Summer 2023 - CMNS 226 D100

Digital Media Communication Techniques (3)

Class Number: 1223

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 8652, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. CMNS 220 recommended.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces students to a variety of digital media communication technologies and techniques, including image and sound capturing and manipulation, Internet-based publishing and research, digitizing, editing and archiving. Design and management tasks involved in communicating using digital media are also introduced, including audio and video editing and processing, data integrity management, file structuring and packaging, and work presentation.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course employs the forms, functions and genres of both fictional and documentary storytelling to introduce students to a variety of digital media communication technologies and techniques including: image and sound capturing and manipulation, Internet-based publishing and research, digitizing, editing and archiving. Design and management tasks involved in communicating using digital media are also introduced, including audio and video editing and processing, data integrity management, file structuring and packaging, and work presentation.

This course is designed to be an introduction to the field of Media Analysis and Production. It is the gateway course for upper-level courses offered in the Media Analysis Lab within the School of Communication (e.g., CMNS 326, and CMNS 426). The Media Analysis Lab uses the production of media (e.g., images, soundtracks, and videos) as a component of an experiential learning pedagogy. The course introduces students to a variety of media analysis traditions, technologies, and techniques. Using an iterative and experience-based learning environment, students cycle through the analysis, research, design, and production of audio-visual media, with the intention of developing a greater understanding of the conventions, meanings, and social implications of contemporary media forms.

The course will be divided into lecture and lab components. In the lectures, students will be expected to analyze and discuss dominant contemporary genres, production paradigms, and conventions, as well as demonstrate development in their critical understanding of media forms and practices. In the labs, students will be expected to gain technical knowledge and skills required for digital media production including: design, production planning, the use of image and sound recording equipment, uploading and formatting for the Internet, creative writing, lighting, framing, digitizing, editing, graphics, and presenting final productions. Students must also present and discuss their productions in class.

Grading

  • Attendance 20%
  • Video Assignment 1 – Fictional Narrative 15%
  • Fictional Narrative Treatment 15%
  • Video Assignment 2 – Non-Fiction Narrative 20%
  • Documentary Treatment 15%
  • Online Discussion Contributions 15%

NOTES:

*Attendance is mandatory for all components of the class and will be taken at the beginning of each lab and lecture. Marks will be deducted for absences and late work.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Software and Hardware Requirements

To ensure you can access all course materials and complete assigned coursework, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the Internet. Access to Adobe Premiere and Photoshop are required for this class.

REQUIRED READING:

Readings will be posted on the course page on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html