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

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, W 6-8

HIST 96 CM: The Amazon

From the time of the conquest, the outside world turned the Amazon into an imagined place to unleash their adventure fantasies about lost cities of gold and their fears about savage jungles and Indians. From a historical perspective, this course interrogates the creation of Amazonia from the nineteenth-century rubber boom to contemporary environmental campaigns. We analyze visual images, explorers' accounts, ethnographies, novels, films, advertisements and environmental campaigns. The point is to understand how the Amazon and its people have been imagined externally and internally, and why certain narratives hold power in the Western world. Instructor: S. Sarzynski [Elective]

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

LIT 84 CM: The Lyric Voice in Modern American Literature & Film

This course examines currents in American literature and film from World War II to the present. Though the course surveys key trends over this period—especially against the backgrounds of modernism and post-modernism—we will concentrate in particular on the "lyric" impulse in American culture, studying works concerned with ideas of epiphany, meditation, contemplation, transcendence, a general conception of the "poetic" and the role of feeling and the emotions in modern life. With a primary focus on short forms, we will pay special attention to work that confronts the question of how to maintain "lyric" artistic standpoints amid cultural and social developments often inimical to them. Instructor: J. Morrison [Theory or Media History]

M/W 1.:15-2:30, M 7-9

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]

TR 4:15-5:30, 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 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]

T/TH 1:15-2.30
Lab: M 2:45-5:30 or T 4:15-6:30


ENGL 92 PZ: City as Character in Literature & Film

This course explores global cities through visual and literary depictions. We will consider how the visual and literary depictions inform, romanticize, and darken our perceptions of the present globalizing world. Instructor: J. Correia [Elective]

W 2:45-5:30

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 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]

W 2.45-5.30
Lab: M 2:45-5:30 or T 4:15-6:30

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 93 PZ: Media Off Screen

An intermediate production course that engages with media practices outside of the traditional single-channel film or videotapes made for broadcast or screening in a theatre. New genres and hybrid media forms including installation, performance, and tactical media are explored through a series of readings, lectures, presentations, and creative assignments in both individual and group projects. Instructor: M-Y. Ma [Prerequisite: Intro-level media production course or relevant intro-level art courses such as installation and photography. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

T 2:45-5:30

MS 111 PZ: Perspectives on Photography

This course critically examines the photograph as artifact, art, evidence, and weapon. Section 1 looks at photographs through the works of key theorists. Section 2 introduces the anthropology of photography as a social practice, including its relation to colonialism, race, and the global circulation of representations. Section 3 hones in on African photography. Section 4 analyzes current trends, including the role of the photograph in journalism, art, indigenous activism, and the digital era. Instructor: R. Talmor [Prereq: one previous Media Studies or Anthropology course. Media History]

T/TH 12-1:10

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 2:45-5:30

MS 116 PZ: Screen Culture

Our world has become increasingly screen-dependent. This course will examine screen culture in a multitude of formats, from movie screen to mobile phones and everything in between.  It is particularly focused on the relationship of technological development to evolving modes of spectatorship in a historical and theoretical context. Instructor: E. Affuso [Prereq: one intro media studies course such as MS 49, 50, or 51. Media History]

M/W 1:15-2:30; M 6:30-8:30

MS 119 PZ: Robotics, Digital Media & The Environment 

An intermediate digital media production course utilizing Processing, computer vision, the Arduino, and hobby servomotors to produce robotic artworks. This course explores critical thinking on the origins of the robot concept, context for robot production, the potential to reshape our future robotic cohabitants? genesis, and robots in relation to environmental stewardship. Instructor: I. Ingram [Prereq: MS 49, 50, or 51, or ART 37, 57, or 103, or EA 10. Intermediate Production]

TH 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]

M 1:15-4

ARHI/BK 186L PO: Critical Race Theory, Representation & The Rule of Law

Examines the role of law constructing and maintaining racialized, gendered and classed disparates of justice, as well as the intellectual, aesthetic, scientific and political convergences of critical jurisprudence with representational practices in African Diasporic visual arts. Prerequisites: Completion of one of the Black Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies or Gender and Women's Studies courses. Instructor: P. Jackson [Theory]

T 1:15-4

ARHI/BK 186W PO: Whiteness: Race, Sex and Representation

An interdisciplinary interrogation of linguistics, conceptual and practical solipsisms that contribute to the construction and normalization of whiteness in aesthetics, art, visual culture, film and mass media. Course questions dialectics of "Blackness" and "Whiteness" that dominate Western intellectual thought and popular culture, thereby informing historical and contemporary notions and representations of race, gender, sexuality and class. 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 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

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]

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 1:15-2:30

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 11-12:15

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 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 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]

W 1:15-4

MS 149F PO: Topics in Media Theory: Queer Visions, Queer Theory

Examining the creative and critical work of three gay male filmmakers—Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982), and Tsai Mingliang (1957–present) —this seminar probes the intersection of avant-garde cinematic practice, sexuality, and queer theory. Semiotic theories of language and image, hyperbolic reformulations of family romance, and a constant critique of left-liberalism are some of the thematics through which we approach these directors. But we also explore how the work of these filmmakers engages feminist film criticism, how new, queer scholarship has attempted to address the dystopic positions often identified within the gay male film text, and how Pasolini, Fassbinder, and Tsai, each in a different manner, refuse subordination to a sexual hermeneutics. Instructor: J. Hall. [Theory or Media History]

W 1:15-4, W 7-9:50

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

MS 161 PO: Radical Japanese Cinema: The Politics of Mid-Century Japanese Cinema

The Japanese New Wave used sex, violence, and the body to launch a critique of domestic and international policies, high-growth economics, and the conventions of Japanese cinema. We explore the utopic visions of radical Japanese filmmaking and its powerful demonstration against social norms. Prerequisite: MS 50 or equivalent or by permission of instructor. Instructor: J. Hall [Theory or Media History]

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

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

RLST 172 PO: The Bible Goes to Hollywood

The Bible appears in film as subject matter, as cultural reference point, and as subtext. Its appearance in film is not neutral; rather it positions viewers either to accept or reject societal systems of dominance. We examine how popular film both takes up and modifies biblical content and symbolism, and to what end. In learning to interpret biblical allusions, subtexts, and narratives in film, we will consider how the Bible is used to uphold, as well as to critique, hegemonic norms within U.S. American society. Readings in critical theory will provide an ideological critical framework in which to understand the interplay between the Bible, film, and society. We will consider films such as The Passion of Christ, Last Temptation of Christ, The Ten Commandments, The Da Vinci Code, David and Bathsheba, Remember the Titans, Stargate, Menace II Society, Fried Green Tomatoes, Three Kings, The Handmaid's Tale, Pleasantville, The Hunted, Magnolia, Dracula, The Devil's Advocate, Pulp Fiction, Men in Black (subject to change). Instructor: E. Runions [Elective]

F 1:15-4

SPAN 106 PO: Images of Latin America

Explores the construction and dissemination of predominant images of Latin America through topics such as women, family, sexuality, religion and violence. A close examination of both narrative and film. Emphasis on the development of oral and writing skills, including oral presentations. Instructor: N. Montenegro [Prerequisite: PO SPAN 44 or 50. Elective]

M/W 2.45-4

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
Sec. 2: M/W 10-11:50

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]

T/TH 9:35-10:50

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 1:30-3:30


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 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]

F 12-5

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 146, 147 SC: Further Work in B/W Photography

This course continues training in traditional black-and-white photography and explores alternative processes. In addition to darkroom techniques, the curriculum includes reading in contemporary art criticism, self-directed projects, and group critiques. Laboratory fee: $75. Offered annually. Instructor: D. Jauregui [Prereq: Art 145. Intermediate/Advanced Production]

T/TH 10-12:30

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 4:15-6:45

ART 181G SC: From Beauty to the Abject: Race, Whiteness and Modernism

Looking at various aesthetic models, this course will highlight the intersection of modern and contemporary art criticism with issues related to social and cultural constructions of difference as manifested within the visual arts. Topics include modernism, whiteness, race, and the history of lynching in California. Instructor: K. Gonzales-Day [Theory; G/U]

W 2:45-5:30

ENGL 189A SC: American Film: John Ford, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock

Analysis of major works by each director in artistic and historical context. Instructor: J. Peavoy [Media History]

M 7:30-9:30, TR 12-1:10

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]

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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