Advanced Projects in Media and Visual Arts
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How do media and visual artists use their artform to comment on political and social structures? What role can the artist and artist communities play in times of social uncertainty?
In this advanced offering for media arts or visual arts, students will intimately examine how moving image and visual artists can respond to critical moments in time, often defining a period by their artistic response. This interdisciplinary program is for students interested in working individually or collaboratively on yearlong moving image or visual arts projects with the support of a learning community. The cohort model provides students with opportunities to produce creative work informed by research, theory, and historical context. The program is adaptable for statewide quarantine guidelines and will center on creative practices that model professional approaches and support the development of artist resiliency. Classes will consist of synchronous sessions led by faculty, media and visual arts' staff (in person or online), seminar discussions, experiential learning, hands-on practices, and critique sessions designed to advance students' understanding of their particular craft or discipline.
A central focus of the year is on professional practices and the development of critical skills to support a media and visual artist practice. Extensive theoretical and practical research, project development, experimentation, process, artist voice and community role will be emphasized.
Student research materials and writing, including research papers, grant writing, project sketches, script outlines, director/artist statements, etc., will be essential in supporting creative ideas. Students are expected to gain advanced production or artistic skills by building on existing skills developed through past academic work rather than undertaking wholly new areas of media production or visual arts. A wide range of moving image and visual arts projects and genres is possible, as long as the artist(s) demonstrate a strong foundation for potential success in that genre.
Past media arts students have created capstone work in participatory/interactive documentary, experimental film/video, experimental narrative, essayistic video, audio projects, animation, online series, mixed media installation, interactive Web installation, as well as traditional interview-based documentary. Visual arts students will work with visual arts faculty to design their own projects, complete visual research and write papers appropriate to their topics, share research, work intensively in their studio, produce small projects and a significant thematic body of work, and participate in demanding weekly critiques.
Beyond individual media or visual art making, students will participate in professional development workshops to support their artistic process and practice, gain skills needed to navigate a future in graduate school or an internship, and their success as a working artist in media or visual arts.
Participants will work closely with their media or visual arts co-faculty and each other throughout the year as co-learners and collaborators, collectively shaping the learning community and studio practice. Fall and winter quarters will involve periods of reflection, research, and idea development, including a three-day retreat for concentrated work, visits to artist studios and festivals, and dedicated time to produce projects. In spring, students will complete their capstone work and participate in producing a public screening or gallery show of their work. In keeping with a professional practice and real world model, program activities will reflect concern for student, staff and faculty safety and will be adjusted accordingly.
This program requires an application and links to previous work (see link in the sidebar). For visual arts students: previous college-level visual arts studies are required and previous college-level art history studies are strongly encouraged. For media arts students: prior completion of Mediaworks or equivalent theory to practice work is required. Selection criteria will be based on experience in the media or visual arts, strength of application and portfolio, and feasibility of project. Only complete applications will be considered.
Winter (16 Credits with Suree Towfighnia and Lauren Boilini):
This program requires up to 16 hours per week of synchronous remote learning over Zoom. Students are required to continue to have reliable high-speed WIFI, a computer with a webcam that can handle media intensive work and/or online curriculum, and enough storage space to complete any media intensive or visual arts documentation work. The program will continue using texts purchased in the fall, with any additional readings or texts noted by week 10 of fall quarter. Any additional supply needs will be coordinated with the faculty. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.
Spring (12 Credits with Suree Towfighnia):
This program requires up to 12 hours per week of synchronous remote learning over Zoom. Students are required continue to have reliable high-speed WIFI, a computer with a webcam that can handle media intensive work and/or online curriculum, and enough storage space to complete any media intensive or visual arts documentation work. Any additional supply needs will be coordinated with the faculty. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.
Credits per quarter
- Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
$250 in fall for media storage/hard drives, online subscriptions, or conference/festival admission;
$500 in winter fees for supplies and professional development conferences;
$200 in spring for supplies, festivals, and conferences
Class Size: 29
Located in: Olympia