Introduction to Video Art

In this course we will study the brief history of video art and apply our observations to our own studio practice. With the technology at our disposal, students will learn the technical skills of planning, producing, and editing video and apply them to their own ideas for time-based, digital works of art. We will watch, read, and discuss historical examples from the medium to understand its role in our visual culture. Sampling both historical and contemporary editing techniques, each class will introduce a new editing skill that will help students work towards completing an original piece of video art which they will have the option to screen during the final class. Students should plan to gather their recordings and source material outside of class and reserve studio time for editing. This hybrid studio class is intended for all levels of familiarity with video art and editing. While this class has few requirements, video production can involve other equipment for which recommendations will be provided depending on the student’s direction.

Please note: this is an 8-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 16 and February 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • Introductory information about the history of video art

  • Introductory skills for video editing

  • Foundations and processes of conceptual experimentation to include developing your ideas, gathering footage, editing footage, and considering the best venues and methods for sharing your work.

Required supplies:

  • Any digital camera capable of recording video (phone, tablet, DSLR, etc.)

  • A way to easily transfer your recordings to a computer (This will vary depending on your camera, but we can sort this out during the first class if additional help is needed.)

  • Please bring an external flash or hard drive to class or be prepared to save your work on a cloud-based storage alternative. Fleisher’s computers are shared tools and the hard drives are cleared regularly to keep them in good working condition.


  • Notebook or sketchbook