Performing Arts and Media Institute Online
The Program and Structure
Embrace your creativity in the Performing Arts and Media Institute, a four week intensive offering courses in dance, theatre, filmmaking, art, and music production that will culminate in our annual Festival of the Arts, where students will showcase their best work to their peers in our virtual showcase. Outside of the classroom, students will spend their afternoons in:
Industry related intensives
Workshops on navigating the college admissions process for arts/media majors
Festival of the Arts Preparation
Tuition and Fees- $4,125
Classes are delivered synchronously at a mutually beneficial time for our students on both the east and west coast. We understand this will be a strain for some of our international students and will work with on ways to make the most of your class schedule. Classes take place on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday midday from 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM EST and Tues and Thurs afternoons from 2:00-3:30 PM EST. Enrichment and student life activities will be held in both the early day and evening time frames (10am EST- 8pm EST)
Devised Theater is a class that will introduce students to Theater as a playful and collective effort. This class is directed to students who are interested in acting, directing, designing, writing, and playing instruments. Using simple objects, the student’s bodies, and voices, this class will have Leonora Carrington’s short Stories and paintings as the source material to create a series of Devised theater pieces. The overall idea of the class is to use the unique talents of each individual involved to create a unique piece theater that stresses the muscles of collaboration, improvisation, and visual storytelling.
Traditionally understood as based on words, contemporary theater has brought lately the emancipation from the text to give voice to non-traditional narratives, were words the literary aspect of theater shares equal footing with other elements.
New York City has one of the largest and most influential art communities in the world. As a center for artistic creation and thought, it can be an inspiring and productive place for a young artist. Through trips to contemporary art galleries and museums, visits with practicing artists, workshops, readings and in-depth discussions, students will gain an understanding of the art world and what it is like to make artwork within this diverse and creative community. Students will execute imaginative assignments based on ideas that we have discussed and experienced during the course. An emphasis will be placed on experimental art projects (including collage, mixed-media and installation art). Our focus will be contemporary art in the City today and how it relates to historic art movements of the 20th century, among them Surrealism, Appropriation Art, and Pop Art. The course will culminate in an exhibition of student artwork at the McCagg Gallery on Barnard's campus.
From dance theory and history lessons to technique classes at the Alvin Ailey Extension School, students have the opportunity to delve into the dance world from every perspective. As part of the course, students have the opportunity to observe performances of some of the world's best and perform their own work.
Learn the film production on your smart phone. Using an app called Filmic Pro, your smart phone becomes a powerful manual 4K video camera. This class will cover the technological and aesthetic considerations of film production including composition, color theory, aspect ratio, shutter speed, exposure, focal lengths, sound recording, lighting, staging, stabilization and movement. Emphasis on procedures of production and visual storytelling. Video tutorials, shot examples from feature films are analyzed, adapted and replicated. Learn to use a non-linear editing system and managed footage.
Immerse yourself into every stage of filmmaking in this hands-on workshop. You will develop your visual storytelling skills as you dream up screen stories and get your ideas down on the page during pre-production. You will design your shots and direct your cast, bringing your words and images to life during production. And finally, you will edit your footage into an original short film during post-production. Since film is a collaborative medium, students will write, storyboard, produce, crew, act, shoot, and edit in order to experience all aspects of production. Using New York as both a set and a source of inspiration, students will also attend film screenings and visit organizations that promote and produce cinema. Previous experience shooting and editing is highly recommended.
Helen holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University. She has made numerous short films including the award-winning Return to Sender, was an Associate Producer on the PBS documentary, New York, and authored the chapter on Subplots in Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). Helen teaches screenwriting, directing, and film production at Hunter College.
Smartphone Film Production Techniques
Sandra Luckow began filmmaking at Yale University with Sharp Edges. It can seen on Amazon, iTunes and Hulu. She produced 18 minutes of the project for CBS 60 Minutes in 1994. It became the visual bedrock of the feature film, I, Tonya, and Allison Janney’s Academy Award winning performance is a recreation of LaVona Harding from the documentary. She earned her MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film and Television. That Way Madness Lies…, a deeply personal documentary that deals with Sandra’s brother’s descent into paranoid schizophrenia was named #6 of The Wrap’s 11 Best Documentaries of 2018 It can be seen on Amazon, iTunes and Kanopy.com. Sandra teaches film production at Yale University, School of Art, Columbia University as well as Barnard College. She is a member of The Director’s Guild of America, The International Documentary Association and New York Women In Film and Television. Currently she is in production on a feature-length documentary ⚠️ Danger!, a portrait of Dr. Bandy X. Lee's perilous quest to have the US government consult with her about the psychological dangerousness of Donald J. Trump. Major scenes have already been professionally shot on a smartphone.
Contemporary Art Studio
Lara Saget is an artist, writer, curator, and educator based in New York City. Her artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions including Collaborative Concepts, Saunder's Farm (Garrison, NY), Unsafe Colors: An Exhibition for Women by Women, Studio 106 (Los Angeles, CA), Call for Bushwick: The Extensions of Human Being (Brooklyn, NY), Surface Down, 80 Washington Square East Gallery (New York, NY), Vernissage, Wells Studio (Paris, France). Her writing on art has appeared in Artcards and On-Verge, among other publications. She co-founded Studio 200, an art exhibition collective in which shows curated coincide thematically with workshops, lectures, and installations of various media. Lara received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and her MFA in Fine Arts at New York University.