FILM, TV & DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION / DIRECTING
To prepare students for rewarding careers in moving image production, the Media Arts Department offers a concentration that includes acting, multi-camera TV studio production, non-linear editing, production management, screenplay & script writing, video field production and traditional 16mm film production courses. All classes are held on campus in the Department's state-of-the-art labs and facilities.
Media Arts 100 Media Aesthetics
This required foundation course introduces students to the fundamentals of media arts and visual literacy – light, color, composition, perspective, time, motion, sound – and discusses how they are applied in the various forms of contemporary media. In a workshop environment, using media objects as texts, students also explore narrative, art history, philosophy of media, spectatorship, theories of perception and their own creativity. Three credits.
Media Arts 102 Television Production
An introduction to the practice and principles of television studio production. The course covers all the basic production techniques, including scripting, lighting, shooting, producing and directing. Technical operation and understanding of all studio equipment, including cameras, switcher, audio board and character generator, are stressed. Students apply their skills in studio production assignments. Three credits.
Media Arts 103 Television Production
An advanced course expanding the techniques and applications of TV studio production covered in Television Production I. Students focus on producing and directing scripted studio productions such as TV dramas and news programs. Advanced lighting techniques and set construction are also covered. Three credits.
Media Arts 105 Lighting I
A production class exploring the principles of lighting design for photography, film, and video production. An examination is made of the nature of light and the similarities and differences specific to each medium. Topics include lighting ratios, color correction, and studio and location lighting. Three credits.
Media Arts 107 Digital Audio
An introduction to the technology and aesthetics of digital composition, sound design, multi-track recording and production using Digital Performer software and Pro Tools hardware. Workshops include computer based multi-track MIDI sequencing and audio hard disk recording, editing and processing, automated software mixing, locking sequenced MIDI and audio tracks to video and film, electronic music concepts and samplers. Weekly individual access to studios is provided. Three credits.
108.1 Video Workshop II
An intermediate course expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Video Workshop I. Student crews devise, produce, direct and edit their own productions. Three credits.
Media Arts 108.2 Video Workshop
An advanced course, expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Video Workshop II. Focus is on mastery and gaining experience working alongside a variety of professionals in different areas of production: narrative, documentary, commercials, PSAs. Course culminates in a final project of broadcast quality. Three credits.
Media Arts 109 History of Broadcasting
An introduction to the history of radio and television. Topics include the changing relationship between politics and broadcasting, the mobilization of broadcasting resources during wars, the complex relationship between the broadcasting industry and the government, and the growth and nature of federal regulatory legislation. Three credits.
Media Arts 115 Introduction
An introduction to photography as an art medium. Basic principles and practices of black-and-white photography processing and printing are reviewed. Three credits. (Students must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.)
119 Business of Media Arts
A required course which discusses the applications of business skills for the media artist. Topics include professional development, media management principles, art and commerce, writing the business plan, and grant writing.. Media professionals are invited as guest lecturers. Three credits.
Media Arts 124 Computer Graphics
An introductory level class in two dimensional computer graphics using Adobe Photoshop. Students learn and work with basic digital illustration and graphics, scanning of images, image editing, image manipulation, photo manipulation, typography and image composition. Three credits.
Media Arts 135 Motion Graphics
An introduction to Motion Graphics using 2D Animation software. Students will learn and work with time-based graphics design, motion path animation, dynamic media, and special effects for video, film and the Web. Three credits.
Media Arts 150 Writing for
Media Arts 152 Screenplay
An intermediate course for the serious writer designed to develop screenwriting skills in a workshop environment. Emphasis on the writer’s creative process, evaluation techniques and constructive feedback. Working independently and in groups, students complete a full-length screenplay as their semester-long assignment. Three credits.
Media Arts 154 Situation Comedy
Media Arts 155 Directing Moving
An advanced course for students with a special interest in directing their own video projects: narrative shorts, documentary, experimental. Topics include: working with actors, blocking, script break-down, cinematography, and maintaining a vision. May be taken more than once for credit. Three credits.
Media Arts 156.1 Video Journalism
Media Arts 156.2 Video Journalism
Media Arts 158.1 On-Camera
An introduction to the practice and principles of on-camera performance for broadcast and film media. Using closed-circuit television interactively, students work on exercises in acting, newsreading, interviewing and stand-up reporting. Professional guest speakers share experiences. Three credits.
Media Arts 158.2 On-Camera
Media Arts 158.3 On-Camera
Media Arts 159.1 Acting I
Media Arts 159.2 Acting II
Media Arts 159.4 Period Acting
Styles: Acting the Classics
Media Arts 160.1 Directing
Media Arts 160.2 Directing
Media Arts 163 Introduction
A foundation course exploring various multimedia techniques used in commercial and industrial presentations. Topics include photographic sequence imaging, storyboarding, computer programming and sound-synching. Intended for individuals seeking a working knowledge of contemporary photography and digital media. Three credits
Media Arts 187 Film and Television
A survey of the history and development of world cinema and television. Through screenings and discussions, students study this twentieth-century art form as developed by various countries, individuals and movements. The development of cinema and television as an industry and a part of the larger economy; as a series of technical innovations; as a history of aesthetic forms; as a social, cultural and political force; and as a reflection of the ideas of its society is explored. This is a Writing Intensive course and is required for students following a concentration related to moving image. Three credits.
190 Film Production I
An introduction to the art
of 16mm film production. Topics include film production roles and
responsibilities, basic cinematography, directing and film editing.
Students work in teams to produce short films. Three credits.
Media Arts 192 Prime-Time Television
An introduction to the form, content and ideology of the network television series. An analysis of the series format, including attempts to explain why series are popular, and an examination of such conventions of TV genres as the sitcom and the police series. Students are given an opportunity both to write papers on the development of the TV series and to write a treatment for an episode of a TV series. Three credits.
Media Arts 195, 196 Honors Study
Honors Study is designed to give outstanding students an opportunity to do independent work in their major under the guidance of a member of the faculty. There are no regular class meetings. To be eligible, students must have upper junior or senior status, a cumulative quality-point ratio of 3.00 and a 3.25 ratio in their major subject, and the permission of the Director of the Department and the Dean. A total of six credits of Honors Study is the maximum allowed. Three credits per semester.
Media Arts 197, 198 Independent
Courses designed to give students in their junior or senior year an opportunity to do independent work under the guidance of a member of the Media Arts faculty. There are no regular class meetings. Students may undertake either a production (video, screenplay, photography etc.) or a research paper. Three credits per course.
Media Arts 199 Media Arts Internship
During their senior year, Media Arts majors are strongly recommended to undertake one internship with a media organization. Consultation with Director of Professional Development and approval of the Department is required. Three credits. May be taken in subsequent semesters for credit.
Media Arts 200 Series
Media Arts 206 Advanced Editing
A video production class in advanced non-linear video editing, examining the art, form and concept of the “Cut.” Students work with Final Cut Pro and learn the art of story-telling through a variety of techniques and styles. Topics include narrative film-style editing, and montage-style editing used in music videos and commercials. Three credits.