Multimedia Composition Courses

351:209 Introduction to Multimedia Composition

01  W 3,4  CAC  13086  RIZGALINKSKI  MU-305
02  TH 4,5  CAC 13330 BETANCOURT  MU-305
03   M 2,3  CAC  14138  WIRSTIUK  MU-038
04  W 2,3   CAC  16655  WIRSTIUK  MU-038
05  M 6,7  CAC  16656   LEONG   MU-038
06   T 7,8  CAC  18341  RZIGALINKSKI  MU-038
07  T 2,3   CAC   18342  BIELECKI  MU-305
08   TH 6,7  CAC  18343  BOBE   MU-305

01 & 06 Identity in the Age of Digital Reproduction
In 1986 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.   

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.

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.

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.

08-Community Spaces and Digital Media
Students will be engaged in a somewhat journalistic endeavor on the part of the students,as they will be encouraged to explore and represent a beloved neighborhood through various forms of digital and/or social media. Projects could include interviewing and getting soundbites/video clips of residents, photographing public art and notable spaces, recording live performances and public interactions, blogging about their own navigations through/utilizations of community space. Students will be working with Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloane's Crossing the Blvd, as well as other text and digital media based texts.

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