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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "DMA 356 "
COURSE NAME: "Editing Genre"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Thomson
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: T 3:30-6:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: COM 230
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will provide students with a practical overview of the film editing process, giving them the tools to be able to utilize editing software effectively. It will also give students an understanding of the stylistic characteristics of film genres and genre production and a practical knowledge of the different editing techniques used these. Students starting the course should have a fundamental understanding of the basics of film production as well as a basic knowledge of digital editing software such as the Final Cut Pro Editing suite.dd
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course will provide students with a practical overview of the film editing process, giving them the tools to be able to utilize editing software effectively. It will also give students an understanding of the stylistic characteristics of film genres and genre production and a practical knowledge of the different editing techniques used these. Students starting the course should have a fundamental understanding of the basics of film production as well as a basic knowledge of digital editing software such as the Final Cut Pro Editing suite.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of the course students will have: 

A comprehensive understanding of each stage of the editing process on the Final Cut Pro system. 

The tools and knowledge to be able to structure sequences so as to effectively serve story. 

An in depth understanding of the visual dynamics and edit techniques utilized in the five principal genres.

The confidence and ability to be able to express themselves as filmmakers within the parameters of these five given genres. 

A completed two-minute project in a genre of their choice. 
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Attendance and class participation 20
Practical Exam 15
Storyboarding Exercise 15
Genre Exercise 20
Final Project 30

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
You are allowed two absences. Each additional absence will result in the loss of a letter grade on your final assessment.
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

Weeks 1-2
FCPX intensive
Metadata, editing, roles, audio, color correction/grading
The first two weeks of the class will be the basis of the practical exam.

Weeks 3-6
Genre intensive
What is genre? How is it in expressed in visual media? What role does the editor play in deploying genre conventions?


Weeks 7-14
Editing genre
For the second half of the class we'll be working with material from a variety of genres to put our theoretical knowledge to work.