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COMMUNICATION

COMM-070
Discover the World of Communication (0)

Course Level: Continuing Education

Noncredit workshops in current practices and trends in the film, video, and television professions. Students select courses in film and video production, direction, writing, design, and management, post-production editing, and other related fields. Small classes and active participation are stressed. Usually offered every summer. Usually offered every summer.

COMM-070
N09
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Screenwriting

This active workshop in film screenwriting teaches students how to develop a concept, create characters, and shape a plot. Produce a script for a short dramatic film. Bring an idea and start from scratch - or come with a script in progress. Students can take this course with 16mm Film Production to have their script considered for being made into a film this summer.

COMM-070
N54
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Flash Fiction Writing

Learn to write vibrant, concise stories in this fast-paced course. Explore the genre of flash fiction, and tap into your creativity through free-writing exercises. Polish your work through effective word choice, self-editing, and strengthening the emotional core of your story. Finished pieces critiqued in class.

COMM-070
N03
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Professional Newswriting

See what it takes to write a news story for print, broadcast, and the web. Get practical instruction in effective writing techniques for the school newspaper, neighborhood newsletter, or website. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Hear professional journalists talk about their careers and visit a local newsroom.

COMM-070
N23
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Professional Newswriting

See what it takes to write a news story for print, broadcast, and the web. Get practical instruction in effective writing techniques for your school newspaper, neighborhood newsletter, or website. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Hear professional journalists talk about their careers and visit a local newsroom.

COMM-070
N53
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Backpack Journalism

Backpack journalists do it all, and you can too. Learn to pitch an idea, shoot video, write a story, and record voice-over. Edit a final news piece and post it on the web.

COMM-070
N80
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Investigative Reporting

Learn about the emerging news landscape, the history of investigating the people in power, powerful organizations, and how to research an interview subject, as well as 10 types of interviews. Speakers explain how they developed major investigative stories and tours show you the latest in data and investigative journalism. In addition, discover comics journalism, sensor journalism, and drone journalism.

COMM-070
N58
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Backpack Journalism

Backpack journalists do it all, and you can too. Learn to pitch an idea, shoot video, write a story, and record voice-over. Edit a final news piece and post it on the web.

COMM-070
N81
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Investigative Reporting

Learn about the emerging news landscape, the history of investigating the people in power, powerful organizations, and how to research an interview subject, as well as 10 types of interviews. Speakers explain how they developed major investigative stories and tours show you the latest in data and investigative journalism. In addition, discover comics journalism, sensor journalism, and drone journalism.

COMM-070
N11
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Weather Broadcasting

Explore the world of weather forecasting and the principles of meteorology. Learn about solar radiation, global circulation, precipitation processes, and weather systems. Analyze real-time data and broadcast a live weather forecast from AU's television studio. Students meet with meteorologists at a local television station and the National Weather Service.

COMM-070
N30
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Broadcast Journalism

This course introduces the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical, and technological issues. Students develop interviewing, reporting, and writing skills and produce a brief radio documentary or a television field report for their portfolios.

COMM-070
N51
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Broadcast Journalism

This course introduces the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical, and technological issues. Students develop interviewing, reporting, and writing skills and produce a brief radio documentary and a television field report for their portfolios.

COMM-070
N06
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Sportswriting and Broadcasting

Learn to write for broadcast and discover secrets of play-by-play commentary. Students enhance their skills as a sportswriter. Recent students have visited USA Today and received on-field passes and press box seats for a Washington Nationals baseball game.

COMM-070
N25
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Sportswriting and Broadcasting

Learn to write for a live broadcast. Discover secrets of play-by-play commentary. Enhance your skills as a sportswriter. Students produce stand-ups at a major league baseball game, have press box seats to blog for a WNBA game and visit Comcast Sports NET and ESPN 980.

COMM-070
N05
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Scriptwriting and Video Production

Students write an original short script and produce their own video, including shooting, sound recording, and nonlinear editing on Final Cut Pro. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, students script, videotape, and edit original works. No prior video experience is required; students are grouped by level of ability. Equipment is provided.

COMM-070
N22
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Scriptwriting and Video Production

Students write an original short script and produce a video, including shooting, sound recording, and nonlinear editing on Final Cut Pro, all in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. No prior video experience required; students are grouped by level of ability. Equipment is provided.

COMM-070
N18
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

16mm Film Production

Learn the basics of 16mm double-system sound film production. Discover techniques used by professional filmmakers, including basic strategies, lighting, sound recording, camera techniques, and editing. Students shoot and edit a short film. No prior film experience is necessary. Film and equipment are provided.

COMM-070
N17
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Student Filmmaking Series

Combine Screenwriting for Filmmakers and 16mm Film Production for a comprehensive, four-week film school experience. Film and equipment provided.

COMM-070
N70
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Interactive Web Design

Create your own web site using the latest industry tools and incorporating flash, photos, blogs, and other technologies. Learn how to work with clients and develop sites that meet their needs, as well as those of general web surfers, using Adobe Creative Suite software.

COMM-070
N72
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Music Entertainment Production

Music has the power to excite and inspire. But how are songs actually put together? In a professional recording studio, learn about multitracking, mixing, and matching music to film or video. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability.

COMM-070
N73
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Music Entertainment Production

Music has the power to excite and inspire. But how are songs actually put together? In a professional recording studio, learn about multitracking, mixing, and matching music to film or video. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability.

COMM-070
N76
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Special Effects for Video

Special effects are necessary to boost the "wow" factor in any science fiction or action film. Through the powerful 2D and 3D tool Adobe After Effects, students learn digital tricks and methods for creating simulations like fire, explosions, and rain, and masking for flying, teleportation, and sky replacement.

COMM-070
N41
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Mobile Game Design

Using accessible tools, students learn how to create compelling virtual experiences. This course focuses on the craft of game design and critical thinking about the medium. Students should have computer skills and familiarity with playing games on mobile devices.

COMM-070
N42
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Mobile Game Design

Using accessible tools, students learn how to create compelling virtual experiences. This course focuses on the craft of game design and critical thinking about the medium. Students should have computer skills and familiarity with playing games on mobile devices.

COMM-070
N13
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Acting for the Camera

Develop the skills to interpret a script, build a character, and learn acting techniques for the small screen. Explore physical and vocal aspects of character development for camera work. Acting students team up with student directors to create visual portfolios.

COMM-070
N71
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Documentary 101

Shoot and edit a short documentary using HD cameras and Final Cut Pro. View and discuss classic documentaries and consider production techniques and technologies. Learn practical information about distribution. Equipment provided.

COMM-070
N20
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Advanced Scriptwriting and Video Production

Build on your writing and producing skills and take your story from concept to screen. Write a treatment, storyboard, shoot, and edit on a non-linear digital system. Prerequisite: Script Writing and Video Production or high school television production course.

COMM-070
N29
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Animation

This hands-on course for beginning to intermediate students introduces you to the core concepts of animation production. Practice computer-based and hands-on techniques, and build your toolbox. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motion, character design, timing, and syncing in animation, and cleanup.

COMM-070
N38
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Animation

This hands-on course for beginning to intermediate students introduces you to the core concepts of animation production. Practice computer-based and hands-on techniques, and build your toolbox. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motion, character design, timing, and syncing in animation, and cleanup.

COMM-070
N75
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Advanced Animation

Learn how to animate in 2.5 dimensions and use motion graphic design to complement advertisements, music videos, and films. Explore the complex art of 3D animation and the basics of character and object animation in 3D space.

COMM-070
N07
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

35mm Photography I

An introduction to 35mm black-and-white photography and basic darkroom techniques, this hands-on course covers both aesthetic and technical issues. Film and materials provided. Students bring their own 35mm camera or one will be provided if requested in advance.

COMM-070
N08
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

35mm Photography II

If students have basic knowledge of 35mm photography or have completed 35mm Photography I, this course offers advanced training in lighting, composition, and black-and-white darkroom techniques. Film and darkroom materials provided. Students bring their own 35mm camera or one will be provided if requested in advance.

COMM-070
N55
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Nature Photography

In conjunction with Nature's Best Photography magazine and Nature's Best Photography Students Online, explore techniques for photographing animal, plant, and environmental subjects. Attend discussions with editors and photographers from NBP and NBP Students Online. Go on field trips to museums and nature preserves. Assemble a portfolio and take advantage of the opportunity to publish your images.

COMM-070
N16
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Directing for the Camera

Students refine their command of basic visual vocabulary while learning essential skills to break down a script, tell a visual story, and communicate their ideas to those behind and in front of the camera. Directing students team up with student actors to create visual portfolios.

COMM-070
N21
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Graphic Design

This course introduces students to the powerful potential of Adobe Photoshop, where they learn the tools for manipulating digital images for book covers or movie posters and for creating vector graphics for powerful branding packages and logos. Students learn the basics of color and graphic design theory that communicates their message through both streamlined graphic art and complex digital photo manipulation.

COMM-070
N78
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Entertainment Communication

Television, film, theatre, music, sports, fashion, gaming--it's all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging. Why are ratings important in television? How do you promote a film? Could you represent a celebrity, be it an actor or an athlete? What is that red carpet all about? Who gets money every time you hear a song? Is the gaming industry the nest big blockbuster? An inside look and what you need to be successful in the entertainment industry.

COMM-070
N79
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Entertainment Communication

Television, film, theatre, music, sports, fashion, gaming--it's all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging. Why are ratings important in television? How do you promote a film? Could you represent a celebrity, be it an actor or an athlete? What is that red carpet all about? Who gets money every time you hear a song? Is the gaming industry the nest big blockbuster? An inside look and what you need to be successful in the entertainment industry.

COMM-070
N15
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

International Communication

What does the color red signify in traditional Chinese culture? What is the best approach for introducing a new beverage in Russia or for teaching Africans how to prevent the spread of malaria? Through role playing, research, discussion, and meetings with international communications professionals, students deepen their appreciation for cultural differences. Students produce a media campaign for a topic of their choice.

COMM-070
N52
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Public Relations

Discover what goes into a PR campaign, for example, the Washington Nationals baseball team's "Let Teddy Win!" concept. Learn how to strategize, develop, and implement a campaign. Explore the art of messaging and talk to media reps about placing your story.

COMM-070
N12
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Film Exploration and Criticism

Two Thumbs Up? Learn what it takes to become a film critic. Students explore film history and genres, meet with film critics and produce their own critique for radio or television. Become a more active critical viewer. Students post their film reviews on the web.

COMM-070
N83
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Media for Change

Learn how to influence people and help change your community for the better. As a collaborative team, students will learn how to apply the ADDIE (analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation) model to effect positive change. Students create a powerful video, animation, or media campaign for a specific organization.

COMM-070
N26
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

The Art of the Interview

Learn how to interview and be interviewed. Meet with professionals and learn techniques for getting subjects to talk. Students interview a pro, such as NPR's Diane Rehm, who will critique their skills.

COMM-070
N04
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Speaking for Impact

Develop confidence and skills for effective presentations. Learn strategies of audience analysis and how to overcome stage fright, manage visual aids, and understand the power of nonverbal messages.

COMM-070
N24
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Speaking for Impact

Develop confidence and skills for effective presentations. Learn strategies of audience analysis and how to overcome stage fright, manage visual aids, and understand the power of nonverbal messages.

COMM-070
N74
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Social Media 101

Learn how to use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Flickr, and other media channels for professional purposes. Explore how to handle a crisis situation using social media, create practical social media guidelines, and learn about SEO, SMS, and mobile communications.

COMM-070
N40
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

DSLR Photography

DSLR cameras are a game changer. Place the creative power of photography and video in your hands. Ignite your creativity, have the clout of communicating a story in true multimedia fashion. This course will expand your abilities and vision in producing a short film, documentary, or multimedia story.

COMM-070
N31
COMMUNICATION
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Continuing Education

Discover the World of Communication (0)

Bad Movies

Some movies are so bad they're good. Students watch and analyze classic "bad" films, dissecting them to learn what mistakes the filmmakers made and how not to make those mistakes. Students also explore the production history of these wonderfully awful movies and discover that some of the worst films ever made and some of the best films ever made have more in common than one might think.