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Magazine journalism, data journalism & visualization, advanced art for advertising and "Thinkermaker": Robertson School special topics courses for Fall 2017

Mar 22, 2017

Posted in: News

Below is a list of the Special Topics classes for fall semester 2017. These are classes that cover a topic not currently covered by a current class.

Make sure to see how to register for the course. For some you can register on your own, but others require that you contact a Robertson School advisor for an override.


MASC 491-001

Advanced Art Direction

Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Temple 1150

3 credits

Instructor: Jay Adams [http://robertson.vcu.edu/people/advertising-faculty/adams.html]

CRN 35837

Description: Learn to advance the execution of creative ad campaigns through art direction. The course will enable students to maximize creative abilities in the areas of graphic design, illustration, photography and typography.

Who can register? Students already accepted into the Robertson School advertising sequence

Is there a pre-requisite course? Yes, MASC 394 Imagination

Can I register on my own? No, request an override at https://goo.gl/forms/B0snFMSq2UNxP0ry1


MASC 491-002

Thinkermaker

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Temple 2211

3 credits

Instructor: Scott Sherman [http://robertson.vcu.edu/people/advertising-faculty/sherman.html]

CRN 36149

This is a hands-on course where students solve communications problems for clients. Making real stuff for real clients. Projects might include logos, websites, videos, brochures, social media strategy, and content.

Who can register? Students already accepted into the Robertson School advertising sequence

Is there a pre-requisite course? MASC 204 Story

Can I register on my own? Yes


MASC 491-901

Data Journalism and Visualization

Meets Mondays 6:00 – 8:40 p.m. Temple 1118

3 credits

Instructor: Jeff South [http://robertson.vcu.edu/people/journalism-faculty/south.html]

CRN 36281

In an age of fake news and alternative facts, every journalist needs a foundation in data skills. In this course, you will learn how to find authoritative information, including news sources and data, online; how to use spreadsheets, database managers and other software to clean and analyze data; how to create interactive charts, maps and other graphics; and how to integrate this information into news reports. The course also will cover basic programming and use of the code-sharing site Github. This MASC 491 will meet concurrently with MASC 644 Computer-Assisted Reporting, but grading standards will be adjusted accordingly for the undergraduate students.

Who can register? Students already accepted into the Robertson School journalism sequence

Is there a pre-requisite course? MASC 203 Journalism Writing and STAT 208 Statistical Thinking

Can I register on my own? No, request an override at https://goo.gl/forms/B0snFMSq2UNxP0ry1


MASC 491-902

The Working Magazine Journalist

Meets Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:40 p.m. Temple 1137

3 credits

Instructor: Greg Weatherford

CRN 36330

After taking this course students will have a good working knowledge of how to succeed as magazine journalists in both freelance or staff roles. The course will help students develop and practice skills specific to working for magazines as freelance or staff writers. Topics covered through readings and practice will include reporting and writing features, fact checking, creative approaches, working as part of an editorial team, incorporating digital and social media, networking and finances. Each student will write in-depth feature articles as well as examples of common magazine formats such as short essays, Q&As, reviews, “listicles,” and more.

Who can register? Anyone at VCU

Is there a pre-requisite course? MASC 203 Journalism Writing or MASC 204 Story, and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument or HONR 200 Rhetoric

Can I register on my own? No, request an override at https://goo.gl/forms/B0snFMSq2UNxP0ry1