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Cinema Studies - Spring 2017

Topic: Digital Photography

4 credits
​Stahl, Leah
Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces students to traditional black and white and digital photographic techniques. Instruction covers the understanding and use of traditional and digital cameras and their functions, the process of developing black and white negatives and creating black and white 8x10 prints. Some areas of photographic capture covered: depth of field control, motion control, and portraiture. Basic digital image editing will also be explored.

This course is intended to be the introductory course to the photography concentration for the Department of Art. It is also a course designed for students who want an introduction to the medium as part of a broad liberal arts experience.  A $300 chemistry/supplies fee and a $50/$25 camera/tripod rental fee are required for the course.

TEXT: To be determined

ART 341
Advanced Photography
4 credits

Stahl, Leah
Prerequisite: Art 241A and permission of instructor.

Designed as a continuation of Art 241A, this course will ask students to further explore their personal expression and hone their skills as artists through the photographic medium. Traditional and digital cameras (and their functions) will be explored. Alternative processes, abstraction, the zone system, large-format cameras, self-portraiture, photojournalism, and the bridge between digital and analog photography are some of the areas that may be explored. Special emphasis will be placed on the student’s ability to use the medium to effectively capture documents, express concepts and explore narratives. A $300 chemistry/supplies fee and a $50 camera rental fee are required for the course.

TEXT: The Fundamentals of Creative Photography, David Prakel

Chinese 130A/C
Cutting Sleeve and Sharing Peach: Literature and Film of Homosexuality in China

4 credits
Chan, Shelley
Prerequisite: None. Taught in English.
“Homosexuality” came to China as a scientific and sexual education term in 1925, but homosexual culture has been documented since ancient times. According to scholarly studies, many emperors in pre-modern China had one or more male sex partners. Idioms and expressions signifying homosexuality exist in Chinese language, such as “Cutting Sleeve and Sharing Peach.” At the same time, however, opposition to homosexuality has also been strong among Chinese people, especially in the late Qing Dynasty and most of the 20th Century. Homosexual or LGBT activities remain largely underground due to the pressure from family and society. Not until 2001 was homosexuality removed from the official list of mental illness in The People’s Republic of China.

This course explores homosexuality in China in the context from Confucianism to the rapidly changing post-Mao society. Course materials include films, fiction and nonfiction from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. While similarities and differences of homosexual culture in these three regions will be examined, changes in society and people’s attitude toward LGBT will also be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to understand homosexuality from an artistic point of view. A comparison between the Chinese cultural and western culture will sharpen students’ cultural sensitivity. Scholarly research on this topic will be studied as a theoretical support to the other course materials. All readings, discussions and lectures will be in English. The films will have English subtitles.

CINE 490
Independent Study
1-4 Credits

Smith, M.
Prerequisite: Declaration of Cinema Studies Minor and permission of instructor.

CINE 492
1-8 credits

Smith, M.
Prerequisite: Declaration of Cinemas Studies Minor and permission of instructor.

Spanish 427
The Silver Screen
4 credits
Hoff, Ruth

Prerequisites: Any 300 level course taught in Spanish
This course will familiarize students with the history of film in the Hispanic world. Students will view works by prominent directors from Spain and the Americas, as well as explore issues and trends in Hispanic films.


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