Fall 2019 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

FREN 133 CM: Africa in France

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

Since the late 1960s, new generations of French citizens has emerged to redefine France and French-ness. These new generations are French citizens whose parents or grandparents were originally from North Africa or sub-Saharan Africa, yet who grew up or were born in France, often in the suburbs of major French cities. This course will focus on their experience and more broadly the experience of being African in France in the 21st Century, an experience rooted in migration and colonial history between France and the African continent. Specifically, however, we will also examine the place this new generation occupies in France today through close readings of selected literary and critical texts and through a range of media, old and new, aural and visual. Instructor: Aitel, Fazia. [Elective]

HIST 096 CM: The Amazon

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. RN Room 103 (Roberts North)

Course Description TBA. Instructor: Sarzynski, Sarah R. [Elective] 

LIT 130 CM: Introduction to Film

TR 2:45-4:00PM. RN Room 15 (Roberts North)

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 [Intro. Critical] 

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

MW 1:15-2:30PM. BC Room 35 (Bauer Center)

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

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. Screening lab: Mondays 6-10pm. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media History]

LIT 139 CM: Film Theory

MW 2:45-4:00PM. BC Room 35 (Bauer Center)

T 7:00-9:00PM. BC Room PICK (Bauer Center) – Screening 

This course investigates the major film theories from the beginnings of cinema to the present. We begin with a study of classical film theory (1900-1960) that attempts to define the essence of the form, its relation to reality, and its status as mass medium and/or art. We then move on to more recent work that examines film from ideological, sociological, or psychological perspectives, or considers the changing nature of cinema in the digital age. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media Theory]

RLST 171 CM: Religion & Film

R 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]

SPAN 179 CM: Mexican Cinema in New Millennium

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

W 7:15-10:00PM. AD Room DAVD (Adams Hall) – Screening

The popularity of Mexican cinema has grown recently, thanks to a number of films that have done very well at the box office and won recognition at international film festivals. This course explores the development of Mexican cinema in the 21st-century (2000-2010), focusing on the most innovative filmmakers. It examines thematic and stylistic variety in films dealing with history, politics, gender, democracy, and society. We also will consider Mexican filmmakers that are filming in Hollywood such as Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu as well as the impact of globalization in Mexican film production. Prerequisite: Spanish 100 or higher. Screening lab: Wed 7:15 pm -10pm. Instructor: Velazco, Salvador [Elective]  

Pomona

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

T 1:15-4:00PM. LE Room 110 (LeBus Court)

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. [Media Theory]

ARHI 141M PO: Representing Blackness: Music and Masculinity

R 1:15-4:00PM. LE Room 110 (LeBus Court)

Examines constructions of Blackness and notions of Black masculinity through study of documentary films and related visual arts representing key musical innovators of the African diaspora. Explores the aesthetic influence of musical genres (e.g., spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, folk, gospel, rock and roll, soul, funk, reggae, Afrobeat, mbalax, disco, opera, hip hop, rap and neo-soul) on the interdependent visual vocabularies of arts movements, values of political movements and representational codes of popular commodity culture from 1900 to present. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Media Theory] 

ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

MW 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. [Intro. Production]

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 [Intro. Critical]

MS 050 PO: Introduction to Film

TR 1:15-2:30PM. MA Room 20 (Mason Hall)

W 7:00-9:50PM. 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: Wynter, Kevin [Intro. Critical] 

MS 051 PO: Intro to Digital Media Studies

MW 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall) – Instructor: Engley, Ryan – Section 1

TR 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall) – Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark – Section 2 

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. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 092 PO: Principles of Television Study

R 1:15-4:00PM. CR Room 210 (Crookshank Hall)

Television is now at the forefront of political and aesthetic culture in a way that used to be reserved strictly for film, literature, and visual art. Seizing this contemporary moment of TV’s (seemingly) widespread culture legitimation, this course examines the historical development of television study, focusing on concepts such as: flow, immediacy, genre, platform, narrative complexity, liveness, ideology, and bingeing. Letter grade only. Instructor: Engley, Ryan [Media History or Media Theory] 

MS 140 PO: Screening Violence

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

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

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 148F PO: Global Cinema

TR 9:35-10:50AM. LE Room 113 (LeBus Court)

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 190 JT: Senior Seminar

TR 1:15-2:30PM. HN Room 101 (Hahn Social Science Bldg)

Jointly-taught seminar designed for senior majors. Review of key issues/theories in media studies. Letter grade only. Seniors only. MS majors only. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer [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]

POLI 114 PO: The Idea of America

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CA Room 11 (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

WF 11:00AM-12:15PM. EDMS Room 101 (Edmunds)

M 1:15-4:00PM. 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: PSYC 051. Instructor: Staff [Elective]

SPAN 106 PO: Images of Latin America

MW 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 3 (Mason Hall)

Images of Latin America in Fiction and Film 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. Prerequisite: SPAN 44 or SPAN 50. Letter grade only. Instructor: Montenegro, Nivia C. [Elective] 

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 1 – Instructor: Prahl, Meagan

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 2 – Instructor: Staff 

MW 1:15PM-3:45PM. TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 3 – Instructor: Mills, Jessie L. 

MW 1:15PM-3:45PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 4 – Instructor: Staff

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. [Elective]

THEA 002 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

TR 9:35-10:50AM. 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)

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. May be repeated twice for credit. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA 001A PO or THEA 001G PO. Instructor: Prahl, Meagan [Elective]

Pitzer

MS 040 PZ: Curatorial Practice

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

This course offers a survey of current practices and debates around curating art, especially contemporary and modern art. Students will review the recent history of these issues, view and critique current exhibitions on view in the Southern California area, and design a hypothetical exhibition of their own. Readings and class presentations will provide a wider critical and historical framework for understanding contemporary debates in curatorial practice. Instructor PERM required. Instructor(s): Lerner, Jesse Ennis, Ciara 

MS 070 PZ: Media and Social Change

WF 11:00AM-12:15PM. WST Room Q120 (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. This course has an additional evening screening slot WED 7pm-9pm. Instructor: Lamb, Gina [Media History or Media Theory]

MS 082 PZ: Introduction to Video Art

MW 4:15-6:45PM. 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. Prereqs: MS 49 or MS 50 or MS 51. Instructor: Staff. [Intro. Production] 

 

MS 100 AA: Asian Americans in Media

TR 2:45-4:00PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This is a historical survey of Asian American involvement in media production, beginning with the Silent Film Era and ending with contemporary projects in film, video and new media. In this course, we will focus on the shifting yet continuous participation of Asians in the production of media in North America and look at how changing political, social and cultural discourses have shaped media representations of Asians throughout this period. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen [Media History] 

MS 121 PZ: Cultural Politics of Self Care

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

“Self care” has become a ubiquitous buzzword attached to an enormous variety of practices (including social media and celebrity, entrepreneurship, and the fitness, wellness, and food industries) and has reshaped notions of leisure, work, health, and travel. At the same time, scholars, journalists, and activists have criticized this term as a rebranding of preexisting exclusionary practices around ability, shape and size, access to healthcare and food, and economic position. Positioning this term within a variety of theoretical modes– including media studies, anthropology, global health, disability studies, fat studies, and critical theory,–this class will unpack the cultural politics of the term. Prereqs: MS 49 or MS 50 or MS 51 or LIT 103 or ANTH 002 or ANTH 011. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth Talmor, Ruti [Media Theory] 

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. Prereqs: MS 49, MS 50, MS 51, LIT 130. Juniors & Seniors in Major Only. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Designation dependent on topic]

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

W 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. Instructor PERM required.  Prereqs: MS 82 PZ or MS 182 HM or ART 145 SC. 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. Prereqs: MS 49, MS 50, MS 51, 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. Juniors & Seniors in Major Only. Prereqs: MS 82, MS 182, ART 148 or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

Scripps

ARHI 185 SC: History of Photography

TR 2:45-4:00PM. ST Room 101 (Steele Hall)

Photography from the nineteenth century to the present. The camera as a tool for documentation, portraiture, social comment, journalism, advertising, and as a pure vehicle for personal expression and a point of departure for allied art forms. Instructor: Staff [Media History]

ART 135 SC: Letterpress & Book Arts

TR 1:30-3:30PM. LA Room 100 (Lang Art Building)

Working in collaboration, students create a limited-edition, letterpress-printed book under the Scripps College Press imprint. Through library visits and archival research, students develop original texts, generate imagery, set metal and wooden type, print on antique presses, and bind an approximately 100 copies of an original book. Pending Faculty approval. Instructor: Blassingame, Tia [Elective]

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

TR 1:15-3:45PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall) – Section 1 – Instructor: Macko, Nancy

TR 4:15-6:15PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall) – Section 2 – Instructor: Murnane, Maura

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. Lab fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Priority given to ART and MS majors. [Intro. 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 143 SC: Advanced Digital Art

MW 4:15-6:30PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

Advanced Digital Art is an in-depth study of motion graphics and its applications in fine art and design. Projects will focus on developing design concepts and strategies and the creation of projects varying from a short form video for (animated shapes and text) social media platforms; design and rig a character to composite into an experimental video; animate 3D type; and 3D character modeling with integration into Cinema 4D. By the end of the semester, students will have a comprehensive body of work that will demonstrate their own unique point of view. Prerequisite: Art 141, Art 142. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor permission only. Preference to ART and MS majors. Repeatable for credit. Instructor: Staff [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 145 SC: Intro B/W Darkroom Photography

MW 1:15-3:15PM. 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. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken [Intro. Production]

ART 147 SC: Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography

MW 10:00AM-12:00PM. 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, students 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: Gonzales-Day, Ken [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 149 SC: Intermediate Video Art

TR 10:00AM-12:00PM. 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. This course may be taken twice for credit. Fee $75. Instructor: Staff [Intermediate/Advanced 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. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Macko, Nancy [Media Theory]

ITAL 140 SC: Italian Cinema

TR 2:45-4:00PM. HM Room 104 (Humanities Building)

This course will explore the history and criticism of Italian cinema from its origin to the 21st century through the showing of a number of iconic films and the criticism surrounding them. It will also help students better understand contemporary Italian history through film. Taught alternately in Italian and English. Instructor: Ovan, Sabrina [Elective]

MS 049 SC: Introduction to Media Studies

MW 2:45-4:00PM. HM Room 121 (Humanities Building)

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: Staff [Intro. Critical] 

MS 057 SC: Intro to Game Design

MW 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: Staff [Intro. Production] 

Harvey Mudd

MS 170 HM: Digital Cinema: Experimental Animation

T 1:15-4:00PM. SKD Room P106 (Skandera Hall) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera 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. $100 course fee. Prerequisite: Media Studies 182 (HM) or Media Studies 82 (PZ) or Media Studies 148 (PO). Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 182 HM: Introduction to Video Art

M 10:00AM-12:30PM. PA Room 1283 (Parsons Engineering Bldg)

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

This course is an introduction to video art through history, theory, analysis and production. The goal for this class is for students to produce meaningful, creative, expressive, innovative media for an intelligent and broad audience. In order to achieve this goal students will learn the fundamentals of video production in labs, critiques, and exercises: conceptualizing, planning, shooting, sound recording, editing and analysis. Students will also learn – through readings and discussions – about pioneers and contemporary practitioners of video art. $150 course fee. Prerequisite: Media Studies 50 (HM), or Media Studies 49 (PO, PZ, SC), or Media Studies 51 (PO, PZ, SC), or Literature 130 (CM). Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel [Intro. Production]