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Whitney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in December 2004 with a GPA of 3.71. She completed the following courses:

Fall 2001

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 broadcast programs.

Ways of Knowing: Philosophy in Litterature; Nigel Gibson
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 insignificance.'

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.

Spring 2002

History and Analysis of Media Arts, part Two; Eric Schaefer
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.

Fall 2002

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 Nichols.

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 ethical considerations.

Ethics: A Socio-Political Perspective; Nigel Gibson

Spring 2003: abroad program at Castle Well, the Netherlands

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 Cascio
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 Van Meerkerk
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.

Fall 2003

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 Andrade-Watkins
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 Hollywood.

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.

Spring 2004

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 Cheeseman.
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.

Summer 2004

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; Fleming
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.

Fall 2004

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; Priscilla Ovalle
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.