Fall 2017 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

ARBC 140 CM: Arabic Media

MW 2:45-4:00PM. RS Room 105 (Roberts South)

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

FREN 117 CM: Novel & Cinema in Africa & Caribbean

TR 1:15-2:30PM. KRV Room 167 (The Kravis Center)

W 6:00-8:00PM. KRV Room 167 (The Kravis Center)

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 034 CM: Creative Journalism

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. BC Room 23 (Bauer 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. All registered students must attend the first class. Instructor: Kindley, Evan. [Elective] 

LIT 130 CM: Introduction to Film

T 6:00-10:00PM. KRV Room LC62 (The Kravis 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. Includes screening lab. Sophomores & Juniors OnlyInstructor: Schur, Thomas. [Introductory] 

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

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

M 6:00-10:00PM. BC Room FOR (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 134 CM: Special Studies in Film - Spy Films

MW 4:15-5:30PM. RS Room 105 (Roberts South)

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]

LIT 135 CM: Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

This course examines the work and legacy of Alfred Hitchcock from cultural, social, historical and artistic perspectives. Special attention will be paid to Hitchcock’s work in relation to cultural modernism and social modernity, and to his influence on both avant-garde and commercial cinemas, including the French New Wave (1959-1968) and the New Hollywood (1967-1975). Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media History]

LIT 163 AF: North African Literature/Culture

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

This course is an introduction to North African Studies which offers an overview of North African literature and culture, through a selection of the works of some of the most important North African authors from diverse ethnic backgrounds (Arab, Berber, French and Jewish). In addition, we will consider a selection of films, photographs, and other visual culture which will provide further insights into the complex social political and religious fabric of each country and the region as a whole. And, of course, we will consider music, which, along with poetry, is a cultural practice and form which is oral and an essential aspect of the everyday life in North Africa. Instructor: Aitel, Fazia. [Elective] 

SPAN 182 CM: Latin-American Documentary Cinema

TR 2:45-4:00PM. KRV Room 161 (The Kravis Center)

W 7:00-9:00PM. AD Room DAVD (Adams Hall)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the thematic and stylistic variety in documentary films from and about Latin America. We will examine a series of questions related to the content, form, and politics of documentary films. The course will include documentaries by Santiago Álvarez, Fernando Birri, Luis Buñuel, Patricio Guzmán, Luis Ospina, Fernando Pérez, Lourdes Portillo, Marta Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Rulfo, Fernando Solanas, Carmen Toscano, Wim Wenders, among others. Prerequisite: Span 101. Instructor: Velazco, Salvador. [Elective]


ARHI 141A PO: (Re)presenting Africa: Art, History and Film

T 1:15-4:00PM. REM Room 104 (Rembrandt Hall)

Seminar centers on independent African films to examine (re)presentations of the people, arts, cultures and socio-political histories of Africa and its Diaspora. Course critically examines the cinematic themes, aesthetics, styles and schools of post-independence African and African Diasporic filmmakers. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory] 

ART 020 PO: 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. Letter grade only. By PERM only. Instructor: Auerbach, Lisa Anne. [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. Non-Pomona requires PERM. Instructor: Allen, Mark. [Production]

ART 128 PO: Installation: Site, Time, Context

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. STAR Room 206 (Studio Arts)

Loosely categorized under the headings of site, time and context we will explore a range of different practices and expressions that constitute installation art work. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: Any 5C Art course. May be repeated for credit. Instructor: Allen, Mark. [Elective] 

CSCI 051 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 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 by PERM only. Lab required. Instructor(s): Wu, Yuqing ; Staff. [Elective] 

CSCI 051 L PO: Lab, Intro to Computer Science

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

R 1:15-4:00PM. EDMS Room 229 (Edmunds) – Section 2

F 1:15-4:00PM. EDMS Room 219 (Edmunds) – Section 3

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

Enrollment in CSCI051 required. Instructor(s): Kampe, Mark A; Wu, Yuqing. [Elective]

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. First years & Sophomores only. Prerequisite: 51. Instructor: Bull, Everett L. Jr. [Elective] 

FREN 110 PO: French Films

M 7:00-9:50PM. MA Room 220 (Mason Hall)

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 Méliès, Renoir, Resnais, Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard, Kurys, Varda, Malle and Garrel. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: FREN 044 PO. Instructor: Abecassis, Jack I. [Elective]

MS 049 PO: Intro to Media Studies

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall)

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. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer. [Introductory] 

MS 051 PO: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CR Room 10 (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. Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark. [Introductory]

MS 148F PO: Global Cinema

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

M 7:00-9:50PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

This course introduces students to the history and theory of global cinema. We will discuss and analyze a variety of filmmakers and film movements from around the globe, ranging from the silent period to the present. We will study voices from East and West cinema, with regards to film language, aesthetics, and politics, as well as their film style and genre. Along the way, we will learn a number of terms and theoretical concepts, including formalism, realism, surrealism, post-colonialism, modernity, postmodernity, and globalization. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Media History]

MS 148G PO: Film Theory

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

W 7:00-9:50PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

This course develops theoretical approaches to the analysis of film as it enters the digital era. The course starts out with classic film theory and concludes with a consideration of the impact of digitization. Along the way we will learn a number of terms, theoretical concepts and methodological approaches to critically evaluate and analyze fictional films, including formalism, realism, genre, ideology, semiotics, structuralism, psychoanalysis and postmodernism. We will consider the question of how forms of analog film fare in the digital era and what is meant by the pronouncement of the “death of film.” Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Theory] 


MS 149G PO: Theory & Aesthetics -Television

T 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, semiotics, structuralism, feminism, auteur theory, political economy and audience ethnography. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, and MS 051 PO. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Theory] 

MS 153 PO: The Original Television Series

TR 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 20 (Mason Hall)

The Original Television Series from “The Sopranos” to “Mad Men” 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: MS 49, 50, 51, 91. Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine. [Media History]

MS 190 JT: Senior Seminar

TR 1:15-2:30PM. SN Room AUD (Seaver North Laboratory)

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

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. Instructor: Flaherty, Thomas E. [Elective]

SPAN 105 PO: Spanish Film

MWF 10:00-10:50AM. MA Room 13 (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: SPAN 44 or 50. Letter grade only. Instructor: Cahill, Paul H. [Elective] 

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. TE Room 120 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 1

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 2

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

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 4

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): Prahl, Meagan; Sorenson, Corey; Ortega, Giovanni; 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. Instructor: Linnell, Sherry K. [Elective] 

THEA 012 PO: Intermediate Acting: Scene and Voice

TR 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre)

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. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA 001A PO or THEA 001G PO. Instructor: Ratteray, Carolyn. [Elective] 

THEA 100E PO: Acting for Film & Television

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 120 (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 THEA001, or THEA 008 PO; and THEA 012 PO. Instructor: Sorenson, Corey. [Elective]


MS 045 PZ: Documentary Media

T 2:45-5:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

W 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

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. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Media History/Intermediate Production]

MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

MW 1:15-2:30PM. 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 [Introductory] 

MS 058 PZ: Intro to Digital Sound Production

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

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. 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: Lamb, Gina. [Media History/Theory]

MS 081 PZ: Popular Music & Digital Culture

MW 9:35-10:50AM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course explores the interrelationships 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: Introduction to Video Art

TR 1:15-3:45PM. WST Room P104 (West Hall) – Section 1, Talmor

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. WST Room P104 (West Hall) – Section 2, Lerner

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 049, MS 050, or MS 051. Instructor(s): Talmor, Ruti; Lerner, Jesse. [Production]

MS 099 PZ: Advanced Editing

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

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. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 103 PZ: Pacific Standard Time LA/LA

F 1:15-4:00PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

In September 2017, the Getty Foundation will launch ‘Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/ Latin America’, a collaboration among cultural institutions from across Southern California exploring the artistic connections between Los Angeles and Latin America, the relationships between Latin America and the rest of the world, and the history of exchange among Latin American countries and the Latin American diaspora. This unique class will largely take place off-site with weekly field trips to these exhibitions, where students will be able to hear first hand accounts of the exhibitions from the curators responsible for conceptualizing these shows. Instructor(s): Lerner, Jesse; Ennis, Ciara. [Elective] 

MS 105 PZ: Game Sound

MW 4:15-5:30PM. SC Room 230 (Scott Hall)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the use of sound in video games, exploring the historical evolution of sound design in games, the affordances and constraints of game platforms on musical composition, and the relationship between concepts such as sound, play, and performance in disciplines such as digital media studies, game studies, and sound studies. Instructor: D’Errico, Michael. [Media History / 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 PERM required. Only students in this Major. Pre-reqs: MS 49, MS 50, MS 51, or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth.

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

M 2:45-5:30PM. 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. Course Fee $150. First-Years need PERM. Pre-reqs: 1 Intro Theory course (MS 49, MS 50 or MS 51) AND 1 Intro Production course (MS 82, MS 182 or ART 128). Instructor: 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 PERM required. Only Students in this Major.
Pre-reqs: MS 49, 50, 51 or LIT 130. 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. Instructor PERM required. Only Students in this Major. Pre-reqs: MS 49, 50, 51 or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

PSYC 128 PZ: Cognitive Film Studies

W 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room P103 (West Hall)

This course examines the moving image from the perspectives of cognitive film theory and cognitive science. Topics may include: the viewer’s role in constructing the meaning of a film, the relationship between visual attention and editing, memory and the aesthetics of storytelling, and how sound and music convey meaning and emotion. Throughout, film will be used as a microcosm in which to explore principles of human cognition. Satisfies: COG, SEM. Students in this Major only. Others may PERM. Pre-reqs: PSYC 10, LGCS 11, & MS 49 or by Instructor PERM. Instructor: Justus, Timothy. [Elective] 


ART 135 SC: Typography & Book Arts

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 100 (Lang Art Building)

In this studio course at the Scripps College Press, each student will create a unique, limited-edition artist’s book. Students write original text, generate imagery using traditional and alternative printing techniques, hand set metal and wooden type, letterpress print on antique printing presses, and hand-bind an edition of approximately 12 copies of an artist’s book. While some assignments will be collaborative, the final book project will represent each student’s individual vision and effort. Studio Fee: $75. Priority given to SC students and seniors. Instructor: Blassingame, Tia. [Elective]

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. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Production] 

ART 142 SC: Intermediate Digital Art

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. Instructor: Nakaue, Melanie Dana. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 145 SC: Intro B/W Darkroom

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. 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 photographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor(s): Staff. [Production]

ART 147 SC: Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography

TR 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 181C SC: Special Topics in Studio Art - Transgender Representation

T 2:45-5:30PM. LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

This course examines how Transgender Identities are represented in art and culture. Transgender rights are actively contested, often through the visibility and representation of Transgender identity. Art criticism and cultural theory provide important reflections on how gender is constructed within culture, and trans identified artists are creating visual work that presents a multifaceted view of trans identities. Both text and artist’s work will be used as course material, with the intention that students will create a final project using photography to address the topic or methodology introduced through course material. Instructor: Becker, Jonas. [Theory]

GRMT 114 SC: Plotting Crime

TR 2:45-4:00PM. BL Room 219 (Balch 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 storylines. Course and materials are entirely in English. Instructor: Katz, Marc. [Elective]

MS 049 SC: Intro to Media Studies

TR 4:15-5:30PM. ST Room 103 (Steele 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. Students will read theory, history, and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Instructor: Long, Andrew C. [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

MS 173 HM: Exile in Cinema

TR 8:10-9:25AM. SHAN Room 2425 (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 Aime Cesaire, Edward Said, George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, Med Hondo, and Hamid Naficy; films to be viewed focus on the third world. Instructor: Balseiro, Isabel. [Theory] 

MS 179F HM: Robotics, Digital Media, Environment / Special Topics in Media Studies

MW 4:15-5:30PM. WST Room P106 / Room P104 (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. $150 fee. This course is the equivalent of MS 119 and cannot be taken twice. Instructor(s): Staff. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]