TR @ 2 - 3:20 p.m., FA - B114
A. COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES
As its title implies, this class focuses on creating advertising messages. You will become acquainted with the principles of advertising strategy and creative strategy, and how to implement these strategies for an ad campaign.
Course discussions combine many of the elements you learned in other classes (e.g., persuasion, target marketing/market segmentation, media characteristics, client research) to help you develop effective ads. Lectures will include market selection and concept development methods, as well as the principles and techniques for developing an effective advertising campaign.
This course stresses a practical approach to planning, developing, designing and writing advertising messages for a client. By the end of this course, you should be able to:
1. apply marketing and advertising objectives to develop advertising strategy and creative strategy.
2. evaluate effective (and ineffective) advertising messages.
3. write copy appropriate for a variety of advertising media.
4. apply advertising design principles to a variety of advertising media.
5. “pitch” a client with your advertising and creative ideas.
6. produce a portfolio of effective advertising messages for a single campaign.
B. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Four Major Homework Assignments: 100 points each
Revised and combined at the end of the semester, these should constitute an advertising campaign for a client.
2. Approximately 6 In-class Exercises: 25 points each
These should help you in creating your other major assignments.
3. A final project: 150 points
Based on your homework assignments, these will be your advertising campaign, your best creative executions with accompanying explanation of strategy.
4. Creative Presentation: 50 points
C. COURSE STANDARDS & GRADES
Producing good ideas is what will make you successful in this class and in the real world. You should strive to meet professional standards of quality. You will not be graded so much on your technical skills, as on your use of advertising principles and concepts in solving a client’s advertising problem. However, professional attention to details, development of creative ideas clearly based on research, use of design principles appropriate for the medium, and messages appropriate for the audience will be important in assessing the quality of your work.
You also will be expected to explain your advertising strategy and campaign completely and professionally, based on the advertising research you have done. It’s not enough to generate great ideas; you must be able to defend them and generate acceptance of them.
General grading criteria include:
* Evidence of creative strategy
* Freshness/originality of ideas
* Campaign consistency
* Professionalism of creative executions
* Ad’s appropriateness to medium
* Ad’s appropriateness to audience
1. Late work will not be accepted. A late assignment earns a zero for points.
2. Fabricating information or using another’s work as your own earns you an “F” for the course. (See “Course Policies” #2.)
3. Points will be deducted from assignments that have numerous grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. Although advertising copy often includes misspelled words (“lite,” “nite,” etc.), you will not be allowed to do that for this course unless you can make the case that it is absolutely necessary from a creative standpoint.
4. Mechanical requirements for each assignment will be provided on the assignment handout and must be adhered to. These will be part of the assignment grading criteria.
5. Your ability to make up any missed assignment is at the discretion of the instructor.
6. Numerical grades are awarded for each assignment. To determine your grade for the course, assignment grades will be totaled and then divided by the total number of possible points for the assignments in order to derive your percentage. The grading scale is:
A = 90% -100% of the total possible points
B = 80% - 89% of the total possible points
C = 70% - 79% of the total possible points
D = 60% - 69% of the total possible points
F = Less than 60% of the total possible points
**NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses. If for some reason assignments total somewhat more or fewer than those listed, the method of calculating the final grade will remain the same: the total points you achieve will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage, and your grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.
Late work will not be accepted. A late assignment earns a zero for points.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend, be on time for and participate in class. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student who misses more than three class periods. Makeup work for any absence is at the discretion of the instructor.
E. COURSE POLICIES
1. Attendance: Students are expected to attend, be on time for and participate in class. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student who misses more than four class periods. Makeup work for any absence is at the discretion of the instructor.
2. Plagiarism and cheating: The MSU Student Honor Creed, found in both your student handbook and the university catalog, includes the statement: “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”
Plagiarism, lying and cheating include, but are not limited to: fabricating information and sources, copying material from publications without crediting the author, turning in another student’s work as your own, and copying quiz/exam answers from another person. STUDENTS FOUND CHEATING, PLAGIARIZING OR MAKING UP INFORMATION WILL RECEIVE AN “F” FOR THIS COURSE.
3. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act: Any student with a disability that may prevent full participation in this course should notify the instructor at the beginning of the course to ensure that alternatives may be found to provide the student with full class participation.
4. Limited Right: By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. This “limited right” shall include, but shall not be limited to, the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
5. FERPA: The instructor abides by the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The instructor also will not release a student’s academic information or discuss a student’s academic progress or class attendance with his/her parent or guardian. Additionally, the instructor will not discuss a student’s grades with him/her in class, over the phone or by email. STUDENTS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR GRADES MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR.
6. Disruptive Behavior: Anyone disrupting the class – or violating any other Standard of Conduct applicable to the classroom environment – will be dropped from the course. (See MSU Student Handbook, “Standards of Student Conduct.”)
a. Turn off the sound on your cell phone during class. No text messaging either. If your phone rings or you’re found sending a text-message during class, you will be dropped from the course.
b. Turn off your iPods and similar technology. Like ringing cell phones, this is a class disruption issue and you will be dropped from the course if you do not comply.
c. Be polite. Discourtesy of any kind will not be tolerated.
7. Senior Portfolio:
Please note that all mass communication majors are required to submit a portfolio as part of their Internship course (Internship is a prerequisite to Senior Production). This requirement is a part of MSU’s reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is non-negotiable. Through the portfolio, students are required to demonstrate communication competence through the written word and visual communication; two examples of each competency are required.
As you go through this and other classes, you are responsible for saving course work that could be included in your senior portfolio.
Please see me, your adviser, the department chair or any mass communication faculty member for handouts with more information ("Mass Communication Portfolio Competencies" and "Mass Communication Portfolio FAQ"). These handouts are also available on our department web page: http://finearts.mwsu.edu/masscomm/.
8. Other: You may be asked to provide your assignments on a portable computer medium
(e.g., jump/thumb drive) or by email.
BE AWARE THAT the instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason, and will give sufficient notice if changes are necessary.