Students interested in learning about television will have the opportunity to do so with a class being offered in the spring 2011 semester.
Television Studio Techniques (TVPR 301) is a class that is not offered regularly, but will be available to students who are not in the television and digital media production program.
Fred Wyman, director of the television and digital media production program said the program has always been open to non-majors when it has been offered. The class is taught by a different instructor each time it is offered. Students who are in programs such as advertising, graphic design, journalism, new media printing and publishing and public relations could learn a lot from the class if they are going to be working with television.
“All of those students from those areas might really benefit from learning more about TV because video is converging with radios and newspapers,” said Wyman.
Wyman said students in public relations may be hired by an agency with television, so the class will help them learn about producing videos and television techniques. He also said, “Now that we have a new sports communications minor, it’s a perfect match for those as well.”
Carlvin Dorvilier, a sophomore in advertising, said, “I believe it will be very beneficial because a number of students lack the sophistication necessary to interpret information, which is a basic in advertising.”
Each time the class is offered, a different topic pertaining to television is taught. Wyman said he has done game shows and other faculty who have taught the class before have done re-creations of film scenes.
He said the content this time around is going to be a sports talk show with associate professor Glen Okonoski teaching the class.
“A lot of people can identify with them (individuals in sports) because we’ve seen them before,” said Wyman.
Guests who will appear on the talk show include student athletes and coaches. The talk show will air on Mondays that will be right after the weekend after the events.
Students who are interested in taking the class this coming semester still have time to register. Wyman said there are seven seats available. The class will be meeting on Monday from 5-8:50 p.m. in IRC 156 and IRC 153C. The first half of the class will be lecture and the second half will be laboratory.
Television Studio Techniques is being offered this year based on the interest in the course. Wyman said the class looks like it is going to fill up. Based on the interest, the class may be offered a year from now.
Dorvilier also said, “I believe that this class will give students the skills they need to deliver their message to their client more effectively and will be a stepping stone for success.” n