Class Topics/Activities Due dates (at the beginning of class unless stated otherwise)
1

5th Sept (W)

Topics: Introduction to the class; what is visual literacy 1?
VPATH goals and how the class fits in
Visual literacy and media literacy

 
7th Sept (F)

Topic: What is visual literacy 2?

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

 
2 10th Sept (M)

Topic: What is visual literacy 3?

Read: Vande Berg, L. R., Wenner, L., & Bronbeck, B. E. “Media literacy and television criticism”


Topic 1: Film Form

11th Sept (Tu): Last day to add/register

 

12th Sept (W)

Topic 1
Read: Film Art pp. 50-61
Concepts: Form as pattern; form vs content; formal expectations; conventions and experiences; form and feelings; form and meaning; ideology

In-class exercise: forms and meaning-making


Online Quiz (trial) – points will be counted as bonus
Due: 13th Sept (Th) at 23:00

14th Sept (F)

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

Review online quiz (trial)

Quiz 1 online
Due: 16th Sept (Su) at 23:00

3 17th Sept (M)

Topic 2

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

Example: women in film noir

Review Quiz 1

Short writing

Instruction

Rubric

19th Sept (W)

Topic 2

Read: Film Art pp. 164-187
Concepts: speed; perspectives; depth of field; focus; framing; dimensions; onscreen and offscreen space

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

Quiz 2 online
Due: 20th Sept (Th) at 23:00

21st Sept (F)

Topic 2
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: rule of thirds; golden ratio

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

Review Quiz 2

 
4 24th Sept (M)

Topic 2
Read: Film Art pp. 187-203, 209-215
Concepts: camera position and movement; duration of the image

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

25th Sept (Tu): Last day to drop without a W

Quiz 3 online
Due: 25th Sept (Tu) at 23:00

26th Sept (W) Topic 2

Review Quiz 3

 
28th Sept (F)

Topic 2

Exhibition of creative work 1
Conclusion

In-class exercise: exhibition guest book comments

Introduction to in-class quizzes

Creative work 1
Due: after the exhibition

5

1st Oct (M)

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

In-class quiz 1

3rd Oct (W)

Topic 3
Read: Lane & Richter “The feminist poetics of Sofia Coppola”

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

Practice for Quiz 4

Quiz 4 online
Due: 4th Oct (Th) at 23:00

5th Oct (F)

Topic 3
Read: Film Art pp. 112-124, 154-158
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

Review Quiz 4

 
6 8th Oct (M) – no class held; university closed; October Break Day

10th Oct (W)

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

 
12th Oct(F)

Introduction to Paper 1
Example: Orlando

In-class exercise: Paper 1 practice 1

 
7 15th Oct (M)

Topic 3
Three-point lighting demonstration

 
17th Oct (W)

Introduction to Paper 1
Example: Orlando

In-class exercise: Paper 1 practice 2

Quiz 5 online
Due: 18th Oct (Th) at 23:00

19th Oct (F)

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

Review Quiz 5

Paper 1 check in

 
8 22nd Oct (M)

Topic 4
In-class exercise: denotation, connotation

 
24th Oct (W)

Topic 5: Editing
Introduction to Topic 5

Read: Film Art pp. 281-300
Concepts: rhythm; fidelity; diegetic/non-diegetic sound; offscreen sound; synchronous/asynchronous sound; simultaneous/non-simultaneous sound

Paper 1 due at the beginning of the class

26th Oct (F)

Topic 5
Read: Film Art pp. 216-227, 231-233, 251-259
Concepts: dimensions (graphic; rhythmic; spatial; temporal)

In-class exercise: order of events

 
9 29th Oct (M)

Topic 5
Concept: 180 degree system

Introduction to Creative Work 2

Examples form S18

Quiz 6 online
Due: 30th Oct (Tu) at 23:00

31st Oct (W)

Topic 5

Review Quiz 6

Work on Creative Work 2

 
2nd Nov (F)

Topic 5
Work on Creative Work 2

2nd Nov (F): Last day to drop without a F

Creative work 2 (group)

Due: 2nd Nov. (F) at 23:00 online (please provide a link to mlee@suffolk.edu)

10 5th Nov (M)

Creative Work 2 feedback 1

Topic 5
Conclusion to Topic 5

Topic 6: Genre (documentary)
Read: Film Art pp. 326-331, 335-337, 346-356

In-class quiz 2

7th Nov (W)

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; categorical form; rhetorical form

In-class exercise: analysis of TV genre

Introduction to Paper 2: sports documentary

Creative Work 2 feedback 2

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

9th Nov (F)

Topic 6

Watch in class: TBA (a sports documentary film)

Quiz 7 online
Due on 11th Nov (Su) at 23:00

11 12th Nov (M) – Veteran's Day holiday; no class; university closed

14th Nov (W)

Topic 6
Watch in class: TBA (a sports documentary film) (cont.)

Review Quiz 7

 

16th Nov (F)

Topic 6

Draft Paper 2

 
12 19th Nov (M)

Topic 6
Introduction to final project

Introduction to the individual part

Watch in class: segments from Bend it like Beckham

21st-23rd Nov. (W) – (F) – No classes held; university closed; Thanksgiving Recess

Paper 2 due at the beginning of the class (hard copy only)

13 26th Nov (M)

Topic 6

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

Final project (individual) due at the end of the class

28th Nov (W)

Topic 6

Agree on the structure, brainstorm ideas of b-roll, interview, and “historical archive” from the feature films

In-class Quiz 3

30th Nov (F)

Topic 6

Begin to storyboard and take pictures

Instructor check in

 
14 3rd Dec (M)

Topic 6

Take pictures; organize information for proposal


 
5th Dec (W)

Topic 6

Wrap up projects; prepare for presentation

Exam review 1: difficult questions from In-class Quiz 1

 
7th Dec (F)

Topic 6

Presentation Day 1

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


Final project presentation in class

15 10th Dec (M)

Topic 6

Presentation Day 2

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

Class evaluation

Final project presentation in class

Final project (group) due on 10th Dec (M) at 23:00 via e-mail (mlee@suffolk.edu)

Exam

11th Dec (Tu) – Reading Day

18th Dec (Tu)
Final examination
8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Same venue

20th Dec (Th)
2:00 p.m. Grades Due

Final examination