Courses

  • COM FT 817: Rev & Critq 2
  • COM FT 825: Thesis Project
    Creation of an original work in any one of four areas: producing; scriptwriting; directing/production; or a research paper. One-on-one advisor supervision throughout the entire process.
  • COM FT 851: Thesis Preparation
    This course, required of second semester film production graduate students, explores the aesthetic and technical parameters of the short film format with the goal of celebrating the short form as a genre unto itself. Students also develop and write their thesis scripts in preparation for thesis production the following year.
  • COM FT 852: Thesis Project
    Devoted to completion of thesis projects in film production and film studies.
  • COM FT 855: Telecommunication Seminars
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Seminars by individual faculty members on topics of their choice, normally ones in which they are engaged in research or special study. Not more than two such seminars are offered in any one semester. Subjects and instructors announced before registration.
  • COM FT 856: Telecommunication Seminars
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Seminars by individual faculty members on topics of their choice, normally ones in which they are engaged in research or special study. Not more than two such seminars are offered in any one semester. Subjects and instructors announced before registration.
  • COM FT 951: Directed Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and chairman of department.
    Individual projects: opportunity for advanced graduate students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.
  • COM FT 952: Directed Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and chairman of department.
    Individual projects: opportunity for advanced graduate students who have completed a major portion of their degree requirements to engage in in-depth tutorial study with specific faculty in an area not normally covered by regular curriculum offerings.
  • COM FT 953: Internship 1
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • COM FT 954: Internship 2
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • COM JO 100: Introduction to Journalism
    This course introduces the field of journalism to students. It will acquaint students from COM and across the university with the journalism profession and will include instruction in writing, editing, and journalistic practices in addition to an overview of the news industry. 2 cr, Fall semester.
  • COM JO 250: Fundamentals of Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM CO 201.
    Required of journalism majors. The goal is for students to acquire fundamental newsgathering and writing skills needed to thrive as journalists working in any medium. The course is based in the classroom, but students are expected to learn and adhere to professional newsroom standards. The course focuses on essential practices and principles that apply to reporters, photographers, bloggers, producers and editors across all media formats. The class emphasizes news judgment, storytelling and reporting skills, as well as writing clearly and quickly. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 301: Editorial Design
    This is a studio course where students learn the elements of design. Students design a newsletter and sample pages for a magazine on topics of their own choosing. Students design with required Adobe Creative applications. This course covers the principles of typography, composition, and visual language and encourages creative/innovative ideas. All projects will be portfolio pieces. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 303: Visual Journalism
    Required of journalism majors. An introductory course designed to provide students with a basic working knowledge of the media required for professional journalism, including photography, sound, video, and editing for production of multimedia packages. No previous experience in visual media is required.
  • COM JO 304: Online Journalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
    Required of journalism majors. This course introduces students to reporting, writing and creating multimedia journalism for the web. Students learn how to create stories using a variety of media. They learn which elements -- text, stills, audio, video, and interactive graphics -- are best for delivering a story and engaging an online news audience. Students also learn the basics of the tools needed to create multimedia journalism packages and practice using them to report news online. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 305: Basic Photography for non-majors
    Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, from the basics of image capture to processing finished photographs and introduction to their use in digital media. No previous experience in photography is required. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 309: Feature Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 310.
    Writing feature articles for newspapers. Covers markets open to free-lance writers, published articles, newspaper feature sections, and Sunday supplements.
  • COM JO 310: Beat Reporting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250.
    Required of all Journalism majors. Students advance their reporting skills by learning to cover a city neighborhood or a community beat. Students branch out across the city and suburbs to cover courts, crime, education, local and state politics, and other essentials of community reporting. Students develop their own sources and story ideas with the goal of professional publication in the Boston University News Service or another news site. The purpose is to hone your reporting skills, develop sources, and build both competence and confidence. Students produce stories, photos, audio and video for the Web. Class is run like a newsroom, and students are encouraged to show enterprise. 4 cr, either sem.
  • COM JO 312: Photojournalism I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 303.
    An introductory course for students interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism and visual reporting. Students photograph assignments to the standards of professional news outlets and advance their skills in digital photography for use on websites and in publications. 4 cr., either sem.
  • COM JO 351: TV Reporting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM JO 250 or COM JO 303.
    Learn how to find, write, shoot, and edit news packages, broadcast on television or the internet. Taught by veteran journalists in a newsroom complete with the latest digital technologies. 4 cr, either sem.