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  • RTF 301 – Radio TV Advertising 3 units (crs.)

A study of advertising within the United States broadcast industry. Students divide into groups and create a campaign, researching and marketing a product, then writing, storyboarding, presenting, and producing a radio or television spot.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115, RTF 120 & RTF 250, or COMM 234 for RTF majors and minors

  • RTF 303 – Radio-TV-Film Participation 1 unit (crs.) 

Advanced, practical experience in television or radio station operations including production, programming, and project management. PASS/FAIL

Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA 2.5, RTF 120, RTF 250 and consent of instructor. RTF Majors Only.

  • RTF 312 – Media Ethics 3 units (crs.)

Studies of the moral issues and ethical problems that concern mass media practitioners, including those involved in broadcasting, print, public relations and advertising. Cross-listed: RTF 312/Journalism 312. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Prerequisites: RTF STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 & RTF 310, or COMM 234 & COMM 241; JOURNALISM STUDENTS: Journal 141, Journal 221, Journal 224, 60 credits or consent of instructor.

  • RTF 313 – Entertainment Law 3 units (crs.)

Laws and regulations, which govern radio, television, motion pictures, and theatre. Includes the relationships of the broadcast/media manager, artistic director, producer, director, and actor to each other and to agencies such as Congress, the courts, the FCC and other regulatory agencies. Cross-listed: RTF 313/Theatre 313. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Prerequisite: RTF STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and 310 or COMM 201; COMMUNICATION STUDIES STUDENTS: COMM 118 and 236; THEATRE STUDENTS: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor

  • RTF 315 – Media Leadership 3 units (crs.)

This course is designed primarily to help students develop as future leaders in the media industries. Students will gain a formal foundation – via readings, class discussions, examples, case studies, and exercises through which they can begin to lead themselves and other effectively. Ultimately, this course will serve as the beginning of an important process that will help students thrive as media professionals.

Prerequisites: RTF 115 & RTF 310, Cumulative 2.5 GPA  or consent of instructor for RTF non-majors or COMM 201 and COMM 241 and cumulative 2.5 GPA or consent of instructor.

  • RTF 320 - Broadcast Station Operations 3 units (crs.)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of a broadcast station. The student will learn the essential tasks specific to radio operations and how the different departments within the station interact. (Much of what is learned is transferrable to television operations). The course also covers laws and regulations governing broadcast radio and internet streaming as well as rules specific to non-commercial radio. Students will put what they learn into practice in the real-world environment of WRST-FM in a variety of operational roles.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 & RTF 310 or COMM 151 & COMM 241

  • RTF 321 – Studio Production 3 units (crs.)

Production and direction of studio television programs, as well as, field packages and remote field direction.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 250 or COMM 151 Special fee: $20.00

  • RTF 341 – Documentary Production 3 units (crs.) 

A critical survey of the history, theory and practice of the documentary in film and television. The methods and purposes of the documentary form will be examined through lectures, readings and screenings. Students apply these principles to the preproduction and development of a documentary film.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260 & RTF 310, or COMM 151, COMM 241 & COMM 321 or consent of instructor.

  • RTF 342 – Narrative Production 3 units (crs.) 

The development of skills in single camera narrative production. Students gain experience in continuity direction and editing, while learning how to develop and produce an advanced project for a capstone production course.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260 & RTF 310 or COMM 151, COMM 241 & COMM 321; Special fee: $20.00

  • RTF 344 – Prime-Time Television Writing 3 units (crs.)

A study of the problems and principles of scripting dramatic and documentary programs for prime time broadcast. Successful prime time television shows, investigative reports, and motion picture excerpts are analyzed, and each student will write at least one half-hour prime time script.

Prerequisites: RTF STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 250 & RTF 310 or COMM 234; NON-RTF STUDENTS: a 200 level writing course; Special fee: $10.00

  • RTF 345 – Television Development 3 units (crs.) 

Examination of the theory and practice of television development for broadcast and cable networks. Course will examine the historical practices of the television business along with trends in the development of narrative and non-narrative content. Student will develop, create, and present their own mini-television pilots.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 & RTF 250, or COMM 151 & COMM 201

  • RTF 347 – Race, Class, Gender in the Mass Media 3 units (crs.)

An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within motion pictures and the electronic media.  The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social, and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images.  Cross-listed:  RTF 347/Women’s and Gender Studies 347/Social Justice 347.  Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses.

Prerequisites: RTF STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 310 or COMM 241; WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Women’s and Gender Studies 201; COMMUNICATION STUDIES STUDENTS: COMM 219; SOCIAL JUSTICE MINORS: Cumulative GPA 2.5 and Social Justice 101 OR consent of instructor 

  • RTF 348 – The Art of Criticism 3 units (crs.) 

This course emphasizes uses of criticism that circulate widely in society in order to examine how taste-makers and wider audiences make meaning from mass media forms. Assignments will place emphasis on the development of analytical and writing skills in the field of media studies.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 114 & RTF 310 or COMM 201 & COMM 241.

  • RTF 349 – Audience Research 3 units (crs.) 

This course offers an overview of quantitative approaches to media analysis, focusing on methods rooted in mass communication, sociological, and social-psychological research. Students will design, propose, and complete a quantitative research project.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 305 or COMM 201or consent of instructor for non-RTF majors

  • RTF 350 - Cinematography/Videography 3 units (crs.)

The study and practice of aesthetic and technical approaches to lighting, blocking, and camera placement for film and digital. The course combines the study of the relationship of the script to visualization and lighting with hands on film and digital production training and applications.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 250 & RTF 310, or COMM 240; Special fee: $20.00

  • RTF 352 – News Production 3 units (crs.) 

Students will gain practical experience in news reporting, producing, and production techniques across multiple platforms: television, radio, and Internet.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 260 & RTF 321, or COMM 151 & COMM 321 or consent of instructor; Special fee $20.00

  • RTF 359 - Audio for Video Techniques 2 units (crs.)

A study of audio production for film and video. All aspects of the audio process will be covered; on-set sound, time code and synchronization, Foley-pit techniques, dialog replacement, analog and digital tape lock, MIDI studio lock, digital editor/workstation lock, noise control/removal, mixing, and use of effects. Cross-listed: Music 359/RTF 359. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Prerequisite: RTF STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 & RTF 260, or COMM 305; MUSIC STUDENTS: Music 305. Special course fees may apply. (1+3)

  • RTF 361 – Advanced Post Production 3 units (crs.) 

This course develops proficiency in advanced editing techniques and motion graphic design through training and the use of Avid and Adobe After Effects. Students will study modern motion graphic design and develop graphic design skills and Post Production techniques in the creation of class projects.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260 & RTF 310, or COMM 310 & COMM 321; Special fee: $20.00

  • RTF 370 – Multimedia Writing 3 units (crs.) 

This course examines how to develop, write, and adapt technical information and linear narratives for non-linear, interactive multimedia applications. Students also learn how to develop ideas into multimedia scripts, incorporate text with other media, write narration, write for interactivity, present text on-screen, and write concisely.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 250 & RTF 305 or COMM 234, or consent of instructor for non-majors.

  • RTF 399- Los Angeles Connection 3 units (crs.) New

This Course offers a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge of the Los Angeles media industry. Students will research and experience various careers and media companies in the Los Angeles area. Students will network with UW Oshkosh alumni and other media professionals who will share their knowledge and expertise. Note: the credits earned in this course will only count toward the student's university upper level course total required for graduation, and will not be counted as part of the 12 required upper level RTF courses.

Prerequisites: RTF 120, RTF 250, Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and consent of instructor. Students must complete application and interview process to be considered for course. Perquisites can be waived with consent of instructor.

  • RTF 400 – Professional Internship I 1-3 units (crs.)

Supervised professional field experience at a business, community or government media organization or on a film or television shoot in which the intern applies Radio-TV-Film study to a practical situation.  [Note:  RTF will only facilitate internships in which students are registered for credit.  Internship credits will not be granted retroactively.] This course counts as part of the 12 upper level elective credits for the RTF major. It can be taken multiple times, but students can only get a total of three credits.  PASS/FAIL.

Prerequisites: Radio-TV-Film major or minors only, consent of instructor, junior or senior status (60 completed credits with 12 completed at UWO as an RTF major/minor) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 & RTF 250 or COMM 151 

** 1 credit= 49 hrs, 2 credits = 96 hrs, 3 credits = 140 hrs

  • RTF 401 – Professional Internship II 1-3 units (crs.)

Supervised professional field experience at a business, community or government media organization or on a film or television shoot in which the intern applies Radio-TV- Film study to a practical situation. [Note: RTF will only facilitate internships in which students are registered for credit. Internship credits will not be granted retroactively.] This course is available for those desiring an additional internship after having successfully completed RTF 400. HOWEVER, the credits earned in RTF 401 will only count toward the student's non-RTF upper level course total required for graduation, and will not be counted as part of the 12 required upper level RTF courses. PASS/FAIL.

Prerequisites: Radio-TV-Film major or minors only, consent of instructor, junior or senior status (60 completed credits with 12 completed at UWO as an RTF major/minor)  and a cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250 & RTF 400 or COMM 151 & COMM 300

** 1 credit= 49 hrs, 2 credits = 96 hrs, 3 credits = 140 hrs

  • RTF 403 – Radio-TV-Film Participation 1 unit (crs.) 

Advanced, practical experience in television or radio station operations including production, programming, and project management. PASS/FAIL

Prerequisites: Successful completion of RTF 303, Cumulative GPA 2.5, AND consent of instructor. RTF Majors Only.

  • RTF 425 - Seminar in Radio-TV-Film 1-3 units (crs.)

The study of historical, critical, or theoretical, issues in radio, television, film; emphasis on individual student research. May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies.

Prerequisites: RTF STUDENTS: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 114 & RTF 310 or COMM 201 & COMM 151; COMMUNICATION STUDIES STUDENTS: COMM 118 & COMM 236

  • RTF 426 - Seminar in Radio-TV-Film 1-3 units (crs.)

The study of creative, production, or management issues in radio, television, film. May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115, RTF 120 & RTF 250 or COMM 201 & COMM 151

  • RTF 438 – Educational Media 3 units (crs.)

An exploration of educational media, including CD-ROMS, video games, learning-centered websites, children’s TV Programming, and adult TV programming. Topics include exposure to violence, federal regulations to improve children’s television, and the medium’s ability to teach. Case studies will cover both animation and live action, ranging from Nickelodeon to National Geographic to the History Channel.

Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 348 or RTF 349 or COMM 201 or instructor's consent.

  • RTF 446 - Independent Study 1-3 units (crs.) 

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, RTF 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) “well beyond that required in established courses.” It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, nor may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to equipment and facilities.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

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