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JOUR 433 – Advertising Competition
Students prepare an IMC campaign and present it at the National Student Advertising Competition of the American Advertising Federation. Campaigns have been for a car, credit card company, airline and a magazine publisher, all of which sponsored the annual competition. Students assume job titles and descriptions and produce a comprehensive IMC plan, involving research and all forms of the Integrated Marketing Communications process, including media. Prerequisites: Completion of all School of Communication and PRAD required core courses.JOUR 445 – Editing & Producing the News
Traditional and transitional principles of news value, news selection, and news presentation will be discussed in class. Applying these principles, students will serve as gatekeepers and decision makers (assignment editors, chief photographers, web producers, head writers, segment producers, anchors and program producers) for a weekly newscast and other student multimedia news efforts. The instructor and students will discuss journalistic, ethical, legal, societal and professional perspectives and challenges presented by these real-world journalistic decisions. Prerequisite: JOUR 304.
JOUR 447 – Electronic Media Management
This course will introduce students to the fundamental theories and concepts of management in the media industry. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these concepts through projects, case studies and management simulations. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing
JOUR 455 – Multimedia Capstone
This course will serve as a capstone to those in the Multimedia major. The course will be conducted in a workshop format, with students producing an interactive multimedia project as a final portfolio piece. Components of the project may include text, Web design, video, audio, graphic design and interactive media design. Prerequisite: 75+ Credits , JOUR 215, JOUR 220, JOUR 280, JOUR 307, JOUR 365 or permission.
JOUR 490 – Journalism Capstone
Students apply their cumulative skills in the creation of long-form, well researched, multiple-source journalism for web and/or multiplatform delivery. During the course, students work in consultation with the instructor to create their individual projects. Students also finalize their individual portfolios that includes the projects created for this class. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
JOUR 497 – IMC Agency
Students will work in a student-run agency model to plan, research and construct integrated communications campaigns for local nonprofit, business or civic organizations utilizing advertising, public relations, direct communications and promotions. Students will assume agency job titles and descriptions and will demonstrate mastery of communications theory/practice, processes and techniques, and agency management. The course will also serve as a valuable portfolio for employment. The major goal of the course is to put to work learned advertising, public relations and marketing principles and theories with an emphasis on researching, writing and producing solid integrated marketing communications plans and tactics. Prerequisites: Completion of all School of Communication and PRAD required core courses.
PHOT 470 – Documental Photography
Students will work on photo documentary projects based on the established methodology to reduce the fast paced world to a set of still images that convey life and world experiences by creating a distinctive and compelling sense of reason, place and time. Students will gain a basic understanding of documentary photography history and principles through writing reactions to assigned books and films about documentary principles. Students will establish personal methods to focus on the meaning and content of their pictures, the quality of their pictures and the way they observe the world around them. Prerequisites: PHOT 107 or PHOT 108, PHOT 205.
PHOT 481 – Senior Thesis I
This self-directed senior seminar is designed to bring seniors together to discuss and develop their thesis projects, research paper and exhibition plans. The seminar encourages teamwork on developing an exhibition and the ensuing professional practice in photography, continuing education, pricing strategies, presentation formats, and artist statements. In preparation for their career, students visit local artists’ studios and visiting artists provide feedback of work in progress. Prerequisite: ENGL 368, PHOT 310, PHOT 390, PHOT 400 & Passing JR Portfolio Review.
ECON 201 – Principles of Economics/Macroeconomics
An introductory analysis of economic theory as applied to fiscal and monetary policy affairs.
ECON 202 – Principles of Economics/Macroeconomics
An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.OR
ECON 421 – International Economics
A study of international trade covering topics such as absolute and comparative costs, factor movements, balance of payments, barriers of trade, the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on trade and multinational corporate issues. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or ECON 202.
POLS 202 – State and Local Government
Basic principles, institutions and functions of American government at the state and local levels. Emphasis on Pennsylvania.
POLS 205- World Geography
World Geography is the study of the geographic nature of the world’s major social, political, and economic processes and problems. A central component of this class will be an analysis of the ways in which power has unevenly spread across the regions of the globe. This course starts and ends with an analysis of commodity chains as a means to understand the connections between colonialism, post-colonial imperialism, and the geographies of capitalism; environmental geographies of exploitation and destruction; the ways in which the global economy is governed; the relationships between race and geography; the production of gendered geographies; the production of specifically sexualized spaces; and conflicts that arise over and in various spaces, places, territories, and borders. By the end of the semester, students should have a firm grasp of geography’s principal concepts and a solid orientation to the geographic nature of the world’s major power inequalities and processes.
POLS 209 – Law and Society
A study of the problems of law in society and an introduction to criminal justice.
POLS 250 – Intro to the Study of Government Systems
An introduction to significant issues of politics that have been identified by noted political scientists of the past and present. Designed as an overview of the discipline of political science for students who would otherwise have limited exposure to these issues
POLS 308 – Principles of Criminal Justice
An examination of the doctrine and principles involved in criminal law through analysis of cases and statutes. Prerequisite: POLS 209.
POLS 372 – International Relations
An examination of the major elements and persistent problems in the world community of states. Prerequisites: POLS 250 or HIST 202 or permission.
POLS 402 – Constitutional Law
The interpretation and application of the Constitution of the United States. Emphasis on constitutional law. Writing-in-disciplines class. Prerequisites: POLS 102 or POLS 250 or permission.
Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.A. in Mass Communication program must meet the following requirements:
Public relations specialists are responsible for managing the public images of companies and organizations. As part of their role, they may create press releases, write speeches for executives, evaluate public opinion, communicate with the media and more. PR specialists should be fluent in all media outlets including radio, television, newspapers, magazines and digital sources.
News reporters work to provide news and information to the public. They may research and update stories, conduct interviews, write articles and scripts regarding the news, analyze audience opinions of the news and other relevant duties. News reporters may work on the local, state, national or international levels.
Advertising account executives work to create and maintain client relationships within the advertising and marketing field. They may be responsible for promoting products and services, working toward sales goals, strategizing with clients, negotiating contracts and placing advertisements for clients in media outlets, among other tasks. These professionals require exceptional interpersonal skills.
Graphic designers create visual designs using both text and images, often for advertising and marketing purposes. They may be responsible for determining client needs, creating visual items such as logos, illustrations and other images, designing layouts and typefaces, incorporating client feedback and more. Graphic designers often work with software and technology specifically built for their field.
Broadcasters are journalists who work in television and radio. They may read the news, serve as anchors or hosts for news broadcasts, announce at sporting events, write and select content for shows, interview subjects and other relevant duties. These media professionals must notably possess the ability to speak in front of audiences in a clear and effective manner.
Technical writers are responsible for creating instruction manuals, how-to guides and various other documents designed to explain technical processes and information to the public. They may study products; collaborate with technical staff; create, standardize and update written works; and more. These writers must possess an excellent ability to translate technical know-how into highly accessible content.
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