Communication Practices

This course is an introduction to the study and practice of communication production techniques. The main focus of the course will be practical, affording students ample time to produce original works. In doing so, students will begin to master the use of the computer as a creative tool and to explore how they might draw on other media (text, music, painting, drawing, theatre, and sculpture) in their productions. We will inform this practical focus by attending to the theoretical context of digital media in order to better understand the current problems facing the genre and the role that digital technology might have in expanding communications languages and traditions.

Students will acquire the practical skills necessary to produce digital “cinematic” projects by being required to complete a series of production assignments that use both optical/analogue and computer-generated imagery. The specific technical skills that students can expect to learn touch on central technical and formal aspects pertaining to digital media and communications processes.

The course will provide a theoretical context by means of assigned readings and viewings. We will critically reflect on the fruits of our labor in the course of in-class critique and discussion pertaining to the nature of digital productions. The goal being to cultivate constructive criticism of our own artistic products and those of others, and to place digital art, including our own, within the tradition of contemporary culture and aesthetics.

The goal of this course is to develop the students’ ability to communicate effectively in a collaborative environment as well as to work autonomously and responsibly. Students are responsible for accessing the assignments and research material online, when applicable, organizing their materials and time, and for purchasing project materials and the text, if stipulated.

The production schedule is provisional. Depending on our progress, and in common with all good syllabi, the dates and subject matter described in the distributed course outline may change, depending on our temporal and learning progress.


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