Spring 2021 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

HIST 096 CM: The Amazon

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM ONLI (Online) – Section 1

MW 2:30-3:45PM ONLI (Online); CM Campus, Online – Section 2

From the time of the conquest, the outside world turned the Amazon into an imagined place to unleash their fantasies and fears. This course introduces students to the gendered and racialized narratives of the Amazon focusing on how such narratives have been imagined in visual culture. We examine images (wood carvings and photography), explorers’ accounts, ethnography, novels, advertisements, environmental campaigns and films from the time of the conquest to the present day. The point is to understand how the Amazon and its people have been imagined externally and internally, and why certain narratives hold power in the Western world. Instructor: Sarzynski, Sarah R. [Elective]

KRNT 130 CM: Korean Cinema & Culture

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM ONLI (Online)

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. Fully synchronous. Instructor(s): Choi, Jung Eun. [Elective] 

LIT 034 CM: Creative Journalism

W 2:30-5:15PM ONLI (Online)

An intensive hands-on course in feature writing styles and journalistic ethics; a primer for writing in today’s urban America. Essentially, journalism, like all art, tells a story. How that story is told is as critical to the success of a piece as the importance of its theme. A series of writing exercises and reporting “assignments” will give both inexperienced and more advanced writers the tools to explore their writerly “voice.” Special attention will be devoted to discussions of the role of the journalist in society. All registered students must attend the first class. Fully synchronous. Instructor permission required. For permission to enroll, send a letter of interest and writing sample to [email protected]. Instructor(s): Moffett, Kevin. [Elective]

LIT 084 CM: Lyric Voice in Modern American Lit/Film

MW 2:30-3:45PM ONLI (Online)

This course examines currents in American literature and film from World War II to the present. Though the course surveys key trends over this period especially against the backgrounds of modernism and post-modernism we will concentrate in particular on the lyric impulse in American culture, studying works concerned with ideas of epiphany, meditation, contemplation, transcendence, a general conception of the poetic and the role of feeling and the emotions in modern life. With a primary focus on short forms, we will pay special attention to work that confronts the question of how to maintain lyric artistic standpoints amid cultural and social developments often inimical to them. Fully synchronous. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Media Theory or Media History]

LIT 130 CM: Introduction to Film

F 12:45-3:45PM ONLI (Online)

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. Fully synchronous. Sophomores and Juniors only. Instructor: Schur, Thomas. [Intro. Critical] 

LIT 134 CM: Special Studies in Film- Spy Films

TR 12:45-2:00PM ONLI (Online)

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 2021 is Spy Films. This course focuses on spy-thrillers. The films are entertainments, but they deal directly with political subjects; they imagine ways of being a patriot, an effective agent, a reliable civil servant, and of pursuing the interests of a state beyond lawful, acknowledged procedures. We will emphasize interpretations that engage these concerns, and look to some essays by political philosophers to guide our analyses. Students will write two papers of about 8 pages, and introduce one film to the class. Their grades will be determined on the basis of (1) the quality of their writing, (2) the acuteness of their analyses, (3) and their class participation. Here are our films: Notorious (1946) North by Northwest (1959) Manchurian Candidate (1962) Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) Three Days of the Condor (1975) Tinker, Tailor (1979; 2011) Man on Fire (2004) Lives of Others (2006) Traitor (2008) L’Affaire Farewell (2009) Page Eight [Worricker] (2011) Homeland (2011-19) A Most Wanted Man (2014) THIS COURSE WILL BE ENTIRELY SYNCHRONOUS ON ZOOM. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL MEETINGS OF THE COURSE. NO EXCEPTIONS. Instructor: von Hallberg, Robert. [Media History]


ARHI 140 PO: The Arts of Africa

T 12:45-3:45PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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 12:45-3:45PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 9:15-11:45AM ONLI Room SYNC (Online) – Section 1

TR 12:45-3:15PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online) – Section 2

Foundations of 2D Design is a hands on introduction to the principles of visual design. This course has other requirements. Instructor: Allen, Mark. [Intro. Production]

MS 050 PO: Introduction to Film

M 7:00-9:50PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

TR 12:45-2:00PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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: Wynter, Kevin. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 051 PO: Intro to Digital Media Studies

To Be Arranged 00:00-00:00AM ONLI Room ASYN (Online)

MW 2:30-3:45PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

Introduction to Digital Media Studies. An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of digital and electronic media, exploring the relationships between “old” and “new” media forms, the historical development of computer-based communication and the ways that new technologies are reshaping literature, art, journalism and the social world. Instructor: Moralde, Oscar John Arellano. [Intro. Critical]

MS 089D PO: Popular Cultures and Audiences

MW 2:30-3:45PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

In this course, we will survey the concept of popular culture throughout American history. How have people received, remixed, and reinterpreted cultural forms and practices? How did demographic shifts and technological innovations play a role? Methodologically, we will draw from such disciplines as media studies, sound studies, history, anthropology, and musicology, combining secondary literature with our own close readings of primary texts, recordings, oral histories, and archival collections. We will examine such topics as Colonial era Native American Psalmody, 19th century riots over Shakespeare, Amateur Night at the Apollo, Star Trek slash fiction, and social eating live streams, in order to better understand the ways in which people use culture to construct, develop, or enforce notions of citizenship, identity, and belonging. Instructor(s):Boyer, William Douglas. [Media History] 

MS 092 PO: Principles of Television Study

MW 12:45-2:00PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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 148F PO: Global Cinema

TR 9:15-10:30AM ONLI Room WEB (Online)

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 148G PO: Film Theory

R 12:45-3:45PM ONLI Room WEB (Online)

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: Critical Studies - Core Theories in Media Studies

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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. Instructor: Engley, Ryan. [Media Theory] 

MS 175 PO: "Horror" and The American Horror

TR 2:30-3:45PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

W 7:00-9:50PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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 or equivalent. Letter grade only. Instructor: Wynter, Kevin. [Media History]

MUS 096B PO: Electronic Music Studio

MW 12:45-2:00PM ONLI Room SYNC (Online)

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] 

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM ONLI Room WEB (Online) – Section 1, Knox, Jill 

MW 12:45-3:15PM ONLI Room WEB (Online) – Section 2, Lu, Joyce J.

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. Instructors: Knox, Jill / Lu, Joyce J. [Elective] 

THEA 002 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

TR 9:15-10:30AM ONLI Room WEB (Online)

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 12:45-3:15PM ONLI Room WEB (Online)

Scene study, Voice Training will include virtual rehearsals, short films, voice-over, writing/composition and guest artists. Students gain an understanding of the actor’s work of character analysis through the use of objectives, inner monologues and character research through the lens of a virtual platform and achieved through the cinematic lens of performance. May be repeated twice for credit. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA 001A PO or THEA 001G PO. Instructor: Ortega, Giovanni. [Elective]


ASAM 086 PZ: Social Documentation

To Be Arranged TBA (To Be Assigned)

Viewing of films and other documentary forms by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for critique and discussion. Basic instruction in use of digital video technology to document social issues relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Community-project. Instructor(s): Staff. [Elective]

MS 050 PZ: Intro to Film

MW 2:30-3:45PM TBA (To Be Assigned)

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 vérité 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. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Intro. Critical]

MS 051 PZ: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 12:45-2:00PM 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. Instructor PERM required. Instructor: Esmaeli, Kouross. [Intro. Critical] 

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. Instructor PERM required. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Intro. Production]  

MS 087 PZ: Media Sketchbook

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

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. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 097 PZ: Contemporary US Media

W 7:00-9:50PM TBA (To Be Assigned)

American Media in Trump Era 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 PERM required. Instructor: Esmaeli, Kouross. [Media Theory or Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 098 PZ: Media of Middle East

T 7:00-9:50PM TBA (To Be Assigned)

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 PERM required. Instructor(s): Staff. [Media History]

MS 111 PZ: Perspectives on Photography

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

This course critically examines the photograph as artifact, art, evidence, and weapon. Section 1 looks at photographs through the works of key theorists. Section 2 introduces the anthropology of photography as a social practice, including its relation to colonialism, race, and the global circulation of representations. Section 3 hones in on African photography. Section 4 analyzes current trends, including the role of the photograph in journalism, art, indigenous activism, and the digital era. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Media History or Media Theory]

MS 115 PZ: Sound, Art, and Power

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

An intermediate/advanced level media theory course exploring unique and challenging audio-visual relationships found in experimental media art. Additionally, it argues for diversity within the emerging field of sound studies, as well as art history and criticism, media and cinema studies, and other fields within the human sciences. This course offers students in-depth examination of broad topics in sound, including silence, voice, listening, noise, and the soundscape via specific case studies including voiceover in avant-garde and ethnographic film, the history of racialized violence in the U.S., acoustic architecture, and site-specific sound installations, to name a few. First-years require PERM. Instructor: Ma, Ming-Yuen. [Media Theory] 

MS 117 PZ: Fan Culture and Celebrity

MW 4:15-5:30PM TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Instructor PERM required. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Media History]

MS 121 PZ: Cultural Politics of Self Care

TR 2:30-3:45PM TBA (To Be Assigned)

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

MS 175 PZ: Animation as Voice

R 2:30-5:15PM TBA (To Be Assigned)

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. Instructor: Hutin, Stephanie. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

W 2:30-5:15PM 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 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. 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: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Elective] 


ARHI 185 SC: History of Photography

To Be Arranged

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

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

ART 116 SC: Intro to Digital Photo

TR 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA (To Be Announced)

A studio art course in digital photography with an emphasis on image production. Students will explore, discuss, and contextualize historical and contemporary uses of photographic media. Student will learn or expand on their skills in Photoshop and Lightroom. Students must have access to a DSL or Lensless camera w/ full manual camera settings. The course will include student presentations, technical assignments, writing assignments, and a final portfolio. Fee: $75. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Intro. Production]

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

TR 12:45-2:45PM TBA (To Be Announced) – Section 1, Macko, Nancy

MW 12:45-2:45PM TBA (To Be Announced) – Section 2, Murnane, Maura

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

ART 142 SC: Intermediate Digital Art

MW 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA (To Be Announced)

This intermediate level course will explore digital approaches, history, concepts and techniques within the realms of art and design. Assignments will develop proficiency in a range of programs including Adobe InDesign and Illustrator and an introduction to AutoDesk Freeware. This is not intended to be a technical training course. Prerequisite: ART 141; Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Ogasian, Alyson. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 143 SC: Advanced Digital Art

MW 12:45-2:45PM TBA (To Be Announced)

This advanced level course will build upon techniques, methodologies and approaches developed in Intermediate and Introductory Digital Art. Assignments will develop proficiency in a range of software in conjunction with digital fabrication techniques. Advanced Digital Art will encourage cross-disciplinary experimentation; the relationship between physical and digital space will be interrogated. Prerequisite: Art 141 SC, Art 142 SC. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Ogasian, Alyson. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 147 SC: Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography

TR 2:30-3:45PM TBA (To Be Announced)

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 or Art 145. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

ART 181 SC: Topics Seminar in Studio Art - Digital Art Theories

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

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. The topic for Spring 2021 is Digital Art Theories: Digital Art Theories and Concepts is a seminar course that surveys contemporary practices; explores current issues; and fosters interdisciplinary thinking and production in digital art, broadly construed. Course material will enable students to situate their own work within the larger context of the visual arts. Research, writing exercises and critiques will help students to better understand, give meaning to, and articulate their practice. Fee: $75. Instructor: Tran, Kim-Trang T. [Media Theory] 

ART 181M: Feminist Concepts & Strategies

W 2:30-5:15PM TBA (To Be Announced)

This seminar/studio course examines the recent history and current trends of women’s roles and contributions in media studies and studio art through readings and projects with an emphasis on gender in relationship to media culture. Analysis of and experimentation with visual media including print, photography and digital art in relation to the theory and practice of media studies and studio art is informed by a feminist perspective and critique. No 1st-year students. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Media Theory]   

CLAS 019 SC: Classical Myth in Film

TR 2:30-3:45PM ONLI (Online)

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 screening films, students will also read plays, poetry, historical narratives, film criticism, and works of critical theory. Instructor: Roselli, David. [Elective] 

GRMT 102 SC: Manifestos

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM ONLI (Online)

Manifestos: Poetry of the Revolution As consumers of modern culture’s artifacts-paintings, architecture, movies, literature-we tend to be unaware that most artistic and political movements originated in one very specific idea. Em-bodying the quintessentially modern claim to nothing less than the capacity to change the world, the manifesto has captured the urgency of this idea for almost 200 years. Beginning with the modern era’s archetypical manifesteers, Marx and Engels, this class explores proclamations by the abolitionist movement, Italian Futurists, and Riot Grrrl punk rockers. We will discuss declarations by women’s suffrage activists, Bauhaus architects, the Chicanx Student Movement, Soviet filmmakers, and many other manifestos. Taught in English. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Vennemann, Kevin. [Elective] 

GRMT 114 SC: Plotting Crime

TR 2:30-3:45PM ONLI (Online)

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 038 SC: Machine Learning for Artists

MW 10:00AM-12:00PM ONLI (Online)

Machine learning (ML) is a new branch of computer science that provides services for automatic translation and speech recognition (Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant), product recommendations (Netflix, Amazon, etc.), transportation (Waymo, Tesla, the City of Copenhagen), and political campaigns (Facebook and Cambridge Analytica). ML is becoming a familiar presence in our lives; computer scientists and developers introduce new applications every day for chatting with humans, recommending the best course of action, and making predictions about the future. In spite of all the press, ML remains daunting to non-specialists. This class seeks to mend this divide. This class will introduce ML concepts to students without prior experience and provide templates to get students working in ML right away. We will study and remake artworks by Mario Klingemann, Anna Ridler, Sougwen Chung, Memo Akten, Helena Sarin, Tom White, and others. They will use techniques such as image segmentation, CycleGAN, pix2pix, and Tensorflow. Students will propose and work on a larger project in the last third of the class. Prerequisite: Any experience with programming, especially with Python. Instructor: Goodwin, Doug. 

MS 051 SC: Intro to Digital Media Studies

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM ONLI (Online)

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 permission required. Instructor: Wing, Carlin. [Intro. Critical]

MS 053 SC: Intro to Computational Media

MW 10:00AM-12:00PM ONLI (Online)

Introductory course in computation within the context of media and art with a focus on two-dimensional graphics. The potential of computer as medium will be considered through exercises, assignments, readings, and critiques. Both procedural and object-oriented programming will be explored, as well as, using input and output of files, generative techniques, and image creation through data processing. Instructor: Mi, Jane. [Intro. Production]

MS 054 SC: Intermediate Computational Media

MW 12:45-2:45PM ONLI (Online)

Intermediate course in computation within context of media and art with a focus on three dimensional graphics. The potential of computer as medium will be considered through exercises, assignments, readings, and critiques. The course introduces students to three dimensional tools, including explorations in mixed reality environments (XR). Instructor: Mi, Jane. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 059 SC: CSI: Intro to Python and Viz

MW 2:30-3:45PM ONLI (Online)

This is an introduction to computer programming that supports Scripps College’s interdisciplinary vision. It is for everyone–visual designers, data scientists, and fine artists–who wants to create interactive media and computer graphics. This course links software concepts to principles of visual form, motion, and interaction. Students learn the fundamentals of Python programming (data structures, sequencing, selection and sorting, iteration and recursion, functions, object-oriented code) and use Processing.py to analyze and visualize data, generate drawings and sounds, manipulate images, create interactions for games, use network communication to collect data, and learn how to work with remote data to create environmental simulations. Prior programming experience not required. This course satisfies the pre-requisite for DS2 in Scripps’ Data Science minor. Instructor: Goodwin, Doug. [Intro. Production] 

MS 132 SC: Theories of Interaction

T 2:30-5:15PM ONLI (Online)

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] 

MS 160 SC: Computational Photography II

TR 10:00AM-12:00PM ONLI (Online)

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: MS159SC (CP1) or introductory programming class. Instructor: Goodwin, Doug. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 192 JT: SR Project & Paper in Media Studies

TR 12:45-2:00PM ONLI (Online)

Senior Project and Paper in Media Studies. SR majors only. Instructor(s): Tran, Kim-Trang T. For students in the Film/Video or Digital/Electronic tracks who have been approved to work on a spring project. 

Harvey Mudd

MS 120 HM: Animal Media Studies

TR 12:45-2:00PM ONLI (Online)

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. HSA Writing Intensive: No. Instructor: Mayeri, Rachel. [Media Theory] 

MS 173 HM: Exile in Cinema

TR 7:30-8:45AM ONLI (Online) – Section 1

TR 9:15-10:30AM ONLI (Online) – Section 2

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. HSA Writing Intensive: No. Instructor: Balseiro, Isabel. [Media History or Media Theory]

MUS 067 HM: Film Music

F 12:45-3:30PM ONLI (Online)

This course is an exploration of the history and aesthetics of the use of music in cinema, primarily the Hollywood film from the so-called silent era to the present. (We will not cover musicals, documentaries, or short films.) The course will include the development of skills of listening analysis and writing about music in the context of narrative film. No background in music or film history is required. HSA Writing Intensive: No. Instructor: Alves, Bill. [Elective]