Spring 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FMST 102-01 Fundamentals of Digital Film Production
Instructor: Salim Makhlouf
Course Description:
This course provides instruction in the basic aesthetic and technical aspects of digital film production, including writing, producing, directing, shooting, lighting, recording and mixing sound, and editing. Students will learn to harness digital tools while focusing on their roles as storytellers. Each participant will write and direct a video, rotating through various crew positions as they carry out exercises designed to deepen their knowledge of the different elements of moviemaking. Ultimately, students will collaborate in teams on short movies, which will be screened at the final class. Offered spring semester.
04:30 PM-05:45 PM, MW
BOSLER 314
FMST 210-01 East Asian Cinema
Instructor: Alex Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 204-01. This class is intended as an introduction to the cinematic traditions of East Asia, including: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. No semester long course can do justice to the subject, so we will focus on certain historical moments and themes. We will begin in the postwar era, when China, Japan, and Korea were all emerging from the devastation of war. We then turn to how some Asian films situate themselves as alternatives to the classical Hollywood style. From there, we explore the role of film festivals in bringing Asian cinema to the world and the emergence of the Pan-Asian blockbuster.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
ALTHSE 110
FMST 210-02 Ancient Worlds on Film
Instructor: Scott Farrington
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CLST 140-01. An introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history and civilization (excluding mythology) through viewing popular films about this period and reading the historical and literary sources on which those films are based. The course focuses on the stories of remarkable men and women from antiquity, what those stories reveal Greek and Roman values and ideas, and ways to apply those insights critically to our own time.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
TOME 115
FMST 210-03 Russian Film of the Putin Era
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RUSS 260-01. For Lenin, cinema was the most important art; for Stalin, it was the greatest medium of mass motivation. In the two decades since Vladimir Putins inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally important, as well as contentious, role. We will track and analyze major themes in recent Russian cinema, including the rise of the Russian blockbuster, banned films, popular culture under Putin, developments in art house cinema, and the intersections of politics and film art. Course taught in English. No prior knowledge of Russian culture required.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
BOSLER 208
FMST 210-04 The Francophone Film: From North Africa to the Middle East
Instructor: Mireille Rebeiz
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FREN 246-01 and MEST 200-03.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
BOSLER 313
FMST 220-01 Digital Studio 1: Image Manipulation and Experimental Processes
Instructor: Todd Arsenault
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 223-01. This course will focus on 2-dimensional studio processes in the digital environment. It will also explore how digital processes can be used in conjunction with traditional processes like drawing, painting, and printmaking. The initial goal of this class will be to gain a thorough understanding of Adobe Photoshop for image manipulation. As the semester progresses, the class will explore uses of digital technology in contemporary art practice, including experimental processes. *Please note: this is not a photography course, some photo related processes will be part of the class, but those students looking for a more traditional approach to photography should consider the 221 Intro to Photography class. Prerequisite: 122, 221, or permission of the instructor.
09:30 AM-11:29 AM, MW
GDYRST 101
FMST 220-02 Cyberpunk Media and Culture
Instructor: Stacey Suver
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 101-04. In his 1986 Preface to Mirrorshades, Bruce Sterling writes, Cyberpunk has little patience with borders. This course studies the ways in which the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s and 1990s transcended borders, including politics, culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, and the separation between technology and the human body. We will draw connections between Anonymous (the hackers collective), superheroes, Coca-Cola commercials, sunglasses, childrens cartoons, and the music of David Bowie. Types of texts include novels and short stories, graphic novels, film, television programs, pop music, and critical theory. It should be fun.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
DENNY 212
FMST 220-03 Introduction to Photography
Instructor: Andy Bale
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 221-01. An entry-level course in black-and-white photography emphasizing theory, history, and practice. Students learn how to create images, use cameras, develop film and make prints using conventional darkroom processes. Students will also be introduced to Photoshop as well as the basics of scanning and digital printing.
09:30 AM-11:30 AM, TR
GDYRST 101
FMST 220-04 The American Comic Book
Instructor: Greg Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-03. This course explores the history, aesthetics, and business aspects of the American comic book. Attention will also be given to the comic books relationship with other media, such as animation and live-action film.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
EASTC 411
FMST 220-05 The American Comic Book
Instructor: Greg Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-04. This course explores the history, aesthetics, and business aspects of the American comic book. Attention will also be given to the comic books relationship with other media, such as animation and live-action film.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
EASTC 411
FMST 220-06 Mass Media and American Politics
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 243-01. Examines the causes, content, and consequences of political news, primarily focusing on television. It will explore the ways in which audience characteristics, organizational routines, and professional socialization influence the style and substance of the news. The content of news will be analyzed for: the three branches of government, war, foreign governments, crises, and presidential campaigns. The impact of the media on political behavior will also be discussed. Content analysis will be used by students to systematically analyze television network news. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
DENNY 203
FMST 310-01 Demystifying the Mafia Universe in American and Italian Cinema
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01. Mafia is synonymous with organized crime, violence, underworld trafficking, and black market trade. It is identified as a secret organization that operates as a shadow state within a nation. However, due to popular stories and fictional narratives, the term Mafia has become so encrusted with legend and myth that it is difficult to establish its true nature and scope. What does Mafia really mean? How is it related to Southern Italian folklore? How have Italian and American cultural representations of the Mafia converged, diverged, evolved, and/or persisted over the course of the past century? How have the cultural conditions of their production and reception shifted as Italians have ceased to occupy the privileged category of the immigrant in the popular American imagination, and as Italy has transitioned from a country of emigration to one of immigration? How has the Mafia evolved from a local organization to a global network in the 21st century, and how has cinema registered this shift? What are the unique origins and challenges of the Italian anti-Mafia resistance? Through an analysis of literary texts and films, this course explores representations of the Mafia in Italian and American film from the 1930s to today. In addition to raising key questions about cultural representation and power (stereotypes; immigration and national identity; racial, gender, and class difference), the course will introduce students to critical analysis of film genres and techniques.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, TR
BOSLER 208
03:00 PM-03:50 PM, W
BOSLER 314
Courses Offered in ARTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARTH 221-01 Introduction to Photography
Instructor: Andy Bale
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-03. An entry-level course in black-and-white photography emphasizing theory, history, and practice. Students learn how to create images, use cameras, develop film and make prints using conventional darkroom processes. Students will also be introduced to Photoshop as well as the basics of scanning and digital printing.
09:30 AM-11:30 AM, TR
GDYRST 101
ARTH 223-01 Digital Studio 1: Image Manipulation and Experimental Processes
Instructor: Todd Arsenault
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-01. This course will focus on 2-dimensional studio processes in the digital environment. It will also explore how digital processes can be used in conjunction with traditional processes like drawing, painting, and printmaking. The initial goal of this class will be to gain a thorough understanding of Adobe Photoshop for image manipulation. As the semester progresses, the class will explore uses of digital technology in contemporary art practice, including experimental processes. *Please note: this is not a photography course, some photo related processes will be part of the class, but those students looking for a more traditional approach to photography should consider the 221 Intro to Photography class. Prerequisite: 122, 221, or permission of the instructor.
09:30 AM-11:29 AM, MW
GDYRST 101
Courses Offered in CLST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CLST 140-01 Ancient Worlds on Film
Instructor: Scott Farrington
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 210-02. An introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history and civilization (excluding mythology) through viewing popular films about this period and reading the historical and literary sources on which those films are based. The course focuses on the stories of remarkable men and women from antiquity, what those stories reveal Greek and Roman values and ideas, and ways to apply those insights critically to our own time.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
TOME 115
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 101-03 The American Comic Book
Instructor: Greg Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-04. This course explores the history, aesthetics, and business aspects of the American comic book. Attention will also be given to the comic books relationship with other media, such as animation and live-action film.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
EASTC 411
ENGL 101-04 The American Comic Book
Instructor: Greg Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-05. This course explores the history, aesthetics, and business aspects of the American comic book. Attention will also be given to the comic books relationship with other media, such as animation and live-action film.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
EASTC 411