In todays’ visual—and increasingly digital—world, demand for media arts expertise is high. The NJCU Media Arts Department prepares students to meet the demand through a rigorous study in media that combines media theory and production. With its diverse student body, NJCU’s culturally rich atmosphere is the ideal place to study media arts.
Media Arts Department faculty comprise working professionals with decades of experience in the discipline. With their array of interests and expertise, you are sure to connect with instructors who share your passion.
Students study writing, cinema studies and media theory, as well as gain hands-on experience through multi-media, audio, video and film production courses. Coursework is designed to train students to become independent producers who are fluent in all aspects of media theory and production. An NJCU education in media arts shapes students into creative professionals who make intelligent judgments, engage in socially responsible pursuits and bring enhanced aesthetic value to their chosen careers.
No media arts education would be complete without access to technology. Your educational experience is amplified in our state-of-the-art facilities: a full-color, broadcast-quality television studio, digital media labs, radio and audio production facilities, and 16mm film production facilities. Studios are equipped with the tools and software programs you will encounter in a high-tech production environment.
A required cooperative education internship provides the opportunity to put your training to work in the real world, ensuring you are ready to hit the ground running.
AREAS OF STUDY
The course track in the Digital Media area is designed to provide Media Arts majors with the full spectrum of computer-based media production as well as the study and analysis of related theoretical issues, creative thinking, and artistic content. The Department offers students instruction in Photoshop; Image Ready; HTML scripting; Flash and basic Action Script; Director and Lingo scripting; After Effects; and various 3-D animation environments. Students develop basic skills in photographic image manipulation, multimedia, and web design in classes structured as “hands on” workshops. Individual work stations are provided in addition to full computer lab access.
The Film Area of the Media Arts Department focuses on 16mm production and post-production and instructs students in all phases of filmmaking including the technical aspects of exposure; lenses; “sync” and “non-sync” cameras; lighting; editing; and post-production sound mixing. Students also learn the conceptual skills of various directing techniques; the creative use of cinematography; communication within a production crew; and how the integration of these techniques will take a film project from script to screen. Our students have abundant access to Bolex and Arriflex-S non-sync cameras as well as CP-16, Arriflex BL and Arriflex SR cameras. The support equipment includes Lowell and Arriflex lighting kits; Nagra and Sony and Fostex DAT recorders; Eagle doorway dollies; an AVID editing suite and numerous Steenbeck editing rooms. Post-production facilities also include a JK Optical Printer, an audio transfer room, and 16mm interlock mixing capabilities.
CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES
The aim of Media Studies is to familiarize the student with the critical, historical, and theoretical aspects of film and television. This area of study introduces the student to the language of the moving image, the economic and social conditions which structure the selected works, as well as their changing historical contexts. A theoretical inquiry is especially important, opening the students to the history of thought that has inspired, and which continues to aid our understanding of, cultural production. Special areas of interest are the growth of the film and television industries; the development of popular genres such as Film Noir, the Horror film, and the television sitcom; and a critical concern for the representation of race, class, and gender across these works. Courses are also taught on the intersection of film and the fine arts, the Avant-garde film, and World Cinema. With these skills, the Media Arts student is encouraged to develop as an artist and communicator within his/her chosen field.
In the Sound Area of the Media Arts Department, students create and study sound including music, radio, post-production for film and video, as well as new media. All media arts students master sound recording, editing and mixing techniques. Advanced audio students lend their recording and mixing talents to their peers’ film and video works. These collaborations are evident in the high quality soundtracks that play integral roles in media arts student films that have screened at major festivals. Music recording affords a direct partnership of the student with the artist, bridging the gap between technology and creativity. The Department's new sound production suite, designed by acoustical architect John Storyk of WSDG, houses an expanded Pro Tools HD post-production/music recording studio and two radio production areas - one for live internet streaming and the other for class and production work.
Comprehensively guiding students through pre-production, production, and post-production phases, the Video Area of our department includes work in multi-camera studio production, field location production, digital non-linear editing and advanced post-production technique. This area of study stresses the equal importance of knowledge of video technology with the appreciation and use of it as a creative and expressive medium. Our facilities include a three camera production studio, an array of professional digital video camcorders, microphones, lighting equipment and other production support gear, and Avid and Final Cut Pro editing stations.
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