Spring 2020 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

KRNT 130 CM: Korean Cinema & Culture

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

This course examines Korean history, politics, culture, and society through analysis of their representation in contemporary Korean cinema. This course will follow the history of Korea chronologically from Yi Dynasty to the present focusing on the topics such as Confucianism, Colonial period, nationalism, Korean War, national division, military government, democratic movements, and urbanization. The focus of the class will be equally distributed between the films themselves and the historical time and people captured on these films. Knowledge of Korean is not required. Instructor: Lee, Don. [Elective]

LIT 030 CM: Introduction to Video Art

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM WST Room Q116 (West Hall) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera Hall)

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. Film/Media Studies Majors Only. Instructor: Schur, Thomas. [Intro. Production] 

LIT 134 CM: Special Studies in Film - Horror

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

T 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. The topic for spring 2020 is Horror. This course pursues a critical survey of the horror genre. The main focus will be on American cinema and media, though we will look at some examples of horror from other countries for comparison. We will also look at some more historical material – Dracula and Frankenstein, for example – but the bulk of the course will be devoted to contemporary horror (from the 1990s to the present), including films like NEAR DARK, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, IT FOLLOWS, GET OUT, and MIDSOMMAR. Work for the course includes four polished essays. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media History]


AFRI 144A AF: Black Women, Feminism(s) & Arts

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

Interdisciplinary seminar explores the ascension of intersectional feminism(s) produced by trailblazing Black women artists, theorists, and activists. Assigned creative and critical interventions interrogate the ways interlocking constructs of race (aestheticized moral ranking system), gender, sexuality, class, religion, and citizenship inform self-perceptions, social status, creative practices, as well as political and economic relationships of power. Situating contemporary feminist work historically, thematically- organized materials highlight key written and visual texts by the nineteenth century and twentieth-century foremothers. Students will compare and contrast strategies for living, thinking, and visualizing love-driven efforts to raise consciousness, manifest political and economic change, and energize social transformations across the African diaspora. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Media Theory] 

ARHI 186W PO: Interrogating Whiteness: Race, Sex, Representation

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

Interdisciplinary course studying select African disapora visual arts interrogating linguistic, conceptual, and visual solipsisms contributing to the construction and reproduction of whiteness in aesthetics, studio art, film, video, and social media. Course assignments and activities develop critical visual literacy employing a constructionist approach to the production of knowledge and cultural criticism. Students encouraged to decode and deconstruct interlocking binary oppositions, such as blackness/whiteness, female/male, propaganda/art, modernity/postmodernity, citizen/immigrant, which dominate in Euroethnic intellectual thought, our racially-gendered relations of power, representational practices, and contemporary [white] nationalist visual grammar. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Media Theory]

ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 1:15-3:45PM STAR Room 215 (Studio Arts)

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

FREN 110 PO: French Films

M 7:00-9:50PM ML Room 1021 (Millikan Laboratory)

The aesthetics of a small selection of French films and the cultural, philosophical and political cultures out of which they were produced as an introduction to the major styles, periods, and directors of French cinema. Linguistic, technical and theoretical tools for cinematic analysis in French. Oral and written expression through discussion, essays and oral presentations. Possible filmmakers include Méliès, Renoir, Resnais, Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard, Kurys, Varda, Malle and Garrel. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: FREN044 PO. Instructor: Abecassis, Jack I. [Elective]

MS 049 PO: Intro to Media Studies

TR 2:45-4:00PM MA Room 20 (Mason 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: Klioutchkine, Konstantine. [Intro. Critical]

MS 050 PO: Introduction to Film

TR 2:45-4:00PM CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall) – Section 1, Connelly

M 7:00-9:50PM CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall) – Section 2 Screening, Wynter

TR 1:15-2:30PM CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall) – Section 2, Wynter

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): Connelly, Thomas J. / Wynter, Kevin. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 091 PO: History of American Broadcasting

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

History of American Broadcasting studies the history of American broadcasting from the diffusion of radio as a mass media through the transition to television, up to the development of television as the dominant broadcasting form. Students will begin to understand the impact of U.S. broadcasting by familiarizing themselves with key programs and trends. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Media History]

MS 092 PO: Principles of Television Study

MW 1:15-2:30PM CR Room 08 (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 131 PO: The "Two" and Media

MW 2:45-4:00PM CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

This course focuses on theoretical questions regarding the “two”: the social tie, friendship, confession, and the relationship between the individual subject and the group. This class will ground its inquiry in the fundamental question: what do we make of the encounter between the one and an(other)? To answer this, we will examine a challenging set of philosophical texts and a range of media that revolve around the intersubjective relation (or non-relation) of two central characters or figures. Objects of study will include Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s television series Fleabag, Season 1 of Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial and Fumito Ueda’s classic minimalist video game Ico. Letter grade only. Pre-requisites: MS 049 PO or MS 050 PO or MS 051 PO or MS 092 PO or equivalents. Instructor: Engley, Ryan. [Media Theory]

MS 148D PO: Powers of Pleasure

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

This course interrogates John Fiske’s contention that “pleasure may be the bait on the hook of hegemony, but it is always more than this; it always involves an element that escapes the system of power.” With this claim in mind, we will: 1) evaluate key arguments in the field regarding pleasure’s complicity with dominant ideological frameworks–particularly with regard to normative views of gender, race, class and sexuality; 2) consider ways in which the critique of pleasure itself may collude with patriarchal, racist, classist and heteronormative systems of thought; and 3) explore the possibilities for pleasure to undermine established systems of power. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, and MS 051 PO. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer. [Media Theory]

MS 148F PO: Global Cinema

TR 1:15-2:30PM CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall)

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

MS 149T PO: 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). May be repeated once for credit. Letter grade only. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer. [Media Theory]

MS 180 PO: The War Film

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

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

This course surveys the history of the war film. Our focus will center mainly upon Hollywood cinema’s depiction of warfare, but the course also expands beyond American borders to explore the genre in a global context. While the Hollywood war film can often serve as a platform for glorifying armed conflict and celebrating the heroism of the combatant, it has also historically been a site of political and ideological critique, and has served as a barometer of the social mood and public perception of warfare. Throughout the semester we will examine representations of war in cinema across the 20th century and into the 21st century, tracking its impact and its aftermath at the level of the political and social, but also at the level of the subjective and the psychological. We will develop the critical and theoretical frameworks necessary to grapple with aesthetics of violence, reading work from Prince, Massumi, Baurillard, Virilio, Foucault, and Scarry, among others. Topics will include, torture, preemption, genocide, trauma, deterrence, revenge, reintegration and forgiveness. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: MS 050 PO or equivalent. Instructor: Wynter, Kevin. [Media History]

MUS 091 PO: Sound, Cognition, and History

MW 2:45-4:00PM THAT Room 109 (Thatcher Music Bldg)

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

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]

RUST 113 PO: Women in Soviet Film

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

What did the Soviet woman look like? This course explores the shifting representation of women in films across the twentieth century. The Russian Revolution of 1917 promised a radical restructuring of society that would ensure gender equality. How was this new woman represented on the silver screen? What roles were imagined for women in this new society that was often portrayed as highly ‘masculine?’ How did the changing political situation influence depictions of women in these films? We will explore representations of women as revolutionaries, mothers, war heroes, workers, and muses. In addition to attending to the representation of women on screen, we will also examine the role of women behind the scenes in the Soviet film industry as editors and filmmakers. To explore how this ‘new woman’ was theorized, constructed, and represented through the new medium of film, we will read a range of texts, including: primary sources that shaped the discourse around gender, sexuality, and feminism in the Soviet Union; film theory; as well as film criticism. Instructor: Jensen, Robyn. [Elective]

SPAN 105 PO: Spanish Film

MWF 10:00-10:50AM MA Room 4 (Mason Hall)

Spanish Film: Tradition and Transgression explores a selection of representative Spanish cinematic production and highlights the tension between tradition and transgression. Class discussions situate these films within their socio-historical context as well as within the context of the development of Spanish film and the Spanish film industry. Emphasis on gender, aesthetics and politics. Prerequisite: 44 or 50. Letter grade only. Instructor: Cahill, Paul H. [Elective]

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) -Section 1, Chang

MW 1:15-3:45PM TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 2, Mills

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 3, Prahl

TR 1:15-3:45PM TE Room 120 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 4, 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 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

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] 


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] 

MS 049 PZ: Introduction to Media Studies

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

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

This course introduces the discipline of media studies to students and gives them foundational knowledge of the field. The readings and screenings comprise a range of approaches and will allow students to address media in a variety of styles and modes of practice, including film, television, and new media. Additional class screening time: MON 7-9:50PM. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 051 PZ: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 9:35-10:50AM WST Room Q120 (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: Esmaeli, Kouross. [Intro. Critical]

MS 087 PZ: Media Sketchbook

TR 1:15-2:30PM WST Room Q120 (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. $150 fee. Pre-reqs: MS 49, MS 50, or MS 51. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 088 PZ: Mexican Visual Cultures

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM WST Room Q120 (West 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 093 PZ: Experimental Media Studio

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

An intermediate production course that engages with media practices outside of the traditional single-channel film or videotapes made for broadcast or screening in a theatre. New genres and hybrid media forms including installation, performance, and tactical media are explored through a series of readings, lectures, presentations, and creative assignments in both individual and group projects. Letter Grade Only. $150 fee. Any intro-lvl MS prod course, or into-lvl Photo, sculpt, or comp/electronic music course. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 097 PZ: American Media in Trump Era

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

This course will introduce students to a range of disciplinary and intellectual tools for understanding the media of contemporary US. Theories of media and the new media ecology will form the context for topics such as electoralism and populism; neoliberalism & imperialism; fight for racial, gender and sexual equality; the politics of globalization and anti-globalization; environmentalism; and the cultural formations that lie at the core of these converging issues. Students will be expected to produce their own media projects in dialogue with the mediated images studied in class. Instructor: Esmaeli, Kouross. [Media Theory or Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 098 PZ: Media of Middle East

W 2:45-5:30PM FL Room 110 (Fletcher Hall)

What can we learn about the Middle East by examining media? What can we learn about media by studying institutions of production and practices of consumption alongside media texts themselves? In this course, we will study the media from the Middle East: Iran, Turkey, and the Arab world from Iraq to Egypt including Palestine/Israel. We will study primarily traditional media such as film, television, and music that have played a role in consolidating, contesting, and complicating colonial and postcolonial states and patriarchal norms as well as new media such as satellite and internet-based platforms that have been central to the Arab Revolts and other recent political movements. Instructor: Esmaeli, Kouross. [Media History]

MS 101 PZ: Asian American Media in Communities

MW 1:15-2:30PM WST Room Q120 (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. Letter Grade Only. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Media History or Media Theory]

MS 123 PZ: Embodying Identity in Practice

R 1:15-4:00PM WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This interdisciplinary course explores how talk, gesture, bodily practices and other forms of communication produce identities, society, culture and communication. This course will combine the reading of sociolinguistic texts that study how language and gesture produce identity; feminist scholarship which troubles separations between human and non-human, self and other, the private-subjective and the scholarly-objective; and the viewing of photography, video, performance art and film that artistically engage these issues. Students will respond to these texts by practicing sensory ethnography (the observation of everyday interaction that centers the sensing body of both researcher and subject); and artistic production in any medium. Instructor PERM required. Pre-reqs: Prior coursework in MS, art, anthropology or linguistics. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Media Theory] 

MS 192 JT: Senior Project & Paper in Media Studies

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

Senior Project and Paper in Media Studies. Instructor PERM required. Seniors Only. Letter Grade 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. Instructor PERM required. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Designation dependent on topic]

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

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

This course is a combination of analysis, theory, and hands-on service-learning experience of how media arts mobilize, educate and empower communities. The course will examine working models of media-based community collaboration projects. Students will be linked with non-profit community collaborators (media arts centers, social service and youth service agencies) who are using media as a catalyst for action in their community. Working with site hosts/collaborators, students will work with undeserved populations to design, implement and produce unique media collaborations that provoke thought and action. Course Fee $150. Instructor PERM required. Pre-reqs: MS 49, MS 50 or MS 51. 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. 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. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

PSYC 128 PZ: Cognitive Film Studies

R 1:15-4:00PM SKD Room P105 (Skandera Hall)

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


ARHI 161 SC: Photography and the Archive

MW 9:35-10:50AM BX Room 108 (Baxter Hall)

This seminar investigates photographic archives as sites of memory and forgetting. Engaging a range of theoretical, critical, and art-historical texts, students will examine how photography participates in ideas about collective identity, surveillance, territorial imagination, and institutions of knowledge. The course will also discuss the work of artists and photographers whose practices draw from and critically intervene in archives and archival modes. Instructor: Lum, Julia. [Art History]

ART 134 SC: Between Analog+Digital Printmaking

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

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 solar plates, digital transfer, and analog and digital printing will be explored. Pre-requisite: Art 141 SC. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 135 SC: Letterpress Printing

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

Through structured and open assignments, students will learn the basics of typesetting and printing on antique printing press in the Scripps Press studio. In library visits and class discussion, the class will explore how publishers, artists and activists in early manuscripts, printed books, fine press, and contemporary artist’s books and print portfolios use letterpress alone and with imagery to educate, entertain, shift consciousness, and present a story or narrative. $75 Studio Art course fee. Instructor: Blassingame, Tia. [Elective] 

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

TR 4:15-6:45PM ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of digital art through the use of digital art software. The curriculum is designed to assist students in approaching their artistic ideas from a fine arts perspective, to draw upon formal elements in art and conceptual issues related to art and technology thus influencing and informing their creative process, projects and goals. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Murnane, Maura. [Intro. Production] 

ART 142 SC: Intermediate Digital Art

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM 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 permission required. Instructor: Nakaue, Melanie Dana. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 143 SC: Adv. Digital Art

MW 1:15-3:45PM 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 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 SC, Art 142 SC. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Nakaue, Melanie Dana. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 145 SC: Intro B/W Darkroom Photo

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

A studio course in black-and-white photography with an emphasis on image production, developing, and printing 35mm film, in a wet darkroom. Instruction in basic camera operation, and darkroom techniques, and considers historical and contemporary uses of the photographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Prerequisites: Art 100A, Art 100B, Art 141, Intro to Media Studies. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Intro. Production]

ART 148 SC: Introduction to Video Art

MW 1:15-3:15PM LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

A studio course introducing students to the basic techniques of digital video production: camerawork, audio recording, lighting and non-linear editing. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. Fee: $75. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Intro. Production] 

ART 149 SC: Intermediate Video Art

MW 10:00AM-12:00PM LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

Students continue to develop digital video projects and experiment with expanded video practices such as creating motion graphics for video using Adobe software; projections, installations, and additional video forms. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. This course may be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 148 SC or Any Video Art course. Fee $75. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 181G SC: Beauty & Abject: Race/Gender/Art

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

This course will highlight the intersection of modern and and contemporary art criticism with race and gender issues in contemporary U.S. culture. This course fulfills the art theory requirement for Scripps Art, and/or Media Studies majors. Though not restricted to art majors, this seminar course is intended to help prepare majors for their capstone project. In addition to presentations and exams, students will be expected to produce a final research project/paper. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Media Theory]

ART 181N SC: Contemporary Practices: Artists in L.A.

W 4:15-6:30PM LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

Contemporary Practices: Artists in Los Angeles is an upper-division course that provides an in depth look at the history and methodologies underlying contemporary art practices of artists and designers based in Los Angeles, CA. The course will consist of: visiting artist lectures and workshops, readings, group and individual studio projects and written assignments. The goal of this course is for students to contextualize contemporary practices of artists and designers in Los Angeles to important theories and movements within contemporary art. Lab fee: $75. Instructor: Nakaue, Melanie Dana. [Elective]

CLAS 019 SC: Classical Myth in Film

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM HM Room AUD (Humanities Building)

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 116 SC: Display, Desire & Domination

MW 2:45-4:00PM BL Room 219 (Balch Hall)

Display, Desire and Domination (“Se Faire Connaitre en Image”) allows students to study and analyze imagery from Francophone contexts related to groups traditionally targeted for their gender, sexuality, race and class. Primary sources include: studio photography, journalistic photography, selfies, comics, journalistic satire, political drawings and social-media posts. Analysis of imagery is accomplished through the use of theoretical and historical secondary sources. Instructor: Everett, Julin. [Elective]

MS 059 SC: Alt Comp Sci: Analogs/Algorithms

TR 10:00-11:50AM ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

Fifty years ago all computers were analog: they found answers by reading changes in a physical model to describe a problem. The course will introduce students to analog computation by solving problems best done with non-digital techniques. We will cover the history of traditional topics in computer science by showing how they emerged from analog computation. We will then map the analogs to algorithms and write code to reproduce the original solutions.Instructor: Goodwin, Doug. [Intro. Production] 

MS 120 SC: Video Games & Media Discourse

MW 2:45-4:00PM HM Room 101 (Humanities Building)

How does a medium become gendered or racialized? Whose voices, images, and bodies come to delimit a medium? In this course, we will investigate the role that para-textual fields such as criticism, marketing, and fandom play in shaping media culture, with video games and game cultures as a paradigmatic case study. Historical examples from games will be supplemented with theories of criticism and discourse to create a starting point for student-developed media research projects. Prerequisite: MS 049 SC, MS 050 PZ, or MS 051 SC. Instructor: Moralde, Oscar. [Media Theory]

MS 131 SC: Interactive Narrative Design

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM LA Room 203 (Lang Art Building)

This course situates narrative writing as a key design practice for the creation of games and other interactive experiences. Learn how traditional narrative principles such as character, setting, and plot function within indeterminate and variable experiences that range from mainstream video game to tabletop role-playing and experimental digital/theatre works. Embark on creative writing and design projects that integrate narrative and algorithmic/rule-based play in digital and non-digital form. Prerequisites: MS 049 SC, MS 050 PZ or MS 051 SC and an introductory production class in Media Studies. Pre-req: MS 049, MS 050, MS 051
and an Intro Production class in Media Studies. Instructor: Moralde, Oscar. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 160 SC: Computational Photography II

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

Computers can correct flaws in traditional photography, and photographers are happy to use some or all of these tools to improve their images. Focus, aperture, and shutter may be automated alone or in concert. These fixes are just the beginning of the ways that computation will change photography. Soon cameras will make images without optics, manipulate time to sharpen the image, even see around corners to recover faces. We will study the impacts that computational photography will make on the arts, consider the consequences of new propaganda, and propose tactics to deal with these disruptions. Part 2 builds on our study of cameras and representation and moves into computer vision, image processing, digital cameras, image segmentation, high-dynamic-range imaging, texture analysis and synthesis, object detection, and projector-camera systems. Course work includes implementing relevant algorithms and completing a final project. Prerequisite: MS 159SC (CP1) or introductory programming class. Prereq: MS 159 SC or an intro programming course. Instructor: Goodwin, Doug.  [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

Harvey Mudd

MS 120 HM: Animal Media Studies

TR 1:15-2:30PM SHAN Room B470 (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 173 HM: Exile in Cinema

TR 8:10-9:25AM SHAN Room 2465 (Shanahan Center)

A thematic and formal study of the range of cinematic responses to the experience of exile. Exile is an event, but how does it come about and what are its ramifications? Exile happens to individuals but also to collectivities. How does it effect a change between the self and society, homeland and site of displacement, mother tongue and acquired language? This course examines how filmmakers take on an often painful historical process through creativity. Among the authors to read are Aime Cesaire, Edward Said, George Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, Med Hondo, and Hamid Naficy; films to be viewed focus on the third world. Instructor: Balseiro, Isabel. [Media History or Media Theory]