2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Media Artist's Studio


Fall 2012, Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 quarters

Naima Lowe media arts, media and film, experimental media
Fields of Study
media arts, media studies and moving image
Preparatory for studies or careers in
media production and graduate studies in media production and media theory.
In order to be considered for this advanced program, students should have successfully completed Mediaworks (the entry-level program in media studies at Evergreen) or its equivalent (i.e., approximately a year of media skill training, media history and media theory), or completed another interdisciplinary media program at Evergreen.

This is an opportunity for advanced media students who want to continue to build their skills in media arts, history, theory and production with the support of a learning community. The focus is on the development of each student's personal style and their critical understanding of that style in relation to contemporary and historical media practices. This program is designed for students who have already developed some expertise in media production, are familiar with media history/theory and wish to do advanced production work that has developed out of previous academic projects or programs. Students who are interested in experimental film and digital video production, documentary, sound design, writing, photography, installation, media/performance hybrids and contemporary media history/theory are invited to join this learning community of media artists.

Experimental media work often requires a period of germination for new ideas, approaches and impulses to emerge. During fall, students will engage in a period of idea development and reflection, including a 2-3 day retreat for concentrated work. Each student or team of students will do extensive pre-production planning and research for a major film or digital project to be completed by the end of the academic year. One or two-quarter projects are also possible, but must include research, design, production and editing appropriate to the academic schedule. Students will be required to develop an Individual Study Plan that details the work they will complete each quarter.

Fall quarter will also involve opportunities for students to expand their media practice and theory skills through workshops, writing exercises and a collaborative project. A cinematography workshop will be offered for students to further explore and understand light, exposure and image quality in the 16mm format. Audio production workshops will be offered to expand student expertise with sound design and technology. Workshops and assignments in analytical and creative writing will push students to develop their rhetorical and research skills. Blog and web design workshops will help students develop skills with new media technologies. Students will also work in teams of 3-4 to develop experimental projects that will enhance their collaborative skills and production experience.

Students will develop two research projects during fall quarter, resulting in presentations for the learning community. Students will study contemporary media artists and media theorists who have made special contributions to the development of experimental media practice and have attempted to push the technological as well conceptual boundaries of the moving image. Students will also conduct research into new and old media technologies.

During winter quarter, the focus will shift from idea development to the production phase. Students will acquire all their images and production elements for their projects, which could involve production work off campus for an extended period. Students are encouraged to think creatively and broadly about their subject matter and will be able to propose media projects that may require travel. During spring quarter each student will complete post-production work, finalize their artist's portfolio, explore ways to sustain their work as media artists and participate in a public screening of their work. During these production heavy quarters, students will also be expected to develop significant written work in the form of artists' statements, peer critique, and the completion of a theoretical paper that will accompany their media project.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$500 in fall for cinematography supplies and a retreat.
Special Expenses
Students should expect to spend at least an additional $200-$500 per quarter on production expenses.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 30th, 2012 Naima Lowe is offering Advanced Topics in Media: Video in/and Performance Art.