Media Studies Courses & Courses that will fulfill requirements for the IMS Major for Fall 2012

Note: The following list has been prepared by Intercollegiate Media Studies to help students interested in media studies plan their schedules. Every attempt has been made to be accurate, but students should rely on their advisors and the registrars at their colleges.

Key: I = Intro; T = Theory; FT = Film Theory; MH = Media History; P = Intro Prod; IP = Inter/Ad Prod; E = Elective; G/U = Course is approved for CGU Cultural Studies students with the Media Studies concentration, as well as for CGU 4+1 students.

Claremont McKenna

FREN 117 CM: Novel & Cinema in Africa & Caribbean

This course will examine works by writers and filmmakers from French-speaking countries of Africa and the Caribbean. Special emphasis will be placed on questions of identity, the impact of colonialism, social and cultural values as well as the nature of aesthetic creation. Prerequisite: French 44 or equivalent. Instructor: M. Shelton [Elective]

T/TH 1.15-2.30, T 6.30-8.30

LIT 131 CM: Film History I (1925-1965)

This course surveys the history of cinema as art and mass medium, from the introduction of sound to the rise of the “New Hollywood.” Topics such as cinematic response to World War II, the decline of the studio system, and “new waves” of European filmmaking are studied in social, cultural and aesthetic perspectives. Offered every other year. Instructor: J. Morrison [Media History]

M/W 1.15-2.30, M 6-10

LIT 134 CM: Special Studies in Film

A seminar designed to explore the aesthetic achievement and social impact of film as an art form. Subjects for study include such topics as specific film genres, the work of individual film-makers, and recurring themes in film. Each year the seminar concentrates on a different area-for example, “Film and Politics,” “The Director as Author,” or “Violence and the Hero in American Films.” Offered every other year. Topic for Spring 2013: The Spy Film. Instructor: J. Morrison, R. von Hallberg [Media History]

M/W 3.45-4, W 6-10

Harvey Mudd

LIT 103 HM: Third Cinema

Emerging in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, the notion of Third Cinema takes its inspiration from the Cuban revolution and from Brazil’s Cinema Novo. Third Cinema is the art of political film making and represents an alternative cinematic practice to that offered by mainstream film industries. This course explores the esthetics of film making from a revolutionary consciousness in three regions: Africa, Asia and Latin America. Instructor: I. Balseiro [Theory/Film Theory]

W 6-8, TH 9:35-10:50

MS 170 HM: Digital Cinema

Digital Cinema is an intermediate/advanced video course, exploring the creative potential of digital video techniques, such as compositing, animation, and motion graphics. Students develop digital projects and participate in critiques. Lectures, discussions, and screenings enhance students' exposure to art and cinema. Prerequisite: Introduction to Video Production or equivalent. By written permission of instructor. Instructor: R. Mayeri [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

T 1.15-2.30

MS 179B HM: Special Topics in Media Studies: Art, Science, and Technology

Description TBA. Instructor: R. Mayeri. [Theory]

T/TH 4.15-5.30

MS 179C HM: Special Topics in Media Studies: Modern China Through the Lens

Description TBA. Instructor: C. Tan. [Elective]

T 9.35-11.35, M 6.15-8.15

MS 182 HM: Intro to Video Art

Students learn how to make their own videos, using professional video cameras and editing systems. Weekly, hands-on workshops will cover the entire production process—storyboarding, shooting, lighting, recording sound and editing in Final Cut Pro. Students will complete several group exercises and individual projects, and participate in critiques of professional media and each other's work. Video is explored as a medium for expression, persuasion, humor, storytelling and art-making. This class has a required lab. Students in this course must also register for one section of MS 182L HM. Instructor: R. Mayeri [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. Production]

TH 2:45-5:30
lab TH or F 10-12.30


ART 125 PZ: Digital Photography

An introduction to digital imaging as a fine arts medium. The course will center on the use of the Photoshop (Macintosh) program. It will cover scanning, manipulation and printing of images. Students are required to have basic photographic camera and darkroom skills, as imagery will be scanned from photographs. Prerequisite: Art 120 or equivalent. Enrollment is limited. Program fee: $40. Instructor: M. Schiff [Production/Intermediate Production]

M/W 9-11:50

ART 126 PZ: Intermediate Photography

In this class we will create a strong body of work through theme-based assignments, as well as self-guided projects. By looking at art from present-day artists, we will be working to better understand decision-making and process in regards to our own photography. Each course will be exploring specific themes over the length of the semester. We will primarily be using digital photography as our main tool, so it is recommended that you have a digital SLR. Instructor: M. Schiff [Intermediate Production]

M/W 1:15-4

ENGL 40 PZ: From Fiction into Film

Description TBA. Instructor: C. Dunye. [Elective]

M/W 12-1.10

MS 45 PZ: Documentary Media

This course involves production, a historical survey of documentary practices in photography, film and video, and a discussion of the ethical and ideological issues raised by the genre. Students will be expected to produce two short documentary projects in any media. Instructor: J. Lerner, R. Talmor [Media History/Intermediate Production]

M/W 12-1:10

MS 49 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

Presents a comprehensive view of the issues important to media studies, including the development of new technologies, visual literacy, ideological analysis, and the construction of content. Students read theory, history and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Instructor: E. Affuso[Introductory]

M/W 12-1:10, M 6.30-9.30

MS 82 PZ: Intro to Video Art

This workshop is an introduction to all aspects of digital video production—camera, lights, tripods, sound and non-linear editing. Hands-on assignments will be organized around the formal properties and power of video. The workshop will allow students to evaluate each other’s work as well as that produced by media professionals and to create a final video of their own. This class has a required lab. Students in this course must also register for MS 82L PZ. Instructors: A. Juhasz, M. Ma, S. Hutin, R. Talmor [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. Enrollment is limited. Fee: $150. Production]

TH 9-11.50
lab F 10-12.30

MS 87 PZ: Media Sketchbook

This is an intermediate-level video production class. Students are required to complete short (one to two minute) assignments every other week. The objectives of the class are to further refine the skills of shooting, editing, etc., and to develop a critical vocabulary to talk about your work and the work of others. Course fee: $150. Instructor: J. Lerner [Prereq: MS 82 or equivalent. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

M/W 1:15-2:30

MS 99 PZ: Advanced Editing

This course integrates the theory and history of editing with instruction in on-line non-linear video editing. Reading and viewing assignments will complement hands-on editing exercises. Instructor: G: Lamb [Prereq: MS 82. Course fee: $150. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

T 7-9

MS 100 PZ: Asian Americans in Media

This is an historical survey of Asian American involvement in media production, beginning with the Silent Film Era and ending with contemporary projects in film, video, and new media. In this course, we will focus on the shifting yet continuous participation of Asians in the production of media in North America, and look at how changing political, social, and cultural discourses have shaped media representations of Asians throughout this period. Instructor: M. Ma [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent, or PI AA 90 or PI AA 101 or CMC HIST 125. Media History]

T/TH 12-1.10, T 7-10

MS 112 PZ: Anthropology of Media

Life today is saturated by various kinds of media. In the last two decades, a new field—the ethnography of media—brings anthropology's cross-cultural perspective and attention to everyday reality to studies of media and theorizes media as constituting new spaces of community and self-making in a globalized world. Instructor: R. Talmor [Theory]

T/TH 2.45-4

MS 136 PZ: Online Feminist Spaces

This hyper/in/visibility of the feminist in digital spaces is the (non)place, and yet somehow also the very real location, of a course that will consider—by reading, using, and making—the nowhere and everywhere of feminism in on-line, user-generated, social networked spaces of web 2.0. Instructor: A. Juhasz [Theory]

W 9-11.50

MS 193 PZ: Directed Reading or Study in Media

Student designed media studies project involving advanced readings in theory, history or aesthetics with written analysis. May be taken twice for credit. Instructor: Staff [Designation dependent on topic]


MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

Working in groups or individually, students will implement hands-on media production projects with local non-profit and social service agencies. Students will culminate projects with an end of semester event for all participating groups. Collaboration will be a key component with Pitzer Ontario Project, CORE Partners of CCCSI including Kaos Network and the Women's Multimedia Center. Course fee: $150. Instructor: Fall, G. Lamb [Prereq: MS 82, or Art 120 (PZ) or Art 141 (SC) or by permission. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

T 2.45-5.30

MS 196 PZ: Media Internship

Internship in media related industry or institution integrated with significant and clear connection to academic curriculum through independent written or production project. May be taken twice for credit. Pass/NC only. Instructor: Staff. [Elective]


MS 198 PZ: Advanced Media Project (formerly MS 192 PZ)

Student-designed media production project involving advanced production and post-production skills, adequate pre-production research, and writing component. Instructor: Staff [Prerequisite: MS 82. Intermediate/Advanced Production]



ANTH 135 PO: The Social Life of Media

Social and cultural nature of media. Special attention to problems of value and influence in aesthetic, moral and political terms, in news reporting and commentary, sitcoms and movies, advertising uses of media in education. Instructor: L. Thomas. [Elective]

TH 1:15-4

ARHI 144B PO: (Re)presenting Africa: Art, History, and Film

Examines visual arts and cultural criticism produced by women from Africa and the African Diaspora (North America, Caribbean and Europe). Students analyze aesthetic values, key representational themes, visual conventions, symbolic codes and stylistic approaches created from feminism's spirited love of Blackness, Africaness and justice. Complement to AFRI144A, Black Women Feminism(s) and Social Change. Suggested: previous course in either Africana or Chicano/a or Gender and Women's Studies. Instructor: P. Jackson [Theory]

T 1:15-4

ARHI 178 PO: Black Aesthetics and the Politics of (Re)presentation

Survey of the visual arts produced by people of African descent in the U.S. from the colonial era to the present. Emphasis on Black artists' changing relationship to African arts and cultures. Examines the emergence of an oppositional aesthetic tradition that interrogates visual constructions of "blackness" and "whiteness," gender and sexuality as a means of revisioning representational practices. Instructor: P. Jackson [Theory]

TH 1:15-4

ART 20 PO: Photography I

A basic photographic course emphasizing all aspects of black and white film exposure, development, and printing. Classes develop technical and conceptual expertise, knowledge of historic and contemporary directions in the field, and an ability to make extended, personal statements in the medium. Equipment needed: camera; tripod useful but optional. Instructor: Staff [Production]

M/W 9:30-12

ART 21 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

Introduction to creative and conceptual strategies for artists working in the area of digital art. Readings and lectures provide a historical, technical and conceptual framework, while studio practice introduces computer- and network-based methods of art production. Formerly taught as Digital Art I. Instructor: M. Allen [Production]

T/TH 9:30-125

CSCI 51 PO: Introduction to Computer Science with Laboratory

Introduction to the field of computer science using the object-oriented language Java. Topics include iteration and recursion, basic data structures, sorting and searching, elementary analysis of algorithms and a thorough introduction to object-oriented programming. Special emphasis on graphics, animation, event-driven programming and the use of concurrency to make more interesting programs. Each semester. Instructor: T. Chen [Elective]

M/W/F 11:00-11:50
lab TH or F 1:15-4

ENGL 147 PO: Contemporary Critical Theory

Introduction to the tasks and problems of contemporary literary theory. Readings drawn primarily from structuralism and post structuralism. Offered alternate years. Instructor: P. Mann [Media Theory]

T/TH 9.35-10.50

MS 49 PO: Introduction to Media Studies

Presents a comprehensive view of the issues important to media studies, including the development of new technologies, visual literacy, ideological analysis, and the construction of content. Students read theory, history and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Instructor: J. Friedlander or K. Fitzpatrick [Introductory]

T/TH 9.35-10.50

MS 50 PO: Intro to Film

Film and video can be understood as distinct semiotic systems with their own languages that can be studied from aesthetic, cultural, and historical perspectives. Students learn to analyze silent film, classic Hollywood, avant-garde film and video, as well as documentary, activist, and experimental work. Same as PZ MS 50 / CM LIT 130. Instructor: J. Hall. [Introductory]

M/W 11-12.15

MS 51 PO: Introduction to Digital Media Studies

An interdisciplinary introduction to digital and electronic media, exploring the relationships between "old" and "new" media forms, the historical development of computer-based communication and the ways that new technologies are reshaping literature, art, journalism and the social world. Instructor: K. Fitzpatrick [Introductory]

T/TH 9:35-10:50

MS 147G PO: Topics in Media Theory: Virtuality & the Body

Traditionally, the notion of the virtual referred to something unreal. Yet, along with the development of digital technologies our understanding of “the actual” and the body’s perceptual capacities has transformed. Drawing on philosophical and cultural theories, we will investigate virtuality and the body’s capacities to apprehend and process virtual information. Instructor: M. Shurkus [Theory]

W 1:15-4

MUS 96A/96B PO: Electronic Music Studio

Laboratory course designed to develop electronic compositions using techniques of analog and digital synthesis. Permission of instructor required. Instructor: T. Flaherty [Elective]

M/W 1:15-2:30

SPAN (RLL) 105 PO: Spanish & Latin American Film

Cultural issues in Spanish and Latin American film. Emphasis on oral and written expression through weekly discussions and essays. Topics include politics, economics, the role of women, and the Catholic Church. Instructor: M. Donapetry [Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: PO SPAN 44 or equivalent. Elective]

M/W 2:45-4, W 7-9

THEA 1A PO: Introduction to Acting

Introduction to basic acting techniques. The fundamentals of voice, movement, relaxation, text analysis, characterization, and sensory and emotional-awareness exercises. Detailed analysis, preparation and performance of scenes. Required for majors, prerequisite for advanced theatre courses. Each semester. Instructors: Staff [Elective]

Sec. 1: T/TH 9-11.50
Sec. 2: M/W 1:15-4

THEA 1E PO: Acting for Social Change

An introduction to the fundamentals of acting, drawing on different techniques such as psychological realism and physical theatre, these techniques will then be applied in forms such as Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. Students will write and perform a self-written monologue, perform a two-person scene from a published script and present a work of documentary theatre or Playback theatre performance engaging a group outside of the classroom. Instructor: J. Lu [Elective]

T/TH 1.15-4

THEA 2 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

The visual principles underlying the design of theatre productions: theatre architecture, staging conventions, historic and contemporary design, and environmental theatre. Attendance at professional theatre productions in the L.A. area, films, slides, readings, projects in three-dimensional design. Formerly titled "Visual Arts of the Theatre." Instructor: S. Linnell [Elective]

M/W/F 10-10:50

THEA 12 PO: Acting Shakespeare

Acting Shakespeare will be an acting intensive class focusing on textual grounding, meter, voice and delivery of scenes, soliloquies and sonnets from the canon. There will be also a voice component to the class held once a week. Instructor: B. Bernhard [Prereq: Theatre 1, 3, or 5. Elective]

T/TH 9-10:50


ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Imaging

This course is designed to develop a sense of computer literacy using the Macintosh system and to acquaint students with the most current state-of-the-art programs in graphics software. Critical discourse is a key element to the structure of the course in examining some of the principles of visual literacy that are encountered in photography, video, animation, and the Internet. Laboratory fee: $75. Offered annually. Instructor: N. Macko [Production]

T/TH 10-12:30

ART 142 SC: Intermediate/Advanced Digital Imaging

Adobe software is a suite of art and design programs of many levels and complexities. This course will provide the student with an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the various programs through a series of advanced tutorials and assignments. Course content may include creating a portfolio of digital fine art or graphic design work, and/or designing websites. Topics on digital printing, graphic design and contemporary art practice will be discussed in relation to student work. Related readings on contemporary digital art and design art practices. Instructor: N. Macko [Prereq: Art 141. Lab Fee: $75. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

M/W 10-12:30

ART 145 SC: Beginning Photography

A lecture and laboratory course in black-and-white photographic principles with an emphasis on visual content, aesthetic concepts, and creative seeing. Instruction in basic camera and darkroom technique and in the history of the photographic medium. Instructor: J. Orser [Students need to have constant access to a 35mm camera. Lab Fee: $75. Production]

M/W 1.15-3.45

ART 148 SC: Intro to Video Art

A studio course introducing students to the basic techniques of digital video production: camerawork and non-linear editing. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. This class has a required lab. Students in this course must also register for MS 82L PZ. Instructor: T. Tran or Staff [Fee: $75. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. Non-Scripps students need instructor permission. Production]

T/TH 10-12:30

Art 181 SC, Theory Seminar in Studio Art and Media Studies

This upper-division course provides an in-depth look at the history and methodologies underlying contemporary art practices and is intended to provide students with an opportunity to explore, research, and write on visual culture. Connecting contemporary art practice to the wider history of art, topics may include uses of photography in the 19th century, the avantgarde in Europe, Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Installation Art, Pop Art, and contemporary practices. Repeatable for credit with different topics. Staff.

W 2.45-5.30

IMS Jointly Taught Courses

MS 190 JT: Senior Seminar

This team-taught seminar, to be taken during the fall semester of the senior year, constitutes the senior exercise required to graduate with the IMS major in all three tracks: film/video, digital/electronic, and critical studies. It prepares students with the skills and knowledge to continue their media studies practice and research post-graduation. Students will be asked to complete a media project or written thesis. Instructors: J. Friedlander, M. Ma, R. Mayeri, T. Tran

T/TH 1.15-2.30
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