Design Advising Guide

Design Advising Guide

This interest area teaches students to tell stories using the tools of visual journalism. Critical thinking skills and application methods are studied and practiced in courses that cover design skills, management issues and theoretical frameworks. Through hands-on work in the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine newsrooms, students gain real-world experience that prepares them to organize information and be clear visual communicators. This interest area prepares students to be designers/art directors for publications in print, on the Web, and/or on other digital platforms.

This advising guide provides design students with information such as course sequencing, special enrollment requirements, course load recommendations, journalism elective recommendations and contact information.

Interest Area Curriculum Structure

Students begin planning their course schedule for their junior and senior years after being admitted to an interest area. This commonly occurs near the conclusion of the sophomore year. Students beginning their interest area curriculum are required to take 31 credits of journalism courses and 29 credits of upper-level non-journalism courses. Each semester students are encouraged to enroll in a combination of journalism and non-journalism courses. Students should plan to enroll in no more than nine credits of journalism courses per semester.

Enrollment Planning

The first and fourth semester are considered the most challenging semesters for students in design. In these semesters students are expected to increase the amount of hands-on work they perform due to the nature of Missouri Method courses. These courses require students to be resourceful, committed and hard-working to produce professional level work.

The following semester plan may apply to many students’ situations. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty adviser and an academic adviser to create a plan that fits their needs.

First Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism or JOURN 4000 Communications Law* 3
JOURN 4450 News Reporting or JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 8

Total Credits 14

*Students can enroll in JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism as an alternative to JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism.

All students are required to take JOURN 4450 News Reporting or JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting during their first semester in magazine design. Each course provides knowledge that lays the foundation for all future magazine design courses. Both courses are prerequisites for other magazine design courses.

Students enrolled in JOURN 4450 News Reporting work for the Columbia Missourian. Assignments are on a daily city newspaper covering community news, city, county and state affairs, sports and lifestyle issues. Students gain experience in gathering and writing news under deadline conditions.

Students enrolled in JOURN 4804 Convergence Reporting work in a variety of news settings, including the Futures Lab, Missourian, KBIA-FM and KOMU-TV to produce feature stories, in-depth pieces and other special reports.

Both courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. JOURN 4450 News Reporting is also offered in the summer semester.

Students are permitted to enroll in the courses after they have been fully admitted to the interest area. The advising office will email detailed enrollment instructions to each student during the semester prior to beginning the interest area.

Students are encouraged to complete JOURN 3000 History of Journalism or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism and JOURN 4000 Communications Law during the first year in the interest area. Students commonly enroll in one of the courses during the first semester in the interest area and pick up the additional course during the second semester.

Students in magazine interest areas frequently take JOURN 3000 History of Journalism due to its broad perspective of the journalism industry.

Second Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism or JOURN 4000 Communications Law* 3
JOURN 4360 Fundamentals of Design 2
Choose one from:
 – JOURN 4400 Introduction to News Editing 2
 – JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing** 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 6

Total Credits 13-14

*Students can enroll in JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism as an alternative.
**Students enrolling in JOURN 4400 Introduction to News Editing for 2 credits are required to enroll in a total of 9 credits of journalism electives. Students enrolling in JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing are required to enroll in a total of 8 credits of journalism electives.

During the second semester in the interest area, students should focus on enrolling in journalism courses and upper-level non-journalism electives.

JOURN 3000 History of Journalism or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism and JOURN 4000 Communications Law should be completed by the end of the second semester in the interest area.

Third Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 4500 Publication Design 3
JOURN Electives 5
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 9

Total Credits 17

 

During the third semester in the interest area, students should focus on enrolling in journalism and upper-level non-journalism electives. Students can choose to specialize in design or choose from a variety of journalism courses.

All University of Missouri students are required to complete a capstone in their major. On occasion, magazine students choose to take two capstones and enroll in a journalism capstone course in both the third and fourth semesters. This approach is for students seeking to maximize their experience in high skill-level courses. In other instances, students pursuing a dual degree will take a journalism capstone during their third semester and the capstone for the additional degree during the fourth semester or vice versa.

Fourth Semester in the Interest Area

Courses Credits
JOURN 4502 Multimedia Planning and Design 3
JOURN 4988 Advanced Publication Design (Capstone) 3
JOURN Electives 3
Upper-Level Non-Journalism Electives 6

Total Credits 15

 

Students typically enroll in a journalism capstone for the fourth semester. Much like the first semester in the interest area, the semester in which a student enrolls in the magazine journalism capstone is considered another challenging semester. In this semester students are expected to, once again, increase the amount of hands-on work they perform due to the hands-on the nature of Missouri Method courses.

Capstone

Students enrolling in a magazine journalism capstone will have demanding workloads as they increase their hands-on skills and critical thinking. JOURN 4988 Advanced Publication Design students will use skills learned in previous courses for project-based, professional-level design challenges, such as feature, cover or iPad designs; multimedia prototypes; special editions; or other applications for Vox Magazine, Columbia Missourian, or other outlets.

Journalism Electives

In addition to the required journalism courses, 8-9 credits of journalism elective courses are required for graduation. Students enrolling in JOURN 4400 Introduction to News Editing for 2 credits are required to enroll in a total of 9 credits of journalism electives. Students enrolling in JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing are required to enroll in a total of 8 credits of journalism electives.

Choice of electives depends on the student’s career plans. Students who have a specific focus in their interest area can seek enrollment in the recommended electives listed below. For students who are seeking additional skills for their career path, choosing electives from different areas will provide a well-rounded understanding of the different applications in design industries.

Students who wish to study abroad during a fall or spring semester through the School of Journalism Global Programs can earn up to nine journalism elective credits and 3-6 credits of non-journalism requirements. Summer programs are also available. Students typically earn 3-9 credits during the summer program.

Highly Recommended Journalism Electives

Highly recommended electives are courses that will prepare students for industry work in this interest area.

  • JOURN 4508 Information Graphics: (3)
    [JOURN] [4508] [Information Graphics]
    Work as a news artist for a daily city newspaper graphically covering community news, sports and lifestyle issues. Emphasis on visual thinking and effective presentation. Experience with state-of-the-art software. Prerequisites: JOURN 4450 or the professional equivalent, or instructor's consent. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course should enroll in it during the third or fourth semester in the interest area.
  • JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4568] [History of Photojournalism]
    Examination of the aesthetic and technological development of photography from its invention in 1839 to the present. Primary emphasis on the evolution and impact of the picture press and the documentary tradition in America, although international developments are studied as well. Prerequisites: Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only with Junior standing.
    • This course is offered each fall and spring semester. Students interested in this course can enroll in it during any semester in the interest area.

Additional Electives

Other elective suggestions are provided to help students fulfill elective requirements. Students’ choices are based on personal preference. Students can also choose from journalism special topics courses. Check MyZou for course availability.

  • JOURN 4440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics: (2)
    [JOURN] [4440] [Mapping for Stories and Graphics]
    Learn mapping software to discover information for news stories and lay the foundation for compelling news information graphics. Students will learn how to create maps for print, broadcast and online. Prerequisites: Journalism [JOURN] 2100 and instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.
  • JOURN 4510 Visual Communications: (3)
    [JOURN] [4510] [Visual Communications]
    How to communicate through pictures. Topics: visual perception, vocabulary, the role of words, picture editing, design and layout, printers, taste and judgment, camera mechanics. For journalism students who are not photographers. Prerequisites: Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.
  • JOURN 4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4556] [Fundamentals of Photojournalism]
    A rigorous skills course for advanced students preparing for a career in photojournalism consisting of weekly exercises in black and white and color photographic story telling and lectures that explore the philosophical, historical and ethical roots of the profession. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4566 Electronic Photojournalism: (3)
    [JOURN] [4566] [Electronic Photojournalism]
    Digital photography as a medium, including legal, ethical, editing and professional aspects. Prerequisite: Journalism [JOURN] 4556 and instructor's consent.
  • JOURN 4940 Internship in Journalism: (2)
    [JOURN] [4940] [Internship in Journalism]
    Credit for approved employment in journalism. Specifications for this course appear in the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite: Journalism students only. Graded on S/U basis only.
    • Internships are generally completed during the summer semester.
  • JOURN 4972 Photo and Visual Editing: (3)
    [JOURN] [4972] [Photo and Visual Editing]
    An advanced visual editing course. Primary work is as a photo/multimedia editor on the Columbia Missourian photo desk. You collaborate on daily and semester projects and are assigned specific leadership roles. Prerequisites: JOURN 4408 or JOURN 7408 or JOURN 4204 or JOURN 7204 or JOURN 4500 or JOURN 7500 or JOURN 4560 or JOURN 7560. Restricted to Journalism and Science and Agricultural Journalism majors only.

Upper-Level Non-Journalism Requirements

Upper-level non-journalism courses are meant to expand upon general education courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. These courses can be used to meet dual degree or minor requirements from other academic units.

Special Course Enrollment Requests

Many journalism courses will require an enrollment request due to the hands-on nature of Missouri Method courses. Many of the courses in the magazine interest areas require placement in a media outlet. The professional nature of the work requires an additional level of screening prior to enrollment. Details regarding how to enroll in courses are listed in each course’s notes section in MyZou. The course enrollment coordinator, listed below, plays an instrumental role in the process.

Global Programs

Students can take advantage of extensive study abroad opportunities that include internships in international settings. Students in magazine interest areas commonly choose study abroad programs in London, New York and Italy. Short-term experiences of a few weeks to semester-long programs are available in a variety of countries. More information can be found by visiting Global Programs.

Resource Contacts

  • Course Enrollment Coordinator
    • The course enrollment coordinator is a key contact for course planning, scheduling and processing special enrollment requests for courses requiring faculty consent to enroll.
  • Faculty Advisers
  • Undergraduate Advising Liaison
    • The advising liaison works closely with design faculty and staff to provide students with timely updates on courses and enrollment troubleshooting.