Film Courses

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.


Winter 2014

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Art Since 1945

ARTH 267 - King

Art in Europe and America from 1945 to the present.

Drawing I

ARTS 111 - Beavers

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 - 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

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 - Olson-Janjic

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

Science in Art

CHEM 156 - Uffelman

This course develops students' fundamental understanding of certain physical, chemical, biological, and geological concepts and utilizes that vocabulary and knowledge to discuss 17th-century Dutch art. The emphasis is on key aspects of optics, light, and chemical bonding needed to understand how a painting "works" and how art conservators analyze paintings in terms of conservation and authenticity, using techniques such as X-ray radiography, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, infrared microscopy, infrared reflectography, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, UV-vis spectroscopy, UV photography, and laser ablation methods. When possible, the course develops modern notions of science with those of the 17th century in order to see how 17th-century science influenced 17th-century art.

Film

ENGL 233 - Adams (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 - 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.

Seminar in Politics, Literature and the Arts

POL 290 - Hale

In this course, we study how literature, film, and other media are used to examine political themes and how they are used to achieve political ends. We address how politics shapes the arts and how the arts shape politics. The topic is announced at registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Only one such seminar may be counted towards the politics major.

Winter 2014 Topic:

POL 290: Seminar in Politics, Literature and the Arts: Utopian Political Thought: The Pursuit of Perfection (3). Political societies are formed to organize and improve human life. The proper scope and substance of those improvements remain hotly debated. What is the source of human happiness? Is it liberty? Security? Wealth? Pleasure? Can political society be perfected? If so, what sacrifices would that perfection entail? This course focuses on utopian thought (and its dystopian consequences) in works of political philosophy and political literature ranging from ancient Athens to the 21st century. Though a variety of dialogues, treatises, novels, and films, we examine common features of utopian thinking and how utopian thinking affects the politics of our time. (SS2)

Introduction to Text and Performance

THTR 121 - Jew

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.

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.

Costume Design

THTR 338 - West

A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions. Lab fee required.