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Media Arts 10 Introduction to
An introduction to communication arts designed to define the strengths of the individual student and to sharpen analytical, communication and presentation skills . It is aimed at channeling students’ creative strengths into a product or project in a workshop environment. Students are provided with the tools of presentation and production to help build the analytical and critical skills required to assess their own productivity. Participants engage in the development of a project from idea through refinement, to completed project in print, audio, video, or photographic essay. Three credits.
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 101 Audio Production
An introduction to the art and science of audio production. Topics include basic sound theory, audio aesthetics, acoustics, sound reproduction and recording, the sound studio, remote sound recording, editing and mixing, the development of new audio technology, and creating audio for visual media. Students work individually and in teams on a variety of studio and field projects. 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 104 Publishing
A general survey of book, magazine and specialty publishing that treats editorial and economic aspects of the profession. The course is structured in three or four modules, each taught by a professional. 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 106 Video Workshop
An introduction to the principles and practice of portable digital video production. Working in crews on field projects, students explore the techniques and aesthetics of single-camera videography, sound recording, location lighting and video editing. 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.
Media Arts 108.1 Video Workshop
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 110 Digital Audio
An intermediate-level continuation of Media Arts 107 in a workshop environment. Topics include samples and sample editing, MIDI sequencing and audio recording, editing and production concepts as applied to Pro Tools and Digital Performer, mixing in 5.1 surround sound environment onto DVD formats (DTS, Dolby Digital., SACD), CD Rom and Internet formats, Multitrack live recording, advanced mixing using automated control surfaces, and concepts of advanced sound for picture. Weekly individual access to studio facilities is provided. Three credits.
Media Arts 111 Photojournalism
A production-based class exploring the use of traditional photography and electronic media imaging. Topics include the photo essay, the ethical use of images in media,photo documentary, and the human condition in photography. Students are required to complete weekly photographic and written narrative assignments as well as a final documentary project. (Students must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.) Three credits.
Media Arts 113 Media Arts in
the Twenty-first Century
This course discusses the past, present and future impact on human society of modern media and communication technologies. Emphasis is on critical analysis of media; debating ethical issues such as access, privacy and censorship; and research into contemporary institutions of technological development and innovation. Students participate in field trips, on-site research, and interaction with media and technology professionals. Three credits.
Media Arts 114 Digital Audio
An advanced, project-oriented continuation of Media Arts 110. Integration of the concepts and techniques involved in digital sound and examination of music manipulation and creation. Mastery of previously studied material is stressed. Emerging formats and technology are discussed. Unconventional, interesting and experimental software is examined and used. The student’s final project may be a finished master CD, DVD, soundtrack, dance score, score for a play or an interactive CD-ROM or World Wide Web presentation. Weekly individual access to studio facilities is provided. Three credits.
Media Arts 115 Introduction to
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.)
Media Arts 117 Intermediate Photography
A production-based class in photographic printing, using fiber-based papers. Filters, print toning, lighting and medium-format imaging are discussed. Projects are thematically based and include an extensive final presentation. Three credits. (Students must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.)
Media Arts 118 Digital Photography
An introductory class using digital cameras and computers to record and print photographic imagery. The class focuses on photography as art medium using new approaches and techniques available. Course requirements include weekly assignments, midterm and final portfolio. All students are required to purchase a compact flash card. The department will supply digital cameras. Three credits.
Media Arts 119 Business of Media
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 120 Alternative Photography
Independent exploratory study and experimentation in advanced non-silver photographic techniques such as: cyanotype, VanDyke brown, kallitype and palladium. Three credits. (Student must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.)
Media Arts 121 Advanced Photography
A focus on the development of professional-level mastery in the area of art or commercial photography. Emphasis is on review of other photographers’ work, special assignments, creative range and in-depth critiques. Students may work digitally or in the darkroom, in black and white or in color. Three credits.
Media Arts 122 Digital Photography
A workshop-oriented intermediate level digital photography course. The focus is on advanced digital photographic camera skills and digital print output using alternative and archival media methods. Emphasis is on a digital portfolio and personal artistic statements. Students produce a portfolio of thematic presentation using both traditional film scanned images and digital media capture. Students are provided with a digital camera for the semester. Three credits.
Media Arts 123 Studio Photography
An in-depth study of black-and-white studio photography, using a variety of lighting techniques and setups. Students cover such topics as tungsten lights, reflected and direct lights, advanced metering, exposure, portraiture and different tabletop setups. Three credits. (Students must have a 35mm camera with manual controls.)
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 125 Digital Publishing
An introduction to the skills and concepts of digital publishing, emphasizing layout and design fundamentals, graphics, typography, and computer-based input and output for print. Also, page layouts and structured drawing programs on the computer are reviewed. Three credits.
Media Arts 126 Advertising I:
Media Arts 128.1 Introduction
to Color Photography
An exploration of color theory, film and darkroom techniques in printing color photographs. Three credits. (Students must have a 35mm camera with manual controls.)
Media Arts 128.2 Advanced Color
An in-depth study of color photography for the student interested in establishing a personal style and creating a cohesive body of work in color. Three credits. (Students must have a 35mm camera with manual controls.)
Media Arts 129 Broadcast Journalism
I: Radio Journalism
Media Arts 130 Broadcast Journalism
II: Television Journalism
Media Arts 131 2-D Computer Animation
An introduction to basic computer-based animation using two-dimensional graphics, paint, image-editing and animation software. Students work with digital Ink & Paint, rotoscoping, and motion path-based techniques for character animation and motion graphics. Three credits.
Media Arts 132 Computer Graphics
An intermediate-level class covering professional studio techniques in the production of computer-based graphics and imaging projects for screen and print. Special emphasis is placed on digital design principles for still imaging. Three credits.
Media Arts 133 Digital Illustration
An intermediate-level class in the design and creation of computer-based illustration using structured drawing programs. Students work on the computer with illustration techniques for logo design, technical drawing and poster design. Three credits.
Media Arts 134.1 3-D Computer
An introductory level class in 3D Computer Graphics, using high-end professional software. Students will learn and work with basic 3D modeling, the fundamentals of modeling, surfacing , scene design, lighting, scene composition, digital cinematography, basic 3-D rendering and raytracing, using 3-D computer graphics for print and screen, and rendering. Three credits.
Media Arts 134.2 3-D Computer
An introduction to the fundamentals of three-dimensional computer animation for film/television, print, video games and interactive media. Students learn and work with techniques in basic animation, morphing, inverse/forward kinemations, SFX, motion path editing and procedural animation, motion path animation, character animation, Inverse and Forward Kinemation, Dynamics, and Special Effects animation. 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 136.1 World Wide Web
An introduction to the basic principles of Web Page design and production. Students work with the most widely used graphics, authoring and HTML editing software packages in the industry. Students conceive and design their own internet-ready web site. Three credits.
Media Arts 136.2 World Wide Web
An advanced- level workshop dealing with mastery of topics covered in MA 136.1 such as concept development, creative design and media authoring. Special topics include: advanced techniques for image processing, interface design, the latest web authoring software. Students are encouraged to explore and apply critical concepts in interactive design, and use conceptual approaches to solve interface design problems. Three credits
Media Arts 140 Public Relations
III: Sports Information and Public Relations
Media Arts 141 Computer-Assisted
Media Arts 142 The Arts in the
Media Arts 144 Comparative Media
A survey and analysis of print, broadcast and advanced telecommunications media in countries around the globe. The emphasis is on political and economic dynamics of information systems. Three credits.
Media Arts 148.1 Introduction
Media Arts 148.2 Advanced Playwriting
Media Arts 150 Writing for Visual
Media Arts 151 Sports Reporting
Media Arts 152 Screenplay
A course for moving-image students designedto 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 153.1 Public Relations
Media Arts 153.2 Public Relations
II: Case Studies
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 157 Advertising II:
Media Arts 158.1 On-Camera Performance
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 Performance
Media Arts 158.3 On-Camera Performance
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 I
Media Arts 160.2 Directing II
Media Arts 161 Digital Portfolio/Exhibition
An advanced tutorial on portfolio/exhibition production and presentation in one or more of the following: computer graphics, Digital Design, 3-D computer animation, and interactive media design. Students work on specific projects independently or in concert with one or more other students. Finished portfolio, reel, interactive and exhibition projects are shown at the Department exhibit at the end of the semester. Three credits.
Media Arts 162 Photography Portfolio/Exhibition
This is an advanced level photography class designed for photography students who plan to graduate in the spring. Students may work in any size, format or media, digital or traditional. Through the review of other photographer’s work, completion of class assignments, and participation in critiques, students will be required to plan and execute their final photography exhibition .Three credits.
Media Arts 163 Introduction to
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 164 Photography Studies
Media Arts 178 Fairy Tales: From
Disney to J-Lo
An exploration of how fairy tale motifs are used in movies and how this can affect a female’s psyche over time. What 17th century standards and prejudices are being passed down to young viewers sitting in front of their VCRs entranced by Disney? How are fairy tales evolving or being deconstructed in the movies to fit the more “feminist minded p.c. mold” of today? Three credits
Media Arts 179 Film Genre
An examination of the Hollywood film and studio system through film genres. The course defines “genres” as an industry term and a critical construct and explores the social, political and industrial factors affecting film genre construction. Topics include the horror film, women’s film/melodrama, science fiction and the gangster film. Three credits.
Media Arts 180 American Cinema:
The Golden Age—1930-1960
A survey of American sound films from the 1930s through the 1950s. Screenings are made of classics of comedy and drama as well as genre films (westerns, film noir, musical comedy). The individualism of American filmmakers like Welles, Capra and Lang as well as their relationships to Hollywood and society at large is explored. Three credits.
Media Arts 181 World Cinema:
The Modern Era
An exploration of the modernist tradition in films of the 1960s through the 1980s. The exciting breakthrough possible in the new forms of film expression is the central theme of the course, and the influence of such directors as Rossellini, Godard, Fassbinder and Coppola is examined. Modernism in the other arts is also related to the films screened, representing a wide range of nationalities and styles. Three credits.
Media Arts 182 Film Criticism
A study of analytic approaches to film and their application to the writing of film criticism. A number of approaches are discussed—journalistic, humanist, auteurist, historical, social, scientific, ideological and theoretical; films screened represent a wide variety of directors, styles and genres. Through in-depth analysis of each film in class and in written criticisms, students learn to express their ideas and feelings about film. Three credits.
Media Arts 183 Contemporary American
A contextual approach to contemporary American cinema, including both fiction and nonfiction films. The emphasis is on the development of styles and techniques and the relationship of film to other arts, media and society. Includes class discussion and the writing of criticism. Occasionally guest filmmakers are invited to talk about their work. Three credits.
Media Arts 184 Teen Films of
the 1980s and 1990s
An examination of genre theory by exploring the conventions and transformation of one genre -- the teen film. Focus is on the pivotal role of both female and black New Wave directors, viewing the genre as validating a collectivist spirit in the 1980s and both promoting and contesting the attack on teens and teen culture in the 1990s. Three credits.
Media Arts 185 The Psychological
An exploration of film from psychological and sociological perspectives. Topics include the psychological development of characters; the history and influence of psychoanalytic theory on the cinema; the impact of film on the attitudes of the individual and society; and film as a reflection of psychic and cultural identity. A wide range of directors, nationalities and styles are represented in the films screened. 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.
Media Arts 188 Film Noir: The
Dark Side of America
An exploration of the noir tradition from its origins in German expressionism and American gangster films to its classic period after World War II and its current widespread contemporary acceptance. Noir is explored as visual style, as subversive attitude and as an historical series reflecting American anxiety from World War II to the present. Three credits.
Media Arts 189 Hollywood’s New
A study of the development of the Hollywood film from 1960 to 1980, from the breakup of the studio system through the influence of the 1960s social movements and the European Art Cinema to the retreat to a more traditional cinema. Topics include the rise of the low-budget film, the New Wave in Hollywood, Blaxploitation and the black art film. Directors studied include Scorcese, Coppola and Corman. Three credits.
Media Arts 190 Film Production
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 193 Great American
A consideration of the director as author of a film. The work of several directors is examined to identify stylistic and thematic consistencies and the way culture, industrial and economic factors influence their works. The influence of foreign directors on Hollywood, of female directors and of the contribution of cultures outside the mainstream of Hollywood cinema is also considered. Directors include Hitchcock, Welles, Spike Lee, Charles Burnett, and Amy Heckerling. Three credits.
Media Arts 194 Men, Women and
An examination of femininity and masculinity on the screen and how men and women interact, as seen through a body of film criticism known as feminist film theory. The representation of men and women in Hollywood genres is discussed in terms of class, culture, and men and women interacting in different cultures. 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 201 The Musical: From
Jazz to Hip Hop
A survey of the history of the movie musical, paying particular attention to how musicals depict various sub-cultures and how changes in the form reflect larger developments in social taste. The course charts the musical’s transformation from fantasy narrative to documentary music video. Three credits.
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.
An examination of African-American images as an intrusion on typical Hollywood mainstream narrative. By concentrating on images both inside and outside dominant filmmaking institutions, the course surveys the implicit transgressive politics of filmmakers from Clarence Brown and Oscar Micheaux, to Melvin Van Peebles, Charles Burnett and Ivan Julien. Three credits.
Media Arts 222 Mass Communication
and New Media in Society
Media Arts 237 Interactive Media
An intermediate-level class in Interactive Media production, using the most widely adopted software and techniques for interactive authoring of still and time-based media. In this workshop, students will create interactive projects for CDROM, the Web and installations. Three credits.
Media Arts 239 Survey of Computer
An advanced New Media theory class in Computer Art, this class will chronologically span the pioneering efforts of the first generation of computer artists to the latest in Internet and computer installations. Class sessions will include lectures, in-class presentations, and on-site gallery and museum exhibitions. Lively theoretical papers and discussions will be required. Three credits.
Media Arts 240 Computer Art Thesis
This is a required senior year class for all B.F.A. in Computer Art majors. It is designed to help students conceive, research, design and create full pre-production of a computer art project for public exhibition. Three credits.
Media Arts 241 Computer Art Thesis
Upon completion of Media Arts 240 Thesis I, students are paired with specialized faculty for the creation and production of computer art projects. Computer Art projects will be publicly exhibited and screened at the Thesis Exhibition. Three credits.
Media Arts 282 The Road Movie:
An examination of a genre that stresses
social mobility from its beginnings in the 1930s, through its apex in
the 1970s, to its continuing importance today. This quintessential American
genre is seen as tracing differences in class, race and political experience.