Academics

Courses

  • 4 Credits

    BC110 Introduction to the Creative Economy

    An immersive examination of the history of the creative economy, the sharing economy, contemporary creative enterprise models, and their impact within the global economy today. This course explores core themes such as authorship, production and labor, ethics, globalization, community, culture, politics, business practices, and innovation in the arts and communication. The course also examines cultural diversity and the extent to which different cultures are currently represented in various aspects of the creative economy. Student work includes a series of short media presentations and papers on creative economy businesses, organizations, and individuals that produce and distribute goods and services in the realms of marketing, design, film and media, video game and software, music and performing arts, and publishing.

    Instructors Wesley Jackson, Brenna McCormick, Stacey Gallaway
  • 4 Credits

    BC111 Creative Collaboration Seminar

    Students explore the theory and practice of creativity with respect to specific types of group collaboration and roles within the creative enterprise. This includes the businesses, organizations, and individuals that produce and distribute goods and services in the realms of marketing, design, film and media, video game and software, music and performing arts, and publishing. Through selected readings, meetings with guest artists, and hands-on exercises that foster both personal creativity and the creative output of teams, this practical course offers students skills and techniques to increase personal creativity and promote group creativity. The course also examines cultural diversity and the extent to which different cultures are currently represented in various aspects of the creative economy. Students investigate and practice various models of creative collaboration and work collaboratively throughout the semester to create a series of eventsworksprojects to be presented in class and included in individual portfolios.

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  • 4 Credits

    BC205 Business Fundamentals for the Creative Enterprises

    Analyzes information related to business trends, strategies, opportunities, and operations in creative enterprises. Through lecture, discussion, case videos, and in-class assignments, students consider external and internal factors driving contemporary business decisions with a focus on arts and communication. Topics include: pricing; supply and demand; the management of people, processes, resources, and organization; the globalization of business; the use of information systems to support business efforts; and basic concepts of marketing, sales, business ethics, law, accounting, and finance.

    Instructors Robert Lyons
  • 4 Credits

    BC210 Develop Aesthetic Sensibility

    Explores the theroy and practice of creativity with respect to specific types of group collaboration and roles within creative enterprises such as marketing, film and media, music and performing arts, and publishing. Through readings, meetings with guest artists, and hands-on exercises, this practical course offers students skills and techniques to increase personal and group creativity. The course also examines cultural diversity and the extent to which different cultures are currently represented in various aspects of the creative economy. Students examine and practice various models of creative collaboration and work collaboratively throughout the semester to create a series of events, works, and projects to be presented in class and included in individual portfolios. Prerequisites: Business of Creative Enterprise majors only.

    Instructors P Carl
  • 4 Credits

    BC320 Topics in Business Enterprise: Creative Thinking & Problem Solving for the Creative Economy

    This course is designed to explore the nature of creativity, creative thinking and creative problem solving (CPS) as the core driver of the Creative Economy; in which creativity and ideas are integral strategic components of successful businesses. We will investigate how creativity drives business and influences industries. In this hands-on, skill-building course, you will learn and practice methods, tools and techniques that will help you to develop more flexible thinking and effectively communicate ideas. Looking to creativity theory, capital C creatives, and creative enterprises around the world, we will explore how the influence and principles of creative thinking and CPS can be used as a means of self-expression, and to create breakthrough ideas.

    Instructors Brenna McCormick
  • 4 Credits

    BC320 Topics in Business: Contemporary Play Adaptation

    This class will explore the process of adapting a piece of non-fiction to the stage. Professor P. Carl will work with a select group of students to work with him on the adaption of his memoir, Becoming a Man, into a stage play. The play is slated to premier in the fall of 2020 and the class will collaborate with him on the adaptation process while looking at adaptation techniques more broadly throughout the course of the semester. To register first send an email to p_carl@emerson.edu with a paragraph explaining your interest in the course and any writing experience you have.

    Instructors P Carl
  • 4 Credits

    BC420 Capstone Topics in Business Enterprises: Music for the Creative Industries

    From musical accompaniment in silent movie houses to modern day use in video games and beyond, the course will examine music's connection to the media around it. From the points of view of producers, directors, and other creatives, students will learn the importance and mechanics of music supervision, music editing, and the licensing and composing of music. This course will detail the 'language of music' for a more successful collaboration between creatives and composers. We will look at the varied ways to creatively use music, and the dramatic, psychological effects of the score on the viewer and will explore the technical, creative, and economic decisions that lay behind every musical choice. This course will take an in-depth look at the budgetary, legal and contractual obligations of the composer and the production, the income flow generated by music and how this affects the production as a whole. Students will be assessed through hands-on exercises that combine music and visual media.

    Instructors Daniel Viafore
  • 2 Credits

    BC498 BCE Directed Study

    Individual academic project planned with a faculty member to meet a students discipline-specific interests beyond those covered by existing courses. Students must propose learning objectives, evaluation methods, a bibliography, and content before a directed study is approved. Proposals must be approved in the semester preceding the semester in which the student wants to complete a directed study. Directed study cannot be a substitute for a catalogue course. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0 or above and permission of instructor and department chair.

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  • 4 Credits

    CA100 Why Did the Chicken? Fundamentals in Comedic Storytelling

    Analyzes the subjective nature of comedy. What makes something funny Why do some people laugh when others dont How does American comedy differ from comedy from other countries Through a series of lectures, readings, screenings, and discussions, students boil down the common denominators of universal comedy. They utilize this newfound knowledge to explore and discover their own unique comedic voices through improvisation and sketch writing.

    Instructors Michael Bent
  • 4 Credits

    CA102 Evolution of Comedy I

    Tracks the history of comedy, beginning in Greece and Rome, through the Italian renaissance (Commedia erudite and Commedia dellarte), Elizabethan England, 17th-century France, the English Restoration, to Hollywood comedy of the 1930s and 1940s. Chief topics include the growth of the comic theatrical tradition and conventions; techniques and themes of comic plots (trickster, parody, farce, caricature); and the role of comedy in society: is it disruptive or unifying Insightful or malicious When is censorship necessary

    Instructors Matthew McMahan