Creator Classes at QC

Content Creation Classes at Queens College

Spring 2022 Classes

Courses by QPL Faculty

ENG 303W: Creative Nonfiction: Podcasting

TBD.  Jason Tougaw

Podcasting has become a popular and influential medium for creative nonfiction—driving a major resurgence in audio entertainment. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of podcast creation—including script writing, interview techniques, audio production, distribution, and promotion. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Queens Podcast Lab to develop or produce podcast episodes distributed on all major platforms. As with all creative nonfiction, podcasting involves elements of craft: voice, structure, scene, description, research, and word choice. We will study these elements at work in several influential podcasts and radio shows, including Hanif Abdurraqib’s Lost Notes: 1980, Maria Garcia’s Anything for Selena, Jesse Thorn’s The Turnaround, Shankar Vedanta’s Hidden Brain, Terry Gross’s Fresh AirThe Brian Lehrer Show, Allie Ward’s Ologies, and QC POD (featuring Queens College hosts, including Jason Tougaw). 

SOC 381W: Content Creation Entrepreneurship

Wednesdays, 1:40PM – 3:25PM.   Joseph Cohen.

Students will learn the basics of operating a business or nonprofit enterprise that creates content for social media and Web 2.0 platforms (like YouTube, podcasting, Instagram, TikTok, etc.).  This course combines instruction on business management and the creative process, and will give students an opportunity to develop and launch their own enterprise. 

Media Studies

MEDST 241: Multimedia

Wednesdays, 1:40PM – 4:30PM.   Dyaln Marcheschi

Students learn to edit video with soundtracks that include voice over, music and sound effects. Each student completes a web site that incorporates QuickTime movies, Gif animations, images and text.  Consideration is given to graphic design, user interface and the most productive way to work with text, images and video in a web-based environment. Introduction to the following software on the Macintosh platform: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady and Adobe GoLive.

MEDST 281: Intermediate Studies in Media: Podcasting

Wednesdays, 1:40PM – 4:30PM.  Josh Chapdelaine

This class will introduce students to the popular and innovative new media form of Podcasting. Students will learn to analyze the techniques and aesthetics of Podcast production in terms of their content, their approach to sonic design and how audiences utilize and respond to them. For their class projects, students will produce their own audio stories, exploring interviewing, aural narration and sound design.

MEDST 313: Creative Sound Production

Thursdays, 2:40PM – 6:30PM.  Zoe Beloff

Students learn sound recording and editing with professional equipment. They make two creative audio projects; a documentary and dramatic work. There are also weekly listening seminars where students learn audio history and study creative audio works from the 1930s to today. No prerequisites required.

MEDST 314: Directing

Thursdays, 9:10AM – 1:00PM.  Leslie McCleave

Creative processes involved in directing. Emphasis is placed on the role of the director as a storyteller, interpreting material through creative use of camera, lighting, sound, action, scenery, and people. Students produce and direct projects individually. Prior technical experience with studio equipment, 3-pt. lighting, camera movement. and framing required. This course has an M&T fee. Enrollment Requirements: PRE: MEDST 242 OR PERMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT.

English

ENG 303W: Creative Nonfiction: Podcasting

TBD.  Jason Tougaw

Podcasting has become a popular and influential medium for creative nonfiction—driving a major resurgence in audio entertainment. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of podcast creation—including script writing, interview techniques, audio production, distribution, and promotion. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Queens Podcast Lab to develop or produce podcast episodes distributed on all major platforms. As with all creative nonfiction, podcasting involves elements of craft: voice, structure, scene, description, research, and word choice. We will study these elements at work in several influential podcasts and radio shows, including Hanif Abdurraqib’s Lost Notes: 1980, Maria Garcia’s Anything for Selena, Jesse Thorn’s The Turnaround, Shankar Vedanta’s Hidden Brain, Terry Gross’s Fresh AirThe Brian Lehrer Show, Allie Ward’s Ologies, and QC POD (featuring Queens College hosts, including Jason Tougaw). 

Sociology

SOC 381W: Content Creation Entrepreneurship

Wednesdays, 1:40PM – 3:25PM.   Joseph Cohen.

Students will learn the basics of operating a business or nonprofit enterprise that creates content for social media and Web 2.0 platforms (like YouTube, podcasting, Instagram, TikTok, etc.).  This course combines instruction on business management and the creative process, and will give students an opportunity to develop and launch their own enterprise. 

Data Analytics

DATA 765: Social Media Marketing and Data Science

Mondays, 6:30PM – 8:15PM. Dana Weinberg.

Graduate-level course. he course looks at social media marketing and the analytics to measure the effectiveness of campaigns as well as the related issues of influence operations, specifically misinformation and disinformation campaigns. In addition to substantive content, the course also will cover text mining skills

Anthropology

ANTH 289: Language and Media

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 – 1:30.  Diane Riskedahl

Using an anthropological approach, we will explore how media as representation and as cultural practice have been fundamental to the formation and transformation of modern sensibilities and social relations. We take as a starting point that language use is a key social activity through which we construct meaning in our daily lives. Mediated language, such as the written word, television, film, and social media, is central to the production, reception, and circulation of social meaning. Themes highlighted in this course include: 1) the materiality of media in the transformation of the senses and space-time relations, 2) the role of media and its circulation in the production of cultural difference, subjectivities and publics, and 3) how multi-modal aspects of media have influenced contemporary language practices.

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