Media Artists Studio


Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

film and video production, media theory

This advanced offering in the media arts is for students interested in working individually or collaboratively on yearlong media projects with the support of a learning community. The studio setting provides students with the opportunity to help shape one another's work through extensive critical review of ideas at each stage of production and through technical support on one another’s projects. Engagement with critical theory on representation informs each student’s creative approach to their media production work. The creative work produced over the year is research-based. Each media artist or collaborative team will engage in extensive research and writing to develop and support their creative ideas, including research papers, grant writing, script outlines, etc. A wide range of media projects and genres are possible, with a focus on creative nonfiction and documentary, as long as the media artist(s) demonstrate a strong foundation for potential success in that genre. Past participants have created participatory/interactive documentary, experimental film/video, autobiographical video, experimental narrative, essayistic video, animation, online documentary series, mixed media gallery installation, remix political satire, interactive Web installation, as well as standard documentary. Students are expected to build on existing skills developed in past academic work, developing advanced production skills rather than undertaking wholly new areas of media production. Participants work closely with one another throughout the year as co-learners and collaborators, collectively shaping the output of the studio and developing a program of shorts to be screened to the public at the end of spring quarter.

An integrated approach to media history/theory and production is essential to the development of advanced media work. Students will explore strategies of representation through readings, screenings seminars, and research presentations, continuing to build their skills in critical thinking and critical analysis. Individual research projects will explore contemporary media artists who have made special contributions to the development of experimental media practice. Students will also conduct research into new and old media technologies, presenting their findings to the group. Students will continue to develop their production skills through workshops, exercises, and a collaborative project. Cinematography workshops will deepen student understanding of light, exposure, and image quality in the 16mm format and/or HD digital video. Audio production workshops will be offered to expand student expertise with sound design and technology.

Fall quarter involves a period of reflection, research, and idea development, including a two- to three-day retreat for concentrated work. Students are asked to think broadly about their work, to research and explore a number of project ideas before settling on the final topic. During winter quarter, the focus will shift from idea development to the production phase, when students will acquire all their images and production materials. The critique process will be a central focus for the learning community during winter and spring, requiring students to participate regularly in the critical analysis of one another’s creative work. During spring, each student will complete post-production work, engage in extensive critique sessions, and participate in producing a public screening of their work.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

media arts and digital communications.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$550 in fall for an overnight field trip and cinematography workshop and $200 in spring for an overnight field trip.

Special Expenses

Students will develop individual budgets for media production materials; cost is dependent upon the nature of each student project. One-day field trips to Seattle and/or Portland may involve museum entrance fees and meals ($40-50 per quarter). 

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 17

Fall

Signature Required

Students must submit a portfolio which includes copies of two recent faculty evaluations or two letters of recommendation (for transfer students), and a DVD which contains two examples of their best work in film, video or audio (or links to online materials). All prospective students must complete the written application (available from Laurie Meeker at meekerl@evergreen.edu). Portfolios and applications received by the Academic Fair in May 2015 will be given priority. After the Fair, applications will be reviewed as submitted; qualified students will be accepted until the program fills. Students will be individually notified by e-mail of their acceptance into this program.

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Winter

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students must submit a portfolio which includes copies of two recent faculty evaluations or two letters of recommendation (for transfer students), and a DVD which contains two examples of their best work in film, video or audio (or links to online materials). All prospective students must complete the written application (available from Laurie Meeker at meekerl@evergreen.edu). Portfolios and applications received by the Academic Fair in Dec. 2015 will be given priority. After the Fair, applications will be reviewed as submitted; qualified students will be accepted until the program fills. Students will be individually notified by e-mail of their acceptance into this program.

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Spring

Enrollment Closed

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