Spring 2015 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

LIT 130 CM: Introduction to Film

TR 04:15-05:30PM. CM Campus, KRV Room 102 (The Kravis Center) 

W 06:00-10:00PM. CM Campus, BC Room PICK (Bauer Center)

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-grade 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: Schur, Thomas [Intro. Critical]

LIT 134 CM: Special Studies in Film

MW 04:15-05:30PM. CM Campus, KRV Room 103 (The Kravis Center)

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.” Repeatable for differing topics. Instructor: von Hallberg, Robert [Media History]

KRNT 130 CM: Korean Cinema and Culture

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. CM Campus, KRV Room 100 (The Kravis Center)

This course examines Korean history, politics, culture, and society through analysis of their representation in contemporary Korean cinema. This course will follow the history of Korea chronologically from Yi Dynasty to the present focusing on the topics such as Confucianism, Colonial period, nationalism, Korean War, national division, military government, democratic movements, and urbanization. The focus of the class will be equally distributed between the films themselves and the historical time and people captured on these films. Knowledge of Korean is not required. Instructor: Kim, Minju [Elective]

FREN 133 CM: The Beur Question in Film & Text

TR 09:35-10:50AM. CM Campus, KRV Room 109 (The Kravis Center)

Over the last thirty years a new generation of French citizens has emerged. These are young people of French and North African descent, commonly known as “beur.” Many have grown up in France, in the working class suburbs, or banlieues, of Paris and other major cities, where their immigrant parents worked side by side with the “white” French working class. Many young “beur,” however, have little relationship to Algeria, Morocco, or Tunisia. Indeed, many know little of their family’s culture and language, and feel more at “home” in France, though with daily discrimination they are always reminded that they are not really “French.” To resolve the physical, psychological and existential pain, some “beur” attempt to return “home” while others desperately attempt to assimilate into an increasingly hostile culture. Their predicament, the situation of this population is both a modern and peculiarly late modern French one. In this course we will examine the situation of the “beur”-and an important part entails scrutiny of this epithet and what it means for “identity” through texts and films. The texts will draw on recent political and social commentary on religion (the veil) and culture and we will also read literary texts, by recent novelists. The films will engage a range of topics, such as exile and terrorism, all within the context of the “beur” experience. Instructor: Aitel, Fazia [Req. Course FREN044 CM must be taken with a grade of D- or better. [Elective]


AFRI 144A PO: Black Women Feminisms and Social Change

R 01:15-04:00PM. PO Campus, LE Room 201 (LeBus Court)

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. Letter grade only. Previous course in AFRI, CHST, or GWS recommended. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory] 

ANTH 135 PO: The Social Life of Media

MW 01:15-02:30PM. PO Campus, HN Room 107 (Hahn Social Science Bldg)

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. Letter grade only. Instructor: Martin, Sylvia J. [Elective] 

ARHI 140 PO: The Arts of Africa

T 01:15-04:00PM. PO Campus, LE Room 201 (LeBus Court)

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. Letter grade only. Previous course in AFRI, CHST, or GWS recommended. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Elective]


ARHI 184 PO: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmod

TR 01:15-02:30PM. PO Campus, LE Room 113 (LeBus Court)

A comparative analysis of artistic production in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in the 20th and 21st centuries. Examines issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and the relationships between artistic theories and practices, economic developments and social and political movements (e.g., the Mexican Revolution, the Depression, the Women’s Movement). Additional meeting time reserved for field trips. Instructor: Pohl, Frances K. [D/E Art History]

ARHI 186E PO: Art and Activism

W 01:15-04:00PM. PO Campus, LE Room 110 (LeBus Court) 

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. Letter grade only. Instructor: Pohl, Frances K. [D/E Art History]


ARHI 186T PO: Art and Time

MW 02:45-04:00PM. PO Campus, LE Room 217 (LeBus Court)

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. First-year students require instructor permission to enroll. First-years require PERM. Instructor: Reed, Arden [D/E Theory / Art History]


ART 020 PO: Black and White Photography

TR 09:35AM-12:05PM. PO Campus, STAR Room 117 (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. Course has prerequisites. Letter grade only. By PERM only. Instructor: Auerbach, Lisa Anne [Intro Production]


ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 09:35AM-12:05PM. PO Campus, STAR Room 215 (Studio Arts)

Foundations of 2D Design is a hands on introduction to the principles of visual design. Non-PO requires PERM. Instructor: Allen, Mark [Intro Production]


CSCI 051 PO: Intro to Computer Science w/Lab

MWF 10:00-10:50AM. PO Campus, EDMS Room 114 (Edmunds), Section 1

MWF 11:00 – 11:50 AM; PO Campus, Edmunds 114, Section 2 

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. Juniors & Seniors require PERM. Lab required. 2 sections available. Instructor(s): Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Chambers, America L. ; Wu, Yuqing [Elective]



CSCI 051 LPO: Lab, Intro to Computer Science

Enrollment in CSCI 051 required. Instructor(s): Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Chambers, America L. ; Wu, Yuqing. [Elective]

4 Lab Sections:

R 1:15-05:00PM. PO Campus, EDMS Room 229 (Edmunds)

R 1:15 – 4:00 PM; PO Campus, Edmunds 219

F 1:15 – 4:00 PM; PO Campus, Edmunds 229

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


CSCI 052 PO: Fundamentals of Computer Science

TR 09:35-10:50AM. PO Campus, EDMS Room 114 (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. Course CSCI 51  must be taken with a grade of D- or better. Instructor(s): Bull, Everett L., Jr.; Kauchak, David R. [Elective]

ENGL 147 PO: Contemporary Critical Theory

MW 01:15-02:30PM. PO Campus, CR Room 01 (Crookshank Hall)

Introduction to the tasks and problems of contemporary literary theory. Readings drawn primarily from structuralism and poststructuralism. Instructor: Mann, Paul J. [Elective]

FREN 110 PO: French Films

W 01:15-04:00PM. TBA

The aesthetics of a small selection of French films and the cultural, philosophical and political cultures out of which they were produced as an introduction to the major styles, periods, and directors of French cinema. Linguistic, technical and theoretical tools for cinematic analysis in French. Oral and written expression through discussion, essays and oral presentations. Possible filmmakers include Melies, Renoir, Resnais, Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard, Kurys, Varda, Malle and Garrel. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: FREN044 PO. Instructor: Pouzet-Duzer, Virginie [Elective]


MS 050 PO: Introduction to Film

MW 02:45-04:00PM. PO Campus, CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

W 07:00-09:50PM. PO Campus, STAR Room 122 (Studio Arts)

One of three gateway courses to the Media Studies major, this course introduces film and video from aesthetic, historical, and political perspectives. Students learn the basic categories necessary to comprehend formally the filmic image: cinematography, mise-en-scene, and editing. Students study the history of genres and film movements and engage the theory and politics of filmic representation. Instructor: Hall, Jonathan Mark [Intro. Critical]

MS 089B PO: Media and International Communication

TR 09:35-10:50AM. PO Campus, CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

This course will analyze the way in which media across the world influence perceptions of identity and belonging and their relationship to geography and temporality. The 20th century has been witness to fundamental changes in the roles that global media play in altering social relations, global economics and cultural identity. The course will present several case studies from around the world and encourage students to analyze the ways in which media interact to provide us with contemporary frames of reference concerning political identity, social change, and memory. In the first part of the semester, we will explore different approaches to the relationship between national cultures and processes of globalization. We will familiarize ourselves with debates around issues of media as agents for national development, socials change, and identity. We will explore theories of social movements, and community media. In the second half we will look at a series of case studies from around the world. (Europe, Australia, India, Middle East) to examine how local media are affected by transnational flow and vice versa. Letter grade only. Instructor: Volcic, Zala [Media History]

MS 089C PO: Television and Globalization

W 01:15-04:00PM. PO Campus, MA Room 19 (Mason Hall)

This course introduces students to theories of television against the background of discussions of globalization. It approaches television as a set of institutions, technologies, and texts (in flux) shaped by cultural, political and economic forces. With an eye to questions of power and social justice, we will pay attention to television’s historical evolution, its preferred genres, and its political-economic modes of operation. We will address the question of “what is television now?” while exploring the relationship between television and social formations in public and private spheres including national identity, class, gender, and religion. International case studies covered in the class include Australia, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East. Letter grade only. Instructor: Volcic, Zala [Media History]

MS 101 PO: Pomona Media Guild

W 07:00-08:30PM. PO Campus, CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

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. P/NC only. May be repeated four times for credit. By PERM only. Instructor: Wilkerson, Travis A. [Elective] 

MS 147H PO: Reality, Realism and the Real

R 01:15-04:00PM. PO Campus, CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

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. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO or MS 051 PO. [T] Instructor(s): Friedlander, Jennifer ; Krips, Henry P  [Theory]

MS 148B PO: Drone Theory

TR 02:45-04:00PM. PO Campus, CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall)

This class draws on the figure of the drone to consider contemporary developments in media theory and practice. It invokes the drone — understood not just as a weaponized device, but as forming part of a distributed, mobile, interactive, information network — to explore emerging logics of interactivity, data processing, and automation. The course will rely upon critical theory to examine the development of asymmetrical power and remote control associated with drones and will situate the drone within the cultural imaginary, drawing upon the historical relationship between military and media technology. The goal will be to use the figure of the drone to illuminate more general logics of cybernetic control — their fantasies and actualities, and the ways in which these relate to historical figures of automata, telepresence, and action-at-a-distance. Additionally, the class will explore and critique theoretical developments that anticipate the forms of knowing, sensing, and experience associated with the figure of the drone. Letter grade only. Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark [Theory] 

MS 148C PO: Media/Space

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. PO Campus, CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall)

The understanding of media as being “in the middle” necessarily implicates questions of space and how it is traversed, organized, compressed, or reconfigured. The questions are simultaneously crucial to the operation of power. Spatial concerns, therefore, have an important role to play in critical approaches to the study of media practices and technologies. This course considers some of the ways in which an engagement with issues of space, place, environment, and mobility remains of central concern to the study of media practices. Central themes of class will include: the relationship of media technologies and practices to the production and consumption of space, to its modulation, representation, and reconfiguration (and to the ways in which these are caught up in relations of power, control, and resistance). Readings will range across the realms of philosophy, cultural geography, political activism, and critical theory. Letter grade only. Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark [Theory] 

MS 149S PO: Street Theories, Precarious Desires

W 07:00-09:50PM. PO Campus, CR Room 210 (Crookshank Hall)

Focuses on ways in which desires and sexualities fail to conform to theories thereof and on those media expressions which engender new theories of desire that are of, about, and from the street. Key conceptual modules include precarity, community media, public fantasy & intimacy, social (in)difference, sex and its legislation, queer street community, and social (il)legibility. The course looks at these terrains in both historical & contemporary and local & global perspectives. The course is strongly tied to community exploration and community partnership with queer, street, and activist precarity in Pomona and Los Angeles. Anarchist, neo-Marxist, and queer materialist positions are emphasized. Street internships, oral histories, educational outreach, and collaborative performance are possible parts of the student experience in this course. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: One course in Media Studies or Gender & Women’s Studies. May be repeated twice for credit. By PERM only. Instructor: Hall, Jonathan Mark [Theory]

MS 153 PO: The Original Television Series

MW 01:15-02:30PM. PO Campus, CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

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. Prerequisite: One of the following: 49, 50, 51, 91. Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine [Media History]

MUS 096B PO: Electronic Music Studio

MW 01:15-02:30PM. PO Campus, THAT Room STDO (Thatcher Music Bldg)

Laboratory course designed to continue developing electronic compositions using techniques of analog and digital synthesis. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: MUS 096A PO. Instructor: Kallay, Aron T. [Elective]

POLI 114 PO: The Idea of America

TR 09:35-10:50AM. PO Campus, CA Room 12 (Carnegie Building)

The Idea of America. Explores, from various periods and points of view, the idea of America as: an experiment in republicanism on a scale never before attempted, the New World, a promised land, a frontier space and a dream (albeit often dashed). Examines the shifting images, ideologies and mythologies surrounding the idea of America as portrayed through fiction, film, music, sports, art, poetry and political theory. Instructor: Seery, John E. [Elective]

PSYC 160 PO: Cognitive Psychology with Lab

MW 02:45-04:00PM. PO Campus, EDMS Room 101 (Edmunds)

F 10:00-10:50AM. PO Campus, LINC Room 2116 (Lincoln)

Survey of major models, methods, and findings in cognitive psychology. Topics will include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, and the development of expertise. Insights will be drawn from behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and the study of brain mechanisms. Prerequisites: 51. Course PSYC051 PO must be taken with a grade of D- or better OR Course LGCS011 PO must be taken with a grade of D- or better. Instructor: Sher, Shlomo [Elective]

SPAN 105 PO: Spanish Film

MWF 10:00-10:50AM. PO Campus, MA Room 1 (Mason Hall)

W 07:00-09:50PM. PO Campus, MA Room 5 (Mason Hall)

Spanish Film: Tradition and Transgression. Explores a selection of representative Spanish cinematic production and highlights the tension between tradition and transgression. Class discussions situate these films within their socio-historical context as well as within the context of the development of Spanish film and the Spanish film industry. Emphasis on gender, aesthetics and politics. Prerequisite: 44 or 50. Letter grade only. Instructor: Cahill, Paul H. [Elective]

THEA 001A PO-01: Basic Acting :Tools & Fundamentals

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

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: Ortega, Giovanni [Elective]

THEA 001A PO-02: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

TR 09:35AM-12:05PM. PO Campus, TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre)

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: Ratteray, Carolyn [Elective]

THEA 002 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

TR 09:35-10:50AM. PO Campus, TE Room 200 (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: Taylor, James P. [Elective]

THEA 012 PO: Intermediate Acting

MW 01:15-03:45PM. PO Campus, TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre)

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: THEA 001A; or THEA 001B or THEA 001C or THEA 001D or THEA 001E or THEA 001F required; THEA 054C is recommended as co-enrollment or THEA 054H required. Instructor: Ortega, Giovanni [Elective]


THEA 100E PO: Acting for Film & Television

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. PO Campus, TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre)

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 the work of classmates and established actors. Prerequisites: Any  THEA 001, or THEA 008 PO; and THEA 012 PO. Instructor: Ratteray, Carolyn [Elective]


MS 045 PZ: Documentary Media

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. PZ Campus, TBA (To Be Assigned)

M  07:00-09:50PM. PZ Campus, TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Prerequisite: MS 50 or MS 49. Prereq: MS 82, MS 182 HM or ART 148 SC. Instructor(s): Kaneko, Ann A [Media History / Int./Adv. Production]


MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

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

T  07:00-09:50PM. PZ Campus, 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. Registration for First-years only: Open. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti [Intro. Critical]

MS 082 PZ: Introduction to Video

MW 01:15-03:45PM. PZ Campus, TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Prereq: MS 49, 50, or 51. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti [Intro. Production] 



MS 083 PZ: Contemporary Practices in Media

F 01:15-04:00PM. PZ Campus, ARR (Arranged)

The class will be developed around visiting media artists’ presentations and contemporary media art exhibitions. This work is situated through readings, presentations and papers in a larger media studies history. Prerequisite: MS 50 or PO 49 or MS 049 SC. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Media History]


MS 093 PZ: Experimental Media Practice [formerly Media Off-Screen]

W 02:45-05:30PM. PZ Campus, ARR (Arranged)

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. Prereq: Introduction to Video Art (MS 82 or equivalent), Introduction to Digital Imaging or equivalent, and Introductory level studio art course in a relevant genre such as sculpture and photography. Kallick Family Gallery will also be used frequently by this class. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen [Int./Adv. Production]

MS 099 PZ: Advanced Editing

M 02:45-05:30PM. PZ Campus, ARR (Arranged)

This course integrates the theory and history of editing with instruction in on-line non-linear video editing. Reading and viewing assignments will complement hands-on editing exercises. Prerequisite: Introduction to Video Production-MS 82 PZ, MS 182 HM, Art 148 SC. Enrollment is limited. Course fee: $150. Requisites: MS 082 PZ, MS 182 HM or MS 148 SC.
Labs will take place in P104. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A [Int./Adv. Production]


MS 114 PZ: Film Sound

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. PZ Campus, TBA (To Be Assigned)

T 07:00-09:50PM. PZ Campus, TBA (To Be Assigned)

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

MS 117 PZ: Fan Culture and Celebrity

MW 01:15-02:30PM. PZ Campus, WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

M 07:00-09:50PM. PZ Campus, WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

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. Prereq: MS 49, 50, or 51 or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Media History] 

MS 118 PZ: Art & Poli in African Diaspora

TR 02:45-04:00PM. PZ Campus, WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

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. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti [Media Theory/Media History]

MS 119 PZ: Robotics, Digital Media & Environment

R 01:15-04:00PM. PZ Campus, ARR (Arranged)

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. Labs (during class time) will take place in P104. 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 135 PZ: Learning From YouTube

TR 09:35-10:50AM. PZ Campus, ARR (Arranged)

What can YouTube teach us and is this how, what and all we’d like to learn? Over its hundred year history, radical media theorists have looked with utopian zeal to a moment in the media future which turns out to be upon us: a time where access to the production and distribution of media is democratically available outside channels organized by capital. So why is the technology being used primarily to spoof mainstream media forms and what does this tell us about the media, our society and political possibility? Prerequisite: 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. 5 spaces reserved for PZ first-year students. Instructor: Juhasz, Alexandra [Media History] 

MS 193 PZ: Directed Reading in Media

PZ Campus, To Be Arranged

Student designed media studies project involving advanced readings in theory, history or aesthetics with written analysis. May be taken twice for credit. Prereq: MS 49,50, 51, or LIT 130. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Elective] 





MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

MW 02:45-04:00PM. PZ Campus, 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. 1st-yrs need instructor permission. Prereqs: MS 49, 50, 51 or MS 70 and ART 58, MS 82 or MS 45. Instructor: Lamb, Gina [Int./Adv. Production] 

MCSI 195 PZ: Virus

T 01:15-02:30PM. PZ Campus, WST Room Q116 (West Hall) T 04:15-05:30PM. PZ Campus, WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

Topic for Spring 2015: Virus. Instructor: Juhasz, Alexandra [Theory]

MS 196 PZ: Media Internship

PZ Campus, 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. Instructor permission required. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Elective] 

MS 198 PZ: Advanced Media Project

PZ Campus, To Be Arranged

Student designed media production project involving advanced production and post-production skills, adequate pre-production research and writing component. May be taken twice for credit. Pass/No Credit only. Course fee: $150. Instructor permission required. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Elective]



AMST 125 SC: Race in Pop Culture & Media

MW 02:45-04:00PM. SC Campus, HM Room 120 (Humanities Building)

This course will introduce you to the history of popular culture and media, focusing on the socio-historical contexts of racial representations and the production and consumption of media and popular culture by people of color. We will consider examples from theater, films, advertising, music, television, public amusements, and digital media. Instructor(s): Staff  [Media History] 

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

TR 01:15-03:45PM. SC Campus, 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. Corequisite: Art 142. Fee: $75. Non-Scripps require permission. Instructor: Macko, Nancy  [Intro. Production] 

ART 142 SC: Intro Design in the Visual Arts

MW 01:15-03:45PM. SC Campus, ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

To Be Arranged

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. Prereq: ART 141. Non SC require permission. Instructor: Staff [Int./Adv. Production] 

ART 145 SC: Intro Black & White Photography

TR 01:15-03:45PM. SC Campus, LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

A studio course in black-and-white photographic 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. Registration for Not SC: Closed; Registration for SC only: Open. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken [Intro. Production] 

ART 147 SC: Int/Adv Digital Photography

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. SC Campus, LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of digital color photography. Working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, studnets will learn advanced image editing skills and image management, and be given the opportunity to combine digital with film, large format, and wet darkroom techniques. Course will include readings and student presentations on contemporary photography. Digital SLR camera recommended. Prerequisite: Art 141, Art 145. Laboratory fee: $75. Registration for Not SC: Open; Registration for SC only: Open. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken [Int./Adv. Production] 

ART 149 SC: Intermediate and Advanced Video

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

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. SC Campus, LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

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. Prerequisites: Art 148 or MS 082 or equivalent. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T [Int./Adv. Production] 

ART 181G SC: From Beauty to the Abject

W 02:45-05:30PM. SC Campus, LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

From Beauty to the Abject: Whiteness, Race 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. Fee: $75. Registration for Not SC: Open; Registration for SC only: Closed. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken [Theory] 


MS 192 SC: Senior Project in Media Studies

MW 01:15-02:30PM. SC Campus, LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

This course meets the senior project requirement for Scripps media studies majors completing concentrations in Film/Video or Digital/Electronic Media. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT. Staff. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T  [Senior Project] 

SPAN 140 SC: Spanish Transition Almodovar

TR 02:45-04:00PM. SC Campus, BL Room 220 (Balch Hall)

M 07:00-09:00PM. SC Campus, VN Room 100 (Vita Nova Hall)

Pedro Almodovar is one of the most recognizable auteur directors in Europe today. This course studies Pedro Almodovar’s development from his directorial debut to the present, from the “shock” value of the early films to the award-winning mastery of the later ones. Prerequisite: Spanish 101. Instructor: Sanjuan, Carmen [Elective] 

Harvey Mudd

MS 120 HM: Animal Media Studies

TR 01:15-02:30PM. HM Campus, SHAN Room B450 (Shanahan Center)

T 06:00-08:00PM. HM Campus, SHAN Room B480 (Shanahan Center)

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: Mayeri, Rachel


MS 173 HM: Exile in Cinema

R 09:35-10:50AM. HM Campus, PA Room 1283 (Parsons Engineering Bldg)

W 06:00-08:00PM. HM Campus, SHAN Room B480 (Shanahan Center)

A thematic and formal study of the range of cinematic responses to the experience of exile. Exile is an event, but how does it come about and what are its ramifications? Exile happens to individuals but also to collectivities. How does it effect a change between the self and society, homeland and site of displacement, mother tongue and acquired language? This course examines how filmmakers take on an often painful historical process through creativity. Among the authors to read are Aimé Cesaire, Edward Said, George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, Med Hondo, and Hamid Naficy; films to be viewed focus on the third world. Limited seats allocated per
college. Perm required if course is closed for your college. Registration for CM only: Open; Registration for HM only: Open;
Registration for PO only: Open; Registration for PZ only: Open; Registration for SC only: Open. Instructor(s): Balseiro, Isabel [Theory] 

MS 182 HM: Introduction to Video Art

M 10:00AM-12:30PM. HM Campus, SHAN Room 2475 (Shanahan Center)

W 10:00AM-12:30PM. PZ Campus, WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course is an introduction to video art through history, theory, analysis and production. The goal for this class is for you to produce meaningful, creative, expressive, innovative media for an intelligent and broad audience. In order to achieve this goal you will learn the fundamentals of video production in labs, critiques, and exercises: conceptualizing, planning, shooting, sound recording, editing and analysis. You will also learn – through readings and discussions – about pioneers and contemporary practitioners of video art. This class has a required lab. Students in this course must also register for one section of MS 82L. Prereq: Media Studies 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. $150 fee. Course meets at HMC on Mondays, at Pitzer on Wednesdays. Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel [Intro. Production]