2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Media Artists Studio

Last Updated: 11/17/2008

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Sally Cloninger film, video

Faculty Signature Required: Students must submit a portfolio which includes copies of recent faculty evaluations or two letters of recommendation (for transfer students), and a VHS tape or DVD which contains two examples of their best work in film or video. All prospective students must complete the written application available in the Communications Program Office, Comm. Bldg. 302. For more information contact Sally Cloninger, 360-867-6059 or cloninsj@evergreen.edu. Portfolios and applications received by the Academic Fair, May 14, 2008, will be given priority. Applications will be reviewed during May 2008. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills. Students will be individually notified by e-mail of their acceptance into this program.

Major areas of study include media arts, filmmaking, experimental film, sound design, digital media and media theory.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: In order to be considered for this advanced program, students should have successfully completed Mediaworks (the entry-level program in media studies at Evergreen) or its equivalent (i.e. , approximately a year of media skill training, media history and media theory), or completed another interdisciplinary media program at Evergreen. Faculty signature required.

This program will not be accepting new students winter quarter.

The focus of Media Artists Studio (formerly called SOS: Media) is on the development of each student’s own personal style and creative approach to work with moving images and sound. Students who are interested in experimental film and digital video production, sound design, writing, collaboration, contemporary media history and theory are invited to join this learning community of media artists. This program is designed for students who have already developed some expertise in media production, are familiar with aspects of media theory and wish to do advanced production work that may have developed out of previous academic projects and/or programs.

The nature of “experimental” media requires a period of germination for new ideas, approaches, and impulses to emerge. During the first quarter we will take this time for development and reflection. In the fall students will expand their skill level in imagemaking (16mm and DV) and sound design through workshops, exercises and a collaborative project. They will also study contemporary media artists who have made special contributions to the development of experimental media practice and have attempted to push the technological as well conceptual boundaries of the moving image. In addition, each student or team of students (for collaborative projects) will do extensive pre-production planning and research for a major film or digital project to be completed by the end of the academic year.

During winter quarter, students will complete the photography for their projects, which could involve production work off campus for an extended period. Students are encouraged to think creatively and broadly about their subject matter and will be able to propose media projects that may require travel to other areas of the United States or even abroad. During spring quarter each student will complete post-production work, finalize their artist’s portfolio, explore ways to sustain their work as media artists and participate in a public screening of their work.

We will utilize online resources such as blogs, wiki sites, and streaming media to create a virtual learning community to support and integrate our work. We will also study web design in order to create media artist's web sites and develop skills in DVD authoring to create portfolio and proposal documentation pieces.

Credits: 12 or 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 18

Internship Possibilities: Spring only with faculty approval.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: For media production materials, dependent upon the nature of the student project. Travel expenses for winter quarter location shooting, also dependent upon the nature of the project.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in media arts and digital communications.

Planning Units: Expressive Arts

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 17th, 2008 Restriction against joining program winter quarter added.