Course Descriptions

COM 510 Media Ethics
This course considers the moral and social consequences of choices made by media and arts organizations and professionals. Working in small teams, students will develop a strategy paper on a major ethical issue that relates to the media industry. The class will use readings, discussions, small group work, and videos. Case studies will be discussed and critiqued.

COM 511 Multicultural Communication Theory
Through an exploration of a number of texts – popular, narrative, oral, and cinematic – students will analyze how cultural and ethnic interactions form the basis of communication in a multicultural society.

COM 520 Mass Communication Theory
A review of the evolution of mass communication theory examining frameworks and models for understanding media with an emphasis on diverse populations and cultures. The course combines the theoretical and the practical by use of case studies and problem solving in addition to traditional research.

COM 530 Visual Communications and Design
This course explores the most effective way to communicate visually to any given audience in multimedia environments. In particular, web-imaging television and photography will be examined. Formatting and layouts will also be studied.

ART 515 Curatorial and Exhibition Development
This course is about art, art history and visual culture and addresses curatorial practices.  Art will be taken into account as an activity – when is art producing meaningful relationships, action and passions. The course will define the theoretical articulation between a work of art’s immanence-its physical presence and transcendence-the semiotic experience it induces and the complex chain of mediation- artistic traditions, roles of the artist, institutions such as patronage, critics, museum curators, art market, etc. – that makes a work of art working.

ART 520 Legal Aspects of Art Administration
Provides students with a background and understanding of the courts and legal system in American and how law is used by and applied to art and art administration. Legal aspects of art administration that are covered include contracts, torts, antitrust, copyright, trademark and risk management. 

ART 680 Marketing the Arts
With emphasis on delineating the uniqueness of the arts industry, this course explores the cultural constituencies of museums, galleries, festivals and the performing arts, and their relationship to culture in marketing initiatives.  Topics include: understanding the role these institutions have in the market; examination of the decision-making process and interplay among artists, art professionals, clients, agents and art products, and the value of new arts and cultural offerings for developing promotional strategies and integrated marketing plans leading to productive relationships with patrons.

ART 681 Grant Writing for the Arts
Develops a comprehensive knowledge of the core principles for writing grants for profit and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations leading to an understanding of protocols and skills required for grant writing.   Students will research various types of proposals from different funding sources and engage course constructs to successfully apply for grants.  Topics include:  the funding environment, types of grants, proposal and writing development, submission and review process.

ART 682 Economics in Arts and Culture
This course examines the impact of visual arts in a global environment.  Topics include art in cultural discourse, legislation affecting the arts industry, emerging arts markets, forgery, the role of art industry professionals (i.e. dealers, gallerists, museum curators, auctioneers, artists, critics and collectors) in international art trade and art as investment.  Economic models in art production and consumption, and economic concepts and research tools useful to arts and culture organizations are presented.

COM 691 Graduate Thesis Research and Development
Designed to guide students through the development and finalization of their graduate thesis proposal. Regular meetings are scheduled to ensure timely progress in students’ proposal development.

COM 692 Graduate Thesis
Designed to guide students through the development and finalization of their graduate thesis.

COM 693 Graduate Special Projects
This practicum course is for internships and other special activities for credit.

COM 694 Graduate Special Topics
An intensive study of communications issues at the graduate level. Depending on the topic this course may satisfy a specialization course requirement.

Questions or comments please contact:
Dr. Marcela Moyano, Director 305.474.6840
Administrative Offices: or 305.628.6645