Chatham University

Media Arts Curriculum

The Media Arts major provides the opportunity for students to develop creative, conceptual, and technical skills across coursework in film, photography and graphic design – fostering a critical awareness of contemporary, convergent media practices. The major explores the creative tension between individual expression and the social and political forces that shape global, mediated networks within culture. Students are asked to become agents for change within the context of their discipline, asking critical questions of the impact of media in an increasingly global arena. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles in media arts production industries or to pursue graduate programs in related fields.

Program Requirements

+ Major Requirements

Core courses for Media Arts major:

ART141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to teh Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross listed as COM 141. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

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ART103 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Culture can be understood as the practice of scrutinizing visual items in both elite and popular culture; of determining how and what they mean to a variety of audiences; and of examining how those meanings might slip, change, or be changed according to both context and audience. Students examine a broad range of visual materials - from paintings to films - through the term of study.

3
CST183 Representations of Race and Gender

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.

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FDT161 Introduction to Film, Video and New Media Art

This course is an introduction to critical and aesthetic perspectives on film, i.e. the rules, codes, and strategies by which film represents reality. Students will be exposed to a variety of movements and moments in film history, but history will not be an explicit focus for the course. The course will map out the major conceptual areas in film studies using new methodologies in the areas of narrative comprehension, new vocabulary in film semiotics, and multiculturalism and the media. Issues explored in this course include questions of history and memory, self and other, and identity in both the Western and non-Western contexts.

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ART210 History of Photography

This course will examine the relationships between photographs and audiences from the early nineteenth century to the present. A variety of themes will be discussed, including fashion photography, war, fine arts, advertising, portraits, landscapes, and social documentary. Within this structure, we will consider fundamental questions about photography, vision, and meaning, such as finding truth in images and discovering the relationship between image-making and power.

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INTART303 Internship - Art

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ART498 Tutorial: Art

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ART499 Tutorial: Art

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Film and Digital Technology Concentration:

FDT250 Introduction to Digital Video Production

This course introduces the tools, technology, and techniques of digital video production. Students plan, 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): ART 141 Additional Fee: Applied Art fee.

3
FDT350 Intermediate Digital Video Production

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, transiitional effects, and other editing processes, students will render sophisiticated 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 FDT 250. Additional fee: course computing fee.

3
FDT450 Advanced Digital Video Production Studio

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

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FDT313 Special Topics

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FDT261 Web Design I: Code + Aesthetics

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 authorizing 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: ART 141 or permission of the instructor. Additional fee: Course computing fee.

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FDT369 Interactive Strategies

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FDT421 Digital Animation and Compositing

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

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Photography Concentration:

ART241 Lighting Principles

This course gives a basic grounding in lighting techniques for both studio and location work and covers the use of available light and various lighting instruments. Students create lighting plans, learn to create dramatic high-key effects of subtly sensitive illumination, and master color balance and metering. Prerequisite(s): Art 273 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied laboratory fee.

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ART247 Photography III - Advanced Digital Imaging

This course introduces students to computer tools that manipulate and enhance digital images. Students learn the skills to enhance varied input in order to create high-quality digital output utilizing Photoshop the industry standard for digital image manipulation. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of the interface, understanding resolution, drawing and painting, masking, layering/compositing, color correction and retouching. Cross-listed as COM 247. Additional Fee(s): Applied laboratory fee.

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ART142 Photography I : Black and White Darkroom

This course is designed to introduce students to black and white darkroom photography. Students build on camera skills while investigating 35mm film fundamentals and wet lab methods. They will study exposure and printing in the black and white darkroom. A range of photographic materials, analog processes, and techniques will be covered. Students will study the photograph as a medium for documentation, representation, and expression. Cross-listed as COM 142. Additional Fee(s): Applied laboratory fee.

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ART152 Photography II - Introduction to Digital Photography

This course introduces students to the basic aesthetic grammar of digital photography and provides a historical and critical context for looking at and making photographs. Students will use their own digital cameras with manually adjustable focus, exposure manipulation, photo finishing techniques and printing processes. They will also learn the fundamentals of digital capture and will utilize Adobe Bridge and Lightroom software for file processing, management, and output. Cross-listed as COM 152. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART388 Landscape Photography

The landscape is fascinating from a natural and contrived point of view. This course explores the art of taking landscape shots digitally with emphasis on composition, focal points, color, light, movement, time of day, framing, and weather conditions. You will explore a range of image capturing from macro flower shots to vast panoramic points of view from urban and rural subject matter. Several new digital image editing processes will be taught using Photoshop. Prerequisite(s): ART 273 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied laboratory fee.

3
ART374 Photography V --Photojournalism

This course will focus on photojournalistic practice and/or a focused exploration of a specific issue in the news. Students will analyze news topics from a practical, ethical, and visual perspective, to produce images that tell stories for newspapers, magazines, books and the Internet. Students will also be introduced to a wide range of approaches and styles of documentary photography with an emphasis on meaning and point of view. Cross-listed with COM 374. Additional Fee(s): Applied laboratory fee.

3
ART481 Event Photography

This practicum is for student's photographing (stills) and digital video for selected Chatham College events along with candid shots of students for college publications, the Communique, PR, and Chatham web pages with name credits on all published work. Earned credits will require the following: 1 credit must cover 2 events. All include lab work. Cross-listed with Com 481. Prerequisite(s): ART 241 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Lab Fee

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Graphic Design Concentration:

ART245 Design Praxis

This course introduces the concepts of visual perception. Theories on the 'way we see', how information is interpreted through light and how it includes physiology and cognitive perception. This course also explores the relevance of symbols and archetypes in broadening ones perceptual skills. The aim of this course is broaden and deepen student's visual and verbal skills in critical thinking, the creative process and problem solving.

3
ART117 Drawing I

Through various drawing media, this studio course explores the basic principles of creating a work of visual art, including figure studies from the model, studies from nature, and techniques of composition. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART152 Photography II - Introduction to Digital Photography

This course introduces students to the basic aesthetic grammar of digital photography and provides a historical and critical context for looking at and making photographs. Students will use their own digital cameras with manually adjustable focus, exposure manipulation, photo finishing techniques and printing processes. They will also learn the fundamentals of digital capture and will utilize Adobe Bridge and Lightroom software for file processing, management, and output. Cross-listed as COM 152. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART321 Typography Design Studio

This class is an introduction to the concrete and conceptual aspects of typography as a visual medium. The first half of the semester will deal with the technique requirements of typography (micro typography). The second half will deal with abstract compositional uses for typography (macro typography), integrating hand skills and computer as way to render type. Historical and current forms of alphabetic communications will be explored, along with the relationship to contemporary image-based communication.

3
ART353 Print Design

This course combines technical training in digital imaging with exercises in creative print-media based design and critical thinking. Students learn conceptual and technical differences between analog and digital imaging and work with a range of digital tools, including QuarkXpress, AdobeInDesign, and Photoshop. Conceptual and content discourses will be developed through contemporary issues and the design of relevant documents. Cross-listed as COM 353. Prerequisite(s): Art 141 Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART261 Web Design 1: code + aesthetics

This course addresses methods for document production and dissemination using global electronic networks. Focus is on authoring nonlinear documents using wysiwyg software and basic web programming languages. Issues of privacy, rights of access, and intellectual property rights are discussed. Students will develop their technical, aesthetic, and conceptual skills by participating in lectures, demonstrations, computer labs, and critiques, as well as participating in critical analysis of various sites and internet strategies. Cross-listed as COM 261. Prerequisite(s): Art 141 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART365 Visual Communication

This course introduces students to the process of developing a Visual Communication system with a special focus on non profit branding. An understanding of branding strategies are researched, explored and implemented to help serve the needs of growing community-based non-profits. Visual Identities are created for existing small non-profits to address their needs as well as strengthen their position in the marketplace and community.

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+ Media Art Minors

Film and Digital Technology Minor

FDT141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to teh Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross listed as ART 131 and COM 141. Additional fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
FDT161 Introduction to Film, Video and New Media Art

This course is an introduction to critical and aesthetic perspectives on film, i.e. the rules, codes, and strategies by which film represents reality. Students will be exposed to a variety of movements and moments in film history, but history will not be an explicit focus for the course. The course will map out the major conceptual areas in film studies using new methodologies in the areas of narrative comprehension, new vocabulary in film semiotics, and multiculturalism and the media. Issues explored in this course include questions of history and memory, self and other, and identity in both the Western and non-Western contexts.

3
FDT250 Introduction to Digital Video Production

This course introduces the tools, technology, and techniques of digital video production. Students plan, 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): ART 141 Additional Fee: Applied Art fee.

3
FDT350 Intermediate Digital Video Production

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, transiitional effects, and other editing processes, students will render sophisiticated 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 FDT 250. Additional fee: course computing fee.

3
FDT313 Special Topics

3

Photography Minor:

FDT141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to teh Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross listed as ART 131 and COM 141. Additional fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
ART103 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Culture can be understood as the practice of scrutinizing visual items in both elite and popular culture; of determining how and what they mean to a variety of audiences; and of examining how those meanings might slip, change, or be changed according to both context and audience. Students examine a broad range of visual materials - from paintings to films - through the term of study.

3
ART152 Photography II - Introduction to Digital Photography

This course introduces students to the basic aesthetic grammar of digital photography and provides a historical and critical context for looking at and making photographs. Students will use their own digital cameras with manually adjustable focus, exposure manipulation, photo finishing techniques and printing processes. They will also learn the fundamentals of digital capture and will utilize Adobe Bridge and Lightroom software for file processing, management, and output. Cross-listed as COM 152. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART358 Photography IV: Studio and Lighting Techniques

Building upon skills learned in previous Photography classes, this foundation course introduces lighting principles in the studio and on location. Assignments include still life and studio and location portraiture. Basic view camera techniques and hand held light meters are introduced. Course focuses on the use of Black-and-White output. Fine art and commercial applications are equally emphasized.

3
ART374 Photography V --Photojournalism

This course will focus on photojournalistic practice and/or a focused exploration of a specific issue in the news. Students will analyze news topics from a practical, ethical, and visual perspective, to produce images that tell stories for newspapers, magazines, books and the Internet. Students will also be introduced to a wide range of approaches and styles of documentary photography with an emphasis on meaning and point of view. Cross-listed with COM 374. Additional Fee(s): Applied laboratory fee.

3

Graphic Design Minor:

FDT141 Media Literacy

This course introduces students to teh Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work. Cross listed as ART 131 and COM 141. Additional fee(s): Course Computing fee.

3
ART103 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Culture can be understood as the practice of scrutinizing visual items in both elite and popular culture; of determining how and what they mean to a variety of audiences; and of examining how those meanings might slip, change, or be changed according to both context and audience. Students examine a broad range of visual materials - from paintings to films - through the term of study.

3
ART245 Design Praxis

This course introduces the concepts of visual perception. Theories on the 'way we see', how information is interpreted through light and how it includes physiology and cognitive perception. This course also explores the relevance of symbols and archetypes in broadening ones perceptual skills. The aim of this course is broaden and deepen student's visual and verbal skills in critical thinking, the creative process and problem solving.

3
ART321 Typography Design Studio

This class is an introduction to the concrete and conceptual aspects of typography as a visual medium. The first half of the semester will deal with the technique requirements of typography (micro typography). The second half will deal with abstract compositional uses for typography (macro typography), integrating hand skills and computer as way to render type. Historical and current forms of alphabetic communications will be explored, along with the relationship to contemporary image-based communication.

3
ART353 Print Design

This course combines technical training in digital imaging with exercises in creative print-media based design and critical thinking. Students learn conceptual and technical differences between analog and digital imaging and work with a range of digital tools, including QuarkXpress, AdobeInDesign, and Photoshop. Conceptual and content discourses will be developed through contemporary issues and the design of relevant documents. Cross-listed as COM 353. Prerequisite(s): Art 141 Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
ART261 Web Design 1: code + aesthetics

This course addresses methods for document production and dissemination using global electronic networks. Focus is on authoring nonlinear documents using wysiwyg software and basic web programming languages. Issues of privacy, rights of access, and intellectual property rights are discussed. Students will develop their technical, aesthetic, and conceptual skills by participating in lectures, demonstrations, computer labs, and critiques, as well as participating in critical analysis of various sites and internet strategies. Cross-listed as COM 261. Prerequisite(s): Art 141 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3