Media Studies Courses & Courses that will fulfill requirements for the IMS Major for Fall 2014

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 132 CM: Film History II (1965-Present)

This course surveys the history of cinema as art and mass medium, from 1965 to the present. Topics such as the rise of independent filmmaking in America, the conglomeration of the studios, and European resistance to Hollywood’s domination on the world market are considered in social, cultural, and aesthetic terms. Offered every other year. Instructor: J. Morrison [Media History]

T/TH 4:15-5:30, W 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

SPAN 182 CM: Latin-American Documentary Cinema

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the thematic and stylistic variety in documentary films from and about Latin America. We will examine a series of questions related to the content, form, and politics of documentary films. The course will include documentaries by Santiago Álvarez, Fernando Birri, Luis Buñuel, Patricio Guzmán, Luis Ospina, Fernando Pérez, Lourdes Portillo, Marta Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Rulfo, Fernando Solanas, Carmen Toscano, Win Wenders, among others. Instructor: S. Velazco [Prereq: upper division Spanish course (100 or above) or permission by instructor. Elective]

T/TH 2:45-4, W 4:15-6

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]

T 9:35-10:50; M 6-8

MS 127S HM: The Harmony of Sound and Light

A hands-on exploration of the aesthetics of abstract computer animation and its relation to music. Filmmakers and artists studied will include Kandinsky, Fischinger, the Whitneys, Belson, and many others. Instructor: B. Alves [Prereq: CS 5 or equivalent knowledge of computer programming. Elective]

F 1:15-4

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/TH 4:15-6:15

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

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

T/TH 1:15-2:30


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 7-9:50

MS 52 PZ: Introduction to Sound Studies

This is an introductory level course exploring different areas of study within sound culture, an emerging field in the human sciences. This course will introduce students to ways of thinking historically and culturally about sound and listening. Sound studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field. While this course is grounded in media studies, it also intersects with history, visual and performing art, architecture, music, cultural studies, anthropology and ethnography, as well as other disciplines. The course will survey wide ranging topics and cultures including American and European industrialization; rainforest soundscapes of Papua New Guinea; cassette sermons by Islamic preacher in Cairo, Egypt; avant-garde music and DJ culture, to name a few. Instructor: M. Ma [Elective]

T/TH 2:45-4

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 11-12:15, M 7-9:50

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 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]

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]

M/W 2.45-4

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]



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

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 1:15-3:45

ART 128 PO: Installation: Art & Context

Advanced seminar on the artistic practice of installation and other non-traditional art forms, e.g., performance art, earthy art, and public art. Studio projects that investigate elements of installation such as space, light, scale, context, and materials. Discussion, slides, videos, visits to art sites, and critical readings. Instructor: M. Teixido [Elective]

M/W 1:15-3:45

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

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 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 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 1.15-2.30

MS 89A PO: Media and Transitional Justice

Drawing on examples from contemporary mass media and cinema, this course considers the role played by mediated representations in negotiating the aftermath of war and conflict. In particular, the focus will be on the relationship between the media and the emerging field of transitional justice, which deals with past human rights violations and the transition to post-war peace settlements. Thus, the course deals with questions and dilemmas that arise in countries emerging from violent rule. Specifically, we will ask, what is the role of media in dealing with the traumatic past? We explore diverse topics, such as the causes of ethnic violence, celebrity activism, the potential of (media) humanitarianism, so-called "dark tourism," the mediatisation of war, and transitional justice strategies. We also examine the complex relationships/intersections between gender, media, violence and peace, with an emphasis on contemporary and recent conflicts (including the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and South Africa). Instructor: V. Zala [TBA]

T/TH 9:35-10:50

MS 94 PO: Transnational Asian Cinema

Introduces the cinemas of Asia. May include cinemas of East Asia, South Asian and/or the Middle East. Film and video are considered in political, social, and theoretical contexts. Instructor: J. Hall [Media History]

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

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 7-8:30

MS 148A PO: Surveillance and the Media

This course considers the social and cultural implications of increasingly pervasive and comprehensive forms of surveillance of all kinds (visual, auditory, data) enabled by emerging digital media. It situates contemporary examples of the mediated forms of surveillance and monitoring in historical and theoretical perspective, drawing on critical theories of the relationship between surveillance, observation, power, and control. The course will explore a range of ways of thinking about the roles of observer and observed as well as the relationship between media technologies and techniques of observation. Instructor: M. Andrejevic [Prereq: MS 49, 50, or 51. Theory]

F 1:15-4

MS 149Q PO: Topics in Media Theory: Freud, Film, Fantasy

An in-depth exploration of key texts from psychoanalysis reveals a scandalous relation between desire and representation, namely fantasy. We probe the political life of fantasy and the usefulness of sexuality and the unconscious for conceiving alternative to the hegemony of the normal. Instructor: J. Hall [Theory, G/U]

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

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 1:15-3:45
Sec. 2: M/W 1:15-3:45
Sec. 3: T/TH 9:35-12:05

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 1:15-3:45


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 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

ENGL 189C SC: Fifties Film: Pop Culture and Society

Using American films from the fifties, we will explore the relation between popular culture and the society that produces it. Includes films such as "Some Like it Hot," "Rebel Without a Cause," "Singing in the Rain," and "High Noon." Instructor: J. Peavoy [Media History]

M 7:30-9:30, T/TH 9:35-10:50

GRMT 114 SC: Plotting Crime

This course covers various "genres" of criminality in modern European fiction and film, including murder, criminal vice, theft, sex crimes, white-collar corporate conspiracy crimes of passion and domestic violence. We explore two related (but distinct) topics: how crimes are planned and executed; and how they are then turned, step-by-step, into compelling literary and cinematic storylines. Course taught in English. Instructor: M. Katz [Elective]

T/TH 2:45-4

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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