Spring 2019 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

ARBC 140 CM: Arabic Media

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

This course provides an understanding of the nature and state of contemporary Arabic 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: African Novel and Film

TR 1:15-2:30PM. RS Room 103 (Roberts South)

This course will introduce students to works by writers and filmmakers from Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. The course is designed to provide students with a specific and global view of African creative expression. It will also introduce students to the historical and cultural contexts from which the works emerged. Special emphasis will be placed on recurring topics and themes such as: the colonial experience, the conflict between tradition and modernity, language, identity, gender, migration. Prerequisite: FREN044 or equivalent. Instructor: Shelton, Marie-Denise. [Elective] 

KORE 090 CM: Korean through Pop Culture & Media

TR 9:35-10:50AM. RS Room 102 (Roberts South)

This course is designed to help students improve Korean language proficiency and cultural competence through a variety of popular media content such as television programs, news clips, and documentaries. It aims to equip students with communicative skills, with emphasis on vocabulary building, advanced grammar, and writing. Discussion topics are also selected to extend students’ understanding of Korean society, history, politics, and culture. Prerequisite: KORE044 or equivalent. Instructor: Lee, Don. [Elective] 

LIT 030 CM: Introduction to Video Art

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall) / TBA P104

This is an introductory course in digital video production. The course provides an opportunity for students to explore the language and aesthetics of film and media through creative projects. Over the course of the semester, students will make a series of short videos, and will consider how video production helps to elucidate important concepts in the history and theory of film and media practice. Practical instruction will be given in the use of cameras, tripods, microphones, lighting and editing equipment. In addition to video projects, coursework will include readings and screenings. Prerequisite: One introductory film studies or media studies course. Instructor: Schur, Thomas. [Intro. Production]

LIT 134 CM-01: Special Studies in Film - Orson Welles and Modern Film

TR 1:15-2:30PM. BC Room 22 (Bauer Center)

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

A seminar designed to explore the aesthetic achievement and social impact of film as an art form. Subjects for study include such topics as specific film genres, the work of individual film-makers, and recurring themes in film. Each year the seminar concentrates on a different area – for example, “Film and Politics,” “The Director as Author,” or “Violence and the Hero in American Films.” Repeatable for differing topics. Media Studies majors only. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media History]

LIT 134 CM-02: 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. Media Studies majors only. Instructor: von Hallberg, Robert. [Media History]

LIT 163 CM-AF: North African Literature/Culture

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. KRV Room 168 (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]


ARHI 140 PO: The Arts of Africa

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

Survey exploring aesthetic, formal, cultural and national diversity of African arts and architecture. Emphasis on the social, political and religious dynamics fostering art production, iconographic themes, and aesthetic philosophies at specific historic moments in West, Central and North Africa. Critical study of Western art historical approaches and methods used to study diverse traditional African arts and post-independence cinema. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Elective]

ARHI 186L PO: Critical Race Theory & Representation

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

Examines the role of The Rule of Law in constructing and maintaining racialized, gendered and classed disparities of justice, as they shape and inform the intellectual, aesthetic, scientific and political convergences of critical jurisprudence with representational practices in African Diasporic visual arts. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Media Theory]

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. Instructor: Auerbach, Lisa Anne. [Intro. Production] 

ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. 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. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer. [Intro. Critical]

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. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 141 PO: Cinema, Sensation, and the Body

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

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

To what extent does watching a movie imitate the body’s own sensorial encounters with the world? How do filmmakers use color, sound, lighting, movement, editing and space to create embodied experience? This course is an introduction to these and related questions by examining both cinema’s bodily representations and the relationship between the viewer’s body and the events on the screen. Our approach is organized around a diverse cross-section of film screenings that include art cinema, experimental cinema, Hollywood melodrama, global cinema, and body horror. Turning attention to what is at stake when we consider what it means to feel cinema permits a wide range of critical approaches to screen media including continental philosophy, media theory, genre theory, experimental cinema, and feminist thought. Throughout the semester, we will become better acquainted with the sensuous facets of cinema along with the social, political, and aesthetic possibilities cinema affords when understood as both appealing to a sensuous body and being a sensuous body in its own right. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, or MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO. Letter grade only. Instructor: Wynter, Kevin. [Media Theory]

MS 148G PO: Film Theory

MW 1:15-2:30PM. 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.” Letter grade only. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Media Theory] 

MS 149T PO: Seminar: Critical Studies - Core Theories in Media Studies

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

An overview of core traditions in Critical Media Studies through in-depth engagement with key texts. This course serves as preparation for the Senior Seminar by consolidating a foundation in critical theory. Areas of focus include the following: The Frankfurt School, The Chicago School, Pragmatism, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Semiotics, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Psychoanalytical Theory, Postcolonial Theory, and Critical Race Theory. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO, and one upper level theory class (MS 147 PO – MS 149 PO). Letter grade only. MS majors only. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer. [Media Theory] 

MS 153 PO: The Original Television Series

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

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. Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine. [Media History]

MS 175 PO: "Horror" and The American Horror

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

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

Of all the film genres that partition and divide the products of American cinema, the horror genre has proven to be the most durable and the most easily adaptable to the shifting historical circumstances and socio-political anxieties to which it runs parallel. This course examines some of the key factors that have contributed to the horror genres capacity to maintain its continued viability in popular culture across a wide range of media including graphic novels, video art, and interactive gaming. Beginning with the modern period of the American horror film and then expanding beyond its physical and ideological borders, this course is designed to encourage students to challenge the ideas that have become associated with the term “horror,” and to consider whether some other term or terms may be better suited to describe the types of feelings horror films and its related forms of media actually inspire. We will consider some of the following questions: What is horror? Do horror genre films truly inspire horror or are we, as participants, moved by some other affect or response? Is it possible to locate cinematic representations of horror and its experience outside of the horror genre? Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, or MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO. Letter grade only. Instructor: Wynter, Kevin. [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] 

RUSS 183 PO: Comedy in Russian Literature and Film

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

Introduction to comic works of film and fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries. Textual analysis, class discussion, oral reports, composition, advanced work on grammar and stylistics. Prerequisites: RUSS 044 PO. Instructor: Rudova, Larissa V. [Elective]

RUST 110 PO: Russian and East European Cinema

TR 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 5 (Mason Hall)

A survey of Russian and Eastern European film from Soviet to post-Soviet times. Focus on the most innovative films and directors from Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia (and its successor states), Hungary, and former Yugoslavia in their relation to social, cultural, and political discourses. The course includes such topics as the communist past and its aftermath, aesthetics and ideology, historical memory, migration, human trafficking, ethnicity, and gender. Film genres, styles, and basic notions of film theory. Instructor: Rudova, Larissa V. [Elective]

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. TE Room 122, Seaver Theatre – Section 1 (Ratteray, Carolyn)

TR 9:35AM – 12:05 PM; PO Campus, Seaver Theatre, 122 – Section 2 (Prahl, Meagan)

TR 1:15 – 3:45 PM; PO Campus, Seaver Theatre, 122 – Section 3 (Prahl, Meagan)

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): Ratteray, Carolyn; Prahl, Meagan. [Elective]

THEA 002 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

TR 9:35-10:50AM. TE Room 200 (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: Taylor, James P. [Elective]

THEA 012 PO: Intermediate Acting: Scene and Voice

MW 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. Must enroll in THEA 054C PO. Instructor: Ratteray, Carolyn. [Elective]


ARHI 183 PZ: The Art World Since 1989

MW 9:35-10:50AM. BH Room 210 (Broad Hall)

An examination of contemporary art in the context of economic and cultural globalization. Topics include the impact of the end of the Cold War and the rise of economic neoliberalism on the arts; the emergence of new global art centers in the wake of major political transformations, such as the fall of South African Apartheid; contemporary Native American and Australian Aboriginal artists in the global marketplace; and artists’ response to issues of nationalism, ethnic violence, terrorism, and war. Instructor: Ennis, Ciara. [Art History] 

HIST 140 PZ: Contemporary Africa / Digital Archives

MW 1:15-3:45PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This digital humanities course will examine contemporary African culture and politics from a historical perspective. In collaborative teams, students will create digital archives of Africa’s more recent past, generating and circulating knowledge by curating nontraditional source material, including photography, art, film, video, television, print, televisual and digital advertising, and new media. The aim is to privilege diverse perspectives within civil society. Major themes to be addressed include: colonial and Cold War legacies; race, gender, and sexualities in post-apartheid South Africa; environmental preservation and tourism in East Africa; and the “post-state” in West Africa in the nee-liberal age. Prereq: a HIST or AFRI or MS course. Will also use SKD P104 room. Instructor(s): O’Rourke, Harmony Talmor, Ruti. [Media History]  

MS 050 PZ: Intro to Film

MW 9:35-10:50AM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

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

Film and video are often considered to be a distinct semiotic system or art form with their own “language.” This course surveys the variety of structures which can organize moving pictures: from Hollywood continuity editing, Soviet montage and cinema verite to voice-over documentary, talking heads and postmodern voices with no center at all. The course includes silent film, classic Hollywood narrative, avant-garde film and video, documentary and activist video. Enrollment is limited. Additional Screening on Mondays. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Intro. Critical]  

MS 051 PZ: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 9:35-10:50AM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

An interdisciplinary introduction to digital and electronic media, exploring the relationships between “old” and “new” media forms, the historical development of computer-based communication and the ways that new technologies are reshaping literature, art, journalism, and the social world. Instructor: Simon, Victoria. [Intro. Critical]

MS 058 PZ: Intro Digital Sound Production

MW 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera 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. Individual or group audio projects and listening sessions will enhance students skills in critically engaging sound in digital art and interactive media more broadly. Will also utilize room SKD P104. Instructor: Simon, Victoria. [Intro. Production] 

MS 074 PZ: Sound Theory, Sound Practice

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. SKD Room P104 (Skandera Hall) / WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

Course Description TBA

MS 079 PZ: Silent Film

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

The invention of cinema fit within the emerging order of modernism? This class will examine early cinema in the context of the turn-of-the-century project of extending the field of human vision, examining topics such as ethnography, science, journalism, travel, representations of the city and architecture, and the construction of racial difference. Prerequisite: MS 49, MS 50, MS 51, LIT 130 or equivalent. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Media History]

MS 087 PZ: Media Sketchbook

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

This is an intermediate-level video production class. Students are required to complete short (one to two minute) assignments every other week. The objectives of the class are to further refine the skills of shooting, editing, etc. and to develop a critical vocabulary to talk about your work and the work of others. Prereqs: Intro to Video MS 82 PZ or MS 181 HM or ART 148 SC. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 088 PZ: Mexican Visual Cultures

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. SKD Room P104 (Skandera Hall)

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

WF 2:45-5:30PM. WST Room Q116 (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. Will utilize rooms Q116 & P104. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 117 PZ: Fan Culture and Celebrity

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

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

New media forms have changed the face of the celebrity/fan relationship in the last decade providing a level of interactivity previously unavailable. This course will situate this shift within a historical and theoretical survey of fandom and celebrity from the birth of the Hollywood Studio System until the present day. Prereqs: MS 49, MS 50, MS 51, or LIT 130. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Media History] 

MS 175 PZ: Animation as Voice

R 1:15-4:00PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera Hall)

Animation as Voice is a social justice theory/practice course that simultaneously studies and creates politically charged works that operate as children’s programming. While studying renegade voices that have existed under oppression and inequality, students will be making personal works around the common theme of The Future. We will research access, and in doing so, the works will collectively become part of a children’s program that will tour within the community. Prereqs: MS 82 or MS 182 HM or ART 148 SC. Instructor: Hutin, Stephanie. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 192 JT: Senior Project & Paper in Media Studies

MW 4:15-5:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

Senior Project and Paper in Media Studies. Instructor PERM required. Senior MS Majors Only. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Senior Seminar] 

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. Juniors & Seniors MS Majors Only. Instructor PERM required. Pre-reqs:MS 49, MS 50, MS 51, LIT 130. 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) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera 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. Prereq: MS 49, MS 50, or MS 51 and MS 82, MS 182 or ART 128. Fee: $150.00. Will utilize rooms Q116 & P104. 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 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. Juniors & Seniors MS Majors Only. Pre-reqs: MS 82, MS 182, LIT 030 or ART 148. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

PHIL 072 PZ: Philosophy of Film

W 2:45-5:30PM. BD Room 208 (Broad Center)

Since the explosion of film as a popular medium of entertainment, philosophers have considered the nature of filmic representation and its implications for aesthetics, ethics, and our very understanding of human existence. How does film fit into and/or challenge traditional theories of art? Does film have the potential to improve and/or corrupt individuals and societies? Are all films works of art, or only some? This course will consider these questions through: readings from philosophy and film theory; film viewings; and in-class discussions with guests from the industry. Thinkers studied will include Benjamin, Cavell, Plato, Deleuze, Langer, Adorno, Mulvey, and Carroll. Instructor: Anderson, Ellie. [Elective] 


ARHI 187 SC: Old New Media

R 2:45-5:30PM. BX Room 108 (Baxter Hall)

Beginning with the birth of photography in the 1830s, attending to telegraphy, telephony, radio, and television, and ending with video, this seminar explores the history of the fascination, fear, and peculiar associations that have accompanied new technological developments in Europe and the United States. Prerequisite: one previous art history couse or permission of instructor. Instructor: Koss, Juliet. [Art History]  

ART 134 SC: Between Analog+Digital Printmaking

TR 1:15-3:45PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

The digital print is considered something of a hybrid in the print and photo world. Crossing platforms between the etching studio and the digital art lab, students will create works that integrate both methodologies. Systems including transfer drawing, mono-printing, silk screen, digital transfer and analog and digital printing will be explored. Pre-requisite: Art 141. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

TR 10:00AM-12:00PM. 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. [Intro. Production] 

ART 142 SC: Intermediate Digital Art

MW 1:1503:45PM. 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 143 SC: Advanced Digital Art

MW 4:15-6:45PM. 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 iwth integration inton Cinema 4D. By the end fo 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: Nakaue, Melanie Dana. [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. FR, SO & JR only. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Intro. Production] 

ART 147 SC: Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography

MW 10:00-12:00PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall) / Lang Art Building 119

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. Also meets in Lang 119. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 148 SC: Introduction to Video Art

TR 1:15-3:45PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

A studio course introducing students to the basic techniques of digital video production: camerawork and non-linear editing. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. Prerequisite: one of the following courses – MS 049 SC, MS 050 PZ, MS 051 PZ or Art 100A SC. Fee: $75. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Intro. 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: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

CLAS 019 SC: Classical Myth in Film

MW 4:15-5:30PM. BL Room 220 (Balch Hall)

From Cleopatra’s beguiling charms and Medea’s torrid love affair with Jason to Homer’s wily Odysseus, ancient culture still provides material for conceptualizing modern political, racial, social, and sexual issues as imagined in modern Hollywood films and European cinema. This course explores contradictions in the relationship between modernity and antiquity through a study of cinematic adaptations of ancient narratives; central to these discussions are the relationship between aesthetics and politics and the shifting role of culture from common ground to culture industry and beyond. In addition to screen films, students will also read plays, poetry, historical narratives, film criticism, and works of critical theory. Instructor: Roselli, David. [Elective] 

FREN 127 SC: French Contemporary Women Directors

M 7:00-9:00PM. HM Room 102 (Humanities Building)

W 2:45-5:30PM. HM Room 102 (Humanities Building)

The first film director ever in the history of narrative cinema was a French woman, Alice Guy-Blaché who, starting in 1896, made over a thousand films. Even though early precursors like Guy-Blaché were often erased from film history, women directors in France have a long tradition to draw from. It is this tradition of women film-making that we will explore in this course, focusing in particular on a new generation of women directors who today are revitalizing contemporary French cinema. Directors to be studied will include: Dulac, Duras, Varda, Akerman, Kurys, Sciamma, Denis, Zlotowski, Labrune, Maïwenn, Jaoui, Hansen-Love, Quillévéré, Benguigui. Pending faculty approval. Monday night film screenings. Instructor: Rachlin, Nathalie M. [Elective]

MS 130 SC: New Media Research Studio

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 221 (Lang Art Building)

New Media Research Studio is a class dedicated to the applied and participatory study of new media, materials, environments and platforms. It uses the term “new” to pivot around the historical conditions and everyday practices of contemporary media. Students will explore the social, cultural, economic, and political dimension of phenomena such as social media, mobile gaming, live streaming, digital fabrication, internet art, automation, and augmented reality. Through immersive independent investigations that will take the form of “travelogues,” they will learn how to define and develop projects that employ historical, ethnographic, and artistic methods of research and production. Prerequisites: MS 049, 050, 051, and an Introductory Production class in Media Studies. Instructor: Wing, Carlin. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 132 SC: Theories of Interaction

W 1:15-4:00PM. HM Room 105 (Humanities Building)

This course explores cultural techniques and technologies of interaction, including but not limited to games, motion capture, and virtual reality. This semester, we will use the topic of games to unpack notions of interaction within a productive set of limits. Games are interactive media. And more and more, they are everywhere. While Eric Zimmerman calls our present moment the “ludic century,” Alex Galloway describes it as “an era of ludic capitalism.” In this moment, making and playing games ranges across the personal, political, professional, prescribed, and performative. Students will explore central questions in media theory and game studies while developing projects about formal, material, technical, social, and theoretical understandings of interaction. Prerequisites: MS 049, 050, or MS 051. Instructor: Wing, Carlin. [Media Theory] 

Harvey Mudd

MS 120 HM: Animal Media Studies

TR 1:15-2:30PM. SHAN Room 2465 (Shanahan Center)

This course will examine representations of animals in film – wildlife documentaries, animated features, critter cams, scientific data, and video art – to address fundamental questions about human and animal nature and culture. Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary field in which scholars from philosophy, biology, media studies, and literature consider the subjective lives of animals, the representations of animals in media and literature, and the shifting boundary line between human and animal. In readings, screenings, and discussions, we will consider the cultural and material lives of humans and animals through the lenses of science, art, literature, and film. Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel. [Media Theory] 

MS 172 HM: Third Cinema

TR 9:35-10:50AM. SHAN Room 2421 (Shanahan Center)

Emerging in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, the notion of Third Cinema takes its inspiration from the Cuban revolution and from Brazil’s Cinema Novo. Third Cinema is the art of political film making and represents an alternative cinematic practice to that offered by mainstream film industries. This course explores the aesthetics of film making from a revolutionary consciousness in three regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Instructor: Balseiro, Isabel. [Media Theory]