Syllabus

Instructor: Nova Jiang
Location: BROAD 4220
Time: Tu. Th. 9:00AM- 11:50AM
Office: BROAD 3224
Email: messagenova@gmail.com
Office Hours: Th. 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Teaching Assistants:
Hsinyu Lin
Email: hsinyulin@ucla.edu
Adam Ferriss
Email: aferriss@gmail.com

Course Description:
Studio, six hours; outside study, nine hours. Preparation: completion of preparation for major courses. Enforced requisite: course 160, 171, 172, or 173. Limited to seniors. Linear media, including storyboarding, video, animation, modeling, editing, post-production, and lighting. Focus on creating final project that can be showcased at Senior Show. Students can take two different courses in different terms or the same course twice in different terms. Total units for courses 159A, 159B, and 159C may not exceed 10 units, with maximum of 5 units per term. Letter grading.

Class goals:
The class encourages in-depth exploration of the students’ personal interests, leading to the completion of an ambitious final project which uniquely reflects their worldview. Students 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+). Offsite work is permitted with prior instructor agreement.

Other:
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.