Documentary Practice & Emerging Media

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Doc Practice & Emerging Media

Spring 2023

Taught By: Amir Husak

Section: A

CRN: 5715

Credits: 3

How do emerging media change the way we tell non-fiction stories? What are the potentials and limitations of using interactive and non-linear forms to negotiate between reality on the one hand and representation, and interpretation on the other? What are some of the inherent biases of these technologies, and what kind of challenges do they pose to traditional documentary methods? This practice-based course addresses such questions and explores documentary practice in emergent media technologies such as web-based interfaces, AR/VR/MR and locative media, GPS-adapted systems, desktop and mobile applications. Over the course of the semester, students develop and complete a series of conceptual exercises and a final project using a variety of proprietary and open-source tools and technologies. Combining screenings, discussions, readings and production assignments, this hybrid (part online, part on site) course focuses on issues regarding representation, semantics, sequencing, and non-linearity when using integrated media. Students work with text, graphics, stills, sound, video and performance art, and experiment with linear and hypertextual navigation interfaces as well as popular social media and mapping tools. Students may either develop an existing project or generate a new proposal in class, ideally using previously acquired media (video, audio, photography, text). Prior coding and/or web design experience is helpful, but the course also makes use of pre-designed models to help facilitate production processes for those students with limited exposure to coding and digital design. IMPORTANT: This is a hybrid course; meaning that the class will alternate between on-site and online meetings. A course calendar with online and on-site dates will be handed out at the beginning of the semester.

_Pre-Requisite: Media Design (NMDS 5008) or instructor permission. This is a hybrid seminar/production course as may be counted as either designation toward a student’s degree. 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: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:44am 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023