Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Want to learn animation? photography? lighting? sound design? grant writing?

We finally have figured out a way to do it.

Ever since I got to the Park School in 2004, students have been asking us to find a way to help them learn skills that aren't covered in their particular majors, OR to help them develop greater expertise in a particular professional process: lighting, directing, animation, the business of grant writing, photography.

This year, for the first time, our amazing full-time production faculty -- the folks in the school who truly are experts in all of these creative and professional practices -- are going to be offering an entire curriculum of one-credit mini-courses.

And every one of them will be open to all of you.

No prerequisites -- except your interest and motivation AND your status as a Parkie.

Cool, huh?

What follows here is the list of the courses that will be offered in the spring -- but this is just the beginning. We'll be offering the same kind of "menu" of mini-courses every semester from now on.

We're building opportunity into our curriculum -- flexible, accessible, and driven by your interests.

Let us know if there are courses you'd like us to offer that aren't on the list.

Mini courses in the Park School for Spring 2009:

Course Number: GCOM 29214-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Workshop in Stop-Motion Model Animation
Professor: Jason Harrington
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Friday, March 27 (1 to 4 p.m.), Saturday, March 28 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.),
Sunday, March 29 (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Location: Park 168
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This mini-course is a hands-on workshop in how to construct, design and animate 3D models. Using stop-motion techniques, you will construct animation characters in your design and use digital tools to capture their movements.

Course Number: GCOM 29215-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Basic Color Management and the Craft of Digital
Photographic Printmaking
Professor: Ron Jude
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Saturday, Jan. 31 (9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.),
Sunday, Feb. 1 (9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.)
Location: Park 175
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This two-day course will focus on Photoshop and film scanning techniques that enable you to produce high-end ink jet prints that meet or beat the quality of traditional chemical darkroom prints.

Course Number: GCOM 29216-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Making Pictures that Lie, a course in Advanced Photographic Manipulation
Professor: Steven Skopik
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: TBA
Location: Park 185A
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This two-day course will focus on Photoshop techniques that will allow you to seamlessly alter the appearance and meanings of photographic images. The course will offer an accelerated tutorial in image alteration techniques, and will touch on the implications such techniques have on our faith in the truth-telling capacity of the photograph.



Course Number: GCOM 29217-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Portrait Photography in the Studio and On Location
Professor: Janice Levy
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: TBA
Location: Park 144 and Park 175
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This minicourse will introduce the student to portrait photography. Participants will learn how to execute an effective “head shot” in the studio for publicity purposes and how to create a portrait on location using both natural and auxiliary lighting. Issues of what makes an effective and interesting portrait will be discussed in great detail.

Course Number: GCOM 29218-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Lighting Workshop
Professor: Cathy Crane
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Sunday, Feb. 9 (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Location: Park 138
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This two-day course will focus on techniques for shaping light that will be useful when shooting in a studio or on location on HD or 16mm formats. Get acquainted with the equipment available from the Park Portable Equipment Center, get smart about electricity, and get your hands on lamps. We will shoot scenes in a studio as well as on location in Ithaca.

Course Number: GCOM 29219-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Introduction to Post Production
Professor: Tom Nicholson
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Block 1, Fridays, noon to 2 p.m.
Location: TBA
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 30
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This course will explore the technical and aesthetic methods of television post-production. Students will develop both creative and technical skills through a combination of exercises and projects. Upon completion students will have skills in the following software: Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack, Color, DVD Studio Pro, Motion. Students will be assessed using a project critique. Television is a labor-intensive medium so expect to spend considerable time working outside of class.



Course Number: GCOM 29220-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Documentary and Media Art Archival Retrieval:
Preserving, Retrieving and Archiving Magnetic Media
Professor: Megan Roberts
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Friday, Feb. 6 (4 to 6:30 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 7 (1 to 5 p.m.), Sunday, Feb. 8
(1 to 5 p.m.)
Location: Park 141
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: Whether you are planning to be a documentarian and hope to have the ability to navigate media archives (that would include various audio and video analog formats which may not be digitized), or simply would like to help if a family member brings you a tape from the basement that is covered with mold and asks, “what is this and can it be saved,” this course will prepare you to know what to do or what can be done.

Course Number: GCOM 29221-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Installation Art Practicum
Professor: Megan Roberts
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Saturday, March 28 (2 to 4:30 p.m.), Sunday, March 29 (noon to 5 p.m.),
Sunday, April 5 (noon to 5 p.m.)
Location: Handwerker Gallery and Park classroom TBA
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: Installation art is a genre of Western contemporary art that cam to prominence in the 1970s. Installation artists use sculptural material and other media to modify the way in which a viewer experiences a particular space. In this instance the Handwerker Gallery will be exhibiting four thematically related sound and video installation works by Megan Roberts and Ray Ghirardo. This course provides students with the opportunity to work with the artists in the Handwerker Gallery and experience first-hand what goes into complex site-specific media art works – involving on site placement and construction of sculptural elements, multiple video projection systems, and digital masking and lighting. Students will be required to complete a series of readings and lectures/demonstrations prior to working on the installation.

Course Number: GCOM 29222-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Editing Tracey Fragments
Professor: John Scott
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Block 1, Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Park 168
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: In 2008 the low budget independent movie “The Tracey Fragments” starring Ellen Page released nearly all of its raw footage on the internet and invitged the public to make its own edit of the feature fiction movie. The official release of “The Tracy Fragments” was already an innovative highly visual story that featured a multi-screen, multi-layered narrative that moved backwards and forwards in time. In this class each student will be given the footage to two scenes from the movie and given instructions for how to edit using multiple screen effects. Each student will then edit his or her own version of at least two scenes.

Course Number: GCOM 29223-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Painting with Light: A Class for the Moving
Image
Professor: Gossa Tsegaye
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Friday, Feb. 13 (9 a.m. to noon), Saturday, Feb. 14 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Sunday, Feb. 15
(1 to 5 p.m.)
Location: Studio A
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: This course will examine from both a practical and theoretical basis how light works in a studio and in a field setting. The focus of this course is on lighting by working as a group on projects and by creating a different kind of scenario students will examine their own experience, but learn to think in visual terms how light works in harmony with sound and pictures while complementing the story on the screen.

Course Number: GCOM 29224-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Sound Design Fundamentals
Professor: Meg Jamieson
LA/NLA: Non liberal arts
Dates/Times: Friday, Feb. 13 (time TBA), Saturday, Feb. 14 (time TBA), Sunday, Feb. 15
(time TBA)
Location: Park 138
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: In this short course, students will learn the basic elements which go into a strong sound design, including major sound designers and a tour of their work, analyzing a script for sound, identifying and assessing a sound design, and learning rudimentary audio fiex for Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and Garage Band.

Course Number: GCOM 29304-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: Grant Writing for the Arts
Professor: Meg Jamieson
LA/NLA: Liberal arts
Dates/Times: TBA
Location: TBA
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 30 students
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: During this short grant writing course, students will learn the fundamentals of grant writing in the arts including learning about the major granting routes, identifying types of granting agencies, assessing the focus and agenda of granting agencies, and developing a grant writing template for a special project.

Course Number: GCOM 29305-01
Credits: 1 credit
Course Title: Minicourses in Communication: A Crash Course in Propaganda
Professor: Ben Crane
LA/NLA: Liberal arts
Dates/Times: Block 2, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Park 279
Prerequisites: None
Capacity: 15 students
Enrollment limits: Park School majors and minors only.
Course Description: Americans are among the most heavily propagandized people in the world, subjected to an onslaught of spin, spurious news, media propaganda, hype and persuasion. This course is a practical introduction to the nature, history, and techniques of propaganda, useful for media consumers, producers, and journalists.

2 Comments:

Blogger Condo Owner said...

GREAT IDEAS. Wish they had something like that when I was a Parkie. I think they will be a big hit amongst the current Parkies.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

OH my! I hope every single one of these photography courses are available next Fall because I'll be in LA this spring. Not that LA isn't going to be excellent, but these mini courses are so perfect! Thanks, Dean Lynch. :]

12:08 PM  

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