Summer 2019 Media Studies Courses


MS 045 PZ: Documentary Media

TR 9:00AM-12:10PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This course involves production, a historical survey of documentary practices in photography, film and video and a discussion of the ethical and ideological issues raised by the genre. Students will be expected to produce two short documentary projects in any media. Prerequisite: MS 50 or MS 49. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Media History/Intermediate Production]

MS 050 PZ: Intro to Film

MW 1:00PM-4:10PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

Film and video are often considered to be a distinct semiotic system or art form with their own “language.” This course surveys the variety of structures which can organize moving pictures: from Hollywood continuity editing, Soviet montage and cinema vérité to voice-over documentary, talking heads and postmodern voices with no center at all. The course includes silent film, classic Hollywood narrative, avant-garde film and video, documentary and activist video. Enrollment is limited. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Intro. Critical] 

MS 082 PZ: Introduction to Video Art

MTWRF 1:00PM-4:45PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall) / SKD Room P104 (Skandera Hall)

This is an introductory course in digital video production. This class encourages a critical, creative approach to the medium, non-traditional solutions, and explanation of the history and methodology of independent video and video art. Class session combines hands-on technical training in script writing, storyboarding, camera operation, off-line and non-linear editing, lighting and sound equipment with critical analysis of subject matter, treatment, and modes of address in independent as well as mass media. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Hutin, Stephanie [Intro. Production]

MS 120 PZ: Social/Media

MW 7:00PM-10:10PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall) 

This course will consider how social media is impacting personal communication, consumption practices, and media industries. Through case studies of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and related spaces students will theorize the role of interactivity in contemporary popular culture. This class will consider how social media impacts narrative form, political engagement, performance of self, and cultural conceptions of reading/authorship. In addition to discussing the media industry’s use of social media platforms as sites of promotion, participation, and surveillance, students will produce critical media analyses using these platforms as part of their coursework. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth [Media History/Media Theory] 

MS 149 PZ: Theory & Aesthetics of Television

TR 1:00PM-4:10PM. SKD Room P103 (Skandera Hall)

This course introduces students to the study of television from an aesthetic, theoretical, and critical perspective. Students will learn a number of terms, theoretical concepts, and methodological approaches to critically evaluate and analyze television texts, including the language of filmmaking, genre theory, feminism, auteur theory, carnival theory, postmodernism, audience ethnography, and transnationalism. The pedagogical approach to this course will be a mix of lecture and seminar style. Registration through the Pitzer Registrar Office only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Media Theory]