MDIA 300 S001: Media Thematic

This theme-based, interdisciplinary media course allows for varying degrees of concentration and hybridity in a variety of media practices, themes and genres. This is a revolving topics course in which individual and collaborative projects enable students to identify appropriate and preferred media practices, and synthesize these approaches using film, digital cinema, audio, on line, web-based, gallery-oriented, interactive, performative modalities and contexts. Thematic topics are offered regularly. Foundational media skills from previous semesters are the basis for innovative and creative risk-taking that embraces specific media processes and expands terrain between media disciplines. Students take concurrent courses that support advanced/ specialized technical/ conceptual proficiencies and explorations. Some of the project work is collaborative, developing students' multidisciplinary, team-working and project management skills. Students are expected to ensure that at least one of their third year core studio experiences involves a solo project. Students continue to refine their critical vocabulary, analytical and technical skills required for preparation for 4th year grad/ capstone year productions. Students will have regular critiques, and a tight timetable in which the projects must evolve from concept to completion. Core Media Thematic options may include: Drama Lab; Political + Social Engagement; Personal Narrative; Media Ontologies; Hybridities; Appropriation/ Mashups/ Pranks; Ecologies.

Priority is given to FMSA/FVIM students in Years 3 and 4. Students outside of the registration priority group may register/waitlist for this course as of the registration rule release date.

Course content: 

Topic: Media + Sound Ecologies
This course explores ecological creativity by combining methods from media and sound practices—video, acoustic ecology, sound art, performance—and approaches from ecology, new animism, indigenous ways of knowing, ecopoetics, philosophy, and biology. The course invites students to imagine and create projects that expand on ecological and empathetic awareness. The course blends indoor and outdoor work, including field workshops and field work, trips to galleries, technical workshops, seminars, collaborative sessions, discussions, presentations, critiques and work sessions. Perception enhancing workshops that focus on the senses—vision, hearing, touch and proprioception—are designed to generate an expanded understanding of the world. Field sessions engage students in methods of ecological creativity through research and creative responses to local lifeforms and natural systems. The course offers techniques in video and sound field recording, cinematography, soundscape production, and media performance, and supports students who want to integrate material approaches, such as drawing, sculpture, writing, photography, textiles, etc. The course asks students to engage in research and creative assignments on a weekly or biweekly basis, and this knowledge builds towards one self-determined media project. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of ecological creativity as the relationship between their ways of knowing and the lively creative forces of the Earth.

Prerequisites: 

One of FMSA-200, FMSA-210,NMSA-200, or NMSA-210

Course outline
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TOPIC: Media + Sound Ecologies
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Jan 7-Apr 18
13:00:00-15:50:00
M C1262 MAIN
Jan 7-Apr 18
13:00:00-15:50:00
M D1390 MAIN
Jan 7-Apr 18
16:30:00-19:20:00
M B4115 MAIN
Jan 7-Apr 18
16:30:00-19:20:00
M C1262 MAIN