FCAT Elective Courses

Important Note: Not all courses will be open or offered each semester. For the most current information, please visit the Academic Calendar and goSFU.

CMNS 110: Introduction to Communication Studies (B-SOC)

An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication. Breadth-Social Sciences.

 

CMNS 130: Communication and Social Change

An introduction to the forms, theories and institutions of communication as they relate to broader social change, with a focus on the political, economic and regulatory shifts characterizing Canadian and transnational media systems. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication.

CMNS 210: Media History

An assessment of the social implications of developments in information technology from prehistory to the middle of the 20th century. Topics include: the origins of symbolic representation; the oral tradition; the significance of different systems of writing and numeration; the consequences of print; and the initial changes brought about by electronic media. Prerequisite: CMNS 110.

CMNS 230: The Cultural Industries in Canada: Global Context

What do we mean when we talk about the 'cultural industries' today? This course explores the business structure and economics of the cultural sectors, the regulatory and policy frameworks, and their social and cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to develop, compare and contrast at least two sectors from the audio, print or visual industries. While the primary focus is on the Canadian case, students will be encouraged to look at other countries. Overriding themes explore the following: relationships between public and private sectors; independent and commercial creators; rights of creators versus distributors; specialty and general media; indigenous and global contents. Prerequisite: CMNS 130.

CMNS 235: News Media, the Public, and Democracy

Introduces students to the study of the relationship between public communication, information media practices and structures, and democracy. Examines the role of media and communication in existing and emerging democratic contexts, including print and electronic journalism, alternative media, public spheres, and the challenges of constructing and maintaining a democratic media and communication environment in Canadian and global contexts. Prerequisite: CMNS 130.

CMNS 258: Introduction to Electroacoustic Communication

An introduction to the audio medium as a communication tool and to electroacoustic aspects of communication in general. Specific techniques of field recording, interviewing, editing, sound processing, multi-tracking, and basic digital studio techniques will be presented using the school's studio facilities.

CMNS 259: Acoustic Dimensions of Communication

A course designed to develop the student's perception and understanding of sound and its behavior in the interpersonal, social, environmental, media and creative fields. The acoustic and psychoacoustic bases of sound will be introduced with special reference to acoustic design, the electroacoustic media, and sonic environments.

CMNS 321: Cultural Production of Popular Music

Examination of the cultural production of popular music with emphasis on the relationship between the nature and strategies of popular music production and the patterns of its audience consumption. Prerequisite: CMNS 221.

All CMNS 300 and 400-level courses are 100% restricted to approved CMNS Honours, Major, Joint Major, Extended Minor, CMNS Minor and/or Dialogue Minor students. These restrictions are removed by the end of the first 3 weeks of enrollment (e.g., by March 31st for Summer 2015 registration). 

NEW: All CMNS course prerequisites are essential, and should be taken. If a waiver is required, students must complete the appropriate form (available on the CMNS website, and at the CMNS General Office), and have it approved by the course instructor, prior to submitting it to the CMNS General Office or to a CMNS Advisor.

CMNS 322: Documentary Media

Introduction to the history and theory of documentary film, focusing on a range of examples from the 1920's to the present. Explores the shifting definition of documentary and realism. Students with credit for CMNS 386 with the topic "Problems in Documentary" may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 60 units including CMNS 220; or FPA 135, 136 or 137.

All CMNS 300 and 400-level courses are 100% restricted to approved CMNS Honours, Major, Joint Major, Extended Minor, CMNS Minor and/or Dialogue Minor students.These restrictions are removed by the end of the first 3 weeks of enrollment (e.g., by March 31st for Summer 2015 registration). 

NEW: All CMNS course prerequisites are essential, and should be taken. If a waiver is required, students must complete the appropriate form (available on the CMNS website, and at the CMNS General Office), and have it approved by the course instructor, prior to submitting it to the CMNS General Office or to a CMNS Advisor.

CMNS 349: Environment, Media and Communication

An examination of how media, culture and communication shape public opinion and behavior about environmental issues such as global warming (un)sustainable resource use and pollution, with special attention to the impact of practices such as advertising, public relations, science and risk communication, journalism and advocacy communication upon public discourse about the environment, and the role of dialogue and deliberation in mediating and resolving conflict over environmental issues. Students with credit for CMNS 388 (in Summer 2010, Spring 2011, or Summer 2012) may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 60 units, including at least one upper division course in CMNS, DIAL, EVSC, GEOG or BlSC.

 

All CMNS 300 and 400-level courses are 100% restricted to approved CMNS Honours, Major, Joint Major, Extended Minor, CMNS Minor and/or Dialogue Minor students. These restrictions are removed by the end of the first 3 weeks of enrollment (e.g., by March 31st for Summer 2015 registration). 

NEW: All CMNS course prerequisites are essential, and should be taken. If a waiver is required, students must complete the appropriate form (available on the CMNS website, and at the CMNS General Office), and have it approved by the course instructor, prior to submitting it to the CMNS General Office or to a CMNS Advisor.

FPA 104: Music Fundamentals

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the elements of music and teaches the skill of reading music notation. An introduction to music theory and exposure to the application of music materials in a wide spectrum of music literature will be accompanied by practical exercises. The course is designed for students with no formal music training. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

FPA 120: Contemporary and Popular Dance  

A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every semester including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

FPA 135: Introduction to Cinema (B-HUM)

An introductory course designed to facilitate a fundamental understanding of film technique, style and form in order to develop the skills with which to analyze films of all genres. Through lectures and screenings it will provide an overview of the social, aesthetic and technical development of motion pictures, introducing tools for the formal analysis of the elements of cinema: cinematography and lighting, art direction, performance, editing, sound and the screenplay. The formal and historical elements of documentary, avant-garde and dramatic films will be addressed. The course will involve the screening and discussion of several complete feature films and shorts, as well as excerpts from others. Breadth-Humanities.

FPA 136: The History and Aesthetics of Cinema I (B-HUM)

This course will examine the early development of cinema from 1890 until about 1945, with particular emphasis on the fundamental principles of film as an art form. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Breadth-Humanities.

FPA 142: 21st Century Music Appreciation (B-HUM)

This course aims to develop a critical ear and advanced listening skills. The course will take a post-modern approach to appreciation in that it will present a diversity of music from many cultures, styles, and periods in an effort to discover similarities, differences, and defining characteristics. Breadth-Humanities

FPA 149Q: Sound [Quantitative]

Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance.   Students who take FPA 184 cannot take FPA 149 for further credit. Quantitative.

FPA 168: Visual Art and Culture [B-HUM]

A study of the visual arts from the twentieth century to the present, with attention to the artists, artworks, movements, and discourses that re-defined the functions and meanings of art. The debates of modernism, postmodernity, postcolonialism, feminism, and the avant-garde will be systematically explored. Breadth-Humanities.

FPA 237: Select Topics Film and Video [B-HUM]

This course will cover a specific topic within the field of film and video studies not covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses, such as: a national cinema; film and politics; Quebec cinema; documentary film and video, etc.  Weekly sessions. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: FPA 136 or 137. Breadth-Humanities.

FPA 317: Intro to Performance Studies [B-HUM]

Traces the interdisciplinary origins of performance studies and brings its concepts and methods to bear on dance, music, theatre, performance art, and media performance. Prerequisite: Minimum of 45 units, including one critical or history course within the School for Contemporary Arts; or by prior approval.  Students with credit for FPA 311 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities

FPA 337: Select Topics Film and Video

An intermediate course in critical studies in film addressing a variety of topics. This course may be taken twice for credit under another topic. Prerequisite: 6 credits in film studies or 9 credits in FPA courses including FPA 136 or 137.

FPA 341: World Music

The relationship of music and culture, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and indigenous cultures of North America. Specific cultural areas may be selected for intensive study in any particular term. Prerequisite: 45 units. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

IAT 100: Digital Image Design (B-HUM)

This is a project-based course that introduces the theory and hands-on practice of art and design in digital media. As the introductory course in IAT, this course teaches the core fundamental principles in 2D visual design, sequential and animation design. Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography and vector image creation. The theory is contextualized in contemporary new media design practice and is broadly applicable across disciplines. Breadth-Humanities.

IAT 110: Visual Communication Design (B-HUM)

Visual communication for art and design in digital media. Students learn the fundamentals of digital raster and vector image creation. Design principles such as form, typography and colour theory as they apply to digital media will be taught. Students will have core projects in digital photography, magazine layout and kinetic typography. Primarily for non-SIAT majors; while SIAT majors may take the course, it does not count for credit for SIAT degree requirements. Breadth-Humanities.

IAT 201: Human-Computer Interaction and Cognition

Introduces topics in human perception, cognition and embodied action as a foundation of design for human use. It explores the practical application of techniques for analyzing diverse interactive situations and designing effective user interfaces. Students will engage in the analysis and design of a simple user interface, gaining detailed knowledge and experience with the standard basic techniques for interface specification, prototyping and evaluation. Prerequisite: Completion of 24 units, including at least one lower division "W" course.

IAT 210: Introduction to Game Studies: Theory and Design (B-HUM/B-SOC)

Reviews the history of games, tracing the evolution of game design from board and card games through the latest electronic products. Examines the medium of games through various lenses: games as rules (game design), games as play (game experience), and games as culture (culture within games, and role of games and game cultures). Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

IAT 206W: Media Across Cultures (B-Hum)

Introduces a discursive framework for media, design and cultural interfaces enabling students to interpret, negotiate, and engage with new media with an awareness of the significance of cultural and contextual difference. Assessment is based on written and project work. Prerequisite: completion of 18 units. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

IAT 208: Drawing as Inquiry

An overview of the various forms and languages of drawing as both a critical and creative research tool. Activities and projects in each unit offer opportunities to understand and apply drawing as a medium for visual thinking and conceptualization. Related social and gender concerns are investigated to contextualize figurative representations within a broader cultural framework.

IAT 222: Interactive Arts (B-Hum)

Introduces key concepts within contemporary digital art practices. Issues surrounding digital art will be explored through readings, the study of artworks, and the creation of their own artistic projects. Prerequisite: completion of 24 units. Breadth-Humanities.

IAT 313: Narrative and New Media

Explores the role of narrative in various media and New Media environments, from traditional linear environments and multi-linear and networked media environments. Examines the relationship of narrative elements in the light of the practice and the aesthetics of New Media. It will include an overview of New Media theorists. Prerequisite: Completion of 48 units.

PUB 101: Publication of Self in Everyday Life

An exploration of how social media have transformed social behaviour (presentation of self) into proto-publishing (publication of self) by encouraging greater public participation in publishing in all forms of publishing in society. Using online tracking to discern practices, attention is given to how social media contribute to the social identities of participants and how they affect social interaction.

PUB 131: Publication Design Technologies

Introduction to the elements and principles of graphic design with a focus on the development of software skills, in design, layout, and production.

PUB 201: The Publication of Corporate Self

Social media are transforming the public behaviour of organizations into publishing activities focused on the management of their social identities. In the context of emerging conceptual frameworks, students will learn about, track, and discern social media practices, and then develop and implement strategies for interactions of organizations with governments, partners and rivals, consumers, citizens and society. Prerequisite: Pub 101 highly recommended.

PUB 212: Effective Practice in Professional Communication

An exploration and applied examination of effective practice in public engagement using simulations of public relations practice including such elements as message research and planning, campaign development, promotion, publicity, image creation, crisis communication, and publication planning. Prerequisite: 25 units; PUB 210 highly recommended.

PUB 231: Graphic Design Fundamentals

The theory and practice of graphic design with a focus on the development of design skills including concept generation, design, layout, and producton. IAT 102 is recommended. Students who have taken PUB 230 may not take PUB 231 for credit. Prerequisite: PUB 131 or equivalent.

PUB 331: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Books

An in-depth study of the design methods fundamental to books in print and digital media. Students evaluate, and engage in the design and repurposing of publications, exploring current practices of content delivery online and through mobile devices. Emphasis is placed on innovative methods and design practices for screen-based publishing. Students who have credit for CMNS 473 or PUB 330 may not take PUB 331 for further credit. Prerequisite: PUB 231.

PUB 332: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Periodicals

An in-depth study of the design methods fundamental to periodicals in print and in digital media. Students evaluate, and engage in the design and repurposing of publications, exploring current practices of content delivery online and through mobile devices. Emphasis is placed on innovative methods and design practices for screen-based publishing. Students cannot receive credit for both PUB 331 and PUB 332. Prerequisite: PUB 231-3.