The focus of SMFA's Video program is the production of installation. Video area courses and equipment constantly adapt: to new ideas, new practices and the evolving discourse of video art. Courses combine technical production with critical theory, cultural studies and art history.
Video art is rarely a stand-alone medium, and often incorporates new and traditional media including performance, sculpture, music, painting, drawing, movement-based practices and sound. Video students work closely and collaboratively with other departments. Along with cross media experimentation, students' video projects are pursued and generated through interdisciplinary and research-based practices, working with multiple disciplines in the humanities and sciences.
Video courses focus on the critical, conceptual and technical skills that support the production of video installation, single channel video, web-based projects and interactivity. Our seminars examine the many histories of video art as well as contemporary individual artists and collectives working with new technologies. The program hosts international visiting artists, critics and curators to expose students to a range of viewpoints in contemporary art.
The SMFA video area fully supports the production of complex, large-scale video installation. Students learn a range of methods to spacialize moving picture and sound. A high-profile annual video installation exhibition in a Boston gallery presents intermediate and advanced students' work.
We feature ongoing topic-based seminars to insure that our students are informed about the global context of media arts production. Topics address a range of issues that impact media production including art history, aesthetics, social justice, cultural geography, environmental, performance and cultural studies.
For more information about the Video area, contact Art Jones
Cameras: Sony FX-1 (2), Sony FX-7 (2) , Sony FX-1000 (11) , Canon Vixia HF300 (9), Canon 5D Mark III (4) and Canon Vixia HF400 (2) cameras. All cameras are HD.
Projectors: BenQW6000, BenQ SP830 (3), Casio XJ360 (3), BenQ SP890 (2).
Computers: Intel mac pro towers, Mac minis
Software used: Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Photoshop CS 5.5, Adobe After Effects CS 5.5, Multiscreener.
Fall 2013 Course Offerings
Below are current course offerings for the Video area. See the Fall 2013 Course Catalog
for full descriptions and schedules.
Students in the undergraduate, graduate, Studio and Post-Baccalaureate certificate programs may also take Continuing Education
courses for credit.
Video I / VID 1004 01
Video II / VID 2012 01
Intro Interdisciplinary Media Arts / VID 1010 01
Media Arts Seminar / VID 3017 01
Advanced Digital Imaging for Video and Installation / VID 3504 01