Cinematic Arts Courses

Note: ART 305: Itroduction To Cinematic Arts serves as the gateway course and must be passed with a grade of B or better for students to continue on to upper-level film courses. The following are required in addition to the visual arts core courses:

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 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.
Prerequisite: You must complete one 200-level Arts and Humanities course with a minimum grade of C.

ART 325
History of Film and Video: 1965 to the 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.
Prerequisite: You must complete one 200-level Arts and Humanities course with a minimum grade of C.

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 346
Intermediate Documentary Production [3]
Advanced production course for exploration of high-definition video through creation of individual projects. A workshop environment introduces students to high-end HD camcorders, workflow options and the HD post-production environment. Technical instruction, pertinent cinematic examples and conceptual discussions, provide key experiences toward developing production strategies and discovering the inherent aesthetic potential of HD imaging.
Prerequisite: You must have completed ART 305 and ART 315 both with a grade of C or better and the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before you can take 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 ART215 and 213 with a grade of "C" or better before taking this class.

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.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 345 or 346 with a grade of "C" or better and complete the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

ART 447
Special Effects and Motion Graphics [3]
This course explores the creation of cinematic effects and motion graphics utilizing advanced techniques in multi-layered, time-based compositions as it relates to both 2-D and 3-D applications. The conceptual process and content incorporating these techniques are studied through screenings of contemporary works and critiques of student class work.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 213 and one of the following ART 305, 315, 331, 341 or 365 with a grade of "C" or better and complete the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

PLUS select 1 upper level related course (3 credits)

ART 341
Introduction to Animation [3]
This course introduces the fundamental principles of animated movement and their applications across all animation techniques. In addition to screenings and analysis of animated films, students will explore production workflow for animation. Students will work individually on projects and learn the skills of effective group collaboration.
Prerequisite: ART 213

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.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 345 or 346 with a grade of "C" or better and complete the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

ART 447
Special Effects and Motion Graphics [3]
This course explores the creation of cinematic effects and motion graphics utilizing advanced techniques in multi-layered, time-based compositions as it relates to both 2-D and 3-D applications. The conceptual process and content incorporating these techniques are studied through screenings of contemporary works and critiques of student class work.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 213 and one of the following ART 305, 315, 331, 341 or 365 with a grade of "C" or better and complete the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.