The Maryland Higher Education Commission officially approved our new major – Film and Moving Image – in January of this year. We scrambled and quickly wrote and revised all of the courses we needed for next year, getting them approved just before the start of the Fall 2014 registration period. As of now, the first two years of our Department’s curriculum looks just like the grid, above. All rising Sophomores (Class of 2017) and incoming First-Year students (Class of 2018) will be on this new curriculum, while the rising Juniors and Seniors will remain on the previous Film/Video/Theatre curriculum.
Here is the text from the first part of our MHEC proposal:
The proposed “Film and Moving Image” major – adapted from its previous incarnation as the “Film/Video/Theatre” major – will educate its students to be adaptable lifelong artists, craftspeople, and learners who are capable of maintaining focus, resilience, self-control, and motivation through both success and failure. Graduates will be able to navigate the ever-changing technological landscape while developing and maintaining an original and personal aesthetic vision and be able to effectively communicate this vision to others. Students will learn a wide array of equipment and software to complement the major’s commitment to teaching film and moving image history and technique.
In their final year, students will demonstrate the skills acquired in their chosen area of expertise by creating a capstone project and by developing a portfolio of work for distribution in a variety of current media outlets.
Graduates will emerge as flexible and capable practitioners of filmmaking – be it on film, digital media, or the next emerging format – who can work both alone as self-starters or collaboratively in groups, and be Directors, Writers, Producers, Cinematographers, or Editors. In addition to the basic requirements of the major (Directing), therefore, students will choose one of the following 4 specialization tracks: Cinematography, Editing, Producing and Writing. This will allow the revised major to better align with Stevenson University’s motto, “Imagine your future. Design your career.”
Note that our new major offers 4 separate career specialization “tracks” - Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Writing – and that students start choosing their track in the Sophomore year.
We’re excited to offer the new program!
And now – an open call to all current Stevenson students: we would really like to have a Stevenson-designed new logo for the new major. Our previous Film/Video logo was designed by Visual Communication Design major Chris Jaeger, and we love it:
Now, however, we would like something that reads “Film and Moving Image,” using either that full text and/or the official new abbreviation FMI. We’d also like to see more than just a single icon, but perhaps a vision of how that icon might work in tandem with text like “flexible” and “adaptable.” We’re interested in putting this on t-shirts, letterhead, discs, labels, etc., so imagine a variety of applications when you design the logo.
Submissions are due on Monday, April 21, by 5pm. Please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll announce the winner by Friday, April 25, the last day of regular class meetings of the Spring 2014 semester. The winner will get to see his/her work on the new Departmental t-shirts we will print for all students for the Fall 2014 semester, and receive complimentary copies of whatever we make.
I look forward to seeing what you design!