Teachers' Assistant: Yasi Ghanbari
This class is designed to introduce students to the language and history of moving images and the ways in which a broad range of artists have used them. The course will examine ideas of radical content and experimental form by establishing the normative models and procedures of cinema and video, and then showing the ways artists have challenged these conventions. The course will define and differentiate the two dominant forms of the moving image -- film and video -- and begin a consideration of new and expanding forms of the moving image. We will combine lectures, readings, screenings, and discussion; collaborative studio practice and critique/discussion; and visiting media artists.
The class will meet every Monday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with a one-hour break at noon, with the exception of Graduate Critique Week. Attendance and punctuality are required. Attendance will be taken every class. You will be considered late if you arrive after 9:15 am. Attendance will also be taken at the beginning of the afternoon session; you will be considered late if you arrive after 1:15 pm. Two lates are considered one absence. Three absences mean NO CREDIT for the class.
REQUIRED RESPONSE PAPER
Students are required to write a Response Paper to a Film, Video or New Media Art program presented at either Conversations At The Edge or the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Students should visit the websites of these to programs to chose which to attend and then email both instructors with their selection in advance of attending. Response Papers are 1 page in length and consist of written responses to the Film, Video or New Media Art program which detail a critical evaluation and/or emotional response to the works themselves. Papers should be typed, spell checked and emailed as plain ASCII text to both instructors by Monday 2008.11.24.
THE WRITING CENTER
The Writing Center is located in MC B1-03 (the basement of 112 S. Michigan), where tutors are available to help you with any stage of the writing process. The Writing Center is open Monday through Saturday. Sign-up sheets are posted in the hall outside of the tutoring suite. If you have any questions, contact the Writing Center Coordinator, Leila Wilson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.345.3588
RECOMMENDED INFORMATION ON SAIC POLICIES
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and on time. Any necessary absences should be explained to the instructor. Students who are ill should contact their faculty member or leave a message for the instructor in the department office the day they are absent. For an extended absence due to illness, contact Health Services. Notification is then sent to all instructors informing them of the student's absence. For other extenuating circumstances contact the Academic Advising office. Please note that the written notification does not excuse a student from classes. The instructor gives students officially enrolled in a course credit only if they have responded adequately to the standards and requirements set. If the instructor does not clarify their requirements and absence policy in the course syllabus, students should ask the instructor. Also note that if a student registers late for a class (during add/drop) the instructor counts the missed classes as absences and the student is responsible for assignments given during those missed days.
SAIC is committed to equal opportunities for students with disabilities and full compliance with relevant disability laws. Students with disabilities in need of assistance or accommodations should contact SAIC's Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC). Staff at the DLRC will review the student's disability documentation and work with the student to determine reasonable accommodations. The DLRC will then provide the student with a letter outlining approved accommodations. This letter must be presented to the instructor to implement accommodations. Call 312-499-4278 or email email@example.com as early in the semester as possible.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago prohibits academic misconduct, which includes "both plagiarism and cheating, and may consist of the submission of the work of another as one's own; unauthorized assistance on a test or assignment; submission of the same work for more than one class without the knowledge and consent of all instructors; or the failure to properly cite texts or ideas from other sources" (Students' Rights and Responsibilities, Student Handbook, http://www.saic.edu/pdf/life/pdf_files/rights.pdf).
Plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft. One can plagiarize even if one does not intend to. The penalty for plagiarizing may range from failure on the specific plagiarized assignment to failure in the class. Repeat offenses can lead to disciplinary action, which could include suspension or expulsion from the School. The Faculty Senate Student Life Subcommittee has prepared a 28-page handbook entitled Plagiarism: How to Recognize It and Avoid It. The document is available online on at http://www.saic.edu/webspaces/portal/library/plagiarism_packet.pdf.
The final page of the handbook has been designed as a one-page handout, When to Give Credit. It is available online in PDF format at http://www.saic.edu/webspaces/portal/library/plagiarism_credit.pdf.
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