Syllabus

Instructor: Nova Jiang
Email: messagenova@gmail.com
TA: Lander  –  Office Hours 2:30 – 4:30 Fridays Room 5240
Email: messagelanderta@gmail.com
Class Location: BROAD 4220
Class Time: Tu Th 9:00AM- 11:50AM
Office: BROAD 3224
Office Hours: Th 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Course Description:
Studio, six hours; outside study, nine hours. Completion of preparation for major and upper division core courses required. Selected topics in video and animation explored through variety of approaches that may include projects, readings, discussion, research papers, and oral presentations. Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for maximum of 15 units. Letter grading.

Class goals:
The class encourages in-depth exploration of the students’ personal interests through a series of mini assignments focusing on risk-taking and self-discovery. By promoting learning through making, these assignments will build towards the completion of an ambitious final project which uniquely reflects students’ worldviews. They will learn to look analytically at each other’s work as well as the work of video makers and animators they find most inspiring. During the class, students will be encouraged to develop the individual creative strategies they find most effective. By practicing production methods based on iteration and detailed planning, students can realize ambitious projects without sacrificing quality. The class will also encourage students to form a supportive network of mutual learning and feedback, building skillsets essential to achieving creative independence.

Guidelines:
Attendance
Attendance is mandatory. Absences require instructor notification and permission. Absences caused by emergency or illness are excusable with verification (e.g. a doctor’s note). If a student is more than 15 minutes late they will be marked as having an unexcused absence. Two unexcused absences will result in one full grade letter down (A+ to B+).

Other
Do not endanger yourself or others in the course of completing your assignments. Social media use other than production organization and project promotion is not allowed. Students presenting material which could be offensive to other students (such as footage which contains graphic violence) should discuss their intention with the instructor beforehand.