Chatham University

Film and Digital Technology Curriculum

Film Concentration:
Choose 3 of the following production courses:
FDT 350
Intermediate Digital Video Production
3 Credits
Students will utilize the nonlinear editing software program Final Cut Pro to examine methods of production and related theories involved in achieving structure in film and video. By conceptually dissecting and practically applying techniques such as splicing, transitional effects, and other editing processes, students will render sophisticated projects which are conscious of how the edit structures film and by doing so becomes another creative and technical layer for study. Cross-listed as ART 350.

Prerequisite(s): ART141 and FDT250
FDT 369
Interactive Strategies
3 Credits
This course allows advanced students to explore interactive, networked, and convergent media realities. Students learn to strategize projects that take into consideration the impact of designed, cultural interfaces on human experience. Students are exposed to a variety of projects and exhibitions, along with contemporary theoretical discourses in new media. How can students take advantage of the new possibilities that nonlinear forms evoke? Projects could include online interactive narratives, experimental DVD authoring, and interactive installations, among others.

Prerequisite(s): ART 141, FDT 261 or permission of instructor
FDT 421
Digital Animation and Compositing
3 Credits
This production course provides an introduction to computer animation and visual effects. Stuents learn the principles, process, and philosophy of animation with a focus on the design and construction of environments, characters, and time-based motion. Students script, storyboard, design, and produce a short animated digital video. Cross-listed with ART 421.

Prerequisite(s): Art 141 and ART/FLM 250
FDT 450
Advanced Digital Video Production Studio
3 Credits
This studio course is an intensive laboratory that looks at advanced methods of digital video production, including highly developed lighting practices, audio recording and mixing, nonlinear editing, and digital effects. Students will also experiment with various ways in which to prepare video for web streaming or embedding compressed video in multimedia applications. This course includes regularly scheduled screenings of significant experimental video and multimedia projects - continuing to engage students in conversations of aesthetic, structural, and critical concern. Cross-listed as ART 450.

Prerequisite(s): ART 141 and ART/FDT350
FDT 471
Special Topics in Emerging Media Art
3 Credits
Students will engage in topic-specific explorations of the creative, conceptual, theoretical/historical and technical possibilities of e-merging media art practices in this upper-level course. The content and material of the course will depend on faculty areas of specialization. Topics may include: Reactive Media Environments, Networked Embodiment, Race/Class/Gender and the Internet, Information Politics.
Choose 2 of the following theory courses:
CST 383
Special Topics in Cultural Studies
3 Credits
This course is intended to augment the current offerings in Cultural Studies. The content and material of the course depend on faculty areas of specialization.

Prerequisite(s): CST 183
FDT 160
World Film History
3 Credits
This course presents an overview of the history of film by focusing on key countries, both Western and non-Western, whose film industries have made important contributions to world cinema and/or whose filmmakers have pioneered important film movements. The course places film industries and movements in the context both of cinematic history and history of the societies in question.
FDT 185
Introduction to Black Filmmaking
3 Credits
An introductory course that examines black filmmakers as an artistic social force. Students venture into areas as diverse as culture, philosophy, economics, and ideology. The course also covers the aesthetic elements of cinema, the terminology governing film production, and the line of critical inquiry developed for the medium.
FDT 225
Female Narration: Race and Gender in Women's Films
3 Credits
This course looks predominantly at films directed by women who have worked out strategies for feminist film practice. The course will focus on the relationship between representations of women and the socio-political structures in which women live. It will also focus on the need for women, if they wish to affect perception of self and other, us and them, to take up the means of production. Exposing the sexual stratagems in various contemporary societies permits women filmmakers to recreate the world in their own image. Study of traditional portrayals of women will support understanding of the differences between subject and object position. Negotiating these often conflicting spaces allows students to comprehend the multiple mediations that structure a critical consciousness. Such awareness allows questions of responsibility in a world of diverse values and perspectives. The course is organized as a reading, viewing, and lecture, experience.