Cinematic Aesthetics

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Cinematic Aesthetics
Spring 2023
Taught By: Amir Husak
Section: A

CRN: 10758

Credits: 3

This hybrid theory/practice course will introduce students to the variety of modes, genres, and protocols that define the scope of practices that are broadly cinematic, expanding students' appreciation for the practical techniques, specialized language, and unique aesthetics of film. Drawing on an array of historical and contemporary examples as well as the critical and theoretical literature that informs film studies, the course will examine the basic elements of cinematic form and the many expressive strategies potentially available to a filmmaker including image construction and manipulation, editing, composition, sound, production design, narrative structure, and performance. These texts will allow us to broach a number of topics central to film aesthetics, including framing and perspective, long takes, techniques of montage, cinematic rhythm, and image-sound relations. Students will immerse themselves in a number of aesthetic questions that will challenge them to think critically and creatively about the properties of film. What are the fundamental structures at the basis of cinema? What role do these structures play in the spectator’s cognitive and affective engagement with the medium? What distinguishes film from other modes of artistic expression, and other media formats? Students will produce a series of short moving-image projects employing 16mm cinematography, sound recording, video production, and editing that will put these concepts into practice..

This is a hybrid seminar/production course as may be counted as either designation toward a student's Media Studies MA or Media Management MS degree. Pre-Requisite: Media Design (NMDS 5008) or instructor permission. Co-Requisite: Cinematic Aesthetics Tech Lab (NMDS 5441). Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:24am EDT 4/1/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 601
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023