Fall 2018 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

LIT 130 CM: Introduction to Film

W 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. Juniors and sophomores only. Instructor: Schur, Thomas. [Introductory]

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

T 6:00-10:00PM. KRV Room LC62 (The Kravis 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 136 CM: The Hollywood Western

TR 2:45-4:00PM. RN Room 103 (Roberts North)

This course examines the intersection of art, politics, and history in that most distinctively American of all film genres, the Western. Focusing on approximately 10 films, we will trace the development of the Western from its beginnings to the present. In addition to exploring key features of traditional and revisionist Westerns, the course will deal with perennial Western film themes, such as the tension between individualism and community; violence; the environment; wilderness vs. civilization; race relations; gender roles; and notions of American national identity. FWS 010 CM or permission of instructor. Instructor: Warner, Nicholas O. [Media History] 

LIT 138 CM: Film and Mass Culture

W 2:45-5:30PM. RN Room 15 (Roberts North)

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

This course will examine film as art and as medium in the context of the rise of 20th-century “mass culture.” We will take up such topics as the role of film in producing the ideas of “mass culture”; the cinematic representation of the “masses;” film as an instrument of the standardization of culture and as a mode of resistance to it; film and modernism; film and postmodernism; representations of fascism in cinema; and “subculture” considered as an effect of mass culture. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Theory]

RLST 171 CM: Religion & Film

T 6:00-10:00PM. RS Room 104 (Roberts South)

This course employs critical social, race, gender, and post-colonial theories to analyze the role of religious symbols, rhetoric, values, and world-views in American film. After briefly examining film genre, structure, and screenwriting, the course will explore religious sensibilities in six genres such as: Historical Epic (10 Commandments, The Passion, The Mission), Action/Adventure (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pocahontas), Science Fiction (Star Wars, The Matrix), Comedy (Heaven Can Wait, Born in East L.A.), Drama (Schindler’s List, The Exorcist, The Apostle), and Politics (Platoon, Malcolm X, or Romero). Instructor: Espinosa, Gaston. [Elective]


ARHI 144B PO: Daughters Africa Art Cinema Love

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

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 AF, Black Women Feminism(s) and Social Change. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Elective] 

ARHI 178 PO: Black Aesthetics/Political (Re)presentation

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

Course examines the visual arts (including painting, sculpture, photography, prints, textiles, mixed media, installations, performance, independent film and video) produced by people of African descent in the United States 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 interrogating visual constructs of “Blackness” and “Whiteness,” gender, sexuality and class as a means of revisioning representational practices. Course provides a social-historical frame for the interpretation and analysis of form, content and the production of historically situated cultural criticism. Letter grade only.  Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Elective] 

ART 020 PO: Black and White Photography

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

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

CSCI 051J PO: Intro to CS in Java w/Lab

MWF 10:00-10:50AM. EDMS Room 114 (Edmunds)

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

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. The topics will be introduced using Java as the vehicle. Students must take the lab associated with this section only. Previously offered as CSCI051 PO. Course is equivalent to CSCI051G PO, CSCI051P PO, CSCI030 PO, CSCI051 PO, and CSCI005 HM. Juniors & seniors by PERM. Instructor: Wu, Yuqing Kampe, Mark A. [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. Prerequisite: CSCI 051 CM, or CSCI 051G PO , or CSCI 051J PO, or CSCI 051P PO. By PERM only. Instructor: Bull, Everett L., Jr. [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 050 PO: Introduction to Film

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

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. Same course as LIT 130 CM. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Introductory] 

MS 140 PO: Screening Violence

MW 2:45-4:00PM. CR Room 210 (Crookshank Hall)

The focus of this course is on representations of violence on screens and its widespread consumption. Through a range of theoretical texts and in conjunction with detailed analysis of select films and media, this course examines and debates the various, competing accounts of depicting, disseminating, and consuming images of violence. How did the omnipresence of scenes of violence on screens become a transnational phenomenon? Why does it have the power to move, excite or titillate us? What is our responsibility to images of violence, if any? These are some of the questions we will address as we chart the history of screening violence from early film and media to the present. Letter grade only. Instructor: Wynter, Kevin. [Media History] 

MS 146 PO: Temp. of the Moving Image

MW 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 210 (Crookshank Hall)

This course will concentrate on time as a category of analysis. Cinema possesses distinct affinities with the rationalization of labor and standardization of time that took place at the end of the nineteenth century, and yet it also provides a way of negotiating and resisting these processes, as it imagines alternative relations to standardized time. The course begins from the proposition that cinema provided a way for the twentieth century to re-think its changed relation to time after industrial modernity. Topics will include amnesia, boredom, duration, distraction, memory, the supposed death of cinema, real time, and simultaneity. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO. Instructor: Wynter, Kevin. [Media Theory] 

MS 148F PO: Global Cinema

MW 1:15-2:30PM. 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 149G PO: Theory & Aesthetics -Television

R 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 190 JT: Senior Seminar

TR 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

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

MUS 091 PO: Sound, Cognition, and History

MWF 11:00-11:50AM. THAT Room 212 (Thatcher Music Bldg)

This multi-disciplinary course examines sound as a cultural and technological artifact. Surveying recent scholarship in cognitive science, history, musicology, media studies and psychoacoustics, we study film, music, historical recording devices and other devices, architectural and urban spaces and other sites of sound in the world from roughly 1500 to the present. Instructor: Cramer, Alfred W. [Elective]

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: Kallay, Aron T. [Elective] 

PSYC 160 PO: Cognitive Psychology with Lab

MW 2:45-4:00PM. EDMS Room 101 (Edmunds)

W 7:00-9:50PM. 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. Lab required. Instructor: Sher, Shlomo. [Elective]


THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 1

MW 1:15 – 3:45 PM; TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 2

TR 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. First-years only. Instructor: Ortega, Giovanni /Staff. [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 120 (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: Staff[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: Ratteray, Carolyn. [Elective]


MS 045 PZ: Documentary Media

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

T 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room Q120 (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. Pre-requisites: One intro theory course: MS 49,50, or 51 and one intro course: MS 82, 182, or ART 128. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Media History/Intermediate Production] 

MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

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

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

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

MS 058 PZ: Intro to Digital Sound Production

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

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. 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: Simon, Victoria. [Intro. Production] 

MS 070 PZ: Media and Social Change

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

M 7:00-9:00PM. 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 082 PZ: Introduction to Video Art

TR 1:15-3:45PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera 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. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51. Fee: $75.00. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Production] 

MS 093 PZ: Experimental Media Studio

W 1:15-4:00PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall) / TBD

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: Any intro-level course: Intro to Video Art, Intro to Digital Imaging, intro-level installation, sculpture or performance. Fee: $150.00. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 


MS 107 PZ: Sound and Power

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

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of sound studies through a focus on technologies for sound production. Through an analysis of these technologies, we will combine socio-cultural and historical accounts with case studies to explore questions of sound, culture, and power. Instructor: Simon, Victoria. [Media History] 

MS 112 PZ: Anthropology of Media

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

Life throughout much of the globe today is saturated by various kinds of media, from film, television, advertising and radio to Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and immersive video games. In the last decade, social media in particular has taken hold of people’s imagination and profoundly shapes lived experience and new understandings of the real. In this class, we will read anthropological texts on media to study the complex social worlds in which media is produced, circulated and consumed, with a special focus on new and social media. Students will learn how to conduct anthropological fieldwork, and will conduct semester-long research projects into media worlds of their choice. This course brings anthropology’s cross-cultural perspective and attention to the production of everyday realities, looking at the social, economic and political life of media in the constitution of local, national, diasporic and global subjectivities, collectivities, and histories in the contemporary world. By placing media cultures in comparative perspective, students will make the strange familiar and the familiar strange, enabling critical thinking about media use and its ramifications. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51, ANTH 002, ANTH 003. Instructor(s): Talmor, Ruti. [Theory]

MS 114 PZ: Film Sound

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

T 6:00-9:00PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

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. [Media Theory/Media History] 

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 permission required. Junior & Sophomore only. Media Studies majors only. P/NC grade only. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Designation dependent on topic] 

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 collaboration 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 instructor permission. One of the following: MS 45, 82, 182, ART 20, 21, 148, 141, 145, or LIT 30. 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 permission required. Media Studies majors only. P/NC grade only. 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. Prereq: MS 82, 182, ART 148 or LIT 30. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]


ART 135 SC: Typography & Book Arts

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

Working in collaboration, students create a limited-edition, letterpress-printed artist’s book under the Scripps College Press imprint. Through local field trips, library visits and archival research on how landscape and architectural elements combine to create unique outdoor rooms and spaces on the Scripps College campus, Students develop original texts, generate imagery, hand set metal and wooden type, hand print on antique presses, and hand bind an edition of approximately 100 copies of an original student-produced artist’s book. Lab fee: $75. 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. Priority given to ART and MS majors and minors. 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. Repeatable for credit. Instructor permission required. Priority for ART and MS majors. Instructor: Staff [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 145 SC: Intro B/W Darkroom Photography

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

A studio course in black-and-white photography with an emphasis on image production, developing, and printing 35mm film, in a wet darkroom. Instruction in basic camera operation, and darkroom techniques, and considers historical and contemporary uses of the photographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Prerequisites: Art 100A, Art 100B, Art 141, Intro to Media Studies. Laboratory fee: $75. No seniors. Instructor: Staff. [Production] 

ART 181M SC: Feminist Concepts & Strategies

W 2:45-5:30PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art 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. Fee: $75 Permission required. Priority given to ART and MS majors. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Theory]  

MS 051 SC: Intro to Digital Media Studies

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

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

MS 182 HM: Introduction to Video Art

TR 4:15-6:45PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Production]