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Fall Quarter, 2017

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CTS 020: Filmmaking Foundations (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours; film viewing—2 hours; project. Prerequisite: recommended: course 5/Technocultural Studies 5 and/or Film Studies 1. Introduction to filmmaking concepts, principles, and methods. Hands-on exercises build critical and creative capacities. Emphasis on form, content and the historical dialectic between classical narrative filmmaking conventions and artists’ challenges to these conventions. Weekly Lab, Lab Preparation, and Evening Screening. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL

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CTS 040B: Media History II 1945-Present

An introduction to the intricate, inter-related strands of media history since the Second World War, focusing on the rise of the digital computer and network technology. First, in Military/Industrial/Academic research centers during the Cold War, and then across society in the last thirty years as it spread from the office to the home to our hands.  Lecture 3 Hours, Section 1.

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CTS 041A: History of Cinema from 1895 to 1945

What is the impact of movies around the world? Films are international products with global audiences, and that’s how we’ll study them in this class, from the very beginning of cinema to World War Two. The spectrum of films viewed includes silent films and sound films, black and white films and color films, cartoons and live-action, made by Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, and many other of the era’s great filmmakers from the United States, France, Russia, China, Mexico and elsewhere.

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FMS 001: Introduction to Film Studies (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; film viewing—3 hours. Analysis of film form and narrative, including cinematography, editing, and sound. Issues in film studies, including authorship, stardom, race, gender, class, and cultural identity. Includes introduction to selected cinematic movements and national film traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.

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TCS 001: Introduction to Technocultural Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Contemporary developments in the fine and performing arts, media arts, digital arts, and literature as they relate to technological and scientific practices. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WE.

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CDM 105: Feminist Media Production (6)
Cross-listed with WMS 165

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—6 hours. Prerequisite: Cinema & Technocultural Studies 20 or equivalent; one course in Women and Gender Studies, or consent of instructor. Media production as a mode of cultural criticism, furthering feminist and social justice goals. Fundamentals of camera, editing and distribution via a social engagement model. Study and hands-on response to key historic and contemporary feminist and social justice media discourses. (Same course as Women’s Studies 165.) Offered in alternate years.

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CTS 162: Surveillance Technologies and Social Media

Study of the ubiquitous presence of CCTV, face recognition software, global tracking systems, biosensors, and data mining practices that have made surveillance part of our daily life. Study boundaries between security and control, information and spying.

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FMS 189: Special Topics in Film Studies

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1, upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Group study of a special topic in film, focusing on a national tradition, a major filmmaker, or a specific era. May be repeated three times for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WE. —F, S. (F, S.) Clover, Constable, Fisher, Heyer-Caput, Lu, Simmon, Smoodin

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FMS 198: Directed Group Study (1-5)
Epic TV - Winter 2018

To be CDM 155

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TCS 100: Experimental Digital Cinema I (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Experimental approaches to the making of film and video in the age of digital technologies. Opportunities for independent producers arising from new media. Instruction in technical, conceptual and creative skills for taking a project from idea to fruition. GE credit: VL

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TCS 110: Object-Oriented Programming for Artists

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1. Introduction to object-oriented programming for artists. Focus on understanding the metaphors and potential of object-oriented programming for sound, video, performance, and interactive installations. GE credit: VL.—S. Ostertag

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TCS 112: New Radio Features and Documentary (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. New feature and documentary production for radio and other audiophonic media, including audio streaming Web sites and installation. Emphasis on new and experimental approaches to audio production for broadcast on community radio and in international arts programming.
 

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TCS 155: Introduction to Documentary Studies (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Recent evolution of the documentary. The personal essay film; found-footage/appropriation work; non-linear, multi-media forms; spoken word; storytelling; oral history recordings; and other examples of documentary expression. GE credit: ArtHum

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TCS 198: Modding
Directed Group Study

Starting with a Super Mario Bros. cartridge and a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), in this class each student will modify or “mod” vintage videogame equipment in order to explore the rich materiality of technical media, the intimate relationship between analog electronics and digital code, and the complex ecologies formed around both hardware and software.

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