To graduate with a degree in the applied arts and sciences students must successfully complete 42 credits of coursework to include:
Foundational courses (25 credits)
STC 108 Science and Technology of Consciousness
This course introduces students to three fundamental sources of knowledge that can be used together to evaluate any idea: personal experience, scientific reasoning, and traditional wisdom. On the basis of evidence from all three sources, a new consciousness-based framework is introduced as a new way of viewing the world and addressing its challenges.
PH 101 Physiology is Consciousness
The course will explore the new paradigm in science that the “Physiology is Consciousness.” Current concepts of mind and body will be understood in terms of this new paradigm. This course will present our facts of brain structure and function in light of Maharishi Vedic Science and the discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology done by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. We will examine how our brain constructs reality at every moment and how the experience of unboundedness – the Self of every individual – can transform our physiology and awaken the total creative potential of the brain in enlightenment, which is the birthright of every human being.
PHYS 310 Foundations of Physics and Consciousness
This course gives a deep and non-mathematical understanding of the differences between classical and quantum physics. It explains the meaning and mechanics of unification and symmetry, and the main concepts of unified quantum field theories and superstring theory. It shows that at the basis of the universe lies a completely unified field, a self- interacting entity from which all particles and forces arise through the process of spontaneous symmetry breaking. The course gives students experience and understanding of the interconnectedness between the laws of physics, the universe, and themselves.
MATH 130 Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative reasoning is a critical tool in the modern world for analyzing and interpreting quantitative information in the context of real-world problems and issues, including issues such as budgeting, taxation, loans, investment returns, the effects of inflation, even choosing cell phone plans. Students will develop a repertoire of number-related skills for assessing the reliability of data presented and for arriving at their own conclusions from these data. Topics include estimation, units and conversion, basic geometric concepts, simple descriptive statistics, constructing and interpreting graphs, linear and exponential growth, and ratios and percentages. Students will develop their knowledge of calculating and presenting personally meaningful information with spreadsheets.
WTG 192 CCTS: College Composition 2
Composition 2 develops the student’s ability to use language for a variety of purposes, subjects, and audiences. It focuses on both exposition and persuasion to strengthen those skills that will assist the student in succeeding academically. In this course, we read and discuss a range of prose models that reflect the diversity of thinking and writing across the disciplines. Prerequisite: WTG 191 or appropriate assessment
FOR 431 Higher States of Consciousness
This course explores the unfoldment of higher states of human consciousness — the full realization of your own limitless potential — as described by Maharishi and as experienced naturally and spontaneously by Transcendental Meditation practitioners and by people throughout history. The course examines the experiences belonging to each state, the developmental processes that culture each state, pertinent research, and practical outcomes of these experiences in daily life, thereby providing an overview of the range of possible experiences on the way to full enlightenment. This course is question and discussion-driven, with an emphasis on connecting this understanding of higher states to your own experiences.
FOR 103 Health-Related Fitness
This course presents the latest knowledge from Western science and the Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care program concerning the optimum daily routine for establishing the foundation for lifelong excellent health and growing enlightenment. The major focus is on the details of the ideal routine of sleep, diet, exercise, meaningful activity, recreation, and the importance of the regular experience of pure consciousness for optimum health and evolution.
Courses from other majors (7-11 credits)
These courses are upper-division and from at least two other academic departments.
Senior project (4-8 credits)
AAS 400 Senior Project
This course presents each student with the opportunity to reflect upon and draw together all of the disciplines and broad themes they have explored in the context of the Applied Arts and Sciences major. Students are expected to choose one or more interdisciplinary themes based broadly on the Science and Technology of Consciousness to present a research paper, portfolio of creative work, or service project that integrates and showcases the coursework they have had and displays their best thinking near the point of graduation. They work closely with their faculty advisor to choose, draft or design, and re-write or re-design their paper or project in a one-month, full-time effort. Students who complete a portfolio or service project also write a reflective paper on their work, and all students present an oral presentation at the conclusion of their work.
AAS 401 Senior Project in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Major – Advanced
As AAS400, this course presents each student with the opportunity to draw together all of the disciplines and broad themes they have explored in the context of the Applied Arts and Sciences major. As in AAS400, they work closely with their faculty advisor to choose, draft or design, and re-write or re-design their paper or project, but over two, rather than one month, of full-time study. This course is given in two separate blocks (A and B) and culminates in a paper and oral presentation.
Electives (2 credits)
AAS 100 Creating a Daily Routine for Maximum Growth
Success in the online programs of Maharishi University presumes every student is regularly practicing the Transcendental Meditation program and growing each day in restful alertness. This course reviews the principles brought out in the introductory course in Transcendental Meditation and helps each student establish a regular routine that supports their health and personal development.
AAS 101 Introduction to Sanskrit Pronunciation
In addition to refreshing students’ practice of Transcendental Meditation, this course will teach correct pronunciation of many important Sanskrit terms used in Āyurveda. It will also review the names of the forty branches of Veda and Vedic Literature and a few central expressions from this body of knowledge, again with a special focus on Āyurveda. This course will include recorded talks by Maharishi on Āyurveda.
FA 203 Understanding Art
What do you see?” Art and media are crystallizations of consciousness. This course cultures a deep appreciation for the arts through intellectual knowledge and direct experience. Slide lectures, discussions, readings, and workshops reveal that art is structured in the multilayered consciousness of the artist and the audience, and in the collective consciousness of the culture. In this course, students will investigate how they look at art and pursue ways to engage with art in order to develop visual thinking. Students will be exposed to a wide range of historical and contemporary artworks with opportunities to think deeply about what they are experiencing and why.
FA 204 CCTS: Quest for Self-Knowledge
Explore your own quest for self-knowledge in the light of the wisdom shared in mythology, philosophy, and psychology. Drawing upon the insights of scholars of myth like Joseph Campbell, we will identify the universal stages of the quest archetype: the hero or heroine’s journey as they evolve to higher states of awareness. We will culture critical thinking skills by analyzing ancient and modern world views, theories of consciousness and their applications, myths and movies, and your own life. In the culminating course project, create and potentially perform your own mythic stories. We will explore these questions: What is the philosopher’s quest? What can psychology reveal about the mind? How and why do archetypes transform consciousness? How can we apply ancient archetypes to modern life? This is a writing-intensive course. Textbook and materials fee: $30
FOR 206 Writing for Life
This course will be a study in incorporating the practice of writing, creative expression, and rest into everyday life. Our goal will be to make something like writing more approachable for those who find the task daunting but will also act as a reinforcement for those who already enjoy the practice of the written word. The main projects will be a daily journal and a personal essay. There will also be an option to do a three-day retreat, but it is not required.
FOR 403 Consciousness, Creativity and the Image
In this course students will navigate chance and experimentation, finding the infinite within boundaries. Through the structure of knowledge and experience students will create their own work while engaging in videos, readings, and discussion. Video and discussion sessions are complemented by studio exercises that address the development of image in two dimensions working with collage and drawing, allowing students to focus on the creative process and experience it as a part of themselves.
LIT 205 Introduction to Literature
This introductory course is offered early in each academic year and covers three basic areas: a) how to read and analyze literature; b) how to write about literature; c) and how to write creative and effective essays. It will also contain a creative writing element. Texts include short stories, essays, and a literary handbook designed for the course.
MC—W250 CCTS The Power of the Word
In this course, students will be introduced to persuasive communication. Methods of evaluating and responding to arguments will be covered. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective speech, writing and presentation, and examine those fundamentals in the contexts of storytelling, activism, advertising, and business.
MGT 346 Career Strategies
The course has a practical focus on career discovery and implementation. In the framework of Consciousness-Based principles for success, students consider their own skills, abilities, and objectives, and learn to design a career that utilizes their talents and creativity for maximum effectiveness, achievement, and evolution. They design an action plan to implement their career goals and then work with the best Internet resources to research occupational interests, business and service organization profiles, and industry trends. Students learn networking strategies, including interviews, and using the telephone and Internet for extending their professional networks. They also develop scripts for introducing themselves and describing their achievements and capabilities with confidence in various formats, writing about themselves in the cover letter, resume, and portfolio, and speaking about themselves and what they can offer to potential colleagues, funding agencies and employers. (variable credits) Prerequisite: third year of undergraduate study
MGT 405 Cross-Cultural Communication
Ever increasing globalization makes it imperative that students understand the different cultures in their world. This course provides frameworks useful in classifying cultures and understanding cultural norms and traditions. Analyzing case studies and participating in workshops and presentations enable students to establish patterns of behavior that facilitate cross-cultural communication.
PHYS 296 Introduction to the Scientific Method
In this course we examine the nature and scope of the scientific method. The important contrast between normal science and paradigm-changing science is studied with reference to the scientific study of consciousness and the special issues this raises. Other topics include: the difference between science and religion, recent topics in physics, and the scientific study of consciousness.
WTG 191 College Composition 1
Students in Composition 1 begin to refine thinking and writing skills founded on their experiences of Being. They integrate two fundamental characteristics of writing: the ongoing process of Self-discovery, and the creation of a finished work. They develop greater facilities with the writing process while strengthening foundational skills. Students read and discuss narrative models to locate the intimate connections between reading and writing.
WTG 204 Introduction to Poetry Writing
This introductory course explores the basic building blocks of craft and technique in poetry—imagery, figurative language, sound devices, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, meter, point of view, and form. The textbook is Frances Mayes’ The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the world of poetry, to teach them how to effectively read and assess a poem as well as construct their own poetry. This course will help heighten the senses to illuminate the beautiful highlights in the most mundane corners of life and help uncover the lost poems hiding in the attic of the mind. Upon completion, students will have a collection of poems that they will love, cherish, and take with them on their journeys forward. Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor
WTG 206 CCTS Introduction to Rhetoric
The discipline of rhetoric concerns itself with both the creation and interpretation of messages and cultural artifacts, emphasizing the value of both seeing another’s perspective and understanding one’s own perspective and self when engaging in the act of communication. Introduction to Rhetoric is a survey course designed to help students move toward frictionless flow in communication through an examination of the dynamic relationships between author and audience within their social context. Students will read and discuss articles by prominent thinkers in fields of rhetoric and communications studies such as genre theory, metaphor theory, feminist theory, cultural rhetoric, queer theory, the rhetoric of the body, visual rhetoric, ecocriticism, and critical theory and complete a final project that calls on knowledge in the readings to dig deeper into the challenges and possibilities of human communication. Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor
WTG 313 Writing Short Fiction
Edgar Allen Poe once stated that everything in a short story works toward a “single effect.” Economy and precision of language make the short story the perfect narrative form. In this course, we will read and study intriguing stories such as Hemingway’s “Hill’s Like White Elephants,” Grace Paley’s “A Conversations with My Father,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” and Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” as models for short fiction we will write. We will also look closely at elements of fiction: character, structure, point of view, imagery, and figurative language as building blocks for our own stories. Students will write and workshop three short stories during the class. Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor
Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health
PH 260 Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Self-Pulse for Good Health
Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course, students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $6
PH 262 Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Diet, Digestion & Nutrition
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore the perfect balance of the three doshas – the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include the influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica) – Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Materials fee: $30; Prerequisite: PH 260
PH 263 Maharishi Yoga Asanas
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing the unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10
BIO 265 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of a two-course series exploring the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems, as well as relevant medical terminology. This course provides understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintain balance and homeostasis. The integrated functioning of trillions of diverse cells, each with a million chemical reactions per second, gives rise to a healthy, vital human being. Students will study tissues, organs, and organ systems and their role in maintaining health and balance. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, discovered that major areas of the physiology are precisely correlated, in structure and function, to the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature. The understanding of human physiology as a replica of natural law expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature will be explored in this two-course series. Topics include a comprehensive study of the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Lab fee: $25.
BIO 266 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second course of the two-course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology. In this course, students will study the reproductive, respiratory, nervous, and endocrine organ systems. This course will present an in-depth overview of the organ systems that are major coordinators of homeostasis. The focus will be on the endocrine system and divisions of the nervous system, and how they control other organ systems of the body and maintain homeostasis. Effects of stress on human physiology, body response to stress, and the relationship between stress and lifestyle diseases will also be covered. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Students will continue exploring how every aspect of the ancient Vedic Literature is mirrored by the human physiology. This course includes public speaking presentations based on the connection between consciousness, Veda, and human anatomy and physiology. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: BIO 265
PH 412 Maharishi AyurVeda Herbology
Herbs are a major component of Maharishi AyurVeda used to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore balance. After assessing a client, an ayurvedic consultant recommends a variety of healing modalities, including compound or single-form herbal preparations. This course provides the necessary knowledge of ayurvedic herbs and herbal compounds, their qualities and actions in human physiology, as well as their effects in various health conditions. It also familiarizes students with the methods used to prepare herbal compounds. Topics include an introduction to ayurvedic herbs, their properties, modes of action and uses; compound ayurvedic formulations, their indications, and contra-indications; quality control and good manufacturing practices on a small scale. This course includes labs, public speaking presentations, and literature review. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $25; Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352
PH 430 Maharishi AyurVeda Consultant Training for Clinical Practice
This course takes all of the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda learned thus far and gives students the opportunity to apply them in case studies. Students will learn about a range of common disorders and ayurvedic protocols for restoring balance. Students will practice putting together comprehensive recommendations to prepare them for an Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant practice.
Topics include: restoring balance and creating harmony using herbs, diet, lifestyle recommendations, aromatherapy, yoga asanas, and other modalities described in Maharishi AyurVeda; basic and advanced principles of ayurvedic anatomy & physiology, including the relationship between consciousness, health, mind, and the body; review of the ayurvedic approach to common dosha imbalances; general principles of how to bring balance to major aspects of health such as mind and emotions, digestive health, women’s health, detoxification and more. Includes exercises in the form of case studies and practical presentation skills.
Sustainable and Regenerative Living
SL—B101 Sustainability, Buildings, and the Built Environment
The built environment consists of all the things that humans build: buildings and the rural, suburban, and urban context in which they are placed. Buildings, the cities they are placed in, and the transportation systems that connect them are the biggest things that humans build. Designing and building them sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This course gives an overview of issues of sustainability in the built environment and the developing solutions – high-performance solar-powered buildings, natural building, the ecocity movement, reuse of existing structures, urban agriculture, managing water in the urban landscape, turning wastes into resources. We’ll also explore how we can use the ancient ideas about orientation and placement of buildings and the design of cities from Maharishi Sthapatya Ved in the design of the contemporary sustainable built environment. The goal is to create a built environment that, like the natural environment, is regenerative, giving back more than it takes.
RL-W200 Change Begins Within
If one wants to change the world, what better way than to start with oneself? This is the simple premise of the course. It is part study and part personal challenge. We will learn about the science of well-being, health, and wholeness from modern science and Vedic Science, and about the dynamics of behavioral change. We will then apply what we learn to our own lives. For the challenge part of the course, students will select two or more behaviors they wish to change. With the support of a small team, you will try to make these changes, applying the lessons of the course. Armed with the knowledge gained, you will have tools to change yourself in the direction of health, happiness, and wholeness. You will also be prepared in the future to help others do the same.
RL-F201 CCTS: Ecosystems & Regeneration
Ecosystems are living systems comprised of human, more-than-human, and biogeophysical components. Understanding and living in alignment with living systems principles is essential for regenerative, thriving societies. In this course, we explore living systems principles through the lens of ecology and ecosystems sciences. We apply those principles to how humans have and could live as powerful agents of change. We look at ecosystem components, dynamics, processes, and systems across scales. We examine living systems along a spectrum of less influenced by humans to human-dominated, considering how human consciousness and actions influence ecosystems. We consider how understanding and living in alignment with ecosystems and living systems principles supports thriving planet + people. We explore indigenous cultures, knowledge, and practices; societal development; governance; economics; the built environment; food systems; water systems; energy systems; equity and justice; human psychology, consciousness, and happiness; and more. You will explore concepts in self-designed and assigned field trips. By the end of this block, you should be able to explain the complexity of ecosystems and why a foundation of ecology is important for regenerative sustainability, understand and explain the potential effects human consciousness and actions have on the ecosystem, think systemically, and apply this thinking to specific living systems.
RL-F202 Regenerative Community Development & Design
While understanding and acting in alignment with living systems principles is essential for regenerative sustainability (i.e., thrivability), the consciousness we hold individually and collectively is foundational to this alignment. Through the lens of living systems, we see consciousness organize itself as communities of communities. In this course, we explore regenerative community development and design as technologies to develop consciousness and guide human actions to be in alignment with living systems principles, co-creating thriving living systems. Regenerative community development and design integrate contemporary understandings in ecology, complex adaptive systems science, quantum physics, sustainability science, psychology, planning, and design with more ancient wisdom from indigenous cultures. We explore the theoretical and practical aspects, case studies, and apply regenerative development and design through personal experience and projects. You will explore concepts in self-designed and assigned field trips. By the end of this block, you should have a strong understanding of processes, technologies, and techniques for co-creating thriving living systems and understand how to work collaboratively to manifest them. Prerequisite: WTG 192 or consent of the instructor
RL-S251 Global Solutions I
The Global Solutions course explores the world’s economic systems, political institutions, transnational bodies, and globalized economy. We examine if, in combination, they perpetuate a situation of fundamental global inequality and unequal access to the vital prerequisites for living a healthy and fulfilled life? Is a situation where so many people are living in poverty, lacking access to education, clean water, and sanitation, an inevitable result of the global and regional political and economic systems? Are there alternatives that provide self-determination, resource sufficiency, the regeneration of natural systems, and just and sustainable practices at every level of society? This course provides a critical understanding of the pressing issues of our world and its people, and the current and potential solutions that are regenerative for people and the planet.
RL-S252 Global Solutions II
The world needs changing, and fast. The current situation should not be tolerated. We invite you to join us, be a force of positive transformation and find your path on this project. There are many and interconnected vectors of transformation that operate at different levels of society: a single person, a community, group, government or nation. The global society, in all its parts, social, economic, political and cultural, must be aligned to push in the same direction, in a manner that will not necessarily be clean and tidy, or completely coordinated. A key feature of this course is engaging with outside partners, organizations, and businesses that are working with transformational models. We offer the opportunity to be with a cohort of like-minded people who seek the good of the world and its citizens, their health, happiness and wholeness, their capacity for self-determination and the potential to lead fulfilled lives.
RL-S320 Food Systems
A 360-degree exploration into the challenges of our global food systems, from field to plate. A food system comprises a complex set of interactions in getting food from ground to gut. In this transdisciplinary course, we will explore four themes: a) Introduction to a 360-degree view on the current food system and its complexity, particularly the interconnectedness of public health, public policies, agro-economics, and environment; b) How does our decision of what we choose to eat impact i) the food production and distribution practices, ii) overall short and long term health implications, and iii) natural earth systems; c) How can we achieve our highly aspirational vision of a food system which creates a win-win-win opportunity for public health, business, and environment at the local and global level? (Inspiring examples of the cross-sector collaboration); and d) Whether the ultimate answer to this complex challenge lies within our own state of consciousness? (Final debate) Each theme will be concluded by an analytical memorandum, engaging debate, analysis, and feedback. There will be expert guest lecturers from a variety of disciplines, including public health, policy, business, and regenerative agriculture.
RL-W400 Holistic Health and Wellness for Regenerative Sustainability
Our health as individuals and the health of the planet reflect and influence one another. To manifest a thriving planet, earth’s people must also be thriving. In this course, we examine what it means to be healthy and thriving from a holistic point of view, using life’s principles and nature as our guide. We integrate our health as spiritual beings and human beings. We investigate foundational elements of individual holistic health such as nutrition, herbalism, essential oils, homeopathy, vibrational medicine, spiritual practices, indigenous knowledge and practices, movement, social connectedness, meaningful livelihoods, service, creativity, happiness, connection to nature, and healthy environments (including the built environment). We apply our learning to ourselves throughout the course, engaging with what resonates and feels right for us. We explore our connectedness to the rest of life and Earth, investigating how individual health and planetary health depend on one another and are mirrors of one another. We explore the implications for regenerative sustainability and set intentions, followed by actions, to manifest a thriving self and thriving planet. By the end of this block, you should have a strong understanding of what constitutes individual and planetary health and wellness and how to manifest it. Prerequisite: an open mind and heart. Course fee: $45.
Cinematic Arts and New Media
CANM 256 Graphics Arts
Explore the fundamental principles of design using Adobe Photoshop. In this course, you will be introduced to the tools to create a wide range of projects turning your imagination into reality. You will have the opportunity to create professional designs, digital collages and graphic art. Deepen the understanding of your creative process and articulate your ideas from abstract to concrete. Prerequisite: basic computer skills, Adobe Photoshop.
CANM 265 Smartphone Photography
In this course, students will learn about the latest smartphone technology to capture high-quality images and post-process them with the most powerful smartphone apps available. Students will learn applications and programs such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Each section of the course will focus on specific aspects and styles of photography and photo processing. The course will include fun photography challenges to push our creative limits to the edge. Prerequisites: basic smartphone skills, basic computer skills, Adobe Creative Cloud License.
CANM 300 Art of Story
This course examines the essential role of narrative in the creation of all forms of media. From the very beginnings of human records, whether it be mythology, scripture, literature, or the earliest cave paintings, the creators of these works have always told their audience a story or imparted a message by the use of narrative. In order to work in any creative medium, understanding the various ways in which narrative is used is a great advantage. This course will examine the range of narrative forms and narrative devices that have been used since the dawn of time right up until the modern day. We will discover that although the forms and types of media used might have changed as technology has advanced, in fact, most of the essential forms of narrative used in creative works have been with us for ages. Understanding why will reveal how narrative reflects both the universal and unique aspects of the experience of human life. As part of the course, students will be required to undertake projects that aid the development of their own narrative skills. This is a writing-intensive course.
CANM 251 Power of Social media Marketing
In this course, students will learn to harness the power of online marketing by using social media platforms — such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and other current favorites — for their current, future or imagined businesses. Students will gain hands-on experience with visual marketing and modern content marketing. Topics of exploration include how to find and attract an audience to help solve their problems, organizing followers and friends to reach more people; the visual marketing creation process using, for example, large images, memes, and GIFs; e-commerce tools for social media; and developing a social media marketing strategy to successfully reach more people online. Prerequisite: basic computer skills
CANM 260 Digital Arts
Explore and learn the fundamentals of modern methods of digital arts. Learn different methods of graphic art, ranging from digital illustration, vector art, photo-manipulation, collage, formatting text and exporting for different media and to achieve a wide range of possibilities. This class will focus on teaching the basics of Adobe suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator. Prerequisite: computer, Adobe software, basic computer skills. Drawing, painting or photography skills
CANM 284 Cinematography
Cinematography is the art of telling stories through moving images. By balancing camera angles, movements, and light, cinematographers translate the director’s vision into powerful images. In this course, students will learn the language of cinematography in its technical and aesthetic forms. We will explore the fundamentals of camera position and light setups. Students will practice camera movements via supported (tripod, jib, dolly, etc.) and handheld techniques, and will learn about the power of the frame in conveying story. Students will understand that clarity of mind, broad vision, and attention to detail are the cinematographer’s greatest assets, and that these develop with the growth of consciousness. Prerequisites: Prerequisite:Computer, Camera, Basic computer skills and Adobe Software.
CANM 288 Video Editing
Video editing requires the student to be able to synthesize all the different elements of their video into a greater whole. The emphasis of this course is on exploring the craft of editing and the techniques used to maximize the emotional impact of the story. Students will study examples of work by accomplished editors and discover ways to build momentum and render the cut ‘invisible’. Topics include the language of the cut, the 180-degree system, and Murch’s Rule of Six. Students will become experts in utilizing 2018/19 218 non-linear editing tools through daily editing assignments. Students will learn keyboard shortcuts and advanced trimming tools, transitions, filters, titles, keyframes, compositing tools, audio mixing, color correction, capturing and outputting. Towards the end of the course, some production time will be allotted so that students may edit a final piece of their own. Students may also bring in footage that was shot previously for their final project. Prerequisite: MC—F282 or MC-F288 or MC-F310 or CANM282 or CANM282, Computer, Camera, Basic computer skills and Adobe Software.