Course Descriptions

CT 101 Digital Storytelling
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 2.0 Lec, 2.0 Lab, Co/Prerequisite: ENG 125.
An exploration in the use of digital tools to develop a wide variety of digital narratives. Students will be required to design and build an online identity and narrate their process throughout the semester. They will place themselves within a larger narrative of networked conversation on the internet at large. This may be offered as an online or hybrid course.

CT 137 Hacking and Building
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 2.0 Lec, 2.0 Lab, Co/Prerequisite: ENG 125.
An introduction to electronics, programming and prototyping through building, rebuilding, modifying, and creating software, electronic hardware, or anything else, either to make it better or faster or to give it added features or to make it do something it was never intended to do.

CT 201 Foundations in Communications Technology
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: ENG 125.

The nature, development, functions, and social context of communications technology, including theories of information transmission and the history of print, photographic, sound, motion image, and computer-based media.

CT 205 Principles of the Moving Image
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redits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: ENG 125.
Introduction to the fundamental principles of visual media (film, television, web, games, etc.) with an emphasis on analyzing how the elements of form and style construct meaning.

CT 210 Portrait Documentary
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 2.0 Lec, 2.0 Lab, Prerequisite: ENG 125.
Introduction to the fundamental principles of visual media (film, television, web, games, etc.) with an emphasis on analyzing how the elements of form and style construct meaning.

CT 240 Studio Television Production
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: ENG 125.

Techniques in contemporary multi-camera television production including lighting, sound, set design and post-production.

CT 244 Multimedia Sound Production
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: ENG 125.

Introduction to the techniques of sound production for multimedia, covering the physics of sound, recording equipment techniques, multi-track mixing, and editing sound for picture. Using a non-linear digital audio workstation, students will produce soundtracks for various multimedia projects with current audio software.

CT 345 Introduction to Motion Graphics
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: ENG 125, FA 284.

Introduction to the techniques of motion graphics production for television and video: video effects and animation; lighting and shooting of blue screens; and layering of video sequences. Using non-linear editing workstations, students will produce videos using current video and effects software.

CT 355 Cinematography
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 2.0 Lec, 2.0 Lab, Prerequisite: CT 210 or CT 240 or CT 244.

Theory and practice of motion picture storytelling as it influences the structure and meaning of film – including analysis of shot selection and camera movement and exercises in film aesthetics with camera, light, and grip equipment.

CT 360 Web Design 1
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: CT 101.

The fundamentals of web design and coding – covering HTML, XHTML, interactivity, information architecture and navigational structures. There is an emphasis on usability and web design strategies that are compliant with the latest standards and best practices.

CT 370 Web Application Development
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: CT 137 or CT 360.

Principles and techniques in the client and server-side technologies used in developing web applications, including HTML, CSS, PHP, and Javascript. Also an understanding of data access APIs, web services, feeds, content syndication, and tagging.

CT 380 Webcasting
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: CT 101, CT 201.

Overview of streaming media solutions, delving into the technologies of compression and delivery. The history of streaming media and the implementation of various multimedia architectures are included. Principles and techniques of setting up and configuring various streaming media servers, and examing their impact on an IT department. Student projects include producing and encoding media and then streaming it over the College’s LAN, using current encoding and delivery software.

CT 381 Web Design 2
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: CT 360.

Building on the skills learned in Web Design 1 – covering advanced HTML 5/ CSS3 techniques, server and client-side scripting languages, Content Management Systems (CMS) and the full Web Development lifecycle.

CT 385 User Interface Design
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: CT 137 or CT 360

A study of design with a focus on the user’s experience and interaction – covering functionality requirements, user analysis, information architecture, prototyping, usability testing, and graphic interface design.

CT 390 Online Communities
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: CT 201.

Design, evaluation, and analysis of online communities, and their social, legal and educational dimensions.

CT 391 Telecommunications in Transition
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: CT 201.

The latest advances, issues and trends in communications technology: the Internet, new media, networks, and other emerging technologies. Concepts and practices of mobile commerce and home automation are included.

CT 399 Portfolio Design
Credits: 1.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits in Major and permission of the department. Corequisite: Completion of 30 credits in Major and permission of the department.

Students learn to develop a portfolio relevant to their chosen concentration in the Communications Technology Major. Professional statement writing and the fundamentals of analog, digital and web-based portfolios will be covered. Critique of fellow students portfolio elements is a requirement of the course.

CT 401 Final Project/Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: CT 399 and permission of the department.

Final project based in communications technology in a collegial and critical environment. Students will write a thesis project proposal as an application to participate in the class. Critique sessions will include outside guests who will provide insight on current trends in media and business. Students will present final projects of professional quality for review and display on the web and in public showcases.

CT 415-419 Special Topics – Production
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 4.0, Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

A selected topic in multimedia production. The topic varies with each offering.

CT 425-429 Special Topics – Seminar
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 3.0, Prerequisite: CT 201.

A selected topic in communications technology. The topic varies with each offering.

CT 490-491 Internship
Credits: 3.0, Hours: 20.0, Prerequisite: CT 399 and permission of the department.

Application of theory and competencies developed in academic courses to on-the-job settings. Under supervision of both a job-site monitor and a college faculty advisor, the student engages in a defined program at a cooperating communications company, agency, or institution.

About the Author

Profile photo of Michael Branson Smith Michael Smith is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Communications Technology program at York College. Prof. Smith hosts a personal digital archive project blog on Commons titled It Cannot Be Trivial.