Visual Storytelling I
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5514
Course Format: Studio
Permission Required: No
This course explores the visual narrative, with emphasis on photography and photographic storytelling, in theory and practice. Students will gain insights into what makes great photographs and exciting visual narratives; and the aesthetics and technical aspects of shooting a subject and shooting a story. Students will look at how stories are told in a variety of visual media, including comics, films, photographic monographs and exhibits. Emphasis will be on ways of looking, seeing and saying through photography. Core components of this course are how to look at still imagery and how to think visually and create visual narratives. We will discuss editing and sequencing of still images in the production of compelling, graphically exciting, and entertaining visual storytelling. Students will post photo explorations during the course, complete 3 shooting assignments and are expected to participate actively in weekly discussions. A dialogue box will remain open all semester, for any technical questions students may have about cameras and photographic technology, as the photographic skills level of students may differ. However, students must have at least a basic knowledge of photography and camera technical terms and have some experience using a still camera (digital or film).
Prerequisite: Media Practices: Concepts or instructor permission.
Open to Graduate students.