The course is an introductory survey of the methodical and practical integration of various research designs and methodologies in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It sustains and develops students abilities and interests and offers an opportunity for close engagement with fine art study, theory and practice. Students examine art as a social process and social context/s in which art is made, circulated and engaged, and what art can tell them about their own social and spiritual issues and institutions.
This course examines the interface between Islamic art, law and society from early Islam to the modern period through a series of themes and debates in Islamic discourse. Topics explored are the socio-legal definition of the 'artist': how market demands informed intellectual property; the formation of the city and urban space.
This course is concerned with the materials, techniques and subject matter of observational drawing and demonstrates how a variety of materials and production techniques in drawing can promote strong perceptual and conceptual development.
This course is concerned with the foundational construction and design of painting and investigates the character and actions of various paints and techniques, both traditional and contemporary, on a variety of surfaces.
This course is the foundational study of fundamental 3-D design principles and techniques. Within its framework, students will complete a series of design projects in clay, plaster, wood and metal.
This digital photography course covers rules of composition, light, exposure, colors, etc. and demonstrates the use of Adobe PhotoShop CS, Lightroom, and other editing software. Students will create a portfolio with ten photos including detailed descriptions of their work.
This lecture course will introduce students to the fundamental, theoretical, and practical questions related to art as a significant part of society and culture. Students will consider their and others' aesthetic interpretations as a means to understanding art, and to promote an attitude of cross-cultural understanding. They will think about the roles of the maker, the object, and the viewer while interpreting a work of art. Students will also consider the context in which art is viewed, and how that influences a viewer's understanding of it. The course will include combination of lectures, discussions, and Power Points.
This is a three credit hour course designed to introduce students to quantitative research methods. Students will not only learn how to use research methods and statistical procedures but when to use them. Learning both is critical to understanding how to examine mass communications problems and issues. We will conduct a research study in this class from start to finish. Among the topics the course covers are: sampling, research design, observation and measurement, content analysis, statistical data analyses, documentation/reporting, and execution strategies and tools.
This theory module explores the current state of academic knowledge and understanding around the field of communication for social change and development both as academic subject and as field practice. It aims to stimulate critical debate and reflexive engagement with issues arising from the applications of communication models and theories to social change and development issues around the world. It also aims to enable the skills of conceptualizing purposeful communication interventions in the practice of communication for social change. It will provide students with a systematic understanding of approaches to studying the role of media and communication in social change, and the relationships linking media, policy, communication technologies, culture and social change issues. By participating in a research community, and through collective debate and independent work, you will aim to develop a critical understanding of the main theories and contending models in the field of Communication for Social Change, and to develop a research that is innovative and practically useful for addressing real world challenges of social change.
Mass Communication Theory will introduce students to key theories and concepts of mass communication and related social sciences critically explore the related issues around the processes, structures and impact of the media institution, at the local, national and global levels. The course will map the field of media research to cover major traditions of enquiry, models and paradigms of research, and the evolution of knowledge about the contributions of mass communication to modern societies. The course will provide students with a grounding on core knowledge of the relationship between the media institution and society that will facilitate a critical appraisal of the practices and cultural output of the media in contemporary society.
This course explores mass communication research methods and related social science methodology. It provides a framework for evaluating communication research through relevant research methods. Mass Communication Research Methods aims to enhance students’ understanding of research findings, ability to read and conduct research, as well as the ability to critically interpret findings.
Multimedia storytelling is an advanced course that prepares students to apply key concepts, principles and techniques in digital storytelling. Students will learn to produce digital media content using a variety of media forms, from photography, audio, video and data. Students will also learn to create blogs and websites to publish the multimedia stories they create. Widely used applications and apps to create multimedia content will be used in the course.
Integrated Communication Campaigns and Strategies introduces the components and principles of current thinking in strategic public communication. The course presents today's best practices used to research, design, implement and evaluate campaigns. Discussions include the impact of the evolution of technology and the digital environment on delivery of campaigns, communication contexts, message strategy, media strategies to include social media, audience analysis, and communicator credibility. The course outlines ways to use creative strategies and tactics to develop and manage a campaign.
The course will introduce graduate students to the current research based on collecting, analyzing and visualizing big data derived from social media using computational social science methods, tools, and algorithms. The course covers core theories and research methods of social media analysis, with a variety of applications for communication purposes. Issues of policy and research ethics such as privacy protection, data integrity, and open access will also be explored along with technical challenges and solutions.
Contemporary Journalism practice is changing rapidly, and in order to prepare for a career in this field, a critical understanding of the wider context and forces that are re-shaping journalism is essential. Journalism practice around the world today will exhibit both patterns of changes and of continuities. The course will introduce students to the main issues, debates and ideas about the cultures and practice(s) of journalism, and the key forces that are re-shaping the industry and profession. It will facilitate a critical and current understanding of journalism culture and practice, and an understanding of journalism’s relationship to their wider socio-political and economic contexts. By participating in a research community, and through collective debate and independent work, you will aim to develop a critical understanding of the main ideas, trends, concepts, and models that are current in this subject and apply these to developing research that is innovative and practically useful for addressing real world challenges in the media and creative industries.
Multimedia production course prepares students to work in converged newsrooms where the focus is on producing multimedia content, digital publishing using digital media, video, still images and audio. Students will learn to write and produce multimedia content for digital platforms. As this is skills-based course practical workshops and in content creation and production will be a major part of the course. Most of the practical works will be done in the Creative Media Lab.
Readings for MSC 624 will focus on the underlying cultural, political, economic, and social factors that determine the character of media systems in different parts of the world. The course will offer a conceptual roadmap to the evolution of the different media cultures we see around the world. Assignment of readings will be issued with an eye toward allowing the student to develop greater expertise in a couple of world regions of his/her research interest. The student will therefore be required to develop skills for an empirical examination of media systems in a sample of national contexts drawn from those regions.
History of Mass Media is a survey course that will cover the early development of media with a special focus on the Arab and Muslim region. Much of the course will focus on the colonial period and influences from Europe and North America. It will also explore how media supported or challenged cultural institutions prior to independence. Students will learn specific characteristics of individual media (books, newspapers, magazines, radio, and Television) in different contexts throughout the region and how they evolved under various economic and regulatory circumstances.
The media industries today are undergoing rapid changes spurred on by processes of globalization, new information and communication technologies, digitalization, convergence, changes in audience and consumer orientations, market forces, and policy and regulatory changes. Today’s media managers need to keep abreast of the rapid changes that are re-shaping the media industry as a whole and be able to respond to the attendant challenges in strategic, creative, and innovative ways. This course will facilitate an informed understanding of the new media ecology with an informed understanding of the processes of change. It will provide students with the opportunity to examine current issues and practices in media management by exploring the prevailing social, political, economic, and technological factors that are transforming the media and creative industries. By participating in a research community, and through collective debate and independent work, you will aim to develop a critical understanding of the main ideas, trends, concepts, and models that are current in this subject and apply these to developing a research that is innovative and practically useful for addressing real world challenges in the media and creative industries.
This course addresses theoretical traditions, perspectives, and research that impinge on communication and the media in the context of globalization. A central theme of the course is how media and the communication industries have been transformed by political, economic, cultural and technological changes on a global scale and how such transformations impact content production and reception across media platforms. Major actors and institutions in global communication will be examined through an analysis of contemporary debates about communication flow within the discourse of a new globalism. Such concepts and their theoretical underpinnings as media and cultural imperialism, hybridity and global village etc will be critically assessed both empirically and theoretically to determine their relevance in understanding the mass media in a global context.
This course will explore central issues and discourses in media policy and regulation in national, regional and global contexts. Students will be invited to study key developments that shape media policy in the contemporary era. Such milestone developments as transformation of media institutions and processes informed by major developments in technologies of delivery and reception in de-regulated environment will receive special attention in an attempt to develop new perspective on policy and practice.
This course will explore the role played by the media in shaping everyday concepts, experiences and perceptions of nation, nationalism and national identity. The course will draw on empirical evidence on the practice of national identity to inquire if globalization has rendered nation states and national allegiances obsolete or indeed, if it has heralded new opportunities and spaces for articulating the practice of national assertion and promotion.
This course introduces students to qualitative approaches and methods in mass communication research. Students will also be introduced to issues in the intellectual traditions in communication research such as positivism, critical realism, semiotics and structural analysis, discourse analysis etc. The course will also acquaint students with historical developments and ferment in mass communication research over the years. Students will be acquainted with empirical research methodologies such as ethnography, survey and qualitative textual analyses etc. The course will impart practical skills and competence required for qualitative research.
It is increasingly recognized that the mass media play a significant and growing role not only in the way in which society informs and communicates with itself, but more importantly in the manner in which it reproduces its social morals and reality. Students who plan on pursuing careers in the media (professional and academic) will be faced with difficult choices that carry with them potent ethical repercussions, choices that practical training does not properly equip them to approach in a critical and informed manner. The purpose of this course is therefore twofold: 1) to equip future media professionals with sensitivity to moral values under challenge as well as the necessary skills in critical thinking and decision making for navigating their roles and responsibilities in relation to them; and 2) honing those same skills and sensitivities for consumers of media and citizens in media saturated societies. At the end of the semester students should be able to identify a range of moral problems and issues frequently associated with the media in society as well as with careers in the media. They should be able to analyze these problems and their components, and make informed judgments grounded in ethical theory.
A key trend in the transformation of the contemporary global society is the move towards the knowledge and experience economies. Innovation and creativity are the twin drivers of this emerging social and economic environment, and the media and creative industries are at the centre of it. To prepare oneself for full participation in this new social reality it is crucial to develop the skills and mindset of creativity and innovation. This course will provide a critical understanding of core knowledge, key theories and associated skills of creativity and innovation. It will also allow you to become familiar with the models, concepts, ideas and practices that are current in the media and creative industries. These will inform how you can apply the principles of innovation and creativity to the challenges of today’s workplace and society, particularly with respect to concerns about sustainability and the environment. It is suitable for those seeking a career in the media, cultural and creative industries, as well as for professionals wanting to enhance their existing knowledge and career prospects. The course is also suitable for students preparing for doctoral research in the culture, media and creative industries. By participating in a research community, and through collective debate and independent work, you will aim to develop a critical understanding of the main ideas, trends, concepts, and models that are current in this subject and apply these to developing a research that is innovative and practically useful for addressing real world challenges in the media and creative industries.
This final-stage course is based on a guided, independent study that involves the production of a thesis. They will be required to demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, carry out research and produce an academic research thesis. This scholarly activity will encompass the key constituent elements of choosing a viable research topic, developing a relevant methodological framework for executing the research, and critical engagement with a body of relevant theoretical and methodological literature, especially ones that reflect the most recent state of scholarship and knowledge in the chosen subject. It will also involve the use of primary and secondary research data, and a clear and insightful analysis of results. The course will also require students to demonstrate competent skills of academic writing, including clarity of thought and expression, and familiarity with an appropriate referencing convention. Students will be allocated a supervisor who will provide the necessary guidance through this stage of their study.
The course provides a critical look at key areas of responsibility for managers of media organizations namely, leadership, motivation, planning, marketing, and strategic management. Research may focus narrowly on one or more of these areas – depending on preset goals and outcomes of study plan.
Seminar presentation is on political, economic, social, cultural and technological conditions related to the history of UAE Mass Media (Journalism, TV, Radio , .. ). The course focuses on the role of these media on social and political development in the UAE and media’s role in nation-building. The student should prepare a study focus on the changes of modern media systems and its impact on social change.
Seminar presentation on contemporary issues related to New Media and interactive technology in a critical and theoretical context. The course focus on issues related to the revolution of communication & information technology, digital media, Internet and social networks and future challenges facing traditional journalism.
This course will consider how journalism and the general practice of media professionals reflect as well as influence modern society. The course will commence with a discussion of the history of media and social transformation – going back to the Industrial Revolution. It will then move on to develop an in-depth theoretical analysis of the pervasive nature of media products in modern societies through an examination of both psychological and sociological theories touching on the role of media. The student will be expected to analyze mass media content within the framework of some of the salient media social functions and characteristics, including: ownership, business and control elements; ratings and readership studies; the functions of news dissemination; the entertainment function; the persuasive modalities of advertising, public relations and marketing; and the role of the media in the electoral process. International perspectives are also gained to enhance student understanding of the relationship of the citizenry to media around the world, as well as the function of media as an agent in public opinion and global public debate.
Readings for this course will focus on examining the role of mass media in national development. The student will develop a firm grasp of the evolution of theory and research in development-oriented communication, which can be traced only to WWII. Readings will also cover Western and non-Western concepts of human development and how various media influence the processes of national transformation or modernization.
Readings for this course will focus on Communication Technologies and Arab civilization with emphasis on the role of communication technology in UAE. Readings will also cover the impact of communication technology on public and private institutions and on the social, cultural, and political environment.
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of a written and an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student prepares a concise and complete Research Proposal that clearly defines the research problem and objectives, and outlines the research methodology and a plan that the student will follow for the dissertation work. The proposal should be completed under the direction of the student’s supervisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The proposal’s content and format must follow the PhD Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines issued by the College of Graduate Studies. The Research Proposal course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student conducts high quality academic research under the direction of his/her supervisor. Student and supervisor shall meet on regular basis and discuss progress and issues related to the student’s dissertation research. Furthermore, the student writes an annual report based on a meeting with supervisor and Advisory Committee, in which a review is conducted to determine progress, identify problems, and project dates for completion of various tasks. The research shall represent original contribution to human knowledge in the particular academic field and is presented in a written research dissertation of a publishable standard. The document shall also demonstrate the candidate’s acquaintance with the literature of the field and the proper selection and execution of research methodology. The physical form of the dissertation must comply with the regulations stated in the Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guidelines, issued by the College of Graduate Studies.
Student defends his/her research dissertation in the form of an oral presentation in a public session, followed by a closed session, before a Dissertation Examination Committee, which includes internal and external examiners. The outcome of the overall evaluation of the dissertation is based on two main parts: (1) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation document and (2) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation defense. The final result shall be one of the following: (1) Approve dissertation as presented, (2) Approved with minor revisions, (3) Re-examine after making major revisions, or (4) Rejection of dissertation and dismissal. The Dissertation Defense course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
This course provides students with a comprehensive view of the science of communication, including interpersonal and mass communication processes and their functions in modern societies. It provides a historical background to the emergence of the press, radio, television, cinema and news agencies, and the development and characteristics of these media. In addition, it gives overview of advertising, public relations, public opinion, and propaganda. .
Visual Communication is a course designed to explore several questions: What are your personal responses toward a particular visual presentation? How can you relate what you see with history of the medium of presentation? What do you know about the technology that makes possible the presentation of the information displayed? Are you aware of the ethical responsibility that producers of visual messages have in creating images that are compelling and yet do not stereotype individuals?
This course covers the basics of oral communication, with special focus on public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and the principles and contexts of oral communication. The course involves communicating with different audiences (in the UAE) that use both languages ( English and Arabic) in communication.
This course covers the gathering, organizing, and writing of news in a clear, concise and readable manner. The course will focus on developing students' writing and research skills as well as specialty skills needed to write different types of stories. It will examine the variations of writing associated with different media. Ethical dimensions of news writing is also addressed.
Understanding the dynamics of the Arab media requires and understanding of general developments and trends in world media. This course therefore provides students with understanding of the Arab media including the historical, cultural and economic forces that shape their development. In doing this the course will address theoretical and conceptual issues in world media that have implications for media development in the Arab world.
This public relations and advertising course covers definitions and functions of PR & advertising, the PR process, the marketing and promotional approaches to advertising, the PR & advertising agencies, the societal role of advertising, as well as the emerging emphasis in integrated marketing communications.
This course covers the camera and its accessories, lenses, shutters and shutter speeds, printing paper, film varieties, and the darkroom. It also focuses on the picture as a means of non-linear visual communication, characteristics of a good photojournalist, and the press photograph, including its varieties and sources. Practical exercises in photojournalism are provided.
This course covers the fundamentals, theories and aesthetics of television production, focusing primarily on studio production techniques, including camera training, lighting, sound recording, storyboard designing, script writing of different format of TV programs and post-production basics. The course prepares the students with hands on experience in the studio and field , getting them ready for entering the TV industry.
This course covers the fundamentals of news writing and fact-gathering for the mass media, including discussion and laboratory practice in advanced news writing techniques, including various story types and deadline pressure. Heavy emphasis is placed on meeting professional standards of journalism writing, writing the straight (objective) news story and writing for deadlines.
This course focuses on improving the preparation and writing of the common trait across differing media types if the story line itself. It takes a holistic approach, focusing not on the process of writing alone, but on every element important to the story writing process, from finding the story and credible sources (as important to media writing as to academic writing), to anticipating and even shaping audience response through the completed product and follow-up coverage.
This course covers the management aspects of television and radio organizations, including programming, sales, organizational structures, and personnel. It aims to help the student acquire management skills and an understanding of management theory. It will relate the management and communicative process to an individual’s success within the organization.
The course covers all forms of writing for public relations, including press releases, public service announcements, magazine queries, securing television and radio interviews, coverage memos, media alerts, features, trade press releases, newsletters, backgrounders, and public relations presentations. Successful students will be able to go to job interviews with the assurance that they have had professional exposure to the writing required for a PR career.
Four major topics are covered in this course: (1) writing for broadcast: emphasis on developing the student's understanding of grammar and style in the construction of effective news stories; (2) newsroom structure: understanding who does what in today's broadcast newsroom and how economics affects the flow of information; (3) journalism ethics: analysis of personal values, ethical principles, and journalistic duties that influence newsroom decisions; and (4) legal considerations in news gathering with special attention paid to libel laws and invasion of privacy.
The focus of this course is producing and directing television programs at the intermediate and advanced level. The course is a continuation of Television Production I, designed to build on basic video production principles learned in that course. This course will incorporate both studio and field production techniques using both analog and digital technology. Using lectures, screenings and hands-on labs, students will gain a more in-depth understanding of video production and the business of video production.
This course explores the development of information-gathering skills for presentation through mass media with emphasis on interviewing and reporting, developing sources, research and accuracy. The process of reporting from collecting information, interviewing and writing involves in the practical setting the use of both languages
This course examines communication theories in the context of available empirical and qualitative research findings and discusses models of interpersonal and mass communication processes. The course reviews and analyzes the 'effects' theories and hypotheses, including the 'gatekeeper' theory, the 'two-step flow of information' theory, the 'agenda-setting' theory and the 'uses and gratification' theory, together with more recent theories of communication.
This course focuses on journalistic translation from English to Arabic. Extensive exercises are provided for translating simple and complex news material dealing with local, Arab, and international events and issues. The course aims at enhancing students' skills in translating media texts.
The course is considered an Introduction to news writing including, the techniques of news gathering, reporting, and interviewing; the use of library and online database research methods; and other related skills. The course provides practice in the skills needed in the electronic newsroom, using the desktop publishing lab facilities. It also focuses on the Fundamentals of copy editing, headline writing, and newspaper layout .Students write basic stories under real time constraints
The course is an introduction to the roles and functions of print, film, electronic and digital media . It investigates the roles of mass media in the diffusion of knowledge and solving the problems associated with personal and collective uses of modern media outlets. Moreover, it introduces the vast changes in the technology, practice, and business of mass communication that have accompanied the diffusion of digital devices, the development of the World Wide Web.
This course involves a discussion of the theoretical and administrative research methods in communication. Methods include the survey, the case study, the historical method, the experimental method, the anthropological method and content analysis, with an emphasis on mass communication research applications.
This course introduces the techniques of computer-assisted reporting. Building upon your basic reporting and critical thinking skills, the course will show you how to use the computer as a tool in news gathering and data analysis. You will learn how to find and critically evaluate information from the Internet, principally the World Wide Web. . Your training will include how to use a basic computer programming language to ask questions of your data. Additionally, you will learn about the legal aspects of computer-assisted reporting..
This course analyzes selected case studies in public relations in public and private organizations in the United Arab Emirates and in the GCC states. Students will also prepare further cases in public relations and discuss them in terms of problems and challenges facing PR practitioners.
This course deals with public opinion, the factors affecting its formation, its measurement techniques, and its interactive nature. Public opinion in international and national issues is presented and discussed The course focuses on the uses and effects of political communication on individual citizens and the formation of public opinion. The influence of media use on citizens’ political attitudes, opinions and behavior will be a central topic of this course. Case studies of political propaganda and psychological warfare are presented.
This course introduces the fundamentals of radio broadcasting and radio production techniques. It begins with an overview of the history of radio industry and development, studio, program structures and formats, followed by techniques that will set students in great stead for their radio careers: from interview strategies, news-reading and broadcasting outdoors, to audio editing and creating podcasts.
This course discusses the concept of organizational communication as an important aspect of internal practices at public and private organizations. It focuses on the channels, types, and directions of communication within organizations as well as the parties involved in it.
This course is designed to acquaint students with research, writing strategies and the vast array of information sources available in communication. The Course describes the strategies involved in selecting, refining, and researching communication topics. It is a guide to the literature, explaining the content and utility of significant and representative research sources. It is also a research tool, and provides an opportunity for students to use and become familiar with research materials.
This course presents a theoretical introduction to the role of the managing editor and his functions in the Arab press, printing technology, functions, and impact of newspaper and magazine production, headlines and photographs, design and layout of the front page and magazine design. A practical workshop for these skills is offered using manual as well as computer software programs.
This course provides integrated and comprehensive experience in advertising and public relations decision making. Students are trained to use the experiences gained in executing a comprehensive and integrated public relations and advertising campaigns region in particular will be the main focus.
This advanced course in audio production takes off from the assumption that there is a difference between the public and the commercial models in broadcasting and, while the course will study production in both strands the emphasis will clearly be on imparting skills and competencies in commercial radio production including programming and promotion etc. Given that the course is production inclined students will be encouraged to spend a lot of time on practical studio assignments.
This course provides students with the conceptual and practical experiences of visual communication in the modern world as it aims to produce students fully versed in both the theory and application of visual communication principles in different settings. Through lectures and practical projects the course will cover the application of effective, targeted visual communication through production of graphics and desktop publishing and accounts for both the conceptual and the technical aspects of graphic design.
This course investigates contemporary issues in Mass Communication and major issues and developments affecting journalism, public relations and advertising, radio, TV, and related fields, including social issues, international issues, and issues related to media in the Gulf region. Students explore ethical considerations related to coverage of social upheavals including wars. They analyze how media coverage frames problems and the search for solutions
This course fulfills your senior year requirement of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University. We will explore topics related to your major areas, i.e. public relations, advertising, journalism, media, and the liberal arts in general. The purpose of this course it to help you transition from your undergraduate education to the wide world, either in the working arena or towards graduate education. MSC 400 attempts to link communication skills, knowledge, and competencies with your knowledge is mass communication and liberal arts and sciences as you contemplate major issues facing society both in the UAE and at a global level.
This course provides students with skills training in a variety of media production areas. Topics include non-linear editing, digital post production, location sound production, location lighting techniques, and cinematography. Students with some background in film, video, and/or audio gain an understanding of the professional model of media production by assisting in the planning and shooting of a dramatic film.
This course focuses on Women and the Media and examines women who influence community development, concentrating on the role of Mass Media in building cultural images. Readings will emphasize theories on how media shape public attitudes about gender issues and the role of women in modern society. Students will explore historic evolution of feminist thought in various cultural contexts – with a special focus on Arab and Islamic regions..
This course comprises a minimum of 300 hours of supervised field experience in a professional setting, on campus or in a communication organization, for students completing their academic preparation. The purpose of this course is to give students work experience under the supervision of professionally – qualified mentors. This supervised work experience helps to bridge the gap between the academic program at the University and the actual world of the working professional. (The internship is conducted over a complete semester. No courses are allowed to be registered during the internship)
This course is an introduction to the best ways to convey messages through a digital medium. Students will learn how to organize information and present it in a way that connects with an audience. In addition, students will be introduced to specialized programs to complete their tasks, including Adobe Creative Suite, Blender, Google SketchUp and more. This course will utilize the industry standards of quality design to create projects using individual artistic and creative expressions.
This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of mobile phone photography. With the advancements in mobile phone cameras, students will now be able to learn how to maximize the potential of their phone cameras. In addition, students will be demonstrating awareness of the rules of composition, light, exposure, colors, and the theories of artistic expression, uniting the eye of the artist with the technical skills needed to produce fine art photographs.
History of Prehistoric to Hellenistic Art investigates the developments in artistic expression of Prehistoric Art across different continents, encompassing the history of the first ancient civilizations. The course lays out the basic premise of art history and guides students how to critically view historical works and artistic practices.
History of World Art II: Byzantine to Neoclassicism is a continuation of History of World Art I. The course looks into the developments in artistic expression from Byzantine to Neoclassic Art. The course lays out the basic premise of art history and guides students how to critically view historical works and artistic practices.
History of Asian Art looks into the developments in artistic expression in the Asian peninsula, covering part of the Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian Arts. The course lays out the basic premise of art history and guides students how to critically view historical works and artistic practices.
This course is a continuation of Digital Design I. Students will start to use the resources and applied procedures necessary to produce high quality products for publication through electronic media. This course will utilize the industry standards of quality design to create projects using individual artistic and creative expressions and begin to maintain a professional portfolio.
This course will continue from Painting I. Students will learn more advanced construction and design of painting. They will investigate the character and actions of various techniques, both traditional and contemporary, on a variety of surfaces. Acrylic will be the primary medium for this class, however other painting mediums will be introduced. The pluralistic view of painting as a discipline will engage the students in pushing the boundaries of the medium with a variety of conceptual, technical and aesthetic concerns. The main emphasis will be to push students to a more advanced level while encouraging individual creative expression and a diligent work ethic. Vigorous training provided will prepare students for going into a professional fine art career.
Within the course’s framework, students will continue to develop their “hands-on” knowledge of materials by completing a series of design projects in clay, plaster, wood, paper, metal and various recyclable materials. Individual creativity and a strong work ethic will be encouraged, and more advanced and diverse sculptural techniques will be taught, including installation art, public art and interactive art. New technologies and cross media interactions and fabrication will align the student with current practices in 3-D design and sculpture with an emphasis in excellent craftsmanship.
This course is a continuation of Digital Photo I. In addition to advancing their personal photo practice, students will create efficient digital workflows, using basic image-editing and organization software and prepare their professional portfolio.
History of Modern Art looks into the developments in artistic expression of Modernism in Art across different continents. The course lays out the basic premise of art history and guides students how to critically view historical works and artistic practices.
History of Contemporary Art looks into the developments in artistic expression of Contemporary and post-Contemporary movements in Art across different continents. The course lays out the basic premise of art history and guides students how to critically view contemporary works of art and artistic practices.
This course introduces new concepts of Art created for large audiences, such as murals, graffiti, installations, and large-scale environmental works. The emphasis in this course lays between a creative work and that of our understanding of 'place'; with the intention to initiate a dialogue, an alteration, public discourse, a disruption, or merging with intimate or public environments. Towards the conclusion of this course, students are strongly encouraged to develop their own professional artistic style and, therefore, concentrate their practice on one specific artistic genre. Students will be able to produce a professional body of work that reflects mastery of the technique, self-expression, and the ability to communicate visually through original designs.
Building on skills from previous Digital Design courses, students will continue learn practical application, theory, history of design and principles of the current design trends. Students will learn to successfully navigate the industry aspect of the profession and will create and maintain a professional portfolio of their work.
Building on the skills learned from Painting I & II, students will continue to stretch their creative concepts while including theory, history and current trends in the art world. Students will create and maintain a professional portfolio of their work in preparation for their professional artistic careers.
Students will continue to develop their knowledge of materials by creating an evolving series of design projects in clay, plaster, wood, paper, metal and various recyclable materials. Individual creativity and a strong work ethic will be encouraged, and more advanced and diverse sculptural techniques will be taught, including installation art, public art and interactive art. Sculpture theory and study of current art trends will supplement individual projects with an emphasis in impeccable craftsmanship and individual creativity. New technologies and cross media interactions and fabrication will align the student with current practices in 3-D design and sculpture. Students will create and maintain a professional portfolio of their work.
Digital Photography is the third course in the new Visual Studies & Creative Industries program and part of the Studio Track Specialization. Building on the previous courses, students will also learn theory, historical context of photography and current trends. An advanced study of digital editing and image correction as it applies to the needs of the graphics or photography student and professional. Students will create and maintain a professional portfolio and website of their work.
This course addresses the writing aspect of becoming a professional artist. It explores the creation of personal statements, bios and press releases for different art platforms, including but not limited to professional websites, social media accounts and digital & print media. Students create and maintain a professional digital portfolio of their artwork and write text that speaks to a target audience. Ideally, this course will be taken during the student’s final year of study. *Prerequisite: 21 hours of major credit hours must be completed prior to taking this course. At least 6 of these CH need to be from Professional Studio Track
This course addresses the business management aspect of becoming a professional artist. Studio/workspace set up, writing CVs, submission to galleries and competitions, maintaining a personal art practice and budgeting strategies will be explored. Ideally this course will be taken during the final year of study, when students will have created a professional digital portfolio of their artwork and are ready to find opportunities in the creative industries. *Prerequisite: 21 hours of Professional units must be completed prior to taking this course.
This internship experience provides the student with an opportunity to explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a work setting. The experience also helps students gain a clearer sense of what they still need to learn and provides an opportunity to build professional networks. The internship at UAEU lasts one full term and students should attend to their practicum either every working day part time, or 2.5 days a week. Students will pass the internship course with either a pass or a fail.
This course fulfills your senior year requirement of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University. We will explore topics related to your major areas, i.e. public relations, advertising, journalism, media, and the liberal arts in general. The purpose of this course it to help you transition from your undergraduate education to the wide world, either in the working arena or towards graduate education. Vis 485 attempts to link communication skills, knowledge, and competencies with your knowledge is mass communication and liberal arts and sciences as you contemplate major issues facing society both in the UAE and at a global level.
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