Cross-listed: COMM 302; LING 302.Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)

Cross-listed: MCOM 372; LING 302

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or instructor’s consent. (0-0; 3-0)

ART 250 ART 250 - Foundations in Digital Design

An active exploration of graphic design essentials, creative ideation methods, and visual communication techniques. Students use creative thinking methodologies to experiment with a wide range of design approaches, evaluate the aesthetic and conceptual value of specific design solutions, and sharpen their creative, critical thinking, and perceptual skills.

NB: Priority given to Art + Design and Media and Communication students.

Cross-listed: MCOM 231.

Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)

ART 361 ART 361 - Imaging and Illustration Design

An exploration of the conception, production and analysis of imagery in graphic communication design, including photos, illustrations, and graphic marks. Imagery-based problems are investigated in multiple design contexts and formats. Specialized rendering techniques, digital studio practices and iconographic style development are considered.Cross-listed: COMM 381.Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or COMM 230, and one of the following: COMM 112; COMM 212; ART 181, ART 182, or instructor's consent. (0-3 or 0-3)

ART 362 ART 362 - Symbol & Typography Design

An exploration of integrated conceptual thinking and formal experimentation with type and related symbol systems in graphic communications. Emphasis is placed on type as image, principles of typesetting, hierarchy, and structure. The complex interaction of type in relation to other graphic elements in multiple design contexts and formats is considered.

Cross-listed: MCOM 332

Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or MCOM 231, and one of the following: MCOM 111; MCOM 261; ART 181, ART 182, or instructor's consent. (0-3 or 0-3)

COMM 110 COMM 110 - Research & Wrtg for Communication

This writing-intensive course orients students to the demands of academic research and writing within the media and communication major. By course completion the diligent student should be able to write lucid, academic, and researched prose in the genres of cultural critique, scientific reporting, and term papers. Central to the course are the twin emphases of critical thinking strategies and research methods in the information age.NB: Required of all media and communication majors.Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 3-0)

COMM 111 COMM 111 - Introduction to Communication

Designed to provide a framework of foundational knowledge about the nature of human interaction. The course surveys theories and research of communication in various contexts to foster understanding and analysis of communication behaviour and events.NB: Fulfils departmental human communication competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

COMM 112 COMM 112 - Mass Communication

An introduction to communication media and technology as they affect and are affected by the underlying cultural values of western society. Technological, political, social, and economic factors are surveyed as components affecting development of communication media.NB: departmental media studies competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 3-0)

COMM 211 COMM 211 - Public Speaking

This course covers the principles and skills of effective public speaking. It fosters an appreciation of the nature and uses of public speech-making including: surveys of the communication processes, ethical obligations, audience analysis, and principles of informative and persuasive speech-making. Participants develop and deliver several short speeches.NB: Fulfils departmental public speaking competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

COMM 260 COMM 260 - Introduction to Film Studies

This course covers the art of cinema as it explores issues related to film history, theory, criticism and practice. A central component of the course is the focus on experimental, alternative, and transgressive cinema and how it compares and contrasts with mainstream narrative cinema. Students gain experience in making short experimental films. Additionally, emphasis is placed upon ethical and spiritual considerations from a Christian perspective.NB: Lab fee. Fulfils departmental media studies competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 3-0)

COMM 308 COMM 308 - Playwriting

A course in the art of structuring action and dialogue for the stage. Students study dramatic theory and workshop an original one-act play that is submitted in an approved format by the end of term. Plays from the class may be selected for staged readings.Cross-listed: THTR 325.Prerequisite(s): Upper level standing. (0-0; 3-0)

COMM 310 COMM 310 - Business and Technical Writing

This workshop course offers students effective techniques for written and oral communication within the fields of business and industry, including key aspects of technical correspondence, report writing, oral communication, and the job-seeking process.Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104, and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent; fulfills departmental writing competency requirement. (3-0 or 3-0)

COMM 330 COMM 330 - Digital Filmmaking II

This advanced production course focuses on the key components necessary for making creative and compelling narrative and non-narrative short films. Topics include concept and script development, cinematography techniques, effective mise-en-scene integration, and production workflow. A key component also includes writing, producing, shooting, and editing short films.NB: Lab fee.Prerequisite(s): COMM 220. (0-0; 3-0)

COMM 334 COMM 334 - Introduction to Digital Recording

An introduction to various aspects of the recording arts with emphasis on working within the digital (virtual) studio environment with Cubase and other Virtual Instrument software.Cross-listed: MUSI 340.Prerequisite(s): MUSI 226 or instructor's consent. (1-3 or 1-3)

COMM 336 COMM 336 - Film History II

This historical-critical course helps students understand the role cinematic stories play in both impacting culture and reflecting their historical milieu, especially as they relate to the events and traumas of World War II and the Cold War. Students explore key post-World War II film movements including neo-realism, the French New Wave, the New German Cinema, the rise of art house cinema, auteur theory, and the moral rebellions of the 1960s and 70s.NB: Not offered every year. See department chair. Fulfils departmental media studies competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

COMM 351 COMM 351 - Communications Practicum

This practicum provides students with a work-and-learn experience in the field of communications, on or off campus. In addition to their work experience, practica students meet regularly as a class to discuss workplace issues, communication challenges, and assignments.NB: Open only to Communication majors, concentrations, and minors and students working with student media (i.e., student newspaper, student yearbook, student video yearbook). Only 3 sem. hrs. apply toward the major; others go to electives for a maximum total of 8 sem. hrs.Communications Practicum courses are pass/fail courses.Prerequisite(s): Second year standing or above.

COMM 411 COMM 411 - Media, Culture, and Criticism

A seminar investigating the cultural environment in which we live as the context of all communication. Selected media within contemporary culture are explored in terms of their contribution to the postmodern age.NB: Fulfils departmental theory and criticism competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year standing. (0-0; 3-0)

COMM 413 COMM 413 - Public Relations Writing

An advanced course that focuses on the style and technique of writing for public relations and corporate communications. Students discover the dynamics of strategic and persuasive writing while creating key pieces such as brochures, ads, newsletters, and press releases. Opportunity is given to create a communications package for a public relations client.Prerequisite(s): COMM 212 or 213, or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)

COMM 414 COMM 414 - Narrative Non-Fiction

Current magazine and newspaper writing employs narrative non-fiction's creative tools to bring true stories to life. In this advanced workshop-style course, students study examples of the best published memoir, personal narrative, travel writing, and immersion journalism and write several pieces of publishable quality in a variety of non-fiction genres.Prerequisite(s): COMM 212 or 270; or ENGL 207 or 208; or instructor's consent (writing samples may be required). (3-0 or 3-0)

COMM 430 COMM 430 - Persuasive Communication

This course investigates the art, science, and practice of persuasive communication in its many forms and contexts. It examines theories and research in human influence and how language, images, and non-verbal cues can mold people's attitudes and actions. There is opportunity to carry out a social science project in interpersonal or mediated persuasion, and to seriously consider the ethical implications of one's persuasive efforts.Fulfills departmental theory and criticism requirement.Prerequisite(s): COMM 111 and at least third year standing.

COMM 470 COMM 470 - Feature Writing for News & Magazine

Building on skills developed in COMM 212 or 270, students study the best in magazine and newspaper feature writing and produce several pieces of their own with the intent of publishing their work.Prerequisite(s): COMM 212 or 270; ENGL 103, 104, and third or fourth year standing. (3-0; 0-0)

MCOM 172 MCOM 172 - Intro toInterpersonal Communication

An introduction to basic self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. Students learn about the nature of the communication process. The emphasis is on developing and practising the ability to communicate effectively with others. As part of the course requirements, students are expected to share personal (but not necessarily private) experiences with others.NB: Course taught at Catholic Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre. Fulfils departmental human communication competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

MCOM 221 MCOM 221 - Digital Filmmaking I

This introductory course in the art and craft of digital video production familiarizes students with the “classical” approach to cinematic aesthetics and techniques. Students work individually and collaboratively as they produce, shoot, and edit short films. Emphasis is placed on analyzing films from a filmmaker’s perspective.

NB: Lab fee. Fulfils university core requirement for aesthetic and performance inquiry. Fulfils departmental visual creativity competency requirement; required of all film concentrations and minors.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

MCOM 251 MCOM 251 - Introduction to Journalism

The journalistic principle of “serving the public interest” has been understood as serving one’s own public, social class or nation. With the global reach of media, journalism’s “public” becomes the citizens of the world. How are ethical principles of objectivity, balance and independence understood in a global context? How can journalism help citizens understand local, national, and global problems such as poverty, environmental degradation, technological inequalities and political instability? Students examine Canadian and international media, evaluate the news process, consider the role of reporters in this process, and learn basic news writing.

NB: Course fee. Fulfils University core requirement for social and global inquiry.

Prerequisite(s): MCOM 191. (3-0; 0-0)

MCOM 261 MCOM 261 - Writing for Publication

A seminar/tutorial approach to the rudiments of writing non-fiction. Principles of producing effective feature material, along with general editorial requirements, are outlined.NB: Fulfils departmental writing competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

MCOM 311 MCOM 311 - Television and Culture

This course provides an in-depth look at television as a mass medium with particular financial and cultural constraints. Students examine the decision-making process behind television programming, learn criteria for viewing television critically, and ask how Christians may respond to television responsibly.NB: Fulfils departmental media studies competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year standing. (3-0; 0-0)

MCOM 361 MCOM 361 - Screenwriting

This course introduces students to the history, art, and craft of cogent short-form film and television writing. It involves theoretical and applied components. Topics include concept, conflict, and character development, writing treatments, structure and plot point crafting, genre considerations, theme and character dynamics, mood and stylistic concerns, etc. Selective scripts from the course may be used in advanced production courses.NB: Lab fee.Prerequisite(s): MCOM 261 or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)

MCOM 371 MCOM 371 - Relational Communicaton

This course provides an in-depth look at communication in close relationships. The course begins with models of relational communication and proceeds with self- and other perceptions, verbal and nonverbal strategies and rituals, then the larger processes of communication in developing, sustaining, struggling, and ending relationships. Three featured topics include the role of conflict, verbal abuse, and personal style as factors in close relationships.NB: Fulfils departmental human communication competency requirement.Prerequisite(s): Second year standing. (3-0 ; 0-0)