Moving Images

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Majors Only
Moving Images
Spring 2024
Taught By: Maya Jeffereis
Section: A

CRN: 13693

Credits: 3

In this course, we will explore questions of self, identity, and nation through the lens of experimental film and video art. How might identity be defined and expressed, given the plurality of nationalities, languages, religions, and cultures? Topics covered will include ideas of identity as personal v. social construct, politics of representation, immigration and displacement, constructions of gender, among others, contextualized within a sociopolitical history that includes histories of activism, solidarity and decolonial movements. We will consider the role experimental film and video art play in allowing artists freedom of expression and thought outside of mainstream media, the often problematic Hollywood depictions, and the military-entertainment complex. How might experimental narrative and documentary allow for greater self-expression and sociopolitical liberation? This course introduces students to the fundamentals of creating moving images using a range of approaches, including utilizing recorded footage, found footage, screen recordings, and still photographs. Students will learn to work with various cameras, lighting sources, and cinematographic techniques. This course will also introduce students to the fundamentals of video editing using Adobe Premiere and apps. Through a series of lectures and film screenings, we will discuss experimental film and video art from early cinema to the present to contemplate questions of representation, both on screen and off screen. Students will engage in ideas through class discussion, film screenings, presentations, writing assignments, readings, rigorous critiques, guest speakers, and site visits to art and film institutions around the city. Students will be asked to closely examine, think critically, and thoughtfully respond to ideas presented in class. Students will complete a series of smaller moving image assignments with the aim of producing a short film for online distribution by the end of this course.

Open to: All university undergraduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 5:32am EDT 7/24/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: L101
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024