Designed to give an awareness and understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography as a fine art, this is a practical and theoretical course. Through a series of lectures and labs, students learn the process of seeing (making an exposure) and craftsmanship (making a photographic print). Some shooting assignments include using depth of field, light as subject, the self portrait and portraiture. 35mm cameras for this class are available for checkout at the equipment office. Students are expected to purchase their own film and photographic paper. Grading is based on assignments, written exams and a final portfolio. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged. 42 classroom hours.
All Fall 2012 No Prereq Classes
- PHT 111 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Matolcsy
- PHT 111 B Tue 6:00-9:00 Vitone CLOSED
- PHT 111 C Wed 6:00-9:00 Bent
- PHT 111 D Thu 2:00-5:00 Tohara
Dictating Morals: Movie Censorship
Mondays 6:00 - 9:30 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 O’Sullivan
The story of who controls the scissors in the film industry is a fascinating one. Discussions will cover early fears of immorality in the movies and local censorship boards, the formation of the iron-clad Production Code, the evolution of the MPAA ratings system, as well as current controversies. Students will watch examples of films that caused the censors to have conniptions, from 1930 to 1970, including Midnight Cowboy. Grading is based on class participation and one short paper.
Visionaries: Landmarks of American Cinema
Mondays 6:00 - 9:30 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 O’Sullivan
Citizen Kane was not initially a box-office hit yet it’s now widely-regarded as the best American film ever made. Students will watch and analyze groundbreaking movies that forever changed the way narrative films were made, considering the contributions of directors who were ahead of their time. Grading is based on class participation and one short paper.
Big Screen/Small Screen: How TV Changed the Movies
Mondays 6:00 - 9:30 11/5, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3 O’Sullivan
In the 1950s, when televisions first made an appearance in the living rooms of America, the film industry feared it was a death sentence. In fact, it sparked a creative period, as movies attempted to give audiences what they couldn’t get at home. Whole new genres were born (such as the Teen Picture). Technical innovations include: widescreen, color, 3D, and stereo sound. Students will watch and discuss Rebel Without a Cause and more. Grading is based on class participation and one short paper.
- Mondays 6:00 - 9:30 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 O’Sullivan
- Mondays 6:00 - 9:30 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 O’Sullivan
- Mondays 6:00 - 9:30 11/5, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3 O’Sullivan
This course is designed to familiarize students with the possibilities that digital technology offers for the manipulation of still images, sound, and motion pictures. After introducing beginners to the Macintosh Operating System, the course allows students to use Final Cut to edit video and sound and Photoshop to manipulate still images and text. Access to Macintosh computers with the necessary software is provided. Grading is based on assignments, a written exam and class participation. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged. 42 classroom hours.
- DIG 112 A Tue 6:00-9:00 Heistand
- DIG 112 B Wed 2:00-5:00 Heistand--SECTION CLOSED
Motion Picture Fundamentals is a hands-on introduction to key photographic concepts and the core concepts of self-expression with moving images. Students shoot photographs, digital video and motion picture film to learn the basic principles and techniques of light, composition, camerawork, editing and storytelling. All equipment is provided, including 35mm still cameras, mini-DV video cameras, super-8 film cameras and digital workstations with Apple’s Final Cut editing program. Those unfamiliar with Mac OS should consider taking “Introduction to Digital Editing” prior to or concurrent with this course.
Students pay for film, videotape and lab costs. Grading is based on student projects and written exams. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged. Please note that there are three variations on this course, each with a slightly different emphasis. Motion Picture Fundamentals: Film and Digital Video gives equal weight to filmmaking and to digital video. In the Filmmaking Emphasis section students work more with film than with digital video and in the Digital Video Emphasis section students work more with digital video than with film. However, students are exposed to all media in all sections. 42 classroom hours.
- Film and Digital Video
- FLM 101 A Mon 2:00-5:00 Zavala--SECTION CLOSED
- FLM 101 B Mon 6:00-9:00 Kenlon
- FLM 101 C Tue 2:00-5:00 Zavala--SECTION CLOSED
- FLM 101 D Tue 6:00-9:00 Abrams--SECTION CLOSED
- FLM 101 G Fri 10:00-1:00 Zavala--SECTION CLOSED
- Filmmaking Emphasis
- FLM 101 E Wed 6:00-9:00 Bonello
- Digital Video Emphasis
- FLM 101 F Thu 6:00-9:00 Bonev