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BECA 200 : Introduction to Electronic Communication

Prerequisites: Enrollment priority given to BECA majors.
Description: Evolution of the major electronic media institutions of radio, television, and cable as social, political, economic, and vocational forces in American society. Impact and development of new electronic communication technologies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 201 : Life on TV: A Critical View

Prerequisites: None
Description: Elements of basic kinds of television programs: drama, sports, comedy, documentary, and variety; critical criteria for evaluating programs.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 230 : Audio Production I

Prerequisites: BECA major and departmental permission. Must be taken concurrently with BECA 231.
Description: Theoretical aspects of sound, acoustics, and audio signal flow in radio, television, and recording operations. Aesthetic aspects of sound mixing in broadcasting applications. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 231 : Audio Laboratory

Prerequisites: BECA major and departmental permission. Must be taken concurrently with BECA 230.
Description: Production procedures and student projects utilizing control consoles, turntables, microphones, tape recorders, and editing. Extra fee required.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 235 : Digital Media Basics

Prerequisites: Enrollment priority given to BECA majors.
Description: Fundamentals of digital communication technologies and their application in audio, radio, television, and interactive media.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 240 : Video Production

Prerequisites: BECA major and departmental permission. Must be taken concurrently with BECA 241.
Description: Use of television equipment and facilities; camera operations, audio and video control, lighting, tape recorders, graphics, scenery, and portable audio and video production units. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 241 : Video Laboratory

Prerequisites: BECA major and departmental permission. Must be taken concurrently with BECA 240.
Description: Extra fee required.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 300 GW : Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Research - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better. Enrollment priority for BECA majors.
Description: Communication research. Acquiring and evaluating information and organizing the results into written form. Investigation of sources, methods, cataloging, philosophies of media research, and questions of reliability and validity. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 301 : Media Literacy in the Electronic Culture

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Examination of electronic media content, effects, influence on individuals and groups. Development of analytical/critical skills necessary to become a discerning user of television, radio, music, Internet. Application of theoretical and media literacy frameworks to development of Guerilla Media Project. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media Literacy in the Electronic Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 305 : KSFS Radio I

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Production and performance for radio; development of skills used in the daily operation of a radio station: programming, scheduling, and planning.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 310 : Radio Production

Prerequisites: BECA 230, 231; BECA major status; and consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis and production of radio programs; experimental approaches designed to explore the potential of radio. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 321 : Critical Study of Popular Culture

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Public arts from the standpoint of structures and themes; relationship to social value systems; form, vision, and function in the public arts.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 324 : Law and Regulation of the Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 200, junior standing, and consent of instructor. Enrollment priority given to BECA majors.
Description: Legal and regulatory aspects of electronic media: impact of F.C.C. licensing and regulation within framework of First Amendment.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 327 : Broadcast Industry Symposium

Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Student participation with American and foreign broadcasters, international concerns, new communication technologies, program exchange, production and script workshops. May be repeated for a total of four units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1

BECA 330 : Audio Production II

Prerequisites: BECA 230, 231, or equivalents; BECA major status; departmental permission; and consent of instructor.
Description: Radio and television production, in-studio recording on multi-channel recording consoles. Use of board equalization, reverberation systems, graphic equalizers, limiters, and the art of overdubbing. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 335 : Audio for Video

Prerequisites: BECA 230/231; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Production theory and practice as applied to audio recording for video. Pre-production planning and location/studio recording situations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BECA 340 : Media Aesthetics I

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above or consent of instructor. Enrollment priority given to BECA majors.
Description: Aesthetic analysis of video, film, and related electronic media based on an examination of fundamental image and sound elements.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 348 : Video Editing I

Prerequisites: Permission of department; BECA 240 and 241.
Description: Introduction to major aesthetic and technical considerations in video editing, and practical application in electronic media production.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 350 : Media Performance I

Prerequisites: BECA 240, 241; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Performance training for the electronic media; exercises for improving articulation, pronunciation, interpretation, vocal quality, and communicative abilities; the international phonetic alphabet. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 370 : Writing for the Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 300 and consent of instructor; enrollment priority given to BECA majors.
Description: Writing scripts for video productions, television and radio programs, public service announcements, commercials, and documentaries.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 390 : The Age of Information

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Age of information explores the historical, social, political, and personal implications of modern communication technology. Understanding how it contributes to change in our society.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media Literacy in the Electronic Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 395 : Close up on Electronic Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Topics in video, audio, or interactive electronic media. May be repeated for a total of 4 units as topics vary. Only 3-units of BECA 395 may count for credit in BECA major. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: Episodic Science Fiction Programs

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of electronic media science fiction depictions of rebellion, politics, and power. (CR/NC grade only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: Basic Video Field Production Technique

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to techniques of video field production; theory and operation of video camcorders; manipulation of camera; light and sound to achieve high quality video field recordings. (CR/NC grade only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: Basics of TV News Reporting

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the basic procedures for developing a news package for inclusion in a television newscast. (CR/NC grade only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: How Kids Use Television

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Understanding children as active television viewers and how they assign meaning to viewing. Rather than trying to protect children from TV, students will learn to use media literacy principles to teach children of all ages how to understand TV's production and narrative conventions. (CR/NC grade only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: Production Portfolios

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Development of electronic media portfolios for industry employment. Focus on the techniques of assembling and editing electronic media content for a job search. Evaluation of portfolios. Students should have extensive electronic media productions completed prior to enrollment. (CR/NC grade only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: Voiceover Performance

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of the myths and facts of voiceovers in electronic media. Discuss and practice different applications of voiceover performance and begin to develop the skill set necessary for voiceover work. (CR/NC grade only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Electronic Media: Women Warriors

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Explores the evolution of the role of women action heroes on electronic media such as television, the internet, and video games. Only 3-units of BECA 395 may count for credit in BECA major. CR/NC grade only.
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close Up on Los Angeles Seminar

Prerequisites: Senior standing in BECA major and permission of instructor.
Description: Electronic media industries in Los Angeles; business and legal environments, social and personal impact, and producing and marketing electronic media content. Field trip required. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 395 : Close up on Community Radio

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Community radio is a powerful voice of democracy across the globe. Course explores the meaning of community, alternative, and activist in the context of community radio. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1

BECA 395 : Close-Up on Electronic Media: The Professional Sports Reporter

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students will work as a television sports reporter; attend a professional game, conduct an interview with a player, shoot a standup on the field, watch the game from the press box, and produce two packages. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1

BECA 415 : Advanced Television Production Workshop

Prerequisites: Approval of department, BECA 240/241, and consent of instructor.
Description: Development and production of Television Center programming for cable or broadcast. May be repeated for a total of 6 units with consent of instructor.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BECA 422 : Social Aspects of Electronic Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Functions, effects, and uses of public media; roles of media in affecting social, cultural, and political values; avenues of freedom and control in media; problems and opportunities presented by evolving media technology.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - Media and Social Issues
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 423 : Economic Aspects of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 200, junior standing, and consent of instructor. Enrollment priority given for BECA majors.
Description: Business practices and interrelationships of broadcast stations, networks, advertising agencies, and cable companies; buying and selling media, programming, promotion, and legal and ethical issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 425 : Television/Video Program Design

Prerequisites: BECA 200 and junior standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Process of designing educational television series. Pre-production stages of series development. Paired with BECA 725. Students who have taken BECA 425 may not take BECA 725 later for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 428 : Electronic Media Management

Prerequisites: BECA major and upper division standing.
Description: Concepts, methods, and current practices in electronic media organization and management. Decision making, implementation approaches, and communication applications for the small electronic media operation. Resource allocation, facility design and operation, project management, operation scheduling, and quality control. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 430 : Advanced Audio Production I

Prerequisites: BECA 330, BECA major status, departmental permission, and consent of instructor.
Description: Audio techniques in the specialized fields of audio recording and sound reinforcement for television, film, and music recording. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 435 : Aesthetics of Sound

Prerequisites: BECA 230/BECA 231 or equivalent.
Description: Aesthetics of sound and the basic principles involved in theoretical and critical analysis of audio in media, including radio, television, film, music, and other audio-visual communication. Paired with BECA 735. Students who have completed BECA 435 may not take BECA 735 later for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 440 : Media Aesthetics II

Prerequisites: BECA 240, 241, 340, or equivalents; BECA major; and consent of instructor.
Description: Problems in applied aesthetics. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BECA 450 : Media Performance II

Prerequisites: BECA 350 and consent of department or instructor.
Description: Development and rehearsal of electronic media presentation and communication skills. Theories of the presentation of self via electronic media. Studio and laboratory practice. Strategies for management of performer, director, and crew relationships.
Units: 3

BECA 460 : Introduction to News on Broadcast and Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 200; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Values, theories, sources, and content of radio and television newscasts. Professional roles, management, and operations of broadcast and cable news at international, national, and local levels.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media and Social Issues
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 462 : The Television Documentary in the United States

Prerequisites: BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: History and analysis of documentary programming on American broadcast television and cable: terminology, standards, and accepted practices associated with television documentary production in the U.S.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 470 : Dramatic Writing for Television and Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 370 and consent of instructor.
Description: Television as a unique medium for drama; limitations and potentialities of the medium in relation to form, style, timing, characterization, and story selection.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 485 : Women and Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Analytic modes, including feminist, psychoanalytic, and economic criticism, to assess both how women are represented in mass media and the status of women employed in mass media. This course is offered as BECA 485 and WGS 485. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gender and Culture: Identities, Images, Interactions
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 487 : Children and Television

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: How children use and are affected by mass media, particularly television. Theory and research describing children and television. Role of television in children's development. (Cross listed with ITEC 487. May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

BECA 488 : Asian Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Critical, theoretical, and cultural analysis of China, India, and Japan. Aesthetics of aural and visual representations in Asian television and cinema productions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 490 : Television and Social Change

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Nature of social change: television's potential--or lack of potential--to bring about social change, role of television in achieving that change, and critique of relevant programming intended to effect change. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media and Social Issues
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

BECA 500 : International Broadcasting

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Broadcast systems of the world: developed and developing nations. Programming of many cultures; the role of satellites in promoting exchange of programs. Relationship between governments, societies, and the media. Issues in international communication.
Units: 3

BECA 502 : Environmental Communication on the Electronic Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Representation of environmental issues in the electronic media, including radio, television, Internet, and CD ROMs. Strategies for using electronic media to communicate environmental topics.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Media Literacy in the Electronic Culture
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 505 : KSFS Radio II

Prerequisites: BECA 305 and consent of instructor.
Description: Students become managers and staff responsible for the daily operation of KSFS Radio. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 510 : Music Performance Recording and Production

Prerequisites: BECA 230/231; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Student teams have responsibility for the production of weekly, on-air, stereo radio concert program featuring major campus concert performances. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 515 : Television Center Crew

Prerequisites: BECA 240/241; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: "Hands-on" experience: camera operator, lighting, technical director, audio technician, videotape recorder, floor director. Complex productions with multiple cameras, sets, and lighting set-up.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BECA 516 : Television News Crew

Prerequisites: BECA 240, BECA 241; BECA major.
Description: Production crew for Television Center newscasts; practical experience as director, technical director, floor director, camera operator, audio engineer, and in other production positions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 523 : Electronic Media Distribution and Operations

Prerequisites: BECA 200 or consent of instructor. Enrollment priority given for BECA majors.
Description: Factors in day-to-day electronic media operations, program scheduling, syndication, social media use, labor relations, political and legal considerations, station promotion, advanced distribution systems. Applied practice in distribution and operation of BECA media channels. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 530 : Advanced Audio Production II

Prerequisites: BECA 430; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Major audio productions skills through active participation in challenging audio media productions. Audio for television, film, record production, and sound reinforcement. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 533 : Advanced Music Recording Workshop

Prerequisites: BECA 433 or BECA 330 and BECA 430 or equivalent.
Description: Aesthetics of current commercial recording techniques. Studio and simulated remote live recording session. Complex mixes. Laboratories in editing and music inter-cutting.
Units: 3

BECA 535 : Advanced Audio for Video

Prerequisites: BECA 335; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Sound theory and practice as applied to post-production audio for video. Time code synchronization of sound effects, music, and dialogue. Field recording and mixing for picture. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BECA 536 : Creativity and Problem Solving in Electronic Media

Prerequisites: Permission of department and consent of instructor. Enrollment priority given for BECA majors.
Description: Exploration of the creative process for media students. Use of multimedia, computers, and games as tools to enhance creativity and to develop problem-solving skills.
Units: 3

BECA 545 : Television Directing I

Prerequisites: BECA 240/241; BECA major status; departmental permission; and consent of instructor.
Description: Creating and directing a variety of television productions. Extra fee required. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 546 : Electronic Field Production I

Prerequisites: BECA 240, 241; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Technical and aesthetic elements of video field production and editing. Program conceptualization, pre-production, production, and post-production. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 547 : Video Editing II

Prerequisites: BECA 348; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Developmental study of the video editing process. Focus on editing stages, editing decision making, editing styles for different program genres. Media asset management and the role of the editor in the production process. Project based course.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 550 : The Broadcast Interview

Prerequisites: BECA 240/241 and departmental permission.
Description: Interview as an essential tool for broadcast information gathering and presentation. Interview styles, question research, production approaches for television and radio, and special interview formats such as talk shows and political debates.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 559 : Sports Reporting for Television

Prerequisites: BECA 560, BECA 546.
Description: Specialized skills and practices of television sports journalism: writing to visuals, sports field reporting, and interviewing athletes. Emphasis on the student?s ability to research and select relevant topics and issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 560 : Radio and Television News Writing

Prerequisites: BECA major, departmental permission, or consent of instructor.
Description: Reporting and writing for broadcast news, writing and editing the newscast, and field reporting techniques.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 561 : News Reporting for Television

Prerequisites: BECA 240/241 and BECA 560; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Techniques of broadcast and cable reporting; writing for visual production; production of field reports; use of research retention techniques; and experimental use of visuals in newscasts. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 562 : Television/Video Documentary Production

Prerequisites: BECA 462; BECA 546; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Methods for the production of documentaries for broadcast and cable television. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 570 : Writing for Electronic Media Genres

Prerequisites: BECA 370, 470, or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in the Class Schedule.
Description: Writing scripts for the generic forms of electronic media: situation comedies, soap operas, and serial dramas. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

BECA 570 : Writing for Media Genres: The Short Format

Prerequisites: BECA 370, department or instructor consent.
Description: Exploration of "new media" content writing, focusing on the "webisode" or short-format online episodic program. Compare traditional television script and story structure with that of online series. Explore ways in which new media needs to differ from TV, and ways it needs to deliver the familiar.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 576 : Internship in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Prerequisites: BECA major, departmental permission, junior standing or higher, and consent of instructor.
Description: Internship experience in professional broadcast and electronic media organization. May be repeated once. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 580 : Media in Community Service

Prerequisites: BECA 546 or consent of instructor.
Description: Use of media for public agencies and institutions and by non-profit groups; creating and placing public service announcements; developing media programs for agencies, institutions, and community groups; budgeting; grant-seeking. Field work. May be repeated for a total of 6 units with consent of instructor. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BECA 581 : Electronic Media and Social Justice I

Prerequisites: BECA major, BECA 546 (may be taken concurrently), or consent of instructor.
Description: Planning and production of electronic media content for social justice goals. Community integration via domestic non-profit organizations. Preparation for production in international contexts. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 590 : New Electronic Communication Technologies

Prerequisites: HTML or equivalent; BECA major; department and instructor permission.
Description: Lecture/laboratory course focusing on innovation and change in acquisition, distribution, storage, and display systems of electronic communication. Emphasis on the interactive aesthetic of electronic media.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BECA 593 : Interactive Electronic Media Workshop

Prerequisites: BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Design and production of online interactive media, such as web pages, with emphasis on broadcast technologies and distribution principles.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 594 : Mobile Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA Major and senior standing.
Description: Aspects of mobile media: business and legal environments; social and personal impact; writing for mobile, news on mobile, producing and marketing mobile content.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 600 : Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: Senior standing.
Description: Relationships between various academic disciplines and the broadcast media.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BECA 623 : Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Concept of professionalism and roles of individuals, law and government in determining ethical standards in the electronic media.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3

BECA 626 : Corporate and Institutional Media Production

Prerequisites: BECA 546 and consent of instructor.
Description: Organization and production of television projects in corporate and institutional settings, including health care facilities and governmental agencies: employee information and training projects, teleconferencing, interactive media, and live multi-camera narrowcasting.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 640 : Television/Video Production Planning

Prerequisites: BECA 230/BECA 231 or BECA 240/BECA 241 or equivalents; BECA major; consent of department or instructor.
Description: Organization and production planning of live television programs; budgets, legal clearances, scripting, casting, distribution, marketing, and logistical problems; duties of the above-the-line team. Emphasis on live coverage and distribution of television entertainment events. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 646 : Electronic Field Production II

Prerequisites: BECA 546, BECA major, departmental permission, and consent of instructor.
Description: Electronic field production and editing; production and analysis of field-based television program material; relationship between production variables and aesthetic practices. Paired with BECA 746. Students who have completed BECA 646 may not take BECA 746 for credit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 647 : Advanced Video Production

Prerequisites: BECA 546, BECA major, departmental permission, and consent of instructor.
Description: Professional-level production of announcements and messages created for a client and intended for broadcast. Production planning and effective acquisition and post production. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 648 : Digital Video Editing II

Prerequisites: BECA 547; BECA major; departmental permission; consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of the principles of digitizing and editing videotape.
Units: 3

BECA 650 : TV Center Sports I

Prerequisites: BECA 240/241, BECA 546, and BECA 370
Description: Demanding advanced studio and field production, news writing, reporting, and performance. Shoot/edit sports highlights and features. Capstone course produces weekly TV program for SF media market. (May be repeated for a total of 6 units.)
Units: 3

BECA 651 : Play-by-Play Sports Production

Prerequisites: BECA 240 and BECA 241 or equivalent; BECA major and minor; or consent of instructor.
Description: Production of live sports event coverage for simulcast via the Internet, cable television, and broadcast outlets. Experience in large-scale report audio/video production activities. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 660 : Television Center News

Prerequisites: BECA 560 and 561; BECA major status; departmental permission; and consent of instructor.
Description: Operation of a cablecast news service covering the city of San Francisco; research and production of stories for newscasts; coverage of San Francisco beats; researching, editing, and compiling of television news packages. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 665 : News Reporting and Producing for Radio

Prerequisites: BECA 560, departmental permission, and consent of instructor.
Description: Basics of radio news: gathering, writing, editing, and producing news reports and features and anchoring newscasts for campus radio station KSFS. Activity.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 670 : Writing for Interactive Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 370; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Script writer's role in the creation of interactive electronic media. Differences between conventional screen narrative and interactive story telling and information presentation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Broadcast and Communication Arts

Prerequisites: BECA major, departmental permission, and consent of instructor.
Description: Developing courses and lectures, leading discussions, and teaching and evaluating students of the broadcast and electronic communication arts. Teaching experiences as instructional aide in assigned BECA course. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

BECA 693 : Interactive Electronic Media Workshop II

Prerequisites: BECA 593; BECA major; departmental permission.
Description: Advanced workshop in design and production of on-line interactive media.
Units: 3

BECA 695 : Practicum in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Prerequisites: Consent of supervising staff and department chair.
Description: Advanced projects in broadcast and communication arts under faculty supervision. May be repeated for a total of six units. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and written consent of supervising instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Individual study, under the supervision of a faculty member selected by the student, of an aspect of broadcast and electronic communication arts not included in the curriculum.
Units: 1-3

BECA 700 : Introduction to Graduate Study

Prerequisites: Admission to M.A. in Radio and Television.
Description: Introduction to graduate study in broadcast and electronic communication. History of mass communication and electronic media theory. Academic writing, graduate-level research, and survey of BECA faculty's teaching, research, and production activity. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 701 : Formula and Creativity in the Public Arts

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Relationship between formula and creativity; theory and practice of formulas and genres, particularly in relation to the public arts; systems of criticism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 702 : Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Broadcast industry self-regulatory codes of ethics and responsibility; concepts of freedom and responsibility as they relate to broadcasters, the government, and the public. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 703 : Seminar in Theory and Research

Prerequisites: BECA 700.
Description: Graduate seminar in broadcast theory and research methods. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

BECA 706 : Seminar in Media Aesthetics and Production Theory

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of perceptual conditions and aesthetic theories that guide the interpretation, analysis, and creation of visual and sound images in the electronic media; how these theories may be creatively applied in the production process.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 707 : Seminar in International Broadcasting

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: International broadcasting: research methods and theory, comparative broadcast systems, new technology, short-wave, the influence of international politics and legislation, media ownership, and international broadcasting ethics.
Units: 3

BECA 725 : Television/Video Program Design

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with BECA 425. For course description, see BECA 425. Students who have taken BECA 725 may not take BECA 425 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 735 : Aesthetics of Sound

Prerequisites: BECA 230/231 or equivalent, BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with BECA 435. For course description, see BECA 435. Students who have completed BECA 435 may not take BECA 735 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 746 : Electronic Field Production II

Prerequisites: BECA 546, BECA 700, and consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with BECA 646. For course description, see BECA 646. Students who have completed BECA 746 may not take BECA 646 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 750 : Seminar in Developing and Funding Productions for Electronic Media

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor
Description: Development of a media project from idea to funding package, including brainstorming, research, outline, treatment, and package; preparation of applications for external and internal funding from local, regional, state, federal, private and public sources. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 752 : Seminar in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Pedagogy

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Process of curricular and instructional preparation for students who wish to teach broadcast and electronic communication arts. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

BECA 770 : Media Writing and Performance

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Writing and performance for the electronic media; writing scripts for features, persuasive messages, informational programs, and drama; script analysis and development of performance skills for camera and microphone.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BECA 790 : Seminar in New Electronic Communication Technologies

Prerequisites: BECA 700, graduate status, and consent of instructor.
Description: Evolving communication technologies: cable television, digital broadcasting, satellite transmission, video telephony, the Internet. Hardware, software, and social integration issues.
Units: 3

BECA 797 : Seminar in Electronic Media Production

Prerequisites: BECA 700 and consent of instructor.
Description: Close study of specifies area of audio, visual, or interactive media production. Course combines readings and discussion of production or other theory with applies work in media production practice. May be repeated for a total of 6 units as topics vary.
Units: 3

BECA 797 : Seminar in Electronic Media Production: Documentary Workshop

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Nonfiction content for television, radio, and the Internet; scripting and design, logistics, and ethical, technical, and financial aspects of production.
Units: 3

BECA 822 : Seminar in Media and Society

Prerequisites: BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Social implications of broadcasting; theoretical and methodological issues surrounding electronic media processes and effects; effects of electronic media on cultural and social institutions. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 852 : Directed Experience in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Education

Prerequisites: BECA 700 and consent of graduate major adviser, sponsoring faculty member, and department chair.
Description: Directed experience in teaching the broadcast communication arts. Students assist in course preparation and instruction and receive supervision from the instructor in charge.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 870 : Seminar in Television Dramatic Writing

Prerequisites: Graduate status and BECA 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Writing the teleplay: premise, character, conflict, dialogue, and structure and how these elements are influenced by television as a unique dramatic medium. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BECA 894 : Creative Work Project

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies; BECA 897.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 896 : Readings for the Written Comprehensive Examination

Prerequisites: Completion of the student's academic program and consent of graduate major adviser.
Description: Readings and discussion concerning principles, issues, and theories in mass communication research, criticism, aesthetics, and production. Culminates in the written comprehensive examination.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 897 : Research for Thesis and Creative Project Proposals

Prerequisites: Completion of student's academic program and consent of graduate coordinator.
Description: Preparation of proposal for master's thesis or creative project under supervision of instructor and thesis committee. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) for the Master of Arts and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies; BECA 897.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BECA 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser, supervising instructor, and department chair.
Description: Problems in broadcast communication arts for graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1-3
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