EMC Productions Gives Professional Experience to MTSU Students


EMC Productions is MTSU’s driving force in student broadcasting. Having taken the College Sports Media Award for best student-produced sports broadcast in the nation, the team has quite a distinguished reputation. For the last nine years Assistant Professor Robert Gordon has been helping MTSU students learn professional level live video broadcast experience.  With help from MTSU’s mobile production lab, Gordon and the team of students broadcast coverage from events ranging from MTSU Athletics to award shows, musical events, and local music and art festival Bonnaroo.

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-5-15-17-pmEMC Productions is essentially the varsity team for live TV production at MTSU. Production students need to be ambitious and talented make the cut. There are currently about thirty students involved in EMC Productions.  Students do not receive credit hours for their involvement, but the key positions are paid. Like other athletic teams, students must practice, stay competitive, and be continually motivated to perform in order to stay on the line-up.

Working with professionals in this environment goes a long way in filling out a resumé and a LinkedIn profile. To learn more about EMC Productions contact Assistant Professor Robert Gordon or visit EMC Productions.

Shelby Lee Adams Exhibit Now Open in The Baldwin Photographic Gallery


Shelby Lee Adams self portrait

The photography of Shelby Lee Adams will be exhibited in The Baldwin Photographic Gallery from October 24, 2016 through January 19, 2017. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Bragg Building on the MTSU campus. The exhibit titled “Relationships” is composed of portraits of residents of the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky.
The photographer and author will be visiting campus on November 17 for a special lecture as well as a reception of his exhibit in The Baldwin Gallery.

Born in Hazard, Kentucky, Adams gained an understanding of the plight of the Appalachian region at an early age. His photography focuses on the relationship of the people of Appalachia and their lifestyle.

The October 28th installment of EMC’s Friday Forum will feature a screening of “The True Meaning of Pictures, “a documentary film about Shelby Lee Adam’s work. The screening will take place in the Bragg Building room 104 at 1 p.m. For more information about the author and photographer visit his blog.


No more 48/72-hour rule for EMC majors

Breaking chain

Thanks to a change of accreditation, EMC majors are no longer limited to a maximum of 48 credit hours within the College of Media and Entertainment. EMC majors are no longer required to have at least 72 credit hours outside the College of Media and Entertainment. This applies to all EMC majors regardless of which catalog you are using. See your advisor if you have questions.

EMC students have new freedom to take more courses in our College – including other EMC programs, RIM, and the School of Journalism.

The change also opens possibilities for EMC students to have minors in our own College. The first minor that is available immediately is Recording Industry Minor (for non-majors). More minors are on their way and will be announced when they are available.

New Course: Post Production I lays the foundation for filmmakers

Post Production I

This new course provides an introduction to the techniques and history of video post-production. Non-linear editing techniques and practice, as well as the history and theory of film/video editing, are explored. Topics of study include post-production workflow, video formats and compression, narrative and documentary storytelling, exporting, sound design, color correction, multi-cam editing, and motion graphics.

For students on the 2016-17 catalog, this course will be required for the Video and Film Production major, and will be a prerequisite for EMC 2130 – Single Cam I and EMC 2131 – Multi-Cam I.

This course is recommended for all Video and Film Production students on prior catalogs who plan to make post production a main part of their career paths.

A more advanced course in this topic EMC 4130 – Post Production II (formerly Advanced Production Editing) is also available.

Prerequisites: none for EMC majors, Permission of Dept. for non-majors

Fall 2016
EMC 1080 – Post Production I
CRNs 87138 and 87139
Instructor: Professor Allie Sultan

“Create Your Career” class helps avoid “failure to launch”

Create Your Career

Create Your Career is designed to help students connect what they have learned in their EMC educations with earning a living.

Create Your Career helps students prepare for the job market by strategically positioning and preparing themselves for their chosen marketplaces. Students will create tools to help them pursue the work they desire including personal brands, résumés, business cards, professional online presences, and portfolios of work samples.

Create Your Career helps students start preparing now for what they will do after graduation. The course begins by helping students take a serious look at what they think they want to do for a career. The career research assignment sheds light on the realities of their chosen directions – including discovering what employers are actually looking for, salaries, and availability of jobs. Students are challenged to consider what would be a good fit for their unique talents, skills, and temperaments. The course then examines the pros and cons of three different forms of employment: working as an employee in an established company, freelancing, and starting and running a small company. The fields of media arts are continuously undergoing massive disruption, and traditional jobs are often scarce. Yet, amid this disruption, there is tremendous opportunity. This course encourages students to identify and consider non-traditional as well as traditional career directions. Create Your Career helps prepare students to not only survive, but to thrive amid the realities of the marketplace.

Prerequisite: Candidacy in EMC department
This course works best for EMC students near graduation – particularly final-semester seniors.

Fall 2016
EMC 4800 001 – Seminar in Media Issues: Create Your Career
CRN 83311
Instructor: Professor Billy Pittard

Fall 2016 Video Tech class gives students real-world tech experience

Video tech class

The video wall installation at this concert was completely the work of students in a prior semester of this class.

The Video Technology course is recommended for Video and Film Production students interested in video technology and engineering. This course is designed to give students a detailed understanding of the technical aspects in the field of television & film production engineering. Students will learn advanced field skills that include the ability to diagnose, control, and execute effective solutions for problems in real world scenarios.

By the end of the semester, students will be able to solve complex technical problems and answer detailed video engineering questions. Students will also be able to diagnose, control, and execute effective solutions in a given scenario.

Fall 2016 • CRN 87144
EMC 3090 001 – Media Technology Seminar: Video Technology
Instructor: Mike Forbes