Ambarien Alqadar Headshot

Ambarien Alqadar

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-2752
Office Location

Ambarien Alqadar

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BA in English literature and modern European languages, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi, India); MA in mass communication, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi, India); MFA in film and media arts, Temple University

585-475-2752

Currently Teaching

SOFA-206
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the arts of directing and acting with an emphasis on script analysis, performance, and blocking. Students direct and act in scenes from professional productions. Scenes are rehearsed outside of class, and then staged and critiqued in class.
SOFA-102
3 Credits
This is the second sequenced production course for freshmen film/video students pursuing a concentration of live action production. Emphasis is on a variety of approaches to the edited image. In addition to continuing to develop basic concepts of creating articulate film language in short productions, this course introduces the nature and importance of the sound component in creating cinematic works and focuses on digital workflow. An essential course for students in the film/video curriculum who must be able to create not only images but also mature and appropriate soundtracks for their film and video works.
SOFA-407
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines of that timeline to pass this thesis course including completion and public screening of finished work or final presentation of craft experience.
SOFA-733
3 Credits
This graduate seminar explores storytelling across a multitude of hybrid forms. It examines an array of fictional and non-fictional strategies as fluid and organic form-content relationships that constitute the shared language between Cinema and New Forms. The creation of a hybrid character in this class is complemented by experimentation in the ways in which we experience characters and stories in contemporary times. Students develop a final semester project, two position papers and an artist statement. The course encourages the use of new media technologies including archival material, prosumer cameras and software.
SOFA-799
1 - 4 Credits
Film and Animation Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-599
1 - 6 Credits
SOFA Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
SOFA-555
3 Credits
In this course students and faculty collaboratively produce a film project determined prior to the start of class. Students attend class and work on the production in specific job functions. The course may be taken up to two times for credit. Topics will be determined by the instructor.
SOFA-406
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines to pass this course.
SOFA-212
4 Credits
Students will direct short fiction projects using either film or digital media and also serve on the production crew for other projects. Students specializing in a cinematic craft will work in important creative capacities on two or more projects. Students are encouraged to explore individual styles and concepts. Intensive pre-production protocol and documentation are followed. Editing and sound design will be completed as well. Students will complete projects for screening at the end of the semester. Students can retake this course as a SOFA elective once they have completed Documentary or Radical Cinema Workshop.
SOFA-105
4 Credits
This foundation level course introduces students to documentary film as a creative and socially engaging form of storytelling. In addition to aesthetic and conceptual skills, production techniques focus on the ability to develop filming strategies, gathering clean sound, filming to edit, and interviewing skills. In addition, the relationship between filmmaker and subject, will be examined, including the ethical challenges of representing real life subjects. Critical thinking skills will be employed as we analyze the different styles of documentary film. Students will work in small documentary crews out in the field learning the use of microphones, field lighting, handheld and other non-traditional camerawork, selecting/interviewing documentary subjects and capturing material with proper coverage in order to build scenes in the edit room.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.

In the News

Featured Work

Select Scholarship

National/International Competition Award Winner
Alqadar, Ambarien. The Athena Film Festival. The Athena Screenwriters Lab. New York City, NY, 2019.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Sundance Film Festtival. Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Park City, Utah, 2019.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Women and Hollywood. Athena Lab Fellow. LA, California, 2019.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Filmmaker and Screenwriter. Sundance Screenwriters Lab Shortlist: Cry, My Beloved Country. Park City, Utah, 2018.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Independent Filmmaker and Screenwriter. Official Selection, New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, NY 2018. NYC, NY, 2018.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Independent Filmmaker. Award of Disticntion, Canada Shorts Film Festival. Canada, New Brunswick, 2017.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Independent Filmmaker. Mid Atlanctic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. Virginia, VA, 2017.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Independent Filmmaker. Official Selection, Oil Valey Film Festival. Oil City, PA, 2017.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Independent Filmmaker. Official Selection, YoFi Film Festival. Yonkers, NY.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Independent Filmmaker. Sundance Screenwriters Lab Shortlist. Park City, Utah, 2017.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Alqadar, Ambarien. Indpendent Filmmaker. n.d. Canada, New Brunswick. Exhibit.
Alqadar, Ambarien. Indpendent Filmmaker. 22 Sep. 2017. The American Center, New Delhi. Exhibit.