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Visual Communications Multimedia (VCM)

VCM 110  (3 credit hours)  
Fundamentals of Animation  

Explores the fundamentals of 2-D animation through history, theory and practical application. Covers the basic concepts of animation, including: character design and development, character environment, and storyboarding. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 115  (3 credit hours)  
2-D Animation  

Introduces basic computer animation using industry standard software. Uses software to create 2-D animations for various multi-media functions. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours); Laboratory: 2.0 credits (75 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 125  (3 credit hours)  
Foundations of Video Production  

Introduces students to the basics of video production and animation. Includes screenwriting, storyboards, and planning a video production and animation project. Familiarizes students with video, lighting, and sound equipment. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 140  (3 credit hours)  
Digital Video  

Presents techniques for digital audio and video acquisition, equipment, and editing software. Emphasis on planning and creating storyboards for digital video project from conception to final product. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Lecture/Lab: 3.0 credits (90 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 150  (3 credit hours)  
Audio Production I  

Introduce basic technical skills, recording equipment, and vocabulary for audio production. Develop skills in evaluation and listening to audio recordings. Utilize industry software for audio recording and editing. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 205  (3 credit hours)  
Introduction to HTML  

Introduces the creation of Web sites using hypertext markup language (HTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS). Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better to advance in all Visual Communication courses. Lecture: 3.0 credits ( 45 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 210  (3 credit hours)  
3-D Animation  

Introduces the principles of animation. Uses commercial 3-D animation packages and storyboards to produce 3-D models and animations. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Pre-requisite Or Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours). Lab: 2.0 credits (75 contact hours).

Co-requisite: VCM 115.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 215  (3 credit hours)  
After Effects  

Introduces basic compositing techniques and motion graphics using Adobe AfterEffects. Emphasizes an understanding of pre-production for AfterEffects, green screen, lighting, key-framing, creating mattes, animating text, syncing to audio and exporting movies. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 220  (3 credit hours)  
Webpage Design  

Introduces students to principles and elements used in web design. Explores basic web design tools such as mark-up languages, cascading style sheet, and web authoring software. Identifies fundamentals including website layout, navigation, font usage, color schemes, and site structure to create visually-pleasing websites. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours). Lab: 2.0 credits (75 contact hours/37.5:1 ratio).

Pre-requisite: VCC 110 and VCC 125.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
VCM 225  (3 credit hours)  
Advanced 3-D Animation  

Familiarizes students with advanced techniques of computer animation. Covers the production of 3-D animations using advanced lighting and rendering tools, inverse kinematics, and dynamic scene elements. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Pre-requisite Or Lecture/Lab: 3.0 credits (90 contact hours).

Co-requisite: VCM 210.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
VCM 230  (3 credit hours)  
Advanced Webpage Design  

Utilizes HTML and CSS and an advanced web-authoring software for design and development of a website. Utilizes fundamentals of web design, such as site layout and structure, navigation, font usage, and color schemes, to create a visual pleasing and responsive website. Introduces aesthetic, navigational, accessibility, and interactivity issues for web designers. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better. Lab: 3 credits (90 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: VCM 220.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory
VCM 240  (3 credit hours)  
Advanced Digital Video  

Emphasizes planning and creation of digital video projects through a non-linear editing environment is the focus of this course. Deploys audio/video content through various delivery systems. Students must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. Pre-requisite Or Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours). Lab: 2.0 credits (75 contact hours/37.5:1 ratio).

Co-requisite: VCM 140.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture