Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Carter, Rebecca
Discipline and Number
ARTS 3376 Section 001
R Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Introduction to Video Art

Description of Course:

This studio course is formatted to introduce you to video and the moving image as a form of contemporary art practice. We will be considering the various media involved in making moving images as an extension of cinema history and as a component of new media practice in the 21st century. We will approach video as a facet of contemporary art, examining a broad range of practices utilizing moving images.

Digital video has become the primary tool of cinema and television while also becoming a kind of lingua franca or common language of social media communication. But how are artists making use of this medium that has become so widespread as to become our secondary (if not primary) mode of vision? In this course, we will explore the uses of this still young medium for achieving personal-poetic visions and as a potentially subversive alternative to commercial media. This is a creative studio course in which students will be working throughout the semester on independent projects, but a foundation of knowledge and familiarity with the field of practice will be encouraged through screenings, readings, and discussion. Be prepared to learn the technical side of production along with conceptual creative approaches to the practice of working with digital video.

Required Texts:

The Filmmaker's Handbook (2013 edition) Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Prerequisite: ARTS 1316 or ARTS 2316 or ARTS 2350 or ARTS 2380 or ARTS 2381 or instructor consent required.

What you will need:

- External hard drive (100GB or more, preferably firewire or USB 3.0 and if you're rich, thunderbolt). A Dropbox or Google Drive account is also helpful.

- Access to a video-capable camera + a tripod is desirable, but not necessarily required. Alternative modes of image acquisition can be fine, but if you have something other than your phone to shoot with, you'll be glad.

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