Academic Catalog

Media Studies (MDIA)

MDIA 1  •  INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

MDIA 1 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 1, MDIA 1H or VART 1.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

A survey of the language, technology, theory and aesthetics of the moving image as an art form. Emphasizes an introduction to the critical analysis of the film and video.

MDIA 1H  •  HONORS INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

MDIA 1H Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 1, MDIA 1 or VART 1.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

A survey of the language, technology, theory and aesthetics of the moving image as an art form with an emphasis on the critical analysis of film and media. The honors section offers an enriched and rigorous study in film analysis and introductory film theory. Completion of the honors section requires in-depth analytic readings and completion of two critical analysis essays. Assessment of exams and essays is rigorous. Strongly suggested for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university in film and media studies.

MDIA 2A  •  HISTORY OF FILM 1895-1945

MDIA 2A Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 2A or VART 2A.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Survey of the development of motion pictures from beginning to the 1940s. Emphasis on understanding evolution of international filmmaking.

MDIA 2B  •  HISTORY OF FILM 1945-CURRENT

MDIA 2B Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 2B or VART 2B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

A survey of the advancement of cinematic art from 1945 to the present. Investigation and critical analysis of influential films, prominent filmmakers, and technological developments. Study of the economic, regulatory, cultural, and artistic forces at work in the evolution of film.

MDIA 2C  •  CURRENT TRENDS IN FILM, TV & THE INTERNET

MDIA 2C Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 2C or VART 2C.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Current trends of film, video, television, and internet media. Critical analysis of time-based linear and non-linear visual media. Emphasis on the visual experience of communicating ideas, stories, and events.

MDIA 3  •  INTRODUCTION TO FILM & MEDIA CRITICISM

MDIA 3 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: ENGL 110.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area V: Communication & Analytical Thinking
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

An introduction to the critical analysis of film, television, and internet media. Explore and apply the core concepts and language of media theory, including approaches through semiotics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, multicultural analysis, gender and sexuality.

MDIA 4  •  EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO

MDIA 4 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

A survey of experimental film from the early 20th century to the present, as well as video art from the 1960s on. Investigation and critical analysis of influential films/videos, prominent filmmakers, and technological developments. Study of the political, cultural, and artistic forces at work in the development of experimental film and video practices.

MDIA 5  •  AMERICAN CINEMA

MDIA 5 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 3 or VART 3.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Introduction to American film as a component of art, history, culture and business. How Hollywood has shaped an industry that has come to reflect many aspects of the American experience. American cinematic history, terminology, economic structure and cultural importance. Development of analysis and writing skills.

MDIA 6  •  FILM & NEW MEDIA GENRES

MDIA 6 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: UC course transferability will be determined by the university after student transfer.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Analysis of specific genres within film and new media and their evolution. Specific genres will be explored, considering their historic, aesthetic, structural, and cultural dimensions, as well as their mode of screening and distribution. Genres include film noir, horror, science fiction, disaster, war, action-adventure, musical, romance, comedy.

MDIA 7  •  DOCUMENTARY FILM

MDIA 7 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

A survey of the development and practice of documentary film from the early 1900s to the present. Investigation and critical analysis of influential films, prominent filmmakers, and technological developments. Study of the economic, cultural, and artistic forces at work in the evolution of documentary film.

MDIA 8A  •  RACE & GENDER IN AMERICAN MEDIA

MDIA 8A Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: ENGL 110.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VI: United States Cultures & Communities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This course examines the complexities of race and gender representation in U.S. film and media. Students study the history of media representation, applying theory as a tool for analysis. Examine the means by which the media define and promote cultural stereotypes. In addition, students examine how media images and institutions influence and shape racial and gender identities. Contributions to the field of important filmmakers and media artists will be examined.

MDIA 8B  •  WOMEN IN FILM

MDIA 8B Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This course examines the remarkable and under-recognized contributions that women have made to world cinema, from the inception of the medium to present time. The course will analyze women both as filmmakers and as actors — behind the camera, and in front. The course will use a framework of feminist film theory, and the lens of intersectionality, to examine some of the cultural impacts that cinema has on society. Films will be analyzed within the historical, national, cultural, institutional and economic contexts in which the filmmaker's work was made and distributed.

MDIA 11  •  INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE

MDIA 11 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249; not open to students with credit in F A 1 or MDIA 11H.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Overview, history and critical analysis of popular culture as a window for understanding American society. Theories and methods of analyzing artifacts of popular culture. Overarching themes: history/social theories of popular culture; popular culture as a product of American multiculturalism; the relationship between a commodity culture and intellect/artistry; philosophical/ethical issues surrounding popular culture.

MDIA 11H  •  HONORS INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE

MDIA 11H Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F A 1 or MDIA 11.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Overview, history and critical analysis of popular culture as a window for understanding American society. Theories and methods of analyzing artifacts of popular culture. Overarching themes: history/social theories of popular culture; popular culture as a product of American multiculturalism; the relationship between a commodity culture and intellect/artistry; philosophical/ethical issues surrounding popular culture. The honors section offers deeper theoretical content, assignments that require more sophisticated cognition/critical thinking, more rigorous assessment, and an additional summative project.

MDIA 12  •  POPULAR CULTURE & UNITED STATES HISTORY

MDIA 12 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249; not open to students with credit in F A 2.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VI: United States Cultures & Communities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Interdisciplinary overview of popular culture as a window for understanding American history and society. Theories and methods of analyzing the artifacts of popular culture. Overarching themes: 1) the interpretation of American history via popular culture media; 2) interaction between American historical events and trends, and popular culture.

MDIA 13  •  VIDEO GAMES & POPULAR CULTURE

MDIA 13 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 11F.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area I: Humanities
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable
Cross-Listed: MUS 11F

The impact of game design and game technology on popular culture. Topics will include early history including the early hardware and software designers that emerged after World War II, the rise of the video game entrepreneurs and the resulting multi-billion dollar arcade industry, eight generations of home video game console inventors from the Magnavox Odyssey through the present day, the impact of the home computer on video games, the evolution of the handheld game console from early LCD games through the smart phone, online gaming from the first text-based games built by hobbyists through the current massively multi-player online role-playing games, and the validation of video games as an art form as evidenced by their addition to the collections of prominent institutions such as the Smithsonian and MoMA. For each historical era, the influence of video games on popular culture will be demonstrated through film, television, print, and music.

MDIA 20  •  FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA PRODUCTION

MDIA 20 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 20, GID 20 or VART 20.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Basic instruction in concepts, techniques, and strategies of digital media production. Basic camera, lighting and sound recording will be covered through technical assignments. Emphasis on story telling, creative problem solving, web video production and distribution techniques.

MDIA 30  •  DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING I

MDIA 30 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in F TV 84, VART 30 or 84.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Basic instruction on the use of the computer for video and film editing. Theory and practice of cinematic editing which is explored through projects, screenings, class exercises, and demonstration. Topics include montage, pace and rhythm, openings, cutting dialogue, use of sound.

MDIA 31  •  DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING II

MDIA 31 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: MDIA 30; not open to students with credit in F TV 85, VART 31 or 85.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Continuation of MDIA 30. Further exploration of technical and aesthetic considerations in film and video editing. Address intermediate to advanced topics in digital post-production. Software topics include sync, audio mixing, color correction, basic sound mixing and compositing.

MDIA 52  •  SCRIPTWRITING FOR FILM & VIDEO

MDIA 52 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

An introductory course in scriptwriting for film and video which covers the basic skills needed in scripting for the media. Emphasis will be on the development of visual sensitivity, the examination of sample scripts and experience in progressing from concept to finished script. The role of the script in media production and the appropriate formats for fiction and non-fiction scripts will also be examined.