With the recent changes in faculty at SJSU I now have the opportunity to teach the Advanced Digital Video class in the Fall. I don’t want to sound under-prepared, but I have not got a syllabus for this class… yet.
My initial thoughts are dealing with structure and making sure there is plenty of lab and crit time during the semester. Being a M/W class I am looking at dealing with technical skills, content, contemporary video art, IP/licensing and other issues on Mondays and having a Salon on Wed. Basically the desire would be to leverage small groups to do critique (using youtube) with rotating presenters every Wed. If there are 4 groups then the 5th week could be a class crit.
I am also looking at work that pushes video into art, and new technologies like collaborative editing, DVD and blu-ray authoring and a few others.
If I am thinking abstractly, I guess I would consider 2-3 readings and a few active discussions about the medium.
This class is going to be a full blown studio class with a fairly high workload. My experience with video is that it ALWAYS takes more time than you initially expect and that if you don’t want to just turn out a turd you have to do some planning, actually it seems like you can never do enough planning.
Take-aways: a respectable YouTube channel, and a DVD.
At this point I am battling low enrollment which needs to change or the class will get canceled.