Winter 2015 Courses

AAH 222 History of Photography — MWF 10:30-11 :35 (Ogawa)

An introductory survey of the history of photography from its pre-history to the present. We will explore the evolution of photographic expression in the period, and focus on relationships between photography and fine art, photography and popular culture, and photography and theory. We will spend time studying first-hand the original photographic works housed in Special Collections, Schaffer Library and in the Union College Permanent Collection.

AVA 120. Photography 1 – TTh 9-12:20 (Benjamin)

An introduction to photographic techniques with some history. Individual development through projects along with the study of fundamental art ideas. A 35mm film camera with a light meter and adjustable focus is required. Limited enrollment, by permission of instructor. Course website:

AVA 220, Photography 2 TTh 1:55-4:40 (Benjamin)

Intermediate photography, with an emphasis on refinement of technique and development of personal imagery. Lectures, studio practice, presentation of photographers’ works, and critiques provide a basis for creative evaluation and understanding of tradition in photography. Prerequisite: Photography I. Limited enrollment, by permission of the instructor. Course website:

AVA 160. Digital Art – TTh 9-1:55 (Staff)

This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of using the computer as an art tool in the production of two-dimensional content. Topics covered include essentials of digital imaging, digital printing, and posting information to the Internet. Class lectures and hands-on studio will incorporate technique demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to computer multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course. Outside work required. No previous experience necessary. Course website:

AVA 160. Digital Art – TTh 1:55-4:40 (Staff)                          TTh 1:55-4:40

ECE 370 Engineering Acoustics  — MWF 11:45-12:50 (Catravas)

Course topics will include principles of acoustics, electromagnetics, circuit theory and signal processing applied to the analysis of musical instruments, experimental characterization techniques, digital instruments, MIDI. The symbiosis between music and the hard sciences will be surveyed. Attendance at some out-of-class events is required. Please contact the instructor in advance for a list of dates. Prerequisite(s): ECE 241 ECE 343

ENG 288, Film as Fictive Art — TTh 7-8:45 pm (Troxell)

This course examines how, as a paradigm, the transnational at once transcends the concept of the national and presupposes it. Throughout the semester, we will investigate the heuristic, political, and affective force of the concept of “national cinema.” At the same time, we will analyze the complex formations of identity, citizenship, and ethics, portrayed on screen and constructed through transnational networks of production, exhibition, and distribution. Over the course of the semester we pay particular attention to independent and experimental films by exilic and diasporic filmmakers, focusing on epistolary and essay films, films made in collectives, and films thematizing border crossings and liminal spaces. WAC

FLM 303  Cinematic Montage  — TTH 1:55-3:40 (de Seve)
Learn and practice cinematic montage in this fun, hands-on course. From Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera to modern movie chase scenes, montage takes the basic building blocks of film and combines them to evoke the condensation of space, time, and information. The course will review the history of montage as a starting point to help you practice shooting, editing, sound and effects to create your own montages.

 FLM 305 Community Media Action Lab  — TTh 10:55-12:40 (de Seve)

Each student partners with a local arts/community/social service organization to develop a media project to help the organization’s mission. Projects might be designed for broadcast, web, group promotion, for education of communities served, etc.  Past projects included: Web videos for the Jewish Community Center about how to use their facility; informational instruction on using Catholic Charities’ medical transport service; promotional piece for Quest for Grace, which provide clothing to foster families; organization overview video for Schenectady Inner City Ministry.  This course is great if you like helping people, making media (which might include video, websites, radio, etc.) and you want socially conscious pursuits represented on your resume.  This class is very hands-on and will allow you space to improve your media-making skills.

MLT/GER 339 The Shoah in Film — MWF 9:15-10:20 (Ricci-Bell)

(Also MLT 339 ) The course examines cinematic representations of the Holocaust in the films of German, German-Jewish, and other European filmmakers. Comparing and contrasting a variety of film genres and cinematic techniques, we explore fundamental questions about the relationships between art and history, representation and experience and memory and responsibility. By considering theoretical and historical readings as well, we situate the films within significant intellectual and historical contexts. LCC, WAC

MLT 287 Filming Margins: Latin Am. Cinema Verite — MW 3:05-4:45 (Mosquera)

This course studies different styles of documentary and realist film making from Latin America. It looks critically and with a “film-eye” at the aesthetics and socio-political meanings of conventional and experimental documentary films dealing with marginalized peoples and their representation, such as Bunuel’s Los Olvidados (1950), Hector Babenco’s Pixote (1981) and Fernando Meirelles’ City of God (2002), and others. LCC, HUL

MLT 201 Chinese Cinema — MW 3:05-4:45 (Zhang)

From the glitzy production studios of 1930’s Shanghai to the contemporary hinterlands of China, the backstreets of Hong Kong, and the towns of Taiwan, this course examines the development and transformation of Chinese cinema. It explores questions of aesthetics, Chinese identity, transnationalism, and representation. All films subtitled. HUL, LCC

SPN 473 Re-Viewing Spanish Cinema — MWF 1:50-2:55 (Mueller)

This course examines the works of such well known artists/filmmakers as Medem, Almodóvar, Bigas Luna, de la Iglesia, and Aménabar, among others, who often directly engage with questions of ¨Spanishness,¨ of the nature of regional and ethnic diversity and identities within Spain, and the place of these identities in the wider framework of filmmaking in Europe. Furthermore, it will also study popular cinema which has been successful in a national context under the Franco regime and since the coming of democracy in the 1070s. Prerequisite(s): Two 300-level courses HUL

WGS 495 Capstone: Feminist Film — T 1:55-4:45 (Marso)

A required interdisciplinary course designed as the culmination of the major, currently taught as Feminist Film. Students will be expected to bring their knowledge of Women’s and Gender Studies to critically examine a series of feminist films. This course reinforces and provides a coherent perspective on the major issues in the discipline and affords an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of the chosen major and/or minor focus in light of these issues. Prerequisite WGS-100.

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