Academics . Courses
Course No. BMA 223 Credits: 3.0
A survey of vertebrates from jawless fishes to mammals. Functional morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology as they relate to the groups' relationships with their environment. Evolution of organ systems. Two lectures and one laboratory per week. The laboratory will involve a study of the detailed anatomy of the shark and cat used as representative vertebrates. Students are expected to spend at least three hours of unscheduled laboratory each week. This course fulfills a laboratory requirement for the biology major. Recommended preparation: BIOL 214. You must choose a lab section, A (Tuesday) or B (Thursday). Cross-registration at CWRU required.
Course No. FVPA497 Credits: 0.0
Video II is an advanced studio elective, fulfilling the needs of students who have successfully completed Video I coursework. This class is geared for all disciplines and is designed for students who wish to further explore the use of audio-video media and motion graphics. This course will concentrate on editing techniques, compositing, and the narrative style of video.expand collapse
Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar
Course No. PHV 297 Credits: 3.0
This course is designed as an introduction, both to the craft of digital filmmaking and to the appreciation of film as a premiere medium of communication, entertainment, and art. Using the tools of digital cinema, computer graphics, audio and other electronic media, this course focuses on the design elements and thought processes inherent in effective audio/visual communications. Hands-on features work in digital cinematography, lighting, audio production and mixing, and non-linear editing, as well as support activities such as scripting, research, brainstorming and storyboarding. Emphasis is placed on creative thinking and problem solving, with both group and individual projects required. This course is intended to be an introduction to a very broad area, rather than an in-depth concentration in one subject. Required of Photography majors. Open Elective.
Video/Digital Cinema II: Sculpting in Time
Course No. PHV 497 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar
This advanced studio course expands upon the knowledge of students who have successfully completed the Digital Cinema I and Studio Lighting coursework. A working knowledge of Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere is requisite. This class is designed for further exploring the use of digital cinema as a cinematic tool, method of artistic expression and communication. Topics include continuity, discontinuity and montage style editing, colorgrading, compositing, special effects and composition within the frame. Emphasizing the relationship between image and sound, we will discuss the concept of sound as a material with basic structural properties that may be manipulated, layered and edited. Students will explore methods of composition using various sound materials in assigned projects.Required of Photo Majors in the Video track. Open Elective. Prerequisite: PHV 267 Video/Digital Cinema I or permission of the faculty.
Course No. SNS 321 Credits: 3.0
Visual anthropology is an important growing subfield of cultural anthropology. The course focuses on how anthropologists have used visual media of various kinds, especially ethnographic film, to record, document and study human cultural and social diversity worldwide. A series of ethnographic films, readings and class discussion will explore this method of anthropological data collecting and analysis. As a counterpoint to earlier, popular, western cultural biases in visually "representing" non-western, non-industrial peoples as "romantic," "noble," "savage," "enigmatic," "curiosity," anthropology's film studies sought a stronger objectivity. Did they succeed? Worldwide, indigenous peoples now make extensive use of visual media/communication to reflect on their "contested identities." How has visual anthropology helped in that effort? From the 19th century's still photographs to today's cyberspace, visible culture and visual media interface. The course reviews ethnographic film as part of that communication process. $15 course fee required.
Visual Concepts in Illustration
Course No. ILL 371 Credits: 3.0
Faculty John Chuldenko
This course encourages students to develop a confident knowledge of design in illustration, the thinking process, and production techniques necessary to compete in the field of applied arts and prepares illustration students to become working professionals within the marketing communications community. It will motivate the student's visual awareness, teaching the student to conceptualize, design and execute on a professional level. Students become familiar with several techniques used in editorial illustrations, book illustrations, advertising illustrations, as well as many others using an extensive range of materials. Students learn to produce quality illustrations and to be responsible for the conceptual aspects of a project whenever necessary. Offered fall.
Visual Culture + the Manufacture of Meaning
This course will introduce students to critical theories and methods of analysis for interpreting contemporary visual art and culture. Topics include: formalism and stylistic analysis; semiotics and structuralism; Marxist theory; biography; psychoanalytic theory; feminist analysis and gender studies; postcolonial theory; post structuralism and postmodernity; and media arts studies (electronic/digital technologies). Select interpretive frameworks employed in the "manufacture of meaning" will be situated historically and discussed fully and critically, using seminal writings. Required for Visual Culture Emphasis. Offered each fall.
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