Department of Visual & Media Arts

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  • SW611 - Residency I - Storytelling and Writing Short Scripts (2 Credits)
    The initial residency is comprised of an orientation and welcome, master classes, seminars, intensive workshops, one-on-one advisory meetings, screenings and lectures on various craft, history and theory topics related to creating story and writing short scripts and webisodes. During the residency, students meet daily with their assigned peer groups and their advisors to form the work plan for the semester following the residency.
    Instructor: Jean Stawarz
  • SW621 - Topics in Storytelling & Short-Form Media: Film and TV Genres (4 Credits)
    Instructor: Jim Lane
  • SW631 - Writiing for Short-Form Media (4 Credits)
    Instructor: Jean Stawarz
  • VM100 - History of Media Arts I (4 Credits)
    This is the first of a two-semester course that explores the historical development of the media arts, including the film, broadcasting, and sound recording industries until 1965. Investigates the relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and broadcast programs. Special attention is given to the diversity of styles of presentation in the media.
  • VM101 - History of Media Arts II (4 Credits)
    This is the second of a two-semester course that explores the historical development of the media arts, focusing on the continuing development of the film, broadcasting, and sound recording industries after 1965, as well as the development of video and digital technologies. Investigates the relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and videos, broadcast programs, and digital media products.
  • VM105 - Introduction to Visual Arts (4 Credits)
    Investigates the visual language of communication shared among all of the visual arts, emphasizing visual analysis, understanding of materials, the history of style and techniques, and the functions and meanings of art in its varied manifestations. Provides a foundation for subsequent studies in the visual and media arts.
  • VM120 - Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production (4 Credits)
    A combination of lectures and hands-on workshops examines the relationships among photography, graphics, audio, film, video, and digital media within the context of cross-media concepts, theories, and applications. Traces the creative process from conception and writing through production and post-production. Students proceed through a series of exercises that lead to completion of a final project, establishing a foundation for advanced production coursework.
  • VM140 - Video Prod for non-majors (4 Credits)
    This course is not open to Visual and Media Arts majors. Introduces students to single-camera video production. Students learn how to operate equipment as the principles underlying shooting, editing, and online distribution. Emphasis is placed on the traditional stages of preproduction, production and postproduction, but students also examine how video is used in other environments (such as desktop and smartphone platforms).
    Instructor: Bob Nesson
  • VM200 - Media Criticism and Theory (4 Credits)
    Explores theoretical and critical approaches to the study of photography, film, television and video, audio, and digital culture. Theories and methods examine issues relating to production and authorship in the media arts, audience reception and effects, political ideology, ethics, aesthetics, cultural diversity, and schools of thought within the liberal arts. Extensive critical writing and reading in media criticism and theory.
  • VM202 - Critical Listening (4 Credits)
    Provides a study of the psycho-acoustic perception and analysis of classical and contemporary use of sound in the media. Students identify and define acoustic variables, comparing past and present recordings in all media.
    Instructor: David Doms
  • VM203 - History of Photography: 19th Century to the 1970's (4 Credits)
    Surveys the aesthetic and technical development of photography from its invention to the 1970's with emphasis on the 20th century. A critical analysis of the medium develops an understanding of the influence and appropriation of photography today.
    Instructor: Brian McNeil
  • VM204 - Topics in Media Arts Practice: Introduction to Producing (4 Credits)
    Through practical approaches students will understand the roles producers take from development through distribution. Through trade articles and class discussions, students will explore the various producers' roles in overseeing content for film, television and digital media projects. The course will include a basic introduction to story, the proper technique for evaluating screenplays through the writing of coverage, and an analysis of the evolution and future of the role of producer/s as technology and distribution methods democratize the industry. Further, the investigation of theoretical frameworks for leadership will serve as a guideline for team building.
    Instructor: Amy DePaola
  • VM204 - Topics in Media Arts: (4 Credits)
    This course introduces students to the crew and the techniques of single camera narrative fiction production. Emphasis will be placed on organization and the translation of the script into a visual narrative. Students will have the opportunity to hone their production skills on a variety of creative projects. The class is intended to prepare students for advanced-level course work in narrative fiction.
  • VM204 - Topics in Media Arts: Practice: Drafting and Rendering for Filmmakers (4 Credits)
    This course will enable filmmakers to visually communicate design ideas with clarity, detail and accuracy. Students learn and practice observation through drawing, color, drafting and 3-dimensional visualization. The third part of the class introduces digital rendering with Vectorworks, Photoshop and Sketchup.
    Instructor: Brynna Bloomfield
  • VM204 - Topics in Media Arts: (4 Credits)
    Introduces the art and technology of nonfiction storytelling through a series of workshops, screenings and hands-on production projects. Emphasizes content development, storytelling strategies and production skills in the context of relevant ethical, aesthetic and social issues.
  • VM205 - History Of Photography: 1970's to the Present (4 Credits)
    From documentary and documents of performances to the highly constructed imagery utilized by contemporary artists, students explore diverse subjects, styles, and methods that cover portrait, object, city, memory, appropriation, landscape, and narrative. The course combines weekly slide talks with theory and criticism reading discussions, field trips to exhibitions, visiting artists, research papers, and a final production project and exhibition.
    Instructor: Sarah Pollman
  • VM208 - The Evolution of Comedy (4 Credits)
    Comedy has the broad ability to both illuminate and shape the human experience, and as times change so have the ways we apply this agent of laughter. This class explores the various forms of comedy from ancient Greece to modern 21st century America. Students learn about the role comedy plays in society, and how it evokes dialogue and social change through literature, plays, film, television and performance. ?Good taste? and ethics of comedy are also considered and discussed. As a final project, students are required to complete a research paper in conjunction with the American Comedy Archives.
  • VM211 - History of Western Art II: 18th and 19th Century Art (4 Credits)
    Investigates the evolution of the arts in the Western tradition through the 18th and 19th centuries. Major works, styles, and artists are examined within the context of contemporaneous sociocultural movements, such as the Enlightenment. Among the movements studied are: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism.
  • VM214 - History of Non-Western Art I: East Asian Arts (4 Credits)
    Investigates arts of the East Asian region, particularly the areas of present-day China, Korea, and Japan. Artworks are contextualized within indigenous traditions such as Confucianism and Chan/Zen and examined from a diversity of critical perspectives. Considers issues of identity, religion, politics, and modernization, as well as contemporary artworks such as installation and performance.
  • VM215 - History of Non-Western Art II: South Asian Arts (4 Credits)
    Introduces art and architecture of the South Asian region, ranging from the areas of present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan to India and Nepal. Examines visual culture of the Indus Valley Civilization and several major world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jain, and Islam. Also considers issues of identity, empire, and post-colonial politics in art made under the Mughal rulers, during the British Raj, and in the present.
    Instructor: De-nin Lee
  • VM216 - History of Non-Western Art III: African and African Diaspora Arts (4 Credits)
    Examines a diverse selection of art and architecture from regional kingdoms, cultures, and religions of Africa and the African Diaspora. Artworks are contextualized within critical, discursive frameworks of ritual, performance, trade, modernism, craft, and narrative. Considers the politics of colonial history and their impact on art collecting practices and museum display.
    Instructor: T. Amanda Lett
  • VM220 - Writing the Short Subject (4 Credits)
    Studies the writing of the short subject within the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and experimental concepts and scripts (including animation). Scripts range from 3 to 15 minutes and are suitable for production within the budget and time constraints of an Emerson College class. Students complete comprehensive revisions of their work.
  • VM221 - Writing the Feature Film (4 Credits)
    Examines the fundamentals of writing for narrative feature-length film. Investigates structure, character, conflict, scene writing, and dialogue, taking students from ideation through to the development of a detailed outline. Students write the first 25-30 pages of a screenplay.
  • VM222 - Writing for Television (4 Credits)
    Examines writing for television in a variety of formats, with a predominant emphasis on situation comedies and drama. The elements of each genre are analyzed, challenging students to find their own unique "voice," and new and innovative ways to write stories within established formats. Also covered are reality television and children's television, story outlining, and script formatting. Each student writes a first-draft script of an existing sitcom or drama.
  • VM230 - Introduction to Film Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces the basics of non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, including camera operation, principles of cinematography and lighting for black-and-white film, non-sync sound recording and transfers, and picture and sound editing.
    Instructors: Gabrielle Follett, Gautam Chopra, Ingrid Stobbe, Jonathan Dorn, Korbett Matthews, Maria Antonieta Astudillo, Sofia Caetano
  • VM231 - Intermediate Film Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces the technical, conceptual, and procedural skills necessary to successfully complete a short double-system sync-sound 16mm film, including pre-production, production, and post-production procedures and techniques.
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio TV Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
    Instructor: Bavand Karim
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio Television Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio TV Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
    Instructor: Justin Petty
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio Television Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
  • VM241 - Introduction to Studio TV Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces studio television practice. Students learn the principles of pre-production, production, and post-production for the studio as well as control room procedures. Students prepare their own multi-camera, live-on-tape studio productions.
    Instructor: John Donovan
  • VM242 - Introduction to Documentary Production (4 Credits)
    A gateway course on single-camera field production for students who want to learn the art and technology of nonfiction storytelling. Through a series of workshops, screenings, and hands-on production projects, this course emphasizes content development, storytelling strategies, and production skills in the context of relevant ethical, aesthetic, and social issues.
  • VM243 - Introduction to Narrative Drama (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to the personnel and techniques involved in the broad category of narrative fiction production. Emphasis is placed on organization and the translation of the script into a visual narrative. Students have the opportunity to hone their production skills on a variety of creative projects. The course also prepare students for advanced-level course work and BFAs in narrative fiction.
  • VM250 - Introduction to Sound Principles and Audio Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces audio physics, sound principles,and the theory and practice of audio recording and mixing. Emphasis is on concept development for sound production, signal routing and the mixer console, analog and digital audio recording, and editing techniques.
  • VM251 - Location Sound Recording (4 Credits)
    Intensive study in the theory and practice of field/location and studio audio recording for film, video, and television. Covers techniques in the use of field/studio recorders and mixers, microphones, boom poles, and shot blocking. Also covers tape-based and hard-disk digital recorders, and time-code synchronization management.
    Instructor: Mark van Bork
  • VM260 - Introduction to Interactive Media (4 Credits)
    Introduces the theory and practice of interactive media. Stresses the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical concerns of interactivity. Technologies covered are HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Additional topics include semantic web design and development, graphics and imaging, interface design, user experience, project management, and the mobile web. Emphasis is on making creative works.
  • VM261 - Computer Animation (4 Credits)
    The first course of a two-course sequence, introducing students to the fundamentals of three-dimensional modeling and animation, and preparing them for the second course, VM 363 Advanced Computer Animation. Students learn to model, texture objects, compose and light scenes, animate, and add dynamics, as well as render animations into movies and compositing audio, titles, and credits in post-production.
    Instructor: John Craig Freeman
  • VM262 - Drawing (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic techniques in drawing, exploring the use of line and image in contemporary art. The language of drawing in contemporary art and architecture will inform the practice of drawing.
  • VM263 - Drawing For Time-Based Media (4 Credits)
    Imparts key drawing skills required in pre-visualization, concept art creation, set design, storyboarding, two-dimensional media production, and post-production. Develops students' abilities to think spatially, whether constructing a plan for a set or depicting a character in action. Also focuses on anatomy, locomotion, and communication possibilities of the human form.
    Instructor: Anya Belkina
  • VM265 - Introduction to Photography (4 Credits)
    Hybrid section of Introduction to Photography. This course introduces the fundamentals of black-and-white photography by combining darkroom techniques with the latest digital processes. Essential comparisons between the two methods will be explored by learning camera controls, film development to darkroom printing, digital capture to print workflow, and through hybrid techniques such as making digital negatives for darkroom use. Critiques of student work will develop ?the critical eye.? Students must use cameras with adjustable speed and aperture.
    Instructors: Camilo Ramirez, Jane Akiba
  • VM270 - Introduction to Game Design (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to game creating that explores the fundamental elements of games, emphasizing non-digital methodologies and rapid prototyping in a hands-on environment. Students engage with and make games as entertainment and communication tools, developing an understanding of play and how to induce it in others.
    Instructor: Sarah Zaidan
  • VM280 - Global Media (4 Credits)
    Explores key concepts in global media studies, providing exposure to the work of international media makers, media industry practices, national and regional media aesthetics, and a variety of cultures of makers and audiences. Focusing on one particular issue or medium and using it as a case study, the course develops and expands students? understanding of how contemporary global media help shape cultural, aesthetic, technological, and economic exchanges worldwide.
    Instructor: Vinicius Navarro
  • VM300 - Topics in Visual and Media Arts Studies: History of Video Games (4 Credits)
    Over the past four decades, video games have grown into a field that encompasses a billion dollar entertainment industry, platforms for self-expression, tools for education, innovations in technology, and more. This course explores the historical development of video games from their arcade beginnings to the latest releases. With a focus on hands-on gameplay, students will explore the relationship between hardware, software, and society, enabling them to understand the places both iconic and recent video games occupy within the media landscape.
    Instructor: Sarah Zaidan
  • VM301 - Post Colonial Cinema (4 Credits)
    An examination of the historical, socioeconomic, and ideological contexts of film production, distribution, and exhibition of post-colonial films that explore and challenge Hollywood and Western notions of identity, narrative, history, and oral traditions. Films viewed are from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • VM303 - Studies in Digital Media and Culture (4 Credits)
    Examines the dramatic shift in meaning and processes of contemporary communication by investigating the social, artistic, economic, and political implications of using digital ways of working. Topics include the Internet and the web, cyberspace and censorship, games, digital film and video, multimedia and interactivity, virtual reality, person-machine interfaces, and globalization considerations.
    Instructor: Martin Roberts
  • VM304 - History of Documentary (4 Credits)
    Examines the history and theory of documentary media production, with attention to the economic, technological, ethical, and aesthetic concerns of documentarians.
    Instructor: Michael Selig
  • VM305 - History of Experimental/Avant-garde (4 Credits)
    Examines the history and theory of experimental and avant-garde film, video, and other moving image practices and their connections to broader art and social movements. Through extensive reading and viewing, students investigate avant-garde and experimental cinema form, style, and content as well as historical and contemporary filmmakers' production methods and distribution networks in film communities and the art world.
  • VM311 - Latin American Cinema (4 Credits)
    Looks at films from various Latin American countries, examining both popular and artistic traditions that have developed since the early twentieth century. Best known for the innovative film movements of the 1960s, Latin American cinema has a history that goes back to the silent era and continues today in the hands of a new generation of filmmakers. This course focuses on some key moments in this history, while also exploring concepts such as colonialism and post-colonialism, cultural imperialism, Third World filmmaking, transnational cinema, and globalization.
  • VM315 - Topics in Art History: (4 Credits)
    This course examines Chinese art from the late 19th century to the present. Explores traditional and reformed idioms of brush-and-ink painting, competing modes of oil painting, printing and vernacular arts, photography, and post-modern strategies to express new concepts of nationhood, mobilize against Japanese aggression, raise political consciousness among workers and peasants, and voice political protest. Addresses issues of art education, art institutions, censorship, propaganda, cultural and national identity, commercialization and globalization. Examines competing expressions of modernism, the avant-garde, and the work of contemporary artists.
  • VM315 - Topics in Art History: Chinese Landscape Painting (4 Credits)
    This course examines the tradition of Chinese landscape painting in imperial times and its legacy now. We analyze landscape as a vehicle for embodying a range of religious (Buddhist and Daoist), social, and political values historically. That will serve as our basis for considering the present moment as human pressures on the natural environment mount and artists use landscape to address urgent problems of pollution, environmental justice, and global climate change.
    Instructor: De-nin Lee
  • VM322 - Comedy Writing for Television (4 Credits)
    Examines writing television comedy with an emphasis on sitcoms. Areas of study also include sketch writing and writing for late-night TV. Students learn how to writie physical comedy, how to write for existing shows and characters, sitcom structure, format, and joke writing. Each student writes a script for an existing sitcom that will be workshopped.
  • VM324 - Topics in Screenplay Genres: (4 Credits)
    Students explore techniques and approaches unique to writing animation and will examine a variety of animation formats, methods, and genres in order to understand the demands, opportunities, challenges, and styles of this storytelling form. Students will write an outline, treatment, and either a television pilot or the first half of a screenplay.
  • VM325 - Writing the Adaptation (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the process of analyzing material from another medium (e.g., novels, plays, comic books) and translating into a screenplay. Students write one original first act of a public domain property, as well as one analytical paper.
    Instructor: Stephen Glantz
  • VM329 - Top: Writing for Tweens (4 Credits)
    Remember those 'tween shows you grew up on? Ever think about writing for them? Now's your chance. Will discuss and analyze `tween story elements, formats, genres, platforms/networks, and expectations. Examine how to balance the unique challenges facing a writer for ?tweens in exploring differences and worlds and keeping the shows entertaining. Students choose to write a spec script for an existing series or a pilot.
    Instructor: Martie Cook
  • VM329 - Topics in Television Writing: Comedy Writing for Late Night (4 Credits)
    This course examines how to write comedy for late night television, with a heavy emphasis on joke writing, monologue writing, sketch writing, current events and satire. In addition to working on individual assignments, students with also learn how to write effectively as a team. The final project will require students to collectively create and write an innovative show designed for late night television.
    Instructor: Martie Cook
  • VM329 - Topics in Television Writing: (4 Credits)
    Students study reality television series, and in groups create original ?unscripted? series for broadcast, from concept development, to show pitch writing, to preparation for pre-production, production, and post-production in this course. In groups, students will research, develop and create a number of original series with emphasis on innovative ways to expand and contribute to the reality genre in docu-soap, lifestyle, competition, or investigative formats. Each student group will write an industry standard Pilot Pitch, with Show Descriptions for 4 to 6 episodes. In addition, they will produce a 5- to 7-minute video Trailer for their original reality series.
  • VM331 - Topics in Visual and Media Arts, Practice: (4 Credits)
    From Hollywood to independent and world cinema, Film News and Reviews examines how film journalism is practiced across an array of media with an emphasis on print and online outlets. Students will acquire a working knowledge of how film-related news, reviews, and feature stories are pitched, assigned, researched, reported, edited, and published. Discussion will include the history of film journalism as well as career paths in film journalism today. Class exercises foster critical and creative thinking as well as the integration of multimedia elements, including audio, video, still photography, and social networking.
  • VM331 - Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Behind the Screen (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to the elements of running a successful cinema series. This course will offer a combination of lectures, opportunity to meet area industry professionals (from theatres, film festivals and booking agencies) and article readings on the current and constantly changing field of cinema exhibition. Students will be spending one night per week observing in the cinema and seeing first hand the challenges and rewards of creating a communal movie viewing environment. Course work includes weekly journals including reading responses, a short research paper and will culminate in a presentation proposed by the student according to their area of interest. Experiential hours will be scheduled on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 6:00-10:00 pm. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor required, e-mail anna_feder@emerson.edu.
    Instructor: Anna Feder
  • VM331 - Topics in Visual and Media Arts: (4 Credits)
    This course presents students with a hands-on approach to working in a professional production environment. If offers a unique opportunity to serve as a crewmember on a broadcast series during both production and post-production stages. Readings associated with this course will provide insight into production techniques, analytical essays, and segment editing. Students pariticipate in on site sessions at WGBH. Interested juniors and seniors should email the instructor, Bavand_Karim@emerson.edu a brief statement listing your production experience and explaining your motivation for taking the course.
  • VM332 - Production Management (4 Credits)
    Provides an in-depth study covering the responsibilities of the Production Manager/Line Producer throughout the pre-production, physical production and wrap process of a project. The course focuses on the Production Manager or Line Producer?s key relationships with crew and staff both on set and in the production office as well as introduces the industry standard scheduling and budgeting programs as the tools to support production. The material covered will help prepare students to properly manage their own projects as well as provide the necessary tools for production experience in a broader/industry context.
    Instructor: Amy DePaola
  • VM335 - Alternative Production Techniques (4 Credits)
    Intermediate-level 16mm production workshop in the use of unorthodox, non-computer driven methods and processes for developing and producing motion pictures. Provides an overview of historical methods of formal exploration of the basic materials of film as a projection medium, including camera-less filmmaking, direct animation, and loop projections, as well as alternative mechanical processes such as xerography, hand-process, and alternative-camera tools and techniques. Primary emphasis is on creative invention and exploration.
    Instructor: Kathryn Ramey
  • VM340 - SPEC (0 Credit)
    Registration for Non-tuition credits takes place after participation is confirmed by the Instructor
    Instructor: Jean Stawarz
  • VM350 - Sound Design (4 Credits)
    Introduces the art of inventing sounds and composing soundtracks for visual media such as film, video, computer animation, and websites. Focus is on audio post-production and the roles of the supervising sound editor and the sound designer. Post-production techniques include sound recording, sound editing, and sound mixing in stereo and surround sound.
    Instructor: Pierre Archambault
  • VM352 - Studio Recording (4 Credits)
    Explores the principal tools of the professional audio production studio and how they can be used for creative productions. Includes instruction in multi-track recording and sound processing equipment.
    Instructor: Mark van Bork
  • VM361 - 2D Character Animation (4 Credits)
    Building upon the system of analytical drawing and the fundamentals of artistic anatomy covered in the prerequisite course, VM263, this class further develops a student aptitude for inventing, constructing, and animating creatures and characters in two-dimensional media. A special emphasis is placed on studying facial muscles and animating a variety of facial expressions. While conceptual coherence and craftsmanship of each project are of primary importance, the course also aims to raise student proficiency in such software packages as Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, and Maya. Students are expected to generate 2D imagery combining tactile and digital techniques, sequence media elements, and output screen-ready self-contained shorts.
    Instructor: Anya Belkina
  • VM362 - Motion Graphics (4 Credits)
    Covers the practice and art of motion graphics and visual effects, including the design process, artistic concepts, and technologies. Production techniques range from title sequences for film, to compositing of real and virtual worlds and a myriad of digital time-based art forms. Students make a series of projects using post-production and compositing software.
    Instructor: Allyson Sherlock
  • VM363 - Advanced Computer Animation (4 Credits)
    The second course in the two-course computer animation sequence, introducing students to advanced three-dimensional modeling and animation techniques and preparing them for independent computer animation production work. Continues to develop skills acquired in computer animation, including modeling, texturing objects, composing and lighting scenes, animating, dynamics, rendering, and post-production compositing.
    Instructor: Jason Wiser
  • VM364 - 3D Computer Gaming (4 Credits)
    Provides students with the fundamentals of game design and theory. Students learn to create and import assets, develop objectives, script behaviors and action, and build game levels. Students complete the course with an original portfolio-ready single player game.
  • VM365 - Darkroom Photography (4 Credits)
    An intermediate-level course in black-and-white photography designed to explore a variety of "ways of seeing" as well as demonstrate techniques that further enhance the photographic image. Assignments build on one another (tone, time, frame, point of view, scale, and sequence). Critical viewing and seeing as well as guest artists and gallery visits are encouraged as students begin to form their personal photographic vision.
    Instructors: David Akiba, Lauren Shaw
  • VM366 - Digital Photography (4 Credits)
    A hands-on production class created especially for the photography student who is interested in the digital darkroom. It is designed to give students a basic introduction to the elements of digital capture, manipulation, and output. The course addresses the digital tools within the context of the aesthetics of photography. Photoshop is used as another photographic tool.
    Instructor: Camilo Ramirez
  • VM370 - The Business of Film (4 Credits)
    Examines legal, administrative, and financial components that are integrated within the process of filmmaking. Key areas that are explored include the basics of business affairs (ownership and copyright, rights agreements); talent and key crew agreements; learning how to raise film financing; examining financial streams from a global perspective, from crowdfunding to foreign presales and equity; studying varying methods of distribution from customary models for theatrical film to online, VOD/hybrid distribution; and exploring current trends in marketing and publicity.
    Instructor: Maria Agui Carter
  • VM371 - Alternative Media Production: Out of the Box (4 Credits)
    Fosters an exploratory approach to making media projects by providing unorthodox conceptual frameworks in which students conceive and execute short projects using both conventional and unconventional acquisition devices in a variety of media. Students work individually or collaboratively throughout the course to develop ideas and acquire material for assignments.
    Instructor: Pamela Larson
  • VM372 - Directing Image and Sound (4 Credits)
    Examines a director?s preparation in detail, with particular emphasis on forming creative approaches to the script, as well as image and sound design. Production and postproduction strategies are also addressed.
  • VM373 - Directing Actors for the Screen (4 Credits)
    Develops skills in directing actors in dramatic performances for the screen. Students are taken step by step through the directing process with a particular emphasis on research and visualization, as they learn how to plan and direct narrative sequences. Classes will be offered in conjunction with Acting for the Camera classes in Performing Arts.
  • VM375 - Advanced Interactive Media (4 Credits)
    Continues to explore interactive media, including consideration of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical concerns. Technologies covered include interactive web elements, databases, mobile development, and an introduction to programming. Emphasis is on making creative works.
  • VM376 - Editing for Film and Video (4 Credits)
    Furthers understanding of and ability to work with medium- to long-format post-production processes through editing assignments in film and video, along with critical examination of completed motion pictures.
  • VM377 - Documentary Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Develops skills necessary to produce documentary productions in video or film. Covers production processes from story development through all the production phases. Practical considerations of production are balanced with theoretical debates on the legal and ethical responsibilities of those who document others.
    Instructor: Marc Fields
  • VM378 - Basic Cinematography and Videography (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic elements of the aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of 16mm and digital video cameras, as well as basic lighting design and equipment, with an emphasis on crew relations and organization. Includes a comprehensive exploration of the work of significant cinematographers.
  • VM380 - Media Copyright and Content (4 Credits)
    Copyright is the legal foundation that gives value and property rights to any creative work. This includes music as well as books, films, television shows, choreographed work, architectural designs, plays, paintings, maps, photographs, video games, and computer software. Students look at the history, development, and purpose of copyright and other intellectual property law. They also explore the purpose and value of fair use and of the public domain, and alternative views of copyright such as the ?Creative Commons.?
  • VM381 - Production Design (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to the work of the production designer, the creative individual responsible for the ?look? of production. Topics include: developing and implementing the design concept, strategies for working on location or sound stage, and collaboration with the cinematographer, art director and set decorator. The work of notable production designers will be considered. Class projects and actual production work combine theory with practice.
    Instructor: Charles E. McCarry
  • VM400 - Topics in Visual and Med Arts: The New Abnormal: Gender and Racial Disparities in Hollywood (4 Credits)
    One cannot engage with mainstream media without observing the abnormal dichotomy and misogynist location of women. This course will function as an applied laboratory by integrating theory, feminist text and personal narratives from industry specialist to understand this paradox. We will use the work of different feminist theories like bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and Patricia Hill Collins as well as current works from Roxanne Gay along with communication theories like Genderlect, Muted Group and Feminist Standpoint Theory to frame our understanding of media. The lived experiences of LA community industry specialist and guest speakers will serve to increase our knowledge. The course will conclude with a collaborative, student-driven construct for enacting equity and addressing gender bias in Hollywood and LA communities. This course is crosslisted with a course being offered in Los Angeles.
    Instructor: Miranda Banks
  • VM400 - Topics in Visual and Media Arts Studies: Cinephilia and the Auteurs (4 Credits)
    In his review of Bitter Victory (1958), Jean-Luc Godard declared: "the cinema is Nicholas Ray." In his study The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968, Andrew Sarris placed Ray beneath the "Pantheon Directors" in a lovely named but secondary grouping he called "The Far Side of Paradise." This course will dive into just such nuances from this fascinating period of film criticism and cinephilia (the 1950s and 1960s). By examining the French response (Bazin and Cahiers) to the American cinema (mainly of the 1940s and 1950s), and by looking at films by directors like Ray and Howard Hawks, we will explore the French influence on American and British critics.
    Instructor: Barry Marshall
  • VM400 - Topics in Visual and Media Arts Studies: Cyber-Activism & the Power of Technology for Good & Evil (4 Credits)
    Technology has not only allowed for the unprecedented global dissemination of information within the last several decades; it has become a power tool for social and political activists around the world. Individual activists and well-organized groups now have access to millions of people and social networks that provide an influential contemporary forum for advocating for change. This course explores 'cyber activism' in theory, in practice, and as business structures. We will examine the history of activism and how technology has changed the playing field; and where we might go in the future as technology advances. We will research different the good, bad and ugly approaches used by activists around the world. This is a highly interactive class where research and discussion are essential to success.
    Instructor: Kelley Misata
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: (4 Credits)
    This seminar surveys the world of auditory art from the oral tradition to contemporary art works of sound and noise/music composition. The course examines the influences of culture, society, and the arts and sciences on the movements and conceptual constructs existing within the culture of sound art. The seminar?s focus is on Post World War I, Twentieth & Twenty-First Century experiments and explorations into sound, noise and radio; the avant-garde in sound & experimental music; aleatory forms of composition & performance; computer generative works; visual elements in sound performance; installation art; and the aesthetics of silence.
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Animation Histories: Jules Engel (4 Credits)
    Through lecture-discussion, screenings, research and critical writing we study the European roots of experimentation in animation history that led to the production of Walt Disney's Fantasia; the impact of the Disney Strike and World War II on the animation industry; and the influence and demise of an inventive post-war mode of Modernist cartoon in Hollywood. We trace the legacy and creative force of the artist-mentor-educator in America, Jules Engel (1909-2003), progenitor of a singular mode of fine art in cinema, experimental animation. This seminar is research-based critical writing that culminates in a formal research paper (15+ pages) and oral presentation.
    Instructor: Janeann Dill
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Ethics and Cultural Diversity (4 Credits)
    Primary issues of media ethics such as privacy, security, pornography, deception, reputation, product placement, and conflict of interest overlap with issues of cultural diversity such as discrimination, ?myth-representation?, profiling, and social justice and fairness pertaining to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, and nationality. Using numerous examples from film, Internet, television, audio and other media, this seminar will feature screenings, discussions, debates, papers, and the building of ?the community of justice and fairness?.
    Instructor: Thomas Cooper
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Telivision Culture (4 Credits)
    This course looks at how TV makes a commodity of culture. We examine American TV as an institution as well as a cultural producer. This knowledge involves the mapping of the intricacies of TV practice as well as understanding the role of American culture. Although the television has gone through massive economic changes in its fifty-five years, its production process has not measurably altered. So what is the method of TV? If it is not simply mass production, what is it? Can TV be original? Where does it get its ideas? By combining the study of genres and cultural theories derived from the sociology of culture, the course will introduce students to the complex relationship of economics to culture. In the process we learn to think, argue, and write about American television on a conceptually sophisticated and informed level.
    Instructor: Jane Shattuc
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: (4 Credits)
    Surveillance is something once reserved for spy movies and government agencies. Today, as technology weaves even further into our daily lives more questions are arising around the "who", "why", "what", and "how" of electronic surveillance. This course will explore how surveillance has evolved and how growing advancements in technology are raising it to a new level. We will cover current headlines involving surveillance and a not-too-geeky technical explanation of some common surveillance methods, as well as, dive into important questions around privacy, laws facilitating electronic surveillance, and who is behind it all?
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts: (4 Credits)
    The objective of this course is to survey the politics and aesthetics of the moving image in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary art strategies and methods. In this course students will have the opportunity to analyze influential art videos, films and theory, in order to learn new ways of seeing and enhancing their visual literacy. Students will also have the opportunity to work on short video projects to define and express their own desired aesthetic.
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: (4 Credits)
    This seminar surveys queer film and video from social-historical, aesthetic, and theoretical perspectives. Subjects include: Weimar German films (among the first lesbian and gay films); classical Hollywood and queer fandom, authorship, and stereotyping; subcultural coding and camp sensibility; the 1960s Underground cinema movement; network television and Hollywood films of the 1960s and 1970s; lesbian and gay liberation cinema of the 1970s; the AIDS activist video movement and the New Queer Cinema and Video movement of the 1980s and 1990s; LGBTQ representations on television in the 1990s and 2000s; and transgender films and television programs of the 2000s.
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: It's Not TV, It's HBO (4 Credits)
    Since its debut, HBO has been a powerhouse in American television and film. They regularly dominate the nominations for Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and their success has profoundly affected the television and film industries and the content they produce. This course will examine the birth and development of HBO in order to see what a closer analysis of the channel and its programming can tell us about television, Hollywood, and American culture over the last four decades. We will also look to the future to see what HBO might become in the increasingly global and digital television landscape.
    Instructor: Jennifer Porst
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: (4 Credits)
    This course will explore the post-World War II era in the United States ? perhaps the most significant period of the ?American Century? ? through moving images. Using mainstream films and TV programs from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Leave It to Beaver, exploitation, educational, industrial, and home movies, we will concentrate on the how moving images conveyed contemporary cultural concerns, paying particular attention to issues of domesticity, consumption, security, gender, race, technology, and ?the American Dream? from 1945 to 1964. In addition to providing students with a greater understanding of the historical circumstances that shaped contemporary media, we will see how this period has informed the present, examine how media texts can be used as historical evidence, and work on sharpening research and writing skills.
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Film Noir (4 Credits)
    This seminar will survey film noir from its inception and identification in the 1940s through its contemporary status as a recognized generic and industrial category. We will explore the origins of film noir, paying particular attention to social determinants and changes in the postwar film industry. Other influences will be considered including the visual arts, literature, philosophy, as well as the more generalized phenomenon of ?modernism.? Each week we will watch a film and engage in in-depth analysis of the complex narrative, visual, and aural patterns of the film screened. Other topics we will consider will include gender representation; the way the city is constructed in film noir, issues of realism, and representations of the ?American Dream.? Students will leave the course with an enhanced understanding of the ways social and industrial factors shape the form and content of motion pictures, and how categories are constructed, maintained, and change over time. They will also hone their critical skills through writing and oral presentation of material.
    Instructor: Eric Schaefer
  • VM402 - Seminar in Media Arts Topics: D is for Desire (4 Credits)
    The objective of this course is to survey the politics and aesthetics of the moving image in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary art strategies and methods. In this course students will have the opportunity to analyze influential art videos, films and theory, in order to learn new ways of seeing and enhancing their visual literacy. Students will also have the opportunity to work on short video projects to define and express their own desired aesthetic.
    Instructor: Maria Zervou
  • VM409 - Seminar in Western Art: What is Contemporary Art? (4 Credits)
    This course is designed to give students experience in curating an art exhibition. First, we survey contemporary art. Second, we visit the studios of graduate students in the visual arts at area colleges. Third, students curate an exhibition of these artists. The objectives are to ask: What is contemporary art? What is the artistic voice of your generation? How do you create a visual art experience that expresses the voice of your generation?
    Instructor: Joseph Ketner
  • VM409 - Sem: Urban Public Art (4 Credits)
    This seminar investigates the design, creation, commission, patronage and placement of public art within the urban fabric. Students examine their roles as community members and participate in multiple field trips. Topics include: practical concerns and historical background; public art typologies; public art's relationships with institutions; funding; audience agency; and temporary and alternative art forms. The artworks studied range from traditional sculpture and mural painting, to less conventional and more transgressive works including interventions and ephemeral installations.
    Instructor: Cher Knight
  • VM409 - Seminar in Western Art: New Media: (4 Credits)
    This course surveys the development of new technology arts from the post-World War II period, from kinetic, light, and video, through early computer and communications arts in the 1970s, to more complex multimedia digital displays of the contemporary visual art world.
  • VM410 - Seminar in Non-Western Art: (4 Credits)
    This course is an exploration of modern and contemporary Latin American Art in its political, social and cultural contexts. The course is divided into four parts: 1) Reality, Politics and Culture: The Mexican Muralists; 2) The Fantastic and Beyond; 3) Archetypes: Icons, Images and Symbols in Latin American Art; and 4) Contemporary Visions and Border Crossers. Our study centers on the work of important artists who represent identity, culture, and politics as the complex and multifaceted expression of the experience of living within and between nations and cultures in an age of globalization. Through lectures, videos, slide presentations, artist talks, discussions, student research presentations and workshops, we will explore the common themes, disparate perspectives and changing visions of artists from the "other" Americas.
  • VM412 - American Film Comedy (4 Credits)
    A historical approach to the development of American film comedy explores theories of comedy and their value to the critical interpretation of comic films. Also considers the varying ways spectators are addressed, and the impact of performers and directors on various comedy styles.
  • VM418 - Transnational Asian Cinemas (4 Credits)
    Asian "national" cinemas are examined and problematized in the contexts of media and economic globalization, including: the politics of transnational film practices; issues surrounding filmic representation and diasporic identities; the construction and negotiation of national, gender, and genre differences; local-regional-global dynamics; and questions of the postcolonial in Asian contexts.
    Instructor: Shujen Wang
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts: Practice: (4 Credits)
    This course provides an in-depth examination of the mechanics of the contemporary motion picture industry and is ideally suited for seniors prior to graduation or prior to attending the LA program. Topics covered include exploring the organizational structures and hierarchies of studios and production companies, examining how executive and staff positions function and what projects are acquired, developed and distributed; understanding customary industry terminology and references; how to work with talent and literary agencies, management companies and entertainment attorneys; and examining the role of guilds for above-the-line talent. The course will also explore how opportunities within the industry are expanding and changing -- particularly in the form of film finance and distribution --and will help to prepare students for the landscape which is continually evolving.
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts Practice: Narrative Motion Picure Lab (4 Credits)
    The Narrative Motion Picture Production Lab is a pre-production, production and post-production intensive class co-taught by director Regge Life and director of photography Harlan Bosmajian. Designed for second semester juniors and seniors, the class is a chance for students to hone their specific film production skills in an educational environment that will be as much like a professionally run film-set as the students would encounter outside Emerson College. The goal of the class is the creation of a completed festival-ready short film around 15-20 minutes in length. Students interested in directing and producing should e-mail theodore_life@emerson.edu for information and instructor approval for registration.
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts Practice: Narrative Motion Picure Lab-Technical Craft (4 Credits)
    The Narrative Motion Picture Production Lab is a pre-production, production and post-production intensive class co-taught by director Regge Life and director of photography Harlan Bosmajian. Designed for second semester juniors and seniors, the class is a chance for students to hone their specific film production skills in an educational environment that will be as much like a professionally run film-set as the students would encounter outside Emerson College. The goal of the class is the creation of a completed festival-ready short film around 15-20 minutes in length. Students interested in Camera, Grip/Electric, Editing/DIT/Color Correction and sound should e-mail harlan_bosmajian@emerson.edu for information and instructor approval for registration.
    Instructor: Harlan Bosmajian
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts: Creating Feminist Media (4 Credits)
    In this cross-media production/theory hybrid course, students will develop their creative authorial voice by critically examining the work of female-identified media artists, discussing key contemporary feminist issues illuminated by the work, and exploring artistic interpretations of the female experience. Class discussion, screenings, and critical readings will provide the necessary background for the creation of socially conscious media projects. Please note: the nature of this course requires the screening and discussion of potentially sensitive material during every class.
    Instructor: Colleen Poplin
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts Practice: Advanced Motion Graphics (4 Credits)
    This course is in-depth workshop in the practice and art of motion graphics and visual effects. The course will emphasize design process, both creative and technical. Students will use digital technologies and graphic deign to create artistic short motion pieces (e.g. title sequences, experimental film, narrative sequence, animations, commercials,). Students will first make a series of short projects using advanced visual effects and compositing software and then a half-semester long production. Projects may be done individually, but they most likely will be produced by small groups of students working together. Prerequisite: VM362, VM478 and Permission of the instructor with evidence of previous experience in motion graphics, computer animation, film animation, or advanced cinematography. Email: james_sheldon@emerson.edu
    Instructor: James Sheldon
  • VM420 - Topics in Media Arts: (4 Credits)
    Documentary filmmakers have developed a variety of ways of representing our personal and collective histories, combining firsthand accounts with recreations and/or archival materials. This course explores these approaches to documenting history and will guide students through the process of making a short documentary on a historically themed subject of their choosing. Emphasis will be placed on interview techniques, lighting, camera, and sound, as well as on the research, acquisition, and creative treatment of archival materials.
  • VM423 - Writing Television Pilots (4 Credits)
    Examines how to create a television series, including developing an original premise, and writing convincing, multi-dimensional characters, and intriguing, character-specific dialogue. Students write an entire television pilot script to be workshopped in class, along with a pilot package that includes a logline, series synopsis and a 13-week episode guide with character and story arcs.
  • VM428 - Feature Writing Workshop (4 Credits)
    Working from detailed outlines developed in VM 221 or 320 Writing the Feature Film, students complete a first draft of a feature-length screenplay. Students read each other's work, write a critical analysis of each segment, and engage in discussion of aesthetics, craft, and form.
    Instructor: Weiko Lin
  • VM429 - Comedy Writer's Room (4 Credits)
    Emulates a Hollywood comedy writing room. Students collectively create and write an original pilot script for a TV comedy. Students write character sketches, a comprehensive story outline, the first draft of the script and all subsequent drafts, and participate in an extensive punch-up. Participants gain a keen understanding of how a Hollywood comedy writers' room works, how to write under deadline, how to pitch jokes, and how to write comedy as a team.
    Instructor: Martie Cook
  • VM440 - Advanced Studio Production: Fiction (4 Credits)
    Provides the opportunity for specialized work in fiction television genres that include a studio component, such as drama series, soap operas, and situation comedies. Students create projects and produce, direct, light, and crew them.
    Instructor: Bavand Karim
  • VM441 - Advanced Studio Production: Nonfiction (4 Credits)
    Provides the opportunity for specialized work in nonfiction multi-camera television genres, including talk shows, live performance, and public affairs programming. Emphasis is on designing, producing, directing, lighting, and studio crewing.
    Instructor: Eric Handler
  • VM450 - Advanced Sound Design (4 Credits)
    Advanced studies in audio post-production, with emphasis on expanding students' conceptual framework and refining creative audio post-production skills in surround sound mixing and applications in film, video, and digital media.
    Instructor: Elizabeth Fausak
  • VM452 - Art of Noise (4 Credits)
    Explores the concept of the "avant-garde" not as a fading modernist construct, but as a creative tool in contemporary sound art practice. Through examination and modeling of both familiar and obscure works, students cultivate novel strains in their creative voices. Investigates issues related to process (indeterminacy, defamiliarization, stochastic methods, and phase shift) as well as the social aspects of outsider art, subversion, and provocation.
  • VM465 - Documentary Photography (4 Credits)
    Provides the foundation for an intense photographic investigation of an issue-cultural, political, ideological, or personal. Develops greater competence in negative making and black-and-white printing, with emphasis on strongly informative images. Assignments require the student to discover narrative possibilities while creating strong individual images. The course's technical components are supplemented by considerations of the history of documentary photography.
    Instructor: Lauren Shaw
  • VM470 - Advanced New Media Projects (4 Credits)
    Provides an opportunity for senior VMA students working in computer animation, interactive media, motion graphics, digital photography, networked performance, audio, or other forms of new media to create advanced portfolio work. Projects, both collaborative and individual, are developed in the context of peer-based critique and analysis. The focus is on using new technologies for creative self-expression. Students complete the course with an original portfolio-ready project. May be repeated once for credit if projects differ.
    Instructor: John Craig Freeman
  • VM471 - Topics in Documentary: (4 Credits)
    This production course studies the innovative genre of personal, or autobiographical, documentary. Students will explore their own lives, experiences and perspectives, and develop creative ways of presenting their stories on video. The course will examine how personal documentary is different from third-person documentary and what makes a personal story compelling, absorbing, and one that connects to others. The class will also watch and discuss notable personal documentaries.
  • VM476 - Editing for Advanced Film and Video (4 Credits)
    This advanced-level post-production course is designed to assist in the editing and completion of students? advanced-level projects. Technical procedures as well as aesthetic and conceptual issues endemic to post-production are examined with an eye to their practical application to students? work on their projects.
  • VM478 - Advanced Cinematography and Videography (4 Credits)
    Offers advanced-level exploration of aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of the advanced level of cameras in the department and are expected to develop complex lighting and shot designs. Emphasis is on aesthetic use of the technical elements of motion picture acquisition. Includes significant collaboration with other courses in the curriculum including BFA and BA Production Workshop.
  • VM481 - Advanced Production Design (4 Credits)
    Places students in the role of production designer, the creative individual responsible for the ?look? of a production, as well as the role of art director and set decorator. Students develop and draw design concepts based on scripts, and implement them in class projects and in production. Designing Emerson productions is required. Drawing and drafting skills are most valuable in presenting ideas for weekly critique.
    Instructor: Charles E. McCarry
  • VM490 - BFA Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Provides the means for students to produce portfolio work. BFA students are required to take two consecutive semesters of the workshop, 4 credits per semester. Work may be produced in teams, partnerships, or individually. Projects must be proposed in the semester preceding the semester in which the work is to be produced (see section on BFA requirements above). Students may also apply to serve as non-BFA participants for a single semester and for 4 credits only, serving as crew members or staff on another student's project. Prerequisites: Completion of one specialization-level production course, and approval by the faculty BFA committee based on application.
  • VM491 - BA Capstone Project (4 Credits)
    Students are admitted by application to produce portfolio work as a Capstone Project. Applications must include a detailed description of the proposal for consideration by a faculty panel. The proposal can be for either a creative project based in any area of the program, including film, TV, animation, sound design, or digital art and games; or a significant research project in media studies. Provides an opportunity to produce a significant piece of creative or scholarly work.
    Instructor: John Gianvito
  • VM492 - Photo Practicum (4 Credits)
    Designed to integrate, enrich, and solidify a student's photographic skills building on past productions. Emphasis is placed on developing a portfolio representative of a personal vision.
  • VM499 - Internship (4 Credits)
    Students work in organizations such as a film and video production company, sound lab, broadcast station, or in educational or corporate media under the direct supervision of an approved full-time employee and an assigned faculty member. No more than 8 credits of any combination of directed projects (VM 497), directed studies (VM 498), and internship (VM 499) may be counted toward the major. No more than 4 credits of internship may be counted toward the major. Prerequisites: junior standing, completion of appropriate 200-level production course(s), a grade point average of 2.7 or above, and permission of instructor. A 4-credit internship requires 16 hours a week over a 12-week period and an 8-credit internship requires 32 hours over a 12-week period. No more than 8 credits of internship and no more than 12 credits of any combination of internship, directed project, and directed study may be applied to the total graduation requirements. Students must participate in the Internship Experience Workshop offered through Career Services prior to the start of the internship and should consult the Academic Calendar for registration deadlines. Students who wish to participate in an internship in the Los Angeles, California, area must be enrolled in the Emerson Los Angeles Program.
    Instructor: Vinicius Navarro
  • VM600 - Business of Modern Media (4 Credits)
    Focuses on strategic thinking and implementation of media projects from conception (pre-production) through release/distribution/exhibition. Material covered includes business plans; grant resources, writing, and package preparation; acquiring rights associated with production; preparing for feature production (optioning literary property, pitching ideas, offerings, prospectus); legal issues (rights, copyright, and intellectual property); insurance considerations; advertising; and marketing. Students are required to conduct database web research on the industry and festivals in addition to following current trends in global markets, financing, advertising, and marketing.
  • VM602 - Media Production Ethics and Cultural Diversity (4 Credits)
    Ethical and diversity issues, including deception, privacy, pornography, racism, discrimination, defamation of character, sexism, stereotyping, piracy, censorship, obscenity, ethnocentricity, confidentiality, fairness, and hate speech are investigated as they apply to the production process of film, video, new media, audio, and photography.
    Instructor: Thomas Cooper
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production: Fundamentals of Fiction Film Directing (4 Credits)
    This class provides an overview of the role of the fiction film director from script development through post-production. It will examine each phase of the director's process with emphasis on the methodologies necessary to realize the dramatic possibilities of a cinematic story. Students will create several short exercises and analyze the works of master directors.
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production: Advanced New Media Projects (4 Credits)
    Provides an opportunity for senior VMA students working in computer animation, interactive media, motion graphics, digital photography, networked performance, audio, or other forms of new media to create advanced portfolio work. Projects, both collaborative and individual, are developed in the context of peer-based critique and analysis. The focus is on using new technologies for creative self-expression. Students complete the course with an original portfolio-ready project. Special permission needed from the Graduate Program Director, limited seats available for graduate students. Contact L_Marc_Fields@emerson.edu
    Instructor: John Craig Freeman
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production: (4 Credits)
    This course emphasizes the role of the producer as a key creative force behind a film. We will explore the fundamental cornerstones of that role: identifying and nurturing material, acquiring business skills, developing the ability to form creative collaborations and understanding financial and distribution opportunities. The course will examine the ways in which a creative producer engages with a project from conception through completion with a focus on the development process. We will discuss original ideas, source material (books, stories), pitching, creating log lines, script coverage, the notes process and assembling the creative team. We will cover customary business affairs including chain-of-title, talent and option/purchase agreements as well as key concepts for financing, marketing and distribution. Our emphasis is on a feature ? length film but many concepts also apply to working with shorts
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production: Advanced Cinematography and Video (4 Credits)
    Offers advanced-level exploration of aesthetics, technology, and craft of cinematography and videography. Students gain a working knowledge of the advanced level of cameras in the department and are expected to develop complex lighting and shot designs. Emphasis is on aesthetic use of the technical elements of motion picture acquisition. Special permission needed from the Graduate Program Director, limited seats available for graduate students. Contact L_Marc_Fields@emerson.edu
    Instructor: Harlan Bosmajian
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production: (4 Credits)
    This class will take students from the ideation of a long-form story through the various stages of concept development. Methods and techniques for both classic three-act structure and non-linear structure will be examined. Students will learn pacing for feature scripts, momentum, character development, conflict and dialogue. Completion of a treatment, a detailed outline and a minimum of 60 pages will be completed.
  • VM604 - Topics in Media Production: Graduate Writing for TV (4 Credits)
    The course examines how to create a television series. This includes developing an original premise and writing convincing, multi-dimensional characters and intriguing, character-specific dialogue. Students will write a television pilot script to be work-shopped in class, along with a pilot package that includes a logline, a series synopsis and a six-week episode guide with character descriptions and story arcs. Students will also be introduced to writing scripts for existing TV sitcoms and dramas.
    Instructor: James Macak
  • VM605 - Graduate Writing Short Subject (4 Credits)
    Introduces the three genres of short form--nonfiction, experimental, and fiction. Students learn the differences and components of each genre and acquire an understanding of the art, craft, and discipline of each process from a writer's point of view. Emphasis is on developing the writer-s individual personal vision.
    Instructors: Hassan Ildari, Marc Fields
  • VM606 - Writing for Interactive Media (4 Credits)
    Explores the fundamentals of writing for the interactive screen. Examines narrative, non-text, web, and multi-user game contexts as the student works from the ideation phase through completed works made ready for production.
  • VM611 - Principles of Sound Production (4 Credits)
    An introductory course in audio physics, sound principles, and the theory and practice of audio recording and mixing. Emphasis is also placed on concept development within sound production concurrent to the study of signal routing and the mixer console, analog and digital audio recording and editing techniques.
    Instructor: Pierre Archambault
  • VM613 - Foundations of Image and Sound Production (4 Credits)
    Introduces the aesthetics and practice of image and sound production. Topics include visual composition, preproduction skills, lighting, basic directing, camera operation, lens theory, and editing. Students create projects using digital still photography and video.
  • VM621 - Documentary Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    Introduces the practice of documentary video production. Emphasizes documentary strategies, research, budgeting, production, and postproduction. Students produce a documentary short.
  • VM624 - Graduate Directing Actors for the Screen (4 Credits)
    This is a workshop-style class that focuses on the director-actor interaction. John Cassavetes said that acting is the essential discipline for moviemakers, and in this intensive course, students learn the language of acting and the techniques of directing actors in dramatic productions.
  • VM629 - Motion Graphics (4 Credits)
    This is an intermediate course in the practice and art of motion graphics and visual effects. The design process, artistic concepts, and technologies involved in the creation of motion graphics range from title sequences for film to compositing of real and virtual worlds and a myriad of digital time-based art forms. Students make a series of projects using post-production and compositing software.
  • VM631 - Graduate Cinematography (4 Credits)
    Introduces the art of cinematography on both an aesthetic and technical level. Students learn how to shoot on both film and digital formats. They also learn fundamental lighting skills using an array of professional lighting units. Emphasizes the learning of creative techniques for visualizing narrative scripts and exploring the emotional subtext of the cinematic image.
    Instructor: Harlan Bosmajian
  • VM632 - Advanced Editing (4 Credits)
    Provides a framework for advanced digital editing skills like large-scale media management, off-beat and innovative cutting techniques, emerging individual editing styles, and cutting long-form projects.
    Instructor: Allyson Sherlock
  • VM640 - MFA Production Workshop (4 Credits)
    This is an intensive workshop for second-year MFA students to concentrate on the main body of their artistic output. Students present their own work and critique the work of others, as well as work on their current projects. Centered on the self-directed production schedule and the collaborative nature of critique in an MFA program, this course prepares students to become lifelong artists. Course to be repeated three times during matriculation.
  • VM651 - Studies in Narrative and Media History (4 Credits)
    Offers a historical survey of media art from the perspective of narrative studies. Exposes students to a wide array of narrative structures historically evident in media art, including conventional and unconventional fictional narrative forms, as well as varying types of narrative evident in documentary and experimental media works. In addition, students are introduced to the role of visual images in media narratives, as well as the impact of digital technologies on narrative forms. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the role of narrative structure in effecting emotion and in communicating ideas.
    Instructor: Matthew Noferi
  • VM652 - Theories of Integrated Media (4 Credits)
    MFA students only.
    Instructor: Eric Gordon
  • VM655 - Topics in Media Studies: (4 Credits)
    Detailed examination of three major movements (Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism) as manifested during the 1960s in the United States, which continue to impact art practice to this day. The class considers the evolution of each movement, investigating sociopolitical, philosophical and cultural dimensions, as well as aesthetic ones. Major artists, works and events from the respective movements are studied, comparing their reception in the '60s to that which followed afterward.
  • VM655 - Topics in Media Studies: Civic Media Seminar I (4 Credits)
    Instructor: Eric Gordon
  • VM655 - Topics in Media Studies: (4 Credits)
    From the earliest days of cinema, exploitation movies have existed on the fringes of the industry with many exploitation filmmakers having taken on ?cult? status (Ed Wood, Roger Corman, H.G. Lewis, Doris Wishman, Lucio Fulci, etc.). Taking advantage of controversial social issues and often hyping sex and violence for boxoffice success, these low-budget films have remained viable in the face of economic pressure and social hostility. Within broader historical contexts this class will consider how these films have maintained or subverted the aesthetic and political status quo (especially on issues of gender and race), their low-rent production strategies, their outrageous promotional schemes and censorship, issues of taste and cultural standards, and the role that audiences and fandom have played in their popularity.
  • VM666 - Continuing Student Status (1 Credit)
  • VM687 - Comprehensive Exams (0 Credit)
    Comprehensive Exams