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TCS 005: Media Archaeology (4)

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. 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. GE credit: AH, SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.

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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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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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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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FMS 045: Vampires and other Horrors in Film and Media (4) [S'20 will be the last time this class is offered, becoming CDM 165P]

Lecture-2 hour(s); Discussion-1 hour(s); Film Viewing-3 hour(s). History of representations of vampires and horror generally from the 19th-21st centuries. Emphasis on transnational history of the horror genre; psychologies of horror effects; issues of race, gender, and class; intersections with prejudice, medicine, modernity. (Same course as GER 045.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE.

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CTS 116: Design on Screen (4)

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). 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. May be repeated up to 2 time(s) when topic differs. (Same course as DRA 116.) GE credit: AH, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

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CTS 150: Media Theory (5)

Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. 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). (Same course as STS 151.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.

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CTS 174: Acting for Camera (4)

Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): TCS 001 or ENL 003 or STS 001; or equivalent of these courses. Critical approaches to the study of video games, focusing on formal, historical, and cultural modes of analysis. History of software and hardware in North American and global contexts. Relations of games to society, politics, economics, literature, media, and the arts. (Same course as STS 172, ENL 172.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, VL. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.

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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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CDM 135: Object-Oriented Programming for Artists (4)

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CDM 002 recommended. 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. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

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CDM 189: Special Topics in Cinema & Digital Media (4)

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CDM 001 or CDM 002 recommended. Special topics in cinema & digital media. May be repeated up to 2 time(s) when topic differs. GE credit: AH, VL, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.

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CDM 198: Digital Game Development (1-5)

Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study in cinema and digital media. For students with upper division standing. May be taught abroad. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

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CDM 198: Advanced Video Game Development (1-5)

Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study in cinema and digital media. For students with upper division standing. May be taught abroad. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

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CDM 198: Topic TBD (Computer Lab Course) (1-5)

Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study in cinema and digital media. For students with upper division standing. May be taught abroad. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

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CDM 198: Analog Game Design (1-5)
Fall 2019

Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study in cinema and digital media. For students with upper division standing. May be taught abroad. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

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TCS 104: Documentary Production (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; project. Prerequisite: course 7B or the equivalent, course 155. Traditional and new forms of documentary, with focus on technocultural issues. Skills and strategies for producing work in various media. Progression through all stages of production, from conception through post-production to critique. GE credit: VL

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