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Major Code: VA27

With a visual arts foundation, the program is designed for students who want to become creative videomakers, filmmakers, photographers, and computer artists, encouraging the hybridity of media. The curriculum combines hands-on experience of making art with practical and theoretical criticism, provides historical, social and aesthetic backgrounds for the understanding of modern media, and emphasizes creativity, versatility, and intelligence over technical specializations. It should allow students to go on to more specialized graduate programs in the media arts, to seek careers in film, television, computing, or photography, or to develop as independent artists. All media majors should see the departmental advisor upon entrance into UCSD.

LOWER DIVISION 6. UPPER DIVISION 14. TOTAL COURSES REQUIRED 20

ALL COURSES TAKEN FOR MAJOR REQUIREMENTS MUST BE TAKEN FOR A LETTER GRADE, AND ONLY GRADES OF C- OR BETTER WILL BE ACCEPTED. REFER TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR ENFORCED PREREQUISITES. NOTE: Enrollment in production courses is limited to two per quarter. Production courses are numbered VIS 109, 131, 132, 140/ICAM 101, 145A/ICAM 102, 145B, 147A - B, 164-184.


  Indicates Production Course

LOWER DIVISION

FOUNDATION LEVEL  (6 Courses Required)
VIS 1 or 2 or 3    Introduction. to Art Making
VIS 22    Formations of Modern Art
VIS 84    History of Film
VIS 40/ ICAM 40    Introduction. to Computing in the Arts
VIS 60    Introduction. to  Digital Photography
VIS 70N        Introduction to Media

NOTE: VIS 70N is prerequisite for use of the Media Center facilities; no further production courses may be taken until VIS 70N is completed.
 

UPPER DIVISION
 

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (2 Courses Required)
VIS 111    Structure of Art
VIS 174         Media Sketchbook

NOTE: Students should take VIS 111 by junior year. VIS 174 is a prerequisite for all production classes.

EMPHASIS (7 Courses Required)

Choose one emphasis:

Computing Emphasis
VIS 140/ ICAM 101      Digital Imaging: Image and Interactivity
VIS 145A/ ICAM 102     Time & Process Digital Media I
VIS 147A         Electronic Technologies for Art I
VIS 159/ICAM 150    History of Art and Technology  (Required History/Criticism/Theory course for Computing emphasis)

PLUS
VIS _____         From Photography or Video and Digital
            Cinema (Intermediate)
VIS _____        History/Criticism/Theory Choice**
VIS _____        History/Criticism/Theory Choice**

Photography Emphasis
VIS 164     Photographic Strategies
VIS 165    Camera Techniques
VIS 158    Histories of Photography (Required History/Criticism/Theory course for Photography emphasis)

PLUS
VIS____    From Computing or Video and Digital
        Cinema (Intermediate)
VIS____    From Computing or Video and Digital
        Cinema (Intermediate)
VIS ____    History/Criticism/Theory Choice**
VIS ____    History/Criticism/Theory Choice**

Video and Digital Cinema Emphasis
Choose three of the following:
VIS 171        Digital Cinema
VIS 175        Editing-Theory and Production
VIS 176        16mm Filmmaking
VIS 177    Scripting Strategies
VIS 178    Sound-Theory and Production

PLUS
VIS ____    From Computing or Photography (Intermediate)
VIS ____    History/Criticism/Theory Choice**
VIS ____    History/Criticism/Theory Choice**
VIS ____    History/Criticism/Theory Choice**
 

ADVANCED LEVEL (2 OR 3 Courses Required)
Computing Emphasis Choose Two
Photography Emphasis Choose Three
Video and Digital Cinema Emphasis Choose Three

VIS 180A    Documentary Evidence & the Construction of Authenticity in Current Media Practices
VIS 180B    Fiction & Allegory in Current Media Practices
VIS 183A    Strategies of Self
VIS 183B        Strategies of Alterity

NOTE: The A and B portion of VIS 180 and VIS 183 cannot be taken concurrently. Additional 180 and 183 courses may be used to fulfill Advanced Elective requirements, once the amount required for advanced level in your emphasis has been met.
 

ADVANCED ELECTIVES (2 OR 3 Courses Required)
Computing Emphasis Choose Any Three
Photography Emphasis Choose Any Two
Video and Digital Cinema Emphasis Choose Any Two

Computing Based
VIS 145B                    Time and Process Based Digital Media II
VIS 147B        Electronic Technologies for Art II
VIS 149/ICAM 130        Seminar in Contemporary Computer Topics

Photography Based
VIS 166            Advanced Camera Techniques
VIS 167            Social Engagement in Photography
VIS 168        Color Techniques in Photography
 

Video and Digital Cinema Based
VIS 181        Sound and Lighting
VIS 182        Advanced Editing
VIS 184        Advanced Scripting

Other
Students must have senior standing AND instructor approval before enrolling in any of the following Elective courses
VIS 109        Advanced Projects in Media
VIS 130        Special Projects in Visual Arts
VIS 131        Special Projects in Media
VIS 132        Installation Production and Studio
VIS 197         Media Honors Thesis
VIS 198        Directed Group Study
VIS 199        Special Studies
AIP 197        Academic Internship Program

NOTE: Additional 180 and 183 courses may be used to fulfill Advanced Elective requirements, once the amount required for advanced level in your emphasis has been met.  Only one course between VIS 197, VIS 198, VIS 199 or AIP 197 may count towards an Advanced Elective.  Media majors may take any course above to fulfill the Advanced Elective requirement, but are responsible for any prerequisites a course may have.

**History, Criticism and Theory Choices
All Computing Emphases must take VIS 159/ICAM 150.
All Photography Emphases must take VIS 158.

VIS 150                History Silent Cinema
VIS 151                History of Experimental Film
VIS 152                Film in Social Context
VIS 153                The Genre Series
VIS 154                Hard Look at the Movies
VIS 155                    The Director Series
VIS 156N                Special Problems in Film History  and Theory
VIS 157                Video History and Criticism
VIS 158                Histories of Photography
VIS 159/ICAM 150    History of Art and Technology          
VIS 194S                    Fantasy in Film

NOTE: Above is a list of courses from which students can choose to fulfill the History/Criticism/Theory requirement. Any upper-division Art History distribution courses may be taken to fulfill the History/Criticism/Theory requirement. Please note specific courses that may be required for your emphasis.