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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 215"
COURSE NAME: "Video Art"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Serafino Amato
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: M 12:30-3:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Recommended preparation: AS 105
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In the digital era, independent, experimental, self-produced video art has become a widespread, even dominant, phenomenon that is visible in art galleries, museums, and other venues throughout the world. This course in video and video art will greatly increase students' awareness of the possibilities offered by new inexpensive technologies not only to create simple clips to post on various social network sites, but also to make true, creative, artistic works. The course includes in-depth study of the basic aspects of both video shooting and subsequent elaboration at the computer using software such as Final Cut.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course will be devided in three sections. The first will deal with the technical aspects of video equipment and software.
The second section will deal with the stylistic, aesthetic, and narrative components. FInally, students will collaborate on a producing a short video to be presented at the JCU Student Art Show.
The course will include a lesson discussing in detail the ethical and legal aspects of photography, including international and especially Italian and AMerican rules about photographing in public, protection of privacy, eventual use of images, copyright, obtaining model releases, safety, and in general the respectful treatment of others in all phases and aspects of photogarphy. Students must agree to respect the John Cabot University Photographic Code of COnduct.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
This course aims to provide students with the skills necessary to produce a short individual video, and group video.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Participation and Attendance, mid-term, Blog, Final projectParticipation and Attendance are assessed on physical and mental presence, comprehension and engagement with course content -- 30% Mid-term Exam consists in short answers to technical questions addressed in class. -- 20% Participation on the class Blog -- 20% Final Project -- 30%100 see breakdown below

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems.Acttive partecipation at th
B A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced.
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work.
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, or engagement with the course content.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
In the digital era, independent, experimental, self-produced video art has become a widespread, even dominant, phenomenon that is visible in art galleries, museums, and other venues throughout the world. This course in video and video art will greatly increase students' awareness of the possibilities offered by new inexpensive technologies not only to create simple clips to post on various social network sites, but also to make true, creative, artistic works. The course includes in-depth study of the basic aspects of both video shooting and subsequent elaboration at the computer using software such as Final Cut.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

1. Introduction to course objectives and requirements. Students will begin video-making in a group project. 

2. Intro to various hardware and software. Lenses

3. Technical basics for video-making. Lighting. 

 4..Technical basics, Audio and sound. 

5. Video screening, Part 1. Individual projects begin. 

6. Video screening Part 2. Project progress review.  

7. Midterm exam.

8. Progress review. On site project: In search of sound 

9. Guest Lecture TBA

10. Editing, Part 1: narrative

11. Editing, part 2: audio

12. Editing, Part 3: frames

13. Group collaboration project review for final installation. 

14. Final projects. Student Art Show