Syllabus

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:40 pm
UCLA Broad Art Center 4230

Professor: Refik Anadol, refo@refikanadol.com
(office hour: Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00 pm, or by appointment)

TA: Carlos Garcia, carlosga@ucla.edu
(office hour: Tuesday noon – 1:00 pm)

Description

This course is organized to teach the aesthetics and fundamentals of motion and its application to design and media arts through an introduction of the basic concepts and tools for the design of moving images. In a series of assignments and a final project, students will explore principles and aesthetics of moving imagery including timing, pacing, repetition, editing, composition, resolution, process, and the link between sound and image. Class time will include class discussions, student presentations, software and equipment tutorials and studio time for project development.

Evaluation

Students will complete three projects, a sound/image exercise, and a larger final project. Projects will be evaluated based on aesthetic and conceptual qualities, innovative approach to the medium, and effort. All projects must be completed in order to pass the course. Late assignments will reduce the numeric score of the assignment. Assignments are only considered complete when accessible from the course website.

Attendance is mandatory. Absences require professor notification and permission. If a student is late 3 times, this will count as an unexcused absence and will affect your grade. Your participation and presentation skills will be considered in grading.

Grading

20%Assignment 1
5%Audio / Image Exercise
20%Assignment 2
20%Assignment 3
30%Final Project
5%Participation and Presentation

Software

Adobe After Effects / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Illustrator / Audacity / Maxon Cinema 4D / Various 3rd Part Plug-ins

Commitment to Diversity and Safer Spaces

We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. This means that we will use preferred pronouns, respect self-identifications, and be mindful of special needs. Disagreement is encouraged and supported, however our differences affect our conceptualization and experience of reality, and it is extremely important to remember that certain gender, race, sex, and class identities are more privileged while others are undermined and marginalized. Consequently, this makes some people feel more protected or vulnerable during debates and discussions. A collaborative effort between the students, TA, and instructor is needed to create a supportive learning environment. While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. Alternatively if you feel that something said in discussion or included in a piece of work is harmful, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor or TA. (Thank you voidLab!)

Disability Services

UCLA strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on a disability, please let us know as soon as possible. It is necessary for you to register with the Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the UCLA Center for Accessible Education at (310)825-1501 or in person at Murphy Hall A255. In order to ensure accommodations, students need to contact the CAE within the first two weeks of the term. After registration, make arrangements with us to discuss how to implement these accommodations.