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Film and New Media Studies

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Assistant Professors HASKELL, KRZYCH, NELSON; Professor SARCHETT (Director)

Film and New Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program, blending theory and practice to meet the accelerated pace of technological evolution. Students will develop the critical framework necessary to interrogate the moving-images of contemporary culture and will also learn the practical skills necessary to make their own creative interventions in the media landscape.

Major Requirements

Twelve units minimum. Six units (the core courses) are required of all majors. Upon commencement of their junior year, majors must declare either a theoretical emphasis or a practical emphasis. The remaining six units reflect this choice. With the exception of the core courses, majors may petition the Program in Film and New Media Studies for other courses in other college departments to fulfill various requirements.

Our understanding of the world — what it has been, what it is, what it might be — has become increasingly enmeshed with media technologies. Film introduces us to other worlds, both real and imagined; television provides us with instant access to news, events and entertainment; the internet serves as a vast archive of information and provides real-time modes of global communication. The expansive networks and growing archives of content that constitute film and new media demand the kind of broad perspective offered by the liberal arts. We intend to provide an intellectual framework responsive to the accelerated pace of technological evolution in its impact on culture and society.

The 6 core units for the major are:

  • 01 Introduction to Film, Television, and New Media Studies. 2 units.
  • 02 Basic Filmmaking. 1 unit.
  • 301 Advanced Media Theory. 1 unit.
  • 02 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices. 1 unit.
  • 401 Senior Thesis. 1 unit.

THEORETICAL EMPHASIS
(6 units: 1 unit Experimental (Ex), 1 unit Comparative (C), 1 unit Practical, 3 units Elective) 
Note: At least 4 units must be at the 200 level or above.

103 Art and Society

104 Language and Culture

105 Creativity: Theory and Practice (C)

106 History of Photography (C)

200 Topics in Film and New Media Studies.

201 Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

202 Media and Psychoanalysis (C)

203 World Cinema (C)

204 Genre Studies in Film and New Media

205 Auteur Studies in Film and New Media

206 Revolution and Tradition in Modern Arts: 1880-1945 (C)

207 Art Since 1945 (C)

208 Aesthetics

209 Popular Culture

300 Intermediate Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies.

303 Philosophy of Technology in Film and Media Studies

304 Shakespeare and Film (C)

305 Culture and Power (C)

306 Performance Studies (Ex)

307 Queer Performance and Body Politics (C)

308 Feminist Performance (C)

309 Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture (Ex)

PRACTICAL EMPHASIS
(6 units: 1 unit Experimental (Ex), 1 unit Comparative (C), 1 unit Theoretical, 3 units Elective)
Note: at least 4 units must be at the 200 level or above.

105 Creativity: Theory and Practice (C)

110 Basic Studio

111 Intro to Two-Dimensional Arts

112 Intro to Drawing

113 Basic Graphics

114 Pre-Theory (Music)

115 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

116 Computer Science I

200 Topics in Film and New Media Studies

201 Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

210 Documentary Film

211 Screenwriting

212 Writing for Performance (C)

213 Video Art (Ex)

214 Intermediate Performance Design (Ex)

215 Music at the Computer (Ex)

216 Video Dance (C)

217 Introduction to Journalism (C)

218 New Media, Ethics, and Journalism

219 Computer Science II

300 Intermediate Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies.

311 Advanced Performance (Ex)

312 Experimental Music (Ex)

313 Advanced Video Art (Ex)

314 Advanced Filmmaking

Courses

Film and New Media

FM101 Introduction to Film, Television and New Media Studies

Examines how contemporary media affects our understanding and experience of reality through in-depth reading of influential theories of New Media and Cultural Studies, matched with close analysis of television, film, social networking, and interactive technology. Topics include reality television, representations of gender and sexuality, cable news, the internet, and global positioning systems. Explores theories of ideology, interactivity, and convergence. Also questions the ways in which visual media (and their underlying technologies) extend our beliefs about the world into the world, changing the world and us in the process. (Not offered 2014-15).

2 units

FM102 Basic Filmmaking

Also listed as Film Studies 212.

1 unit

FM103 Art and Society

Also listed as Sociology 105.

1 unit — Giuffre

FM104 Language and Culture

Also listed as Anthropology 105 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200.

1 unit — Leza

FM105 Creativity: Theory and Practice

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM112 Introduction to Drawing

Also listed as Art Studio 102 and Art Studio 103.

1 unit — Gumpper, Leonard, Swider

FM114 Pre-Theory

Also listed as Music 199.

1 unit — Ben-Amots, Brink, Hofer

FM115 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM116 Computer Science I

Also listed as Computer Science 122.

1 unit — McDougall, Whitehead, Ylvisaker

FM200 Topics in Film and New Media Studies:

Also listed as Art Studio 220 and German 211 and General Studies 233 and Japanese 101 and Music 235 and Asian Studies 102.

1 unit — Banagale, Steckenbiller

FM201 Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

FM202 Media and Psychoanalysis

Considers the status of desire and subjectivity in the contemporary media landscape, a setting in which failure often has become a new means for success. How can we judge the aesthetic value of contemporary media when failure may ensure, rather than prevent, profitability? Is there any possibility for an ethics of media when nothing is off limits? To what extent can the psychoanalytic concept of desire be applied to and extended by the aesthetics of new media?

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200 and English 280 and Philosophy 203.

1 unit — Krzych

FM207 Art Since 1945

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM208 Aesthetics

Also listed as Philosophy 247.

1 unit — Hernandez-Lemus

FM209 Popular Culture

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

FM210 Topics in Filmmaking:

Also listed as Environmental Science 261 and Film Studies 218.

1 unit

FM211 Screenwriting

Also listed as Film Studies 284.

1 unit

FM212 Writing for Performance

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM214 Intermediate Performance Design

Prerequisite: Drama 110 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Theatre 110.

1 unit — Davis-Green

FM215 Music and the Computer

Also listed as Music 200.

1 unit — Ben-Amots

FM216 Video Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM217 Introduction to Journalism

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM218 New Media, Ethics, and Journalism

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM219 Computer Science II

Also listed as Computer Science 222.

1 unit — Whitehead

FM240 From Script to Screen: Directing the Fiction Film

Examines the processes of taking a script to screen. Students develop, cast, plan, direct, and edit short fiction films based on extant material, working in collaborative teams and alternating crew roles. Topics addressed include writing for the screen; story analysis; the role of directorial vision; casting; working with actors; cinematic language and shot design; camera, lighting, sound; production design and mise-en-scène; and editing theory and practice. The course culminates in an evening screening of the student films. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM300 Intermediate Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

FM301 Advanced Media Theory

In-depth study of contemporary theoretical approaches to film and/or new media. Topics vary from year to year and include philosophy of new and developing technology, digital media theory and other emerging discourses. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Film and New Media Studies 101 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FM302 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration within the discipline of Film and New Media Studies. Includes immersion in aesthetics, philosophy, history, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Utilizes a process of conceptualization and experimentation to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, electronic, real time, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified collaborative work of art in Film and New Media Studies. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM303 Philosophy of Technology in Film and New Media Studies

Explores the ways in which technology serves as a compromise between mind and matter. Technology may begin as an idea in the mind of an inventor, but technologies only come into existence through unpredictable processes that involve historical, cultural, and environmental limitations. In those moments when technology begins to operate unpredictably, independently of its inventors or intended purposes, it opens up possibilities for philosophical insights into culture, society, and human subjectivity. Investigates examples in film and new media, including cybernetics, special effects, digital cinema, and virtual reality. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM304 Shakespeare's Tragedies on Fil

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM305 Advanced Topics in Film and New Media Studies:

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM307 Queer Performance and Body Politics

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM309 Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture

Examines the various ways in which videogames intersect with and borrow from other modes of play, performance and artistic/cultural/political expression. Begins with a survey of videogames history and the major concepts and debates surrounding the emerging field of game studies. Then considers the aesthetic intersections between videogames and cinema, both in popular forms of 'machinima' aid in more experimental practices. Finally, examines the various ways in which videogames operate throughout popular culture: in the emerging field of 'persuasive' or political games, as allegories of digital culture, and as agents in the development of individual and collective identity. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM311 Advanced Performance

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM312 Experimental Music

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM313 Advanced Video Art

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

FM314 Advanced Filmmaking

Also listed as Film Studies 312.

1 unit — Haskell

FM330 On Location: Hollywood

Provides a hands-on overview of the history and of the creative, technological, aesthetic and business practices of the Hollywood entertainment industry, from its inception through the present day. Taught in Los Angeles.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Film Studies 330.

1 unit — Haskell

FM400 Independent Film, Filmmakng, and the Sundance Film Festival

Upper-level intensive seminar course engages film theory, history, and practice through the lens of the Sundance Film Festival. A week of intensive screening and discussion at Sundance inspires further critical and creative work on campus, with an emphasis on collaborative practices. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

FM401 Senior Thesis

Advanced work in film and/or new media culminating in a capstone project/senior thesis. The thesis may be fulfilled by a substantial annotated essay or a substantial creative film, video, or new media endeavor, depending upon the choice of a practical or theoretical emphasis. Work that combines both theoretical and practical aspects is also encouraged.

1 unit — Nelson