The overarching goal of this course is to examine various visual narrative texts in order to teach ourselves, as creators, about constructing our own fictional stories. The course will focus on visual narratives in the form of short films, feature films, animation, graphic novels, and video games. Students will be: 1) critically looking at various visual narratives through different theoretical lenses, utilizing what they see in order to 2) create a visual-verbal narrative project of their own.
We will analyze, conceptually and technically, visual texts in order to better understand the thematic and symbolic value associated with visual representations, storytelling techniques, cultural comparisons through the expression of film, and more. In addition, students will be learning storytelling techniques. They will learn how to craft a narrative visually through camera angles and shots, comic paneling, etc., in addition to reading and looking at visual narratives to further develop their own skills as storytellers.
The texts are meant to be jumping off points from which can explore their own creative practices and expansive modes of storytelling. As a result of the course, students will be able to critically look at media representations and meanings in multiple cultural and identity contexts, observe technical aspects of both the visual and textual, and apply their learning by producing a final creative project.
All students welcome!
In-class will be divided into two parts: discussion and informal lectures or workshops. Out-of-class assignments will be dedicated to engaging with the visual texts (films, graphic novels, etc.), readings, short responses, and/or workshop assignments. In addition, some time will also be dedicated to working and workshopping final projects.
Class is P/NP, graded on these:
Attendance and Participation (25%)
Self-screenings and Readings for discussion (20%)
Short Responses and Workshop Assignments (20%)
Final Project Drafts and Final Presentation (35%)
|English 198, Section 6||Katherine Yao, Kevin Kim, Jessica Kim||20||Kroeber 115||[Th] 6:00PM-8:00PM||01/26/2017||