Spring 2016 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

LIT 130 CM: Introduction to Film

M 7:00-10:00PM. BC Room PICK (Bauer Center)

W 6:00-9:00PM. KRV Room 102 (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. Seniors need permission. Monday evening film screenings. Instructor: Schur, Thomas. [Intro. Critical]

LIT 134 CM: Special Studies in Film - Spy Films

MW 4:15-5:30PM. RN Room 102 (Roberts North)

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 138 CM: Film and Mass Culture

MW 2:45-4:00PM. AD Room DAVD (Adams Hall)

T  7:00-10:00PM. BC Room PICK (Bauer Center)

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. Tuesday evening film screenings. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Theory/Film Theory] 

RLST 171 CM: Religion & Film

W 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 141B PO: Africana Cinema: Through the Documentary Lens

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

This course examines documentary films and videos created by filmmakers from Africa and the African Diaspora (United States, Britain and Caribbean). Topics include: history and aesthetics of documentary filmmaking, documentary as art, the narrative documentary, docu-drama, cinema vérité, biography, autobiography and historical documentary. Recommend completion of one: AFRI, ASAM, or GWS course. Letter grade only. Instructor: Moore, Darrell. [Theory/Film Theory] 

ARHI 184 PO: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism

TR 2:45-4:00PM. LE Room 113 (LeBus Court)

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

ARHI 186T PO: Art and Time

MW 2:45-4:00PM. LE Room 110 (LeBus Court)

Technological developments over the past 200 years have altered relations between art and time. How has moving from painting to lithography, photography, film and digital media influenced the creation of art and its relation to beholders? Considering North America and Europe since 1800, we explore relations between still and moving images and ask how artists manipulate our experience of time. First-year students require instructor permission to enroll. Instructor: Reed, Arden. [Theory/Art History; G/U] 

ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. STAR Room 215 (Studio Arts)

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. STAR Room 118 (Studio Arts)

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

ART 128 PO: Installation: Site, Time, Context

MW 1:15-3:45PM. STAR Room 106 (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. Letter grade only. Instructor: O’Malley, Michael. [Elective] 

CSCI 051 PO: Intro to Computer Science w/Lab

Section 1: MWF 10:00-10:50AM. TBA

Section 2: MWF 11:00-11:50AM. TBA

Introduction to the field of computer science using the object-oriented language Java. Topics include iteration and recursion, basic data structures, sorting and searching, elementary analysis of algorithms and a thorough introduction to object-oriented programming. Special emphasis on graphics, animation, event-driven programming and the use of concurrency to make more interesting programs. No previous programming experience required. Juniors & Seniors require PERM. Lab required. Instructor(s): Wu, Yuqing ; Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Greenberg, Michael. [Elective] 

CSCI 051 LPO: Lab, Intro to Computer Science

Enrollment in CSCI 051 required. Instructor(s): Wu, Yuqing ; Chen, Tzu-Yi ; Greenberg, Michael, Kampe, Mark A. [Elective]

4 Lab Sections:

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

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

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

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



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 must be taken with a grade of D- or better. Instructor(s): Kauchak, David R. [Elective] 

MS 049 PO: Intro to Media Studies

MW 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank 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. 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: Connelly, Thomas J. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 050 PO: Introduction to Film

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

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

One of three gateway courses to the Media Studies major, this course introduces film and video from aesthetic, historical, and political perspectives. Students learn the basic categories necessary to comprehend formally the filmic image: cinematography, mise-en-scene, and editing. Students study the history of genres and film movements and engage the theory and politics of filmic representation. Same course as LIT 130 CM. Letter grade only. Instructor(s): Hall, Jonathan Mark. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 089C PO: Television and Globalization

W 1:15-4:00PM. CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

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

MS 148A PO: Surveillance and the Media

F 1:15-4:00PM. CR Room 01 (Crookshank Hall) 

This course considers the social and cultural implications of increasingly pervasive and comprehensive forms of surveillance (visual, auditory, data) enabled by emerging digital media. It situates contemporary examples of the mediated forms of surveillance and monitoring in historical and theoretical perspective, drawing on critical theories of the relationship between surveillance, observation, power and control. The course will explore a range of ways of thinking about the roles of observer and observed as well as the relationship between media technologies and techniques of observation. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO or MS 050 PO or MS 051 PO, or 5C equivalents. Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark. [Theory] 

MS 148B PO: Drone Theory

TR 1:15-2:30PM. TBA

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

MS 153 PO: The Original Television Series from "The Sopranos" to "Mad Men"

TR 2:45-4:00PM. EDMS Room 114 (Edmunds)

The course examines the original television series, a prominent development in U.S. television and, more broadly, in American culture during the last decade. We discuss representative texts in this genre, among them The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men, and examine the genre’s distinctive features. We also look at how television series engage with American culture. Prerequisite: One of the following: 49, 50, 51, 91. Letter grade only. Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine. [Media History] 

MS 162 PO: Asian Media Ecologies

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

In both contemporary and historical perspective, this course examines the emergence and convergence of media and their link to transformative and radical politics in Asian media ecologies. Media examined include film, photography, performance, installation, and the diverse spaces of online social praxis within select regional contexts. Letter grade only. Instructor: Hall, Jonathan Mark. [Media History] 

MUS 096B PO: Electronic Music Studio

MW 1:15-2:30PM. THAT Room STDO (Thatcher Music Bldg)

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

POLI 114 PO: The Idea of America

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

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

PSYC 160 PO: Cognitive Psychology with Lab

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. LINC Room 1135 (Lincoln)

F 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 PO must be taken with a grade of D- or better OR LGCS011 PO must be taken with a grade of D- or better. Letter grade only. Non-PO requires PERM. Instructor(s): Dias, James W. [Elective] 

RUST 111 PO: Russian Cinema

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

The history of Russian cinema from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to the present. Topics include cultural politics under the Soviets; censorship; confrontation between the real Soviet world and the fictional reality created by the Soviets; masterpieces of Soviet and post-Soviet cinema; sex and violence of new Russian cinema. Readings on film theory, film criticism and history of Russia. Instructor: Rudova, Larissa V. [Elective] 

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

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

This introductory course explores the fundamentals of voice, movement, relaxation, text analysis, characterization and sensory and emotional-awareness exercises. Course material includes detailed analysis, preparation and performance of scenes. Instructor: Ratteray, Carolyn. [Elective] 

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

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

This introductory course explores the fundamentals of voice, movement, relaxation, text analysis, characterization and sensory and emotional-awareness exercises. Course material includes detailed analysis, preparation and performance of scenes. Instructor: Wong, Young T. [Elective]  

THEA 012 PO: Intermediate Acting

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

Scene study and voice work. Rehearsal and studio performance of selected scenes. Students gain an understanding of the actor’s work of character analysis through the use of objectives, inner monologues and character research. Alexander Technique. Prerequisites: THEA001A; or THEA001B or THEA001C or THEA001D or THEA001E or THEA001F required; THEA054C is recommended as co-enrollment. Instructor: Ratteray, Carolyn. [Elective] 


MS 045 PZ: Documentary Media

TR 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room P105 (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: Lerner, Jesse. [Media History/Intermediate Production]

MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. 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. First-years only. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 051 PZ: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 9:35-10:50AM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Prerequisites: MS 082, MS 182 HM, Art 148 SC. Instructor: Ingram, Ian. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 056 PZ: Digital Fabrication for Media Studies

F 1:15-4:00PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

A production course on making physical objects for screen-work, photography, sculpture, and other practices using digital fabrication. The specific tools are object modeling software, primarily Blender, and the machines commonly referred to as 3D printers. Using such tools in the making of multiples, structures for kinetic objects, procedurally-generated morphology, and objects that mirror the form of contemporary mass-produced visual culture is explored, as are techniques for modeling different categories of shape and function. That the hand, mind, and eye of the practitioner remain their primary tools, even in this environment of machinic ubiquity, is a primary revelation of the class. First years need permission. Instructor: Ingram, Ian. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 082 PZ: Introduction to Video Art

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

This is an introductory course In digital video production. This class encourages a critical, creative approach to the medium, non-traditional solutions, and explanation of the history and methodology of independent video and video art. Class session combines hands-on technical training in script writing, storyboarding, camera operation, off-line and non-linear editing, lighting and sound equipment with critical analysis of subject matter, treatment, and modes of address in independent as well as mass media. Instructors: Talmor, Ruti. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent. Enrollment is limited. Fee: $150. [Production]

MS 088 PZ: Mexican Visual Cultures

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

Survey of both popular and elite visual arts in Mexico from the time of Independence to today, including painting, prints, murals, sculpture and, more recently, film and video. Emphasis will be placed on the interchanges between media and the understanding of visual culture as a reflection of social changes. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse [Media History]

MS 099 PZ: Advanced Editing

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

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. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 101 PZ: Asian American Media in Communities

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

This course focuses on the exhibition and distribution of Asian American independent media, and explores how it can mobilize, educate, and empower communities. Students will engage in service-learning projects in collaboration with local non-profit community partners. Through these collaborations, they will design and execute events in diverse communities based on programs from the Asian Americans in Media (AAIM) Film Festival, curated by the students in MS100: Asian Americans in Media. Students will also engage in a parallel trajectory studying Asian American film festivals and media organizations, as well as theories of social change and case studies on community building. Students who have taken MS100 will have priority enrollment. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Media History / Theory]

MS 112 PZ: Anthropology of Media

TR 2:45-4:00PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

Life today is saturated by various kinds of media. In the last two decades, a new field the ethnography of media brings anthropology’s cross-cultural perspective and attention to everyday reality to studies of media and theorizes media as constituting new spaces of community and self-making in a globalized world. Pre-req: MS 049, 050, 051. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Theory]


MS 119 PZ: Robotics, Digital Media & Environment

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

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. First-years require permission. Prereq: MS 49, 50, or 51, or ART 37, 57, or 103, or EA 10. Instructor: Ingram, Ian. [Intermediate Production] 

MS 120 PZ: Social/Media

MW 9:35-10:50AM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

This course will consider how social media is impacting personal communication, consumption practices, and media industries. Through case studies of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and related spaces students will theorize the role of interactivity in contemporary popular culture. This class will consider how social media impacts narrative form, political engagement, performance of self, and cultural conceptions of reading/authorship. In addition to discussing the media industry’s use of social media platforms as sites of promotion, participation, and surveillance, students will produce critical media analyses using these platforms as part of their coursework. Pre-req: MS49 or MS50 or MS51 or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Media History] 

MS 175 PZ: Contemporary Animation Practice

R 1:15-4:00PM. TBA (To Be Assigned)

This course will focus on performative animation techniques, or post-animative thought. Through screenings and hands-on in-class experiments, student will look at animation as it exists outside of cartoon culture and gaming to create a variety of tests that challenge the way we look at frame by frame filmmaking. Pre-req: MS 082 PZ. Instructor: Hutin, Stephanie. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 192 JT: Senior Project in Media Studies

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

This course meets the senior project requirement for media studies majors completing concentrations in Film/Video or Digital/Electronic Media. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Senior Project] 

MS 193 PZ: Directed Reading in Media

TBA To Be Arranged

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

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

MW 2:45-4:00PM. 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. First-years require permission.
Prereq: ART148 or MS082 or MS182. 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. 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]


ANTH 118 SC: Visual Anthropology

W 2:45-5:30PM. HM Room 101 (Humanities Building)

Visuality and ethnographic representations are integral to the study of culture. We examine early documentary forms with contemporary digital video works. Special attention will focus on ethical issues and agency in cultural portrayals. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2 or other anthropology course recommended. The Spring 2016 offering of this course does not meet the Scripps Gender and Women’s Studies or the Race and Ethnic Studies general education requirements. Instructor: Malek, Amy. [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. CM, HM, PO, PZ need permission. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Production] 

ART 145 SC: Intro Black & White Photography

Section 1: MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

Section 2: 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 pohotographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Production]

ART 149 SC: Intermediate and Advanced Video

 TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. 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. Prerequisite: ART 148 SC, MS 082 or
equivalent. Fee: $75. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 181 SC: Topics Seminar in Studio Art: Feminist Art Theory

W 2:45-5:30PM. ST Room 107 (Steele Hall)

This upper-division course provides an in-depth look at the history and methodologies underlying contemporary art practices and is intended to provide students with an opportunity to explore, research, and write on visual culture. Connecting contemporary art practice to the wider history of art, topics may include uses of photography in the 19th century, the avant-garde in Europe, Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Installation Art, Pop Art,Feminist Art and/or contemporary practices. Repeatable for credit with different topics. Fee: $75. Instructor: Mann, Elana. [Theory] 

FREN 114 SC: Reality Matters

M 7:00-9:00PM. HM Room 105 (Humanities Building)

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

Nonfiction cinema does not simply represent our historical world. It makes claims about it. It engages with reality. And like many other forms of art, it aspires to transform reality by changing the way we see it. Using French and Francophone films as examples, this course will explore the diversity of ways in which, since its inception in 1895 and the Lumière brothers’ 50 second films, “le cinema du reel” has not ceased to reinvent itself, becoming today one of the most protean forms of cultural intervention. Pre-req: 1 course above FREN 044. Instructor: Rachlin, Nathalie M. [Media History or Theory]

GRMT 114 SC: Plotting Crime

TR 1:15-2:30PM. HM Room 101 (Humanities Building)

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 180 SC: Junior Seminar in Media Studies Production

TR 1:15-2:30PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

The Junior Seminar in Media Studies Production is a studio/seminar course that prepares majors for their senior thesis project and exhibition. The course surveys contemporary practices, explores current issues, and fosters interdisciplinary thinking and production in film/video and digital/electronic art. Course material (including readings, screenings, discussions, guest speakers, and off-campus field trips) will enable students to situate their own work within the larger context of the independent media art world. Research, writing methods and critiques will help students to better understand, give meaning to, and publicize their practice. Students will be expected to make presentations and produce a final research paper or a final project with an accompanying paper. Majors only. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Theory] 

Harvey Mudd

MS 182 HM: Introduction to Video Art

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

R 10:00AM-12:30PM. SHAN Room B470 (Shanahan Center)

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: Staff. [Production]