Cinematic Arts Course Descriptions


The Cinematic Arts minor has a total of six (6) required courses, including four (4) Core courses:

ART 55: Digital Foundations 1: Photo, Video, Sound
This introductory course investigates the digital editing tools, processes, and concepts through which digital technology extends traditional 2d and time-based art practices. Students will develop digital imaging, video, and sound projects using Adobe Photoshop and Apple Final Cut Suite. The course will combine extensive software demonstrations, hands-on exercises, theoretical and technical readings, discussion of a broad range of examples of media art, and group critiques. Fee $100. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding and CP - Creative Practice

ART 155 Experimental Film/Video

This course investigates experimental film and video production using digital and traditional tools. Student projects will explore a variety of nonlinear modes of film/video production, such as oscillating, looping, recombinant, and remediated structures, as well as a variety of input and sourcing methods ranging from current and antiquated video camera technologies to internet archives and found footage resources. Students will use digital editing software to expressively assemble and manipulate their materials into finished results. Readings and representative examples from the rich history of experimental film and video will help students contextualize their own work. Fee $100. Prerequisite: Art 55: Digital Foundations 1Satisfies SMC CORE Curriculum requirement CP - Creative Practice

COMM 125 Intro to Media, Technology, and Culture
This course, an introduction to media studies, focuses on the critical concepts and technical skills necessary for understanding communication practices in the 21st century. While acknowledging that the media have become digital, this course places communication and media technologies within a broader historical and cultural context. Students will be required to produce media criticism and creative media projects, as well as learn key theories about media and communication in the global, networked digital age. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding and CP - Creative Practice

COMM 158 Film
This course examines film history and film theory through the lens of communication. As a dominant mode of communication and as a major art form, the study of film itself ranges from theatrically-based Hollywood films to digital cinema. This course emphasizes the centrality of film to the visual imagination and the development of visual culture. Students will produce critical writing about film and a final creative media project. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding and CP - Creative Practice

Electives (Choose two)

  • ANTH 120 Visual Anthropology
    Film and photography are powerful media for the representation (or misrepresentation) of social and natural worlds. Because we live in an image-saturated society, this course aims to help students develop a critical awareness of how visual images affect us, and how they can be used and misused. The course examines photographic and cinematic representations of human lives with special emphasis on the documentary use of film and photography in anthropology. The course has historical, theoretical, ethical, and hands-on components, and students will learn to use photos, PowerPoint and video to produce a coherent and effective presentation.
  • ART 193
    Internship Work-practice program conducted in an appropriate museum internship position. Normally open to junior and senior art and art history majors. Permission of instructor and departmental chair required.
  • ATC 80: Art Theory
    This course introduces students to the conceptual terrain of 20th & 21st century critical theory and its relationship to artistic practice. The class will proceed via seminar format based on close readings of seminal texts and will traverse a broad array of interdisciplinary topics and critical approaches ranging from psychoanalysis and philosophy to anthropology and political economy. Assignments will include research and creative projects. Students majoring in art as well as other fields are equally encouraged to enroll. Fee $60. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding, CP - Creative Practice and WID - Writing in the Disciplines
  • ATC 111: Philosophy of New Media Art
    This course examines the historical, philosophical, and socio-political basis of contemporary new media art. We read theoretical and historical statements that articulate the concepts driving new media art production, coupled with studying examples of representative work, including photography, experimental film and video, installation and net art. Project assignments integrate a critical and creative exploration of concepts. Fee $20.
  • COMM 133 Video Production
    This course introduces students to the basics of digital video production. Topics covered include: (1) introduction to film language and sound design, (2) video camera basics and video-production workflow, (3) cinematography and lighting, (4) non-linear video editing, and (5) post-production techniques. 
    Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding, and CP - Creative Practice
  • ENGLISH 125 (or 126) Film
    Film Viewing and discussion of films with emphasis on theory, history and aesthetics of film. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding
  • MODL 126 Film*
    Viewing and discussion of French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish or Latin American films. Each course focuses on a particular genre, director, country or area sharing a common language and culture. May be repeated for credit as content varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding

* Before enrolling in MODL 126, students should contact the instructor regarding a possible foreign language   requirement. This requirement varies depending on the section being offered in a given semester.

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