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Communication Arts Course Descriptions

TEL 201 Introduction to Broadcasting – 3 hrs. This course deals with the development of the broadcast
industry, its relationship to other existing industries, print and film, and controls established by
government regulatory bodies. The influences of broadcasting on the economy of the country are
also treated. Prerequisite: None. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 202 Fundamentals of Television Production – 3 hrs. This is primarily a laboratory course in the
development of TV programs. Study areas include TV equipment, camera operations, optics and
lenses used in TV production, set development and construction and audio reproduction.
Prerequisite: None. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 211 Broadcast Law and Regulations – 3 hrs. This course presents regulations governing broadcasting,
the responsibility for programming decision, standards and responsibilities of public
communications in telecommunications, and laws relating to the press and to government regulation
of broadcasting. Prerequisite: ENG 102. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 212 Writing for Broadcasting – 3 hrs. This course presents the fundamentals of writing and adapting
literature for television and radio. Prerequisite: ENG 102. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 213 Electronics for Broadcasting – 3 hrs. This course presents the basic aspects of voltage, current,
resistance, inductance, and capacitance. Laboratory work develops concepts in connecting
components and taking basic instrument readings. Prerequisite: None. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 215 Voice and Diction – 3 hrs. This course presents voice training through exercises in voice production,
elements of tone, and articulation of speech sounds. Practical experiences will be offered in
announcing, newscasting, interviews, special events, and effective speech. Prerequisite: None.
(Offered Fall)
 
TEL 216 Oral Interpretation – 3 hrs. This course stresses literary interpretation: clarity through
understanding of the content; unity through grasps of the rhythm; interest through appreciation of the
dramatic movement; and color through realization of the mood. Advanced experiences will be
offered in interpretation of literary works, announcing, interviewing, and newscasting.
Prerequisite: TEL 215. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 217 Discussion for Television – 3 hrs. This course presents an emphasis on contemporary theories on
interpersonal and small group communication and especially emphasizes techniques for
argumentation, interview, and panel discussion for TV. Prerequisite: None. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 301 Film Production I – 3 hrs. This course presents an introduction to film-making equipment and
scripting. Each student will be required to write, produce, budget, edit, and direct a film project.
Prerequisite: ENG 304. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 302 Film Production II – 3 hrs. This course presents an introduction to film-making equipment and
scripting. Each student will be required to write, produce, budget, edit, and direct a film project.
Prerequisite: TEL 301. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 304 Advanced Television Production – 3 hrs. This course presents laboratory experience in the
development of various types of TV production. Students will be required to write, produce, budget,
and direct a TV program of considerable length in a category other than drama. Program idea and
design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: TEL 201/ TEL 202. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 311 Advertising for Radio and Television – 3 hrs. This course presents the application of the principles
of advertising to the broadcast media. Emphasis will be placed on techniques of writing and
production of advertisement. Prerequisite: 15 semester hours in TEL. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 321 News and Documentary Techniques – 3 hrs. This course presents the fundamentals of news
reporting for all news media, the gathering and writing of news, study of news departments,
responsibility to the public affairs programming, and news editing. Prerequisite: 15 semester
hours in TEL. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 401 Practicum I – 3 hrs. This course presents training in the operation of audio and video equipment
using the facilities of the AAMU Telecommunications Center and other facilities, based on student
interest. Prerequisite: 15 semester hours in TEL. (Offered Fall and Spring)
 
TEL 402 Practicum II – 3 hrs. This course presents additional training in the Telecommunications Center or
other appropriate centers. Prerequisite: 15 semester hours in TEL. (Offered Fall and Spring)
 
TEL 403 Acting for Television and Film I – 3 hrs. This course presents an exploration of the principles and
theories of dramatic performance expressed through contemporary entertainment media. Practical
experience in acting for television will be offered. Prerequisite: None. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 404 Acting for Television and Film II – 3 hrs. This course is a continuation of TEL 403. Prerequisite:
TEL 403. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 411 special Topics in Broadcasting – 3 hrs. This course presents the history, significance, potentialities,
current trends, and utilization in the broadcast medium. Emphasis will also be placed on broadcast
economics and station management. Prerequisite: 15 semester hours in TEL. (Offered Fall)
 
TEL 431 Special Topics in Film – 3 hrs. This course presents the visual aspects of television and film, with
emphasis on basic principles of designing, techniques of lighting, and practices in television and film
studio operations, as well as sound motion picture production. Prerequisite: 15 semester hours in
TEL. (Offered Spring)
 
TEL 441 Special Topics in Speech and Drama – 3 hrs. This course presents both history and practice in the
art of advocacy involving analysis, arrangement, and presentation of arguments for the purpose of
decision making and social control. Experiences in developing scripts for public performance will
be required. Prerequisite: 15 semester hours in TEL. (Offered Fall)