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Degree Courses - Time-Based Media

200-Level TBM Course
The content of this course varies from semester to semester, depending upon proposals put forward by interested faculty. The underlying principle, however, is to enrich the core course of study. Exploring special topics, working with outstanding practitioners and delving into experimental offshoots will broaden the students’ experience in time based media.


300-Level TBM Course
The content of this course varies from semester to semester, depending upon proposals put forward by interested faculty. The underlying principle, however, is to enrich the core course of study. Exploring special topics, working with outstanding practitioners and delving into experimental offshoots will broaden the students’ experience in time based media.


300-Level TBM Course
The content of this course varies from semester to semester, depending upon proposals put forward by interested faculty. The underlying principle, however, is to enrich the core course of study. Exploring special topics, working with outstanding practitioners and delving into experimental offshoots will broaden the students’ experience in time based media.


TB200: Animation I
Animation I is an introduction to the basics of animation, principles that can be applied to a wide variety of styles and technologies. Students will explore the unique qualities of the medium through a series of projects that can be adapted to their own personal interests. The course will provide the student with a foundation of skills that will prepare them for further study in the field.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


TB201: Animation II
Animation II focuses on animating human and non-human characters, emphasizing individuality and personality. Students will analyze movement, weight, lip movement and acting, and how to apply these to create an expressive figure. These skills will be applied and are applicable to all animation styles and mediums.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB200


TB202: Video I
Video I is an introductory course that deals with time, movement and sound as they relate to the media of video. Narrative, as a structuring component in a video, is also considered and explored. This course uses a variety of hardware and software for post-production editing.

Credits:
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


TB203: Pre-Production Design
Pre-Production Design is an intermediate course that introduces students to many of the processes and techniques of pre-production design. This course introduces and focuses on contemporary approaches that have become viable in the commercial and experimental film/video worlds. Under the guidance of the instructor, students will work projects that develop story ideas into full production designs.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB202


TB204: Introduction to Sound
Introduction to Sound examines techniques and applications of sound as a component of time and motion based media as well as a stand-alone medium. A variety of technical, aesthetic and conceptual issues relating to sound recording and editing will be explored in depth. The impact of sound and it’s relationship to image will be explored and tested through studio projects designed to introduce the student to some of the major modes of working with sound in the art and design fields.

Sound can be used to produce stand-alone works that create images in our minds. Often overlooked in theory and history, sound can hold as much impact on the mind of a listener as the most compelling of moving images. This course will examine techniques and applications of sound as a singular medium as well as a component of time and motion based media. Students will consider the historical, physiological and psychological impact of sound on an audience during exercises designed to sensitize them to their aural environment and through projects emulating some of the most common applications of sound in the field of time based media.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115


TB205: Sound & Image
Sound and Image builds on the base constructed in Introduction to Sound and Video I. A review of films and videos both traditional and experimental that use sound as an integral part to the concept will be examined and discussed

Students will gain an in-depth and historical understanding of the many ways in which artists have approached the relationship between sound and image. The invention of the sound film and subsequent technical and aesthetic challenges introduced by its arrival will be studied. Classical cinematic sound will be studied through viewing works and studying the writings of early sound and moving-image theoreticians. The study of contemporary theories and works of sound art will follow and help to inform students in the completion of their own creative projects.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB204


TB300: Animation III
Animation III features the hands-on application of advanced professional animation techniques. Students will demonstrate an in-depth working knowledge of multiplane compositing, exposure sheets, animatics, sound, and special effects. The student who has completed this course should have all the tools to begin animation production.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB201


TB301: Animation Production Studio
In Animation Production Studio students will develop, from storyboard to final print, an animated short. This course will provide students with the opportunity to experience methods of production common to the professional animation studio and emphasizes the importance of production groups working on specific task assignments. Production groups will address conceptualization, design, testing, audio production, art production, final animation, and post-production concerns. Students completing this course will have a greater understanding of all aspects of animation process and the importance of team work in an animation studio.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB300


TB302: 3D Computer Animation
In 3D Computer Animation, students learn the basics of 3D animation. This includes modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, and animation. Emphasis will be on creative expression in these areas, rather than on surface visual technique. Projects will also include the study of basic modeling, lighting and rendering and surfacing.

All assignments n this class will revolve around creating a character-based 3d animated short. Students will 1) come up with a concept, 2) draft a basic script, 3) create a storyboard for that script, 4) choose a pre-made 3d character to “act” in the story 5) create a simple environment for the character to act in, 6) animate your character, camera, lights and any other necessary attributes and elements in your scene and finally 8) render them to an animation file to which you can add sound effects. During this project students will primarily acquire 3d character animation skills, but will also learn the basic tools in the software, basic modeling, lighting, rendering and other 3d skills

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB203


TB303: Advanced Video
The students taking Advanced Video will have access to all cameras and related equipment as well as their own video editing station. The nature of this course is to encourage the student to apply what they have learned from the previous semesters in order to pursue and perfect their personal video related endeavors/vision. Also, with the assistance of the instructor, the students will design and establish a direction that will prepare them for the senior Thesis year.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB202


TB304: Post-Production Processes
Post-Production Processes involves an in-depth exploration of editing and other processes that fall under the broad umbrella of post-production. It will acquaint the student with the history and practice of cinematic editing, compositing and finishing, and will enhance their understanding of the development of the art of filmmaking. In-class production and lectures on editing, compositing, sound and visual effects will provide students with the resources and support necessary to produce a body of portfolio-level work that demonstrates proficiency across several fundamental post-production processes.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB203


TB306: Survey of Experimental Film & Video
This studio class will examine the evolution of experimental film and video from the early 1960’s to the present. The filmmakers and videographers of this new experimental art form represented by Canadian, American and European artists will be a primary focus of the semester. Selected works that are considered landmarks of this innovative art form will be shown and discussed.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB203


TB308: Installation
Installation will be available to all students who have an interest in using video as a component to an installation. The student will be assisted by an instructor on how to use camera and projection/monitor devices to achieve their goals. Lectures and a brief history on installation pieces that use video will also be given.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB203


TB400: Time-Based Media Thesis
During the first half of this yearlong undertaking, the student, in consultation with the instructor and others, will define a starting point for the thesis project. The project will be substantial. It will exhibit personal vision and it will be professionally executed. The initial definition will be tested through rigorous examination of the artwork produced. New directions or productive tangents may be identified and pursued as the semester progresses. By the end of the semester, students will have created a substantial body of work reflecting an ever more refined grasp of their thesis project.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing in Time-Based Media


TB401: Time-Based Media Thesis
During the second half of this yearlong undertaking, the student, in consultation with the instructor and others, will complete a thesis project. The project will be substantial. It will exhibit personal vision and it will be professionally executed. The course divides into two segments. Segment one involves completion of the thesis project. Segment two involves exhibition of the work. Both segments will consist of high caliber, professional quality artwork. The students will have demonstrated an emerging personal direction.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB 400 or Instructor Approval


TB403: Time-Based Media Professional Practice
Time-Based Media Professional Practice offers an overview of the field of time-based media and prepares the student for entry into the professional world. The course addresses job and business opportunities as well as application procedures in the applied and fine arts field of time based media. Students will discuss current events, produce a television program for commercial broadcast, refine their resumes, demo reels and artist statements and address copyright issues, grant applications, festival submissions and the formation of limited liability corporations.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): TB400



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