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Media and Communications Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate

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  • Objectives
    This program provides students with an opportunity to acquire a solid grounding in skills and knowledge required in the fields of media and communication. This program will effectively prepare students for acceptance into programs leading to careers in media and communication, particularly Broadcast (Radio and/or Television) and Journalism (Print and/or Broadcast).
  • Academic Title
    Media and Communications Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    ARTS1100     Basic Design

    Description: Using a variety of tools and visual exercises this course will introduce the student to organizing elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Elements such as line, space, texture, value, colour, and spatial illusion will be related to the principles of design (balance, proportion, repetition, contrast, harmony, unity, point of emphasis, and visual movement) to enable the student to employ visual awareness and dynamics in the field of two dimensional design. Critical evaluation skills will play a key part of individual class discussion and group critiques.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6

    ARTS1110     Idea Development I

    Description: This course will explore the theories associated with the development of ideas, taking an initial concept through to a finished form. Brainstorming, idea mapping and lateral thinking will assist students in producing materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    COMM1710     Presentation Skills-Visual and Verbal

    Description: This course will provide students an opportunity to develop and hone their presentation skills through a variety of practical scenarios. Students will begin to produce materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios. Both individual and group work will be utilized in the development of visual and verbal presentations.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COMM1720     Basic Writing-Communication

    Description: This course will review and develop the student's writing skills as they relate to the workplace. Student's will learn how to convey a message and create audience interest. Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and the rules of composition will be covered. An introduction to research techniques and resources through project-based learning will form the basis for applications in other courses in the program of study.
    Hours: 135
    Credits: 9

    COMP1025     Computer Applications for Media

    Description: This practical computer lab course will develop the student's keyboarding and computer skills to the level required in first year media programs. Students will be exposed to a variety of industry specific software and technologies and gain a basic level of operational skills.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LIBS1080     The Art of Storytelling
    Description: This course forms the basis for further studies in media programs, providing students with the opportunity to craft and deliver their own story. The art of storytelling is a fundamental component of media and communications; media students will draw on these experiences throughout their future academic and professional careers.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    ARTS1140     Idea Development II

    Description: This course is a continuation of ARTS1110 - Idea Development I and explores the theories associated with the development of creative ideas. Discussion from visiting professionals and regular lectures about the graphic and advertising industry students will allow students to gain the tools necessary to take their initial concepts to the finished presentation stage. Brainstorming, idea mapping and lateral thinking exercises will assist students in producing materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios.
    Hours: 150
    Credits: 10
    Pre-Requisites: ARTS1110

    ARTS1160     Prepress/Print/Web and Multimedia

    Description: Students will work on a number of projects in a variety of mediums. Students will develop an understanding of the production processes and procedures related to print, web and multimedia. The course will also provide the opportunity for students to gain a working knowledge of the numeracy requirements associated with the design and production process.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    ARTS1170     Introduction to the Media

    Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of media formats and develop materials that will contribute to their personal portfolio. Course deliveries will be undertaken in a variety of learning environments, with students accessing television and audio studios, journalism print and electronic labs, as well as computer labs furnished with the latest hardware and software media packages.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 6

    COMM1010     Writing for Media-Basics

    Description: This course builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in Level One ? Basic Writing, with a focus on writing for careers in the media and communication field. Applications will include broadcast and print media as well as the internet and other modern communications media.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LIBS1380     General History of Media

    Description: This course will provide students with a basic overview of the history of media, from the early cave drawings to modern day communications via iPod and the Internet. Students will explore the impact of media has had on society and determine the role media has played in shaping the world in which we live.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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