Summer 2014

DMS 109 Intro Film & Media Interp
Coletta,Neil L :: Online

Film Aesthetics have had an enormous impact on the development of media, from television to the internet to video games, as well as on our personal experiences of our everyday lives: “I feel like I’m in a movie!” This course provides an introduction to the main concepts and themes that constitute the rapidly expanding field of Film Studies. In this course, we will learn to recognize the techniques and conventions that structure our experience of cinema – narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, genre – in order to understand how these various components combine to yield an overall sense of film form. We will survey global film history, critically viewing examples of silent film, classical Hollywood, world cinema, experimental, documentary, and independent narrative film. We will also examine isolated clips from a variety of films as they relate to the weekly discussion topics.

DMS 110 Programming for Digitalart
Wilson, Devin :: Online

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 Python programming language, while incorporating a Media Study perspective. Non Majors welcome if space available. Lab fee: $100.

DMS 213 Immigration and Film
Curry, Laura :: Online

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. The course fulfills the American Pluralism requirement.

DMS 315 Dystopia Science Fiction Cinema
Stadelmann,Tanya Andrea :: Online

The term: dystopia was meant to be antithetical to Thomas More’s idealistic Utopia, and derives meaning from the Ancient Greek dys- “bad or difficult” and topia “place, landscape”. Dystopian is now commonly used to describe works of fiction that contain themes of an undesirable and frightening society.
According to scholar Tom Moylan, the real world roots of dystopian fiction is largely the product of the terrors of the 20th Century. As we face increasing economic worries, wars, environmental catastrophes, surveillance and a drug dependent society in our reality, these themes are reflected in our narrative cinema. This online course covers a range of dystopian science fiction films from the 1970s till the present: “Soylent Green”, “The Road”, “The Hunger Games”, “Fight Club”, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “Children of Men”. During this course we will analyze and discuss how filmmakers use narrative structure, location, production design, cinematography and sound design to create dystopian worlds and read critical essays on the dystopian imagination in science fiction.
Course expectations include regular participation in online discussions, readings, short written responses to the readings, and a short critical paper. The films will be readily available through Netflix and/or public libraries.

DMS417 Social Media and the News
Khilji,Tooba S :: Online

This class attempts to analyze the connection between today’s news cycle and social media. What does the age of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, cellphone cameras and blogs mean for the field of journalism? Is there something to be learned from Web 2.0 or is it something to be shunned and feared? What is the place of traditional journalism? Is it to adapt, or push harder to hold on to its strengths?

The course will have several readings each week and students will be expected to participate in a discussion board about the readings. They will also be required to report on a current news story each week… both in the form of a blog and a more traditional approach (a written or video piece). The course culminates in a final project/paper exploring some of the topics covered.

DMS447 Summer 2014 Sound Design Workshop -Phonography (“Sound Writing”)
Bouquard :: M/W 2-5:40pm :: CFA278
Lab fee $100.

Phonography “sound-writing” refers to field-recording.  This entails but not limited to the capture of any event that can be reproduced and represented as sound. Field-recordings are manipulated as raw material for soundtracks and other auditory projects, and untreated field-recordings are used primarily for forensic and academic purposes.  Field recordings are now common source material for a range of musical results from contemporary musique concrète compositions to film soundtracks, video game soundtracks, and effects. A new generation of recordists has emerged, preoccupied with the abstract and formal dimensions of captured environmental sound.

The course will investigate field recording methods and techniques. Explore microphones and microphone placement,  recording systems,  manipulating and processing  using DAW’s (digital audio work stations) such as Avid Pro Tools and Apple Logic and others.

The course will also cover key genres of sound design, sound art and musical composition that include: noise art, musique concrete, sound poetry, minimalism, etc. There will also be an extensive survey of contemporary composers, sound artists and sound designers as well as those artists whose work demonstrates a recent trend among visual and performance artists to embrace the artistic medium of sound.