ARTC 3440 Digital Video Art
Bowling Green State University - School of Art
Syllabus - Fall 2015

Monday/Wednesday 11:30am-1:50pm Professor Heather Elliott-Famularo
Room 202 Wolfe Center Phone: 372-9943
Office Hrs: Wed 2-3pm & by appt. Office: 1014 Fine Arts Center

View Class Schedule

Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ARTC 2210 Digital Imaging

Recommended Reading List

On demand. Creative production of time-based art using digital video and effects. Emphasis on video concepts, techniques, composition, sequencing of ideas, and narrative as well as non-narrative structures. Introduction to the history of video art as an art form and experimental approaches to video art and performance. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in ARTC 2210 or consent of instructor. Extra Fee. **NOTE: a grade of C or higher is required in ARTC 3440 to move on to ARTC 4440 Advanced Video Art.

Students will learn the concepts and techniques utilized in video production as well as the history of video as an art form. The course will include a look at experimental approaches to video art, performance, and video installation as well as the development of Video Art from the late-60s to today.

Technical instruction will focus on the use of the Adobe Premiere Pro digital, non-linear editing systems on the Macintosh. Screenings of historic and contemporary video art will be an essential part of this course. The techniques and concepts involved in this will enable students to better understand compositing, sequencing of ideas, and narrative as well as non-narrative structures. The technical skills will assist students in the fields of computer art, video, film, installation, or performance art.

Requirements: Each student is expected to complete the following:

Extra Credit Opportunity: Film List Reflections: Students who watch films from the Recommended Film List and write a paragraph critiquing it and/or stating its relevance in the History of Film may get extra credit toward their grade. Limit one film per month, Due 1st Monday of each month. No late submissions.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Subject to change.
The primary goals of this course are to find your artistic voice and to facilitate the process of creativity by exploring time through the medium of video.

You will learn / explore the following concepts & techniques:

The focus of the course is on IDEAS, however. We will also discuss:

Projects: There will be 3 to 4 smaller projects and a final project.
The smaller projects are geared toward both conquering the technical requirements and experimenting with new forms. All video projects must be UNDER 7 minutes in length (unless approved to be longer)!

Final Project: It will be a cumulative piece that reflects the explorations made and knowledge gained in class. You will plan this from start to finish (script, storyboard, shoot, digitize, edit, master) and be graded along the whole process.

Student Project Use: Projects created in any Digital Arts course may be used by the School of Art 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.

"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. "F"s are substituted for missing assignments. Cumulative grades are calculated on the computer periodically throughout the course and distributed to the individual students through Canvas.

You will be graded on the following:

  1. Class Participation (in critiques, discussions; asking thoughtful questions, making comments)
  2. Class Preparation (do readings, bring materials)
  3. Projects (3-4 projects of equal value)
  4. Assignments, quizzes, written responses
  5. Midterm Exam (technical)
  6. Final Exam (historical)
  7. Final Project (x2 = double value)
  8. Attendance (lowers grade if exceed limit, see below)
  9. You must complete ALL VIDEO PROJECTS and turn in a final reel in order to receive a passing grade in this course!

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 an "F" for that project.

ATTENDANCE and In Class Participation: Read Carefully.
Attendance is not only mandatory but it is crucial to your success in this class. Each day we will discuss readings, learn important technical information, critique work, view images and videos, and work on in-class exercises. These important activities will not be repeated.

If you are not in class please go to our class website and talk to the professor or other students 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 the professor upon your return. This class will adhere to the following Attendance Policy:

  1. You may miss a maximum of THREE classes without penalty.
  2. Missing more then 10% (3 classes) of regularly scheduled course meeting times results in the reduction of your final grade by one letter grade per absence beyond the third, and continues for each additional absence up to the 6th absence (4 = -1 grade, 5 = -2 grades, 6 = -3 letter grades).
  3. Missing more then 20% (6 classes) of regularly scheduled course meetings results in automatic failure for the course. (Easy Formula: #7 = F).
  4. There are no "excused" or "unexcused" absences. There is only presence or absence.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Attendance at FINAL CRITIQUE is mandatory. Absence, for any reason, will lower your final grade by one letter.
  8. 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.

We will have required reading assignments from many sources throughout the semester. The course Recommended Reading List contains most of the sources. Readings may result in a quiz and/or be discussed in class.

One 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 these developments in group discussions. Participation in these discussions by each student is mandatory.

Critiques are an important part of an artist's learning process. They are an excellent way to understand if your message is being received by seeing how your colleagues responded to the assignment. During Critiques, I 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 is mandatory.

CLASS MATERIAL: You are accountable for material covered in class, including handouts. IF ANYTHING IS NOT CLEAR, ASK! It is your responsibility to get missed materials from me or your classmates. I will gladly clarify any information you don't understand, but I will NOT repeat demonstrations for absentees!

IDEABOOK / Sketchbook
binder / folder for handouts & readings
5-6     60-minute Mini DV video tapes
1-2     DVD-Rs for turning in work

1-2 TB FireWire 9-pin / FW800 external hard drive - formatted MacOS extended!: Lacie d2 Quadra w/Triple Interface (FW 800) or Lacie 500GB Rugged All-Terrain Triple USB Portable (or other brand)
Due Mon, August 31
Due Mon, August 31
As needed, ASAP
As needed, ASAP

Due Mon, September 14

Where to get tapes: Tapes are MUCH cheaper when you order them online. I recommend Sony DVM-60PR 60 Minutes Premium Mini DV Video Cassette, Mfr# DVM60PR $ 1.99 at B&H Photo. The majority of our camcorders are mini-DV tape based.

Student Concerns: Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability please talk to me after class or during office hours.

Back to top