Fall 2008

Graduate Course Descriptions (Archived)

600-level courses :: 700-level courses

500-LEVEL

DMS 515 MOVEMENT DOCUMENTATION
Caplan :: TR 11:30am – 1:20pm :: CFA 278
Reg #182827

Dance in media enjoys wide recognition in world culture and in art practice. The Department of Media Study and Department of Theater and Dance propose a joint course in learning how to document performance for camera. This intensive production class will be co-taught in two separate studio locations by Elliot Caplan, Professor/Film, and Melanie Aceto, Assistant Professor/Dance. DMS students will have the opportunity to observe and document Modern 5 dance technique class with cameras for the purpose of learning how to photograph the moving body in space. Through weekly, repeated exposure to selected movement phrases, students will collect, create and assemble edited movement sequences. Students will be guided in the recording process step-by-step through lecture demos by both professors to include camera-specific activities as related to theatrical performing space, exercises in perception, looking at dance and learning its terms through choreographic tools including change of space, relative front, force, repetition, and solo vs. group/unison/cannon. Selected films will be screened and discussed as well as examples from painting, photography and architecture. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the world of dance on film. $100 lab fee.

 

DMS 516 REFLECTIONS ON FILM NARRATIVE
TBA :: MW 1:00pm – 2:50pm :: CFA 232
Reg #339917 – Mostly Grad

 

DMS 517 FILM WORKSHOP
Caplan :: TR 3:00pm-4:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#458035

This is an advanced film production course designed for students who have successfully completed the intermediate film production class and have produced at least one short 16mm film. This course will explore the key components of independent production. Students will develop a major project from pre-production through the initial stages of post-production. Students are required to come to the class with an initial concept for a substantive project to be completed during the spring semester. Students will maintain a journal, produce a pre-production package, produce a production book and a fine cut of their final film project. In Addition, students will make a short autobiographical film and explore Narrative, Documentary, and Experimental elements in filmmaking. Students can expect to spend $450 for materials and processing for the course. Students will receive some assistance with supplies and film stock.

 

DMS 518 EXPERIEMENTAL NON FICTION MEDIA
Elder :: TR 3:00pm – 4:50pm :: CFA 232
Reg #360607 Theory Section

Reg #309262 Production Section
This graduate lecture explores new directions in non-fiction film and video. We will look at experimental documentary, hybrid forms of nonfiction/fiction, new diary forms, post modern influences, activist media, new domestic ethnography and newly emerging video practices. Students will investigate the blending, suturing and re-invention of nonfiction formats, forms and documentray traditions. Course will include weekly screenings, readings, student presentations and discussions.

 

DMS 523 PROGRAMMING FOR GRAPHICS
Pape :: TR 1:00pm – 2:50pm :: CFA 265
Reg #303915

This production course will introduce students to the concepts and practice of programming 3D computer graphics and audio using OpenGL and other libraries. The major focus will be on creating interactive art or games experiences by programming both graphics and sound. The course has three goals: to demystify computer code – we get behind the Graphic User Interface to the machine below; to explore the potential of programming – writing our own code means we can create customized computer tools as well as customized visuals; and to teach the fundamentals of graphics programming. Prerequisites are experience in a programming language such as Python, C, C++, or Java (DMS 121, CSE 113/4/5 or equivalent). Permission of Instructor required. Lab fee $100. Contact: dave.pape@acm.org .

 

DMS 531 SEMINAR IN THE IMAGE I
Staff :: mW 6:00pm – 7:50pm :: CFA 232
Reg #303915 All Grad

In this course we will strive for a self-reflective, creative setting that allows for critique and well-informed debate of your work. We will investigate net cultures with both, the due euphoria and the necessary criticism. The group will examine the potential for creative, innovative and surprising uses of emerging networked media. The course offers you a specter of role models that artists using emerging networked media inhabit: from the virtual intellectual to the net.artist, from HTML slave to online guerilla. “Screen-Based Culture” will draw from net criticism, art (history), cultural studies, anthropology, critical theory, poetry, and the news.

 

DMS 530 3D ASSET PRODUCTION FOR GAMES
Hand :: M 6:00pm – 10pm :: CFA 242
Reg # 271892

This course explores the creation and implementation of 3d models constructed in Autodesk Maya. We will learn the pipeline for creating objects, textures and animations that can then be imported into various 3d environments, game mods, engines and virtual worlds. Projects will focus on collaborative development of asset sets into simple games or projects in satellite classes. Can be applied towards Intermediate Production Course, Non-Production Course, or towards Electives. Co-req: DMS 418 LAB Concept Content Critique. $100 lab fee.

 

DMS 534 VIRTUAL WORLDS
Hand :: MW 11:00am – 12:50pm :: CFA
REG#343037

This course provides an introduction to design and the production of interactive multimedia. The content of the class will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of creating and integrating digital media with authoring/presentation tools. This class will lay the foundation for creating interactive projects for the web and CD-ROMS, and will integrate art, journalism, and music through hands-on developmental projects in our Mac lab. Students will learn the process and skills necessary to create a web site and an interactive CD-ROM which integrates animation, graphic design, sound, and text, working in Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Flash animation. Lab fee $100.

 

DMS 555 3D SYNTHETIC ANIMATION CHARACTERS
Hand :: Thursday 7-8:50pm :: CFA 235
REG#343037

Comparative analysis of the development of three-dimensional synthetic characters in cinema with examples from early stop motion films to contemporary 3D digital animation. Students must conduct original research on an approved topic, and present a final paper for successful completion of the course

 

DMS 543 MEDIA ROBOTICS 1
Bohlen :: MW 11:00am-12:50pm :: CFA 246
Reg#436608

This course is dedicated to understanding data and data acquisition in the context of digital media arts. Reliably acquiring and interpreting data from external devices is an important part of building non-trivial behaving artifacts. This course will allow students to better understand both the concepts as well as the techniques underlying a variety of data acquisition methods. The course will expose students to fundamental ideas behind sensing, sensor design and sensor interfaces. A substantial part of the course is dedicated to machine vision, an area of active research in both the engineering sciences as well as the arts. Course materials include readings in perception theory, sensor design, fundamentals of machine vision as well as documentation of select art works that engage in advanced sensing methods. Our lab has a wide array of sensor types, an industry grade commercial machine vision library as well as an open source research grade vision library, small footprint microprocessor based ccd cameras, ieee1394 compliant digital cameras, analogue video cameras with fast frame grabber cards and an open source C++ programming environment. With this infrastructure and instructor guidance, students will be able to explore all aspects of data collection. More info at: www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~mrbohlen/machinevision.html. Lab fee $100.

DMS 555 3D SYNTHETIC ANIMATION CHARACTERS
Staff :: R 5:00pm – 8:40pm :: CFA 112
Reg #149906 Mostly Grad

Comparative analysis of the development of three-dimensional synthetic characters in cinema with examples from early stop motion films to contemporary 3D digital animation. Students must conduct original research on an approved topic, and present a final paper for successful completion of the course.

 

DMS 598 PROJECT SUPERVISION (1 – 6 CR. VARIABLE)
Permission of Instructor

A student may enroll for this course after completing course requirements and while working on the thesis project. This course is for non-written projects only. One to six credits of the “project supervision” may be applied toward the MAH degree. Course syllabus form should be prepared prior to semester start and one copy should be on file in the Media Study office. Lab fee: $100. For registration information, see Nancy King in 231 CFA.

 

DMS 599 SUPERVISED TEACHING (4 CR. VARIABLE)
Permission of Instructor

See Nancy King in 231 CFA.

600-LEVEL

 

DMS 600 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 – 8 CR. VARIABLE)
Permission of Instructor

Students may arrange for special courses of study with faculty through “independent study.” The instructor will set the guideline for the course on an individual basis. It permits the student to study independently in an area where no course is given. Course syllabus form should be prepared prior too semester start and one copy should be on file in the Media Study office. For registration info, see Nancy King in 231 CFA. Lab Fee: $100. For registration information, see Nancy King in 231 CFA.

 

DMS 603 SEMINAR IN EXPANDED CINEMA: MIND, MEMORY, AND MULTICULTURALISM
Staff :: M 1:00pm – 4:40pm :: CFA 232
Reg# 025689

This is a seminar course in which students develop projects that explore their dreams, cosmologies, and personal and cultural memories by working with a combination of physical and digital media. They will transfer the richness of their own cultural backgrounds, experience and influences to media as a way of making it more responsible and diverse. With a special focus on material cultures and the ecology, students will be encouraged to work with world music and folk art as a way to understand and express differences and similarities in points of view, and propose alternative approaches to film and digital media that foster respect between people and cultures. This course will include screenings, discussion, and lab meetings.

 

DMS 604 TECH OF PRODUCTION
Lee :: F 11:00am – 2:40pm :: CFA 278
Reg # 115597

This graduate level course will explore and experiment with the media of film, video and sound through a series of short projects geared toward establishing a proficiency in media production. Improvement of technical skills will be emphasized and creativity encouraged. This course will guide students through the acronymic maze of HD and SD, BNC, VGA, RCA and HDMI, mpeg2 and h.264; through circles of confusion surrounding film stocks, F-stops and depth of field; sample rates, signal to noise and pick-up patterns. Students will be introduced to the array of equipment available to them in the Media Study Department, from 16mm film loopers to the latest solid-state high-definition camcorders, and will be given hands-on instruction as to their use. Other specific topics to be covered will include film and video formats, camcorders and projectors; compositional concepts and shooting techniques; sound recording & editing; lighting for the studio and the field; digital video editing (Final Cut Pro) and DVD authoring (DVD Studio Pro); preparing video for the web and additional topics to be decided. Regular screenings of experimental, documentary and narrative work will be included. A lab fee of $100 is assessed for this course.
DMS 627 SUPERVISED READING (1 – 8 CR. VARIABLE)
Permission of Instructor

This course permits a student to do independent reading in an area where no course may be given. The instructor will set the guidelines for the course on an individual basis. Course syllabus form should be prepared prior too semester start and one copy should be on file in the Media Study office. For registration info, see Nancy King in 231 CFA. Lab Fee: $100

 

 

DMS 627 A-X SUPERVISED READING
Staff *** :: ARR, ARR – ARR
Reg.#000000

Contact the Media Study Department for registration.

 

DMS 690 MEDIA ARTS INTERNSHIP

 

DMS 691 CAP CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP
ARR :: ARR – ARR
Reg.#000000

Contact the Media Study Department for registration.

700-LEVEL

 

DMS 700 STA THESIS GUIDANCE
Staff *** :: Permission of Instructor :: ARR, ARR – ARR :: CFA ARR
Reg.#000000

A student may enroll in this course after completing course requirements and while writing the thesis. This course is for the written thesis only. One to six credits of  Thesis Guidance may be applied toward an MAH degree. Permission of the instructor is required. Course syllabus form should be completed before the semester s start, and one copy should be on file with the department. For registration info, see Nancy King in 231 CFA.

 

DMS 700 A – W THESIS GUIDANCE
Staff *** :: ARR, ARR-ARR :: CFA ARR
Reg.#000000

Contact the department for registration.