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Wednesdays (weeks 1-7)
Instructor: Marina Zurkow (sections 1,3), Matt Romein (section 2)

Residents: Dominic Barrett, Jenny Lim


This course explores the fundamentals of sound and video.
Students will learn the basics of both audio and video recording using audio field recorders and a variety of cameras as well as editing and exporting in Adobe Premiere & Adobe Audition.
Students are encouraged to focus on collaboration, and on developing constructive critique.

Techniques and tools will be workshopped in class, and supplemental technical workshops will be held by ITP residents.

Students will work in teams to produce one audio piece and one video short.

This 2-credit course meets for the first seven weeks of the semester.

Grading is based on successful completion of all assignments, class journals, class participation, and attendance.


Students are expected to

  • Furnish their own laptops with required software or use the production laptops available in the ER
  • Complete all the demo/tutorials before each class workshop period
  • Register (it’s free through NYU) with
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Maintain a blog with a dedicated “comm lab” category, and post this URL to the comm lab spreadsheet (see links below), to post assignments. Regardless of your collaborators, each student must post the assignments.
  • Write two post-mortem reflections, after the completion of each project


  • CLASS IS SHORT, SO COME ON TIME (or early! especially if you need to set something up).
  • Let me know in advance if you need to be excused for an absence (emergencies only!)
  • Lateness (more than 10 minutes) or early departure from class translates into one half absence.
  • Two absences are grounds for failure.
  • Please post writing assignments the day before class.
  • You can have your laptops open for note-taking and following along, but please do not stray, and close them when your classmates are presenting.
  • If you don’t understand something, please ask. If it’s a private or complex or specific question, come to my office hours or if it’s time-sensitive, please email any time.
  • Most importantly, be an engaged student. Listen to your classmates: give support, feedback, share references and knowledge.
  • Plagiarism is a serious issue. Attribute, attribute, attribute — in other words, GIVE CREDIT in word and code. See the Tisch Handbook on Academic Integrity for more information.


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: A sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer or a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work or facts, ideas or images composed by someone else.


The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members.  It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate constructive criticism and advice.  Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards. For all the details on plagiarism, please refer to page 10 of the Tisch School of the Arts, Policies and Procedures Handbook, which can be found online at:


Please feel free to make suggestions to your instructor about ways in which this class could become more accessible to you.  Academic accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at 212 998-4980 for further information.


Your health and safety are a priority at NYU. If you experience any health or mental health issues during this course, we encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange 212-443-9999. Also, all students who may require an academic accommodation due to a qualified disability, physical or mental, please register with the Moses Center 212-998-4980. Please let your instructor know if you need help connecting to these resources.


Laptops will be an essential part of the course and may be used in class during workshops and for taking notes in lecture. Laptops must be closed during class discussions and student presentations.  Phone use in class is strictly prohibited unless directly related to a presentation of your own work or if you are asked to do so as part of the curriculum.