Mediaworks: Experimental and Documentary Approaches to the Moving Image

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 48
16 Credits per quarter
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What does it mean to study and create moving images in this age of media proliferation, saturation and commodity culture? What is a "critical practice" of media? How do we slow down our perception, tune our senses, cultivate patience, deepen our attention, and listen more closely to each other and the world around us? How do we put these capacities to work in our practices to test the boundaries of traditional approaches to media, participate in vital conversations, and strengthen historically marginalized perspectives? What ethical challenges and responsibilities are at the core of our practice? How have historical and contemporary media artists addressed these questions? What kind of critical practitioners do we want to become? 

In this full-time, yearlong program, students will engage with these questions as they define and cultivate their artistic voices, while working in media in theory and practice. Working within broad definitions of nonfiction, students will sharpen essential skills of observation, research, collaboration, reading and writing, design and production, critique and reflection. We will experiment with autobiography, documentary, soundscapes, and video essays, both individually and collaboratively; gain technical skills in studio and field production; produce short works in film, video and sound; and weave together a media practice from a wealth of philosophical, cultural, historical, and material perspectives. We will explore strategies of challenging dominant forms and stereotypes and develop fluency in media analysis and criticism. 

In fall and winter quarters, we will lay the theoretical and practical foundations essential to all students studying art and media, with particular attention to skills in how we interpret and make meaning. We will engage in field observation, critical analysis, and research, and create work in photography, soundscape, 16mm film, and video. Class sessions include lectures and screenings, conceptual, technical and writing workshops, seminars, and critique. We will engage substantially in close reading, viewing, listening, and writing as we analyze and critique historical and contemporary films and texts. This practice will deepen our vocabulary and capacity to articulate ourselves verbally and creatively. All of these skills are essential to group critique; and we will spend significant time helping each other see, describe, evaluate and improve our creative and written work.  

In spring, as a culmination of the yearlong program, we will design and produce nonfiction/experimental media projects individually or collaboratively in the wide range of media and forms covered in previous quarters: short film/video, installation, or performance. In lieu of or alongside a smaller project, students will have the opportunity to pursue an internship. We will support our creative practice by participating in weekly critiques, visiting artist presentations, screenings, and technical workshops. At the end of spring quarter, we will organize and host a public screening of our spring projects.

Mediaworks is designed for sophomores through seniors seeking foundation work in media arts and studies. No prior media production experience is required, but intermediate college level reading, writing and critical thinking skills are necessary for success in the program. It is offered yearly and content adapts around faculty expertise, interests and learning goals.




No media skills are required, but intermediate college level reading, writing and critical thinking skills are necessary. An additional prerequisite is successful completion of at least two quarters of college-level studies spanning multiple disciplines. This could be satisfied by Evergreen interdisciplinary programs or classes at Evergreen or elsewhere that provide breadth. Students must complete and submit an application in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled these prerequisites. 

Fall 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students must submit an application demonstrating how they meet the program prerequisites. Applications will be available online: Applications will be reviewed until the program fills; we will start reviewing applications after the spring 2019 Academic Fair (May 15, 2019).

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10226
Winter 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20080
Spring 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30021

Academic details

Preparatory For

media art, visual art, journalism, communication, education, community studies, and the humanities

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

Fall:$350 for overnight field trip and supplies, winter: $30 for program reader, spring: $42 for media software. 

Internship Opportunities

In spring quarter, 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 in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising by the end of winter quarter. Please go to Individual Study for more information.


In Person or Remote
In Person (F)
In Person (W)
Remote (S)
Time Offered
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First Meeting

Com 326 - Screening Room
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Date Revision
2019-04-08 description and fees updated