Interdisciplinary Media Art Practices (IMAP) encompasses photo imaging, video, digital, sound, performance and related approaches to technology based art. This area embraces critical art practice from analog to digital, historical to cutting edge and everything in between.
The video discipline emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and approaches to video as an art form as part of a larger investigation of moving image art. The video discipline is interested in the student’s individual development and personal growth. Students are encouraged to seek links with other art forms as important sources of inspiration and critical understanding of their creative work. As part of a large liberal arts university, students are encouraged to seek relationships with other disciplines within the university. Students from diverse disciplines are encouraged to collaborate on creative projects across departments.
The classroom is treated as a laboratory for the creation, fermentation, and exploration of ideas that stress creativity as well as a place to discuss the relevance of those ideas relative to historical and contemporary issues. The area stresses the importance of interdisciplinary and multicultural understanding in the student’s artistic, educational, and personal growth. The discipline actively engages students and their work with relevant historical, practical, aesthetic, and philosophical structures to help place themselves and their work within a larger contextual understanding of art making.
Video classes are restricted to upper-class undergraduate and graduate students. There are three levels of classes which are taught regularly: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Video Production. Class size is limited to 10 students. In addition, there are special topic classes which vary. All the classes are designed to combine hands-on experience in all aspects of video art making with practical and theoretical criticism, that provides historical, social and aesthetic backgrounds for the understanding of moving image art.
The video discipline has its own equipment dedicated to the classes including cameras, microphones, tripods, lights and 24 hour access to the video editing labs. New equipment is updated regularly. The editing labs are cross-platform. Mac based systems for beginning classes and PC based systems for the advanced classes. The video area is also linked with internet-2 capabilities which allows video conferencing. This capability allows us to hold multi-classroom critiques, watch, and make art works over the internet with other universities. The video area is located in a large room which serves as classroom, video-conferencing, shooting studio, editing lab and equipment cage.
Undergraduate students from the video discipline have gone into top graduate school programs, internships, and related jobs in the field. Graduate student alumni are now teaching at major institutions, have developed their own media art programs and have become chairs of media areas in universities, have won awards, grants, have been reviewed in national magazines, and their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. See info on Filmmaking MFA Track and Film Studies.