ARTC 4440 Advanced Digital Video Art
Bowling Green State University - School of Art
Syllabus - Spring 2011

ARTC 4440

Professor Heather Elliott-Famularo

Tuesday / Thursday 1-3:20pm

Phone: 372-9943

Video Editing lab - Room 1026 Fine Arts Center

Office: 1014 Fine Arts Center

Office Hrs: Tuesdays/Thursdays 4-5pm


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Prerequisite: ARTC 3440 Digital Video Art

Required Textbook: Final Cut Pro 7: Visual Quickpro Guide by Lisa Brenneis ( ISBN 978-0321636812) ) $23.09 on

Recommended Reading List

Course Description and Objectives:
Creative production of time-based art using digital video and effects. Emphasis on advanced video concepts, techniques, and compositing. Production of both single and multi-channel videos and video art installation. Five studio hours.

This course will focus on advanced video techniques using both Final Cut Pro and After Effects. In particular, we will begin working with more advanced cameras, such as the Canon DSLRs and HDV formats; Compositing - live action and 2d/3d elements with Green screening / keying and motion tracking masks; and more abstract techniques such as rotoscoping and motion graphics. We will learn how to properly include After Effects and Final Cut in the production pipeline.

Requirements: Each student is expected to complete the following:

Extra Credit Opportunities:
Links for Calls for Entries, Tutorials, etc.:
Email these to me and I will add them to our class website.
Film Festival Entries: Enter any of your video art pieces into a film festival for extra credit (regardless if accepted or not)

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 through video and by exploring time. You will do this while learning the following concepts:

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

Assignments: Each week we will tackle a new assignment that is geared toward mastering the technical information and experimenting.

Assignments: There will be 1 or 2 smaller projects and a final project.
These projects should show mastery of the technical lessons AND a strong concept or story.

Final Project: It should 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).

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. Please inform me if you do not want your projects used.

"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 on the computer periodically throughout the course and distributed to the individual students.

You will be graded on an equal balance of the following:

  1. Class Participation (in critiques, discussions, asking questions, making comments)
  2. Class Preparation (do readings, bring materials)
  3. Projects (3-4 projects of equal value)
  4. In class Assignments / Quizzes / Writings
  5. Final Exam
  6. Final Project (x2 = double value)
  7. Attendance (lowers grade if exceed limit, see below)
  8. You must complete ALL VIDEO PROJECTS and hand in a final Master Tape 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, but you must still complete it.

ATTENDANCE and In Class Participation: Read Carefully.
Attendance is not only mandatory but it is crucial to your success in this class. Each week we will discuss readings, learn important 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 our class website and talk to myself 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 me 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% of regularly scheduled course meeting times (3 classes) 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.
  3. Missing more then 20% of regularly scheduled course meetings (6 classes) results in automatic failure for the course. (Easy Formula: Number 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. Technical readings may result in a quiz; Conceptual & Historical readings will be discussed in class.

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.

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 and 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
3-ring binder / folder for handouts & readings
10-12      60 minute Mini DV video tapes
3-5           DVD-Rs for back up OR
Noise cancelling headphones (bring EVERY CLASS)
External Hard Drive (must have Fire Wire 800!!)**
** BEST: Lacie D2 Quadra 1TB #301442U - $149.95
** OR: Western Digital 1TB My Book Studio #WEBAAJ0010HSL-NESN - $139.95

Where to get tapes: Tapes are MUCH cheaper when you order them online. No tax, and also a quantity discount! I recommend Sony.
Sony DVM-60PR 60 Minutes Premium Mini DV Video Cassette, Mfr# DVM60PRR $ 1.99
Sony DVM-63HD 63 Minutes Mini DV HDV Video Cassette, Mfr# DVM63HD $6.50 (best quality for HDV, masters, or important sources)

Materials and Class Fee
The fee for this class is used to purchase hardware and 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. Additionally, we contribute money towards the standard software. 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: Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability please talk to me after class or during office hours.

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