PaGE: Media (X.MEDIA)

X.MEDIA-411 Visual Literacy and Media

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

Most of us are constantly inundated by visual messages, but do we know or understand the design, intent and the impact of these communications? This intensive, interdisciplinary course provides theories and tools to critically analyze, interpret and read/understand visual messages presented through a variety of forms of media, such as film, photography, video, digital games, and the internet. Students will develop critical and cultural visual literacy analysis skills mainly through the language of cinematic conventions such as composition, lighting, movement, editing and symbolism in Chinese film and apply them to other cultural contexts and their own lives. They will also examine the role and influence of media and how social dimensions such as gender, race, class and ethnicity are portrayed.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Y. Ma

X.MEDIA-413 User-Centered Design

Credits: 2

User-centered design is a framework used by organizations that create digital and physical goods and services. It focuses on how to create solutions that are well designed for an intended audience. This course will introduce students to key considerations, including how your product is organized (the architecture), how people will interact with it (the interface), and how easy-to-use and useful it is (the usability). In this course, participants will learn about the principles of user-centered design, what it means to frame both problems and solutions in a user-centered design perspective, and how to implement it into your practice.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MEDIA-426 New Media and Activism

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

New media technologies such as video-sharing websites, podcasts, and social media have altered how we interact and consume news and information. While activists use these tools to raise awareness, educate citizens and mobilize support, these efforts can be overshadowed by corporations or political action groups with their own agendas and well-funded media campaigns.In this course participants explore how to use new media strategically to address social, economic and environmental issues, how to analyze media representations of these issues, and how to design media campaigns that build communities, organize efforts, and influence policy; culminating in a final project that can be applied in a professional context.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Polish

X.MEDIA-428 Citizen Journalism

Credits: 2

Citizen journalists can drive media coverage on social, environmental, health, and community issues. Not only does citizen journalism inform people, it can spark citizen engagement and give them a voice in decisions about public policies and priorities. Whether focused domestically or abroad, increasingly citizen journalists must master not only the art of writing, but also storytelling, multimedia skills, and how to do well-founded research. This course is an introduction to the field and covers the stages of news production (from collecting, verifying and analyzing data to packaging, distribution and audience development) and how technology is used to improve both reporting and storytelling.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MEDIA-429 Media Production Topics

These courses offer conceptual knowledge and basic design principles as well as hands-on instruction to use digital media tools such as video, audio, podcasting, websites and other emerging technologies. Each topics course will be unique in its application of one or more media platforms, but they will all be designed for the production of dynamic, high quality and compelling content that is ready for dissemination.

X.MEDIA-429AP Media Production Topics: 'Audio Production'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

In this course, participants will explore both the artistic and technical issues relevant to preparing music and sound for podcasts, video, and the web. Topics will include: acoustic theory, audio animation and sound effects, sound design, multichannel sound, mixing audio and audio processing techniques. No prior experience is necessary to take this course. This course will prepare participants to work with music and sound for both artistic and professional purposes.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Polish

X.MEDIA-429VP Media Production Topics: 'Video Production'

Credits: 2

This is a hands-on foundational class exploring every step of video production for educators, artists and other professionals in the community who want to create engaging, eye-catching videos. We will cover all of the components of production, including aesthetics and mechanics, narrative development, the role of audio, and the conceptual and technical aspects of editing. You are invited to come with a story to tell or a product, service or brand to promote. Plan to dedicate a significant amount of time outside of class sessions to readings, viewings, and practical assignments to expand your perspective of the power of communication through video. Students will complete a series of in-class exercise pieces, and each will make a short video as a final project.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Polish
Notes: Please come to class with your own external hard drive with a minimum capacity of 500GB, and also bring any equipment with video capabilities that you would like to use, including cell phones, tablets, DSLR cameras, camcorders, etc. A limited number of cameras may also be available to share.

X.MEDIA-429WD Media Production Topics: 'Web Design'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This project-based course on web design emphasizes standards-based, accessible design. Participants will learn how to create and design webpages, manage web files, use CSS, work with different kinds of media, select a web hosting service, publish web pages, and evaluate website quality. Content will be provided, but participants with a project in mind are encouraged to bring content (text, images, media files) to use in the course. This course is designed for people interested in web design for either personal or professional settings.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department

X.MEDIA-431 Storytelling: Crafting Effective Narratives Across Media

Credits: 2

While storytelling comes in many forms, one of its notable characteristics in any form is the power it has to help ground and orient us. Narrative frames are used not only in entertainment and media, but also in disciplines as wide ranging as psychology, medicine, social change and business. In this course participants will learn how stories are constructed and created, how to assess a story's strengths, and how to apply the elements of narrative across different media (writing, audio, images and video) to enhance the story you want to tell. This course will prepare participants to work with narrative and storytelling for personal projects, to promote change, and in professional settings.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Polish