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‘Introduction to Entertainment Media’ to be offered online during the summer semester

Chip Gubera stands next to a giant Emmy statue.

Chip Gubera, an instructor in information technology and a documentary filmmaker, poses with the giant Emmy statue at the Mid-America Emmy awards in October. He will teach “Introduction to Entertainment Media” (InfoTc 1610) this summer for the first time as an online course.

This summer, Mizzou’s IT Program will offer the popular three-hour course “Introduction to Entertainment Media” (InfoTc 1610) for the first time as an online course. IT faculty member Chip Gubera will teach the class, which is a project-based course that applies introductory fundamental concepts of media postproduction design and media postproduction technologies. This course would be beneficial for students who have interest in IT, film studies, digital storytelling, journalism, and/or communication.

Subjects include:

  • Audio designing and creating
  • Audio mixing
  • Audio recording
  • Graphic design creating
  • Motion graphics design creating and animating

Software used in this course includes Adobe’s Photoshop and After Effects and Sony’s Acid Pro. A computer lab with this software installed will be available on campus for student use. Students who are distance learners will need to use their own copies of the software. The Adobe products can be purchased by the month or as a perpetuity license here. Sony Acid Pro can be purchased here. Both have a student discounts available. Students also can check with MU’s TigerTech for software availability. Participants will be responsible for software purchase and installation on personal computers. Any questions about software or software installation should be directed to the IT Help Desk of MU’s Division of Information Technology or call 573-882-5000. There is no textbook cost for this course. Reading assignments for each unit could include lesson notes, online lectures, video tutorials, and/or linked web materials.

At the end of this course, students will utilize ideas and concepts of entertainment media. These include:

  • Create original music using music loops and loop composition software
  • Apply audio mixing strategies to multi-tracked music
  • Explore song structure
  • Use audio and video compression strategies
  • Utilize sound design concepts
  • Analyze video for sound design ideas
  • Employ graphic design to create still media
  • Employ basic digital 2D animation techniques to produce motion graphics
  • Use good design concepts to create motion graphics

Please feel free to contact Gubera with any questions about this course offering.