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CTS 012: Introduction to Media Computation (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion/laboratory—1 hour. Introduction to key computational ideas necessary to understand and produce digital media. Fundamentals of programming are covered as well as analysisof how media are represented and transmitted in digital form. Aimed primarily at non-computer science students. (Same course as Engineering: Computer Science 012.) GE credit: ArtHum or SciEng

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CTS 040A: Media History (4)

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History of Media to 1945, with particular focus on mechanically reproduced mass media technologies including the printing press, the newspaper, photography, cinema, radio and early computing technology. Analysis of inter-related cultural and political topics.  

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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 005: Media Archaeology

Evolution of media technologies and practices beginning in the 19th Century as they relate to contemporary digital arts practices. Special focus on the reconstruction of the social and artistic possibilities of lost and obsolete media technologies.

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CTS 116: Design on Screen

Analysis of the contribution of outstanding designers for cinema, television and filmed entertainment. Study of diverse aesthetic theories of production design and art direction, costume design, or cinematography. Introductory principles and practice, history.

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CTS 146A: Modern Iranian Cinema

Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Productions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowledge of Persian not required.

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CTS 150: Media Theory

Critical and theoretical approaches to the emergence of new technologies since the invention of photography. Examine various approaches to media (formalist, semiotic, structuralist, Frankfurt School, cybernetics, visual and gamer theory). 

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FMS 176A: Classic Weimar Cinema

German Weimar (1919-1933) cinema. Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and G.W. Pabst among others. Influence on world-wide (esp. Hollywood) film genres such as film noir, horror, science fiction, and melodrama. Not open for credit to students who have completed Humanities 176.

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TCS 101: Experimental Digital Cinema II

Continuation of course 100 with further exploration of digital cinema creation. Additional topics include new modes of distribution, streaming, installation and exhibition.

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TCS 111: Community Media Production

History and practice of media production focusing on how media makers use video and new media tools to address social issues among neighborhood and community groups. Students will utilize basic video, sound, and lighting techniques as they work with local groups in a group video project.

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TCS 123: Sight and Sound Track

Class will examine the use of sound to articulate, lend mood or subconsciously underscore visual, environmental or performative situations. Students will learn to effectively combine music, voice, sound effects and other noises to create sound designs that enhance, alter or support action and movement occurring on other perceptual planes.

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TCS 131: Character Animation (4)

 Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: course 130 or consent of instructor. The art of character animation in three dimensional computer animation. Movement theory, principles of animation, animation timing. Development of technical and practical skills. III. (III.) Neff 

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TCS 198: Directed Group Study (4)
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