Media Arts Seminar Syllabus

Media Arts Seminar
M,W 2:00 -3:50
TB 102 & over Zoom for online students
Zoom Link for Online Students

Lauren Addario &
Joe Zebrowski
Media Arts & Technology
TB 135 505-454-3239
Office Hours M 12:00-1:00; T 12:30-2:00; Th 12:30 – 1:30 Virtual, & by appointment
TB 135
Phone: 505-454-3239

Safety: NMHU COVID policy is linked here
If you are sick, test positive, or have had close contact with someone who is sick or has tested positive, please attend via zoom, and let me know how I can support you until you feel safe enough to return to the class. 

Description of course:
An investigation of the core concepts and topics of media arts, specific to graphic design, photography, multimedia, and videography, through critical readings, written papers, guest lecturers.  The course will culminate in a collaborative community-based project.

Course Pre-requisites: 
MART  121 Visual Concepts
MART  220 Color Theory / Ideational Concepts
Or Instructor Permission
Required Textbook (s): None (readings will be assigned/required)

General Objectives of the Course are: 
1) Think critically and write articulately in response to readings that are significant to the field of Media Arts.
2) Acquire a foundation of knowledge regarding historic and contemporary thinkers, artists and innovators in the media arts fields.
3) Be comfortable using the vocabulary of the media arts discipline in an oral presentation.
4) Present in a professional manner.

Specific Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Immerse themselves in writing through an iterative process
2) Incorporate and understand the use of media technologies in contemporary society
3) Solve a community concern through collaborative creative problem solving
4) Accurately use vocabulary to critically examine and discuss, design, photography, interactivity/multimedia and videography
5) Develop an understanding of how to effectively work with others through collaboration

Major Topics:
Major topics to be studied include:
1) Current trends in Media & Technology
2) Design for Good
3) Film as a tool for social engagement
4) Multimedia and Interactivity
5) Enriching Community through Technology
6)  Photography and social justice

Instructional Methods and Techniques:
Instructional methods/techniques to be used will include: 
1) Class discussion
2) Lecture
3) Guest Speakers
4) Peer Editing
5) In class Writing Exercises

Assignments for the course:
Assignments for students in the course will include: 
1) Four papers, 3-5 pages
2) One oral presentation
3) One group presentation
4) One community-based project

Evaluation will be based upon the following:
1) Written papers
2) Oral presentation
3) Collaborative group project
4) Ability to articulate key concepts in media arts
5) Active participation

1) Attendance and participation 20%
2) Four papers-10% each (total – 40%)
3) Midterm and Final – 20%
4) Oral presentations– 20%

99-100 A+
94-98 A
90-93 A-
86-89 B+
84-85 B
80-83 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
60-69 D
50-59 F

Attendance and behavior: Media Arts Department
Cell phones and texting are not permitted during class. Failure to recognize this policy will result in a grade reduction. If you are sick or have to miss class, you are responsible for finding out the assignment from a classmate or the instructor and you are responsible for coming to the next class with any missed work completed. Students CANNOT miss critique. If final critique is missed you will fail the class.
4 absences = final grade is dropped one full letter grade
5 absences = final grade is dropped two full letter grades
6 absences = final grade is dropped three full letter grades
7 absences = final grade is an F
3 tardies =1 absence
Leaving class early or arriving late will count as a tardy. This applies to not being on task, not having your materials in class, or taking long breaks during class time.
NMHU Class attendance policy

Title IX

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc.
If you wish to report any form of sex discrimination covered by Title IX, please contact Ruth Mariampolski, Title IX Coordinator at 505-454-3363, or If you are currently enrolled or employed at Highlands, you can also use the internal report form.
If you are in crisis, follow this link for additional resources and support.

Center students are encouraged to contact HU-CARES for resources near the center campuses.

Academic Integrity:
NMHU media arts is a program designed to learn, absorb, discuss and question; to expand one’s mind through rigorous intellectual exploration. Integrity of the educational experience is diminished by cheating in class, plagiarizing, lying, or employing other modes of deceitful behavior, plagiarism and copyright infringement will not be tolerated.
NMHU’s official policy states
Because academic dishonesty in any form compromises the university’s reputation and thus devalues the NMHU degree, it simply will not be tolerated.  Consequently, students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or doing anything which involves trying to pass off someone else’s intellectual work as their own, will be subject to disciplinary action (NMHU Student Handbook, page 28;

Accessibility Statement:
In accordance with federal law, it is university policy to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe that you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability that requires an academic accommodation, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services. 

Access Services 

Camille Bohannon-Sweitzer, Coordinator of Disability Services