Summer 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

351:209 Introduction to Multimedia Composition

B1   6/1-7/9  MW 6:00-10:00 PM  01250    CHAMBERS, A.

In this course, Introduction to Multimedia Composition, students will explore what it means to be “media literate” through the analysis and creation of digital media. The focus of this course is twofold: (1) to develop critical thinking skills around narrative within a digital context and (2) to create original multimedia projects, integrating fiction, non-fiction, poetry, documentary, personal narrative, and self-portraiture.

 Multimedia projects in this course will emphasize digital media literacy by way of student generated Tweets, comments, scripts, voiceovers, sound art, songs, podcasts, images, memes, short films, and any other digital ephemera worth dreaming up. Students will further study how authors, sound artists, filmmakers, and content creators harness the power of digital media and creative writing to produce relevant narratives.

Finally, students will analyze and engage with trends in digital media—like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud, and Snapchat—as well as apply ideas presented by course texts to gain further insight on the impact digital communication and storytelling have on our lives.