MASS COMMUNICATIONS

The English Department is a community of teachers, scholars and writers whose primary mission is to offer students an outstanding liberal arts education and the values of intellectual rigor and critical inquiry in an increasingly globalized and highly technological information-based society.

MISSION

The mission of the Department of Mass Communication, Creative, Performing Arts and Speech (MCCPAS) is to provide high-quality instruction in the performing, media and theater arts (art, music, speech, radio, TV, dance, acting and theater crafts) which enable students to experience personal growth, broaden their cultural perspectives and develop the talents that create opportunities for both graduate study and employment.

ABOUT

The Department of Mass Communication, Creative, Performing Arts and Speech is an academic department in the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Medgar Evers College. It provides a wide range of interdisciplinary courses in the performing, media and theater arts (art, music, speech, radio, TV, dance, acting and theater crafts). New technologies, innovative material and pedagogies are an integral part of the learners’ multi-dimensional scholastic experiences.

The curriculum offered is structured to allow students to select or follow a selected course of study. In addition to the course offerings, the Department provides enrichment activities for learners in laboratories, internships, gallery visits, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and performances. A pamphlet of these activities is available for students in the Department of Mass Communication, Creative, Performing Arts and Speech. The department produces its own collaborative performances which are showcased each semester.

Further, the department provides opportunities for national and international student exchanges concentrating on the arts. The department has a focused educational plan which takes multiculturalism into consideration.  Other opportunities for extra-curricular activities are provided through networking, membership in associations, appropriate professional groups and societies, as well as with community-based organizations. Additional and revised courses are frequently developed to further enhance our academic offerings in the arts.

DEGREES OFFERED

Currently, the Department offers an AA in Liberal Arts degree. After successfully completing the course of study, our students usually make one of the following choices:

  1. Pursue a BA degree in another department at Medgar Evers College that gives a degree in a related area, i.e. business; public administration; education; psychology;
  2. Transfer to another college;
  3. enter the CUNY BA program; or
  4. enter the workforce.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree is being developed to further enhance the department’s academic offerings in the arts. Notably, the interdisciplinary nature of course offerings also ensures the need for the merging of traditional and contemporary bodies of knowledge. Hence, the use of digital technology is central to the instructions of our students. This merging of interrelated disciplines and new digital technologies helps to prepare students for advance training and the world of work.



REQUIREMENTS

Students must meet all proficiencies required by the City University of New York.  A minimum of 60 credits is required for the AA in Liberal Arts.   Of these 60 credits, 15 must be taken in the department under the guidance and advisement of the faculty.  The student is required to adhere strictly to the guidelines and requirements. An important requirement is that all students must demonstrate computer proficiency before being awarded the AA in Liberal Arts Degree.   Graduates from the department are also required to complete one year of a foreign language other than their native language.

MCCPAS faculty consists of highly qualified teachers and practitioners whose major objective is to help advance students’ general knowledge base as well as their skills in the arts. To this end, the department’s curriculum focuses on proficiency in reading, writing, speech and the arts.

The course traces the artistic and philosophical aspects of World Art as they relate to selected cultural periods from Ancient African Art, the Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism, 20th Century Modernism, and African American Art.

Pre-Requisites: None

This theory and practice course which focuses on the basic elements of modern dance includes an understanding of movement techniques and improvisation.

Pre-Requisites: None

This course covers an overview of Western, African derived, and other selected non-Western music. Particular attention will be paid to the following: the elements of music, the role of music in society, aesthetics, and syncretism. Students will be required to attend musical performances.

Pre-Requisites: None

This is a workshop and lecture course designed to develop communication skills, competencies and values. Research, speech outlining and development, voice and diction, listening skills, vocabulary development, and audience analysis are included. Speeches, group discussions, and other oral presentations such as reading aloud, prose, poetry, and choral speaking are presented.

Pre-Requisites: None

This piano performance course utilizes the keyboard as a vehicle for studying the fundamentals of music, including notation, rhythm, scales, keys, interval formation and triads.

Pre-Requisites: None

This course provides ear training in meter and rhythm, major and minor mode, intervals, chords and melody.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 103

Fundamentals of breath control, posture, tone production, and articulation will be covered. There will be group instruction for non majors.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of chairperson

Exploration, study and performance of choral musical literature I.

Pre-Requisites: None

Exploration, study and performance of choral musical literature II.

Pre-Requisites: None

Exploration, study and performance of choral musical literature IV.

Pre-Requisites: None

This studio course combines three creative areas: the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing. Students may create works of art through the media of sculpture, painting, drawing and utilization of ancient designs or traditional principles. Presentations will be determined by the students' interest and performance talent (song, dance, music, acting, spoken word or traditional language).

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This course provides class instruction on the fundamentals of piano playing. Designed to enable the student to play easy piano selections, to sight read and to improvise at the keyboard with basic chords.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of the chairperson

A continuation of MUS 110, this course concentrates on the performance of easy, well known selections, transportation, and elementary accompaniments.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 110 or Permission of chairperson

This course offers an exploration of the musical cultures of specific peoples through lectures, discussions, observations of live performances, and other scheduled events. The cultural, sociological, and historical forces that shaped this music will be explored. The themes will be: African Tribal Music, Dance and Protest Music, including Calypso and Reggae.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 100

This course is a continuous study in the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) with particular attention to the grammar of the language and the culture of American Deaf Persons. This course will create a solid foundation of basic conversational skills and the essentials and grammatical principles of the language. Students will participate in exercises to develop skills which are significant to the visually-based language. Lab assignments and field trips are required.

Pre-Requisites: Pass CUNY ACT or Exit Developmental Skills Courses

This course is continuous to the study of the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) I with particular attention to the grammar of the language and the culture of American Deaf Persons.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 121

This course covers the analysis of the nature and impact of Mass-Communication in society; a study of its development, structure, function and control.

Pre/Co-Requisites: ENGL 112

This is a fundamental design course with the primary emphasis on two-dimensional design as it relates to space, balance, line, composition, color contrasts, etc. The course offers an introduction to a variety of art techniques and media.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

Geared for prospective teachers in the elementary school; this is a combined lecture/studio course using the creative experience as a vehicle for growth and development. The student learns how to correlate the visual arts with interrelated subject matter, such as reading readiness skills and other content areas.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This basic course seeks to relate the history, theory and aesthetics of the film medium to the sociological, economic, political and psychological needs and consciousness of the community. A sensory approach to the cinema combined with an awareness of the potential for film productions and criticism will be utilized in the analysis of numerous short films and features. Where appropriate, guest lectures will be utilized.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 112

This is an introduction to the history and development systems of radio and television broadcasting and a study of the economic and social structure and functions of stations and networks, and the laws and codes regulating broadcasting. Organization of regulatory and qualifying agencies will be explored; pending legislation will be examined. Students will learn how to operate basic equipment, write scripts, and produce simple productions.

Pre-Requisites: None

This course prepares elementary school teachers, and other interested individuals, in the approaches and techniques of applying rhythms to dance movement. Students will learn how musical counts are divided and how to design movement for classroom settings.

Pre-Requisites: None

History and analysis of Afro-American Art from the Colonial Period in America through present-day Contemporary Art will be covered. Analysis will include the contributions of Black artists to the mainstream as well as the Black Aesthetic in American Art.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This course traces the development and philosophical aspects of African Art forms, the Nok Culture of 300 B.C. through the Classic Benin-life Periods to present Contemporary African Art forms of the Twentieth Century. Museum trips are an integral part of the course.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

The course provides a historical overview of religious dance. It will introduce students to dance movement that is specific to sacred dance. The differences between sacred and secular dance will be explored.

Pre-Requisites: None

This course is a laboratory course designed to improve oral communication by improving the skills of the speaking voice. The following are provided: analysis of needs and abilities, a study of the speech mechanics with exercises for phonetics, vocal improvement, training in pronunciation, articulation, vocabulary development, and the development of basic skills in speech making and oral interpretation of literature.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 102

This is a studio course in the study of clay and its nature and potentialities as related to ceramic arts. Various methods are covered for pottery making, coil and slab building, firing and glazing.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100 or permission of chairperson

This course offers a critical examination of the history and literature of jazz from its roots in the folk songs of Black Americans to the present time. Particular attention paid to sociological background of the music, and the experiences of musicians (their life styles and the ensuing effects on musical styles).

Pre-Requisites: MUS 100 Pre/Co requisite: ENGL 112

This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and role of the theater in various societies at different periods, including the contemporary. Students will become acquainted with the elements of the theater and their related functions.

Pre-Requisites: None

A studio course designed to introduce the student to basic sculpture. Emphasis is on assemblage, mold making, casting and woodcarving.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100 or permission of chairperson

This combined studio and art analysis course includes drawing, pen and ink, conte crayon, charcoal, water color, wash, and oils. Students must complete one oil painting during the semester. Lectures will cover Contemporary Art forms. Special projects and gallery trips are an integral part of the course.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100 or permission of chairperson

This is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with various experiences in basic acting techniques and to equip him/her with skills needed to function competently on stage.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 102

This is a continuous course in acting with emphasis on character development through scene study. Students will locate the problem of the play and discuss how each character relates to it. Each student will consider how he can best identify with his character as presented by the author. Participation in scenes and plays of progressive complexity, and theater attendance are required.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 207

This is an advanced exploratory studio and lecture course designed to intensify painting in oil, acrylics and water color. Lectures will cover contemporary art forms. Special projects and gallery trips are an integral part of the course.

Pre-Requisites: ART 207 or permission of chairperson

This is an introductory studio course in the techniques of intaglio printing on metal plate. It includes the techniques of engraving, dry point, aquatint and soft grounds. Also lithographic techniques in printmaking will be taught using the conventional medium of stone and plate as well as computer based application.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This is a study of music for small, intermediate vocal and instrumental groups through rehearsal and performance of works in various styles.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of chairperson

This is a performance course using music for homogeneous instruments. Materials used will be selected in accordance with the interests and ability of the students.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of chairperson

This is an intermediate course in American Sign Language designed to strengthen the foundation of basic conversational skills and increase the learners' command of the language.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 122

This is an advanced course in American Sign Language taught in an environment in which hearing-impaired individuals' interpretation skills are introduced.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 221

The exploration, study and performance of musical literature written for band.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of chairperson

A continuation of the exploration, study and performance of musical literature written for band.

Pre-Requisites: None

Students will be introduced to all aspects of music theater production including staging, directing, acting, accompanying and visual arts, to culminate with a public performance.

Pre-Requisites: None

Harmonization of melodies using fundamental triads and their inversions. Introduction of the dominant seventh chord. writing in piano style. Original exercises. Parallel sight singing and diction.

Pre-Requisites: None

This is a lecture-demonstration-studio course in which the student will learn the use and function of equipment and microphone techniques, research techniques, script writing, talent selection, contracts, copyright procedure, sound effects, performing, station management, logging traffic, and program continuity. Participation at the College or local radio station will be required in addition to activities at the University's studios.

Pre-Requisites: MED 150 and MED 180 or Permission of chairperson

A continuation of Media 241. Students will learn to develop more complicated scripts (including drama) and production techniques. Each student is required to produce a quality show for consideration by a station. Participation at the College and/or local radio station will be required.

Pre-Requisites: MED 241 or Permission of chairperson

Continuation of Music Materials I. Four part harmony and piano style writing secondary sevenths and inversions and figures bass. Analysis of folk, jazz and classical examples is an integral part of the course. Parallel ear training.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 241

This course will offer a brief study of the history and culture of the area in which the Steel Pan originated, an overview of the history of the Steel Pan, and its struggle for survival and the significant role it plays in the world today. The students are taught the basics of playing the Steel Pan and how to play the Pan by ear and notes. They participate in making/tuning a Steel Pan. Guest performers are invited. Field trips to concerts are required.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 100

This is an intermediate course in playing the Steel Pan. More complicated tunes are taught. The course is open to students who have taken Steel Pan I or who can demonstrate that they have had former training and successful experiences in playing the Steel Pan. Music of diverse cultures is taught; showmanship training is included. The learners are required to go on field trips in order to be exposed to professional presentations.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 100 and MUS 250

This course provides a survey of the cultures, lifestyles and traditional dances of West Africa. It will focus on various movements, step patterns, rhythms, forms, styles, and accompaniments used in traditional West African Dance.

Pre-Requisites: None

This course is a continuation of the basic course in African dance. Emphasis will be placed on selected choreographed routines of various traditional West African dances.

Pre-Requisites: DNCE 251 or Permission of chairperson

This is an introductory course to drumming with emphasis on African and African Caribbean drumming. The learners are introduced to the history of drumming and its cultural impact on Africa and the African Diaspora. They receive basic hands-on-training. They are taught the ethics involved in making and handling a drum. They are taught how to use the mind, body, and hands in playing many rhythms. Guest professional drummers add enrichment to the learners' experiences.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 100

This course prepares elementary school teachers in the theory, philosophy, approaches, and techniques of teaching creative dance movement to children of all ages and levels. It will involve various elements of creative dance to guide children in creative movement experiences which will help them develop cognitive, emotional, and physical skills. This course is especially for teachers of subjects other than dance.

Pre-Requisites: DNCE 251 or Permission of chairperson

This course acquaints the student with the basic execution of lettering and typography as well as the elements of basic layout for advertising.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100 or Permission of chairperson

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the basic principles of design in relationship to commercial art. The student acquires the tools to execute projects relating to design and production.

Pre-Requisites: ART 282

Students will develop skills in gathering data and writing scripts for radio, television, and film. They will gain experience in scripting shows using the College facilities, and specimen scripts will be available for community programs.

Pre/Co-Requisites: ENGL 150

Students will be given lecture demonstrations and practical studio experiences in the various aspects of television production. They will develop and participate in projects that focus on producing, performing, script writing, studio operations, sets, lights, scenery, graphics, sound, special effects, etc. Experiences in production at community television and CATV stations as well as those of the City University of New York will be required.

Pre-Requisites: MED 180 or Permission of chairperson

This workshop provides practical experience in all aspects of theater production. Each student will be strengthened in the areas in which he exhibits talent and interest.

Pre-Requisites: SPCH 205 and 207 or Permission of chairperson

Continued experience in TV production using more advanced equipment, techniques, independent research, script writing and experimental productions.

Pre-Requisites: MED 297

Independent study is designed to give students intensive work in the Major area. Study, research, and projects are developed individually between the student and the faculty member who will guide the study. Not open to first semester freshmen.

Pre-Requisites: Completion of 6, or its Equivalent, in the Major Area and Permission of chairperson

This is for students who wish to do independent projects under the supervision of a member of the faculty. By permission only, after the approval of a written proposal. Completed final project required.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of chairperson

This is a course involving the practical aspects of radio and/ or television and/or film in which projects concerning a particular medium become the work of the students in their specific area of interest. Students will be assigned to a radio, television, or film production studio for practical "on-the-job" work experience. An approved agreement between student and professor will be required.

Pre-Requisites: MED 150 and MED 180 or Permission of chairperson

This course addresses the major techniques of digital visual processing. It includes digitization of still and motion media, digital movie and sound editing, developing 3-D animated movie, transition effects, elements of 3-D modeling, vector based animation, Web interactive scripting, Web front ends design and Web broadcasting.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This course focuses on the visual arts, architecture and culture of the ancient Nile Valley culture specifically Egypt, from "pre-dynastic" to dynastic period. ART 315 shall concentrate on architecture, freestanding sculpture, temple wall reliefs and tomb painting and reliefs.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This is an in-depth course on music sequencing covering software and software models, such as Logic, Pro Tools, Reason and Sibelius, building on the student's strong sense of musicianship. Logic, a strong midi and audio sequencing program, and Sibelius, a dedicated notation software, will be used to instruct students on composition and notation. As a result, students will learn to compose, transcribe and edit M.I.D.I. and audio files.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 318 or Permission of chairperson

This course of study centering on a project in the major area, incorporates content and depth not possible in regular course offerings. With the prior approval of a faculty supervisor, the student will undertake a project, which will constitute the semester's work. One weekly conference is required. Option in Art, Dance, Media, Music, Speech.

Pre-Requisites: Permission of Chairperson

This course addresses the techniques of digital visual processing, including digitization of still and motion media, digital movie and sound editing, developing of 3-D animated movie transition effects, elements of 3-D modeling, vector based animation and WEB interactive scripting, WEB front ends design, WEB broadcasting.

Pre-Requisites: ART 100

This class is a thorough comprehensive lecture and lab on analog and digital recording and its procedures. This course enables students to understand and function in a recording studio. Subjects covered involve signal flow, analog processors, mixing boards, cable management, microphone design and placement and room acoustics.

Pre-Requisites: MUS 319 or Permission of chairperson

An examination of the creative impulse as experienced and expressed by African descendants in the New World with particular reference to the United States. An exploration of the creative arts: music, dance, visual art, literature, film and theater is an integral part of the course.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 150