Summer 2021 Media Studies Courses


All Summer Session classes will be held online.

ART 141: Intro to Digital Art

SESSION (May 24-July 2)

TR  9:00 am – 12:10 pm

This course is designed to develop a sense of computer literacy using the Macintosh system and to acquaint students with the most current state-of-the-art programs in graphics software. Critical discourse is a key element to the structure of the course in examining some of the principles of visual literacy that are encountered in photography, video, animation, and the Internet. Instructor: Maura Murnane [Intro. Production] 

MS 050: Intro to Film

SESSION (May 24-July 2)

MW 9:00 am – 12:10 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 (May 24-July 2)

TR 1:00 pm – 4:10 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] 

MS 120: Social/Media

SESSION (May 24-July 2)

MW 1:00 pm – 4:10 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]