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

ARBC 140 CM: Arabic Media

This course provides an understanding of the nature and state of contemporary Arabic lanugage news an dopinion reporting. It focuses on the major Arabic language newspapers and selected Arabic satellite new channels and programs. Instructor: B. Frangieh [Prereq: Arabic 44 or higher. Elective]

T 6:40-9:30

LIT 130 CM: Intro to Film

From its inception, cinema has often been conceptualized as having a “language” of its own. This course examines that metaphor from aesthetic, cultural, social, and historical perspectives. We will begin with a close analysis of a contemporary popular film, in an effort to “defamiliarize” typical conventions of cinematic expression, and then proceed through a study of multiple movements and genres in the history of film, from German Expressionism to the French New Wave, from Hollywood to documentary to avant-garde and independent filmmaking. Overall, the course is intended to provide students with a broad introduction to film analysis and to the field of Film Studies. Instructor: J. Morrison [Introductory]

T/TH 4:15-5:30, W 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 4.15-5.30, R 7-9

LIT 137 CM: Gay and Lesbian Cinema in the U.S.

This is a survey of gay and lesbian cinema in the U.S. from the early 20th century to the present. The course examines depictions of gay/lesbian themes in Classical Hollywood cinema of the 20s-60s, as well as more recent examples including Sylvia Scarlett, Tea and Sympathy, The Children's Hour, The Killing of Sister George, Poison, Swoon, Watermelon Woman, and Brokeback Mountain. Instructor: J. Morrison [Media History/Theory]

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 6-9:50

Harvey Mudd

MS 179D HM: Special Topics: Species of Cinema

This course will examine representations of animals in film—wildlife documentaries, animated features, critter cams, scientific data, and video art—to address fundamental questions about human and animal nature and culture. Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary field in which scholars from philosophy, biology, media studies, and literature consider the subjective lives of animals, the representations of animals in media and literature, and the shifting boundary line between human and animal. In readings, screenings, and discussions, we will consider the cultural and material lives of humans and animals through the lenses of science, art, literature, and film. Instructor: R. Mayeri [Theory]

T 4.15-6, TH 4.15-5.30


MS 46 PZ: Feminist Documentary Production and Theory

Women have made politicized documentaries since the invention of the motion picture camera. Students will learn this complex theoretical, historical and political tradition while producing their own feminist documentary. Enrollment is limited. Course fee: $150. Instructor: A. Juhasz [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent, or MS 82. Theory/Film Theory; G/U]

W 9-11.50

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]

TR 1.15-2.30, T 7-9

MS 79 PZ: Silent Film

How does the invention of cinema fit within the emerging order of modernism? This class will examine early cinema in the context of the turn-of-the-century project of extending the field of human vision, examining topics such as ethnography, science, journalism, travel, representations of the city and architecture, and the construction of racial difference. Instructor: J. Lerner [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. Media History]

MW 12-1.10

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]

Sec. 1: T 2.45-5.30
Sec. 2: W 7-10
Lab: TH 10-12.30 or F 2-4.30

MS 84 PZ: Handmade Film

Rejecting the prevailing Hollywood wisdom that one needs millions of dollars to make a movie, this class explores different models for creating moving images with the most modest of resources. Options to be considered include hand processing, camera-less films, PXL video, super-8 film, recycling and appropriation. Students will be expected to create several short exercises in order to familiarize themselves with these different techniques, as well as a final project. Course fee: $150. Instructor: J. Lerner [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

W 2:45-5:30

MS 88 PZ: Mexican Visual Cultures

A survey of both popular and elite visual arts in Mexico from the time of Independence to today, including painting, prints, murals, sculpture and, more recently, film and video. Emphasis will be placed on the interchanges between media and the understanding of visual culture as a reflection of social changes. Instructor: J. Lerner [Media History]

M/W 1.15-2.30

MS 106 PZ: Power/Knowledge

In this course we examine Michel Foucault's work on modern forms of power and its connection to the production of knowledge.  In "Discipline and Punish," Foucault argues that modern panoptic techniques of surveillance have produced a universal normative gaze that each of us internalizes, and though which we become, as he puts it, "docile bodies."   In his later work he complicates this argument by contending that the confessional operates as a blueprint for the operation of what he calls "bio-power," which, through the scientific "liberation" of bodies, shapes them at both an individual and social level. Instructor: Henry Krips [Theory]

TH 1.15-4

MS 115 PZ: Topics in Sound Culture: Soundscape

This course will explore different aspects in the emergent discourse on aural culture. The current topic, soundscape, examines spatial approaches to the study of sound, including aural architecture, noise, sonic ecology, and other related subjects. Instructor: M. Ma [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51; or some introductory level music theory courses. Theory]

T/TH 1.15-2.30, T 7-9

MS 117 PZ: Fan Culture & Celebrity

New media forms have changed the face of the celebrity/fan relationship in the last decade providing a level of interactivity previously unavailable. This course will situate this shift within a historical and theoretical survey of fandom and celebrity from the birth of the Hollywood Studio System until the present day. Instructor: E. Affuso [Media History]

M/W 11-12.50

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]

M 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]

TH 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 140 PO: The Arts of Africa

Survey of African art and architecture exploring ethnic and cultural diversity. Emphasis on the social, political and religious dynamics that foster art production at specific historic moments in West, Central and North Africa. Critical study of Western art historical approaches and methods used to study African arts. Instructor: P. Jackson

T 1:15-4

ARHI 144A PO: Black Women Feminism(s) and Social Change

 Introduction to the theoretical and practical contributions of African-American feminists who maintain that issues of race, gender, sexuality and social class are central, rather than peripheral, to any history, analysis, assessment, or strategy for bringing about change in the United States. Instructor: P. Jackson [Theory]

TH 1.15-4

ARHI 186E PO: Art and Activism

Examines ways in which North American (Canada, the U.S. and Mexico) artists have used their work in the 20th and 21st centuries to engage in political activism, either on the street through performances and protests, or at specific physical and/or virtual sites through murals, paintings, posters, prints, sculptures, installations or websites. Instructor: F. Pohl [Art History/Elective]

W 12.15-4

ARHI 186T PO: Art and Time

Technological developments over the past 200 years have altered relations between art and time. How has moving from painting to lithography, photography, film and digital media influenced the creation of art and its relation to beholders? Considering North America and Europe since 1800, we explore relations between still and moving images, and ask how artists manipulate our experience of time. Alongside mainstream forms, we examine wax museums, natural history dioramas, stereographs, tableaux vivants, and MTV. The seminar constitutes a brief history of making and looking at images. Instructor: A. Reed [Theory/Art History; G/U]

M/W 2.45-4

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]

Sec. 1: T/TH 9:30-12
Sec. 2: 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
Sec. 2: T/TH 1:30-4

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 10:00-10:50
Sec. 2: M/W/F 11:00-11:50
lab TH or F 1:15-4

FREN 110 PO: Contemporary French Films

A study of the political, psychological and cultural aspects, as well as the role of men and women in films. Emphasis on oral and written expression through discussion, essays and oral presentations. Different filmmakers each year, including Truffaut, Godard, Poirier, Diane Kurys and Pagnol. Creation of a Web page as a final project. Instructor: M. Saigal [Prereq: FREN 44, 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]

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 91 PO: History of American Broadcasting

Studies the history of American broadcasting from the diffusion of radio as a mass media through the transition to television, up to the development of television as the dominant broadcasting form. Students will begin to understand the impact of U.S. broadcasting by familiarizing themselves with key programs and trends. Instructor: M. Shurkus [Media History]

W 1.15-4

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]

F 1-4, W 7-9.50

MS 147B PO: Topics in Media Theory: Body, Representation, Desire

A close examination of theories of media analysis, with an emphasis on the visual arts (painting, photography, film, video, installation art, performance art, conceptual art, art museums). Topics change from year to year. Course may be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: one media studies or art history course. Topic for Spring 2013: Body, Representation, Desire. Instructor: J. Friedlander [Theory]

TH 1:15-4

MS 147H PO: Topics in Media Theory: Reality, Realism, & the Real

In the Humanities, Realism has been criticized for impressing upon audiences the illusion that they are watching real life events unfold spontaneously before their eyes—an illusion which takes on a politically conservative role as a vehicle for the circulation of dominant ideological meanings. In the sciences, by contrast, Realism has attracted far more favorable reviews: for example, Einstein writes that "If one renounces this assumption [of Realism] then I do not see what physics is supposed to describe." In this course we will examine the interplay between these two attitudes to Realism. In particular we will suggest that it is possible to recuperate a politically progressive role for Realism as an aesthetic-representational form. Letter grade only. Instructor: J. Friedlander [Prereq: MS 49, 50 or 51. Theory]

T 1:15-4

MS 153 PO: The Original Television Series

The Original Television Series from "The Sopranos" to "Mad Men.". The course examines the original television series, a prominent development in U.S. television and, more broadly, in American culture during the last decade. We discuss representative texts in this genre, among them The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men, and examine the genre's distinctive features. We also look at how television series engage with American culture. Instructor: K. Klioutchkine [Prereq: One of the following: MS 49, 50, 51, or 91. Media History]

T/TH 1:15-2:30

MUS 91 PO: Music, Tech, Aural Culture, Film

A study of the position of sound and music on the boundary between media and content of media. Topics include theories of sound in culture; historical conceptualizations and experiences of sound in early modern Europe and other sites; sound and music in the context of 19th century representational technologies from tableaux vivants, stenography and opera to telephone and phonograph; and film soundtracks. Instructor: A. Cramer [Elective]

M/W/F 10-10.50

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 9-11
Sec. 2: T/TH 1.30-3.30

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 11-12:15

THEA 4 PO: Acting for Social Change

Creating activist theatre from a feminist point of view to explore current theoretical positions, problems and practice in conjunction with local community groups working for social justice. Participatory internship. Instructor: J. Lu [Elective]

M/W 1:15-4

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]

M/W 1.15-4

THEA 100E PO: Acting for Film & Television

This course develops technical and conceptual techniques for the interpretation and performance of comedy and drama for film, television and emerging technologies. Students will audition, rehearse and perform on camera a variety of scenes from film and theatre. Students will analyze and critique their on-camera work as well as work of classmates and established actors. Instructor: A. Blumenfeld [Prereq: THEA 1 or 3; and 12. Elective]

T/TH 1:15-4


ARHI 185 SC: History of Photography

Explores evolution of the photographic image in documentary work, portraiture, aesthetic expression, journalism, and advertising from its inception to the present time. Instructor: Staff [Media History]

T/TH 1.15-2.30

ART 134 SC: Between Analog and Digital Printmaking

The digital print is considered something of a hybrid in the print and photo world. Crossing platforms between the etching studio and the digital art lab, students will create works that integrate both methodologies. Systems including etching, solar printing, monoprinting, digital transfer and analog and digital printing will be explored. Instructor: N. Macko [Prereq: Art 141. Lab Fee: $75. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

F 12-5

ART 143 SC: Digital Color Photography

Adobe Photoshop is a program of many levels and complexities. This course will provide the student with an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the program through a series of advanced tutorials. Students will then create a digitally output portfolio. Issues of digital printing, digital photography and contemporary photographic practice will be discussed in relation to their work. Related readings on contemporary photography and digital art practice. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor: N. Macko [Prereq: ART 141, 145. 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 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 10-12:30

ART 183 SC: Feminist Concepts & Practices in Studio Art and Media Studies

This seminar/studio course examines the recent history and current trends of women's roles and contributions in media studies and studio art through readings and projects with an emphasis on gender in relationship to media culture. Analysis of and experimentation with visual media including print, photography and digital art in relation to the theory and practice of media studies and studio art is informed by a feminist perspective and critique. [Prerequisites: Art 131, Art 141, or Art 145, or permission of instructor. Theory]

TW 7-9

ENGL 189B SC: American Film: Orson Welles, Preston Sturges, Fritz Lang

Analysis of major works by each director in artistic and historical context. (Note: Lang films will be chosen from his American period.) Instructor: J. Peavoy [Media History]

M 7:30-9.30, T/TH 9.35-10:50

MS 191 SC: Senior Thesis in Media Studies

For Scripps students in the Critical Studies track, this course must be taken to fulfill the senior exercise requirement for graduation. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT. NOTE: Students selected to attempt honors should take MS 191H SC. Instructor: K. Tran.


MS 192 SC: Senior Project in Media Studies

For students in the Film/Video or Digital/Electronic tracks who have been approved to work on a spring project. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT.


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]

M/W 2:45-4

IMS Jointly Taught Courses

MS 191 JT: Senior Thesis in Media Studies

Students write a thesis. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT. NOTE: Scripps students in Critical Studies track should register for MS 191 SC or MS 191H SC instead. Instructor: Staff.


MS 192 JT: Senior Project in Media Studies

Students complete a film/video or digital/electronic project. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT. Instructor: Staff.

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