Fall 2016 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

ARBC 140 CM: Arabic Media

MW 1:15-2:30PM. KRV Room 164 (The Kravis Center)

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

LIT 132 CM: Film History II (1965-present)

MW 1:15-2:30PM. BC Room 34 (Bauer Center)

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

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

LIT 134 CM: Special Studies in Film - Orson Welles & Modern Film

MW 2:45-4:00PM. BC Room 34 (Bauer Center)

T 7:00-10:00PM. BC Room PICK (Bauer 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: Morrison, James E. [Media History]



ARHI 144B PO: Daughters of Africa: Art, Cinema, Theory, Love

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

Daughters of Africa: Art, Cinema, Theory, Love examines visual arts and cultural criticism produced by women from Africa and the African Diaspora (North America, Caribbean and Europe). Students analyze aesthetic values, key representational themes, visual conventions, symbolic codes and stylistic approaches created from feminism’s spirited love of Blackness, Africanness and justice. Complement to AFRI144A, Black Women Feminism(s) and Social Change. Suggested: previous course in either Africana or Chicano/a or Gender and Women’s Studies. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory] 

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. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory]

ART 020 PO-01: Black and White Photography

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. 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. By PERM only. Letter grade only. Instructor: Lepore, Anthony M. [Production]

ART 020 PO-02: Black and White Photography

MW 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. By PERM only. Letter grade only. Instructor: Lepore, Anthony M. [Production]

ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

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

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

CSCI 051 PO-01: 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 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. Course CSCI 051 LPO must be taken with a grade of IP or better. Lab required. Instructor(s): Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Staff. [Elective] 

CSCI 051 LPO: Lab, Intro to Computer Science

Enrollment in CSCI051 required.

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

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

F 1:15-4:00PM. EDMS Room 229 (Edmunds) [Section 3] 

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

CSCI 052 PO: Fundamentals of Computer Science

TR 9:35-10:50AM. 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: CSCI 51. Instructor: Bull, Everett L., Jr. [Elective]

ENGL 147 PO: Contemporary Critical Theory

TR 1:15-2:30PM. 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. [Theory]

MS 049 PO 01 & 02: Intro to Media Studies

TR 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 5 (Mason Hall) [Section 1 – Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine]

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall) [Section 2 – Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J.]

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

MS 051 PO: Intro to Digital Media Studies

MW 11:00-12:15PM. CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of 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. Letter grade only. Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark. [Introductory]

MS 094 PO: Transnational Asian Cinemas

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

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

Introduces the cinemas of Asia in a transnational context. May include cinemas of East Asia, South Asia and/or the Middle East. Film and video are considered in political, social and theoretical contexts with special attention to transnational production and distribution. Instructor: Hall, Jonathan Mark. [Media History]

MS 149G PO: Theory & Aesthetics -Television

W 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. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, and MS 051 PO. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Theory] 

MS 149Q PO: Freud, Film, Fantasy

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

W 7:00-9:50PM. SN Room AUD (Seaver North Laboratory)

An in-depth exploration of key texts from psychoanalysis reveals a scandalous relation between desire and representation, namely fantasy. We probe the political life of fantasy and the usefulness of sexuality and the unconscious for conceiving alternative to the hegemony of the normal. May repeat for credit. By PERM only. Seniors & Juniors only. Instructor: Hall, Jonathan Mark. [Theory] 

MS 190 JT: Senior Seminar

TR 1:15-2:30PM. HN Room 101 (Hahn Social Science Bldg) / CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall) – 

Jointly-taught seminar designed for senior majors. Review of key issues/theories in media studies. Letter grade only. Senior MS majors only. Instructor(s): Andrejevic, Mark; Tran, Kim-Trang T.; Lerner, Jesse. [Senior Seminar]

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MUS 096A 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. By PERM only. Instructor: Flaherty, Thomas E. [Elective] 

SPAN 106 PO: Images of Latin America in Fiction and Film

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

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. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: SPAN 44 or SPAN 50. Instructor: Montenegro, Nivia C. [Elective] 

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) [Section 1]

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) [Section 2]

TR 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) [Section 3] – taught by Ratteray, Carolyn

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; Ratteray, Carolyn. [Elective] 

THEA 002 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. P/NC grading only. Instructor: Linnell, Sherry K. [Elective] 

THEA 012 PO: Intermediate Acting

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 130 (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. Concurrent requisite: THEA 054C PO. By PERM only. Instructor: Ortega, Giovanni. [Elective] 


ENGL 092 PZ: City as Character in Literature & Film

MW 1:15-2:30PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

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: Correia, Jane R. [Elective] 

MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

MW 1:15-2:30PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

M 7:00-9:50PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Course weekly screenings are scheduled every Monday 7pm-9:50pm in the same classroom. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Introductory]

MS 058 PZ: Intro to Digital Sound Production

MW 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

To Be Arranged. Room P104

Introduction to Digital Sound Production explores tools and techniques for digital media artists working with sound, including studio setup, recording techniques, sampling, sound synthesis, audio effects, and techniques for live performance such as remixing and the use of interactive multimedia systems. Individual or group audio projects and listening sessions will enhance students’ skills in critically engaging sound in digital art and interactive media more broadly. Instructor: D’Errico, Michael. [Intro. Production] 

MS 070 PZ: Media and Social Change

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

M 7:00-9:50PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

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 permission required. Instructor: Lamb, Gina. [Media History/Theory]

MS 081 PZ: Popular Music and Digital Culture

MW 9:35 – 10:50 AM; PZ Campus, West Hall , Q120

This course explores the inter-relationships between commercial popular music and digital media in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Students will explore issues such as gender and identity in popular music, the remix as cultural practice, the politics of digital sampling, hip-hop and dance music in Post-Ferguson America, the relationship between music and interactive media such as video games, and globalization in the age of cloud computing. By combining critical listening skills with original research and writing, students will engage core debates within popular music and digital media studies. Instructor: D’Errico, Michael. [Media History]

MS 082 PZ: Intro to Video Art

TR 1:15-3:45PM. 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-req: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. Instructor: Staff. [Production]

MS 087 PZ: Media Sketchbook

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

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 082 PZ. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 098 PZ: Cinematography

W 2:45-5:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course will examine the idea that films can use cinematography as the primary means of communicating feeling and ideas, at times not using words or even sound. Chantal Akerman, Robert Gardner, Peter Hutton, Trinh T. Minh-hah, Bruce Baille, Stan Brakhage, Sharon Lockhart, James Benning, Pier Paulo Pasolini, Claire Denis, Robert Bresson, Jonas Mekas and Robert Fenz (the instructor of this course) are a few filmmakers that have used this approach. The class will juxtapose watching images and then going out and making them. There will be a class field trip where cameras-both digital and analog will be used and the results later compared. The choice of camera can be compared to a musical instrument with similiar possibilities for creating texture and emotion and meaning. Each student is required to make one short film to be viewed and evaluated and completed in 3 stages by the end of the semester. Attendance will be viewed as mandatory. Pre-reqs: MS 082, MS 182 OR ART 148. Instructor: Fenz, Robert. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 193 PZ: Directed Reading in Media

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. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Designation dependent on topic]

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

W 2:45-5:30PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Course Fee $150. MS 070 recommended but not requiredInstructor: Lamb, Gina. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

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. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Elective]

MS 198 PZ: Advanced Media Project

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. MS 82 or equivalent. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth.[Intermediate/Advanced Production]


ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

TR 1:15-3:45PM. 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. Fee: $75. Non-SC need permission. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [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. Prerequisite: ART 141; Fee: $75. Non-SC require permission. Repeatable for credit. Instructor(s): Staff. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 145 SC: Intro Black & White Photography

MW 1:15-3:45PM. 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 photographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor: Becker, Jonas. [Production]

ART 147 SC: Int/Adv Digital Photography

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

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. Instructor: Becker, Jonas. [Intermediate/Advanced 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 049 SC, MS 050 PZ, MS 051 PZ or Art 100A SC. Lab fee: $75. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Production]

ART 181M SC: Feminist Concepts & Strategies

W 2:45-5:30PM. HM Room 105 (Humanities Building)

This seminar/studio course examines the recent history and current trends of women’s roles and contributions in media studies and studio art through readings and projects with an emphasis on gender in relationship to media culture. Analysis of and experimentation with visual media including print, photography and digital art in relation to the theory and practice of media studies and studio art is informed by a feminist perspective and critique. Juniors and Seniors only. Sophomores need permission. Instructor: Mann, Elana. [Theory] 

FREN 111 SC: French Cinema: Images of Women

TR 2:45-4:00PM. HM Room 101 (Humanities Building)

T 7:00-9:00PM. HM Room AUD (Humanities Building)

This course will concentrate on three aspects of the role of women in French film in order to define the relationship between women as icons (larger-than-life images in the collective fantasy of a certain “Frenchness”), women as subjects, and, finally, women as creators of film. Appropriate readings in French will be assigned. Some films may be shown without subtitles; discussion and written work will be in French. Prerequisite: FREN 044 or equivalent. Instructor: Krauss, Dalton. [Elective]

GRMT 114 SC: Plotting Crime

TR 2:45-4:00PM. BX Room 108 (Baxter Hall)

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 story lines. Course and materials are entirely in English. Instructor: Katz, Marc. [Elective] 

MS 051 SC: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 1:15-2:30PM. VN Room 100 (Vita Nova 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: Wing, Carlin. [Introductory]

MS 057 SC: Intro to Game Design

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 203 (Lang Art Building)

This course serves as an introduction to the foundations of game design. Talking about games may conjure memories of Sonic and Mario, but gaming long precedes the digital forms we know today. Games are as old as any human art form and exist across every culture; playful behavior even precedes human language. In this course we will explore this question through a formal approach, focusing on game design as a creative and cultural practice with deep history and common principles that can be studied, practiced and effectively enacted. In this setting, game design does not require mastery of code nor a life-long obsession with games. Rather, like other aesthetic and experiential forms, game design has fundamentals that may apply across media, platforms and contexts. Instructor: Wing, Carlin. [Intro. Production] 

Harvey Mudd

LIT 103 HM: Third Cinema

T 9:35-10:50AM. PA Room 1283 (Parsons Engineering Bldg)

M 6:00-8:00PM. SHAN Room B480 (Shanahan Center)

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 aesthetics of film making from a revolutionary consciousness in three regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 3 credit hours. Instructor: Balseiro, Isabel. [Theory/Film Theory]

MS 120 HM: Animal Media Studies

TR 1:15-2:30PM. SHAN Room 2421 (Shanahan Center)

T 6:00-8:00PM. 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. [Theory] 

MS 170 HM: Digital Cinema: Experimental Animation

T 4:15-5:30PM. WST Room P104 (West Hall)

R 4:15-5:30PM. WST Room P106 (West Hall)

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: MS 182, MS 082 PZ or Art 148 SC. Fee: $100. Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]