Media, Film, and Journalism

The Media, Film and Journalism program prepares students for careers in mass media including: radio; television; film and video production; sound, video and effects editing; screen, radio and television writing; print, broadcast, and video journalism; and public relations. Students will be ready to work in entry-level jobs in the media industry and will also be able to transfer into a four-year program of study in film, television, electronic media and journalism. Students in this program will gain a critical understanding of the mass media and how they function, as well as practical skills in writing, producing, directing and editing films, videos, radio programs, news stories, and other multimedia content. 

Careers in Media, Film and Journalism include, but are not limited to, multimedia artists and animators; producers and directors; writers and authors; sound engineering technicians; camera operators for television, video and motion pictures; film and video editors, broadcast, print, and online news reporters and editors; broadcast announcers; and public relations practitioners. 

Transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities vary, so students should consult with a counselor and faculty advisor for specific information regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Advisor:  Laurilie Jackson
ljackson@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 674-7795

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T)

Film, Television, Electronic Media AS-T

Journalism AA-T

Associate Degrees (AA/AS)

Film Production AS

Certificates of Achievement

Basic Film Production Certificate of Achievement

J 003A  News Reporting & Writing Units: 3

This course provides a solid foundation in practical journalism skills. Through in-class discussion, writing assignments, field trips to local newsrooms and completing several published news stories, students learn news judgment, fairness, the language and style of journalism, how to construct news leads, how to organize and structure news stories, the process of information gathering, interviewing and a basic overview of the laws and ethics of journalism. These basics are relevant for multimedia reporting including print, broadcast, internet and social media journalists. (C-ID JOUR 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG 001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

J 004A  Basic Newspaper & Internet Production Units: 3

Student media practicum that includes a lab that regularly produces a news or feature non-fiction product with a journalism emphasis by and for students and distributed to a campus or community audience. Must include weekly news assignments.May include a variety of student media across multiple platforms,including print, broadcast, and online. (C-ID JOUR 130)
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J 003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

J 004B  Intro to Newspaper & Internet Editing and Design Units: 3

Intermediate student media practicum that includes a lab that regularly produces a news or feature non-fiction product with a journalism emphasis by and for students and distributed to a campus or community audience. May include a variety of student media across multiple platforms including print, broadcast, and online. (C-ID JOUR 131)
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J 004A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

J 004C  Intro to Newspaper & Internet Management Units: 3

Students in this course will learn to assume the positions of editor in chief, production supervisor, retail advertising manager, national advertising manager, or circulation manager; learn to pass on the skills and knowledge required to publish a printed and online newspaper that meets professional standards of quality in content, design, and production; learn to accept the responsibilities of newspaper publishing; learn to establish and maintain publishing deadlines; and learn to publish and maintain a professional newspaper both online and in print.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J 004B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

J 010  Magazine Writing & Production Units: 3

This lecture and laboratory course is designed to give students an understanding of feature writing and initial practical experience in creating and publishing a college magazine. Students will learn the characteristics of different types of features, develop skills in fact-gathering, information evaluation, in-depth interviews, research and the fundamentals of good writing, as well as creativity. The course also focuses on the strategiies and techniques of magazine production.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J 003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

J 095A  Journalism Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Journalism.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

MC 001  Introduction to Mass Media Units: 3

This course introduces students to the influences and contributions of mass media in popular culture. It traces the historical development of the mass media, from earliest inventions to today?s state-of-the-art digital technologies. This course surveys the impact of mass media on each of us as individuals and on American and world culture: where we might be going and what we can do about it. The course also examines how mass culture continually influences and shapes the media. (C-ID JOUR 100)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C2                 CSU GE:D7                 IGETC:4G

MC 005  Introduction to Public Relations Units: 3

This course offers students an overview of the public relations field with a practical approach to the handling and planning, of public relations campaigns. This course is offered in the Spring semester. (C-ID JOUR 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

MC 095A  Mass Communication Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Mass Communications.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 002  Broadcast Announcing Units: 2

This course provides students with an introduction to radio and television broadcast announcing principles and techniques for commercial delivery, newscasts, music shows, interviews, sports, weather, and specialty segments. Students will learn the physical make-up of their voice and how to communicate effectively with warmth and authority. Students are required to broadcast live and pre-recorded segments on the campus radio station, KCOD.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 005  Broadcast Writing Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the analysis and preparation of radio and television news announcements, commercials, public service announcements, promotional and dramatic announcements, documentaries, and full-length entertainment scripts. The students develop an understanding of the techniques and elements utilized in script writing.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 006  Introduction to Film Units: 3

By the age of 18 the average person has watched over 900 movies, but do we really know how to watch them? This course explores the impact film has on us, and the techniques filmmakers use to make us respond. Drawing from the American Film Institute's "Top 100 Movies of All Time" plus others, the class goes beyond movies as entertainment, into the fascinating world of how movies use color, music, story structure, visual effects and cinematography to make us forget we're even watching a movie.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C3                 CSU GE:C1                 IGETC:3A

RTV 007  Introduction to Radio Production Units: 3

Students will gain a basic understanding of audio equipment used for radio production and live broadcasting. The course provides an introduction of the principles and techniques of music programming, commercials, news, interviews, sports and talk programs. Students will understand the basics of operating a daily radio station. They will learn how to create content and produce pre-recorded shows on the campus radio station KCOD.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 007A  Intermediate Radio Production Units: 3

Students will be responsible for producing and performing content for KCOD radio including: hour long shows, DJ'ing, creating commercials, sweepers, public service announcements (PSAs) and specialty programs. This course provides more advanced audio editing techniques and opportunities to go "live" on the air.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: RTV 007
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 007B  Advanced Radio Production Units: 3

Students in this course will become part of the station management team. They will learn to assume the positions of station manager, music programmer, news director, promotions director, social media director, sports director and learn to pass on the skills and knowledge to run a professional radio station. Students will also follow and enforce FCC rules and regulations.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: RTV 007A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 008  Contemporary World Film Units: 3

This course surveys modern international cinema. Through the examination of narrative, documentary and experimental films from around the world, the medium's technical, aesthetic and theoretical development will be investigated. Particular attention will be given to the historical, cultural and economic influences that contribute to this international art form.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: RTV 006
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C3                 CSU GE:C1                 IGETC:3A

RTV 009  Screenwriting Units: 3

This course is a basic introduction to writing for the film and electronic media. Students will learn how to prepare scripts in proper formats for the various media, as well as explore conceptual and stylistic issues related to writing fiction and non-fiction scripts for informational and entertainment purposes. The course gives the students hands-on experience and significant critical feedback in developing, writing and re-writing original scripts for the film and electronic media.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG 001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 010A  Film Production I: Basic Film Production Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the theory, terminology, and process of digital film and video production. Topics include basic camera and sound acquisition techniques including the operation, function and creative uses of digital cameras and post-production production software. The emphasis is on documentary or abstract short films and music videos that help the students find their filmmaking voice and style. Studnets learn basic production management and directing skills as well as basic scripting, camera operation, picture editing and sound editing and mixing. (C-ID FTVE 150)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 011A  Film Production II: Advanced Film Production Units: 3

This course builds on the skills students acquired in RTV10A, offering them more advanced and detailed theory and terminology and immersing them deeper into the filmmaking process, this time focusing on narrative filmmaking. Students are introduced to narrative scripting, directing actors, production design production management and more more advanced narrative picture and sound editing techniques.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: RTV 010A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 012  Film Production III: Capstone Units: 3

This course builds on the skills students acquired in RTV 011A, offering them more advanced and detailed theory and terminology and immersing them more professionally and independently into the narrative filmmaking process. Students apply skills in production design, narrative screenplay writing and development, directing actors and managing key personnel, producing, budgeting, scheduling, negotiating and more highly developed narrative picture and sound editing techniques.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: RTV 009 and RTV 011A and RTV 013
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 013  Cinematography Units: 3

On a film set, the Cinematographer is the person who fulfills the Director?s vision by setting the shots and lighting the scene. How this is achieved is part art, part craft and part science. This course will introduce students to the fundamental elements of Cinematography. The exploration of how motion picture and video cameras work will be accompanied by understanding how motion picture cameras, lenses and lighting transcend being tools into being a collaborative artistic expression.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

RTV 095A  Radio & TV Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also providesstudents with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Radio and Television.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None