Student Learning Outcomes

Entertainment Technology Students Will:

  • Demonstrate the core disciplinary knowledge and concepts that shape entertainment technology and apply that knowledge to areas of specialization
  • Use various technologies to creatively address entertainment related design and production complexities
  • Work and communicate within highly collaborative production teams, and engage in design-thinking.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in Entertainment Technology and two or more creative disciplines or other associated media and technologies - i.e. vocabularies, generative processes, notational systems, editing systems, phases of production/exhibition/distribution, fundamental business practices
  • Analyze technical challenges/projects using appropriate concepts and theory
  • Devise technical solutions through an understanding of various technologies to support story-telling, narrative and other content structures
  • Respond to various artistic/design goals as well as other technological, social, cultural, and educational systems/requirements in developing their technical solutions
  • Create cohesive design documentation for the physical & technical components of production for performance to be seen live, transmitted, or recorded
  • Accomplish professional assignments through collaborative work and/or organizing collaborations among various disciplines
  • Understand what is effective, artistic, efficient, usable, and desirable as it relates to audience-centered creative work
  • Identify and demonstrate best practices in safety, industry regulations and standards, and ethical considerations and practices related to entertainment
  • Exhibit a portfolio of accomplished work in the student’s professional emphasis

Media Arts Production Students Will:

  • Develop an in-depth historical and conceptual understanding of the nature and function of the media
  • Critically examine media products and the interplay between media, culture, society, and political systems
  • Produce media projects with sophisticated content
  • Produce media projects with sophisticated technical process
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to write for different genres and environments including broadcast and new media
  • Understand clearly the dynamics of a production team and work effectively as a team member
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to work within media institutions
  • Develop leadership skills in directing and producing a wide range of media projects

Theatre Students Will:

  • Demonstrate core disciplinary knowledge of theatre history and theatre appreciation
  • Apply skills of technical production in set design, directing, acting, script analysis, storytelling, and general skills in every stage of the production process
  • Be prepared to meet the ever-changing challenges of the job market with marketable skills toward their respective career goals

Digital Communication and Cultural Studies Students Will:

  • Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and analysis to evaluate scholarship and messages

  • Become aware of principles of communication competence, and apply these principles in constructing messages, understanding contexts, and making meaning

  • Explain the ways in which culture influences human communication patterns and behaviors

  • Consider human signifying practices in specific social and cultural circumstances, and recognize meaning making as a social practice

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the principles and theoretical concepts of perception such as what we see, how we assign meaning to what we see, and what makes images memorable

  • Develop an understanding of how community life is created, maintained, repaired, and transformed through communication

  • Clearly articulate written and spoken ideas and arguments showing above average command of language, evidence, and disciplinary writing and speaking conventions

  • Develop a rich understanding of the production and reproduction of cultural systems by exploring the interdependent relationship among factors (i.e., media, interpersonal interaction, and ideology) that constitute the systems

  • Use knowledge gained in coursework to diagnose and develop strategies to address communication problems

  • Develop a personal code of communication ethics for personal and professional life

Journalism Students Will:

  • Master the craft of journalistic writing across all media platforms
  • Articulate the responsibilities the field of journalism has to society at the local, national, and international levels
  • Recognize the ethical challenges journalists face and articulate a range of solutions to those challenges
  • Employ thorough research methods, a basic understanding of statistical concepts, and the verification of facts, for accurate reporting
  • Gain professional experience through service in internships and student media

Public Relations Students Will:

  • Demonstrate the application of relevant theory in message planning and campaigns
  • Demonstrate the application of relevant theory in research methodology and reporting
  • Demonstrate formative and summative research skills in their campaign planning
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the public relations planning process (goals, objectives, strategies and tactics, as well as budgets and timelines)
  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation of program and/or campaign plans
  • Demonstrate effective written presentation of program and/or campaign plans