4.351 | Spring 2004 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Video


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 3 hours / session

Course Description

4.351 is an introduction to video recording and editing, presenting video as a tool of personal apprehension and expression, with an emphasis on self-exploration, performance, social critique, and the organization of raw experience into aesthetic form (narrative, abstract, documentary, essay).

Students will learn to use digital video cameras and Final Cut Pro® editing software as their chief means for creating video works. Students will also be presented with basic workshops in concept development, lighting and sound recording.

Each student will be required to make an audio-visual presentation on a particular topic.

Lab fee: $30


Grade will be lost for late work.

Film Project from conception to completion (including concept development and presentation, research, execution, and personal investment in and commitment to your work) 75%
Attendance, class participation, reading and other assignments 25%

Completion of all projects exercises and assignments is required for a passing grade.

Extra credit can be earned towards participatory attendance grade by attendance of screenings (accompanied by brief oral report). List will be updated throughout the semester (see calendar).


For each absence after two absences, the final cumulative grade will automatically be lowered by 1/2 grade per absence. In addition, every 2 late arrivals will count as an absence. A lateness is defined as arriving more than five minutes after class starts. Leaving during class and/or leaving class early will also be considered a lateness.

Active participation during class is expected.

Use of laptops or cell phones etc. during class is not permitted.

Assignment Screenings

  1.  Screenings include viewing and discussion of work.
  2.  Each student will be expected to show at least four minutes per Assignment Screening Date.
  3.  Screening Journal.

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2004
Learning Resource Types
group_work Projects with Examples
assignment Media Assignments