Spring 2018

DMS 103 Basic Video
Staff :: TuTh 3:00PM-4:50PM :: CFA 286

REG#15415
This course is a basic introduction to the tools and techniques of video production. Students will become familiar with using video and develop strategies for its application as an alternative medium of communication. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Video art screenings and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and the media. Students must expect to acquire materials and texts costing approx. $50.00 to be used in exercises in classroom presentations. Access to equipment and editing facilities will be available. Lab fee: $125. Class size is strictly limited.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 103 Basic Video

Kraning :: TuTh 11:00AM-12:50PM :: CFA 286
REG# 15586
This course is a basic introduction to the tools and techniques of video production. Students will become familiar with using video and develop strategies for its application as an alternative medium of communication. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Video art screenings and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and the media. Students must expect to acquire materials and texts costing approx. $50.00 to be used in exercises in classroom presentations. Access to equipment and editing facilities will be available. Lab fee: $125. Class size is strictly limited.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 103A Basic Video

Kraning :: MoWe 1:00PM-2:50PM :: CFA 286
REG# 22963
This course is a basic introduction to the tools and techniques of video production. Students will become familiar with using video and develop strategies for its application as an alternative medium of communication. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Video art screenings and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and the media. Students must expect to acquire materials and texts costing approx. $50.00 to be used in exercises in classroom presentations. Access to equipment and editing facilities will be available. Lab fee: $125. Class size is strictly limited.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 105 Basic Documentary
staff :: TuTh 1:00PM-2:50PM :: CFA 286
REG#23695
This course will present students with the fundamental, theoretical, creative, and technical concerns of documentary and video production. Students will be introduced to methods of research, production design, approach to subject, interviewing and the structuring of information, as well as the technical video skills of camera work, sound recording, and lighting and editing, as they apply specifically to the documentary process. The demands of documentary expression require preparation with a different emphasis from that which applies to the personal and experimental approaches to film making and video making. Materials and texts will cost approx. $50. Lab fee: $125. Class size is strictly limited.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 105 Basic Documentary

Kraning :: MoWe 9:30AM-10:50AM :: CFA 286

REG#23695
This course will present students with the fundamental, theoretical, creative, and technical concerns of documentary and video production. Students will be introduced to methods of research, production design, approach to subject, interviewing and the structuring of information, as well as the technical video skills of camera work, sound recording, and lighting and editing, as they apply specifically to the documentary process. The demands of documentary expression require preparation with a different emphasis from that which applies to the personal and experimental approaches to film making and video making. Materials and texts will cost approx. $50. Lab fee: $125. Class size is strictly limited.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 107 Film & Media History I
Colleran :: Mo12:00AM-12:00AM :: TBA

REG#15888
This course will survey the aesthetic and technological development of cinema from its inception to World War II. We will look at a range of films from the silent era, to early Hollywood, Weimar Germany, and Russia to historically and culturally contextualize the advances of pre-World War II cinema. In doing so, this course will provide students with the skills to analyze visual texts and provide them with a technical vocabulary to discuss how films create meaning. Additionally, students will develop a better understanding of how films are a part of the socio-political landscape in which they are produced.
Fulfills Introduction Interpretation Requirement.

DMS 110 Programming For Digital Art
Geistweidt :: TuTh 11:00AM-12:50PM  :: CFA 244

REG#15105
Beginner programming course geared towards Media Study majors with little to no experience who want to pursue Programming Graphics, Game Design and Virtual Reality. This course introduces basic concepts of Computer Science with the javascript programming language, while incorporating a Media Study perspective. Non Majors welcome if space available. Lab fee: $125.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 110 Programming For Digital Art
staff :: TuTh 1:00PM-2:50PM :: CFA 244
REG#21176

Beginner programming course geared towards Media Study majors with little to no experience who want to pursue Programming Graphics, Game Design and Virtual Reality. This course introduces basic concepts of Computer Science with the javascript programming language, while incorporating a Media Study perspective. Non Majors welcome if space available. Lab fee: $125.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts

staff :: TuTh 4:00PM-5:50PM :: CFA 244
REG#17807
This course is an introduction to computer-based media production in the context of contemporary internet tools and techniques. The course covers image and sound editing & manipulation, web development, and interactive design. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Viewing/Interacting with contemporary web-based art projects, interventionist art & Hacktivism, and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and media. Lab fee: $125.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement.

DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts

staff :: MoWe 11:00AM-12:50PM :: CFA 244
REG#22310
This course is an introduction to computer-based media production in the context of contemporary internet tools and techniques. The course covers image and sound editing & manipulation, web development, and interactive design. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Viewing/Interacting with contemporary web-based art projects, interventionist art & Hacktivism, and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and media. Lab fee: $125.
Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

DMS 193 Intro to Journalism
Galarneau :: We 7:00PM-9:40PM :: Clemen438
REG#17527

DMS 201 Green Media
Anstey :: MW 12-1:20pm :: CFA112

Reg#23524
Contemporary media constructs our understanding of nature and reflects our fears and fantasies about rapidly changing environmental conditions. My Green Media courses analyze projects, (fictional & fact-based) that investigate our relationship to climate change, pollution, environmental justice, wildlife extinction. The courses interpret the word media broadly to include film, games, social media, media-art, big data visualization, simulation and sensing. They look at eco-media issues that unpack questions of the consciousness-raising power of media; material perspectives that trace the physical impact of our media obsessions; biopolitical questions of human/non-human boundaries; and affect-theory-driven examinations of eco- optimism, pessimism, gaia-ism, nihilism. As the anthropocene draws on…

DMS 211 PLASMA
Waham/Rhee :: M 6- 8:40PM :: CFA 112
REG#20179
Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art (PLASMA) is a course in which students are exposed to contemporary practices and discourses in media art and culture. Beyond the model of a lecture series course, PLASMA engages students in performative, field-based and workshop encounters with professional practitioners operating at national and international levels of visibility. Roughly every other week brings a guest to the course, with alternating weeks providing an opportunity for screenings, critical reflection and discussion. Readings are assigned to complement topics addressed in the work of guest practitioners, including publications of their own, where relevant. The course is part of the undergraduate foundations sequence in Media Study, but is also open to graduate students who meet in a graduate only section to discuss graduate implications of the course content and to explore further concepts and practices.
Fulfills Basic Theory and Intro to Interpretation or Media and Culture.

DMS 212 Indian Image On Film

McCarthy,Theresa :: T 4:10 – 6:50pm :: NSC220

Reg#13741
Explore Hollywood “Indians” through major motion pictures, B Westerns, documentaries, “indies,” and TV episodes (all viewed in class). See how Indigenous filmmakers use stereotypical representations mixed with humor to counter Hollywood’s legacy. Inves-tigate ways the camera tells a different story than the dialog. Examine the visual impact films have on our perceptions of “Indian” history and cultures. Consider how Hollywood’s reel reality stacks up against the Indigenous real reality.
Fulfills Basic Theory and Intro to Interpretation or Media and Culture .

DMS 213 Immigration and Film
staff :: T/Th 10 – 11:50am :: CFA 112
REG#21012
By looking at representative examples of American and foreign films, this course will critically examine the role of cinema in the construction and exploration of the figure of the racial, ethnic, cultural and social theory. Our topics will include (1) racial, ethnic and cultural identity and its reciprocal relationship with cinema, (2) the notion of realism in relation to the representation of race and ethnicity in film, (3) the cinematic representation of inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic conflict, (4) the position of cinema in the debate between assimilation and multiculturalism. Films will be screened in class and discussed against the background of focused critical readings. The aim of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to develop your critical thinking and writing abilities through class discussions, close readings of films and critical literature, and writing assignments.
Fulfills Basic Theory and Intro to Interpretation or Media and Culture.

DMS 216 Creative Tech : Wearable Computing

Geistweidt :: T/TH 1-2:50pm :: Crosby201
Reg#22378
This course serves as a hands-on introduction to the world of physical computing, a hybrid discipline wherein hardware, software, and networks combine to sense, respond, and interface with the physical world. In particular, this course focuses upon body-borne, or so-called wearable computers, digital devices, which via direct proximity to the human body, extend, enhance, amputate, otherwise augment the wearer’s experience. Weekly tutorials introduce participants to the basics of working with sensor, actuator, and micro-controller technologies, while formal assignments allow students to create freely within the context of thematic prompts. A mid-term presentation and a final project round out the deliverables for this module.

DMS 259 Intro to Media Analysis
Sarlin :: MW 2pm- 3:50pm :: CFA112
Reg#22377

DMS 315 Intermediate Documentary
Lee :: Th 1-4:40pm :: CFA286
Reg#22379
This is an undergraduate-level course that will further develop students’ video and audio production and post-production skills through hands-on exploration of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking. Students will work on a series of short exercise assignments, collaborative, service-learning projects, and a final project. Topics to be covered include: modes of documentary; non-fiction story-telling; observational/verité shooting and audio recording techniques; the interview (approaches, set-up, lighting); lighting for documentary; video technology; image and sound editing; preparing video for online distribution, and additional topics to be decided. Regular screenings of non-fiction work will take place. Students must have taken and passed Basic Video (DMS103) or Basic Documentary (DMS105) or equivalent, or have permission of the instructor to take this class.  A lab fee of $125 is assessed for this course.

DMS 331 Social & Mobile Media
Sack :: T/TH 11am – 12:50pm :: CFA244
Reg#22380

DMS 341 Intermediate Video Wkshp
staff :: M/W 1:00 – 2:50PM :: CFA286
REG#14547

Prereqs: DMS 103 or 105 or 199s
This hybrid production/theory course will explore concepts taken from various sources, from ‘traditional film’ to sub-genres of ‘experimental film’, media and video art, among others. In class we will screen and discuss works, styles, and techniques that will enable students to analyze how technique has been applied with proficiency. Through a series of different short exercises, students will develop and improve technical knowledge, as their creativity will be challenged to connect ideas with skills. By exploring diverse usages of cameras, microphones, lights, grips and supports, new shooting techniques will be applied in particular production circumstances. The goal is to heighten the students’ aesthetic criteria in the application of technique for environments of media production. Accordingly the students will create a short final project as a conclusion of the semester. This is an intermediate level production course – students should have a basic understanding of camera, sound, and editing tools and be prepared to work both independently and in groups. Lab fee: $125
Fulfills * Intermediate Production requirement.

DMS 343 Digital Post Production
staff :: M/W 3-4:50pm :: CFA244
Reg#21013
Post-production processes go beyond the great celebration of effects. Generally is thought to give sense to visual and sound signs that allows audiences to go beyond perception, making media more powerful and meeting high standards for cinema, television and new media. When discussing the development of a time based digital piece, it must be clear that there is a schematic and organized process that let experts shape media according to predetermined ideas and concepts.
This class will allow the students to use a variety of tools that shape digital media in a boarder sense, with the goal to potentiate a concept and with the perspective of experimenting with workflows, processes, standards and techniques in digital media post production.Lab fee is $125.
Fulfills Intermediate Production..

DMS 410 Non Fiction Film
Elder :: T 11am- 2:50pm :: CFA235
Reg#22382
This course looks at extraordinary works of Documentary Film from its early raw explorations to its current resurgence in the popular imagination. (No boring documentaries will be seen in this class.) The course explores documentary styles including experimental docs, cinema verite, ‘fake docs’ and cutting edge contemporary work such as interactive docs, networked docs and hybrid genres. Particular focus is on the curious relationship between images of reality and reality itself, and on America’s fascination with reality media. Emphasis is placed on the shifting line between fiction and non-fiction, and misguided notions of documentary “truth”. We also address the ethical and artistic considerations of filming real people and real communities.
Students learn nonfiction critical theory and analyze filmic elements including visual narrativity, storytelling, camera work and editing strategies. Shot by shot, students learn how to identify the construction of each film – form, content, image, audio, and location methods. The course explores award-winning contemporary films with representations of gender issues, ethnicity, popular music, sexual orientation, murder, history, racism, climate change, landscape and love – in works of Wiseman, Maysles, Varda, Friedrich, Riggs, Morris, Oppenheimer, Jerecki, Herzog and others. Spanning more than a century, documentary film has had a far greater influence on narrative cinema than most people realize. Students develop analytical and interpretive media skills applicable to all visual media. Weekly film screenings, class discussion and reading assignments. Attendance is required as well as two papers and a take-home exam. Be prepared to see some exceptional films
 
<span style=”color: red;”>Fulfills Global and Thematic Pathways, Advanced Analysis, Advanced Theory, and Media and Culture requirements</span>

DMS 414 Film Narrative
Colleran :: T 4pm-740pm :: CFA112

Reg#23523
This course will examine theories of narrative structure and discuss the potential of film language, particularly editing, to create meaning through different narrative forms. We will compare the structure of films by early innovators such as D. W. Griffith and Sergei Eisenstein, look at a range of realist and formalist theories, and explore avant-garde works that pose critical challenges to the codes created by more classical narrative modes.

DMS 416 Immersive Web & Future Cinema
staff :: T/Th 3-4:50pm :: CFA244
Reg#22383
The web is now an emerging platform for immersive interfaces, Virtual Reality storytelling, VR web apps, and new modes of distribution and consumption for VR and AR. Since 2016, WebVR has become integrated into modern web browsers and is quickly becoming a standard browser integration.  How are media artists and filmmakers using VR, AR, and other immersive storytelling tools? What are web developers designing with web VR? What can we as digital media producers do with Web VR?
This intermediate media production course will explore these questions and introduce the fundamentals of Web-based Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, and other forms of 360 immersive media. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals and technical components to building Immersive Web projects using the building blocks of web VR and other 360 media techniques. The course will work A-frame (https://aframe.io/) /mozilla web VR — open source ecosystems for WebGL, and other immersive media production tools, such as shooting with 360 cameras/360 video.
Throughout the course, we will explore the possibilities of the medium of web-based VR and web AR for various immersive projects, from designing new forms of ‘future cinema’ and trans-media storytelling, to developing prototypes for urban research, and creating prototypes for innovative web projects within networked and hybrid media environments.  
Ultimately, the aim of the course will be for students to implement a project with one of the tools introduced in order to build an immersive web experience/future cinema project hosted on the web. The projects will be supportable on multiple web VR-supported devices, including mobile, desktop and VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
This is an intermediate course. Basic level knowledge of html, css required. Basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite required. Basic level knowledge of javascript recommended, but we will start at the beginning/review javascript at the outset.
Lab Fee: $125

DMS 418 Directing Narratives
Waham :: T 5-8:40pm :: CFA286
Reg#23553
This course addresses the hands-on practice of video production while closely observing the aesthetics of the various stages of video and audio workflow, with a critical examination of form and content.
The learning objective of this course is for the students to develop the ability to capture video images in various locations under controlled and uncontrolled lighting conditions, record audio, and edit those elements together to tell a compelling story through a series of short assignments, followed by an intensive workshop in writing, directing and producing short narrative films.
Through practical projects and exercises, the course offers insight into the essential requirements of film and video storytelling and provides hands-on instruction on the technical processes required to successfully produce short films and videos. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and students are encouraged to explore different crew roles (directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing and post-sound) over the projects and exercises that will be assigned in the course, in addition to in-class workshops, discussions and screenings. 
Prerequisites: Intermediate Video Production & Digital Post-Production
Lab Fee: $125
Fulfills Advanced Production Requirement.

DMS 435 Scriptwriting: All Media
Anstey :: T 11am-2:40pm :: CFA232

Reg#23521
In this production workshop students will concentrate on writing and editing text/script elements for their media projects. The course will explore both traditional and experimental methods for generating and structuring text for fictional and documentary work. Texts may include original writing, interview material, collaged or found fragments, that will be performed, heard or displayed in the final piece. The texts may be linear, non-linear, interactive, poetic …
This opportunity to focus on the text is for students at any stage of a project (conception through finishing); in any media (film, video, animation, performance, game, interactive installation); and those working with English as a second language or with translated material. However all students will work through three basic writing stages: creating/generating material; assembling/structuring material; editing/restructuring.

DMS 439 Virtual Worlds
Pape :: MW 9-10:50am :: CFA242
Reg#23554
This course will cover the principles, history, and applications of immersive virtual reality.  We will examine both head-mounted (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, etc) and projection-based (CAVE) VR.  This is a production course where students will be students are encouraged to create imaginative and compelling interactive, immersive graphic and audio environments. A background of some intermediate production skill (modeling/animation, programming, or video) is expected.
Lab fee: $125
Fulfills Advanced production requirement.

DMS 448 Games, Gender & Culture

Nam :: T/Th 9-10:50pm :: CFA235
Reg#21016

DMS 462 Game Design
Lison :: M/W 11am-12:pm :: CFA 242

Reg#21017
Pre Req’s – junior or senior status-
Game Design is a production course on the design of games, both computer-based and analog.
Games are considered as a new art form; in order to create compelling games, students must be aware of the particularities of the form in both structural and aesthetic terms. Clearly the most important difference between games and other art forms are the interactive and interpersonal dynamics of gaming. Core issues of game design: What is a game? What is the nature of play? What makes for good game play? What are the core characteristics and structure of a game? What are the roles of engagement, narrative, and interactivity in games? The course encourages experimental thinking about the boundaries and possibilities of gaming. Students work in teams to produce a complete game via a thorough, hands-on grounding in the process of game design, including brainstorming, paper prototyping, play-testing, and iterative design. From conception to play-testing, it fosters the skills required to produce, examine, and critique games.
 Lab fee $125.
Fulfills Advanced Production.

DMS 480 Social Media & Networks

Lison :: T/TH 3-4:50pm :: CFA235

Reg#23522
This course will consider the theory of networks from a number of different perspectives, from computer networks to personal networks and the place where they intersect in social media. How do computer networks work? What are the promises and perils of an increasingly networked age? Does the imperative to establish connections paradoxically end up leaving us feeling even more disconnected? How can we understand the new kinds of politics that have developed on both the left and the right in an age of online activism? Students will develop their ability to think critically about the participatory technological networks that we are constantly immersed in.

DMS 496 (1- 4 CR VARIABLE) MEDIA ARTS INTERNSHIP
Staff

REG# Permission of Instructor
Media Study majors have the opportunity to gain variable academic credit for internships in local and national media production companies, television stations, cable companies, and media access centers. This is an unpaid internship available to majors. Guidelines are set by an internship supervisor in collaboration with a faculty sponsor to provide hands-on practical experience in an on-the-job training program. For registration information, see Elaine Schwartz in 231 CFA.
Media Study Elective.

DMS 499 (1-4 CR VARIABLE) INDEPENDENT STUDY
Staff
REG# Permission of Instructor

Students may arrange for special courses of study with faculty through “Independent Study.” The instructor will set the guidelines for the course on an individual basis. It permits the student to study, independently, in an area where no course is given. Syllabus for Independent Study should be prepared prior to semester, signed by the instructor, with one copy on file with the department. For registration information, see Lisa Hewitt in 231 CFA. Lab fee for production work: $125
Media Study Elective.