History of Media Arts, Part One; Eric Schaefer
Explores the historical development of the media arts
(film and broadcasting industries until 1950, including the
organization, operation, and management of media organizations).
Relationships between economics, industrial history, and social and
political systems, and the styles and techniques of specific films and
Ways of Knowing: Philosophy in Litterature; Nigel
Interpretation of texts, evaluation of aesthetic
style, reconstruction of historical context. 'In literature there are
no answers, only questions.' Organized around four themes that define
the range of human experience in modern history as explored and
represented by four major works of literature. The themes are 'life in
truth', 'forbidden knowledge', 'absurdity', and 'guilt and
Abnormal Psychology; Scott Nolen
Provides an introduction to the nature, etiology, and
classification of abnormal behaviors and therapeutic methods used to
treat them. An explanation of the relation between mental disorder and
the social and cultural setting is also provided.
Expository Writing; James Charlesworth
Introduction to the process, purposes, and strategies
of persuasive and explanatory writing. Reading and discussion of works
by both professional and student writers; exploration of techniques of
argument and persuasion in writing a series of 5-6 essays.
History and Analysis of Media Arts, part Two; Eric
The second of a two-semester course exploring the
historical development of the media arts. Development of the film and
broadcasting industries after 1950, as well as the development of video
and digital technologies, including the organization, operation, and
management of media organizations.
Introduction to Media Production; Bridget Murnane
This course combines lectures with hands-on
workshops. It examines the relationships among photography, graphics,
audio, film, video, and new media within the context of cross-media
concepts, theories, and applications. The course traces the creative
process from initial conception and writing through production and
post-production. Series of exercises, including a final project, which
establishes a foundation for advanced production course work.
Produced: "Boston" (digital still project) and "The
Difficulties of Filmmaking" (short video).
Concept Development; Janice Pieroni
Generate ideas for future creative projects in
audio/radio, new media, FILM, and TV/video. Highlighting storytelling
methods, create treatments, outlines, and short scripts, which can be
developed and used, in subsequent production or screenwriting courses.
Wrote a 30 page script entitled "L'amour Fou"
Essay Writing: US Multicultural; Nicole Zezzo
Writing seminar. Readings include works of fiction
and analysis from a variety of theoretical perspectives (psychology,
sociology, literature and cultural criticism). Writing assignments:
analyzing texts, evaluating theories, and using concepts to explore
problems. Approximately 40 pages of prose, including short essays,
revisions and an extended essay.
Film Production I; Robert Todd
An introductory level course in the basics of
non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, including basic camera operation,
principles of cinematography and lighting, black-and-white film stock
information, introduction to non-sync sound recording and transfers,
and picture and sound editing.
Produced four short films: "Portrait of a Car",
"Woods", "I Love You", and "Jarred Past".
Theater into Film; Richard Gilman
Exploration of the artistic languages of theatre and
film. Dramatic material written for the stage read and analyzed, and
the process of adaptation of that material. Texts include the works of
such playwrights as Shakespeare, Strindberg, Williams, and Albee. Film
texts include the work of directors such as Lumet, Cukor, Solberg, and
Fundamentals of Speech Communication; Rex Trailer
An introduction to the basic concepts, theories and
principles of oral communication as applied to a speaking situation.
Performance and critical analysis of student skills in a variety of
speaking formats. Audience analysis, content discovery, communication
strategies, arrangement of ideas, the use of evidence and reasoning to
support claims, language and style, voice and other delivery skills and
Ethics: A Socio-Political Perspective; Nigel Gibson
Spring 2003: abroad program at Castle Well, the
Media Criticism and Theory; Karen Lindsey
This course explores theoretical and critical
approaches to the study of photography, film, video, audio, and digital
culture. Theories and methods examine issues relating to production and
authorship in the media arts, audience reception and effects, political
ideology, ethics, aesthetics, cultural diversity, and schools of
thought within the liberal arts. Extensive critical writing and reading
in media criticism and theory.
Introduction to Creative Writing: Mixed Genres; Denya
Poetry and dramatic writing/short fiction. An
introductory course in creative writing; techniques, conventions, and
vocabulary of two literary genres, and practice in writing in these
genres. Reading, discussion, and writing.
Renaissance and Reformation Thought, 1350-1550; Edwin
The creativity of the Renaissance and Reformation is
presented through the new ideas of the great thinkers of the period.
Included are the Italian humanists, Petrarch and Machiavelli, and the
Protestant reformers, Luther and Calvin.
Intercultural Communication; Han Homan
Analysis of readings in intercultural communication.
The course focuses on verbal and nonverbal customs of various cultures
as information from both a cultural and language perspective.
Film Production II; Pierre Desir
An intermediate level 16mm film production class.
Introduction to the technical, conceptual, and procedural skills
necessary to successfully complete a short double system sync-sound
film. Pre-production, production, and post-production procedures and
techniques, and detailed hands-on instruction in the operation of
sync-sound motion picture production and post-production equipment.
Directed and wrote a 6 minute film entitled
"Fresh". See link on left menu.
Business Concepts for Modern Media; Claire
The course focuses upon strategic thinking, planning,
organization, and implementation of media projects from conception
(pre-production) through release/distribution/exhibition (theatrical,
non-theatrical, digital, web). Course content includes: business plans
(including financial option - limited partnerships, S-Corps, 501c3s,
DBAs), grant resources, proposal and budget preparation,
considerations, advertising and marketing. Final 10 page research paper
on topic of choice.
Wrote about the lack of female directors in
Photography One; Amber Davis
An introduction to the fundamentals of
black-and-white photography, including instruction in camera controls,
film development, printing, and photo finishing. Assignments generate
critiques to develop "the critical eye." Gallery visit (Sam Taylor-Wood
at Harvard University; December 11, 2003) and slide presentations on
the history of photography further enhance critical thinking.
See "Still Photography" on left menu for examples of
in class work.
The Brain and Human Communication; Vinoth Jagaroo
This course is concerned with the biological
structure of human experience and the neural basis for its expression
and regulation. Topics include gross anatomy of the nervous system,
neural cells as biological units of behavior, special sensory systems,
mechanisms of movement, memory and the storage of information, speech
and language centers of the brain, emotion and self-regulation, and
altered states of consciousness. Methodology used by scientists who
study human physiology, brain structures and the dimensions of
consciousness that underlie human communication abilities.
Writing the Feature Film; Jean Stawarz
Consideration of feature-length narrative film
scripts from conception to development of a detailed outline or
treatment. Study includes linear and non-linear structure, conflict,
character development, dialogue, and the scene.
Wrote "What I Learned from Fairytales."
Performance in Narrative Film and Television; Ken
Students learn how to direct actors through learning
how to act themselves. Each class consists of an dramatic exercise and
is followed by discussion.
Seminar: Women's Independent Cinema; Rachel Thibault
Examines the work of American women filmmakers
(1980-present) working outside of Hollywood. Films are approached
within an historical context and with a focus on the politics of gender
roles in both the public and private spheres. Through extensive
readings, screenings, and independent research, students gain an
understanding of the social and industrial conditions that exist for
women filmmakers as well as the impact of female authorship on the
American film industry.
Social Psychology; Joann Montepare
The course examines the relation of the individual to
the social environment. A variety of social-psychological topics are
covered, such as impression formation, attribution, emotion perception,
attitude development, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, helping
behavior, and aggression.
Introduction to Psychology; Vinoth Jagaroo
This is an overview course that engages students in
the methods of the science and the basic processes of human behavior.
Topics may include the nervous system, sensation and perception,
attention and consciousness, learning, memory and thinking, motivation
and personality, emotional expression and language use, social
perception, social interaction, and abnormal behavior.
Psychology of Women; Rivcka Edelstein
This course focuses on the life cycle of women. It
examines the personal, cultural, social, and biological influences on
the behavior of women in the various phases of this cycle. Discussion
of what is currently known about the psychological functioning of women
will be based upon lectures on and readings in the recent empirical
research that has been conducted on this topic.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Psychology of Love and Sexuality;
Provides a psychological framework for reviewing the
science of human sexuality. Emphasis is placed on not only what has
been learned, but how it has been studied. The clinical, developmental,
personality, social psychology, and neuro-psychological theory and
research of human sexuality are presented. Specific topics include
sexual dysfunctions, sex therapy, alternative sexual orientations, and
moving from attraction to love.
Topics: Director's Workshop; Jon Hess
Directing is the art and craft of telling stories
with pictures. In this workshop each student director will find out how
a little story can be expressed in a 6 to 12 minute videotape that they
have written, directed, and edited during the semester. A combination
of lectures, critiques, and an analysis of the work of the director is
the basis of the course. Professionals in the industry
(cinematographers, actors, writers, etc.) will be brought in each week
to talk about their work and their experience of film-making as it
relates to the art of the director. Note to Students: At the heart of
every film is a story - which becomes the script. How to tell the story
and communicate the ideas on film is the key. Each student in the Los
Angeles section must bring to the first class a 6-10 page script to be
cast, shot, and edited as the primary assignment. What the story
entails, what choices the student-director made in order to get his/her
story on film, and how well he or she executed those choices are the
subject of a critique following a screening in class.
Wrote, directed, and starred in "LATELY"
Seminar: Dance, Race and Sexuality in Hollywood;
This course studies the politics of dance in film,
focusing on sexuality with attention to race and class since the 1970s.
By studying films that emerged in America at a time when multi-cultural
stories began to take on mass appeal, we investigate how American film
incorporated dance, and by extension music, as a way to portray
ourselves in the late 20th century.