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MEA 101 - Television and Film Media Aesthetics - Jean Miller

Course:Television and Film Media Aesthetics
Professor:Jean Miller
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Jean Miller received her BA and MS degrees from FSU and has been teaching at COC since 2005. She is a national award-winning TV writer/producer, Emmy Award winning host/ producer, and an award winning and Emmy nominated actress, with over 45 years the entertainment industry. She has performed in a wide range of theater productions around the country, as well as dozens of feature films, television programs, commercials, voiceovers, documentaries, educational, industrial and music videos, and new media web series. She is also a screenwriter and short film producer   She continues to work professionally in the media entertainment arts industry and loves the opportunity to teach, share what she’s learned in her varied career, and to always inspire, learn and be inspired anew by her students. 

Course Description

This course survey and examines the fundamental components of cinematic art, as found in television, film and digital media. Students will learn and analyze how various dramatic, narratiave and technological conventions are used to tell stories and create meaning. Representative TV programs, films, and new digital media are viewed and discussed to understand the structure of the moving image.

What to Expect in this Course

We will meet weekly in person in the classroom. Students may also be watching some of the assigned videos/movies on Zoom with the instructor or on their own time.


The coursework can be accessed via Canvas at

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Types of Assessments

There are periodic quizzes, two essays and two projects that students will work on during the course. There is a short midterm and final exam.

Textbook Information

There is no assigned textbook. 

Other Relevant Course Information

The instructor will provide links and handouts of various materials throughout the course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/31/2023 Sub#: 1531