Multimedia Composition Courses

351:209 Introduction to Multimedia Composition

01  W 3,4  CAC  11795  RIZGALINKSKI  MU-305
02  TH 4,5  CAC 11969 BETANCOURT  MU-038
03   M 2,3  CAC  12399  WIRSTIUK  MU-038
04  W 2,3   CAC  13849  WIRSTIUK  MU-038
05  M 6,7  CAC  13850   LAWLESS   MU-038
06   T 7,8  CAC  15214  RZIGALINKSKI  MU-038
07  T 2,3   CAC   15215  BIELECKI  MU-305
09  M,W 4  CAC  19762  GREGORIAN  MU-038
10  TH 2,3  CAC  19763  BIELECKI  MU-305
11  F 2,3  CAC  19764  FARBERMAN MU-038

01 - Digital Media and Civic Engagement
This course examines how relationships between virtual and physical communities are mediated in 2015. Students will learn to use digital technologies including blogs, podcasts, and video essays as tools to showcase research and develop digital archives that preserve cultural memories, identities and histories. Assignments will focus on collaboration both in and out of the classroom, requiring students to work closely with peers and local mentors to plan and execute a multimedia project. 

 

02 - Cinema Appreciation in the Digital Age
In an age of snap judgments on Twitter, gifs on Tumblr, mash up videos on YouTube and exhaustive running commentary on blogs, it seems we're living in a renewed age of film commentary akin to the public discourse that first begat film studies curricula in the United States in the '60s. This course will examine the various ways in which these new digital tools have enabled creative ways of approaching, discussing and thinking about cinema. The course will be both an ongoing discussion about what film criticism can look like in a digital age as well as a hands-on exercise on producing this very criticism.

 

03 - Blogging
Students will learn the personal and professional value of being able to create and update a blog. By the end of the semester, students will be familiar with blogging jargon (posts, tags, archives, etc.), examine highly trafficked, exemplary blogs in the blogosphere, and begin to understand the many purposes and functions of blogs. Students will explore various blogging platforms and learn how to set up a basic blog. Writing exercises will focus on developing a distinct, consistent voice; writing for web rather than print; generating a steady stream of topics; and writing for a specific audience. Students will also be expected to consider how additional media (photos, videos, sound, external links) can support the text. All students will create a concept for a blog that they will update throughout the semester, and the class will also maintain a collaborative group blog.

 

04 -The Fluid Page
Digital media has altered not only the way we create and consume information, but it has also profoundly altered how we value that information; furthermore, it has changed the way we think. The realm of digital media is growing and changing so rapidly that even the experts often have trouble making sense of what tools like blogs, social media, and digital publishing mean for the future of human communication. In this class, we will be critically examining the ways that digital media has inspired us to reconsider permanence and fluidity, as they relate to information. Through assigned texts, websites, videos, and podcasts, students will rethink the modes of presenting information and find what it means to contribute to the perpetually updated World Wide Web. Students will also develop projects using digital media in order to explore their own personal questions about what it means to create and consume media in the Digital Age. 

 

05 - Digital Literature
This course will explore new forms of literariness enabled by Web 2.0.  We will engage with, learn from, and write about a variety of online compositions from video essays to digital poetry to sound art to interactive fiction. We will also strategize how digital tools can be helpful for the emerging writer in terms of composition as well as distribution, and we will study specific online literary communities that are influential around the blogosphere.  Attendance, participation, regular blog posts, and a sense of experimentation will be required. 

 

06 - Identity in the Age of Digital Reproduction
in 1886 Robert Calvert articulated a generation's relationship with technology in the song "On LIne": I just key in the password/ and it's me who gets the last word/ when I'm on line." Years before new media and technologies allowed for virtually unlimited connectivity, the song anticipated today's web-dominated life, where we form digital identities that both complement and complicate our public personas. This course is centered around a discussion on how the music, videos, art, social networking sites and other cultural products we engage online shape the people we are and the communities we help create. These ideas will be exercised in a workshop format where students can express their ideas using digital platforms that enable innovative academic approaches and cultivate skills necessary for a career in the 21st Century.

 

07 - Curiosity and Expression
How are our perceptions of art, communications, and information changing as a result of wide spread access to digital technologies and various digital media platforms?  This course provides students the opportunity to explore the conceptual challenges that have emerged from the ever expanding digital world that we inhabit through blog postings, group exercises, and individual digital media projects that provide hands on experience of what it is like to compose and share works that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

 

09 - Digital Communication
Media literacy means analyzing and thinking critically about online multimedia platforms in the form of short videos, images, blogs, sound bites, and ephemeral content. We will critique why bloggers, journalists, and artists choose particular mediums to showcase their message, and we will cultivate skills that will help us effectively communicate using these multimedia platforms. The kind of writing we will explore will be creative (poetry, plays, fiction) and journalistic prose.

 

10 - Curiosity and Expression
How are our perceptions of art, communications, and information changing as a result of wide spread access to digital technologies and various digital media platforms?  This course provides students the opportunity to explore the conceptual challenges that have emerged from the ever expanding digital world that we inhabit through blog postings, group exercises, and individual digital media projects that provide hands on experience of what it is like to compose and share works that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

 

11 - Talking About Music Today
The purest form of talking about music is just that: hanging out with friends and talking, ideally during a long drive with a treasured album on the stereo. But we can simulate those conversations online, by tweeting, blogging, podcasting, and the like. In this course, we’ll do what music writers do—come up with reviews, previews, profiles, and trend pieces—but we’ll be in search of the honesty and realness of those extended car rides to wherever. This class is for anyone who has ever seen a band, listened to a record, or discovered a new artist and just had to talk about it. We’ll do that in here.

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