Course Description & Info

T206: Intro to Design & Production
Indiana University, Department of Telecommunications
Spring 2011
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 –10:45 am, TV 251

Norbert Herber 855-1798 or nherber at indiana dot edu (e-mail is the best way to reach me)
Office Hours (Radio-TV 344): anytime after class or send e-mail to make an appointment

Syllabus full URL:

Prerequisites: curiosity or interest in media-making and visual storytelling

This course provides the foundation for understanding and critiquing the techniques used in television production. We will look at a range of visual media, analyze story-telling techniques, and look at how stories are structured. This is not a hands-on production course, but we will explore the entire production process through photography, sketching, and writing. You will be introduced to many of the fundamentals in the production process, including storyboarding, treatment and script writing, pitching, visual storytelling, character development, and techniques for composition, editing, sound, and visual design. Students are expected to be creative and to carry out or think through various pre-production tasks for each of the assigned projects.

Course Objectives

Role of the Student
What you think matters—Why do you like some shows and dislike others? How do different subjects, techniques and perspectives affect your emotions? Your reasoning? More importantly, how you express what you think matters. Can you write well, draw, take pictures? You will be expected to do more than regurgitate what you listen to, read, and practice. Your opinion counts, but not as much as your well-crafted, persuasive arguments.

As a college student in 2010-11, you are in the most media affected generation of all time. With rare exceptions, everything you know is colored by televised images. You have always had Sesame Street and MTV, you have always had Cable TV, you have always had re-runs, you have always rented movies.

This class teaches you how to understand the way stories impact audiences so that you as a producer and designer can reproduce these effects. In order to accomplish this, you must be willing to participate in class discussions, speak and defend your opinions and keep your eyes open for good stories. We encourage you to document (record/transcribe) or otherwise locate stories that you like and bring them to class so we can discuss them.

Our required textbook for the course:
Introduction to Media Production: the path to digital media production Fourth Edition
by Gorham Kindem & Robert B. Musburger
find this at the IU Bookstore or TIS; preview at Google Books

Other readings posted to Oncourse (Resources section)

A 35mm, digital, Polaroid, or disposable camera

Access to a Television, VCR or DVD player, and the Internet (all available at the IU Main Library)

Student Collegiality
You are expected to conduct yourself with decorum in this class. We have a shared responsibility in learning: me as the facilitator and you as the participant. Learning will only occur if we work together to make this an engaging environment. I will do my best to provide interesting topics and material for our consideration. You will absorb, discuss, and—through quizzes, exams and projects—integrate this material into a body of knowledge that will be useful to you in the future.

All work that you turn in must be your own. In certain situations it may be necessary to borrow from third-party source. Students are allowed to do this only after specific permission has been granted by the instructor. All borrowed work must be cited; no exceptions. Failure to cite borrowed work will be viewed as plagiarism. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. Both are grounds for an Academic Misconduct report and a failing grade. Any questions regarding these policies can be directed to the Code of Student Rights at

The production and discussion of creative work is a large part of this class. Any work or criticism that is offensive or that constitutes harassment of a racial, sexual, ethnic, or religious nature will result in a failing grade.

Mobile phones must be turned off before entering the classroom.

Attendance will be taken for all class periods. To accommodate for scheduling conflicts and other "surprises" that may occur during the semester, all students are allowed 2 absences. Your grade will be reduced 2 points (1%) for every unexcused absence. Do not schedule medical appointments or interviews during class or discussion section meeting times.

Students who have true emergencies, life-threatening illnesses, or deaths in the family may be granted excused absences. An excused absence must be supported with written documentation when you return to class.

Students observing religious holidays during the semester please see IU's Religious Holidays request form.

All questions pertaining to the class should be referred to All students in the class will be automatically subscribed to this list. It will provide a lifeline for help when you need it most. We will discuss this in more detail during class.
All communication with me concerning your progress in the class should be done in office hours and after class. If you cannot meet during my regularly scheduled office hours, send an e-mail to make an appointment. I am glad to meet with you to discuss class questions and anything else you find interesting.

University Services
For assistance with physical, social, or mental health issues which affect learning or testing:
Disabled Student Services
Franklin Hall 096
(812) 855-7578
Learning Disabled Coordinator: Jody Ferguson
Franklin Hall 327
(812) 855-3508

Adaptive Technology Services
Herman B Wells Library Media Reserve Center
(812) 856-4112

For assistance with tutoring, test anxiety, or non-medical academic issues:
Mathematics Learning Center
Rawles Hall 115
(812) 855-8921
Contact: Jim Hendrickson (Swain East 340)

Student Academic Center
316 N. Jordan
(812) 855-7313
Contact: Sharon Chertkoff

For assistance with writing:
Writing Tutorial Services
Ballantine Hall 206 & Herman B Wells Library