Communication Arts & Sciences
CAS W10 Impact FX Using After Effects. Lights! Color! Text! Graphics! Music! Animation! The dazzling world of visual effects is great for selling cars and toothpaste. But what if you have a deeper message to communicate — an emotion, a process, a complex layered story? Adobe After Effects is the première desktop application for creating motion graphics and video image processing. This course has two main learning objectives: the student will become efficient in the use of Adobe After Effects as a tool to produce visual effects for video, and the student will develop the skills to effectively communicate message and emotion using visual effects. Focus will be given to methods of directing and maintaining the viewer’s attention. The student’s performance will be evaluated on the basis of a series of short exercises, assignment projects and class participation. A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop will be quite useful but not required. D. Porter. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CAS W11 Producing Media for Worship. A study of electronic media worship aids with an emphasis on developing assessment criteria and production skills. Informed by readings in Understanding Evangelical Media, Worship magazine, and by critical deconstruction of exemplars, students develop a biblical definition of worship, assess the use of electronic media in worship settings, and work to create worship aids from digital photographs, moving images, and recorded music. Time-intensive projects—assessed by rubrics that focus on the fit of context, content, and form—constitute the majority of the coursework. Though CAS 190 and 249 are not prerequisites for the course, students who have had either may find the work easier. B. Fuller. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CAS W40 Theatre & the Performance of Worship. Theatre in the UK is some of the best in the world, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse (where some of the best directors in both theatre and film get their start), many independent theatres and West End Musical theatres. On this interim students will see a spectacular array of theatre performances. Students will also spend some significant time studying the theatre of worship in churches (both traditional and contemporary) where communities are being transformed by a revival in worship traditions. In fact, London is experiencing a resurgence of worship in its alternative and ancient churches that is unparalleled in British history. What ties performance in the theatre and performance in worship together? This is a question that the class will explore, examining how we are fed and nourished by the communal experiences of live worship and live theatre. In this course, students will have the chance to see more than 18 theatre productions and attend worship at about 8 churches in London. Students will attend several theatre workshops and discuss theatre and worship with talented and inspiring theologians, pastors and actors. Through journaling, writing short papers, and giving oral presentations on their experiences, students will learn the art of critical reflection. This course may fulfill an elective for CAS majors. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 3 - 23. Fee: $4100. S. Sandberg. Off campus.
CAS W41 English Language by Rail (MAY). Students explore the dialects of the English Language within a historical context. While in the United Kingdom, students travel by rail through different regions, collecting samples of English, Welsh, and Scottish dialects and visiting important linguistic sites. By collecting samples from each of these regions, students learn about the history of English as it is spoken in the United Kingdom as well as in the United States. Students must complete readings on the linguistics of the regions, present on the features of the dialect samples they collect, and write three papers that summarize their readings, analyses of data, and interviews in each region. Students learn how to use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe recorded samples. Students compare and contrast the speech sound features of common dialects in the United Kingdom, such as British Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Estuary, Scottish, and Welsh. Students also compare and contrast lexical usage among the various dialects. They describe key historical factors in the rise of the English Language, as related to local events in the United Kingdom. Students are evaluated on the quality of their papers, presentations, tests of readings, transcriptions, and participation in discussions. This course may fulfill an elective in the Speech Pathology and Audiology major. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: May 20 to June 7. Fee: $4352. J. VanderWoude. Off campus.
CAS W42 Taming of the Shrew: On stage! This course will culminate in a new stage production of The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare. Students will build their knowledge and skills in theatrical production and performance while bringing this music-filled, fresh production of a classic comedy to the Calvin stage. Those interested in classic play adaptation, those with interest in music, improvisation, clowning, theatre, film, and multi-media production, and those interested in live performance will be well-served by this course. The cast and musicians for the production will be chosen by audition in mid-November, and all students in this course will be an integral part of the production of the play, whether assigned as creative writers focused on dramaturgical research, as members of the technical crew involved in the creation of the physical, visual world, or in acting or playing music on the stage. The play will be performed for the public January 31 - February 9, 2013, as part of the CAS Department’s theatre season. All students in this course must commit to these two weekends for the performance of the play. Evaluation of student work will be based on individual involvement in the production process, as well as contribution to the overall artistic production community. This course may fulfill an elective for the theatre major. This course will meet in the afternoons with afternoon and evening rehearsals and performances. Some mornings may also be required, but no more than eight hours will be required on any given day. Some Saturday work calls and rehearsals will also be required. Students may also earn DCM credit, through a companion DCM section dedicated to this course, “DCM; Taming of the Shrew: On stage!” (See listing for “DCM: Taming of the Shrew: On stage!” under DCM courses, for more information.) K. Kirsten. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
SPAUD 343 Principles of Human Neuroanatomy. This course explores the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord and their link to various neurological and developmental disorders. Topics of study will include microscopic anatomy, blood supply to the brain and spinal cord, sensory systems, the cerebellum, and subcortical and cortical regions. Imaging techniques and discussion of neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and speech disorders, will also be covered. Students will gain an appreciation of the three dimensional structure of the brain and spinal cord as well as a basic understanding of its functional capacity. The course will consist of morning lectures and discussions. The student will complete an independent project. Field trips will allow exposure to brain imaging techniques and case studies in neuropathology. An assigned text is augmented by prepared handouts. Students will be evaluated by class participation, performance on exams, and an oral presentation. Prerequisites include either Biology 115, 205, CAS 210 or Psychology 333 and consent of the instructors. Course is reserved for upper class Speech Pathology and Audiology concentrates. E. Helder, P. Tigchelaar. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SPAUD 512 Augmentative and Alternative Communication. This course will introduce augmentative and alternative communication and the strategies used to improve the communication skills of individuals with limited or nonfunctional speech. Focus will include an in-depth review of the assessment process, as well as the AAC needs of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities across the age continuum. Hands-on experience with various methods of AAC strategies and devices will provide a clearer understanding of AAC intervention. Part I will focus on an overview of AAC. Part II will describe the AAC needs for persons with specific disabilities, and Part III will present AAC needs for specific environments. Students will develop an understanding of information related to concepts, strategies, techniques and issues that are unique to the field of augmentative and alternative communication. Assessment methods will include written exams, written reflections, problem-based learning, and group discussion. Prerequisites: SPAUD graduate students. H. Koole. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W42 Leadership in Africa. Course dates: January 3-23. Fee: $4500. B. Arendt, B. Crow, M. Fackler, C. Jen. Off campus.
IDIS W50 Film Noir and American Culture. J. Bratt, W. Romanowski. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W51 Gender Representation in American Film. S. Goi, C. Plantinga. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.