Week Topics/Activities Work due at the beginning of the class (unless stated otherwise)
1

15th Jan (M)- MLK Day; university closes

17th Jan (W)
Topic: Introduction to the class

VPATH goals and how the class fits in

Topic: What is visual literacy?
Visual literacy and media literacy

In-class exercise: visual literacy

 
2 22nd Jan (M)

Topic 1: Film Form

Film Art pp. 50-6
Emanuel, Challons-Lipton, Baker “The Cultural Image Literacy Assessment: One hundred images every American should know” (13 pages)

Form as pattern; form vs content; formal expectations; conventions and experiences; form and feelings; form and meaning; ideology

23rd Jan (Tu): Last day to add/register

 
24th Jan (W)

Topic 1

Film Art pp. 57-61
Lee “Ideology”

In-class exercise: forms and meaning-making
sample

Review online quiz (trial)

Online Quiz (trial) – points will be counted as bonus Due: 23rd Jan (Tu) at 23:00
3 29th Jan (M)

Topic 2: Photographic images

Introduction to Topic 2

Review Quiz 1

Film Art pp. 159-164
Place “Women in film noir” (11 pages of text)
tone; exposure

Introduction to Creative Work 1
Sample of work for Creative Work 1 (from Fall 2017)

In-class exercise: matching concepts and keywords

Example: women in film noir

Quiz 1 online Due: 28th Jan (Su) at 23:00
31st Jan (W)

Topic 2

Film Art pp. 164-177
speed; perspectives; depth of field; focus; special effect

Sample of work for Creative Work 1 (from Fall 2017)

 
4 5th Feb (M)

Topic 2
Film Art pp. 177-187
The rule of thirds: What is it and why does it matter?
The Golden Ratio in Photography: What it is, and How to Use it.

Framing; dimensions; onscreen and offscreen space; rule of thirds; golden ratio

Review Quiz 2

6th Feb (Tu): Last day to drop without a W

Quiz 2 online Due: 4th Feb (Su) at 23:00
7th Feb (W)

Topic 2

Film Art pp. 187-203, 209-215

camera position and movement; duration of the image

Sample of work for Creative Work 1 (from Fall 2017) (cont.)

 
5 12th Feb (M)

Topic 2 Exhibition of creative work 1

In-class exercise: exhibition guest book comments

Review Quiz 3

Creative work 1
Rubric

Quiz 3 online Due: 11th Feb (Su) at 23:00
14th Feb (W)

Topic 2 Conclusion

Topic 3: Mise-en-scene

Introduction to Topic 3

Film Art pp. 112-124, 154-158
Lane & Richter “The feminist poetics of Sofia Coppola” (12 pages)

Introduction to Paper 1: analysis of mise-en-scene
Instruction
Rubric

Berger “The house as a symbol of femininity” (pp. 62-64)

setting; costume and make up

Examples: women's space in film set and tv set

In-class quiz 1
6 19th Feb (M) President's Day; university closes

21st Feb (W)
Topic 3
Film Art pp. 124-154
lighting; staging; time; space

Review Quiz 4

Example: Orlando

Bring Film Art readings under Quizzes 3&4


Quiz 4 online Due 20th Feb (Tu) at 23:00
7 26th Feb (M)

Topic 3: Mise-en-scene

Lighting (three-point lighting)

Topic 4: Journalistic images (semiotics; difference)

Berger “signs and semiotics” (pp. 5-7)
Berger “Representation and difference” (pp. 141-43)
signifier; signified; sign; difference; the Other

Paper 1 check in

Early bird! Quiz 5 online Due 25th Feb (Su) at 23:00 5 extra five pts
28th Feb (W)

Topic 4: Journalistic images (semiotics; difference)

Introduction to Topic 4

In-class exercise: denotation, connotation

Topic 5: Editing

Introduction to Topic 5

Film Art pp. 216-219

3rd (Sa): Snow Day make up Day 1

Quiz 5 online Due 27th Feb (Tu) at 23:00

Paper 1 due
Instruction
Rubric
8 5th Mar (M)

Topic 4: Journalistic images (editing)

Bull, Negrine, & Hawn. “Telling it like it is or just telling a good story? Editing techniques in news coverage of the British parliamentary expenses scandal”.

Topic 5: Editing

Film Art pp. 219-227
dimensions (graphic; rhythmic; spatial; temporal)

Review Quizzes 5 & 6

Introduction to Creative Work 2

In-class exercise: order of events


Quiz 6 online Due: 4th Mar (Su) at 23:00
7th Mar (W)

Topic 5

Film Art pp. 231-233, 251-259
continuity and discontinuity

Work on Creative work 2

Mid-term grades released. Students are advised to see me before 21st March

 
Spring Break 11th-18th (some student services may be unavailable)
9

19th Mar (M)

Topic 5

Work on Creative work 2

In-class quiz 2
21st Mar (W)

Topic 5

Work on Creative work 2

Topic 6


Film Art pp. 326-331, 335-337, 346-349
“Introduction: What is genre?” (pp. 1-7) “comedy” (pp. 61-70) in Creeder
sketch comedy; sitcom

Introduction to Paper 2: sports documentary

In-class exercise: analysis of TV genre

21st (W): Last day to drop without a F
24th (Sa): Snow Day make up Day 2

Creative work 2 (group) (due at 2:15 p.m.)

Instruction
Rubric
10 26th Mar (M)

Topic 6 Documentary

Film Art pp. 350-353
“popular entertainment” (pp. 76-86) in Creeder
quiz show; talk show; what is documentary? Fictional/non-fictional boundary

In-class exercise: analysis of TV genre (cont.)

Review Quiz 7

Quiz 7 online Due on 25th Mar (Su) at 23:00

Creative work 2 (individual)

Instruction
Rubric
28th Mar (W)

Topic 6

Film Art pp. 353-356
Genres; forms; categorical form

Watch in class: Sacred Ground

 
11 2nd Apr (M)

Topic 6

Guest: Jason Carter (Media Lab) (director of Sacred Ground)

 
4th Apr (W)

Topic 6

In-class exercise: Sacred Ground notes comparison in class

Draft paper 2

7th (Sa): Snow Day make up Day 3

Paper 2 due
12 9th Apr (M)

Topic 6 Introduction to final project

Background of Grey Gardens

In-class Quiz 3
11th Apr (W)

Topic 6

Background of Grey Gardens

 
13

16th Apr (M) Patriots Day; university closes

17th Apr (Tu) Suffolk Monday

Topic 6

Form groups for final project
Define roles in group

In-class practice: Grey Gardens (documentary vs. fictional film)

 
18th Apr (W)

Topic 6

Choose film in group
Watch the film in the following weekend

In-class practice: Grey Garden (cont.)

 
14 23rd Apr (M)
Topic 6

Group work: final project

Instructor check in

 
25th Apr (W)
Topic 6

Group work: final project

Instructor check in

 
15 30th Apr (M)

Topic 6

Presentation of final project (four groups)

Final project presentation Day 1
2nd May (W)

Topic 6

Presentation of final project (three groups)

Examination revision

Class evaluation

3rd May (Th) Reading Day

Final project presentation Day 2

Final project due 2nd May (W) at 23:00. E-mail to mlee@suffolk.edu
Exam 4th May (F) – Final examination
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Same venue

11th May (F) – Grades due

Final examination