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Samuel M. Yum
BISMCS 234
Bothell Campus

Media and Communication Techniques

Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.

Class description

Working with Video

This workshop is an introduction to the tools of basic video production, as well as the general media resources available on campus. In small groups and as individuals, students will gain both a conceptual foundation and working knowledge of the principles of video production requisite for upper-level media workshops. In the process of acquiring skills students will begin thinking about and producing original visual stories with campus video equipment, including use of the Digital Media Lab (DML) UW2-121. Students will go through a series of media assignments that include the stages of planning a short narrative video project; basic camerawork and field shooting; and basic post-production techniques. Theoretical and practical readings, plus in-class review of a range of film, video, hypertext and other short- and long-form visual media will provide the basis for class discussions, but significant time will also be reserved for critical and constructive feedback on assignments and projects as they progress through the quarter.

Students are expected to vary in experience and proficiency with media tools entering the workshop, though sessions are designed for those with limited to no background. More advanced media students are welcome but are encouraged to use workshop sessions to continue working on their projects independently. The DML is a Mac lab and supports Adobe and Mac-based programs (Adobe CS, iLife, FCP).

Student learning goals

To gain basic proficiency in digital video production with campus resources available, including: --pre-production (conceptualizing, planning); --production (basic camera operation, field shooting); --post-production (editing, finishing/exporting)

To learn to construct effective descriptions and analyses of visual narratives

To analyze rhetorical and aesthetic strategies of short format video

To produce an original short video project

General method of instruction

Lab/workshop instruction, peer review and discussion of projects

Recommended preparation

No pre-requisites

Class assignments and grading

Weekly media assignments, final project, workshop participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Samuel M. Yum
Date: 02/21/2013