Multimedia Composition Courses

351:209 Introduction to Multimedia Composition

01   M 2,3  CAC  12779  KLAVER  MU-038

02   W 2,3 CAC  12780  BOBE  MU-038

03   W 3,4 CAC 12781  COTSONAS   MU-305

04   M6,7  CAC  13504   LAWLESS   MU-305

05   TH 4,5 CAC 13505  BETANCOURT  MU-038

06   W 6,7  CAC  14747  FARBERMAN  MU-305

08   T 7,8  CAC  14749  DUFFY    MU-038

09   F 2,3 CAC  16100      FARBERMAN    MU-038

10  M 5,6   CAC   16174    GREGORIAN  MU-038

H1   TH 2,3   CAC   19951   BIELECKI   MU-305

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.

02-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. 

03 - Digital Media and Civic Engagement
This course examines how relationships between physical and virtual communities are mediated in 2014. 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, requiriing students to work closely with peers and local mentors to plan and execute a multimedia team project.

04-Digital Literature
In this course we will explore how literature can be produced, enabled, and disseminated using the Internet, hypertext, e-books, and social media. We will engage with, learn from, and write about a variety of online compositions including video essays, digital and audio poetry, interactive fiction, and criticism by groundbreaking authors such as Shelley Jackson, Stephanie Strickland, Bill Knott, and Kenneth Goldsmith. We will also strategize on 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, web journals, organizations, Youtube, Twitter, Tumblr, SMS, Instagram, and other social media platforms. What does it mean to make work that can be viewed by anyone with access to the internet? How can we negotiate through all of its potential for fragmentation, the self vs. the virtual self? How have we evolved from print as the primary means of distributing literature? While we will briefly survey the fields of electronic literature and media studies, the focus of this course will be your own creative compositions. The semester will culminate with your creation of a multimedia portfolio to be exhibited online. Attendance, participation, regular blog posts, and experimentation will be encouraged and required.

05-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.

06 - Documenting YOUR World
Sometimes, it feels like The News has everything covered: politics, entertainment, climate change, business. But there’s something only you can report on: The story of your everyday life. How your immediate world keeps changing. Is there a new graffiti artist in town? Is something fresh happening in the local music scene? Has your circle of friends changed its view on an issue? Is a new fashion trend emerging on campus? Through blog posts, a podcast, and a video project, we’ll keep track of micro-stories like these, analyzing and exploring them in different ways.    

08-Community Spaces and Digital Media
Students will be engaged in a journalistic endeavor, as they will explore and represent a 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.

09-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.

10- 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.

H1-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.

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