2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Nonfiction Media: Animation, Documentary, and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Ruth Hayes animation, media studies, Anne Fischel communication, media and community studies

Fields of Study: media studies and moving image

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10138 (16) So - Sr  Signature Required Submit a written application and both the Faculty Evaluation of Student Achievement and the corresponding self-evaluation from a recent program. Transfer students submit an unofficial transcript and a letter of recommendation from previous faculty. Applications will be available in April 2010 from the Program Secretary's office, Seminar II A2117 or from the Academic Web site link on this page (academic.evergreen.edu/h/hayesr/NonfictionMedia/NMApp_10-11.pdf). Applications received by the Academic Fair, May 12, 2010, will be given priority consideration. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.  

Winter: Enrollment Closed  CRN (Credit) Level 20099 (16) So - Sr; 20552 (1-16)  

Spring: Enrollment Closed  CRN (Credit) Level 30106 (16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day

Academic Website: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/nonfictionmedia/

Prerequisites: Two quarters of an Evergreen interdisciplinary program or the equivalent. This foundation program in media arts assumes no prior experience in media, but does require upper-division college level critical thinking, reading and writing skills.


What does it mean to make moving images in an age of media proliferation and saturation? How do we critically engage traditions of media practice while pushing beyond established forms? How are images used in commodity culture and how can we repurpose them to communicate our own meanings and values? What responsibilities do media artists and producers have to subjects and audiences? How can we make media that responds to the world and supports struggles for change? What strategies, formats and distribution venues are available to us? In this program, students will engage with these and other questions while gaining knowledge of media history, theory and production.

This is an intensive full-time, year-long program linking media theory with practice. We will start by exploring media’s capacity to observe and record the world, and its potential to create meaning. We will explore media modes and communication strategies including animation, documentary and experimental film/video, emphasizing the materiality and artistic properties of sound and moving image media, as well as the strategies artists and media producers have employed to challenge commercial forms. We will experiment with alternative approaches to production, including autobiography, audio-visual essays, installations and collaborations with community groups. Through experiments with image-making and sound students will build critical, conceptual and technical skills. They will develop further skills in media analysis and criticism through readings, seminars, research and critical writing. As a learning community we will participate in critique sessions, another form of collaboration through which we help each other evaluate and improve our work.

In fall, students will build skills in field observation and research that are essential to media-based work. Through a series of design exercises, students will combine observation with technical skills in digital photography, video, audio, drawing and writing. We will critically analyze how the media frame our understanding of reality. In hands-on workshops and assignments we will explore the idea of image as commodity and the ways images create and contest meaning in art, politics and consumer culture. Our exploration of the social implications of the image will include representations of the body, self and other, identity and community.

In winter, we will expand our study and practice of media to include its use in community collaboration. Through research, photography, video, sound and installation, student groups will produce multi-media works that extend and support the work of community organizations. We will do research, learn about traditional and experimental approaches to community involvement, and explore the new modes of distribution and exhibition that electronic and popular culture make possible.

In spring, the conceptual, collaboration and production skills developed in fall and winter will form the foundation of independent project work—from individual projects in non-fiction video, animation, installation or web-based work to internships or community collaboration. Students will be expected to develop a project proposal demonstrating informed and thoughtful planning in the mode or format of their choices.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

Required Fees: Fall/Winter/Spring $200 per quarter for media supplies, lab costs and field trips.

Special Expenses: In spring quarter, additional expenses may apply depending upon the scope of individual projects.

Internship Possibilities: Spring: with faculty approval.

May be offered again in: 2011-12

Preparatory for studies or careers in: media arts, visual arts, education and communications.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 17th, 2010 URL added.