Screen-Based Arts: About


The development of technology and digital communication led to a radical change in our perception of the cultural world. These changes have led to the emergence of a new field of activity, "new media", which enables the individual to create independent, intriguing, fascinating and challenging movies.
Animation and movie-making meet one another on the screens of the cellular telephone, the personal computer, the television set and the movie theater, at the gallery and the museum.
The space within which the Screen-Based Arts Department at the Bezalel Academy operates includes the animation, movie-making and video programs and establishes a connection between movie-making and the world of art as an expressive tool.
We encourage the creation of movies and animation as a channel of personal and artistic expression, and aspire to understand and teach the basics of the cinematic language, while at the same time exploring and developing principles for a new, different and unique formal structure.
The students at the Screen-Based Arts Department have a marvelous and unique opportunity to create new worlds, breath life into them through motion and choreography and fill them with substance through the narrative. All of this can take place by using a simple pencil on paper, by moving objects in space or by utilizing the newest, state-of-the-art digital technologies and 3D software. The video and film creative artist can break loose of the narrative and convert the camera in his/her hands into a writing implement. It can become a flexible and clever drawing implement such as a written language, poetry, sculpting or painting that wishes to express passions, thoughts and ideas, or alternately to document and tell a story. Movie-making, video and animation meet one another on the screen.
The curriculum at the Screen-Based Arts Department, which combines the disciplines of movie-making, video and animation, guides the students toward the development of a sharp outlook and a personal vocabulary, in order to create animation, documentary films, personal and experimental films, video art and new media formulated by an artist who commands the tools and the medium, expands the boundaries of the language and produces statements and questions possessing social, political, critical, personal and cultural significance and relevance.
We aspire to train and develop independent, multidisciplinary and professional movie and animation creators, possessing the ability and desire to develop new artistic fields while breaking through the barriers between art, movie-making, animation and interactive digital media.

Professor David Mezach - Provisional Head of Screen Based Arts Department