Degree Courses: Time-Based Media
TB200 Animation I
This class 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.
TB201 Animation II
This class will focus 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.
TB202 Video I
This Time Based Media, video course, 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. Students must have access to their own video camera.
TB203 Post Production
This course will involve the use of professional quality cameras and high end, non-linear video editing computers and programs. The goal of this course is to acquaint the student with professional equipment in order to refine their understanding of the video experience. This involvement will include projects that require a controlled environment and the use of multiple cameras as well as consideration for lighting techniques. Lectures on editing and scripting will provide the necessary understanding of what it means to work on a production standard video. The complicated issues surrounding the making of documentaries as well as independent video projects will be covered during the semester.
TB204 Introduction to Sound
Introduction to Sound covers issues fundamental to all time based media. The course will examine techniques and applications of sound as a component of time and motion based media. A variety of technical issues relating to recording and editing sound will be explored in depth. The theory and practical impact of sound is explored in conjunction with technical fundamentals.
TB205 Sound & Image
Sound and Image builds on the base constructed in Introduction to Sound. Students learn to create, record and edit both sound effects and voice. Both the theory and techniques of sound recording in Time Based Media will be explored in depth. An emphasis on sound as a distinct entity will be a large consideration for this course. 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.
TB207 Drawing for Animation
Drawing for Animation is an investigation of kinetic forms through the act of observational drawing, digital manipulation and pencil testing. This visual exploration combines the perception and interpretation of kinetic objects, environments, and life forms. The course stresses the importance of observing, comprehending, and portraying the correct perception of motion and kinetics into an animated form.
Prerequisites: F101 or F103, F111
TB300 Animation III
This class will feature 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.
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.
TB302 3D Computer Animation
In this class, you will learn the basics of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation, as well as many difficult uses for 3D. The purpose of this learning is to create artwork, not just to mimic mainstream 3D animation seen on television and in films. Stylistic and technical experimentation will be emphasized.
TB303 Advanced Video
This is a junior level course. The students taking this course 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.
This is an intermediate course that introduces students to many of the technical aspects of video pre-production. This course introduces and focuses on contemporary approaches that have become viable in the experimental film/video world. It is an alternative to conventional story telling. The invention of a new generation of video editing tools allows the artist to speak with a whole new voice. An exploration of the techniques presented in the class will allow you to open imagined worlds. These worlds can be wholly personal, somewhat surreal or completely believable. The choice is yours.
TB306 Time Based Media Elective
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.
TB307 Survey of Experimental Films and Videos
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.
This course 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.
Prerequisites: TB203 or Instructor Approval
TB400 Time Based 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.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing or Instructor Approval
TB401 Time Based 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
Prerequisites: TB 400 or Instructor Approval
TB403 Time Based Media Professional Practice
The course offers an overview of the field of time-based media and prepares the student for entry into the professional world. The focus of the course is to produce a demo reel/material/tape/CD that enables the student to apply for job or exhibition opportunities following graduation. The course addresses job opportunities and application procedures in the applied and fine arts field of time based media. Student s will write a resume, artist statement, and application letters. The course also addresses legal issues, contracts, negotiations, copyright issues, accounting, grant application, competition submissions, etc. Faculty and visiting professionals in the field of Time Based Media give presentations and critique student’s work.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing or Instructor Approval