Documentary Practice and Emerging Media
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5540
Course Format: Studio
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
How do emerging media change the way we tell non-fiction stories? What are the potentials and limitations of using interactive and non-linear media tools to negotiate between reality on the one hand and representation, and interpretation on the other? What kind of challenges do new media forms and practices pose to traditional documentary practice and established principles of narrative logic? This workshop addresses these questions and explores documentary practice in emergent media technologies such as web-based interfaces, locative media, GPS-adapted systems, and mobile applications. Over the course of the semester, students develop and complete a non-linear documentary project (web site or multimedia installation) using tools and technologies such as Flash ActionScript, Korsakow, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and ZeeMaps. Combining screenings, texts, discussions, and a series of conceptual exercises, the course focuses on issues regarding sequencing, representation, and non-linearity when using integrated media to tell non-fiction stories. Students work with text, graphics, stills, sound, and video, and experiment with linear and hypertextual navigation interfaces as well as popular social media and mapping tools. Students may either develop an existing project proposal or generate a proposal in class, ideally using previously acquired footage (video, audio, photography). Prior coding and/or web design experience is helpful, but the course also makes use of pre-designed models to help facilitate production processes for those students with limited exposure to coding/web design.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite: Media Practices: Time Based; or Media Practices: Design; or Media Practices: Interactive; or instructor permission.


Open to Graduate students.