FILM - Film and Digital Media

FILM 10 Professional Topics in Film, Television, and Digital Media

Taught by a working professional, lectures and workshop provide students with career-related information and insight into a specific profession in film, television, and digital media. Students research various aspects of a film, television, or digital media profession.

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to film and digital media majors and minors, pre-majors and proposed majors.

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 20A Introduction to Film Studies

An introduction to the basic elements, range, and diversity of cinematic representation and expression. Aesthetic, theoretical, and critical issues are explored in the context of class screenings and critical readings. Students are billed a course materials fee. If space allows, restrictions may be lifted after priority enrollment.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Stamp

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year, sophomore, and junior proposed and pre-film and digital media majors and film and digital media minors.

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

FILM 20B Introduction to Television Studies

Introduction to the basic forms of televisual presentation, including differing narrative structure from movies and situation comedies to soap opera, plus modes of direct discourse in news, advertising, sports, music, television, and other genres. Alternative forms and modes in electronic media, such as independent video art and documentary, public television, cable, and electronic networks are explored, with their potential for expressing cultural diversity set in relation to social, cultural, and political conditions. Students are billed a course materials fee. If space allows, restrictions may be lifted after priority enrollment.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year, sophomore, and junior declared, proposed, and pre-film and digital media majors and film and digital media minors.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 20C Introduction to Digital Media

Introduces fundamental features of digital media and examines the immense visual, social, and psychological impact of the digital revolution on our culture. Topics include the concepts and forms of the digital hypertext interface, Internet, and web, and the impact of digital media on conceptions of the self, body, identity, and community. Students are billed a course materials fee. If space allows, restrictions may be lifted after priority enrollment.

Credits

5

Instructor

Warren Sack

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year, sophomore, and junior declared, proposed, and pre-film and digital media majors and film and digital media minors.

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 20P Introduction to Production Technique

Introduction to the production processes of visual/aural, time-based, creative work. Students work on a range of creative projects: performed, written, photographed, and created digitally. Assignments emphasize imaginative problem-solving, collaboration, visualization, and critical media literacy. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A or FILM 20B or FILM 20C or FILM 80A or FILM 80M. Enrollment is restricted to pre-majors, proposed majors, majors, frosh, sophomores, juniors, and students not currently declared in the production concentration.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 80A The Film Experience

Students learn to understand how films reach the public through a collaborative, industrial, and artistic practice; how films work in a narrative sense; how they construct meanings for viewers; and how their formal techniques construct different possibilities for meaning and interpretation.

Credits

5

Instructor

Irene Gustafson

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 80M Understanding Media

Introduces students to contemporary concerns, issues, and topics of media and media criticism. With an emphasis on visual analysis, students develop conceptual tools to think critically about photography, cinema, television, video, and print journalism.

Credits

5

Instructor

Edward Shanken

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 80S Special Topics in Film and Digital Media

Study of selected aspects of film, television, and/or digital media. Includes weekly screenings and historical/theoretical readings.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Ruiz, R. Prelinger

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter

FILM 80T Technothrillers

Examination of recent films classified as thrillers that approach technology (computers, robotics, biotech, the Internet, etc.) through suspense, anxiety, and paranoia. It will also address how technologically produced popular culture negotiates attitudes toward technological change. Students are billed a course materials fee. (Formerly course 80A.)

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Murray

General Education Code

PE-T

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 80V Video Games as Visual Culture

Through aesthetic, medium-specific and critical theories of electronic games, course introduces histories, ideas, and debates that inform critical game studies. Themes include: games and cinema; race, class, gender, sexuality and representation; visual/cultural studies approaches; topical issues in games.

Credits

5

General Education Code

PE-T

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 80X Sex in the Cinema

Examines the historical representation of sexual difference, orientation, and politics in film and video using cultural studies, political and economic historiography, and feminist and queer theory and paying special attention to intersections of U.S. political movements with filmmaking and reception.

Credits

5

General Education Code

IM

FILM 120 Introduction to Media Theory

Explores media theory. May be organized thematically or chronologically. Selects from key debates and movements central to understanding media forms in relation to self, society, politics, and aesthetics. Students are billed a course materials fee. (Formerly Introduction to Film Theory and Criticism.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Jennifer Horne

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A. Enrollment is restricted to film and digital media majors, pre-majors, and proposed majors during priority enrollment; may be opened if space allows.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 130 Silent Cinema

Presents the development of silent film as a cultural form from the early period to the beginning of sound, addressing its historical evolution, technological development, aesthetic transformations, and varied cultural contexts. Students are billed a course materials fee. Usually offered in alternate academic years.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Horne

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 132A International Cinema to 1960

A survey of significant developments in narrative film outside Hollywood from the advent of sound technology to the late '50s. Differing inter/national contexts, theoretical movements, technological innovations, and major directors are studied. Students are billed a course materials fee. Usually offered alternate academic years.

Credits

5

Instructor

Yiman Wang

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

General Education Code

CC

FILM 132B International Cinema, 1960 to Present

A survey of significant developments in narrative film outside Hollywood from 1960 to the present. Major film movements and directors from around the world are studied. Students are billed a course materials fee. Usually offered in alternate academic years.

Credits

5

Instructor

P. Limbrick

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 134A American Film, 1930-1960

A survey of American narrative cinema from 1930 to 1960. Examines developments in film style, film technology, and the film industry in relation to American cultural history. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Stamp

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A or FILM 20B, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 134B American Film, 1960-Present

A survey of American narrative cinema from 1960 to the present. Examines developments in film style, film technology, and the film industry in relation to American cultural history. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jonathan Kahana

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A or FILM 20B; and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

FILM 136A Experimental Film and Video

A survey of various experimental styles and practices in film and video, addressing the historical developments of these media formats. The course situates experimental film and video work within the larger contexts of artistic traditions as well as networks of production and reception. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A .

General Education Code

IM

FILM 136B History of Television

Survey of the historical development of broadcast television from its origins to the present day phenomena of cable, satellite, and electronic networks. Examination of major genres, forms, and modes of production and consumption within cultural, social, and economic contexts. Offered every other year, alternating with course 136A. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Rick Prelinger

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20B.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 136C Visual Culture and Technology: History of New Media

Explores the relationship between technology and change and surveys the history of various technologies of visual culture from print to computer based imagery and the Internet. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20C.

General Education Code

PE-T

FILM 136D Documentary Film and Video

Explores the category of nonfiction through a historical and theoretical study of documentary in film and video. Addresses ethnographic film, Soviet and Griersonian documentary, cinema verite and/or other selected documentary texts and the issues of representation they raise. Students are billed a course materials fee. (Formerly course 161.)

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Kahana

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A or FILM 20B.

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 150 Screenwriting

Problems in writing for film and television are explored through the writing of original material and analysis of existing works. Various film genres, conventions, and styles, both fictional and nonfictional, are examined. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed the Entry Level Writing and Composition prerequisites may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Instructor

N. V.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 151 Film Directing

Workshop that explores the director's involvement in film and video production. Topics will include the manipulation of time and space, continuity, script planning and blocking, and working with actors and crew. Students will participate in group and individual exercises in pre-production and scene direction. Prerequisite(s): courses 20A, 20P, and/or 170B are recommended; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 20A; 20P and/or 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Instructor

Gustavo Vazquez

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 152 Script Analysis

Students analyze diverse narrative techniques, dramatic structures, and genre forms to understand the craft of screenwriting and prepare for their own creative writing and filmmaking. Students read finished scripts and view films.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment is restricted to film and digital media majors and film and digital media pre-majors.

FILM 160 Film Genres

Concentrated study of films from one cinematic grouping with similar themes and narrative structures such as westerns, musicals, or science fiction, or a comparative study of different genres. History, theory, and criticism of the genre are covered. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 130, FILM 132A, FILM 132B, FILM 132C, FILM 134A or FILM 134B.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter

FILM 161B Documentary Animation

Examines the history, practice, and emergence of documentary animation in contemporary film, on the Web and as activist media with emphasis on the discourse central to social documentary, decolonial theory, and the politics of representation.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 162 Film Authors

Intensive critical study of the work of one film auteur (director, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer). Themes, style, and structure are explored using various critical modes of analysis. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Shelley Stamp

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 130, FILM 132A, FILM 132B, FILM 132C, FILM134A, or FILM 134B.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

IM

FILM 165A Film, Video, and Gender

A study of texts, theories, and issues of gender in film and/or video. Changing focus on one or more topics, including production and authorship, representation, reception, theories of identification, sexual preference, and related issues. Students are billed a course materials fee. Usually offered in alternate academic years.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A or FILM 20B.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 165B Race on Screen

Review of historical and critical tools to interpret representations of race on cinematic, television, and computer screens. Class will consider the place of race in theoretical and historical scholarship and examine the debates about race produced within and across film and digital media. Students are billed a course materials fee. Usually offered in alternate academic years.

Credits

5

Instructor

Yiman Wang

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A or FILM 20B.

General Education Code

ER

FILM 165C Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video

An overview of homosexuality and LGBT representations in American film. Explores the format and historical significance of New Queer Cinema. Recent independent queer film and video discussed. Topics include: authorship; spectatorship; genre and genre reappropriation; historical gender constructs; the art film; mainstream versus independent production; and the relationship of film to popular music. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to juniors, sophomores, and seniors.

General Education Code

IM

FILM 165D Asian Americans and Media

Examines media representations about, as well as by, Asian Americans. Using critical essays on film theory, racial studies, feminist criticism, and independent cinema, students develop the skills necessary to conduct critical analysis of Asian Americans in film and television. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Lahn Kim

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 165E Chicana/o Cinema, Video

Examines emergence of Chicana/o cinema and video from a place of social displacement, resistance, and affirmation. Looks at Chicana/o representation and spectatorship as it pertains to ethnicity, class, gender, and the beginning of a new Chicana/o film aesthetic. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 165G Gender and Global Cinema

Offers students historical and critical tools to investigate global film through the framework of gender. Focused in particular on contemporary film (from 1960 to present), the class is structured both chronologically and via national industries. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A.

General Education Code

CC

FILM 168 National Cinema and Culture

Study of a specific cinematic or other media tradition of a region, nation, language, diasporic collectivity or other unifying cultural entity. Not a survey, this course selects one focus or offers a comparative of cross-cultural framework. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

P. Limbrick

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 130, FILM 132A, FILM 132B, or FILM 132C.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 168M National Cinema and Culture: Morocco

Faculty-led study abroad course taught in Rabat, Morocco. In-depth investigation of Moroccan cinema and culture, including literature and art. Includes visits and field trips around Morocco. 

Credits

5

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Summer

FILM 170A Fundamentals of Digital Media Production

Introduction to the conceptual and technical fundamentals of making digital media. Covers principles of digital image manipulation, basic web authoring, and interface design through projects that introduce production techniques and methods. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s):FILM 20C or CSE 101 or CSE 111.

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 170B Fundamentals of Film and Video Production

An introduction to the art and craft of making films and videos. Covers principles of cinematography, videography, editing, production planning, and lighting involving both production techniques and methods. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 20A or 20B and at least one upper-division film and digital media critical studies course. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter.

Credits

5

Instructor

Cameron Archer, Irene Gustafson, Gustavo Vazquez

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 171A Sound

The cinematic equation equals images plus sound. What are sound-specific properties? What is the relationship between sound and image? Examines these and other questions through the creation of audio and audiovisualpieces. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 170A or 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170A or 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 171C Special Topics Workshop: Found Footage

Students will consider the practice of recycling images perhaps not intended by the original owner or creator. In addition to assigned readings and technical workshops, students produce three video projects and give a presentation on a specific issue or artist/group. Prerequisite(s): course 170A or 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170A or 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

General Education Code

PR-C

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 171D Social Information Spaces

Investigates how information spaces can be designed to be inhabited, socially navigable spaces. Emphasizes the social navigation of information spaces, a set of techniques and ideas from computer-supported cooperative works, human-computer interaction, and architecture.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 170A.

FILM 171F Special Topics Workshop: Autobiographical Film

Students explore autobiography as a filmmaking genre and practice, using experimental, fictionalized, documentary, and hybrid forms. Readings and screenings provide a theoretical context for production work. Topics include: strategies of (self) representation, reenactment, performance, portraiture, memoir, confession, and diaristic film. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

FILM 171S Special Topics in Film and Digital Media Production

An intermediate workshop-style production course which addresses diverse themes and approaches. Content changes quarterly according to faculty research interests and changing technologies/discourses in digital audiovisual production. Prerequisite(s): course 170B. Admission is by application; application materials are available during the last three weeks of the preceding quarter. Priority is given to students in the production concentration. Students not in the production concentration may apply and are considered on a space-available basis. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Irene Lusztig

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 172 Narrative Video Workshop

Intermediate workshop in film and video production concentrating on narrative production, development of critical standards, and technical methods. Topics include cinematography, sound, and non-linear digital editing techniques. Each student is responsible for the completion of short narratives from assignments. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Instructor

Cameron Archer

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

FILM 173 Narrative Digital Media Workshop

Analysis of cinematic codes and narrative structure through digital video, Internet and interactive multimedia projects. Required readings address contemporary research in narratology and hyper-media, exploring the potential of digital technology to reconfigure the role of both author and audience. Students billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 170A.

FILM 175 Documentary Video Workshop

Workshop in documentary video production, development of critical standards, ethical issues, and technical methods. Each student is responsible for the completion of short documentaries from assignments. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 176 Experimental Video Workshop

Introductory workshop in video production (non-narrative, experimental). Topics include a survey of non-narrative experimental video from a historical/theoretical perspective and an introduction to videography, fundamentals of video editing, and sound. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Instructor

I. Gustafson

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 177 Digital Media Workshop: Computer as Medium

Introduction to the computer as a medium as well as a tool. Students explore art practice within digital imaging and information and communications environments through projects, readings, and screenings. Assignments may include designing virtual communities and /or interactive, multimedia web works. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Sharon Daniel

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 170A.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 178A Personal Computers in Film and Video

Introduction to the specific applications of computers for film and video. By using computer-generated, enhanced and imported graphics, animation, text, sound, and moving video, students create still and time-based works in a computer environment. Students are billed a course materials fee. Prerequisite(s): course 170A or 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170A or 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

FILM 178B Advanced Personal Computers in Film and Video

Study of advanced computer tools in digital media, including exploration, creation, and manipulation of sound with the same level of complexity as required in composing the moving image. Students produce a final project that demonstrates skills learned. Prerequisite(s): course 170A or 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170A or 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

FILM 179A Special Topics in Animation

Provides opportunities to learn technical skills in animation while engaging in critical analysis of animation and design. Students are encouraged to pursue their personal artistic vision as well as to develop a collaborative and problem-solving mindset. Prerequisite(s): course 170A or 170B; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of the preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration but have completed 170A or 170B may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Instructor

Susana Ruiz

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 179B Documentary Animation Workshop

A project-based production seminar in documentary animation: students learn diverse animation styles and techniques, and apply them to a documentary-animation class project. Courses 161B and 170A are strongly recommended as preparation (or equivalent background); priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of the preceding quarter. Students not in the production concentration may apply and will be considered if space is available.

Credits

5

Instructor

John Jota Leanos

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 180 Writing About Film, Television, and Digital Media

Improves students' ability to write and edit, and invites students to explore different kinds of writing related to film, television, and digital media including historical, theoretical, cultural criticism, popular reviews, grant proposals, online forums, and publishing.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20A, FILM 20B, or FILM 20C. Enrollment is restricted to sophomore and junior film and digital media majors.

FILM 185D Sound and Image in Theory and Criticism

Explores theories and critiques of sound in culture and analyzes sound in relation to media images in film, video, and other media. Voice, noise, and music are addressed. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Anna Friz

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120.

FILM 185R The Film Remake

History and theory of the remake through case studies across cultural, gender, and genre boundaries. Examines changing cultural, social, stylistic, and technical values and explores notions of originality, repetition, homage, allusion, quotation, and intertextuality from Feuillade and Hitchcock to Raimi and Johnny To. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120, FILM 130, FILM 132A, FILM 132B, FILM 132C, FILM 134A or FILM 134B.

FILM 185S Advanced Topics in Film Studies

Study of a selected aspect of film history, theory ,or criticism. Includes weekly screenings and historical/theoretical readings. Usually offered in alternate academic years with rotating topics. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jonathan Kahana, Jennifer Horne

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120, FILM 130, FILM 132A, FILM 132B, FILM 132C, FILM 134A, or FILM 134B.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

FILM 185X EyeCandy Seminar

Seminar and workshop on writing, producing, and publishing a journal. Students engage in assignments and exercises directly and indirectly related to the production of a web launch as well as a print copy of EyeCandy. Permission of instructor required based upon student's participation in EyeCandy in winter and spring quarters. Preference given to film and digital media majors and minors; others may apply based on qualifications and as space allows. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 187 Advanced Topics in Television Studies

Study of a selected aspect of television history, television criticism, or national television. Includes weekly screenings and historical/theoretical readings. Usually offered in alternate academic years, with rotating topics. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20B. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior film and digital media majors and minors.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 189 Advanced Topics in Digital and Electronic Media Studies

Study of a selected aspect of digital and/or electronic media history and criticism. Topics can include virtual environments, electronic networks, video installations, computer games, and hyper-media. Usually offered in alternate academic years. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

E. Shanken, R. Prelinger

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 20C. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior film and digital media majors and minors during priority enrollment; may be opened if space allows.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PE-T

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

FILM 192 Directed Student Teaching

Teaching a lower-division course under faculty supervision (see course 42). Proposal supported by a faculty sponsor and department.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 194A Film Theory Seminar

Advanced senior seminar examining classical and contemporary film theory and those theoretical paradigms and methods that have illuminated the medium: formalism, realism, structuralism, semiology, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism, and phenomenology. Primary texts are read. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Shelley Stamp

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment is restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

FILM 194B Electronic Media Theory Seminar

Study of the major theoretical approaches to electronic media and their critical application to texts from television, independent video art and documentary, and electronic networks. Readings include a range of theoretical approaches selected from semiotic, ideological, feminist, cultural studies, reception theory, postmodernist, and other critical traditions. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Lahn Kim

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment is restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

FILM 194C New Media Theory Seminar

Study of theories of emerging genres of electronic culture, with emphasis on the discourse about computer-assisted and computer-generated forms of art and mass culture such as digital imagery, virtual environments, telematics, hyper- and multimedia, and electronic networks. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Soraya Murray, E. Shanken

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment is restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

FILM 194D Film History Seminar

In-depth study of film history investigating developments in cinematic style, technological innovation, and industrial practice against the broad canvas of cultural history. Students will acquire the basic tools necessary to conduct informed film historical research. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Horne

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120; and FILM 130 or FILM 134A or FILM 134B. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 194E International Cinemas

In-depth study of the history and theory of international cinemas with changing topics such as globalism and resistance, postcolonial theory, international productions and querying race, the national, and cinema. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120; and FILM 132A or FILM 132B or FILM 132C. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

FILM 194F Film and the Other Arts

Examines the use of artistic media within films and of films that thematically are about other media. What do other art forms allow for in terms of the story, the film's meaning, the gaze, and the spectator? Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 194G New(s) Media

Addresses the role of new media technologies in the production, distribution, and reception of the news, especially international news. Examines software and network technologies as amplifying, filtering, extending, and countering the forces of media. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jennifer Horne

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

FILM 194S Special Topics Seminar

Intensive research and writing on a changing topic chosen to demonstrate critical mastery in a specific area of film and digital media studies, for example, film adaptations and their literary sources, documentary/reality shows, or networked new media texts. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Kim Wang, Kahana

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FILM 120. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

FILM 195 Senior Thesis/Project

An individually supervised course, with emphasis on independent research, to culminate in a senior thesis/project/production. Proposals should be submitted to adviser one quarter in advance. Petition required, approved by instructor and department; thesis petitions available in the department office.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 196A Senior Project in Narrative Production

Students accomplish a range of production work focused on narrative production including script development, casting, and rehearsing to shooting and post-production work. Students are billed a course materials fee. Priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of preceding quarter. Students may apply a maximum of two times. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

G. Vazquez, J. Taylor

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

FILM 196B Senior Project in Screenwriting

Students write a full-length (75-100 pages) screenplay in this seminar while studying structural concepts and character development in selected films. Scheduling, outlining, pitching ideas, and critique are all part of the workshop format of the class. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; course 150 or another screenwriting course; priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of the preceding quarter. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Credits

5

Instructor

Natasha V.

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 196C Senior Documentary Workshop

Students are responsible for producing short documentaries (up to 12 minutes). In class, students discuss each other's work as well as view and discuss other documentary films. Students are billed a course materials fee. Priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of the preceding quarter. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 197 Senior Digital Media Workshop

Independent projects using the computer as a medium as well as a tool. Students will design and implement projects in digital imaging, information, and communications environments. Students' projects may include designing virtual communities, building collaborative networks, and/or interactive, multimedia web works. Students are billed a course materials fee. Priority given to students in the production concentration. Admission by application; application materials available during the last three weeks of the preceding quarter. Enrollment restricted to senior film and digital media majors.

Credits

5

FILM 198 Independent Field Study

Provides for department-sponsored individual study programs off campus for which faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence). Students engaging in field study must complete application procedures for such study by the fifth week of the previous quarter. Field study may not be used to satisfy major requirements. Petition required, approved by instructor and department; petitions available in the department office.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 198F Independent Field Study

Provides for department-sponsored individual study programs off campus for which faculty supervision is not in person (e.g., supervision is by correspondence). Students engaging in field study must complete application procedures for such study by the fifth week of the previous quarter. Field study may not be used to satisfy major requirements. Petition required, approved by instructor and department; petitions available in the department office.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 199 Tutorial

Individual study in areas approved by sponsoring instructors. Tutorial may not be used to satisfy major requirements. Petition required, approved by instructor and department; petitions available in the department office.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 199F Tutorial

Individual study in areas approved by sponsoring instructors. Tutorial may not be used to satisfy major requirements. Petition required, approved by instructor and department; petitions available in the department office.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 200A Introduction to Graduate Study

Introduces graduate study in the critical practice of film and digital media. Conducted as a pro-seminar, with faculty presentations and discussion.

Credits

5

Instructor

A. Friz

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 200B Theory and Praxis of Film and Digital Media 1

Investigates methods for rhetorical production of written and visual/aural texts. Emphasizes questions about delineation between theory and practice, and provides groundwork in theories relevant to key areas in film, television, and digital media studies.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Kahana

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 200C Theory and Praxis of Film and Digital Media 2

Investigates methods for rhetorical production of written and visual/aural texts. Emphasizes interwoven practices of the artist/researcher/teacher, formal and expressive possibilities of hybridized research, and cultural issues raised by integrated methods of inquiry. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Lusztig

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 202 Pedagogy in Film and Digital Media

Prepares students for teaching assistantships and instructor roles. Topics include TAships, designing inclusive course syllabi and lesson plans, active learning, teaching technologies, and classroom environment.

Credits

2

Instructor

P. Limbrick

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

FILM 203 Professional Development in Film and Digital Media

Prepares graduate students with professional skills in the discipline, such as CV writing, grants research and writing, public presentation, exhibition, publication, and job seeking.

Credits

3

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

FILM 222 Critical Methodologies in Film and Television

Introduces graduate students to critical methodologies in media studies and offers sustained examination of theoretical approaches to media studies. Methodologies may include (but are not limited to) contemporary theory (semiotic, psychoanalytic, ideological), cultural studies, intertextuality, feminist film, and television theory.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 223 The Film/Video Essay

Focuses on essayistic approaches to scholarship and production, emphasizing relationships between theory and praxis that this mode of production requires.

Credits

5

Instructor

Irene Gustafson

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 224 Mediating Difference

Considers theoretical and strategic, situated difference in the era of (semi-)colonialism, post-colonialism, and globalism, examining theoretical writing alongside media works on the topic.

Credits

5

Instructor

Yiman Wang

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 225 Software Studies

Today, our lives are woven into vast software systems that facilitate our family communications, personal relations, jobs, and cultural, economic, political, and social institutions. Course examines these conditions of life and thought using insights from the arts and humanities.

Credits

5

Instructor

Warren Sack

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 226 Queer Theory and Global Film and Media

Examines queer subjectivities, practices, and theories in relation to globalization, transnationalism, and postcoloniality, focusing on film/media produced outside the United States. The course addresses representation and also uses queer theoretical work to engage wider contexts of film/media production, distribution, and exhibition.

Credits

5

Instructor

Peter Limbrick

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 227 Representing Memory

Studio-based hybrid practice/theory to explore problems of historical representation in film, video, and new media and engage with the production of new cinematic/visual forms that take on issues of personal, collective, and national memories.

Credits

5

Instructor

Irene Lusztig

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students

FILM 228 Moving Image Archives and the Frontiers of Information

Explores moving image archives in relation to social movements, technological change, and moving image use and reuse. Theories of memory, information, and technology provide a framework for discussions, site visits, and individual projects.

Credits

5

Instructor

R. Prelinger

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

FILM 229 Topics in Documentary Studies

Examines the forms, discourses, and practices of documentary film, television, video, and other media in relation to cultural, social, and political history and theory. While the thematic focus varies from term to term, each edition of the course places critical thought and documentary work in conversation around issues central to forms of social knowledge and action.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jonathan Kahana

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 230 Expanded Documentary

Students explore the aesthetic, political, and ethical dimension of new and expanded forms of documentary practice including: new media; database-driven, interactive documentary; participatory media; social media; and documentation-based art practices.

Credits

5

Instructor

Sharon Daniel

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 231 Topics in Postcolonial Theories, Film, and Media

Explores topics in postcolonial theories and film and media around themes such as colonialism, modernity, and institutions of cinema; colonial histories and national or transnational film and media; race, gender, sexuality and colonialism; the uneven implications, pitfalls, and possibilities of the term postcolonial in relation to film and media.

Credits

5

Instructor

Peter Limbrick

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 232 Audiovisual Ethnography

Students learn the technical and critical skills required for fieldwork-based ethnographic video and audio media production. The course is structured around cumulatively building filmmaking skills with an emphasis on critically informed nonfiction ethnographic observation.

Credits

5

Instructor

Irene Lusztig

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to film and digital media, anthropology, or social documentation graduate students.

FILM 234 Toward an Ethics of New Media

Investigates an ethics of new media. Using an intersectional approach, students read thematic units that consider issues of race, class, and gender as they crosscut questions of advanced technological tools and their implementation in modern society.

Credits

5

Instructor

Soraya Murray

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 235 Feminist Media Histories

Investigates feminist histories of film, radio, television, video, technology, playable media, and digital culture from the 19th century through the present day. Students learn varied historiographic methodologies and also engage in primary historical research.

Credits

5

Instructor

Stamp

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

FILM 236 Making...in the Anthropocene

Through readings and assignments, students explore the notions of making and the temporal context of the Anthropocene. Making is broadly defined as any creative production. The Anthropocene and climate change are studied as urgent and compelling context.

Credits

5

Instructor

Charles Lord

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

FILM 237 Graduate Critique

Develops fluency in the languages of critical practice as expressed across media. Integrates critical and analytical writing about objects and experiences created by and through electronic and digital media with ongoing, student-driven critiques of audiovisual scholarship.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Daniel

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to film and digital media graduate students. Graduate students from other programs may enroll by permission of the instructor.

Quarter offered

Spring

FILM 238 The Politics of Information

Explores the production and perception of information (news, stories, figures, identities, controversies, and complacencies). Students research, analyze, theorize, and define the scope of the politics of information, study the consequences of media(ted) knowledge, and propose possibilities for critical intervention and change.

Credits

5

Instructor

Lahn Kim

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

FILM 239 Topics in Media Theory

Explores advanced media theory and the methodologies of media analysis. Themes and issues to be drawn from media history; material, popular, or mass cultures; network and information theory; and intellectual, institutional, political, or cultural contexts.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jennifer Horne

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

FILM 283 New Media Art and Digital Culture

A study of new media art in the context of digital culture. Electronic, digital and online technology art are set in critical relation to discourse on history, aesthetics, hypermedia, the interface, hacks, embodiment, robotics, artificial life and other topics. Students are billed a course materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

Edward Shanken

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 284 Film, Culture, and Modernity

Traces the rise of motion picture culture from the late 19th century through the end of the 1920s, looking at film's emerging visual and narrative grammar, its changing cultural status, and its engagement with shifting registers of class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Credits

5

Instructor

Shelley Stamp

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

FILM 295 Directed Reading

Directed reading that does not involve a term paper. Students submit petition to course-sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 297 Independent Study

Either study related to a course being taken or a totally independent study. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 297F Independent Study

Students submit petition to course-sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 299A Thesis Research

Students submit petition to course sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

FILM 299B Thesis Research

Students submit petition to course sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring