Chatham University

Film and Digital Technology Curriculum

Major Requirements
9 courses, including:
ART 141
Media Literacy
3 Credits
This course familiarizes students with some of the possibilities digital technology offers for the manipulation of still images, sound, and motion pictures. Students become proficient with the Macintosh system as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross listed as COM 141.
FDT 206
Digital Sound Production
3 Credits
This class examines how to listen, experience, interpret, record, reproduce, mix and transform sounds into meaningful audioscapes. Sound artists, important film art examples, aural culture and sound reproduction histories and theories are presented to students so that they may understand sound dimensionally. Digital sound projects are distilled from hands-on technical and conceptual pursuits.

Prerequisite(s): Art 141 or permission of the instructor.

Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.
CST 183
Representations of Race and Gender
3 Credits
This course introduces students to the methodology of cultural studies. In this survey students learn those skills essential to analyzing social constructions of identity. Specific attention is paid to diverse texts, including film, in order to locate how representations of race, gender, ethnicity, and "otherness" are culturally produced and disseminated.
FDT 250
Introduction to Digital Video Production
3 Credits
This course introduces the tools, technology, and techniques of digital video production. Students plans, script, manage, and produce videos using digital technologies. Along with the technical application, students will be exposed to the history of video as an artistic and instructional medium, as well as the relationship of digital video to film and television. The theoretical focus is on critiques of narrative construction. Cross-listed as ART 250.

Prerequisite(s): ART141
FDT 261
Web Design I: Code + Aesthetics
3 Credits
This introductory course in web design and net art production addresses formal design, aesthetic, conceptual and theoretical methods for the creative production and dissemination of student projects via a global network. Technical focus is on authoring nonlinear documents using software and basic web programming languages. Students conceptualize projects around a variety of topics including: online social networks, memory and database theory, cultural interfaces, the screen and the body, and collective media. Cross-listed as COM 261.

Prerequisite(s): Art 141 or permission of the instructor.

Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.
FDT 300
Critical Theory
3 Credits
Critical theory offers a critical study of the key debates in theories of media and communication interfaced with cultural studies. This course also examines the communication circuit from production to consumption within the broader paradigms of cultural studies, feminism, politics of identity, and theories of ideology and postmodernism. Connections are made between these debates and wider debates in communication studies.
FDT 331
Writing for Film and Emerging Media Arts
3 Credits
This course focuses on content writing for film and emerging media creative projects. Theory and practice are intentionally intermingled to demonstrate the mixture of intellectual context and intuition with which the writer works. Students learn how to imagine, write and produce a project that illustrates innovations in story development.
FDT 498
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
FDT 499
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.