Media Arts

Push your creative boundaries and express yourself through diverse media arts techniques. In this studio, you will learn to communicate concepts, emotions and narratives in a dynamic way, using experimental approaches to photography, video, sound and multi-media installation. Field trips and classroom discussions will help you build a strong creative foundation, and introduce you to contemporary media artists. You will learn to format your final media pieces for screen and/or installation.

The Media Arts studio runs online July 5-30, 2021, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9am-4pm (Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7). This studio is offered through the Summer Institute for Teens 2021. Please visit the Summer Institute for Teens main page to learn more about the program and download the registration forms.

Learning outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to control exposure through ISO, shutter speed and aperture while considering depth of field, noise and motion blur.
  • Apply compositional techniques when photographing and filming subjects
  • Utilize fundamental editing techniques and adjustments for the digital image using Adobe Photoshop
  • Develop fundamental skills in video production, including scriptwriting, storyboarding, cinematography, lighting, and sound
  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary image- and media-based practices
  • Manage digital file formats, processing, and exporting for screen-based outputs
  • Assess media works critically and participate in peer critique processes collaboratively and constructively

Materials & Resources

Students participating in SIT will be required to have their own access to the required hardware and supplies for their registered studio.

Estimate cost of supplies: $30-$40

Required software:

Required hardware:

  • Computer with webcam. Computers should meet the following minimum requirements.
  • Headphones and microphone
  • Recommended: DSLR Camera with manual functions
  • Optional: Smartphone or tablet
  • Optional: Tripod
  • Optional: Sound recording device

Josh Hite

Josh Hite’s work is concerned with tactics for documentation and human movement through local spaces. He creates reorganized archives of particular spaces and behaviors either through recordings he makes himself or by appropriating content through sites like YouTube.

He is a member of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and part of Ten Fifteen Maple, a two-year artist residency exploring multiple waterfront parks in Vancouver. He also regularly collaborates with theatre and dance companies. Josh has a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Visual Art and teaches photography and media arts at the University of British Columbia, performance studies at Capilano University and photography with continuing studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.