COMM 222 Film Studies 3 Units
The movies – telling stories through images in a fixed period of time – are potentially the most affective form of human expression. This course will use lectures, discussions and analyses of screenings of films and film clips to explore how the elements that define all the arts are incorporated in the narrative motion picture as it seeks to approximate the actual processes of thought. Prerequisite: WRIT 111, Academic Writing I.
COMM 250 The Director’s Craft 3 Units
Through lectures, discussions and analyses of screenings of films and film clips, this course will present a historical introduction to contemporary independent film and video making and offer a step-by-step guide to the art, craft and business of low-budget film and video making in the digital age. Prerequisite: WRIT 111: Academic Writing 1. No lab costs.
COMM 323 Entertainment Studies 3 Units
An interdisciplinary approach that might combine rhetorical, media, and cultural studies as well as semiotics to explore image advertising that includes product and lifestyle images. Lecture. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II; COMM 307, Rhetorical Theory; and COMM 312, Communication and Culture. No lab costs.
COMM 341 Film Genres 3 Units
Genres have evolved greatly since their inception due to improvements in technique and in response to changes in sociological, philosophical, and political thought. As such, genres have a cultural history that is tied up with ideologies and stereotypes. This course is not a chronological history of genres but is instead an exploration from many different perspectives including cultural, political, and thematic ones. Prerequisite: LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice; and WRIT 112, Academic Writing II. No lab costs.
COMM 342 Film Noir 3 Units
The American film industry has gone through a number of movements and refinements in genre since its inception in response to changes in sociological, philosophical, and political thought. As such, film has a cultural history that is tied up with ideologies and stereotypes. This course explores a single significant movement in film history, namely film noir. It surveys films from the noir period to understand this movement in terms of its unique style and meanings. The influence of the genre on other film styles will also be discussed in the context neo noir and other contemporary film movements. Prerequisite: LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice; and WRIT 112, Academic Writing II. No lab costs.
COMM 350 World Cinema 3 Units
This course offers an incisive survey of the history of the narrative motion picture from its silent beginnings to the present as a reflection of, and an influence on, the evolution of contemporary culture. Analyzing film images, stories, and themes and exploring the dynamic interplay between American and foreign film in the context of the movements and events of the past century, the course provides a framework for examining the seeds of a potential global culture. Prerequisite: LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice; and WRIT 112, Academic Writing II. Offered in fall. No lab costs.
COMM 370 Special Topics in Communication 3 Units
A seminar devoted to selected topics of special interest to students and faculty. Lecture. Prerequisites: LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice; WRIT 112, Academic Writing II; and COMM 100, Media Culture or COMM 203, Communication Theory. No lab costs.