Class Topics/Activities Due date and time
1

21st May (M)

Topics: Introduction to the class; what is visual literacy?
VPATH goals and how the class fits in
Visual literacy and media literacy
Read: Vande Berg, L. R., Wenner, L., & Bronbeck, B. E. “Media literacy and television criticism”

In-class exercises: visual literacy; media literacy

Topic 1: Film Form
Read: Film Art pp. 50-6

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



 
2 23rd May (W)

Topic: What is visual literacy?
Read: Emanuel, Challons-Lipton, Baker “The Cultural Image Literacy Assessment: One hundred images every American should know” (13 pages)

Topic 1: Film Form
Read: Film Art pp. 57-61
Read: Lee “Ideology”

In-class exercise: forms and meaning-making

Review online quiz (trial)

Topic 2: Photographic images
Introduction to Topic 2

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

Introduction to Creative Work 1
Sample of work for Creative Work 1 (from Spring 2018)

Example: women in film noir

25th May (F): Last day to add/register

Online Quiz (trial) – points will be counted as bonus
Due: 22nd May (Tu) at 23:00



Quiz 1 online
Due: 25th May (F) at 23:00

3

28th May (M) Memorial Day; university closes

30th May (W)

Topic 2
Read: Film Art pp. 164-187
Read: The rule of thirds: What is it and why does it matter?
https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/what-is-rule-of-thirds/
Read: The Golden Ratio in Photography: What it is, and How to Use it. https://photographyhero.com/golden-ratio-photography/
Concepts: speed; perspectives; depth of field; focus; special effect; framing; dimensions; onscreen and offscreen space; rule of thirds; golden ratio

Sample of work for Creative Work 1 (from Spring 2018) (cont.)

Free time to take pictures

Review Quizzes 1 & 2

Quiz 2 online
Due: 29th May (Tu) at 23:00

4 1st June (F) – Make up for Memorial Day

Topic 2

Read: Film Art pp. 187-203, 209-215
Concepts: camera position and movement; duration of the image

Sample of work for Creative Work 1 (from Spring 2018) (cont.)

Free time to take pictures

Review Quiz 3

Quiz 3 online
Due: 31st May (Th) at 23:00

5 4th June (M)

Topic 2
Exhibition of creative work 1
Conclusion

In-class exercise: exhibition guest book comments

Topic 3: Mise-en-scene
Introduction to Topic 3

Read: Film Art pp. 112-124, 154-158
Read: Lane & Richter “The feminist poetics of Sofia Coppola”

Introduction to Paper 1: analysis of mise-en-scene (12 pages)

Read: Berger “The house as a symbol of femininity” (pp. 62-64)
Concepts: setting; costume and make up

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

4th June (M): Last day to drop without a W


Creative work 1
Due: after the exhibition

Instruction

Rubric


In-class quiz 1

6 6th June (W)

Topic 3
Read:Film Art pp. 124-154
Concepts: lighting; staging; time; space

Three-point lighting demonstration

Review Quiz 4

Introduction to Paper 1
Example: Orlando


Quiz 4 online
Due 5th June (Tu) at 23:00

7 11th June (M)

Topic 4: Journalistic images (semiotics; difference)

Introduction to Topic 4

Read: Berger “signs and semiotics” (pp. 5-7)
Read: Berger “Representation and difference” (pp. 141-43)
Read: 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”.

Concepts: signifier; signified; sign; difference; the Other

In-class exercise: denotation, connotation

Review Quiz 5

Paper 1 check in

Quiz 5 online

Due 10th June (Su) at 23:00

8 13th June (W)

Topic 5: Editing
Introduction to Topic 5

Read: Film Art pp. 216-227, 231-233, 251-259
Concepts:: dimensions (graphic; rhythmic; spatial; temporal); continuity; crosscutting; temporal continuity; discontinuity; 180 degree system

Introduction to Creative Work 2

In-class exercise: order of events

14th (Th): Last day to drop without a F


Paper 1 due at the beginning of the class

9 15th June (F) Make up for 4th July

Topic 5: Editing

Review Quiz 6

Work on Creative work 2


Quiz 6 online
Due: 14th June (Th) at 23:00

Creative work 2 (group)
Due: 15th June (F) at 23:00 online (please provide a link to mlee@suffolk.edu)
10 18th June (M)

Topic 5
Conclusion to Topic 5

Topic 6: Genre (documentary)
Read: Film Art pp. 326-331, 335-337, 346-356
Read: “Introduction: What is genre?” (pp. 1-7) “comedy” (pp. 61-70) “popular entertainment” (pp. 76-86) in Creeder
Concepts: sketch comedy; sitcom; quiz show; talk show; what is documentary? Fictional/non-fictional boundary; genres; forms; categorical form

In-class exercise: analysis of TV genre

Introduction to Paper 2: sports documentary

Creative Work 2 feedback

In-class quiz 2

11 20th June (W)

The instructor may be in Oregon for a conference. Please see the online schedule and pay attention to class announcement for updates.


Topic 6
Watch in class: 9-Man
Take notes during viewing
Compare notes after viewing

Draft Paper 2

Review Quiz 7

Quiz 7 online
Due on 19th June (Tu) at 23:00

Creative work 2 (individual) due at the beginning of the class


12

25th June (M)

The instructor may be in Oregon for a conference. Please see the online schedule and pay attention to class announcement for updates.

Topic 6
Introduction to final project

Introduction to the individual part

Watch in class: segments from Bend it like Beckham

Form groups, pitch ideas, define roles, agree on the form and purpose, brainstorm structure


Paper 2 due at the beginning of class

Final project (individual) due at 2:30 p.m.

13

27th June (W)

Topic 6

Agree on the structure, brainstorm ideas of b-roll, interview, and “historical archive” from the feature film
Begin to storyboard and take pictures

Instructor check in

Exam review 1: difficult questions from In-class Quizzes 1&2

In-class Quiz 3
14

2nd July (M)

Topic 6

Wrap up projects
Instructor check in

Exam review 2: difficult questions from In-class Quiz 3

Presentation of final projects (all groups)

Class evaluation


Final project presentation in class

Final project (group and individual) due on 3rd July (Tu) at 23:00 via e-mail (mlee@suffolk.edu)

Exam 6th July (F)

Final examination
1:00 – 3:40 p.m.
Sane venue

9th July (M)
2:00 p.m. Grades Due


Final examination