2020 - Summer

All summer 2020 classes will be taught as web-based courses. Online activities and exams may be scheduled; proctoring charges may apply. Go to http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tower/online/courses/ for additional information and to test your computer and internet connectivity. For financial assistance with tech needs necessary to participate in these classes, please apply for funding through UT’s Student Emergency Services.

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Summer courses are offered in three terms. The letter preceding the course number describes the course dates:

f first term June 4 - July 9
s second term July 13 - August 14
n nine-week term June 4 - July 28
w whole session June 4 - August 14

NINE-WEEK TERM

 

UTLA - WOFFORD DENIUS UTLA CENTER FOR ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA STUDIES (listed on separate site)

WHOLE SESSION

 

RTF w330L INTERNSHIP IN FILM & ELECTRONIC MEDIA

The purpose of this course is to provide professional internship experiences with television and radio stations, film, video, and new media production companies, governmental agencies and production units, audio recording studios, and new media industries. Students are responsible for securing their own internship position. Resources and position listings are available in the College of Communication Career Services (CCS) office, CMA 3.104 / (512) 471-9421.

At the end of the semester, you will be required to submit an Internship Report consisting of:


  • A weekly journal

  • Work samples or a portfolio
  • Your evaluation of the internship

  • Your supervisor's confidential evaluation of your performance

To register: http://moody.utexas.edu/students/radio-tv-film-internship-courses
 

RTF 303C         INTRO TO MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES – WEB-BASED • RICHELLE CROTTY

Drawing on literatures from media studies, management, sociology, and communication, this course helps students to develop a social science understanding of media industries and entrepreneurship. We start with a survey of key social science theories and concepts the media landscape. We examine the social, political, and economic contexts in which media are produced, distributed, and monetized. Special attention is paid to new media and communication technologies such as Web 2.0, social media, gaming, and mobile media and the implications of these disruptive innovations for media organizations and professionals. Cases in old and new media industries from different countries will be analyzed. It is designed to help students achieve the following goals upon successful course completion:

  • Understand key social science theories, concepts and methods on the complicated interaction between media and society.
  • Recognize various opportunities, challenges, and responses media industries have to address due to globalization and technological advancements.
  • Understand government policies and industry practices that affect the formation and function of media organizations.
  • Understand the trajectory and development of various legacy and new media industry sectors.
  • Evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, challenges, and process in the media industries facilitated and constrained by institution and culture.
     

RTF w306 INTRO WORLD CINEMA HISTORY - WEB-BASED • ASHYLYNN D'HARCOURT
Open only to non-RTF majors.

Love the movies? Join us and explore how the movies developed from a circus amusement to multinational industry as well as how film can be understood as socio-cultural , technological, aesthetic and economic artifact. Global in scope, this course will sample a variety of “national cinemas” in order to compare and contrast how moviemaking developed uniquely in different parts of the world. We will also address how decades of popular and critical attention to the glamour and gossip surrounding Hollywood movies has affected our understanding of “American” cinema. The course fulfills VAPA requirements, and is designed for non-RTF majors who have not taken previous coursework in film or media studies. 
 

RTF w329C DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION - WEB-BASED • BEN BAYS
Open to both RTF majors and non-majors.

Animation, Visual Effects, Digital Painting and CGI are used to produce digital content for a variety of media including films, animation and interactive formats like video games and VR/AR.  This course is an interactive, online experience designed to teach you the foundational Digital Media Production tools: Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Animate (Flash) and Maya. Through creative hands-on challenges, you will apply digital media tools and techniques to a variety of tasks in the pipeline of production from concept, storyboard, layout to compositor, VFX, CG and interactive design.  In the end, you must choose:  Will you become a generalist across all digital media production, will you specialize in one discipline or will you define a new role in digital media production? The course offers both access to instructor guidance and the ability to complete assignments at your own pace

*The course requires Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk MAYA (free to UT students) and a computer with a 64-bit processor, 8 GB RAM and 2 GB GPU RAM. For financial assistance with tech needs necessary to participate in these classes, please apply for funding through UT’s Student Emergency Services.

See course promo video.

 

RTF w344M INTRO TO VISUAL EFFECTS AND MOTION GRAPHICS - WEB-BASED • BEN BAYS
Open only to RTF majors.

This is a production course designed to introduce and expand your knowledge of the world of motion graphics and special effects. Credits, transitions, greenscreen, filters, masks, mattes, all sorts of things. In contrast to the animation course, this class will focus on advanced compositing and techniques to enrich your video, stills, typography and to get exactly what you want to see onscreen. You will not be required to draw anything (complicated). Consider this more of a course in design than art. We will take the elements of design: line, shape, value, texture, color, direction, size, perspective and space and add one more thing to them: time. The course offers both access to instructor guidance and the ability to complete assignments at your own pace.

*The course requires Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk MAYA (free to UT students) and a computer with a 64-bit processor, 8 GB RAM and 2 GB GPU RAM. For financial assistance with tech needs necessary to participate in these classes, please apply for funding through UT’s Student Emergency Services.
 

FIRST TERM

 

RTF f301N VIDEO EDITING FOR NON-MAJORS - WEB-BASED • ANNE LEWIS
Open only to non-RTF majors.

Do you bore and confuse your professors, classmates, family and friends with videos that are long and incoherent? Are you interested in the art that helps raw material express ideas and perceptions? Would you like to play with images and sounds to create something meaningful and beautiful or perhaps funny this summer?
The class includes editing theory, short examples, labs, and demonstrations. You will edit an event, an interview, a fiction scene, a mash-up, and a self-determined final project. We will use Adobe Premiere Pro software – professional and available across campus.

*The course requires student subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro, and a computer with a minimum 8 GBs of RAM and the ability to run Adobe Premiere Pro. Substitute editing software and computers may be permitted. Students can purchase Adobe Premiere Pro either as a discreet license, or they can purchase it bundled in Adobe Creative Suite. For financial assistance with tech needs necessary to participate in these classes, please apply for funding through UT’s Student Emergency Services.

 

*RTF f318 INTRO TO IMAGE AND SOUND - WEB-BASED • MICAH BARBER
Open to both RTF majors and non-majors.

This course is designed to introduce fundamental production concepts and techniques, and is a prerequisite to upper-division production classes. Through a series of online lectures and visual, hands-on projects (created at home using smartphones), students will develop skills in visual storytelling. Emphasis will be placed on developing a storyteller's point of view, and creating simple yet effective visual and narrative structures.

*To take this course, students will need a smartphone with a simple editing app (e.g., iphone + imovie) or a computer/laptop with editing software (Resolve, Premiere). Students can purchase Adobe Premiere Pro either as a discreet license, or they can purchase it bundled in Adobe Creative Suite.  For financial assistance with tech needs necessary to participate in these classes, please apply for funding through UT’s Student Emergency Services.

 

RTF f328C     GENDER AND MEDIA CULTURE • JENNIFER McCLEAREN
Open to both RTF majors and non-majors.

This course provides an introduction to the critical and theoretical analysis of gender (femininities and masculinities) in media (film, television, new and emerging media). Students will engage dominant and oppositional practices of media production, representation, and reception to investigate the sociocultural mechanisms that shape individual and collective notions of gender in our media-saturated environment. Paying particular attention to wider questions of power, politics, and identity, students will read key texts in cultural, media, and communication studies, as well as influential theories within gender, feminist, and transgender studies. Although primarily focused on the mediated construction of gender, this course insists on an intersectional approach that examines gender in conjunction with race, class, sexuality, nation, and generation.

RTF f359S BLACK TELEVISION COMEDY - WEB-BASED • ADRIEN SEBRO

For cultural critics to ignore television’s potential as a forum of resistance is to misread levels of vernacular meaning inherent in many Black television texts. Often viewed as a medium of buffoonery or harsh stereotyping, television comedies that focus on Black communities have in fact had a crucial role in political progress, activism, and evolving social conditions in the United States. With close attention to themes such as socioeconomics, gender, religion, and politics, Black television comedy addresses American social injustices in ways that other television simply are unable to. This course will chronicle a history of the American Black television and production over time, that worked to respond to their political moment and have radically transformed television as a space for pedagogy.
 

SECOND TERM

 

 

RTF s317 NARRATIVE STRATEGIES AND MEDIA DESIGN - WEB-BASED • ERIC FORTHUN
Open to both RTF majors and non-majors.

This class focuses on the style, structure and storytelling strategies in a wide range of media forms, from narrative films and television series to documentaries and videogames.