Communication Arts REQUEST FOR PROGRAM REVISION by stariya


Spring 2006, Cole Russing, Communication Arts Program Coordinator

I. Overview of changes:
        1. Eliminate two courses: COM 205 and COM 210
        2. Merged two courses into one: COM 210 with ART 141
        3. Eliminate all or some prerequisites for four courses: COM 301, 361, 451, 410

II. Proposed modification of the Communication Arts program:
        1. Elimination of two three-hour courses:
                COM 205 Typography and Color Theory
                COM 210 Drawing for Concept
        2. Change ART 141 Basic Drawing and Design from an elective to a required
        major/minor course. ART 141 will remain as an elective for non-majors.
                2.2 offered fall ‘06 as ART 288-SPTP: Introduction to Drawing and Design
       3. Eliminate all prerequisites for COM 301 Digital Imaging, COM361 Sequential
Content/Storyboarding, COM 451 Multimedia Presentation. Eliminate one of two prerequisites
for COM 410 Web Design.

III. Change to the sequence of courses within a major/minor/concentration:
        COM 301 Digital Imaging would be available to students taking ART 151 Photography.

        1. Eliminate repetitive course material, better utilize full-time faculty, reduce dependency
        on adjunct faculty, provide an opportunity for students to take specialized advanced
        courses, and allow future opportunities to incorporate additional classes in Screenwriting
        and Art.
        1.1 The subject matter currently taught in COM 205 Typography and Color Theory
        would be divided between two classes as follows:
                a. Color Theory would be taught as part of COM 211 Introduction to Drawing
                and Design.
                b. Typography would be taught as part of COM 310 Electronic Publishing.
        1.2 The subject matter currently taught in COM 210 Drawing for Concept would be
        divided between two classes as follows:
                a. ART 141 Basic Drawing and Design
                b. COM 361 Sequential Content and Principles of Storyboarding.
     2. Elimination of the prerequisites to COM 310 Digital Imaging would allow students
     taking ART 151 Photography the opportunity to take the two classes simultaneously.
             a. COM 310 focuses on digital manipulation of photography using Adobe
     Photoshop software. ART 151 Photography is moving in the direction of the digital
     realm, thus following industry trends.
     3. Elimination of prerequisites will allow students more flexibility.

     1. Prospective demand (level of student interest):
             Increase demand due to combined courses, early opportunities for major courses,
             more opportunity for non-majors
     2. Effect on required hours in degree/major/minor:
             Reduction from 57 to 54 required hours in degree major
     3. Number of students affected and in what way?
     4. Effect on elective hours in majors/minors
             increase of three hours
     5. If a major/minor is to be eliminated, how will current students in the program be
     accommodated? n/a
     6. If requirements for matriculation are to be added or modified, how will those changed
     affect student enrollment and progress toward graduation?
             Students will adopt the new curriculum and will enhance progress to graduation.

     1. How will the proposed change affect the integrity of other programs to which it is
     related, including the demand for courses or degrees in other
             a. in the division: none
             b. in the college: none
     2. What individuals in other divisions, if any, have been consulted about this proposal?
     These proposed changes were produced collaboratively by the CommArts faculty:
             Dr. Michael Joslin, Melissa Ball, and Cole Russing
     3. What effect will the proposed change have on accreditation of this program or of
     associated programs in the college?: none
     4. What effect will the proposed change have on the ability of the division/college to
     meet goals for recruitment, retention, and diversity?: Changes should increase
     recruitment, allow for greater retention, and more diversity by accommodating a wider
     range of students.
        1. If an existing program is to be modified: Are faculty and staff with expertise available
        now? If not, how will they be identified/recruited?: Available now.
        2. For all proposals: How will this change affect the allocation of faculty and staff in the
        division/college?: Reduce adjunct needs
        3. For all proposals: How will this change affect faculty work load?: none

        1. Indicate any unique space requirements for modified curricula and any space likely to
        be released by the elimination or modification of curricula. none
        2. Indicate any unique library, computer, or instructional media resources that will be
        needed for modified curricula. Are they readily available?: none
        3. Indicate new one-time or continuing costs for materials, equipment, services, or
        personnel directly associated with a modified curriculum. How will these costs be
        covered? Indicate any cost savings to be generated if an existing program is eliminated.;

        1. Provide a detailed timetable for events that will occur as the proposed program change
is accomplished (e.g., addition or elimination of courses, hiring of faculty): Beginning Fall 2006.

        1. Provide other information that may be helpful in the review process, as appropriate.
        These changes should be included in the new College Catalog. Cole Russing will meet
        with Dr. Keener to help facilitate.

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