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SFIN 744 Visiting Artist Graduate students during one quarter of study will work with a visiting artist in the school of fine art. The course is organized around the conceptual and technical specialties of the visiting artist. Students will understand the development of ideas and professional practices of the visiting artist. Through critiques, dis- cussions and written assignments the visiting artist will guide the students towards an understanding of the connections between idea, media, technique, content and process in their individual work.


SFIN 745 Fine Art M.A. Self-promotion This course is designed to prepare M.A. students for fine art business practices. Class topics include building an exhibition record, dealing with the legal issues of art, preparing a professional portfolio, and managing an online presence. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 728.


SFIN 756 Theories and Processes II Theories and Processes II more deeply explores struc- turalist and post-structuralist thinking. The first half of the course will develop the theoretical premises of mostmodernity from a structuralist viewpoint, with particular emphasis placed on Barthes, Habermas, and Lyotard. The second half of the course will deal directly with deconstruction as a critical position. These approaches will serve to increase graduate students’ fluency in the primary sources that inform current art and critical discourse. Prerequisite(s): SFIN 716.


SFIN 770 Fine Art M.F.A. Self-promotion Utilizing new technology, this course will take advan- tage of the synthesis of media as a current and preva- lent trend in the promotion and marketing of contem- porary fine arts work. The course prepares students for the business aspects of a fine art career, including portfolio preparation and relevant business practices such as record keeping, contracts, shipping and copyright. Students will be exposed to different levels of exhibition opportunities, such as juried exhibitions, alternative space slide registries, and commercial gal- leries. Students will also research grants, residencies, employment opportunities, and teaching positions relevant to their respective work. Lastly, students will work toward developing a web presence in form of a personal website or blog. Prerequisite(s): PNTG 738.


SFIN 780 Special Topics in Fine Arts This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on issues that cross disciplines. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. Depending on the topic the course can include lectures, discussions, individual or collaborative projects and critiques.


Sound Design (Undergraduate)


SNDS 100 Sound Synthesis This course al lows students to explore basic approaches to sound synthesis in a non-narrative context. Basic practices are developed through hands- on experiences using virtual synthesis tools. In addition, students are exposed to the historical developments of synthesis.


SNDS 105 Desktop Audio This course is designed to familiarize students with the audio component of desktop applications. Students explore signal flow as it relates to the virtual realm of digital audio. In addition, students will learn how to prepare visual materials commonly used in multimedia projects and assignments.


SNDS 201 Introduction to Sound Design This course introduces sound designers and filmmak- ers to the unique contributions that sound brings to image. Students develop a basic understanding of the workflow and practices associated with soundtrack development. This course seeks to promote effective collaboration between audio and video professionals. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in the development of a basic soundtrack. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110 or ELDS 205 or ELDS 225 or SNDS 105.


SNDS 212 Music for Motion Pictures This course examines the relationship of music to image. The roles of music supervisor, music editor and composer are covered. Students spot and cut music to moving images and are introduced to the vocabulary needed to work with music editors and composers. The college’s production music library is used extensively, and business and legal aspects of the industry are examined. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 201.


SNDS 223 Intermediate Sound Design This course continues to explore the unique contri- butions of sound in media. An in-depth examination of the physics, acoustics, and perceptual principles of audio provide the foundation for advanced audio production. Students will develop a comprehensive skill set with digital audio workstations. Each project is designed to reinforce and contextualize the principles of sound design. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 201.


SNDS 225 Sound in Media This course examines the cultural impact of sound in media from the creation of Edison’s wax cylinder to the use of multichannel digital sound in contempo- rary multiplex movie theaters. The development of sound technology and its influence on various media is examined in detail. Special attention is paid to the use of sound to aid in the creation of cultural icons and identity. These issues are explored by examining the history of sound in radio, film, music, television and fine arts. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 207, SNDS 201.


SNDS 230 Sound Design for Radio Designed to prepare students for career opportuni- ties that use sound production, this course teaches students how to use sound to enhance drama, com- mercials, news and other kinds of radio and commer- cial programming. Students gain experience with the workflow and specialized tools associated with radio production. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 223.


SNDS 260 Sound Art During the 20th century, sound art manifested itself in installations, on radio, on CD and tape recordings, and in live performances. This course allows stu- dents to explore this art form in its various manifesta- tions. Experimental signal processing and progres- sive approaches to audio presentation are fostered. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 225.


SNDS 314 MIDI Technologies for Sound Design MIDI is introduced and explored in the context of sound design and music production. Students learn the fun- damentals of MIDI and associated technologies. Class projects allow students to create soundscapes, design effects and musical compositions. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 223.


SNDS 316 Advanced Sound Design This course prepares students for advanced audio production in film and television. Signal flow and signal processing are covered extensively. Hands-on exercises and ear training reinforce these concepts. Students are introduced to a variety of studio environments and control surfaces. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 223.


SNDS 320 Sound Effects and Foley This course provides students with the skills required to develop a specialized library of original sound effects. Students learn to create sound effects through synthe- sis, advanced editing, and signal processing. Students learn the art of recording non-sync sound in both field and studio environments. In addition, they learn the art of recording synchronized sound to image (Foley) in a studio environment. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 316.


SNDS 330 Modular Synthesis and Audio Programming This course allows students to further explore sound synthesis techniques introduced in MIDI Technologies for Sound Design. Sound synthesis is explored as it per- tains to sound design and music production. Students are expected to explore sound synthesis modularity in both the analog and digital domain and learn basic programming skills in order to build their own sound synthesis environments. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 260.


SNDS 331 Location Sound This course is designed to provide a thorough under- standing of the recording skills and systems required for location sound for film and video productions. Single- and double-system audio acquisition, advanced microphone techniques and synchronization are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): FILM 100, SNDS 316.


SNDS 335 Audiovisual Synthesis For more than a century, composers and visual artists have pursued the relationship between sound and image. Often referred to as synaesthetic art, this work seeks to fuse the senses of sight and sound in a single expression. Audiovisual programming environments now provide artists with the ability to create digital sound and imagery simultaneously. This course gives students the opportunity to explore this field and create their own audiovisual systems for real-time performance or experimental audiovisual montage. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 260.


SNDS 345 Voice in Cinema This course examines the role of dialog in cinema. Students learn editing, signal processing, and mix- ing techniques specific to the development of the dialog pre-dub. Students also learn recording tech- niques associated with ADR, group ADR, and VO Prerequisite(s): SNDS 316.


SNDS 355 Sound for the Web and Interactive Media Students are introduced to the creative integration of sound in interactive projects. Web-based interactivity is explored as a medium for online gallery environ- ments as well as commercial applications. Methods for combining and sampling sounds are covered, along with an exploration of the nonlinear timeline and optimization techniques for digital files. Students experiment with the combination of sound and imag- ery, coordinating user responses with appropriate and compelling sounds. Prerequisite(s): ITGM 260.


SNDS 400 Surround Sound This course exposes students to the approaches and techniques used when mixing film and television for multi-channel release. Students learn session setup and signal flow designed to facilitate the produc- tion of stems and printmasters. Students will learn to encode in 5.1 and LtRt. Basic video encoding and DVD authoring are also covered. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 320, SNDS 345.


SNDS 402 Recording Studio I This course develops skill sets associated with the role of assistant engineer. Students develop an advanced understanding of signal flow, microphone technique, and session management. Students will gain experi- ence using a large format console and supporting hardware. Each student is responsible for securing talent for their class projects. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 316.


SNDS 404 Recording Studio II This course builds on the skills and techniques acquired in Recording Studio I. Extensive opportunities to record and mix allow students to track and mix more demanding projects. Students learn advanced editing, signal processing, and mixing approaches for both music and film projects. Each student is responsible for securing talent for their class projects. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 402.


SNDS 416 Scoring to Picture This course utilizes the skills gained from Music for Motion Picture and MIDI Technologies to produce legal scores for student media projects. Students will utilize standard music clearance procedures and will work directly with student directors to create original scores using edited scores, production libraries, and song scores. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 212, SNDS 314, SNDS 316.


SNDS 420 Sound Design Senior Studio In this course, students identify, develop and com- plete a final project that demonstrates their personal design aesthetic. The students’ professional goals are solidified through examination of professional career opportunities. Students develop résumé and portfolio material that helps prepare them to realize their career goals. Prerequisite(s): SNDS 400.


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