Media Synthesis: Time, Space, Image
BGSU - Digital Arts / Film
Syllabus - Fall 2012
Monday / Wednesday 1-3:20pm
Room: 202 Wolfe Center

Professor Heather Elliott-Famularo Professor Thomas Castillo
Phone: 372-9943 Phone: 372-3236
e-mail: helliot(at) e-mail: tjcasti(at)
Office Hrs: Mondays / Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm,
room 1014 Fine Arts Center
Office Hrs: Tuesdays / Thursdays 1-2pm,
room 236 Wolfe Center

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PREREQUISITE: ARTC 3440, THFM 2900, THFM 2610 or permission of instructor.

Media Synthesis: Time, Space, Image is a collaborative course designed for School of Art and Theatre/Film students to work together to create both independent experimental studio work that will be installed for ArtsX 2012 and a promotional video for collaboration in the arts at BGSU. Both aspects of the course are designed to highlight the new Wolfe Center for the Arts by both activating it with performative, interactive video/film installation artwork during ArtsX and creating a professional promotional video that could be used by BGSU. It is an ideal choice for students wanting to explore experimental approaches to time-based media and supplement their existing time-based portfolios.

Students will be encouraged to explore totally new methods of creating artworks. The course is designed to fulfill the needs of advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in expanding their artistic vision, trying new techniques in art and research, and broadening their audience. Students will create time-based public art works that address issues of site / place / space and time. In addition, students will be highly encouraged to collaborate, working together to create larger scale artworks / films than one person could possibly achieve alone. The semester culminates in a community event, Arts Xtravaganza on November 30th, where the public can experience our final projects.

During the semester students will be introduced to a variety of artists who explore the concepts of time, space, and image in their installation artworks, performances, and/or films. Readings and discussions on related contemporary issues and individual perspectives will compliment the technical aspects of the course. Students will participate in exploratory labs where they will be exposed to hands-on learning and problem solving. Visiting artists and field trips will provide other viewpoints from which to understand video installation art and time-based media. Students will be encouraged to use their area of focus (major) as a springboard for this course, will have the flexibility to work in any media, and have the opportunity to acquire new skills. In addition, all students will improve their video production skills for documentation and/or artistic purposes. Students will learn new methodologies for art-making, research and collaboration.

Each student is expected to complete and will be graded on the following:

The primary goal of this course is to create public artworks for (and document) the ArtsXtravaganza event. This will be done through collaboration. You may also be encouraged to explore some of these concepts:
Extra Credit Opportunities: Links for Calls for Entries, Tutorials, etc.: Email these to me and I will add them to our class resources list.
Film Festival Entries: Enter any of your films into a film festival for extra credit (regardless if accepted or not)

Student Project Use: Projects created in any Digital Arts or Film course may be used by BGSU for the purpose of promoting the student, the department, and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used for instructional purposes in future courses.

READINGS: We will have required reading assignments from many sources throughout the semester. The course Recommended Book List contains most of the sources. Technical readings may result in a quiz; Conceptual & Historical readings will be discussed in class.

DISCUSSIONS: An objective of this course is to provide a forum for discussion of the artwork in order to help each student develop their own artistic concepts for their work. Students will present in group discussions. Participation in these discussions by each student is mandatory.

GRADING: Grading system is A, B, C, D, F. "A"s are given for excellent projects that are turned in on time! "C"s are given for projects completed on time but average in quality and quantity. "F"s are substituted for missing assignments. Cumulative grades are calculated periodically throughout the course and distributed to the individual students.
You will be graded on the following:

  1. Class Participation (in critiques, discussions, asking questions, making comments)
  2. Class Preparation (do readings, bring materials)
  3. Projects (3 projects of equal value)
  4. Weekly Technical Assignments
  5. Quizzes / Writings, etc.
  6. Final Project (x2 = double value)
  7. ** Attendance (lowers grade if exceed limit, see below)
LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Up to 24 hours late is one grade lower, 1-3 days late is two grades lower, and 3-4 days late is 3 grades lower. No late assignments will be accepted after 4 days. You will receive a zero (F) for that project, but you must still complete it (see Grading above)

ATTENDANCE: And In Class Participation
Attendance is not only mandatory but is crucial to your success in this class. Each week we will discuss readings, learn technical information, critique work, view videos, and work on in-class exercises. These important activities will not be repeated. If you are not in class please go to the class website and to see what was covered and if work was assigned. Absence is not a valid excuse for coming to the following class unprepared, or for not having an assignment completed that was given while you were gone. It is especially important to attend ALL critiques. If due to an emergency you are unable to attend a crit, please schedule an appointment with us upon your return. This class will adhere to the following Attendance Policy:

  1. Missing more than 10% of regularly scheduled course meeting times (3 classes) results in the reduction of the final grade by one letter grade, and continues for each additional absence up to the 6th absence.
  2. Missing more than 20% of regularly scheduled course meetings (6 classes) results in automatic failure for the course. (Formula: #7=F).
  3. There are no "excused" or "unexcused" absences. There is only presence or absence.
  4. Arriving for class late or leaving class before dismissal constitutes a tardy. The accumulation of three tardies is equal to an absence. Role will be taken at the beginning of each class. If you wander in late, it is your responsibility to make sure I mark your arrival.
  5. Do not leave class early. If you must, you have to clear it with me first, or you will be marked absent for that day.
  6. Attendance at FINAL CRITIQUE is mandatory. Absence, for any reason, will lower your final grade by one letter.
  7. In the event of a mental or physical health emergency or another similar crisis that may cause you to miss more than two classes, please set up an appointment with me to discuss your options.
CRITIQUES: are an important part of an artist's learning process. They are an excellent way to understand if your message is being received. During Critiques, we expect each student's full attention and respect. Computers & cell phones are TURNED OFF. Critiques begin promptly at class start time. Attendance and participation at Final Critique are mandatory.


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Materials and Class Fee: The fee for this class is used to purchase hardware / software that is not maintained by ITS. This includes items such as extra ram, cameras, camcorders, printers, scanners and software that does not fall under the standard list. We also purchase instructional manuals and DVDs such as the SIGGRAPH content and the Stash DVDs. These materials, hardware and software are available to this class.

Student Concerns: A student who wants to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability please talk to me during office hours.

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