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Film and New Media Studies

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/filmandnewmedia/

Assistant Professors HASKELL, KRZYCH, NELSON; Professor SARCHETT (Director)

THE MAJOR — REQUIREMENTS:

Twelve units minimum. Six units (the core courses) are required of all majors. Upon commencement of their junior year, majors must declare either a theoretical emphasis or a practical emphasis. The remaining six units reflect this choice. With the exception of the core courses, majors may petition the Program in Film and New Media Studies for other courses in other college departments to fulfill various requirements.

Our understanding of the world — what it has been, what it is, what it might be — has become increasingly enmeshed with media technologies. Film introduces us to other worlds, both real and imagined; television provides us with instant access to news, events and entertainment; the internet serves as a vast archive of information and provides real-time modes of global communication. The expansive networks and growing archives of content that constitute Film and New Media demand the kind of broad perspective offered by the liberal arts. We intend to provide an intellectual framework responsive to the accelerated pace of technological evolution in its impact on culture and society.

The 6 core units for the major are:

  • 01 Introduction to Film, Television, and New Media Studies. 2 units.
  • 02 Basic Filmmaking. 1 unit.
  • 301 Advanced Media Theory. 1 unit.
  • 02 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices. 1 unit.
  • 401 Senior Thesis. 1 unit.

Film and New Media Courses

FM101 Introduction to Film, Television and New Media Studies

Examines how contemporary media affects our understanding and experience of reality through in-depth reading of influential theories of New Media and Cultural Studies, matched with close analysis of television, film, social networking, and interactive technology. Topics include reality television, representations of gender and sexuality, cable news, the internet, and global positioning systems. Explores theories of ideology, interactivity, and convergence. Also questions the ways in which visual media (and their underlying technologies) extend our beliefs about the world into the world, changing the world and us in the process. (Not offered 2013-14).

2 units

FM102 Basic Filmmaking

Also listed as Film Studies 212.

1 unit —

FM103 Art and Society

Also listed as Sociology 105.

1 unit —

FM104 Language and Culture

Also listed as Anthropology 105 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200.

1 unit —

FM105 Creativity: Theory and Practice

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM112 Introduction to Drawing

Also listed as Art Studio 103.

1 unit —

FM114 Pre-Theory

Also listed as Music 199.

1 unit —

FM115 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM116 Computer Science I

Also listed as Computer Science 122.

1 unit —

FM200 Topics in Film and New Media Studies:

Also listed as Art Studio 220 and Biology 100 and English 275 and English 286 and General Studies 222 and Music 227 and Music 228.

1 unit —

FM201 Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

FM202 Media and Psychoanalysis

Considers the status of desire and subjectivity in the contemporary media landscape, a setting in which failure often has become a new means for success. How can we judge the aesthetic value of contemporary media when failure may ensure, rather than prevent, profitabilty? Is there any possibility for an ethics of media when nothing is off limits? To what extent can the psychoanalytic concept of desire be applied to and extended by the aesthetics of new media?

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200 and English 280 and Philosophy 203.

1 unit —

FM207 Art Since 1945

Also listed as Art History 243.

1 unit —

FM208 Aesthetics

Also listed as Philosophy 247.

1 unit —

FM209 Popular Culture

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

FM210 Topics in Filmmaking:

Also listed as Film Studies 260 and Sociology 190.

1 unit —

FM211 Beginning Screenwriting

Also listed as Film Studies 284.

1 unit —

FM212 Writing for Performance

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM214 Intermediate Performance Design

Prerequisite: Drama 110 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Theatre 210.

1 unit —

FM215 Music and the Computer

Also listed as Music 200.

1 unit —

FM216 Video Dance

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM217 Introduction to Journalism

Also listed as General Studies 216.

1 unit —

FM218 New Media, Ethics, and Journalism

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM219 Computer Science II

Also listed as Computer Science 222.

1 unit —

FM240 From Script to Screen: Directing the Fiction Film

Examines the processes of taking a script to screen. Students develop, cast, plan, direct, and edit short fiction films based on extant material, working in collaborative teams and alternating crew roles. Topics addressed include writing for the screen; story analysis; the role of directorial vision; casting; working with actors; cinematic language and shot design; camera, lighting, sound; production design and mise-en-scène; and editing theory and practice. The course culminates in an evening screening of the student films. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM300 Intermediate Independent Work in Film and New Media Studies

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

FM301 Advanced Media Theory

In-depth study of contemporary theoretical approaches to film and/or new media. Topics vary from year to year and include philosophy of new and developing technology, digital media theory and other emerging discourses. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Film and New Media Studies 101 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FM302 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration within the discipline of Film and New Media Studies. Includes immersion in aesthetics, philosophy, history, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Utilizes a process of conceptualization and experimentatin to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, electronic, real time, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified collaborative work of art in Film and New Media Studies.

1 unit —

FM303 Philosophy of Technology in Film and New Media Studies

Explores the ways in which technology serves as a compromise between mind and matter. Technology may begin as an idea in the mind of an inventor, but technologies only come into existence through unpredictable processes that involve historical, cultural, and environmental limitations. In those moments when technology begins to operate unpredictably, independently of its inventors or intended purposes, it opens up possibilities for philosophical insights into culture, society, and human subjectivity. Investigates examples in film and new media, including cybernetics, special effects, digital cinema, and virtual reality.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 351 and Film Studies 205.

1 unit —

FM304 Shakespeare's Tragedies on Fil

Also listed as English 326 and Film Studies 205.

1 unit —

FM305 Advanced Topics in Film and New Media Studies:

1 unit —

FM307 Queer Performance and Body Politics

Also listed as Comparative Literature 352 and Dance Theory 329 and Feminist & Gender Studies 329 and Theatre 329.

1 unit —

FM309 Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture

Examines the various ways in which videogames intersect with and borrow from other modes of play, performance and artistic/cultural/political expression. Begins with a survey of videogames history and the major concepts and debates surrounding the emerging field of game studies. Then considers the aesthetic intersections between videogames and cinema, both in popular forms of 'machinima' aid in more experimental practices. Finally, examines the various ways in which videogames operate throughout popular culture: in the emerging field of 'persuasive' or political games, as allegories of digital culture, and as agents in the development of individual and collective identity. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM311 Advanced Performance

1 unit —

FM312 Experimental Music

Also listed as Music 399.

1 unit —

FM313 Advanced Video Art

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

FM314 Advanced Filmmaking

Also listed as Film Studies 312.

1 unit —

FM330 On Location: Hollywood

Provides a hands-on overview of the history and of the creative, technological, aesthetic and business practices of the Hollywood entertainment industry, from its inception through the present day. Taught in Los Angeles.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Film Studies 330.

1 unit —

FM401 Senior Thesis

Advanced work in film and/or new media culminating in a capstone project/senior thesis. The thesis may be fulfilled by a substantial annotated essay or a substantial creative film, video, or new media endeavor, depending upon the choice of a practical or theoretical emphasis. Work that combines both theoretical and practical aspects is also encouraged.

1 unit —