Oct 16, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


 

Film/Video

  
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    MPFV101 Intro to Film and Video 3 cr.


    This course introduces students to working with film and video. The emphasis of the course will be each student’s personal film and video work. Classes include technical demonstrations and lectures along with screenings and discussions of film and video work, both by other artists and projects made for the class. Students will learn the basics of digital video production (including HD), how to shoot 16mm using a Bolex non-sync camera and the fundamentals of digital editing. No previous experience required.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV104 Collage and the Moving Image 3cr


    This course introduces students to making
    handmade films and video collages with an
    emphasis on exploring various layering methods.
    The course will focus on creating rhythmic
    movement and textures through layering processes
    in analog, digital and hybrid forms. Students
    will learn techniques for applying imagery
    directly onto 16mm film by drawing, painting and
    collaging as well as experimenting with various
    blending methods on After Effects. Each student
    will use the skills attained in this course to
    complete a final collage project consisting of a
    visual arc created through the use of unique
    color, tempo, sequencing, and other formal
    elements. The goal of this class is to introduce
    students to the technical and artistic use of
    hand-applied elements and computer-generated
    effects to produce moving images and to become
    familiar with the concept of movement, space and
    time.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV210 Film I 3 cr.


    The first semester of the sophomore film major will introduce the student to non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, with an emphasis on experimental, exploratory film techniques. Through a series of class exercises and individual student assignments, students explore 16mm non-synchronous production, basic lighting, and analog film editing techniques. The emphasis of this class is on the student finding a personal means of expression using the film medium. Offered Fall.

    Prerequisites: Open to Film/Video Majors or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV211 Film II 3 cr.


    In this second semester required sophomore film course students develop their personal skills and ideas in 16mm film production. In this class students will explore an in depth use of the Arri-S and the Arri-BL Sync cameras, lenses and filters. In addition, students will study the principles of lighting and exposures for color film stocks and practice how to work with the Lab for color digital transfers. The equipment and demonstrations are explored within a context defined by the history, aesthetics, and theory of film practice. Offered Spring.

    Prerequisites: MPFV210 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV220 Video I 3 cr.


    This introductory course focuses on video production for personal time-based art making. Through a series of in-class workshops and assignments students will develop basic skills in digital video production, while becoming familiar with video’s unique technical and aesthetic qualities. Using an array of digital and analog tools, including video cameras, computers, microphones and digital and analog image processors, the students explore multiple strategies for making art with video. Production topics covered include lighting, shooting and audio recording for video. Video post-production topics covered include non-linear editing and current methods for output and distribution. Additionally, screenings, readings and discussions expose and challenge students to discover the diversity that video as a medium has to offer artists. Offered Fall.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV221 Video II 3 cr.


    Video II is an intermediate level video production course for personal time-based art making that advances the techniques and concepts learned in Video I. Through a series of workshops and assignments students are challenged to further develop their independent video work while experimenting with the various modes of presentation and distribution of video art. Students will learn an array of digital and analog tools to make expanded video projects which may include: multi-channel installation, live video mixing, webcasting, performance, and installations using found objects and live video feeds. Field trips to local galleries and museums will expose and challenge students to discover the diversity video, as a medium has to offer artists. This class aims to challenge notions of what video art is, and can be. Students are expected to think outside the box and try new approaches to time-based media. Through both group projects students learn to seek out new audiences and create unique methods of presenting video in the public arena. Individual projects centered on contemporary media issues provide students the opportunity to gain skills in intermediate production techniques. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: MPFV220 or by permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisites: MPFV220

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV234 Optical Printing: Conscious Manipulation of Space, Time and Light 3 cr.


    Students will focus on how to shape the space, time and light of the motion picture image on one of the most versatile of film devices, the optical printer. The optical printer consists of a camera, a projector head and a light source on which a student may rephotograph already developed film to extract and explore the hidden potentialities of the image. Students will quickly gain hands-on experience with the printer through numerous demonstrations and exercises. Screenings of key works will illustrate myriad techniques. Students of all artistic disciplines are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Prerequisites: MPFV101 or MPFV210 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV235 Scriptwriting I 3 cr.


    A successful short-film is not simply an abbreviated version of a feature film but entails a different kind of storytelling. Edgar Allen Poe’s description of a good short story is as relevant to film as it is to literary fiction. A good short story, he said, is not just “an incident or an episode extracted from a longer tale,” but a work of narrative-art that “impresses the reader with the belief that it would be spoiled if it were made longer.” Designed as a writing workshop, this course will address the many facets of writing screenplays for short films. Students will develop at least three scripts (2-8 pages long), from idea to end product, through individual and collaborative exercises, rewriting, and discussion of their works-in-progress. Students are encouraged to write scripts that can be produced with resources available to most students.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV245 Sound I 3 cr.


    This is a required course for the F/V major. Students are introduced to studio and field recording and post production for audio through a series of workshops. Subjects covered include the basic physics of sound, digital and analog audio formats, microphones, and understanding how to use audio recorders, amplifiers and speakers. The basic structural properties of sound and their relationship to the listener are explored through sound editing, effects processing and audio mixing using digital audio editing software. Emphasis is placed on the consideration of sound as a medium in its own right with a study of acoustic principles and effects. Whether working on soundtracks, musical compositions or sound art, this class provides the student with a solid foundation in audio production. No previous experience required. It is advisable to take this course in the sophomore year.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV249 Editing I 3cr


    This hands-on editing class introduces both
    traditional and experimental editing techniques
    on Avid nonlinear editing software. Through
    screenings, in-class demonstrations and short
    editing assignments, students will study the art
    and aesthetics of editing in experimental,
    documentary and narrative genres while developing
    a vocabulary to discuss both the function and art
    of the cut. The class covers elements of
    storytelling, performance, pace, emotion, action,
    continuity, and time manipulation.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall and Spring
  
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    MPFV256 Video Installation:Site, Performance, Sculpture 3cr.


    Video installation is an ever-expanding contemporary art genre. This introductory course
    is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning how to create
    videos and integrate them into 3D and interdisciplinary art practices. Readings,
    screenings and discussions address a range of video installation art practices past and
    present. Students are challenged to address various approaches to video/audio creation,
    presentation styles, and the meanings created from pairing video with forms, performance or
    environments. Through the semester, projects progress from assignment-based prompts to a
    final, self-designed project. Technical demonstrations cover strategies and techniques
    for filming, video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, and the use and positioning of video projectors
    and other devices in relationship to surfaces and forms. The goal of this class is for students to
    become technically proficient in creating and combining video, audio and physical elements in
    conceptually cohesive ways. [Formerly titled Intro to Video Installation]

    Fall Only
  
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    MPFV261 Handmade Film 3 cr.


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the physicality of film by directly painting onto film and hand-processing film. No previous experience required.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    MPFV264 Performance for Camera 3cr.


    This class is an introduction to working with performers, both in a traditional narrative
    context and in a more experimental mode, with an emphasis on building performance for camera. The
    class will take a experiential approach - the students work with each other, allowing their
    experience as actor/performers to inform their choices as director/filmmakers. Trained actors
    may be brought in at some point for additional experience. Topics covered include an overview of
    traditional acting techniques, classical scene analysis, working with “non-actors” (including
    oneself), and post-modern performance techniques. Selected viewings supplement each lesson, and
    occasional guest speakers from the theater, film and art world bring further depth and context to
    the subject matter.

    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall Only
  
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    MPFV300 Advanced Sound Technique and Design 3 cr.


    This course will offer an in depth look at the use of recorded sound within the context of moving image production. Live sound and expanded
    cinema experiments will also be encouraged. Time each week will be allocated to technical demonstrations of studio equipment (including
    various workshops exploring Pro-Tools and Digital Performer audio software), recording and mixing experiments, and discussions on the many
    aesthetic and conceptual frameworks of cinematic sound. Examples from the history of cinematic sound will be screened on a weekly basis
    throughout the semester. In addition to weekly course meetings, students will be expected to meet certain scheduled benchmarks in the
    production of their projects.[Formerly Titled: Sound Design for Film]

    Prerequisites: MPFV245

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV308 Cinematography and Lighting 3 cr.


    This course deepens the student’s understanding of cinematography and introduces the student to studio lighting. In this course, students explore how cinematography serves directorial and creative intent, while being liberated to explore its own visual language. Technical and aesthetic concerns are given equal weight.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 or by permission of the instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV312 Junior Major Production 3 cr.


    This class is a spring semester requirement for junior Film/Video majors. In this course, students develop and refine their creative voices, with freedom to work in any time-based format to produce three completed pieces. Students creatively demonstrate both technical focus and conceptual rigor in their completed works.

    Prerequisites: MPFV321 or MPFV323

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV314 Advanced Editing 3 cr.


    This course assumes that students come to it with
    technical skill at Avid and other non-linear
    editing systems and moves instead into conceptual
    and aesthetic aspects of motion-picture editing,
    examining how an editor creates a sense of time,
    space, tone, and rhythm. We look at both
    short-form and long-form work in the documentary,
    fiction, and experimental traditions. Sound/image
    relationships, including continuity and
    discontinuity, and non-traditional approaches are
    all examined through short editing assignments.
    In addition, there is time for critique of your
    own works-in-progress, as well as a term-long
    group assignment to edit a documentary feature
    out of materials provided by the instructor.

    Prerequisites: MPFV220 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV314 Advanced Editing 3cr.


    This course assumes that students come to it with technical skill at Avid and other non-linear
    editing systems and moves instead into conceptual and aesthetic aspects of motion-picture editing,
    examining how an editor creates a sense of time, space, tone, and rhythm. We look at both
    short-form and long-form work in the documentary, fiction, and experimental traditions. Sound/image
    relationships, including continuity and discontinuity, and non-traditional approaches are
    all examined through short editing assignments. In addition, there is time for critique of your
    own works-in-progress, as well as a term-long group assignment to edit a documentary feature
    out of materials provided by the instructor.

    Fall and Spring
  
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    MPFV321 Short and Fast: From Idea to Critique 3 cr.


    This course is one of two options to fulfill the fall Film/Video junior production requirement. It concentrates on the production of short, finished work each week for substantial in-class critique. The content of the work produced for the class divides evenly between individual student preference and predetermined topics formulated to complement class screenings, readings and discussions. Methods for rapidly generating completed works are examined and a wide variety of critique strategies are employed.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 and MPFV221

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    MPFV322 Junior Major Viewing 1 3 cr.


    This class is the first installment of a two-semester required course introducing film/video theory and criticism. The class explores film and video informed by changing media practice and by art. Screenings encompass installation and performance as well as single channel work. Both historical and contemporary work is presented. All work shown is considered in relation to semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, race, documentary practice, identity issues, and representation.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 and MPFV221

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV323 Experiments in Film Narrative 3 cr.


    This course is an intensive film and video production class for the junior film students to find and realize their own personal voices through moving image. Students explore traditional narrative frameworks such as character, conflict, script structure, and narrative voice. Students expand upon these frameworks and push the boundaries of conventional film narrative. The class touches upon all stages of preproduction, including production design, storyboards, shot design, script breakdown, preparing the shot list, casting, location scouting, and production scheduling. Classes include technical workshops, in depth analysis, viewing and critique. Students direct their own scripts and work in crews to produce each other’s films.

    Prerequisites: MPFV211 and MPFV221

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    MPFV325 Junior Major Viewing II 3 cr.


    This class is the second installment of a two-semester required course introducing film/video theory and criticism. In the second semester, the class continues to explore film and video informed by media and by art. In addition to this content, the second semester explores contemporary issues in new media. The class examines how new media employs cinematic conventions while breaking the traditional role of the spectator in the viewing experience.

    Prerequisites: MPFV322

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV326 Autobiographical Screenwriting: Working With Your Life Story 3cr


    This screenwriting workshop examines ways to use and explore autobiography as the basis for a short script. Students create works that are autobiographical or autobiography-inspired, working in a range of genres and formats, from narrative (i.e. autobiography-based fiction) to film-essay, video art, and hybrid forms. Throughout the semester we view work by filmmakers and video artists who draw from their life story in different ways. There will be readings, critical and creative short writing assignments, and a final script/project. Prerequisite: Script 1 (in FV or LA) or equivalent experience and permission of instructor.

    Prerequisites: MPFV-235 or LALW-338

    Seminar
    Fall
  
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    MPFV327 The Business of Film/Video 3cr


    This course provides the basics of business
    practices for media creators. Topics include:
    understanding the world of freelance, skills to
    understand and execute production management,
    creation of a proper budget and schedule,
    communicating an effective brand for yourself and
    your work, and learning to identify pitfalls in
    development, pre-production, production,
    post-production and beyond.  Visiting speakers
    include narrative and documentary producers, film
    festival directors, museum curators, line
    producers/UPM’s, and directors.  No longer are
    you just an artist, you are an entrepreneur.
    After taking this course, students should have
    learned foundational business skills for their
    projects and present their work in the
    professional arena.  The course concentrates on
    the moving image, but students of all mediums are
    encouraged to register.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV328 Video Installation 3cr


    Video installation is a contemporary and
    expanding art genre that intersects with the
    world of video art, expanded cinema, sound,
    performance, sculpture and new media. In this
    intermediate to advanced course, students can
    expand the current themes and styles of their
    work by integrating various video installation
    strategies such as: video with 2D or 3D objects,
    site-specific or multiple-projection video
    environments, mixing video with performative or
    interactive elements. 

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to create their own video or other
    moving image content: video, film, animation, computer
    generated imagery.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV336 Scriptwriting II 3 cr.


    Scriptwriting II builds upon the skills learned in Narrative Scriptwriting. Students will continue their study of narrative scriptwriting through examining a wide variety of genres. Students have the option of producing a feature length script or a series of shorter scripts based upon original ideas.

    Prerequisites: MPFV235 or by permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    MPFV392 Film/Video Course Assistantship 3 cr.


    A course assistantship allows qualified
    sophomores, juniors, and seniors to assist a
    faculty member with whom they have studied
    previously. Duties may include set up, assisting
    with demonstrations and critiques during class
    meetings. Course assistants may not grade
    students. Students may register for only one
    3-credit course assistantship each semester, and
    no more than two such assistantships may count
    toward degree requirements.
    Students selected by faculty to be course
    assistants submit a Course Assistantship form
    with the faculty and chair’s signatures to the
    Registrar during registration and no later than
    the end of the Add/Drop period. Students who are
    performing a Teaching Assistantship should follow
    Independent Study procedures

    Prerequisites: By Permission of Instructor

    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV398 Film/Video Internship


    An internship is a supervised professional
    experience that allows you to use classroom
    training in a real work environment, develop your
    skills, focus your career goals, and make
    professional contacts.
    MassArt offers students enrolled in a degree
    program the opportunity to register an internship
    for credit. An internship counts as 3 studio
    elective credits. To receive credit, the
    internship must meet our basic internship
    requirements, be approved by a faculty advisor,
    and registered before you start the internship.

    Prerequisites: By Permission of Instructor

    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV399 Film/Video Independent Study


    Juniors and seniors who have a specific studio
    project which cannot be accomplished within the
    structure of a course may arrange to work with a
    faculty member on an independent basis. The
    Independent Study form (available in the
    Registrar’s Office) includes a description of the
    project. Students may take only one 3-credit
    independent study each semester, and no more than
    four independent studies will count toward the
    degree.
    Independent Study forms, with faculty and the
    chair’s signatures, should be submitted to the
    Registrar during registration and not later than
    the Add/Drop deadline.

    Prerequisites: By Permission of Instructor

    Fall/Spring
  
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    MPFV402 Contemporary Issues in Film/Video 1 3 cr.


    This survey class views film and video works by contemporary artists and media makers, in the context of historical works. Students meet with the film and video artists presenting work at MassArt Film Society as well as the instructor for discussions of the work shown. Attendance is mandatory.

    Prerequisites: MPFV325 or by permission of instructor

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
    Fall
  
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    MPFV403 Contemporary Issues in Film/Video II 3 cr.


    This survey class views film and video works by contemporary artists and media makers, in the context of historical works. Students meet with the film and video artists presenting work at MassArt Film Society as well as the instructor for discussions of the work shown. Attendance is mandatory.

    Prerequisites: MPFV402 or by permission of instructor

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    MPFV410 Senior Thesis Studio I 3 cr.


    This fall course is designed to facilitate the production of each student’s thesis project. Projects consist of at least one fifteen-minute film/video or five three-minute films/videos to be done by the end of the semester. Students may propose equivalent work in sound, installation or live performance and media work. Individual meetings are held every other week for critique. Group meetings take place twice a semester for class critique. There is a variety of tech workshops and visiting artists who look at students’ work. In addition to this 3-credit class seniors are required to take Issues in Contemporary Film/Video in order to familiarize them with aspects of film and video history. In this course see and hear filmmakers and artists talk about their own work.

    Prerequisites: MPFV312, MPFV325

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    MPFV411 Senior Thesis Studio II 3 cr.


    This spring course is designed to facilitate the production of each student’s thesis project. Projects will consist of at least one fifteen-minute film/video or five three-minute films/videos to be completed by the end of the semester. Students may propose equivalent work in sound, installation or live performance and media work. Individual meetings will be held every other week for critique. Group meetings will take place at least twice a semester for class critique. Senior review boards will be held in March for feedback on their thesis work-in-progress and to allow enough time for each student to tweak their projects by the end of the semester. Seniors are also required to take Issues in Contemporary Film and Video in order to familiarize them with aspects of film and video history. In this course they will see and hear filmmakers and artists talk about their own work.

    Prerequisites: MPFV410

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring