DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RADIO-TELEVISION-FILM SECTION OF THE COLLEGE
OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002
Dean Ellen A. Wartella filed with the secretary
of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the radio-television-film
section of the College of Communication chapter of The Undergraduate
Catalog. The Administrative Committee of the College approved all
changes on October 16, 2001. The dean submitted the proposed changes
to the secretary on October 26, 2001. The secretary has classified this
proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest
to a single college or school.
The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications
on January 11, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate
Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on January
14, 2002. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office
of the General Faculty on February 1, 2002, recommending approval. The
authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides
with the Faculty Council.
If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the
date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved
by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed
period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at
its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member
of the Faculty Council.
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General
Faculty by February 11, 2002.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site
on February 4, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the
Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RADIO-TELEVISION-FILM
SECTION OF THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE
| On pages 80-83, in the section DEGREES,
make the following changes:
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RADIO-TELEVISION-FILM
To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film,
the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must
fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements on pages 17-18,
the college graduation requirements on page 68, and the special requirements,
prescribed work, and major requirements below.
To enroll in upper-division radio-television-film courses, a student
must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade
point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least
2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from
upper-division radio-television-film courses, normally before the twelfth
class day. The grade point average requirement is waived for the transfer
student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is
establishing a University grade point average.
In addition, a student with a major in radio-television-film must have
a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of
Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered
on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have a [
symbol of CR.
Consent of the instructor is part of the prerequisite for most upper-division
radio-television-film courses. The departmental consent process is described
on page 93.]
To enroll in some upper-division radio-television-film courses, the
student must earn specific grades in prerequisite courses. In addition,
enrollment in some upper-division courses requires the consent of the
instructor. The departmental consent process is described on page 93;
complete course prerequisites are given on pages 93-98.
It is not recommended that a student majoring in radio-television-film
register for more than [twelve] nine semester hours in radio-television-film
in one long-session semester or more than [nine] six semester hours
in a summer session.
|| At least thirty but no more than forty-two semester
hours of radio-television-film, of which at least eighteen hours
must be upper-division. All students must take Radio-Television-Film
305, nine additional hours of lower-division coursework, and two
courses chosen from the following: Radio-Television-Film 330K, 331K,
331M, 331N, 331P, 334, 335, 342, 342T, 345, 347C, 348, 359, 365,
365M, 369, and 370.
Each student may design
an individual program to fulfill requirement 1 by choosing from
one or more of the principal areas described in the section ÀAreas
of Study” below.
|| At least six semester hours of coursework must
be taken in the College of Communication but outside the
|| department. However, no student may count toward
the degree more than forty-eight hours (including transfer credit)
in College of Communication coursework. [
|Coursework in American
Sign Language may not be used to fulfill any major requirement and
is not included in the forty-eight hours of coursework in the college
that may be counted toward the degree.]
|| No College of Communication course to be counted
toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the
course is offered only on that basis.
AREAS OF STUDY
The program in radio-television-film is designed to prepare students
for careers in media research, creative writing, and various production
fields. It is also intended to train students to analyze the role in
society of communication media and technologies.
To meet these goals, the department offers a multidisciplinary curriculum.
The three principal areas of study are production/creative studies,
screenwriting, and media studies. Students in production/creative studies
may focus on film, video, and audio or on [
media; those in media studies may focus on critical and cultural studies,
ethnic and minority studies, gender and sexuality studies, mass communication,
international communication, or communication technology and policy.
Each student¡s program of study is planned by the student and the adviser
to meet the student¡s academic and professional goals. Since upper-division
courses in each area require specific lower-division prerequisites,
students should choose their lower-division courses with care. The following
are the upper-division radio-television-film courses in each area, and
the prerequisite lower-division courses. Complete course prerequisites
are given on pages 93-98.
|| Production/creative studies
|| Film, video, and audio
|1. | I
|ntensive production: Radio-Television-Film
333P, 338, 346, 346C, 366, 367K, 367L, 368, and 368S.
|Open production: Radio-Television-Film
331L, 337, 337P, 340, 341, 341C, 343, 344, 346, 346C,
351, 351C, 366K, and 367K.]
|| Film, video, and audio:
Radio-Television-Film 331L, 337, 337P, 338, 340, 341, 341C,
343, 344, 346, 346C, 351, 351C, 366, 366K, 367K, 367L, 368,
Prerequisite lower-division courses:
Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional
semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.
Students who plan to take production
courses should be aware that these courses may require five
to ten hours of independent production or studio time each
week in addition to the class meetings listed in the Course
Schedule. All costs of production, such as the cost of film
and film processing, actors¡ fees, and location fees, are
borne by the student. The cost of most equipment is covered
by the college Learning Equipment Fee and the incidental fees
assessed for each course.
|New] Convergent media:
Radio-Television-Film 331Q, 331R, 331S, 331T, and 344M. Prerequisite
lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305, [ 309,]
318, and [ three] six additional semester hours
[ of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film]
chosen from Radio-Television-Film 309, 314, 316, and 317.
Students interested in new media
may study theory and production techniques in Radio-Television-Film
331Q, 331R, 331S, 331T, and 344M. Radio-Television-Film 331Q
is a prerequisite for the other four courses; following the
completion of 331Q, the courses may be taken in any order.]
|| Screenwriting: Radio-Television-Film 333
and 369. Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film
305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division
coursework in radio-
|| Media studies
|| Critical and cultural studies, ethnic
and minority studies, gender and sexuality studies: Radio-Television-Film
331K, 335, 345, 359, 365 (Topic 4: History of United States
Latino Media), 365 (Topic 5: Latin American Media),
365 (Topic 7: Narrowcasting), and 370. Prerequisite
lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305, either
314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division
coursework in radio-television-film.
|| Mass communication, international communication,
and communication technology and policy studies: Radio-Television-Film
330K, 331M, 331N, 331P, 334, 342, 342T, 347C, 348,
365 (Topic 1: Survey Research Methods), 365 (Topic
2: Latino Audiences), 365 (Topic 3: Mass Media and
Ethnic Groups), 365 (Topic 6: Latinos and Media),
and 365M. Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film
305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework
|| Options for independent study
Radio-Television-Film 330L, Internship in Film and Electronic
Radio-Television-Film 336, Special Projects in Radio-Television-Film
Radio-Television-Film 178, Radio-Television-Film Internship
Radio-Television-Film 378H, Honors Tutorial Course
Prerequisites for these courses vary; they are given later in this
chapter and in the Course Schedule.
ADMISSION TO INTENSIVE COURSES
Film, video, and audio courses are identified as Àintensive” or
Àopen.” Students enter either intensive or open coursework after completing
the lower-division requirements described above. Students who wish to
enroll in intensive production courses present to a faculty jury a portfolio
of appropriate creative work prepared as part of the coursework for
Radio-Television-Film 318; on the basis of the portfolio and the student¡s
academic performance, the jury decides whether the student may take
intensive production courses. Each student in intensive production must
take Radio-Television-Film 333P, 338, 366, and 367K; the student may
then take additional intensive production courses to refine his or her
creative abilities and technical skills.
After completing the lower-division requirements, students in production/creative
studies who are interested in video or audio may choose to take open
production courses. Although consent of the instructor may be required
for enrollment in these courses, there is no jury process.]
ORDER AND CHOICE OF WORK
Rationale: American Sign Language is now taught in the College
of Liberal Arts. A general statement that American Sign Language may
not be counted toward the major requirements is listed under the section
titled "Applicability of Certain Courses."
In making the changes to the Undergraduate Catalog, the Department of
Radio-Television-Film is responding to student and faculty concerns
that the previous curriculum was too limiting for many students who
wanted to gain a variety of skills while in the Department.
Instead of a consent process for production courses, a grade of ÀB”
or better in RTF 317 Narrative Strategies and 318 Introduction to Image
and Sound is now required. Students will be able to move on to more
courses based on their academic performance
in introductory production courses and on the seniority system built
Approximately the same number of students will be accommodated, but
they will have increased flexibility in gaining a wider variety of skills.
Admission into introductory production classes will be based on the
student's performance in classes that draw on a variety of talents and
skills (RTF 317, RTF 318), rather than solely upon a portfolio of limited
The title of ÀNew Media” no longer reflects the goals and focus of the
program. ÀConvergent Media” is a more applicable name for this area
The term "convergent" applies to technologies and their evolution /
consolidation but also to more traditional media and the effect technologies
have on their continually evolving relationship to each other. Convergent
Media takes into account the effect of one medium on another and acknowledges
the continued interplay of analog and digital systems.