Fall 2015 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna College

FREN 117 CM: Novel & Cinema in Africa & Caribbean

TR 1:15-2:30PM. KRV Room 109 (The Kravis Center)

W 6:00-8:00PM. AD Room DAVD (Adams Hall) 

This course will examine works by writers and filmmakers from French-speaking countries of Africa (e.g., Senegal, Cameroon and Burkina Faso) and the Caribbean (Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti). 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: Shelton, Marie-Denise. [Elective] 

LIT 34 CM: Creative Journalism

W 2:45-5:30PM. KRV Room 100 (The Kravis Center)

An intensive hands-on course in feature writing styles and journalistic ethics; a primer for writing in today’s urban America. Essentially, journalism, like all art, tells a story. How that story is told is as critical to the success of a piece as the importance of its theme. A series of writing exercises and reporting “assignments” will give both inexperienced and more advanced writers the tools to explore their writerly “voice.” Special attention will be devoted to discussions of the role of the journalist in society. Prerequisite: written permission of department chair. All registered students must attend the first class. Instructor: Moffett, Kevin. [Elective]

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

MW 1:15-2:30PM. RS Room 105 (Roberts South)

 T 6:00-10:00PM. BC Room PICK (Bauer Center)

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. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media History]


LIT 133 CM: Film and Literature

MW 2:45-04:00PM. RS Room 105 (Roberts South)

M 7:00-09:00PM. BC Room PICK (Bauer Center)

This course examines correspondences and affinities between literature and film in aesthetic, cultural and social contexts. We will begin with a general discussion of literary modernism, considering the influence of film on the emergence of that movement. From there we will consider the topic more broadly in relation to specific genres, literary forms, and authors/auteurs. Throughout, we will look not only at specific case studies of literary adaptation or cross-reference, but consider the larger questions of cultural value implied in these transactions – concerning, among others, the shifting relation of high art and popular culture, the social role of art in the age of mechanical reproduction, and the material aspects of literature and film as congruent or competing cultural institutions. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Theory/Film Theory]

Pomona College

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

R 1:15-4:00PM. LE Room 201 (LeBus Court)

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, 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. Recommended prior course in art history, or Asian American studies, Africana studies, Gender & Women’s studies or media studies. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory]

ARHI 186W PO: Whiteness: Race, Sex, Representation

T 1:15-4:00PM. LE Room 201 (LeBus Court)

Interrogation of linguistics, conceptual and practical solipsisms that contribute to the construction and normalization of whiteness in aesthetics and visual culture. Questions dialectics of Blackness and Whiteness that dominate Western intellectual thought and popular culture, thereby informing notions and representations of race, gender & Women’s or Media studies. Recommend completion of one: AFRI, ARHI, MS or GWS course. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory]

ART 20 PO: Black and White Photography

TR 1:15-3:45PM. STAR Room 214 (Studio Arts)

Introductory photography course focuses on traditional black and white processes. Readings and lectures about issues, ideas, and photographers give students the opportunity to contextualize their own work within the trajectory of photographic history. Emphasis falls equally on questions of “how?” and “why?” and a final self-directed project allows students to explore their specific interests. Instructor: Auerbach, Lisa Anne. [Production]

ART 21 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. STAR Room 215 (Studio Arts) [Section 1]

TR 1:15-3:45PM. STAR Room 215 (Studio Arts) [Section 2] 

Foundations of 2D Design is a hands on introduction to the principles of visual 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. Letter grade only. Non-PO requires PERM. Instructor: Staff. [Production]

CSCI 51 PO: Intro to Computer Science w/Lab

MWF 10:00-10:50AM. EDMS Room 114 (Edmunds) [Section 1]

MWF 11:00-11:50AM. EDMS Room 114 (Edmunds) [Section 2]

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. No previous programming experience required. Concurrent enrollment in CSCI 51 LPO required. Instructor(s): Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Greenberg, Michael. [Elective]

CSCI 51 LPO: Lab, Intro to Computer Science

R 1:15-4:00PM. EDMS Room 229 (Edmunds) [Section 1]

R 1:15-4:00PM. EDMS Room 219 (Edmunds) [Section 2]

F 1:15 – 4:00 PM; PO Campus, Edmunds 229 [Section 3] 

F 1:15 – 4:00 PM; PO Campus, Edmunds 219 [Section 4]

Instructor(s): Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Greenberg, Michael.

CSCI 52 PO: Fundamentals of Computer Science

TR 9:35-10:50AM. EDMS Room 101 (Edmunds) 

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. This course serves the same role as HM 60 as a prerequisite for upper-division computer science courses at any of the Claremont Colleges. Prerequisite: 51. Instructor: Kauchak, David R. [Elective] 

ENGL 118 PO: The Nature of Narrative in Fictions and Films

MW 2:45-4:00PM. CR Room 207 (Crookshank Hall)

Investigates narrative as a fundamental mode of understanding and organizing human experience. Practice of storytelling in writers like Calvino, Diderot, Kundera, Borges, Proust, Kafka, Dante, Sterne, Woolf and Sartre; and in filmmakers like Lynch, Hitchcock, Roeg, Malick and Allen. Theories of narrative from Aristotle through Freud to Barthes. Non-PO requires PERM. No first-years. Instructor: Reed, Arden. [Elective] 


JPNT 176 PO: Time & Space in Modern Japan

MW 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 15 (Mason Hall)

This course offers an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to the literary expression of Japanese temporal and spatial concepts from the 8th century onward, with some reference to China and Korea. The focus, however, is on modern Japan, which in some ways “left Asia,” looking ahead to a very foreign time-space but trying to comprehend it with a language that does not even have a future tense. Instructor: Kurita, Kyoko. [Elective] 

MS 049 PO: Introduction to Media Studies

TR 2:45-4:00PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

This course 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. Read theory, history and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Same course as SC 49. Letter grade only. Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine. [Introductory]

MS 051 PO: Introduction to Digital Media Studies

TR 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

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: Andrejevic, Mark [Intro. Critical]

MS 89A PO: Media and Transitional Justice

W 1:15-4:00PM. CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall)

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: Volcic, Zala [Media History] G/U status.

MS 091 PO: History of American Broadcasting

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

This course 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. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Media History] 

MS 149 PO: Theory & Aesthetics -Television

M 1:15-4:00PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

This course introduces students to the study of television from an aesthetic, theoretical, and critical perspective. Students will learn a number of terms, theoretical concepts, and methodological approaches to critically evaluate and analyze television texts, including the language of filmmaking, genre theory, ideology, semioitcs, structuralism, feminism, auteur theory, political economy and audience ethnography. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Media Theory] 

MS 149E PO: The Brief History of Film Theory

TR 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 01 (Crookshank Hall)

W 7:00-9:50PM. STAR Room 122 (Studio Arts)

This course traces the theoretical considerations of film from the early 20th century to the present with special attention to the provocative intersection of semiotics, Marxism, and psychoanalysis that defined film theory from the late 1960s through the 1980s. We examine this brief history of film theory alongside the cinema that inspired it and the films it engendered. Prerequisites: 50. Letter grade only. Instructor: Hall, Jonathan [Media Theory]

MS 190 JT: Senior Seminar

TR 2:45-4:00PM. HN Room 101 (Hahn Social Science Bldg)

Senior Seminar. Jointly-taught seminar designed for senior majors. Review of key issues/theories in media studies. Instructor(s): Andrejevic, Mark ; Tran, Kim-Trang T. ; Ma, Ming-Yuen.  [Senior Seminar]

MUS 96A PO: Electronic Music Studio

MW 1:15-2:30PM. THAT Room STDO (Thatcher Music Bldg)

Introductory laboratory course designed to develop electronic compositions using techniques of analog and digital synthesis. Permission of instructor required. Instructor(s): Flaherty, Thomas E. [Elective]

THEA 1A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) [Section 1] – Staff

TR 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre) [Section 2] – Ortega, Giovanni

This introductory course explores the fundamentals of voice, movement, relaxation, text analysis, characterization and sensory and emotional-awareness exercises. Course material includes detailed analysis, preparation and performance of scenes. Instructor(s): Staff; Ortega, Giovanni  [Elective]

THEA 2 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

MWF 11:00-11:50AM. TE Room 100 (Seaver Theatre)

The visual principles underlying design for live performance: theatre, dance, opera and related fields. The course explores theatre architecture, staging conventions and styles of historic and contemporary design. Readings, discussions, and writing are supplemented by creative projects, video showings and attendance at live performances, both on-campus and at professional venues in the Los Angeles area. Instructor: Linnell, Sherry K. [Elective] 

THEA 12 PO: Intermediate Acting

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre)

F  To Be Arranged

Scene study and voice work. Rehearsal and studio performance of selected scenes. Students gain an understanding of the actor’s work of character analysis through the use of objectives, inner monologues and character research. Alexander Technique and Prerequisites:THEA001A; or THEA001B or THEA001C or THEA001D or THEA001E or THEA001F required; THEA054C is recommended as co-enrollment. Instructor(s): Ortega, Giovanni. [Elective]

Pitzer College

ENGL 92 PZ: City as Character in Literature & Film

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. AV Room 224 (Avery Hall)

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(s): Correia, Jane R. [Elective]

MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

MW 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room P104 (West Hall)

M 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course introduces the discipline of media studies to students and gives them foundational knowledge of the field. The readings and screenings comprise a range of approaches and will allow students to address media in a variety of styles and modes of practice, including film, television, and new media. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Intro. Critical] 

MS 050 PZ: Intro to Film

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

W 7:00-9:00PM. WST Room P106 (West Hall)

Film and video are often considered to be a distinct semiotic system or art form with their own language. This course surveys the variety of structures which can organize moving pictures: from Hollywood continuity editing, Soviet montage and cinema verite to voice-over documentary, talking heads and postmodern voices with no center at all. The course includes silent film, classic Hollywood narrative, avant-garde film and video, documentary and activist video. Enrollment is limited. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann. [Intro. Critical]

MS 056 PZ: Digital Fabrication for Media Studies

M 2:45-5:30PM. WST Room P104 (West Hall)

A production course on making physical objects for screen-work, photography, sculpture, and other practices using digital fabrication. The specific tools are object modeling software, primarily Blender, and the machines commonly referred to as 3D printers. Using such tools in the making of multiples, structures for kinetic objects, procedurally-generated morphology, and objects that mirror the form of contemporary mass-produced visual culture is explored, as are techniques for modeling different categories of shape and function. That the hand, mind, and eye of the practitioner remain their primary tools, even in this environment of machinic ubiquity, is a primary revelation of the class. First years need permission. Instructor: Ingram, Ian. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 070 PZ: Media and Social Change

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

Overview of movements, theories, and methods employed by media makers committed to social change. From Soviet film collectives, through Third Cinema movement of 60s, 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. Instructor: G. Lamb [Media History/Media Theory] 

MS 082 PZ: Introduction to Video Art

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. WST Room P104 (West Hall)

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This is an introductory course In digital video production. This class encourages a critical, creative approach to the medium, non-traditional solutions, and explanation of the history and methodology of independent video and video art. Class session combines hands-on technical training in script writing, storyboarding, camera operation, off-line and non-linear editing, lighting and sound equipment with critical analysis of subject matter, treatment, and modes of address in independent as well as mass media. Pre-reqs: MS 49, or 50 or 51. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann. [Intro. Production]

MS 087 PZ: Media Sketchbook

TR 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

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. Pre-req: MS 82 or equivalent. Instructor: J. Lerner  [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 100 PZ: Asian Americans in Media

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

T 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course begins with a historical survey of Asian American involvement in media production, beginning in the silent film era and concluding with the current digital age. Students then put the history and theories they have learnt into practice through the conception, planning, and execution of their own Asian American film festival. Throughout the course, we look at how changing political, social, and cultural discourses have affected Asian American participation in media production, as well as how these forces have shaped media representations of Asians. Form, content, funding, and circumstances of production also enter our discussions of how these films, videos, and new media works came to be. [Media History] G/U status. 

MS 119 PZ: Robotics, Digital Media and the Environment

W 2:35PM – 5:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall) 

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. First Years require permission. Prereq: MS 049 PZ or MS 050 PZ, or MS 051 PZ, or ART 037, or ART 057, or ART 103, or EA 010 PZ. Instructor: Ingram, Ian [Int./Adv. Production]

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

MW 2:45-4:00PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This course is a combination of analysis, theory, and hands-on service-learning experience of how media arts mobilize, educate and empower communities. The course will examine working models of media-based community collaboraiton projects. Students will be linked with non-profit community collaborators (media arts centers, social service and youth service agencies) who are using media as a catalyst for action in their community. Working with site hosts/collaborators, students will work with undeserved populations to design, implement and produce unique media collaborations that provoke thought and action. Pre-reqs: MS 82 or equivalent. First-Years Require Permission; Can be taken twice for credit. Fee: $150. Instructor: Lamb, Gina [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MCSI 195 PZ: MCSI: Archive

T 1:15-2:30PM. BE Room 207 (Bernard Hall)

T 4:15-5:30PM. BE Room 207 (Bernard Hall)

The Munroe Center for Social Inquiry’s 2015-2016 theme is ARCHIVE. We will invite prominent scholars, artists, and activists across a range of disciplines, to help us understand the power, transience, and technologies of the collection. Who preserves, what and how do they display, who sees, what is lost? If, as artist and theorist Catherine Lord suggests “culture requires memory. Memory requires an archive,” then one of the primary goals of this year of programming on ARCHIVE will be to address feverish incursions into lost and found holdings made ever more accessible and intangible by the digital. Meanwhile, our eminent speakers from history, anthropology, linguistics, photography, library science, performance, philosophy, critical Internet studies, queer and feminist analysis and other fields will be invited to keep us focused on what Carolyn Steedman calls the dust inevitably raised by our impulses to remember via “our stubborn set of beliefs about an objective material world.”Instructor Permission Required. Juniors & Seniors only. Instructor(s): Juhasz, Alexandra. [Theory] G/U status

MS 196 PZ: Media Internship

To Be Arranged 

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: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Elective] 

Scripps College

AMST 125 SC: Race in Pop Culture & Media

TR 2:45-4:00PM. HM Room 103 (Humanities Building)

This course examines representations and productions of race in the history of popular culture and media. We will consider the ways in which popular culture operates as a site for both hegemonic and oppositional cultural politics, through examples from film, performance, advertising, music, television and other digital media. Instructor(s): Um, Ji-Young. [Media History]

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of digital art through the use of digital art software. The curriculum is designed to assist students in approaching their artistic ideas from a fine arts perspective, to draw upon formal elements in art and conceptual issues related to art and technology thus influencing and informing their creative process, projects and goals. Laboratory fee: $75. Offered annually. ART or MS majors only. Non-SC need permission. Non-SC must be junior or senior. Instructor: Staff [Intro. Production] 

ART 142 SC: Intro Design in the Visual Arts

MW 1:15-3:45PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

This course introduces design strategies for the arrangement of elements in visual art. Projects assigned will address a specific design problem, require sketches for a plan, and management of the project by Adobe’s Illustrator and/or InDesign programs. The assignments may include both visual and textual elements. Projects may include a work of art for a portfolio, an exhibition announcement, a graphic novel or e-book. Laboratory fee: $75. ART or MS majors only. Non-SC require permission. Non-SC must be junior or senior. Instructor(s): Staff. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 145 SC: Introduction to Black & White Photography

TR 1:15-3:45PM. LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

A studio course in black-and-white photography with an emphasis on image production, developing, and printing 35mm film, in a wet darkroom. Instruction in basic camera operation, and darkroom techniques, and considers historical and contemporary uses of the pohotographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Intro. Production]

ART 148 SC: Introduction to Video Art

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

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. Prerequisite: one of the following courses: MS 49, 50, 51 or Art100A. Co-requisite: MS 82L PZ. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Intro. Production]

CLAS 19 SC: The Ancient World in Film

R 2:45-5:30PM. BL Room 218 (Balch Hall)

This course examines the reception of classical antiquity in cinema through a close reading of ancient texts and their transformation into film. Emphasis will be placed on how cinema has (mis)represented Roman history and Greek drama, and the ideological uses of the past in the 20th century. Instructor: Valentine, Joanna. [Elective]

Harvey Mudd College

MS 170 HM: Digital Cinema: Expermental Animation

TR 4:15-5:30PM. PA Room 1283 (Parsons Engineering Bldg)

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: Media Studies 182 or equivalent. Fee: $100. Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

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

TR 1:15-2:30PM. PA Room 1283 (Parsons Engineering Bldg)

Art, Science, and Technology will survey artwork inspired by or created through science and technology. In class discussions, lectures, exercises and field trips, we will explore some cutting edge art-science practices and institutions: bio-art, interspecies art, eco-art, and map art; the Museum of Jurassic Technology, The Institute for Figuring, The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Additionally, students will produce their own art and science experiments. Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel. [Theory]