Motion media design evolution began with non-narrative experimental films of the 1930s and continued though to the innovative movie titles of Saul Bass in the 1950s, MTV’s birth in the 1980s, and the influence of new technologies and media artists in the 1990s and 2000s. This course surveys the history of motion media design and the individuals, companies and current trends that define the field today.
MOME 120 Concepts and Storyboards
Creating concepts and explaining ideas, style and technique though storyboards are essential skills for the motion media designer. In this course students learn how to conceptualize and visualize motion graphic storyboards with digital techniques as required in the professional world. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 110, DRAW 100.
MOME 130 Motion Media Design Techniques I
This interdisciplinary course trains students in the essential vocabularies and concepts of motion media design, examining a range of diverse issues of central importance to the motion media designer such as previsualization, cinematography, media theories, digital culture, new media and critical studies. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110.
MOME 206 Motion Media Design Techniques II
This course continues to build upon the knowledge of motion techniques and software. It teaches advanced motion techniques in industry-standard motion graphic software to give students the ability to realize their concepts and ideas in upper level courses. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 348 or MOME 130.
MOME 220 Design For Motion
In this elective course, students gain an advanced understanding of the design process in motion media production, through a concentrated study of the preparation of production boards across a range of styles. Students broaden their creative and technical experience though detailed exercises, studio sessions and critiques of their design work, with the aim of producing portfolio quality production boards. Prerequisite(s): MOME 120.
MOME 235 Editing Theories and Techniques
This course covers the basic grammar of editing through hands-on exercises and real-life examples. From the Kuleshov Effect to the contemporary aesthetics of noncontinuity and elliptical editing, students are introduced to the major theories behind the development of various editing techniques. The course focuses on conceptualizing projects for the edit in various design contexts. Prerequisite(s): MOME 206.
MOME 246 Title Design
This course addresses basic historical and contemporary typographic design concepts utilized in creating simple film titles with graphic shapes, photographs and sound. Students construct graphic elements and typography for use in projects while addressing issues of motion and dynamic relationships. Prerequisite(s): MOME 130.
MOME 290 DVD Production
The focus of this course is to teach students how to design their own DVD interface and apply authoring techniques to produce DVDs with advanced features. Students are guided through the steps of organizing content, producing and finishing the DVD. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110.
MOME 305 Time-based Media for the Art Gallery
Utilizing a range of tools, this course explores and produces time-based artwork for the gallery context. This work can include DVD, video and sound installations; performance work; and interactive environments. Students are expected to consider the technical, aesthetic and conceptual concerns of these art forms and produce practical assignments that are grounded in historical and theoretical research. Prerequisite(s): ITGM 353.
MOME 309 Concepts in Motion Media Design
This course introduces fundamental concepts for motion graphics, including graphics and promos for television networks and film titles and logos for advertising. The focus is on design presentation and development, screen composition, graphic transitions and content. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 205, MOME 206.
MOME 310 Alternative Production Techniques
This course explores a variety of historical techniques employed by avant-garde/experimental media artists in the creation of their time-based work. Students explore ideas of narrative form, image genres and visual language issues related to context and audience. Students create their own experimental work and improve their critical and conceptual facilities. Prerequisite(s): MOME 115.
MOME 356 Compositing for Motion Media
Through the process of ideation with presentations and demonstrations, students develop complex motion graphic composites using professional production methods and industry-standard software. The aesthetics of compositing also are explored to allow students to create portfolio quality work. Prerequisite(s): MOME 235.
MOME 360 Motion Media Cinematography
This course addresses camera operation, lenses, film stocks, filters, lighting and light measuring, as well as the art and aesthetics of cinematography. Through hands-on practice and exercises, students are introduced to the science behind lighting ratios and exposures, film stocks and emulsion tests and telecine transfers. Prerequisite(s): MOME 235.
MOME 369 Time-based Typography I
This course addresses historical and contemporary typographic design concepts using film and television. Students construct graphic elements and typography for use in projects while addressing issues of motion and dynamic relationships. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 205.
MOME 400 Senior Motion Media Design Project I
Students develop ideas and storyboards for their senior project. They execute the preproduction phase of the project and start production that is finished in a second course. Prerequisite(s): MOME 309.
MOME 401 3-D Motion Media Design
This course explores the foundations of 3-D environments. Modeling, textures, lighting and animating are covered with simple animations, logo and shape motion and environmental visual effects. Prerequisite(s): MOME 206.
MOME 406 Reality-based Motion Media Design
This course develops an understanding of the documentary format as it relates to contemporary broadcast contexts. Through a process of critical viewing and analysis of the documentary form, along with practical assignments, students are expected to explore and develop models of documentary that work in the broadcast world. In addition, students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of the history, techniques and issues related to the documentary form. Prerequisite(s): MOME 235.
MOME 408 Multiplatform Media Brand Packaging
This course discusses historical and contemporary broadcast packages as they relate to design, marketing strategies and branding. These concepts are useful in the creation of show openings, tags, bumpers and other elements that develop network identities and broadcast entities. Prerequisite(s): MOME 309.
MOME 448 Senior Motion Media Design Project II
Students execute the postproduction phase of a project, including analysis and critique, organization and scheduling. The goal is to create a final project that showcases the student’s artistic vision through his or her acquired skills. Prerequisite(s): MOME 309, MOME 369.
MOME 449 Time-based Typography II
This course continues the exploration of typography used in moving media. Advanced topics are discussed along with projects based in film, broadcast and new media. Prerequisite(s): MOME 369.
MOME 490 Motion Media Design Portfolio
This course prepares students for employment in the field. Students are expected to investigate career opportunities and the requirements of the position of interest. Development of a portfolio and demo reel is enhanced through the continued study of motion graphics, compositing and sound. Prerequisite(s): MOME 448.
MOME 495 Special Topics in Motion Media Design
The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various problems in the motion media design field and allows the advanced student an opportunity to pursue individual or collaborative projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
This course addresses the role of typography and design concepts applied in the field of motion media. Through a series of class projects, students develop the ability to effectively utilize the use of design principles and typographic values to address issues of motion and dynamic relationships.
MOME 502 Motion Analysis and Application
This course directs students towards the successful analysis and application of advanced animation techniques and methodologies. Students gain a thorough and deep understanding of motion media techniques, as evidenced in contemporary motion design work. Students explore the impact of these techniques on their personal aesthetic through individual practice, lectures, assigned readings, class discussions and critiques.
MOME 503 Motion Media Context and Application
This course explores how motion graphics developed from innovations in a variety of fields including animation, graphic design, advertising and interactive media. The aesthetics that inform contemporary motion graphics began in non-narrative experimental films, continued in the innovative movie titles of the 50's, video art and MTV, and in new technologies of the 1990s and contemporary media art. This course surveys the history of motion graphics, the individuals, companies and current trends that define the field today.
MOME 705 Visualization and Concept Storyboarding
In this course, students are expected to develop the ability to visualize various creative solutions to problems in motion media design. Students learn concept development, engage in the application of appropriate narrative and visual storytelling to those concepts, and produce storyboards that portray concepts accurately and vividly. In the creative phase of production, students are subject to traditional industry constraints, including typical production guides and guidelines.
MOME 709 Motion Media Cinematography and Editing
This course introduces the foundations of filmmaking through the critical examination of historical materials. The theoretical and practical applications of the course culminate in the compilation of imagery that encompasses a variety of ideas and concepts and utilizes film and video cameras and editing techniques.
MOME 711 Advanced Motion Media Design Techniques
This course gives students the skills and techniques necessary to execute their concepts into motion. Students learn how to interpret and read a storyboard for production and apply industry-standard software in their future motion graphic projects. Students receive training in all phases of motion graphic techniques and production.
MOME 729 Dynamic Typography
This course reviews the theories and principles of typography and composition with a focus on understanding the dynamics of motion, legibility, content and message.
MOME 735 Motion Media Design Studio I
In this seminar studio course, students begin the research and exploration necessary to ensure successful completion of a thesis. Students define a personal direction, engage in theoretical exploration and begin to formulate plans for their thesis project in a self-directed and flexible format. Prerequisite(s): SFDM 719.
MOME 746 Main Title Design
This course is one of the most important and prestigious aspects of motion graphics. In the tradition of the masters of title design, students learn to conceptualize and express the content they are titling though innovative titling. Students create a body of work of feature film and television main titles. Prerequisite(s): MOME 705.
MOME 747 Multiplatform Network Branding and Design
This course is a comprehensive approach to design and branding for broadcast networks. Students create and pitch concepts, make storyboard presentations and as the final project, totally re-brand and re-design a network, including creation of a presentation book of their storyboard concepts and an animated montage of their redesign for the network. Prerequisite(s): SFDM 719.
MOME 748 Motion Media Design M.A. Final Project
This course allows each student to develop a professional-level project that demonstrates his or her personal artistic vision. Students define a personal direction, engage in theoretical exploration and formulate plans that culminate in a final project. Each student also develops an artist's statement and explores avenues for self-promotion. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
MOME 749 Motion Media Design Portfolio
Students focus on the integration of imagery, websites, video and various other elements into a broadcast design portfolio. Students create effective tools for self-promotion, including a reel, CD compilation, website, cover letter and résumé. Proper and effective marketing techniques, interviewing skills, job search strategies and business practices are covered to provide an understanding of operations in the broadcast industry. M.A. students enroll in this course during their final quarter of the motion media program. Prerequisite(s): MOME 709 and completion of the review for candidacy.
MOME 756 Works of Art in a Digital Culture
This course presents an in-depth study of contemporary digital culture through readings, writing and presentations. Students analyze and critique the role, definition and application of art in contemporary culture. Students also work together to produce a group exhibition addressing issues related to their research and present it in a local gallery or other public context.
MOME 758 3-D Motion Media Design
This course focuses on the creation of 3-D elements for compositing with live action and 2-D art. Students are responsible for the modeling and animation of 3-D elements, with an emphasis on lighting and camera placement as they apply to motion graphics environments.
MOME 760 Alternative Methods in Motion Media Design
This course explores a variety of nontraditional practices for time-based work. Students explore ideas of narrative form, image genres and visual language issues related to context and audience. Prerequisite(s): SFDM 719.
MOME 761 Timeline Compositing
In this course students address specialized problems and patterns encountered in combining a variety of visual effects source material using a timeline based compositing system. Prerequisite(s): MOME 709 or VSFX 715.
MOME 766 Business of Motion Media Design
This course covers the workings, promotion and operation of design businesses, preparing students for roles as freelancers or business owners in today’s economy. Topics include developing a sound business plan, freelancing, agency work, client relations and problem resolution, compensation and benefits, profitability and organizational structure and functionality.
MOME 768 Pro-social Motion Media Design
In this course, students scrutinize and evaluate the role of the director in producing broadcast pieces of short duration, such as PSAs, by participating in hands-on production and critiquing and analyzing historical and contemporary practices in the field. Emphasis is placed on research and the integration of history and practice as students work with and coordinate a variety of individuals with diverse production process experience to complete an aesthetic, concept-driven piece. Prerequisite(s): MOME 709.
MOME 775 Motion Media Design Studio II
This seminar studio continues the research and exploration of thesis ideas developed in Motion Media Design Studio I. In addition to continuing theoretical exploration, students engage in project organization and preproduction to prepare for the final thesis course. Prerequisite(s): MOME 735 and completion of the review for candidacy.
MOME 779F Graduate Field Internship
Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
MOME 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
MOME 780 Special Topics in Motion Media Design
This course provides students with an opportunity to focus on particular issues in the field of motion media design or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic.
MOME 790 Motion Media Design M.F.A. Thesis
Motion media design M.F.A. students develop an innovative and theoretically informed body of work that is exhibited in a manner and context that supports its creative content. Students also produce a written component that addresses the theoretical premise of the work. Prerequisite(s): MOME 735 and completion of the review for candidacy.