Media Studies Courses & Courses that will fulfill requirements for the IMS Major for Fall 2013

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

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 138 CM: Film & Mass Culture

This course will examine film as art and as medium in the context of the rise of 20th-century “mass culture.” We will take up such topics as the role of film in producing the ideas of “mass culture;” the cinematic representation of the “masses;” film as an instrument of the standardization of culture and as a mode of resistance to it; film and modernism; film and postmodernism; representations of fascism in cinema; and “subculture” considered as an effect of mass culture. Offered every third year. Instructor: J. Morrison [Theory/Film Theory; G/U]

M/W 2.45-4, M 6-10

RLST 171 CM: Religion & Film

This course employs critical social, race, gender, and post-colonial theories to analyze the role of religious symbols, rhetoric, values, and world-views in American film. After briefly examining film genre, structure, and screenwriting, the course will explore religious sensibilities in genres such as Historical Epic, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama, and Politics. Instructor: G. Espinosa [Elective]

T 6-10

Harvey Mudd

ARHI 179B HM: History of Photography: Landscape

This course explores how photographic landscape imagery has shaped our experience and ideas of the land. Examining work dating back to the invention of the medium in 1839 to contemporary artists and even NASA's Mars Rover images, we will consider how photographic imagery documents and determines the topography around us. Instructor: E. Fandell [Art History]

M/W 2:45-4:00

ART 179A HM: Special Topics in Art: Photography

Approaching the medium from an artistic perspective, students will explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. This course emphasizes seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. The fundamentals of working with a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR), including manual controls and lighting, are covered. Students will also explore everything from cell phone cameras, web cams and disposable cameras as equally legitimate tools for creating art. Assignments, lectures, readings and excursions will build on each other to provide students with an overview of the history and contemporary practice of photography. $75.00 fee. Instructor: K. Fandell [Production]

M/W 10-12:30

CSCI 5 HM: Intro to Computer Science

Introduction to elements of computer science. Students learn general computational problem-solving techniques and gain experience with the design, implementation, testing and documentation of programs in a high-level language. In addition, students learn to design digital devices, understand how computers work, and learn to program a computer in its own machine language. Finally, students are exposed to ideas in computability theory. The course includes discussions of societal and ethical issues related to computer science. Instructor: Z. Dodds [Elective]

T/TH 8.10-9.25

MS 173 HM: Exile in Cinema

A thematic and formal study of literary and cinematic responses to the experience of exile. Exile evokes something that happens to individuals, but also to collectivities. First, something happens in life that provokes a rupture with one's origins and that entails a historical process. Exile is an event, but how does it come about and what are its ramifications? How does exile effect a change of relationship between individual and society, homeland and geography of banishment, home language and adopted tongue? This course examines how writers and filmmakers meet that often painful historical process through creativity. Among the authors to read are Aimé Césaire, Edward Said, George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, Med Hondo, and Hamid Naficy; films to be viewed focus on the third world. Instructor: I. Balseiro [Theory/Film Theory]

TH 9.35-10.50, W 6-8

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

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

W 2.45-4.45, M 7-9


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 1.15-2.30, M 6.30-8.30

MS 70 PZ: Media and Social Change

This course presents an overview of movements, theories, and methods employed by media makers committed to social change. From the early Soviet film collectives, through the Third Cinema movement of 60s in Latin America, and continuing on to feminist, queer, and youth video activist movements in the U.S. that have laid the groundwork for the rise of socially driven media collectives and campaigns today. In response readings and film screenings, students will be asked to critique both the ethical means and efficacy of media documents as organizing tools for raising consciousness and critical dialogue. They will also be encouraged to develop their own theories of media as a conduit for social change based on the creation of participatory production projects that strive to incite civic discourse. Instructor: G. Lamb [Media History/Theory]

M/W 12-1.10, M 7-9

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]

Class: M/W 12-1.10
Lab Sec. 1: TH 10-12.30
Lab Sec. 2: F 2-4.30

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 114 PZ: Film Sound

An intermediate level media history and theory course exploring how sound functions in cinema. Topics covered by the course include the history of sound technologies, film sound theories, voice in cinema, film music, sound recording and reproduction in film. Instructor: M. Ma [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51; or some introductory level music theory courses. Theory/Media History, G/U]

T/TH 2.45-4, T 7-9

MS 118 PZ: Visual Culture & Politics in the African Diaspora

The world has been interconnected for centuries. A great way to see this is through visual culture as a sphere of political action and critique. Centering Africa and the African diaspora, we look at art, film and other forms that comment upon identity, experience, intercultural contact, and the politics of representation. Instructor: R. Talmor [Theory/Media History]

T/R 12-1.10

MS 134 PZ: Feminist Dialogues on Technology

A massively distributed collaborative learning forum and archive on the topic of feminism and technology taught by 28 international scholars, taken by students all over the world, and co-sponsored by Pitzer College and USC. Instructor: A. Juhasz [Theory]

TH 9-11.50

MS 175 PZ: Contemporary Animation Practice

This course will focus on performative animation techniques, or post-animative thought. Through screenings and hands-on in-class experiments, student will look at animation as it exists outside of cartoon culture and gaming to create a variety of tests that challenge the way we look at frame by frame filmmaking. Instructor: S. Hutin [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

W 2.45-5.30

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]

M 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]

T/TH 1.15-2.30

ARHI 141A PO: (Re)presenting Africa: Art, History, and Film

The seminar centers on post-colonial African films to examine (re)presentations of the people, arts, cultures and socio-political histories of Africa and its Diaspora. Course critically examines the cinematic themes, aesthetics, styles and schools of African and African Diasporic filmmakers. Offered alternate years. Instructor: P. Jackson [Theory]

T 1:15-4, M 7-9.50

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, W 7-9.50

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]

T/TH 1:30-4

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]

Sec. 1: T/TH 9:30-12

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]

Sec. 1: M/W/F 9:00-9:50
Sec. 2: M/W/F 10:00-10:50
lab TH or F 1:15-4

CSCI 52 PO: Fundamentals of Computer Science

A solid foundation in functional programming, procedural and data abstraction, recursion, and problem-solving. Applications to key areas of computer science, including algorithms and complexity, computer architecture and organization, programming languages, finite automata, and computability. Instructor: E. Bull [Prereq: CSCI 51. Elective]

T/TH 9:35-10:50

PO JPNT 176: Time and Space in Modern Japanese Literature

Are we purely the product of our environment? Or do we in some way also construct it? This course offers an overview of temporal and spatial concepts discernible in Japanese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on modern Japan. Other literary traditions will be referenced for comparative purposes. Instructor: K. Kurita [Elective]

M/W 2:45-4

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]

T/TH 2.45-4; W 7-9:50

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]

M/W 1.15-2.30

MS 101 PO: Pomona Media Guild

The Pomona Media Guild is open to all Pomona College students engaged in research projects where video is a tool for investigation and/or presentation. Students learn basic pre- and post-production video skills (pre- and post-production) in addition to project mapping, interview techniques, and the ethics and aesthetics of creative visual research. By application only. Half credit. [Elective]

W 7-9.50

MS 147I PO: Topics in Media Theory: Video Game Studies

Right now millions of people across the globe are playing video games. Once considered a fad that largely served a niche market primarily composed of teen-age boys, video games have completely infiltrated culture and become a hugely profitable industry. In 2008 Americans alone spent over $11 billion on gaming! It all began in 1961 in a basement room at MIT when the first volley of “Spacewar!” silently crashed into an enemy spaceship. Or did it begin the pinball arcades of the 1940s? One of the questions we will take up in this course is what constitutes a game and the phenomenon of play. Building on these insights we will explore the ongoing cultural influences and historical development of video games. Central to our investigation will be issues related to gender, race, ludology, narrative and cinematic structures, and much more. Students will be expected to spend several hours reading theory and analyzing video games, which of course will entail playing as well! Instructor: M. Shurkus [Theory]

F 1:15-4

MS 149I PO: Topics in Media Theory: Reality TV & Participatory Culture: Apparatuses of Intimacy?

For many theorists, the digital era ushered in the second “industrial revolution” and like the first it dramatically transformed human relationships. Taking up the question of the course title, we will begin by exploring Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben’s definitions of an apparatus. Drawing insight from these theorists we will explore how media—Reality TV, various forms of social media, and participatory culture—transmit or hinder our expressions of love and intimacy or what Agamben has called a “shared sensation of being”. Instructor: M. Shurkus [Theory]

T/TH 9:35-10:50

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

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: M/W 1.30-3.30
Sec. 2: T/TH 1.30-3.30

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: Intermediate Acting

Scene study and voice work. Rehearsal and studio performance of selected scenes. Students will gain an understanding of the actor's work of character analysis through the use of objectives, inner monologues, and character research. Instructor: D. Blaney or Staff [Prereq: Theatre 1 or 3. Elective]

T/TH 9-11


AMST 125 SC: Race in Pop Culture and Media

This course will introduce you to the history of popular culture and media, focusing on the sociohistorical contexts of racial representations and the production and consumption of media and popular culture by people of color. We will consider examples from minstrel shows, films, advertising, music, radio, television, public amusements, and digital media. Instructor: M. Delmont [Media History]

M/W 1.15-2.30

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 1.15-3.45

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]

T/TH 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]

M/W 10-12.30

ART 149 SC: Intermediate Video

Students continue to develop digital projects and begin to create motion graphics for video using Adobe After Effects software. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. Instructor: T. Kim-Trang Tran [Fee: $75. Prereq: Art 148 or equivalent. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

M/W 2.45-5.15

ENGL 189D SC: Genre: The Art Film

In the 50s and 60s, foreign films became a cultural phenomenon in the United States. They were seen as works of art, in contrast to the "products" of the Hollywood "factory." We will study these films in terms of their reception in American culture. Works by Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Buñuel, Godard, Ray, and others. Instructor: J. Peavoy [Media History]

M 7:30-10, T/TH 2.45-4-10:50

FREN 111 SC: French Cinema: Images of Women

This course will concentrate on three aspects of the role of women in French film in order to define the relationship between women as icons (larger-than-life images in the collective fantasy of a certain "Frenchness"), women as subjects, and, finally, women as creators of film. Appropriate readings in French will be assigned. Some films may be shown without subtitles; discussion and written work will be in French. Instructor: D. Krauss. [Prequisite: FREN 44 or equivalent. Elective]

T/TH 9.35-10.50, T 6.30-8.30

HMSC 141 SC: Writing Culture: Theories, Texts & Stories

This course examines the idea of culture and the diverse ways it has been debated and narrated by literary critics, philosophers, anthropologists and historians. The course considers topics of mass culture, language, class, gender and sexuality, post-colonialism, and urban space through theoretical readings as well as literature from Jane Eyre to Trainspotting. Instructor: E. Cuming. [Elective]

M/W 12:-1:10

SPAN 140 SC: The Spanish Transition through the Lens of Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most recognizable auteur directors in Europe today. This course studies Pedro Almodóvar's development from his directorial debut to the present, from the "shocking" value of the early films to the award-winning mastery of the later ones. Instructor: C. Sanjuán-Pastor. Prereqs: SPAN 40 and 101. Course is taught in Spanish. [Elective]

T/TH 2:45-4, M 7-9:50

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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