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COURSE SYLLABI AND RELATED DETAILS

FDN140 Foundation Design and Time currently DN1004 Foundation 4D I

During my first years at ADM I taught a number of different subjects. As we needed to construct the curricula and design the course and did not have many instructors with sufficient experience to teach the subjects we needed to cover. Therefore I needed to teach using a broad swath of my expertise. One of the courses that I developed was the 4D Foundations course. Although the class was conceived in meeting consultations within the school I was tasked to write the original course syllabus and teach for two semesters within the area. The course I came up with in consulation with my colleagues follows:

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Subject Outline
Subject Name: Design and Time – Draft: 5-Jul-13
Subject No.: FDN 140
Subject Type (such as required Course): Major Core
Major: First Year Foundation Program
Teaching Hours: 90
Prerequisites: Admission into the School of Art, Design and Media
Professor: Mark Chavez
Office Hours: W,TH,F 3:30 – 5:00pm

1. Objectives:

  • To explore the use of narrative methods and its practical techniques.
  • To investigate fundamental aspects of sequential narrative with audio.
  • To explore the creative and conceptual elements and principles of narrative processes.
  • To identify good practice in studentship and professional behavior.

2. Outcomes and Achievements:

  • Students develop both the practical skills of time based media and other related techniques and the conceptual skills necessary for developing and communicating with the medium.
  • They extend their knowledge base about how to apply narrative techniques to describe story, location and character development and their relatedness to it.
  • They learn appreciation of fundamental aspects of good studentship including prompt, regular attendance; self-motivation and direction; and making a contribution to peer learning and critique.
  • They also learn some of the fundamental cultural issues and applications regarding the use of narrative storytelling and sequential descriptive techniques and its place in the creative process in Eastern and Western conceptual frameworks.

3. Content outline

  • A range of media and practical techniques will be explored while the cultural, theoretical, aesthetical and communicative aspects of the following elements and principles are covered.
  • The class will be split into two sessions:
  • The first half convening from 8:30 am until 11:30 am will consist of theoretical discussion in a workshop format, including review of the previous weeks work completed after scheduled class hours.
  • The second half continuing from 12:15 pm until 2:30 pm will be practical applications of techniques discussed.

Design and Time Methods

  • Media and Techniques
  • Story and Narrative in Reality Based Fiction
  • Character Driven Storytelling
  • Adaptation of Literary Works
  • Beat Boards and Style Sheets
  • Editing
  • Audio

Design and Time Concepts

  • Planning and Organization
  • Scriptwriting And Planning With Written Media
  • Thumbnails
  • Collecting And Composing With Visuals
  • Editorial
  • Time Systems Including Eastern And Western Approaches
  • The Influence Of Mtv On Contemporary Film-Making
  • Implied Time Vs. Actual Time
  • Sound Effects And Audio Enhancement
  • What Is ADR
  • Sweetening a Sound Track
  • Making Sound That Fits

Timetable

July 25 | Week 1
Orientation Week
Aug 1 – 5 | Week 2 – 3

Building A Narrative With Work Based On Reality

  • Emphasis on Location, Plot, Character:
    Understanding the methodology of team work in film making.
  • Mockumentary: “This is Spinal Tap”
    Create a Mockumentary.
  • Assignment:
    Read Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by Week 4
    Read HG Wells “War of the Worlds” by Week 5
Aug 15 – 19 | Week 4

The Script

  • Analysis And Structure In Adaptive Works:
    Understanding the writing for visual media.
    Character development.
    Analyze the methods used to adapt Shakespeare’s “King Lear” into the film“Ran”
    Adapt elements of “King Lear” into a story.
  • Assignment:
    Write an breakdown analysis contrasting the written story with the movie adaptation.
    Adapt elements of “King Lear” into a visual story.
Aug 22 – 26 | Week 5

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Aug 29 – Sept 2 | Week 6

The Script

  • Analysis And Structure In Adaptive Works:
    Understanding the writing for visual media.
  • Character development:
    Analyze the methods used to adapt H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” the radio adaptation and the George Pal movie.
  • Assignment:
    Write an breakdown analysis contrasting the written story with the movie adaptation.
    Adapt elements of “War of the Worlds” into a visual story.

 

Sept 5 – 9 | Week 7

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Sept 12 – 16 | Week 8

Recess.

Sept 19 – 23 | Week 9
  • The Visuals:
    Deconstructing film: BEAT BOARD
  • Analyze the film Lawrence of Arabia in relation to its emotional beat.
  • Assignment:
    Create a story that fits a beat similar to Lawrence of Arabia.
Sept 26 – 30 | Week 10

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Oct 3 – 7 | Week 11
  • The Visuals:
    Deconstructing film: Style Sheets
  • Analyze the film Sin City in relation to its style.
  • Assignment:
    Write a breakdown analysis contrasting the parts of the graphic novel with the movie adaptation.
    Create a story that fits a style similar to Sin City.
Oct 10 – 14 | Week 12

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Oct 17 – 21 | Week 13
  • Audio and visuals.
  • Adding the dynamics of sound.
Oct 24 – 28 | Week 14
  • Audio and visuals.
  • Adding the dynamics of sound.
Oct 31 – Nov 4 | Week 14

FINAL PROJECT

Nov 7-11 | Week 15

REVISION AND EXAMINATION (Final Project)

4. Teaching Methods (lecture percentage and lab or practicum percentage out of teaching hours during class)

  • Language: English
  • Percentage Seminar /critique: 20%
  • Percentage Studio: 50%
  • Percentage Outside Teaching Hours: 30%

 5.Textbook and references

  • Required Reading:
    Shakespeare’s “King Lear”
    H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”
  • Suggested Reading:
    Umberto Eco (Editor), Alastair McEwen (Translator) History of Beauty, December 2004, Rizzoli, ISBN: 0847826465
    TBA
  • Movies to Watch
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077745/
    Mars Attacks! (1996) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116996/
    TBA
  • Web References
    Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence Network: http://www.kurzweilai.net/
    Whitney Biennial: http://www.whitney.org/biennial/
    Mandatory! Read this for the basic story of King Lear: http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/lambtales/LTLEAR.HTM
  • Resource guide for more King Lear information
    http://www.engl.uvic.ca/Faculty/MBHomePage/ISShakespeare/Lear/Lear.TOC.html
    http://www.netexplosure.com/kinglear/
    http://www.pathguy.com/kinglear.htm

6.Grading Method

  • Assessment Criteria
  • Development of practical, technical hand-based skills
  • Evidence of understanding of key concepts and topics
  • Evidence of imaginative thinking and concept development
  • Evidence of problem solving ability
  • Timely and satisfactory completion of exercises, projects and assignments
  • Ability to ask questions and seek out help from the instructor
  • Critical perception and utilization of criticism
  • Good studentship and contribution to peer group learning
  • Grading Method
  • 50%-Appropriate execution of and intellectual clarity in exercises, projects and assignments
  • 30%-Good studentship, participation in class and timely completion of work
  • 20%-Attendance

 

7.Resource Requirement (include classroom requirement, environment requirement, number of teaching assistants, lab requirement)

  • Equipment and Facilities required
  • PC projection, Monitor Display, VHS & DVD playback, PA system, OHP etc
  • Studio, well ventilated and with pinning space
  • Storage – plan chests; material and prop storage
  • (Separate storage should be available for students)
  • Flat tables, Stools

 

8.Course constructive plan

  • The course structure is based on studio/workshop and seminars. Exercises and projects are initiated through verbal and written briefings and work continues outside of regular class meetings. Feedback is given through regular critiques.

 

9.Type of students

  • First Year Foundation Program Students
  • Reminders
  • Any work must be made available in a media viewable during class critique
  • All work including initial sketches must be kept and be available for assessment
  • Verbal briefings should be backed up with written versions where possible
  • The timetable and critique for assignments should be published and adhered to
  • Broad themes will facilitate the introduction of fundamental theoretical concepts
  • Broad themes will facilitate cross referencing between groups
  • Consider diagnostic opportunities for joint projects with 2D, 3D and Foundation Drawing
  • Gradually increasing time for projects trains students in time management
  • Exercises and projects will increase in complexity as the year progresses

FDN110 Foundation Drawing (Figure Drawing) currently DN1001 Foundation Drawing I

During the first years at ADM I developed, co-developed and taught many courses Foundation Drawing being one of them. My focus in my own undergraduate studies was drawing. I have continued to study drawing taking professional classes. In addition I use these skills both in my own research and as a professional artist. It was with much pleasure that I taught this class.

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Subject Outline
Subject Name: Foundations Drawing – Draft: 5-Jul-13
Subject No.: FDN 101
Subject Type (such as required Course): Major Core
Major: First Year Foundation Program
Teaching Hours: 54
Prerequisites: Admission into the School of Art, Design and Media
Professor: Mark Chavez
Office Hours: W,TH,F 3:30 – 5:00pm

1. Objectives:

  • To explore the use of a range of media and practical techniques.
  • To investigate fundamental aspects of image making exploring gesture, volume and perspective.
  • To explore the creative and conceptual elements and principles of drawn processes.
  • To identify good practice in studentship and professional behavior.

Timetable

July 25 | Week 1
Orientation Week
Aug 1 – 5 | Week 2 – 3

Building A Narrative With Work Based On Reality

  • Emphasis on Location, Plot, Character:
    Understanding the methodology of team work in film making.
  • Mockumentary: “This is Spinal Tap”
    Create a Mockumentary.
  • Assignment:
    Read Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by Week 4
    Read HG Wells “War of the Worlds” by Week 5
Aug 15 – 19 | Week 4

The Script

  • Analysis And Structure In Adaptive Works:
    Understanding the writing for visual media.
    Character development.
    Analyze the methods used to adapt Shakespeare’s “King Lear” into the film“Ran”
    Adapt elements of “King Lear” into a story.
  • Assignment:
    Write an breakdown analysis contrasting the written story with the movie adaptation.
    Adapt elements of “King Lear” into a visual story.
Aug 22 – 26 | Week 5

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Aug 29 – Sept 2 | Week 6

The Script

  • Analysis And Structure In Adaptive Works:
    Understanding the writing for visual media.
  • Character development:
    Analyze the methods used to adapt H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” the radio adaptation and the George Pal movie.
  • Assignment:
    Write an breakdown analysis contrasting the written story with the movie adaptation.
    Adapt elements of “War of the Worlds” into a visual story.

 

Sept 5 – 9 | Week 7

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Sept 12 – 16 | Week 8

Recess.

Sept 19 – 23 | Week 9
  • The Visuals:
    Deconstructing film: BEAT BOARD
  • Analyze the film Lawrence of Arabia in relation to its emotional beat.
  • Assignment:
    Create a story that fits a beat similar to Lawrence of Arabia.
Sept 26 – 30 | Week 10

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Oct 3 – 7 | Week 11
  • The Visuals:
    Deconstructing film: Style Sheets
  • Analyze the film Sin City in relation to its style.
  • Assignment:
    Write a breakdown analysis contrasting the parts of the graphic novel with the movie adaptation.
    Create a story that fits a style similar to Sin City.
Oct 10 – 14 | Week 12

Continue work on assignment from previous week.

Oct 17 – 21 | Week 13
  • Audio and visuals.
  • Adding the dynamics of sound.
Oct 24 – 28 | Week 14
  • Audio and visuals.
  • Adding the dynamics of sound.
Oct 31 – Nov 4 | Week 14

FINAL PROJECT

Nov 7-11 | Week 15

REVISION AND EXAMINATION (Final Project)

4. Teaching Methods (lecture percentage and lab or practicum percentage out of teaching hours during class)

  • Language: English
  • Percentage Seminar /critique: 20%
  • Percentage Studio: 50%
  • Percentage Outside Teaching Hours: 30%

 5.Textbook and references

  • Required Reading:
    Shakespeare’s “King Lear”
    H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”
  • Suggested Reading:
    Umberto Eco (Editor), Alastair McEwen (Translator) History of Beauty, December 2004, Rizzoli, ISBN: 0847826465
    TBA
  • Movies to Watch
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077745/
    Mars Attacks! (1996) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116996/
    TBA
  • Web References
    Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence Network: http://www.kurzweilai.net/
    Whitney Biennial: http://www.whitney.org/biennial/
    Mandatory! Read this for the basic story of King Lear: http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/lambtales/LTLEAR.HTM
  • Resource guide for more King Lear information
    http://www.engl.uvic.ca/Faculty/MBHomePage/ISShakespeare/Lear/Lear.TOC.html
    http://www.netexplosure.com/kinglear/
    http://www.pathguy.com/kinglear.htm

6.Grading Method

  • Assessment Criteria
  • Development of practical, technical hand-based skills
  • Evidence of understanding of key concepts and topics
  • Evidence of imaginative thinking and concept development
  • Evidence of problem solving ability
  • Timely and satisfactory completion of exercises, projects and assignments
  • Ability to ask questions and seek out help from the instructor
  • Critical perception and utilization of criticism
  • Good studentship and contribution to peer group learning
  • Grading Method
  • 50%-Appropriate execution of and intellectual clarity in exercises, projects and assignments
  • 30%-Good studentship, participation in class and timely completion of work
  • 20%-Attendance

 

7.Resource Requirement (include classroom requirement, environment requirement, number of teaching assistants, lab requirement)

  • Equipment and Facilities required
  • PC projection, Monitor Display, VHS & DVD playback, PA system, OHP etc
  • Studio, well ventilated and with pinning space
  • Storage – plan chests; material and prop storage
  • (Separate storage should be available for students)
  • Flat tables, Stools

 

8.Course constructive plan

  • The course structure is based on studio/workshop and seminars. Exercises and projects are initiated through verbal and written briefings and work continues outside of regular class meetings. Feedback is given through regular critiques.

 

9.Type of students

  • First Year Foundation Program Students
  • Reminders
  • Any work must be made available in a media viewable during class critique
  • All work including initial sketches must be kept and be available for assessment
  • Verbal briefings should be backed up with written versions where possible
  • The timetable and critique for assignments should be published and adhered to
  • Broad themes will facilitate the introduction of fundamental theoretical concepts
  • Broad themes will facilitate cross referencing between groups
  • Consider diagnostic opportunities for joint projects with 2D, 3D and Foundation Drawing
  • Gradually increasing time for projects trains students in time management
  • Exercises and projects will increase in complexity as the year progresses