Mass Communication Foundations

Course: DINFOS-MCF
 
Course Description:

 The Mass Communication Foundations course teaches concepts and skills needed in both public affairs and visual information specialties.  Students learn and apply design thinking principles to question effectively, identify problems and provide a solution-based approach within a communications framework, applying the fundamentals of journalistic writing, still photography, videography, digital graphic design, and interactive multimedia.  Students are introduced to and apply the fundamentals of English and journalism to news and narrative stories, captions, and video scripts for use in both internal and external communication products.  Instruction includes public affairs internal and external communications, media and community engagement, and preparing information for public release in accordance with Department of Defense directives. 
Students learn and apply basic photography fundamentals, including optics, light and color theory, composition, exposure and lighting, studio photography, and use a digital single-lens reflex camera to capture both still and motion imagery of controlled and uncontrolled action in support of DoD themes and messages and for historical documentation.  Students learn digital audio capture methods and editing techniques, then use recording tools to capture audio they integrate into video sequences and digital media products.  Applying video and editing techniques, students create video products to support military operations, training, and public affairs missions.   
Additionally, students study integrated multimedia best practices and apply design and layout fundamentals, including color theory and typography, in the creation of all products.  Each student will create vector-based products and raster-based graphics, and incorporate these and elements of previous projects into interactive multimedia packages for use in multiple print and browser-based platforms.  The course culminates with both individual and group capstone exercises, where each student will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the diverse knowledge and skills attained throughout the entire course.

Location: 6500 MAPES ROAD, FT MEADE, MD

Class Schedule FY20:

Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date

Class Type

010

26-Sep-2019

01-Oct-2019

25-Mar-2020

Resident

020

07-Oct-2019

10-Oct-2019

03-Apr-2020

Resident

030

17-Oct-2019

22-Oct-2019

14-Apr-2020

Resident

040

29-Oct-2019

01-Nov-2019

27-Apr-2020

Resident

050

07-Nov-2019

13-Nov-2019

06-May-2020

Resident

060

19-Nov-2019

22-Nov-2019

15-May-2020

Resident

070

04-Dec-2019

09-Dec-2019

01-Jun-2020

Resident

080

09-Dec-2019

12-Dec-2019

04-Jun-2020

Resident

090

06-Jan-2020

08-Jan-2020

17-Jun-2020

Resident

100

13-Jan-2020

16-Jan-2020

26-Jun-2020

Resident

110

24-Jan-2020

29-Jan-2020

15-Jul-2020

Resident

120

04-Feb-2020

07-Feb-2020

24-Jul-2020

Resident

130

17-Feb-2020

20-Feb-2020

05-Aug-2020

Resident

140

26-Feb-2020

02-Mar-2020

14-Aug-2020

Resident

150

10-Mar-2020

16-Mar-2020

28-Aug-2020

Resident

160

16-Mar-2020

19-Mar-2020

02-Sep-2020

Resident

170

30-Mar-2020

01-Apr-2020

17-Sep-2020

Resident

180

06-Apr-2020

09-Apr-2020

25-Sep-2020

Resident

190

20-Apr-2020

27-Apr-2020

09-Oct-2020

Resident

200

28-Apr-2020

01-May-2020

16-Oct-2020

Resident

210

07-May-2020

12-May-2020

28-Oct-2020

Resident

220

18-May-2020

21-May-2020

06-Nov-2020

Resident

230

29-May-2020

03-Jun-2020

18-Nov-2020

Resident

240

05-Jun-2020

10-Jun-2020

25-Nov-2020

Resident

250

19-Jun-2020

24-Jun-2020

10-Dec-2020

Resident

260

06-Jul-2020

09-Jul-2020

18-Dec-2020

Resident

270

16-Jul-2020

21-Jul-2020

13-Jan-2021

Resident

280

23-Jul-2020

28-Jul-2020

21-Jan-2021

Resident

290

05-Aug-2020

10-Aug-2020

03-Feb-2021

Resident

300

13-Aug-2020

18-Aug-2020

11-Feb-2021

Resident

310

24-Aug-2020

27-Aug-2020

19-Feb-2021

Resident

320

04-Sep-2020

10-Sep-2020

03-Mar-2021

Resident

 

Class Schedule FY21:

 

Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date

Class Type

010

01-Oct-2020

06-Oct-2020

31-Mar-2021

Resident

020

01-Oct-2020

06-Oct-2020

31-Mar-2021

Resident

030

21-Oct-2020

26-Oct-2020

16-Apr-2021

Resident

040

21-Oct-2020

26-Oct-2020

16-Apr-2021

Resident

050

10-Nov-2020

13-Nov-2020

07-May-2021

Resident

060

10-Nov-2020

13-Nov-2020

07-May-2021

Resident

070

30-Nov-2020

03-Dec-2020

25-May-2021

Resident

080

30-Nov-2020

03-Dec-2020

25-May-2021

Resident

090

04-Jan-2021

07-Jan-2021

17-Jun-2021

Resident

100

04-Jan-2021

07-Jan-2021

17-Jun-2021

Resident

110

11-Jan-2021

14-Jan-2021

25-Jun-2021

Resident

120

11-Jan-2021

14-Jan-2021

25-Jun-2021

Resident

130

19-Jan-2021

22-Jan-2021

02-Jul-2021

Resident

140

19-Jan-2021

22-Jan-2021

02-Jul-2021

Resident

150

01-Feb-2021

04-Feb-2021

22-Jul-2021

Resident

160

01-Feb-2021

04-Feb-2021

22-Jul-2021

Resident

170

15-Feb-2021

18-Feb-2021

04-Aug-2021

Resident

180

15-Feb-2021

18-Feb-2021

04-Aug-2021

Resident

190

31-Mar-2021

05-Apr-2021

21-Sep-2021

Resident

200

31-Mar-2021

05-Apr-2021

21-Sep-2021

Resident

210

15-Apr-2021

20-Apr-2021

06-Oct-2021

Resident

220

15-Apr-2021

20-Apr-2021

06-Oct-2021

Resident

230

07-May-2021

12-May-2021

28-Oct-2021

Resident

240

07-May-2021

12-May-2021

28-Oct-2021

Resident

250

26-May-2021

01-Jun-2021

16-Nov-2021

Resident

260

26-May-2021

01-Jun-2021

16-Nov-2021

Resident

270

16-Jun-2021

21-Jun-2021

07-Dec-2021

Resident

280

16-Jun-2021

21-Jun-2021

07-Dec-2021

Resident

290

9-Jul-2021

12-Jul-2021

06-Jan-2022

Resident

300

9-Jul-2021

12-Jul-2021

06-Jan-2022

Resident

310

15-Jul-2021

20-Jul-2021

14-Jan-2022

Resident

320

15-Jul-2021

20-Jul-2021

14-Jan-2022

Resident

330

29-Jul-2021

3-Aug-2021

31-Jan-2022

Resident

340

29-Jul-2021

3-Aug-2021

31-Jan-2022

Resident

350

11-Aug-2021

16-Aug-2021

11-Feb-2022

Resident

360

11-Aug-2021

16-Aug-2021

11-Feb-2022

Resident

370

22-Sep-2021

27-Sep-2021

24-Mar-2022

Resident

380

22-Sep-2021

27-Sep-2021

24-Mar-2022

Resident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service Prerequisites (MCF)

 

U.S. Army

 

Enlisted:

  • Must be enlisted E-1 through E-5
  • Soldiers must meet prerequisites outlined in 611-21
  • E-5 with less than 12 months TIG
  • Must be a high school graduate or have high school equivalency
  • Minimum of 2 years of high school English
  • Minimum GT score of 107
  • Minimum physical profile of 211121
  • Meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9
  • Pass APFT prior to graduation

Civilians:

  • Must be GS-05 and above
  • If below GS-05, the requester must be a high school graduate or have a certificate of equivalency.

 

U.S. Air Force

  • Must be enlisted E-1 through E-6
  • Minimum score of 72 on general area of ASVAB
  • AFAQE score of 43
  • Must have distant visual acuity correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision
  • Must be eligible for SECRET security clearance
  • Must have a current driver's license
  • Must pass English Diagnostics Test
  • Must pass voice audition

U.S. Navy

  • Must be enlisted E-1 through E-5
  • ASVAB: VE + AR = 115 (VE must be 56 or higher)
  • Normal color vision- Must be a United States Citizen
  • Remaining enlistment of 5 years
  • Must be eligible to obtain a SECRET security clearance
  • Prerequisites cannot be waived

U.S. Marine Corps

  • Must be enlisted E-1 through E-5
  • Minimum GT score of 110 (waiverable to 107)
  • Minimum VE score of 45
  • Must have normal color vision
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must be eligible for a SECRET security clearance

U.S. Coast Guard

  • Must be enlisted E-3 through E-6
  • Auxiliary PAO with service chief approval
  • ASVAB requirement of minimum VE+AR=109 and minimum VE score of 54
  • Type minimum of 20 wpm

Interagency

  • GS05 and Above

 

MCF Training Program of Instruction