Within the Communication & Performing Arts Department, Film Studies courses are popular among students.
This course examines techniques of film production and explores the relationship between film form and film meaning. You will view films that represent significant movements in the evolution of the medium. You will also learn how to research and write analytical essays about these films.
This course examines the history of the film medium, primarily as an art form but also as a form of communication, in the United States and internationally from its origin in the 1800s to the present, highlighting significant movements in its development. Students view domestic and foreign films as a basis for study.
Journalism is an exciting, rewarding career. The growing journalism program at Madison College contains two tracks:
The Journalism Certificate can be part of a student's course work for the 2-year associate degree in Liberal Arts. In other words, you could leave Madison College with a Liberal Arts Degree and Journalism Certificate. Students can also earn the Journalism Certificate in conjunction with a 2-year associate degree in programs such as visual communication or photography.
Many journalism students attend Madison College for the sole purpose of taking the Journalism Certificate courses. These “returning students” usually already have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in another field. They apply to the Journalism Certificate program to acquire specific skills that will help them secure employment in journalism or public relations. Students can apply to the Journalism Certificate program and begin to take journalism courses the semester right after they are accepted into the certificate program.
Many other students who take Madison College courses have no intention of working in the media. These students simply want a "taste" of journalism by taking one or two courses. They might take Intro to Mass Communication, for instance, to better understand the role of media in our society. They might enroll in Feature Writing to learn how to develop magazine stories for publication. They might take Documentary Storytelling to decide if their dream of making a living as a documentary producer is a worthwhile goal.
Music courses at Madison College provide students with an understanding of the history and theory of music as well as offering various opportunities to perform. The following options are popular:
To learn about music-related extra- or co-curricular activities at Madison College, please refer to the Theatre and Music web page.
The ability to communicate effectively is consistently cited as a skill valued by employers. Various communication courses designed to help students develop these essential skills can be found under the heading “Speech” in the Madison College course catalog.
Courses in this area of study offer students a wide range of opportunities for both classroom and hands on learning.
Students receive training in the understanding, appreciation, and criticism of drama. This course improves students’ abilities as readers and viewers of drama. Students also learn about drama’s ability to express the deepest and most complex feelings and concerns of human beings as individuals, as family members, and as members of society.
This course explores the actor's process in preparing for a role. It covers basic acting principles, including action, objective, obstacles, conflict, beats and being in the moment. It incorporates fundamentals of movement, voice and improvisation essential to the art of acting. Students will examine scripts, do character analysis, maintain actors' journals and perform five graded exercises.
This course examines the theater, focusing on production and technical roles, started in the Introduction to Drama course. We emphasize the director, set, sound, and lighting design. Students learn through practical participation in a staged production.
As part of the Liberal Arts Transfer Program, our courses are accepted by the University of Wisconsin and many other degree programs.
You can use the Transfer Information System (TIS) for more information about how course credits transfer.
To learn about theatre-related extra- or co-curricular activities at Madison College, please refer to the Performing Arts web page.
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