Summer 2020 Media Studies Courses


All Summer Session courses will be taught online

MS 120: Social/Media

SESSION I (May 18- May 29)

MTWTF 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm 

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

MS 050: Intro to Film

SESSION II (May 18- June 26)

T TH 1:00 pm – 4:10 pm

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. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Intro. Critical]

MS 082: Intro to Video Art

SESSION II (May 18- June 26)

MW 9:00 am – 12:10 pm

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. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann. [Intro. Production]