IMA Courses

Required classes are: S​ocial + Historical Roots or Visual Culture, History and Criticism of the Doc, Doc 1 and 2, Emerging Media 1 and 2. These are strongly recommended to start, but case by case basis if student wants to transfer out or skip and come back to depending on their schedules.


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>> (Super)station: Experimental TV Studio

IMA Number: 780.06 | 3 credits

This course will seek to radicalize traditional ideas of the television studio by placing the “control room” front and center as a locus of performance.  Citing examples both past and present in media and contemporary art, expanded cinema, pirate television and more; we will examine artists’ appropriation of, and interventions in, television and broadcas...

>> 1-Credit Workshop: DIY Augmented Reality

IMA Number: 78308 | 1 credits

Harness the poetic potential of augmented reality to explore issues of the seen versus unseen, known versus unknowable. Challenge the “cult of surfaces” by terraforming new dimensional realities that expand the social imaginary. Augmented reality (AR) is the process of superimposing digitally-rendered images, a...

>> 1-Credit Workshop: Site-Responsive Narrative Media

IMA Number: 78309

This workshop invites students to experiment with narrative environments in public space. What does it mean to build a story around a site? How can we use sites to tell better stories? Can site be used as a strategy against globalization and the increasing demands for scalable media and experiences? What do we even...

>> 1-Credit Workshop: Working with Non-Professional Actors

IMA Number: 78307 | 1 credits

Non-professional actors have delivered some of cinema’s most resonant performances — in neo-realist classics such as Bicycle Thieves and contemporary works like Ken Loach’s searing Ladybird, Ladybird.  This two day workshop will give students the essential tools needed to cast non-professional actors and work with them to discover their i...

>> 1-Credit: Non-representational Spatial Sound Composition

| 1 credits

This workshop (with a presentation event following after) introduces spatial sound composition with multi-channel audio systems. After an introduction to key concepts and an historical overview with some listening examples we’ll go on to develop our own compositions and to practice and explore spatialization as a creative element. As Stockhausen had put it ...

>> 1-Credit: Adobe Premiere and Developing a Post Production Workflow

IMA Number: IMA 783.16 | 1 credits

Adobe Premiere and Developing a Post-Production Workflow introduces Premiere to new editors as well as experienced editors coming over from other editing programs. The workshop will provide an overview of Premiere’s layout and tools, and students will develop a strategy for media organization within Premiere. The instructor wil...

>> 1-Credit: Alternative Video Image Processing

IMA Number: 783.10 | 1 credits

This workshop will focus on alternative video processing techniques which hybridize analog and digital formats. We will utilize unconventional techniques, and re-purpose equipment commercially seen as obsolete to radically manipulate the video image. Together we will build from the ground up, a customized system for real-time image warping, feedback, and v...

>> 1-Credit: Hypertexts & Cross-media Narratives in Multi-Platform Storytelling

IMA Number: 783.11 | 1 credits

How do you build a macro narrative across multiple digital platforms?  This 2-day workshop examines strategies for creating multi-sensory narratives experiences where information is dispersed in a controlled manner across a diverse set of modalities and platforms. Strategies will be explored for transposing distinct conceptual concepts into multiple iterations a...

>> 1-Credit: Public Humanities for Digital Media Artists

| 1 credits

Public Humanities – an outgrowth of the increasingly popular “public history” discipline – applies the methods, practices and expertise of humanities scholarship to public settings.  Whether in museum exhibitions, public websites, site-specific installations or locales of public memory such as his...

>> 1-Credit: Sound Editing with ProTools

| 1 credits

The class will address the needs of each student whatever level of experience they might have, and will provide the basis for further learning.  The class will demystify the craft/art of sound editing, familiarize the student with the Pro Tools system, lay the foundations of editing dialogue and sound effects, and provide a little...

>> 1-Credit: The Director’s Eye – An Introduction to Visual Storytelling

| 1 credits

Directors have two distinct responsibilities – directing actors and directing the camera. The first requires an understanding of actors and the story being told; the second an understanding of film grammar– the visual language of film.  This two-day master class will introduce students to the basic elements of storytel...

>> 3D Animation and Modeling

IMA Number: 764 | 3 credits

This hands-on production course will examine essential concepts and practices that form the basis of 3D animation. While this course primarily focuses on the use of 3D animation for linear video output, we will also explore the possibilities of this digital framework for other media and expressive forms, such as print, graphic novels, film making, and net-based a...

>> Advanced Interactive Expression

IMA Number: 763 | 3 credits

The production of websites incorporating animation, sound and video.

>> Advanced Studio – Emerging Media

IMA Number: IMA 754.00 | 3 credits

This course provides students the opportunity to work on an advanced emerging media project and participate in group and individual critiques with students and faculty from both the Integrated Media Arts MFA program and the Studio MFA program. This class will meet at 205 Hudson Street, also known as the “MFA Building.” Particular emphasis will be on helping s...

>> Advanced Studio: Documentary

IMA Number: 755.00 | 3 credits

Provides students the opportunity to work on an advanced documentary project and participate in group and individual critiques with MFA faculty. Particular emphasis will be on helping students prepare for the MFA Thesis Project. Students may repeat this Advanced Studio once with a different project.

>> Alternative Media: Examples and Experiences

IMA Number: 710 | 3 credits

Review of the history and role of small-scale alternative media. Includes critical readings, viewing and critique.

>> Analytical Seminar

IMA Number: 78099 | 3 credits

>> Animation Studio

IMA Number: IMA 780.07 | 3 credits

This hands-on class is an introduction to animation using 2D digital tools. We will explore historical precursors to digital animation by studying the work of experimental and animated film as well as contemporary art and animation. Class time will consist of in-class demos, screenings, discussions of readings, and software tutorials. Students will be enco...

>> Anti-Documentary

IMA Number: 780.83 | 3 credits

This course will take on the question “what’s wrong with the liberal documentary” and answer it with the study of the contrary strategies of politically ambitious, post-realist non-fiction films (anti-docs, also called “can-openers” or “bunker-busters”) which strategically disrupt, crack, break or pop the lid on traditional documentary form ...

>> Collaborative Media Project/Creative Residency

IMA Number: 781.00 | NC credits

In-house project or external creative residency must be defined in conjunction with IMA Program Director. The project or creative residency must involve collaboration among different media makers.

>> Collective Documentary

IMA Number: 743 | 3 credits

This production workshop involves the student in all aspects of a collectively produced media project framed by a discussion of the theoretical issues of collaborative and collective media production, and an examination the history of collective practices in the making of film and video from the 1930s to today.

>> Color Aesthetics, Theory, Practice

IMA Number: 78094 | 3 credits

This course introduces IMA students to the subject of color in visual art and media from antiquity through the present. We use an interdisciplinary approach rooted in aesthetics, visual studies, art therapy, design studies, and phenomenology. Through descriptive writing, responses to critical texts, and subjective encounters with color in art and culture, student...

>> Communications and the City

IMA Number: 70400 | 3 credits

Urban imagery in mass media and its varying relations to problems of urban life.

>> Creating Non Fiction Virtual Reality

IMA Number: 780.09 | 3 credits

In this course students will explore the aesthetic, theoretical and technical aspects of creating and displaying nonfiction cinematic virtual reality. We will produce several short films throughout the semester examining different techniques, cameras, editing and compositing s...

>> Culture Jamming

IMA Number: 780.48 | 3 credits

This course will offer students a chance to engage with a variety of social art practices associated with the notion of “culture jamming,”i.e., offering subversive or even utopian alternatives that create discontinuity in hegemonic cultural practices in public space and in the new public sphere of the internet.  Our exploration will include theoretical appro...

>> Developing and Producing Non-Fiction Media

IMA Number: 724 | 3 credits

This course is designed for the non-fiction producer of documentaries, series, specials, interactive and other forms of factual content for the screen across multiple platforms including theatrical, television, web, mobile  and installation.  Over the course of the semester, students will gain a deep understanding of the development process, from concept to gr...

>> Directing Practice: From Script to Screen

IMA Number: 780.11

Through lectures, screenings and hands on directing exercises, this course introduces students to the skills and tools necessary for successful dramatic screen directing. The course covers the scope of the director’s work and collaboration with a creative team, with a focus on developing the director’s creative vision through script analysis, pre-visua...

>> Disease and Disaster in Media and Culture

IMA Number: 780.29 | 3 credits

Using examples from traditional media and digital culture, students explore the social, historical, and economic context in which apocalyptic notions of a world on the verge of catastrophe and disaster emerge.

>> Documentary Editing

IMA Number: 747.00 | 3 credits

In this studio-style class, students will take documentary material they have shot prior to the beginning of the semester and edit it.  Documentary approaches, strategies for storytelling, structural is-sues, and key aesthetic questions will be explored in depth with the goal of helping students define and develop their own editing style.  Students will learn h...

>> Documentary I (Documentary Expressions)

IMA Number: 751.00 | 3 credits

*required course

This production workshop introduces students to the fundamental techniques, technology, aesthetics and creative approaches of nonfiction video production.

>> Documentary II

IMA Number: 753.00 | 3 credits

*required course

This class examines the evolution of documentary styles, and their relationship to documentary ethics, negotiating representation, the filmmaker’s position to subject, revealing/concealing the filmmaker’s point of view and the film’s construction of meaning. Critical readings and screenings are selected to develop an awareness of the philosophic...

>> Emerging Media I

IMA Number: 750.00 | 3 credits

*required course

This hands-on production course introduces students to the practical fundamentals of visual studies, design, digital graphics and illustration. It is a foundations course in 2D design, illustration and digital imaging. Students are introduced to a range of media production equipment and techniques, including: The history of design, computer graphics, illustration...

>> Emerging Media II

IMA Number: 752.00 | 3 credits

*required course

This hands-on class teaches you the skills needed to build basic, well-designed websites. Learn how to layout pages, format text, and optimize images for professional-looking web pages. The course covers HTML, CSS, introductory JavaScript and JS Frameworks, corresponding software as well as combination of ...

>> Film as a Collaborative Art

IMA Number: IMA 78320 | 1 credits

Hunter IMA grad students and Hunter Art MFA students come together over two Saturdays to create short form collaborative video projects that integrate performance and documentary approaches.  Students will work in pairs  to create a single shot, 5 minute work that will require them to plan for their mis-en-scene, camera movements...

>> Global Communication

IMA Number: 71400 | 3 credits

Current problems and issues of global communications.

>> Graphic Novel

IMA Number: 78035 | 3 credits

>> History and Criticism of the Documentary

IMA Number: 709.00 | 3 credits

*required course

This course examines canonical films from the first 100 years of documentary filmmaking in their historical and theoretical context, and analyzes the formal and technological innovations of documentary’s pioneers. The course also explores the intersections of documentary art with other art forms and considers the opportunities and responsibilities of a document...

>> History and Theory of Emerging Media

IMA Number: 702.00 | 3 credits

*required course

An exploration of the history of digital and Internet-based art, approached through a comparative framework drawn from the aesthetic history of post-war computing, experimental cinema, and contemporary art history.

>> Hybrid Documentary

IMA Number: 780.93 | 3 credits

Hybrid Documentary This course is a combined screening and production class, which compares the work by pioneer filmmakers who not only blurred the boundaries between documentary and fiction, they created their own visual language. Screenings are paired with critical readings which explore the essay film, narration, re-enactments, reflexiv...

>> Independent Study

IMA Number: 790/791 | 3 credits

Rubric for student’s independent study.

>> Intensive Tools and Technology Workshop: HD Cinematography

IMA Number: 783.03 | 1 credits

This class will approach the subject from a technical and aesthetic perspective.  Students will learn camera fundamentals including how to set up a camera to ensure the highest quality image.  They will learn the basics of digital cinematography principles for both video and DSLR cameras. In addition to learning how to employ technical skills, students w...

>> Intensive Tools and Technology Workshop: Lighting

IMA Number: 783.02 | 1 credits

This class will approach the subject from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. Students will learn how to light from a variety of situations including the basic single interview, group interviews/settings, action and verité. Students will also learn aesthetic and stylistic approaches that communicate particular meaning through certain achieved R...

>> Intensive Tools and Technology Workshop: Sound

IMA Number: 783.01 | 1 credits

In this class students will learn and apply sound production theories and techniques.  They will become familiar with the language of audio professionals and the equipment they use, as well as current industry practices used by sound recordists, sound mixers, and boom operators. Students will also learn and practice technical skills useful toward becoming...

>> Interactive Expression

IMA Number: 762 | 3 credits

Aesthetics and techniques of Web-site and interactivity design, encompassing both graphic presentation and information architecture.

>> Interactive Installation

IMA Number: 765.00 | 3 credits

This hands-on course will focus on the current state of interactive media in a collaborative environment. Students will create projects integrating video, sound, and text. The course will explore various technologies and equipment such as using sensors for real-time interactivity. Lectures and exercises focus on applying interactivity, interface, and usability de...

>> Interactive, Reactive Visuals with Max/MSP

IMA Number: IMA 78321 | 1 credits

How do we build systems for shaping and manipulating video in real time? Much like improvised music, real-time video communicates rhythm and energy, and moves in patterns of tension and relaxation. Our challenge is to design an interactive system that will let us mold video in the same way that a musician improvises with sound. Thi...

>> Interdisciplinary Research

IMA Number: 792 | 3 credits

Rubric for student’s interdisciplinary research elective.

>> Literary Journalism

IMA Number: 72200 | 3 credits

The criticism and practice of literary journalism, i.e., factual reporting rendered with the qualitative detail and vividness of imaginative writing.

>> Location Shooting: Choreographing Camera and Sound

| 1 credits

Students will work together to document scenes as a mentored professional crew, having to light, plan coverage and record double system audio, then syncing and reviewing the results with instructors.It will be a combined sound and cinematography workshop with both instructors. 

>> Making Generative Media

IMA Number: 780.06

Generative Media is music, art, video and text that uses systems that grow and change over time. It is media that embraces randomness, feedback and probabilities in the process of its production. Generative media uses a set of some initial conditions then it is open to chance occurrences in the environment. This is a hands-on class where we use an easy t...

>> Media Activism

IMA Number: 70200 | 3 credits

An exploration of the rich history and representational strategies of alternative media used by movements for social change from the 1930s until the present. This course introduces students to the techniques and approaches of social change and development media in a context of theoretical discussion.

>> Media and Law

IMA Number: 78030 | 3 credits

This course focuses on the legal foundations and principles connected with narrative and documentary film. Students examine doctrinal approaches to intellectual property rights and their effects on technical innovation, democratic debate, cultural formation and international politics.

>> Media and the Public Sphere

IMA Number: 703 | 3 credits

An examination of notions of the public sphere and democracy in relation to historically evolving forms of mass media.

>> Media, Community Advocacy & the Urban Environment

IMA Number: 771.00 | 3 credits

The Fall 2016 semester will unfold against the backdrop of a highly contested New York City where issues of gentrification, displacement and land use policy continue to dominate residents’ concerns and spark activism. These concerns are particularly urgent in low-income communities and communities of color which have historically faced displacem...

>> MFA Thesis Project

IMA Number: 788.00 | 3 credits

This capstone project must be completed satisfactorily before graduation. It includes an advanced creative work, a written component, a thesis defense, and exhibition of the work in the Thesis Show. Students meet individually with a Primary Thesis Advisor from the department’s permanent faculty, along with periodic consultations with secondary and tertiary advi...

>> Microcultural Incidents

IMA Number: 744.00 | 3 credits

The desire for cultural definition; the forces at play in the constitution of self’; the relationship between self and other; the pleasures and problematics of “intercultural” encounters; the secret history of subcultures: these are a few of the thematic concerns found within a broad strain of experimental film and video and which can be seen as evidence of...

>> Motion Graphics

IMA Number: 780.86 | 3 credits

Motion Graphics is the use of animation of visual elements to contribute to story telling in film, video and interactive media. This project based course will introduce some of the fundamental uses for motion graphics such as the creation of compelling animated title sequences, the development and integration of visual effects/special effects, green screen, compo...

>> Mutable Narrative and Interactive Storytelling

| 1 credits

This two-day workshop will examine the role of narrative in interactive and multi-platform media projects as well as the variety of ways narrative functions in the segments of the media-sphere that processes transmedia.  It will explore managing authorship in nonlinear and interactive narratives, and look at the relationship between author intent and audience pa...

>> Neighborhood News

IMA Number: 780.43 | 3 credits

Students in Neighborhood News report, write and shoot photos for the Hunts Point Express, a community newspaper and website for the South Bronx. As staff reporters, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests to produce print, video or photo stories, all in the neighborhoods of Hunts Point and Longwood. The paper covers urban pla...

>> New Currents in Documentary

IMA Number: 782.01 | 3 credits

This course will examine the currents in independent documentary since the 90s up until now.  Rarely seen, cutting-edge films with social relevance will be pulled from many corners of the world such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, as well as North America and Europe. Through reading, viewing, discussing, and students’ research presentations, we wi...

>> Non-Linear Storytelling

IMA Number: 768 | 3 credits

This class is a workshop that explores different forms of nonlinear narrative while providing a space for students to practice their own development of stories for nonlinear forms. Through readings, art and media examples, and class discussions, students will develop strategies and ideas culminating in an ambitious nonlinear storytelling media project. Students a...

>> Online Journalism

IMA Number: 72100 | 3 credits

The Internet provides journalists with new sources of information, a major news beat in itself and innovative forms of publication. This course explores each of these dimensions with the goal of enabling students to use the Internet for journalistic research and report in depth on its cultural, legal and economic dimensions.

>> Physical Computing

IMA Number: 767.00 | 3 credits

“Physical Computing means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. While this definition is broad enough to encompass things such as smart automotive traffic control systems or factory automation processes, it is not commonly used to describe them. In the broad sense, physica...

>> Psychogeography

IMA Number: 750.17 | 3 credits

Guy Debord and the Situationist International developed the concepts “psychogeography” and “dérive” as tools for critically examining the psychological effects of urban spaces and to enable fresh perspectives. Devising id...

>> Radicalizing the Local: A workshop in activist public art

IMA Number: 78305 | 1 credits

In this workshop students will explore how they can develop an interventionist research project in an urban context, looking at the nature of the artist’s role, fruitful forms of community engagement.  In the context of Jeanne’s current ongoing series of “Public Faculties”  a series of dialogic engagements in public space which have taken place ...

>> Rights and Revisions

IMA Number: 780.95 | 3 credits

This hybrid analytical and production course examines the legal, theoretical, and artistic issues arising from work based on or incorporating pre-existing works. The course will explore the shifting landscape of rights, reuse, and remix in the digital domain, with a particular focus on the practical and creative implications of fair use, transformative uses of co...

>> Social and Historical Roots of Arts and Culture

IMA Number: 701.00 | 3 credits

*required course

In conjunction with readings, films and a variety of other materials, this seminar will explore the crossroads between the development of a global commercial society, and the rise of a modern media system and consumer culture. Relations between visual culture, language, the senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste, will be scrutinized in light of the changi...

>> Social Class, Racism, and the Media

IMA Number: 70500 | 3 credits

Analysis of interrelations between social classes, racism and the media.

>> Social Inequality and the Media

An examination of the relation between the media and class, race and gender inequality.

>> Social Media Storytelling

IMA Number: IMA 78322 | 1 credits

Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms have provided a framework that has allowed creators to produce a new form of media, “social media storytelling.” This workshop will review current approaches in social media storytelling, strategies for creating effe...

>> Sound Environments

IMA Number: 78081 | 3 credits

An exploration of contemporary issues and techniques of sonic media. Course explores critical writings in music history, sound and media theory while students experiment with designing linear and non-linear sound installations.

>> Sound Fields

| 3 credits

Sound Fields is a production course in which we make a wide-ranging approach to the critical and aesthetic possibilities of sound, ...

>> Spatial Narratives

IMA Number: 780.10 | 3 credits

In this course we will explore how spatial technologies, theories about urban space or place, somatic experience and site-specific art practices are used to create or shape narratives. During the course participants will develop projects that tell stories informed by place, are situated, engage site as collaborator, challenge existing geographies or maps, and/or ...

>> Special Topics in Integrated Media Arts

IMA Number: 782

A four hour, three credit rubric for analytical and production courses that explore special topics in Integrated Media Arts.

>> Story Strategies

IMA Number: 780.52 | 3 credits

This course examines a broad range of approaches to storytelling in the fictional narrative feature film. Students will closely examine tactical narrative elements including dramatic structure, character/voice, time, tone and genre in conventional and alternative work. Students will develop treatment and beginning of an original scr...

>> Taking a Documentary Detour

| 1 credits

As documentary filmmakers, we grapple with the natural, social, cultural and political phenomena we witness through the lens of our cameras. In “Taking a Documentary Detour”, we will explore an associative, non-literal approach to images in the process of mixing fiction and non-fiction modes of production. Recently, after 25 years of making experimental docum...

>> Third Cinema

IMA Number: 78202

Third Cinema is a neglected movement in Western cinema studies. Born in Latin America in the 1960s–70s in the midst of socialist revolutions and consequent authoritarian military dictatorships, its pioneers sought alternative cinema culture models for the betterment of local societies outside of Hollywood (First Cinema) and European art films (Second Cine...

>> Three Dimensional Virtual Environments

IMA Number: 766 | 3 credits

Description coming soon!

>> Urban Investigative Reporting

IMA Number: IMA 78060/MEDP 372 | 3 credits

Course Description: Uncovering Power In New York. Forty years ago, a real estate developer in New York, through guile and carefully cultivated political connections, managed to convince state officials to create a special law so he could get a toehold in Manhattan real estate.  Through public subsidies, favorable tax rules, and generous gifts of p...

>> Visible Evidence: Realist Strategies in Film, Video and TV

IMA Number: 71300 | 3 credits

An examination of the representational strategies through which film, video and TV images achieve verisimilitude, the appearance of transparently and objectively displaying reality.

>> Visual Culture Seminar

IMA Number: 780.98 | 3 credits

*required course

This seminar is an intensive exploration of theoretical approaches to visual culture across media, time periods and critical methods.  Students will develop a research project on a subject of their own choosing, while exploring readings on topics related to theoretical approaches to visuality drawn from a variety of disciplinary frames.

>> Web Documentary

IMA Number: 742.00 | 3 credits

This course is a production course in which students explore issues of sequence, storytelling, linear and non-linear narrative online. Students will look at the ways stories are constructed using hypertext, multimedia, social networking, map hacks and gaming among other interactive formats and will begin to develop their own language and style. As inspiration, we...