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Basic Video Game Level Design (6th-12th)

Covering the basics of video game design with 3D modeling, texturing, and animation in the college design studio with free software users can access and use at home. This ten hour course will provide an introduction to the concepts of narrative and character setting in a single level of a video game of the student's design.

Collaborative Photography Workshop (8th-12th)

Students work collaboratively to explore camera function, and then film and printing processes in a studio environment. Students will learn aspects of camera use, photography history and print applications in this two-day, eight-hour workshop.

Introduction to Digital Audio (9th-12th)

This course will focus on the creative use of sound/music through the exploration of technology. Students will be introduced to a variety of digital music effects, tools, and techniques, learning the basics of the production and manipulation of digital audio. A variety of open source programs will be used to spark students imaginations, grow their knowledge base, and develop their skills in working with digital music as they begin their own creative projects.

Specific concepts will include learning the components of digital sound (waveforms, noise, samples), principles of digital editing (cutting, splicing, stretching, and reshaping sounds), common digital signal processes (amplification, compression, equalization, distortion, filters and modulation), and how to create, assemble and develop new works of digital music.

Students will have access to all the software they need. In addition, all software used in the class is free and downloadable to a student's personal device.

Jazz Workshop (6th-12th)

Jazz workshops are small performing ensembles for 6th-12th grade instrumental music students. Students learn the fundamentals of jazz including listening, performing, improvising, composing, arranging, and transcribing. Rehearsals take place Sunday afternoons in Rockwell Hall and are led by Buffalo State music faculty and students.

Auditioning for Jazz Workshops at Buffalo State

Auditions are for placement purposes only and will be held to determine appropriate groups for students. 

Students should be prepared to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of commonly used scales and chords (e.g., major, minor, dominant, and dorian) 
  2. An improvised solo on a 12-bar blues in the key of concert Bb or F (e.g., "Blue Monk" or "Tenor Madness")
  3. Sight Reading
  4. The melody of "Joy Spring"

       Please prepare the clef and key appropriate for your instrument:

  • Treble clef -- Piano, Flute, and Violin
  • Bb -- Trumpets, Clarinets, and Tenor Saxophone
  • Eb -- Alto Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone
  • Bass clef -- Trombone, Tuba, Cello, and Bass 

Be prepared to demonstrate commonly used styles (e.g., swing, shuffle, second line, funk, and bossa nova)


Metal Casting Sculptures (6th-12th)

Learn how to complete a cast metal relief sculpture from start to finish.  Using drawing and clay to establish a concept, see an idea come to completion, and make a cast metal relief sculpture that you will have forever. The class includes four classroom sessions and the fifth in the outdoor casting yard to watch the faculty pour your sculpture.

Seeing with a Camera (8th-12th)

Learn to see like a photographer, using 35 mm cameras, black-and-white film, and darkroom printing.

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914