Film Courses

Winter 2015

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Baroque and Rococo Art

ARTH 258 - Lepage

A survey of the art and architecture of Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. The course focuses on the stylistic and ideological issues shaping western art during the age of Religious Wars. This course considers the stylistic innovations of Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Poussin, Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, and Tiepolo, as well as the function of- and interest in-artistic production within the context of 17th- and 18th-century society.

History of Photography

ARTH 261 - Ramirez

An introduction to the technical, aesthetic, and social history of photography within a cultural context in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as contemporary movements in the medium. Course includes weekly lectures, readings, films, and discussions, as well as gallery and museum visits throughout the term.

20th-Century European Art

ARTH 263 - King

Sculpture and painting in Europe from 1900 to 1950.

Surrealism

ARTH 363 - King

A study of the development of surrealist art and thought. For its practitioners, surrealism was--and remains--foremost a revolution, striving to "transform the world" (Marx) and "change life" (Rimbaud). We examine writings and ideas underlying key works by artists such as Dali, Magritte, and Max Ernst; watch surrealist films; and play surrealist "games of chance".

Photography I

ARTS 120 - Bowden

An introduction to the technical and creative principles of black-and-white photography as a fine art medium, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and darkroom technique. Course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques. Lab fee required; cameras available for checkout from department.

Design I

ARTS 131 - Stene (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design within the context of current digital technology, with an emphasis on contemporary computer software programs.

Film

ENGL 233 - Keiser (Multiple Sections)

An introductory study of film in English. The course may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history and theory of film.

Topics in Film Studies

FILM 195 - Renault-Steele

Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2015 topics:

FILM 195-01: Film: Medium of a Disintegrating World: Visual Culture and Modernity in the Weimar Republic (3). Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement. Before the advent of modern fascism, a group of prescient German Jewish intellectuals began to take film and popular culture seriously. Known as "The Frankfurt School," they theorized possible connections between their own visual landscape and the social, political, and economic conditions of the Weimar Republic. This course revisits key writings about film from The Frankfurt School in their historical specificity and seeks to reopen the potential of their thought more generally. In a time of swiftly evolving digital media, what theoretical tools, flickers of insight, or provocation can these early scholars of popular culture offer us today? (HA)   FILM 195-02: Acting for the Camera (3). Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement. A studio course designed to improve a student-actor's ability to communicate ideas and emotions in a public forum and, in particular, for a film- and television-viewing audience. Students explore the acting techniques unique to dramatic characterization in the non-linear processes of digital film production. (HA)

Topics in Film Studies

FILM 195B - Martinez

Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2015 topics:

FILM 195-01: Film: Medium of a Disintegrating World: Visual Culture and Modernity in the Weimar Republic (3). Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement. Before the advent of modern fascism, a group of prescient German Jewish intellectuals began to take film and popular culture seriously. Known as "The Frankfurt School," they theorized possible connections between their own visual landscape and the social, political, and economic conditions of the Weimar Republic. This course revisits key writings about film from The Frankfurt School in their historical specificity and seeks to reopen the potential of their thought more generally. In a time of swiftly evolving digital media, what theoretical tools, flickers of insight, or provocation can these early scholars of popular culture offer us today? (HA)   FILM 195-02: Acting for the Camera (3). Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement. A studio course designed to improve a student-actor's ability to communicate ideas and emotions in a public forum and, in particular, for a film- and television-viewing audience. Students explore the acting techniques unique to dramatic characterization in the non-linear processes of digital film production. (HA)

Global Cinema

FILM 233 - McCormick

An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus upon texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. The course generally emphasizes one national film tradition and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history and theory of film.

Research and Writing

FILM 413 - STAFF / Collins

A collaborative group research, writing, and/or production project for junior or senior minors, conducted in supervising faculty members' areas of expertise, with directed independent study culminating in a substantial final project. Possible topics include global and national film, focused treatments of auteur-directors or genres, film and psychology, film and technological change, film and painting, original film production.

Introduction to Text and Performance

THTR 121 - Ristau

This course explores the intersection between dramatic script and performance.  Students are guided through a method of critical strategies for assessing and interpreting dramatic literature, as well as a series of formal writing exercises designed to develop their critical and creative abilities. The course  culminates in the creation and presentation of student-written and performed scenes.

Stage Acting I

THTR 141 - Mish

An introduction to the art of acting. A studio course with special attention given to the actor's analysis of dramatic literature. Memorization and the presentation of scenes from plays are required.


Fall 2014

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19th-Century European Art

ARTH 262 - King

Sculpture and painting in Europe from the French Revolution to 1900.

Art Since 1945

ARTH 267 - King

Art in Europe and America from 1945 to the present.

Drawing I

ARTS 111 - Beavers, Olson-Janjic (Multiple Sections)

Development of skills and visual awareness through the study of the basic elements of drawing. Variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon. Lab fee required.

Photography I

ARTS 120 - Archer Lyle, Bowden (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to the technical and creative principles of black-and-white photography as a fine art medium, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and darkroom technique. Course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques. Lab fee required; cameras available for checkout from department.

Design I

ARTS 131 - Stene

An introduction to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design within the context of current digital technology, with an emphasis on contemporary computer software programs.

Painting I

ARTS 217 - Stevens-Lubin

Emphasis on color, design and spatial relationships. Work from observation and imagination in oil and acrylic. Lab fee required.

Painting II

ARTS 218 - Olson-Janjic

Continuation of ARTS 217. Lab fee required.

Color Photography

ARTS 224 - Bowden

An introduction to the visual and technical principles of color photography, as applied in the digital realm. Students learn the concepts of color photography through applied projects, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions of methods and artists, historical and contemporary. Students photograph in digital format, and learn the craft of fine color printing in the digital darkroom. Lab fee required, cameras available for checkout from department.

Stage Acting I

THTR 141 - Levy, Nesbit (Multiple Sections)

An introduction to the art of acting. A studio course with special attention given to the actor's analysis of dramatic literature. Memorization and the presentation of scenes from plays are required.

Digital Production

THTR 253 - Evans

Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.

Stage Directing

THTR 361 - Levy

A studio course exploring the director's approach to play production, stressing the methods by which style, meaning, emotional values, and plot may be clearly expressed for an audience, culminating in a public presentation.


Spring 2014

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Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Paintings

ARTH 356 - Uffelman

Spring Term Abroad course. A survey of 17th-century Dutch history, art history, politics, religion, economics, etc., which links the scientific analysis of art to the art and culture of the time. The course begins on campus and then history, etc., will occur for a few days in Lexington and then proceed to Center for European Studies, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. Students visit numerous museums, hear guest lectures from faculty at Universiteit Maastricht, and observe at conservation laboratories at some of the major Dutch art museums. Students are graded by their performance on two research projects involving presentations and journals. Though students are not required to learn a foreign language to participate in the program, they are expected to learn key phrases in Dutch as a matter of courtesy to citizens of the host country.

Antique Photographic Processes

ARTS 221 - Bowden

An exploration of 19th-century photographic processes, learned through demonstration and intensive hands-on lab sessions. Processes covered on campus include cyanotype printing and toning, Van Dyke brown, kallitype, and platinum/palladium printing. Students learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing from photographs that originate in either film or digital formats. In addition to technique, students learn the historical background of each process and current trends in the medium.

East Asian Cinema

EALL 215 - Zhu

This course provides an introduction to and overview of contemporary East Asian cinema, including the Chinese-language cinemas of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and those of Japan and Korea. It focuses on the flourishing cinema of East Asia since the 1980s and provides a solid foundation in the successes and dominant tendencies of contemporary East Asian cinema and culture. Among the aims of the course are examining ways in which the contemporary East Asian cinemas and cultures are in dialogue with one another and looking at specific conditions and cultural forces at work in each unique case. The course also explores how the cinemas of East Asia reflect the changing cultural, economic, historical, political and social conditions of each country and how these cinemas and cultures are part of a larger redefinition of the idea of a national culture. Screenings and readings consist of exemplary works from each East Asian culture, organized around specific motifs, such as history, memory, identity, communication, love, and death.

Topics in Film and Literature

FILM 196 - Bini

Selected topics in film and literature. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topics: FILM 196B: French New Wave Film (4). Prerequisite: Completion of FDR FW requirement. This course uses French language films as the basis for discussions, oral presentations and directed writing exercises. It is structured as an intensive workshop for students who would like to learn to analyze films. This course is conducted in English and all of the readings are in English. The class focuses on French New Wave films of the 1960s and '70s and the filmmakers who revolutionized film style by experimenting with hand-held cameras, natural light and sound, and by playfully questioning accepted film techniques. Students acquire the vocabulary to describe camera position, camera movement, and editing as the grammar and syntax of the 'mise-en-scène.' They also acquire a better understanding of how the composition and sequencing of images contributes to narrative development. These films are a window onto the baby boom culture of post World War II France and, as such, provide a deeper understanding of contemporary French culture. All films are in French with English subtitles. (HL). Lambeth.

FILM 196: Visions of Italian Landscapes: Rome in Film (4). Study Abroad. May be used for the minor in film and visual culture. This course examines the representation of Rome and the Italian cinematic city, a crucial element to fully understanding Italian cinema and society, from 1945 to present time. Readings, discussions and excursions provide an understanding of the contrast between ancient and modern that characterizes Italian postwar urbanization. The course investigates aspects of contemporary Italian society and life, the massive modernization first brought by the economic miracle and then by tourism and globalization. While the course is taught in English, special attention is devoted to some key expressions in Italian, dialects, body language as well as other aspects of Italian culture. (HL) Bini. Spring 2014

Seven-Minute Shakespeare

FILM 255 - Dobin

After intensive collective reading and discussion of four Shakespeare plays in the first week, students organize into four-person groups with the goal of producing a seven-minute video version of one of the plays by the end of the term, using only the actual text of the play. The project requires full engagement and commitment, and includes tasks such as editing and selecting from the text to produce the film script, creating storyboards, casting and recruiting actors, rehearsing, filming, editing, adding sound tracks and effects. We critique and learn from each other's efforts.

Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick

FILM 285 - Gaylard

How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980). The ability to read music is not a requirement for this course.

Digital Media and Society

JOUR 270 - Artwick

Facebook, YouTube, and iPhones are popular, if not essential elements in college students' busy lives. Being born into the digital age, students have grown up with profound and rapidly-changing media and communication technologies, yet likely take them for granted. This course takes an in-depth look at digital media, exploring the relationship between technology and social change. The concept of technological determinism guides our examination of social networking, online news/information, digital entertainment, and health online.

Politics and Film

POL 282 - McCaughrin / McCaughrin

This is an interdisciplinary study combining social science and humanistic models to help explain the dynamics of political entities. Grading based on class discussion and essays.