Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s)


Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

media arts, media and film, experimental media
media studies, gender & women's studies, sexuality and queer studies

Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate upper division college-level reading, writing and critical thinking skills. In addition, successful completion of at least two quarters of an interdisciplinary program, or the equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission. Previous experience in media production is not required.

What does it mean to make moving images in an age of omnipresent media, information overload, social inequality, and global capitalism? What's the relationship between aesthetic form and power across race, class, gender, and other axes of difference? How can we understand the interplay between popular media and experimental modes? How do we critically engage with the history and traditions of media practices while testing the boundaries of established forms? What responsibilities do media artists and producers have to their subjects and audiences? How can media makers represent or transform the “real” world? Students will engage with these questions as they gain skills in film/video/television history and theory, critical analysis, media production, collaboration, and critique.

This full-time, yearlong program links media theory with practice. We will explore a variety of media modes and communication strategies, primarily interrogating representations of the "real” in media texts spanning the continuum between popular entertainment and artistic practice. As creative critics, we will gain fluency in methodologies including: close reading and formal analysis; mapping narrative and genre; unpacking power from feminist, critical race, decolonial, and anti-capitalist perspectives; and cultural, historical, and technological framing of commercial and independent media production. These analytical skills will help us understand strategies that artists have employed to challenge, mobilize, and re-appropriate mainstream media forms. As critical creators, we'll learn foundational production skills and experiment with alternative approaches, including nonfiction, video art, writing for and about media, autobiography, essay films, remix, installations, and performance. In addition to production assignments, program activities will encompass analysis and criticism through screenings, readings, seminars, research, and critical writing. We'll also spend significant time in critique sessions discussing our creative and critical work.

In fall, students will explore ways of seeing, listening, and observing in various formats, focusing intensively on 16mm film production and completing both skill-building exercises and short projects. These collaborative exercises and projects will have thematic and technical guidelines consistent with the program curriculum. Our production work will be grounded in the study of concepts and methodologies from media history and theory, including significant critical reading, research, and writing. In hands-on workshops and assignments, we'll analyze images as communication and commodities and investigate how images create and contest meaning in art, politics, and consumer culture.

In winter, students will delve deeply into field- and studio-based video/audio production and digital editing, using the CCAM studio and HD video technologies. We'll do this learning in conjunction with studying the social and technological history of television and video. Our production work will be primarily collaborative, though students will conclude the quarter by working on an independent project proposal.

In spring, as a culmination of the conceptual, collaboration, and production skills developed in fall and winter, each student will create an independent project. Possible forms include video or film, installation, web-based projects, research projects, and internships. Technical workshops, screenings, research presentations, and critique discussions will support this emerging work.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

media, visual art, journalism, communication, education, and the humanities.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day and Evening

Books

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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$250 in fall for film festival admission, an overnight field trip, film production expenses, and supplies; $120 in winter for entrance fees, studio production expenses, and supplies; and $20 in spring for film festival admission.

Special Expenses

Students should expect to pay $150 for an external hard drive and $100 per quarter in supplies and travel for productions. 

Internship Possibilities

Students may choose to do an internship in a local or regional organization focusing on media production, media education or a related subject. Students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract (designed for this program) in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising.

May be offered again in

2016-17

Registration Information

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

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 48

Fall

Signature Required

Students must submit an application demonstrating how they meet the prerequisites. Applications will be available from Academic Advising, the Seminar 2 program office and the faculty. Applications will be reviewed until the program fills—we will start accepting students into the program after the Spring quarter academic fair, May 13, 2015.

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Winter

Enrollment Closed

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Spring

Enrollment Closed

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