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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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COM 330 - Media Aesthetics

An examination of the major aesthetic elements involved in visual storytelling for film, including light, color, 2D and 3D space, time/motion, and sound.

Prerequisite: film major status.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Recognize the major media aesthetic elements.


Exams and written evaluations of films which demonstrate comprehension of principles of light, color, 20 and 30 space, time and motion, and sound.

Analyze how aesthetic principles are used by directors and/or cinematographers to contribute to a film’s  diegesis.


Written film evaluations demonstrating comprehension of how the principles of media aesthetics are used purposefully in narrative film.

Create an original visual production or a research paper using major aesthetic  elements.


Term  project: either  short film or visual essay applying major aesthetic elements; or research paper  demonstrating application of major aesthetic concepts in a research context.

Produce an effective non- narrative media message using aesthetic techniques.


Written I visual assignment demonstrating  comprehension

and application of aesthetic decision-making leading to optimal non-narrative media messages.

Analyze ethical considerations in the creation of media messages.


Non-narrative media and/or film evaluations showing thoughtful and effective placement of aesthetic elements in an ethical context.

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