Nonfiction Media: Animation, Documentary and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image


REVISED

Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Taught by

communication, media and community studies
animation, media studies

What does it mean to make moving images in an age of media proliferation and saturation? How do we critically engage traditions of media practice and push beyond established forms? Images pervade commodity culture; how can we repurpose them to communicate our own meanings and values? How can we make media that responds to the world and supports struggles for change? What responsibilities do we as media artists and producers have to our audiences and the subjects of our work? In this program, students will engage with these and other questions while gaining knowledge of media history, theory and production.

This is an intensive full-time, year-long program linking media theory with practice. Starting with media’s capacity to observe and record the world and its potential to create meaning, we will investigate media modes and communication strategies including animation, documentary and experimental film/video. Our emphasis will be on the materiality and artistic properties of sound and moving image media, as well as the strategies artists and media producers have employed to challenge commercial forms. We will experiment with alternative approaches to production, including autobiography and audiovisual essays. Students will have the opportunity to build conceptual and technical skills, as well as develop fluency in media analysis and criticism through readings, critical writing, seminars and research. In critique sessions, another form of collaboration, students will help each other evaluate and improve their work.

In fall, students will build essential skills in field observation and research, exploring ways of seeing, listening and observing in a variety of formats, including 16mm film, video, animation, audio, drawing and writing. We will critically analyze how media images shape our understanding of reality. In hands-on workshops and assignments we will analyze images as commodities and investigate how images create and contest meaning in art, politics and consumer culture. Our exploration of the social implications of the image will include representations of the body, self and other, identity and community, as well as ways to intervene in social, political and environmental crises.

In winter, we will expand our study and practice of media to include community collaboration. Student groups will collaborate to produce multimedia works that extend and support the work of community groups, using animation and digital video produced in the CCAM, Evergreen's high-definition studio. We will learn about traditional and experimental approaches to community involvement, further explore forms of live-action and animated nonfiction media, and investigate strategies for critiquing the mass media, including video activism and new genre public art.

In spring, as a culmination of the conceptual, collaboration and production skills developed in fall and winter, each student will propose and produce a nonfiction independent project.  The forms of projects possible include video or film, animation, installation, web-based projects and internships. Technical workshops, screenings, research presentations, community service projects and critique discussions will support each student's emerging work.

 

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

media, journalism, the arts and education.

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

$200 per quarter in fall for materials and supplies and $50 in spring for field trips.

Special Expenses

Students should expect to pay for materials needed to produce their spring projects (approximately $300).

Revisions

Date Revision
January 14th, 2014 Winter fees have been removed. Spring fee has been reduced to $50. Students should expect to pay approximately $300 in spring for their projects as a special expense.
December 6th, 2013 This program will accept enrollment with faculty approval.
April 30th, 2013 The application for this program has been made available at http://blogs.evergreen.edu/hayesr/.

Registration Information

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

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 44

Fall

Signature Required

Students must submit an application demonstrating thoughtful engagement with the theory and/or practice of media and 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. The application will be available at http://blogs.evergreen.edu/hayesr/ or from the Seminar 2 program office by week 4 of spring quarter 2013. Applications will be read until the program fills—we will start accepting students into the program at the Spring quarter academic fair.

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (16 credits): 10200

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Winter

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students must submit an application demonstrating thoughtful engagement with the theory and/or practice of media and upper division college level reading, writing and critical thinking skills. In addition, successful completion of at least one quarter of an interdisciplinary program, or the equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission. Previous experience  or coursework in media production and/or media studies and a willingness to work collaboratively in the media arts community are required. Applications are availabe form program faculty (hayesr@evergreen.edu or fischela@evergreen.edu).

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 20160
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 20600

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Spring

Enrollment Closed

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 30131
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 30321

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