Video Arts are time-based media which are used to identify moving image and sound work by visual artists. This area includes courses in video, animation and filmmaking. The primary objective of these courses is to gain proficient skills in developing time-based media content and to develop sensitivity in the use of sound and video. The ability to capture motion and the change over time has added a new dimension to still photography and art in general. Whether from a smart phone or professional equipment the ability to record events as a sequence of images has fascinated viewers and artists alike.

There are several introductory courses offered each Fall and Spring in digital art media. Every Spring semester a Digital Arts I class (ARTS 160) covers a range of computer software aimed at art making, investigating the development of photographic images, computer-assisted illustration, web design, and simple time-based animation coupled with sound.

In the Fall semester, Intro to Animation (ARTS 166) is offered. It focuses on the fundamentals of animation utilizing claymation, cut-paper animation, photography, rotoscoping and traditional cell animation techniques. Periodic screenings introduce students to artists, new ideas, programs and concepts. The final goal of this class is to achieve proficient conceptual and technical skills in order to produce animation as a time-based media art. 

In addition Intro to Filmmaking (ARTS 181) is offered once a year as an introduction to video/film production and postproduction tools and techniques. Students will create a series of short movies using treatments, storyboards and scripts. The movies will range in genre from narrative and documentary to experimental. Students will learn to record professional quality audio and video in the field and in the studio setting in order to output high definition movies designed to be viewed on a range of devices from HD screens to mobile, such as cell phones and tablets.

Narrative Filmmaking (ARTS 182) is offered in the spring semester. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of narrative filmmaking including scriptwriting, digital film production and non-linear editing with a goal to further develop general production skills and hone students’ critical eye towards film narrative. Students are encouraged to create films that can be produced with resources available to most students. 

Students who have taken introductory courses can continue their study of Animation, Video or Filmmaking in a Directed-Study course which requires the instructor’s and Department’s approval. Closely related to these areas of study is Digital Photography which is discussed in the section on Photography.

Video Arts courses have a lab fee that covers laser printer inks, lab monitors, software licenses, and equipment replacement and maintenance. However, students still have to purchase some of their own supplies, including special paper and back-up drives for their files. This expense is similar to the cost of books in other courses.  Although loaner cameras are available, it is recommended that students purchase a video camera for their own use if they decide to continue their studies in this media area.