Cinematic Arts Minor (18 Credits)

This Visual Arts Minor consists of at least six courses, including the following requirements

Cinematic Arts Concentration Minor (Four Courses)

ART 324
History of Film: Origins to 1965 [3]
A survey of the motion picture from its “optical toy” origins to 1965. Political, economic, artistic and technical factors in film production will be considered. Topics covered include the development of film language, German expressionism, poetic realism, the Hollywood studio system, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, avant-garde and documentary film.

OR

ART 325
History of Film and Video: 1965 to Present [3]
A survey of motion pictures and video art from 1965 to the present. Political, economic, artistic and technical factors influencing film and video production will be considered. Topics include: new German cinema, documentary, American independent cinema, political and Third World Cinema, video art, installation, performance, interactive forms and the evolving fusion of production and display technologies in the digital era.

AND

ART 210
Visual Concepts I [3]
Visual Concepts I introduces the visual art major to two-dimensional basic design principles, various perception and notation techniques, expression and subtractive color theory. Other issues covered include symmetry and asymmetry, formal and informal organization, proportion, perspective, visualization, imagination, illusion, rhythm, typography, narrative (linear/nonlinear), collage and text/image relationships.

ART 211
Visual Concepts II/Camera Vision [3]
Visual Concepts II introduces the visual art major to creating still images via a camera. Formal and technical issues connected to camera operation, two-dimensional design, lighting, framing and introduction to the chemistry of photography will be covered. Through assignments, theoretical readings and historical examples, issues connected to the apparatus of the camera as a recording device also will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on developing a vocabulary for talking about images and on the ability to think critically about images. This course also will serve as an introduction to using the computer as a tool for manipulating images.

ART 213
Visual Concepts IV/Time-Based Media [3]
Visual Concepts IV introduces the visual art major to time-based media and will focus on the relationship of image and sound in time-based media production. Students will study how sequencing and juxtaposition work in relation to narrative and non-narrative animation, video and film.
Prerequisite: You must have achieved admission through portfolio review process (VA Milestone) and completed ART 210 and ART 211 with a grade of “C” or better to take this class.

Students Choose two of the following courses

ART 324
History of Film: Origins to 1965 [3]
A survey of the motion picture from its “optical toy” origins to 1965. Political, economic, artistic and technical factors in film production will be considered. Topics covered include the development of film language, German expressionism, poetic realism, the Hollywood studio system, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, avant-garde and documentary film.

OR

ART 325
History of Film and Video: 1965 to Present [3]
A survey of motion pictures and video art from 1965 to the present. Political, economic, artistic and technical factors influencing film and video production will be considered. Topics include: new German cinema, documentary, American independent cinema, political and Third World Cinema, video art, installation, performance, interactive forms and the evolving fusion of production and display technologies in the digital era.

AND

ART 305
Introduction to Cinematic Arts [3]
In this production course students explore how digital media can be used as a means for creative expression and how this art form has evolved out of experimental film and video art traditions over the past 75 years. This is a hands-on production course. Students will pursue fundamental characteristics of the digital video medium to complete exercises in shooting and editing digital video and a final project. Note: ART 305: is the gateway course and must be passed with a grade of “B” or better for students to continue onto upper-level Cinematic Arts courses.
Prerequisite: You must have completed ART 213 with a grade of “C” or better and completed the VA Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

ART 315
Intermediate Narrative Production [3]
This class is designed to encourage an organic exploration of narrative cinema, to strengthen trust in your own ideas and instincts, and heighten your curiosity about experimental modes of storytelling. Though we will cover some areas of technical expertise as they relate specifically to narrative film production, students are expected to have a basic understanding of cameras, lights, microphones, and editing. Students will work independently to produce their own short narratives, as well as engaging in a study of contemporary narrative cinema. Recommended Preparation: ART 324 OR ART 325
Prerequisite: ART 305 with a “B” or better AND the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review)

ART 342
Film/Video Theory and Criticism [3]
An exploration of media theory and film/video criticism. An investigation of the central issues of the cinematic experience through the ways theorists have explained cinema, television, video and their expanded forms from inception to the present. Through reading how authors have framed media and their makers, students will consider how to create meaning with time-based media.
Prerequisite: You must complete either ART 324 or ART 325 with a grade of “C” or better and complete the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

ART 347
Writing for Media Arts [3]
An introduction to a range of methodologies for developing ideas, scripts and structural tactics for short films and videos. Emphasis will be placed on traditional storytelling strategies, as well as experimental scripting and alternative notational techniques.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 213 with a C or better

ART 383
Sound Design [3]
This course treats sound as an aesthetic equal to image in works of time-based and interactive media. It explores image sound relationships and focuses on designing effective soundtracks by developing students’ skills in field, foley, and studio recording; scoring; mixing; and sound-image synchronization.
Prerequisite: You must have completed ART 213 with a grade of “C” or better and completed the VA Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

ART 435
Topics in Film/Video [3]
In this course students create an individual film or video project developed from a detailed study of a central theme in experimental, narrative or documentary work. Screenings, readings and discussions will present students with models. Topics will vary each semester and include: film/video landscapes, performance and installation, autobiography, surface tensions, collaboration, representation, technology and perception. This course is repeatable up to 12 credits.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 345 or ART 346 with a grade of “C” or better and complete the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.