Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2022

  • Film History & Form

    10 001 | CCN: 29106

    Instructor: Dolores McElroy

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: M, W 11:00am - 12:29pm

    This course will focus on the development of film art, technology, and industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ... More
  • Documentary Forms – Documentary Cinema

    125 001 | CCN: 29109

    Instructor: Deniz Göktürk

    Location: Dwinelle 142

    Date and Time: TU, TH 11:00am - 12:29pm

    This course surveys the history, theory and practice of the genre called documentary cinema in a transnational horizon. We will explore what this amorphous and vague term means and examine the ways its forms and ethics have... More
  • Global Media – Soviet Film Style, from Silence to Sound

    145 001 | CCN: 32446

    Instructor: Anne Nesbet

    Location: Dwinelle 142

    Date and Time: TU, TH 9:30am - 10:59am

    This semester we will focus on a number of great Soviet silent filmmakers–Eisenstein, Kozintsev and Trauberg, Kuleshov, and Vertov–and follow the evolution of their film style as they made the transition into sound. Readings will examine the... More
  • Global Media – Contemporary Chinese Language Cinema

    145 002 | CCN: 32867

    Instructor: Linda C Zhang

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: TU, TH 12:30pm - 1:59pm

    This course introduces Chinese language cinema since the late 1970s. Depending on the semester, the class will either focus on the distinct new waves in the three regions of Mainland, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, or cover all... More
  • Media Technologies – Cinema After Digitization

    155 001 | CCN: 29118

    Instructor: Jacob R Gaboury

    Location: Dwinelle 142

    Date and Time: TU, TH 3:30pm - 4:59pm

    This course will examine the influence of digital technology on contemporary film and visual media. Drawing on cinema studies, art history, architecture, and media studies we will historicize the radical shift brought about by digital technology while... More
  • Special Topics in Film – Cinema of the Anthropocene

    170 001 | CCN: 32448

    Instructor: Emily West

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: TU, TH 11:00am - 12:29pm

    Selected topics in the study of film. ... More
  • Special Topics in Film Genre – Bloodsuckers, Aesthetes, and Queers: Tracking the Vampire Genre

    171 001 | CCN: 32450

    Instructor: Dolores McElroy

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: TU, TH 2:00pm - 3:29pm

    This course is a rigorous theoretical exploration of genre theory and queer theory, and will require a great deal of reading and writing. ... More
  • Auteur Theory – Feminist Directions: Agnes Varda and Chantal Akerman

    172 001 | CCN: 29124

    Instructor: Miryam Sas

    Location: Dwinelle 142

    Date and Time: TU, TH 2:00pm - 3:29pm

    What is the impact of delving deeply into the work of one director over time, following her life and work in film? How does such a deep dive change our views of time, gender, and cinema? How... More
  • Intermediate Moving Image Production

    185 001 | CCN: 32452

    Instructor: Juan Nicolas Pereda Rodriguez

    Location: Berkeley Art Museum LL14

    Date and Time: M 9:00am - 11:59am

    This intermediate film production course explores the process of making alternative fiction, non-fiction, hybrid and experimental works that defy categorization. Students direct two short exercises and act as cinematographers and sound designers in two classmate’s projects. Throughout... More
  • Advanced Moving Image Production

    186 001 | CCN: 27681

    Instructor: J Mira Kopell

    Location: Dwinelle 135

    Date and Time: TU, TH 1:00pm - 3:59pm

    This advanced digital production course explores the process of making a narrative short. Over the semester each student will write, pre-visualize, direct and edit one project, approximately 10 – 12 minutes in length. All students... More
  • Advanced Moving Image Production

    186 002 | CCN: 32453

    Instructor: Juan Nicolas Pereda Rodriguez

    Location: Berkeley Art Museum LL14

    Date and Time: W 9:00am - 11:59am

    In this advanced film production course students produce the 10-20-minute project developed in Film 185, and work as cinematographer, sound designer, production designer, editor or producer in a classmate’s film. The term is broken into three stages... More
  • Special Topics in Media Production – Reality-Based Audio

    187 001 | CCN: 29127

    Instructor: Karel Ernst

    Location: Dwinelle 135

    Date and Time: M, W 3:00pm - 5:59pm

    This studio course provides space for experimentation with working with audio which is rooted in the real, with all the openness, inclusivity, and multiplicity that such a concept entails. Students will make recordings, and edit and mix... More
  • Senior Seminar – Contemporary Art, Race, and the Philosophy of Media

    190 001 | CCN: 29128

    Instructor: Rizvana G Bradley

    Location: Dwinelle 226

    Date and Time: TU 2:00pm - 4:59pm

    This course will interrogate the intersections of the philosophy of media and ‘race’ as a global idea, and explore how such lines of inquiry might open up novel readings of contemporary art. Specifically, we will read race... More
  • Intermediate Film Writing

    193 001 | CCN: 33028

    Instructor: Emily West, Lida Zeitlin Wu

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: W, F 12:30pm - 1:59pm

    Moving-image media are compelling sites of cultural work. Writing about motion pictures poses peculiar challenges – and offers distinct pleasures – for students in disciplines across the university. Yet it is unusual for a course that analyzes the moving... More
  • Film and Media Theory

    20 001 | CCN: 26498

    Instructor: Emily West

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: TU, TH 9:30am - 10:59am

    This course introduces students to ways of thinking about “film” and “media” – including print media, photography, film, and television – as cultural objects that not only carry meaning, but that help create the world in which... More
  • Film Aesthetics

    30 001 | CCN: 31300

    Instructor: Dolores McElroy

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: M, W 2:00pm - 3:29pm

    This course will focus on topics in the history, theory and aesthetics of sound cinema. ... More
  • Digital Media Studies

    35 001 | CCN: 29108

    Instructor: Jacob R Gaboury

    Location: Dwinelle 142

    Date and Time: TU, TH 12:30pm - 1:59pm

    This course is about digital media: how it came to be, where it is going, and how we can engage with it critically and creatively. Over the course of five units we will trace both the history... More
  • Film Honors Thesis

    H195 003 | CCN: 34024

    Instructor: Rizvana Bradley

    Date and Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

    Students in the honors program are to take H195 for a letter grade to complete a senior honors thesis. Although the production of a film may be part of the preparation of the thesis and the film... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – The Figure of the Cyborg in Visual Culture and Critical Thought

    R1A 001 | CCN: 29085

    Instructor: Julia Irwin, Isaac Arland Preiss

    Location: Dwinelle 209

    Date and Time: M, W, F 1:00pm - 1:59pm

    In the 1985 essay “A Cyborg Manifesto,” Donna Haraway articulates several boundary breakdowns characterizing late twentieth-century technoscientific culture and their implications for the longstanding foundations of dominant Western thought. Questioning pop-biology and philosophical definitions of the human... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – Visualizing the Anthropocene

    R1A 002 | CCN: 29086

    Instructor: Harry Burson, Mathew Beauchemin

    Location: Dwinelle 215

    Date and Time: TU, TH 2:00pm - 3:29pm

    What does climate change look like? This course will examine how films and other audio-visual media are representing human impact on the environment, ecological change over time, and a growing awareness of the climate crisis. We will... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – Monsters!

    R1B 001 | CCN: 29095

    Instructor: Morgan Jennings

    Location: Dwinelle 215

    Date and Time: TU, TH 9:30am - 10:59am

    Ghosts! Vampires! Werewolves! What do monsters—and monster films—reveal about the cultures that create and consume them? By looking closely at the various forms in which monstrosity appears on screen, we will analyze how these imagined others are... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – The Technical Delusion: Madness and Media

    R1B 002 | CCN: 29096

    Instructor: Cole Alexander Moore

    Location: Dwinelle 263

    Date and Time: TU, TH 11:00am - 12:29pm

    Just a few decades ago, those who claimed that the government was conducing secretive mind-control experiments on the public were a fringe group; they were labeled mad and generally ignored. Today, every major news outlet has... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – Subverting the Archive: The Art of Reappropriation

    R1B 004 | CCN: 29098

    Instructor: Allyson Unzicker

    Location: Dwinelle 134

    Date and Time: TU, TH 2:00pm - 3:29pm

    Whether used as humor, critique or recovery, appropriation and found footage practices continue to influence our relationship to the past by constantly placing our understanding of pastness in flux. Considering various methods of appropriation using found footage... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – For a Philosophy of Evidence

    R1B 005 | CCN: 29099

    Instructor: Jonathan Daniel Mackris

    Location: Dwinelle 134

    Date and Time: TU, TH 3:30pm - 4:59pm

    Whether in our academic or personal lives, we all rely on evidence. Papers will often use quotations or examples to illustrate their ideas. Studies in the social sciences provide tables, data, and graphs to present their research.... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – The Digital Mundane

    R1B 006 | CCN: 31276

    Instructor: Annie Golda Felix

    Location: Dwinelle 206

    Date and Time: M, W, F 1:00pm - 1:59pm

    aking the personal computer user as its starting point, this course considers the ways in which digital technologies have seeped into the ordinary routines of everyday life. I’m writing here about the quotidian practice of using and... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus

    R1B 007 | CCN: 31277

    Intensive argumentative writing stimulated through selected readings, films, and class discussion. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement. ... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus

    R1B 008 | CCN: 31279

    Instructor: Matteo Cavelier Riccardi

    Location: Dwinelle 134

    Date and Time: M, W 5:00pm - 6:29pm

    Intensive argumentative writing stimulated through selected readings, films, and class discussion. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement. ... More
  • The Craft of Writing – Film Focus – Archival Gaps and Documentary Representation in Latin America and the Caribbean

    R1B 009 | CCN: 32540

    Instructor: Lázaro Gonzalez

    Location: Dwinelle 233

    Date and Time: TU, TH 5:00pm - 6:29pm

    In this course, we will develop the skills of writing and reading as tools of research. We will examine the history of documentary films in Latin America and the Caribbean from their earlier productions to the present.... More