Media Arts Course Descriptions
Communicating through storyboards plays a major roll in visual storytelling. The ability to visually communicate directions to others in the production process is imperative. Storyboards simplify set-up times, delegate production teams, create shot lists and most importantly, keep everyone on track. In this course, students are not required to be accomplished artists; instead this course teaches students how to sketch in a clear and understandable way. Scene staging, perspective, proportion, lighting, and camera direction are some of the concepts covered in this course. In the final project, students will create a 10+ panel storyboard with all the concepts covered in the course.
In Design Software Essentials, students cover the necessary functions of Photoshop and Illustrator. These are the two major 2D image creation and editing softwares. These programs form the foundation of digital imaging in both print screen and video graphics. Students will learn through several lab assignments that cover pixel manipulation, composing, adjusting, and resizing in Photoshop. In Illustrator, students will learn how to properly and efficiently manipulate vectors; how to create and use color properly, and finally how to efficiently output vector images for screen or print. Concepts learned in this course carry over into animation, motion graphics, 3D design, and more. This course is a prerequisite to most core Media Arts courses.
Students dive into visual storytelling in Movie Making I. Key software concepts are covered as students learn the Non-Linear Editing interface. Students learn through a series of lab-based tutorials and discussions, creating short documentaries that introduce essential editing functions. Students are tasked with creating a one-minte documentary about themselves and a short five-minute documentary (or mockumentary) about a chosen subject of their own concept and design. The final product is a self-produced DVD with the two documentaries.
In Movie Making II, students continue their technical journey exploring more nuances of Final Cut Pro and strengthening their skill behind the camera. This is achieved by the development of a short story. Students may use their own short or cull from years of student shorts written in the college’s annual literary book, P.H.A.S.Tracks. The majority of this course is instructor-lead hands-on lab work. Students will also be encouraged to work on their own as this is the first of many time consuming courses. (Prerequisite: MMDA1300L or LMMA1300)
Introduction to Cinematography is the companion course to MMDA1300L Movie Making I. While Introduction to Movie Making covers computer related editing concepts, this course covers camera mechanics, lighting, staging, sound, and more. What happens in front of the lens is essential to the success of the finished assignment. Students will complete a series of different camera experiments both in the lab and in the field, then transfer files to Final Cut and make evaluations on their shots. Students are currently shooting with Panasonic HVX200 High Definition cameras.
This is a very exciting course built to compliment the movie making core of the program. This course explores Adobe’s motion graphics software, After Effects. With this program students can create dynamic title sequences, composite clips and images, make color corrects and/or enhancements, remap time, in general make Hollywood-style special effects. This course concentrates on the software and developing organized work habits in a production pipeline. Students will create a series of small video clips throughout the course to develop their skills and understanding of the program. (Prerequisite: MMDA1200L or LMMA1200 Digital Software Essentials)
This exciting course is an introduction to working with 3D. Students learn how to navigate virtual three-dimensional space while building and texturing polygonal models. This course is meant to enhance the filmmaking aspects of the curriculum. We use Maxon's Cinema 4D to model, texture, light, animate and render elements into After Effects, Premiere and Final Cut Pro for compositing. This sofware is extremely powerful while being completely accessible to beginners. (Prerequisite: MMDA1200L or LMMA1200 Design Software Essentials)
In Movie Making III, students work in groups to design and produce a music video. The focus is on planning and organization, multicamera shoots and editing, and most importantly, working with deadlines. Students will work in groups and rotate duties as they work through each video. During pre and post production, instructors will reinforce principles, techniques, and technical applications. The shoot itself will take the students on location. This is a working semester, meaning large amounts of lab time will be concentrated on completing the project. Grading is based on benchmarks and deadlines set by the instructor. (Prerequisites: MMDA1300L or LMMA1300 Movie Making I, MMDA1350L or LMMA 1350 Movie Making II)
Studio I is part one of a portfolio program designed to develop and nurture a senior's cumulative skill set in digital film production. Students will work with real clients to develop broadcast compliant short-form narratives and advertisements. This class may require a significant amount of outside lab work. This class is not open to non-majors. (Prerequisite: MMDA1350L or LMMA1350 Movie Making II) (Updated 9/2013)
Studio II is part two of a senior's portfolio development. Students will crew together and work with real clients to develop family-friendly viral videos. This class makes an in-depth study in video for social media and broadcast markets. Students research the psychology and methodology behind creating clever viral videos. This class may require a significant amount of outside lab work. This class is not open to non-majors.(Prerequisite: MMDA2400L or LMMA2400 Studio I) (Updated 9/2013) NOTE: Students who intern for Studio I, have the option of interning for this course as well. Students who are not able to find a position, may intern for one of the other teams either as production help or as a cast member.
This course prepares the individual students for their next step. Whether they want to go on to a four-year school or start working in their field, a good portfolio will help promote the student. Students will learn to package their work and present it in an engaging manor that will allow them to stand out and be noticed.
Post Production class focuses on some of the finishing software that gives your film/video a professional presentation. Some topics covered will be color correction using Apple's Color program, and creating a custom DVD menu using Apple's DVD Studio Pro. Students will also use this class to compile all their works over the past 4 semesters into one DVD portfolio. (Prerequisites: MMDA1200L or LMMA1200 Design Software Essentials, MMDA1300L or LMMA1300 Movie Making I)
Students in an independent study option will engage in learning about a topic of special interest and/or need. This course has a 48-hour lab requirement. A written report on the topic of the independent study is required. (Prerequisites: Approval of advisor and department chair)