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It's 5:39 Sun, 17 Dec 2017


Spring 2015 T/R 5-7:40PM


A&D 225
Changes to the class location will be posted no later than 24 hours before class meetings.

course goals & objectives

course objectives Time Arts 1 explores the potential of TIME-BASED MEDIA for creative expression and communications within the context of visual art and design. This class will include assignments in sound, video and their combinations. We will look at examples of contemporary works (media objects and events that may be considered art) and the history of time-based art for inspiration and precedent. We will also be working under the assumption, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT, that time-based media are uniquely suited to interdisciplinary projects that assume no one formal context or history. This means that the work we view, and that you will be asked to complete, in class may or may not match your initial expectations of cinema or video as an art form.
While some students will bring pre-existing skills with video and audio to the class, others will have virtually no previous experience. This class assumes no prior knowledge of video editing or the use of video cameras. It does expect a certain, very basic understanding of computer use and an exposure to some elementary art/design/culture theory. By the end of the class, you can expect to have some historical and theoretical understanding of time-based art as well as the basic skills to make some of your own.
The class depends on providing and receiving thoughtful feedback on the developing work.


Our goal will be to attend equally to the formal, contextual/historical, and technical aspects of each subject we address. The course will consist of:

notes on critique

Due to the nature of the work produced in this class, our critiques will utilize feedback generated both inside and outside of class. There simply isn't enough time to give every person's work equal attention in every critique. Therefore, we will use a system of self- and peer-analysis along with class discussions of select student projects.

required texts

+ There are no specifically required textbooks for this course, but you will be supplied with access to PDF and other digital translations of texts for required readings, along with access to videos that you will be required to screen on your own time.

supplies + facilities

+ USB or other portable hard drive with a minimum of 100GB

+ Each student will also be required to establish and maintain a Vimeo OR Youtube account with an "album" or "playlist" dedicated to the work performed in the course. This is important as your work with be submitted using this account. If desired, you may use your own server to host your videos, but you will be responsible for creating a dedicated "page" for hosting all your course videos and ensuring that it has adequate bandwidth. If you don't know what this means, you should use Youtube or Vimeo.

+ Notebook & pen/pencil- you must always have a notebook in class in which to make notes. There is a lot of technical information that will not be repeated, and students are responsible for the information presented during demos and lectures.

+ Headphones (any music or video you watch as an individual in the lab should ALWAYS be done with headphones)

You are responsible for following the guidelines for using the A&D Computing facilities.
Download a PDF of the policy here.
Equipment and Software Lists available here.
Lab Locations and Hours available here.

facility fee

Students taking courses in the Art+Design Resource Lab are all assessed a facility access fee. This fee supports acquisition and maintenance of computers, peripheral equipment and software, and helps provide technical support. It is a one-time per semester fee, and is only applied to one course (i.e. if you have multiple lab courses, you will only be charged once).

grading criteria

Regular attendance is a necessity, as is your active participation. Both will have a crucial bearing on your final grade.
Excessive absences [3 or more] can lower a grade by one full letter or more.
Only absences resulting from extreme illness or otherwise documentable circumstances (such as a family emergency or emergency hospital/doctor visit) will be "excused". All other absences will be counted.
Two late arrivals to class will constitute an absence.
Writing assignments will be graded on a credit / no credit basis, and will also be a deciding factor in each student's final grade.

If you show up without required work, you will be considered absent. Projects not delivered on time will receive one letter grade deduction for every weekday not delivered.

The artwork created in class will be evaluated and graded according to the following criteria, and is not a relative scale based on the output of the class (i.e. no bell curve guarantee):

A outstanding; thoughtful and intelligent ideas presented in a clear, organized, and engaging manner; both concept and execution illustrate critical thinking and engagement with course material.
good; the ideas are interesting and successfully presented; shows potential, but not necessarily distinctive.
mediocre; achieves minimum requirements of the assignment, but not particularly clear, successful, or ambitious.
poor; does not satisfy the minimum requirements of the assignment; generally unsatisfactory in terms of quality and clarity.
you probably didn't submit a finished assignment.

Your final grade will be determined roughly as follows:

100 points for each project
100pts for class participation (in the form of contributions to group discussions)

workload You should budget 4 - 6 hours per week for course work outside of our allotted class time.

Be aware of the University's Policy on Academic Integrity + Nondiscrimination as they apply to this class