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Media Study (DMS)

DMS Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    DMS has a long history of combining situated, context specific learning with theoretical discourses. By combining making objects with thinking of objects, students in DMS are trained to think holistically about media as contextualized systems.

    Our undergraduate courses range for 20 to 100 students, depending on the topic. Many of our courses are offered on-line over the summer and winter recesses.

    About Our Facilities

    Media Study maintains a range of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities integral to the practice of media arts production including: a student accessible equipment pool with hundreds of pieces of equipment for traditional and emerging media creation (video production, computational media, virtual reality); computer labs with the latest industry-standard and open-source software for digital audio and video editing, computational media, multimedia creation, game design, 3D printing and prototyping; a large production studio with green screen and lighting grid; smart classrooms; a 200+ seat auditorium with high definition projection and sound.

    About Our Faculty

    The Department of Media Study faculty is among the most distinguished in the university and are recognized internationally for their work in their respective fields.

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the Media Study department website for additional information about our faculty.

  • DMS 100LEC Indian Image On Film
    View Schedule DMS 100LEC Indian Image On Film Lecture

    Discusses the fabricated image of Native Americans in American film history, the media process that perpetuates such images, and the resulting stereotypes; also covers the relationship to social movements and alternatives for overcoming stereotypes. This course is the same as AMS 100, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 101SEM Basic Filmmaking
    View Schedule DMS 101SEM Basic Filmmaking Seminar

    Equipment, materials, and techniques involved in the construction of motion pictures; nature and process of the medium; 8mm and 16mm film. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 102SEM Basic Filmmaking
    View Schedule DMS 102SEM Basic Filmmaking Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 103SEM Basic Video
    View Schedule DMS 103SEM Basic Video Seminar

    Image and sound formation; energy and time structures observed on the cathode ray tube; competency with basic video equipment in production of tapes. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 104SEM Basic Video
    View Schedule DMS 104SEM Basic Video Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 105SEM Basic Documentary
    View Schedule DMS 105SEM Basic Documentary Seminar

    The fundamental theoretical, creative, and technical concerns of documentary and video production. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 106SEM Basic Documentary
    View Schedule DMS 106SEM Basic Documentary Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 107LEC Film & Media History 1
    View Schedule DMS 107LEC Film & Media History 1 Lecture

    Surveys developments in international cinema from the 1890s to the present.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 108LAB Film History II
    View Schedule DMS 108LAB Film History II Laboratory

    Surveys developments in international cinema from the 1890s to the present.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 108LEC Film & Media History II
    View Schedule DMS 108LEC Film & Media History II Lecture

    Surveys developments in international cinema from the 1890s to the present.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 109LEC Introduction to Film and Media Interpretation
    View Schedule DMS 109LEC Introduction to Film and Media Interpretation Lecture

    Identification of and intellectual appreciation for the elements of film as a major art form.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 110LEC Programming for Digital Art
    View Schedule DMS 110LEC Programming for Digital Art Lecture

    Introduces students to programming in a general purpose computer language. Discusses the underlying fundamentals of how computers, electronics, and digital media work; and the mathematical bases of these fields. Presents students with ways that programming can be used in creating new, interactive, digital media art. Recommended for students interested in programming graphics and virtual reality. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 121SEM Basic Digital Arts
    View Schedule DMS 121SEM Basic Digital Arts Seminar

    This course is an introduction to computer-based media production in the context of contemporary internet tools and techniques. The course covers image and sound editing & manipulation, web development, and interactive design. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Viewing/Interacting with contemporary web-based art projects, interventionist art & Hacktivism, and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and media. A lab fee is associated with this class.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 122SEM Introduction to Physical Computing
    View Schedule DMS 122SEM Introduction to Physical Computing Seminar

    This course introduces basic concepts and techniques for designing, constructing, and programming objects, spaces, and media that sense and respond to their physical surroundings. Eschewing the paradigm of screen-keyboard-mouse, this course seeks alternative modalities -- such as light, sound, and touch -- for creating interactive experiences. Through a progression of weekly exercises, students are exposed to electrical theory, circuit design, micro-controller programming, and a variety of sensor and actuator technologies. Students work both individually and in small groups, responding to a set of progressively complex design prompts culminating in both a mid-term and end-term presentation. No previous programming or electronics experience is required; however, curiosity and a willingness to experiment are a must! There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 149SEM Asian Amer Exp On Film
    View Schedule DMS 149SEM Asian Amer Exp On Film Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 152LR Visual Studies
    View Schedule DMS 152LR Visual Studies Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 155LAB Introduction to New Media
    View Schedule DMS 155LAB Introduction to New Media Laboratory

    Introduces desk top tools and fundamental concepts used in the development of interactive and non-interactive digital media. Focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of creating digital messages with authoring/presentation tools. Provides a foundation for creating a broad range of digital media.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: Students must enroll in DMS 155LAB and DMS 155LEC in the same term.
  • DMS 155LEC Introduction to New Media
    View Schedule DMS 155LEC Introduction to New Media Lecture

    Introduces desk top tools and fundamental concepts used in the development of interactive and non-interactive digital media. Focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of creating digital messages with authoring/presentation tools. Provides a foundation for creating a broad range of digital media.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: Students must enroll in DMS 155LAB and DMS 155LEC in the same term.
  • DMS 193SEM Fundamentals of Journalism
    View Schedule DMS 193SEM Fundamentals of Journalism Seminar

    This course introduces students to journalism. Using Buffalo as a backdrop for finding news and topics for feature stories, 193 stresses practice in the basic techniques of journalism, including finding and producing a print and broadcast news story on deadline, thinking in relation to the screen, and packaging stories for the web and broadcast media. This course will teach you to think, act and write like a journalist. The course is a gateway into the Journalism Certificate program and will provide an introduction to the basic principles of research, reporting and writing for print, broadcast and the web. We will cover essential reporting tools (researching, interviewing, observing) and learn to write hard news stories, short features, blogs, TV broadcasts and reported opinion pieces. This course is the same as DMS 193 and course repeat rules will apply.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 198SEM UB Seminar
    View Schedule DMS 198SEM UB Seminar Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • DMS 199SEM UB Seminar
    View Schedule DMS 199SEM UB Seminar Seminar

    There is a fee associated with this course. The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • DMS 200LEC Department of Art Speakers Series
    View Schedule DMS 200LEC Department of Art Speakers Series Lecture

    The Department of Art Speakers Series is comprised of lectures by visual arts professionals practicing in the fields of visual art, design, multi-media, cultural theory, and criticism. Exposes students to a wide range of viewpoints, art practice, and contemporary theory. Speakers change each semester. This course is the same as VS 200 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 201LEC Green Media
    View Schedule DMS 201LEC Green Media Lecture

    Polar bears pacing frantically on melting ice; SUVs gloriously conquering mountain terrain; post-civilization humans struggling for survival on a devastated earth: contemporary media reflects our fears and fantasies about our rapidly changing environment. This course analyzes fictional and documentary media that investigate our relationship to nature: climate change, pollution, environmental justice, wildlife extinction. The course interprets the word media broadly to include film, games, social media, media-art, big data visualization, simulation and sensing. It examines the consciousness-raising power of film, media and journalism; traces the ecological impact of our obsession with the latest media device; and ponders the relationship between our feelings about our changing planet (denial, engagement, optimism, hopelessness) and our actions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 211LEC PLASMA: Performance, Screenings, and Lectures in Media Art
    View Schedule DMS 211LEC PLASMA: Performance, Screenings, and Lectures in Media Art Lecture

    Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art (PLASMA) is a new speakers series in which students are exposed to contemporary practices and discourses in media art and culture. Beyond the model of a lecture series course, PLASMA engages students in performative, field-based and workshop encounters with professional practitioners operating at national and international levels of visibility. Six guests will visit the course throughout the semester, with alternating weeks providing an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion. Readings are assigned to complement topics addressed in the work of guest practitioners, including publications of their own, where relevant.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 212LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 212LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. Please check the Department of Media Study website for course descriptions. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 213LEC Immigration and Film
    View Schedule DMS 213LEC Immigration and Film Lecture

    Examines silent and early sound films, as well as contemporary films; as a reflection of the immigrant experience, as a site of struggle between older and newer immigrants, and as an instrument of government politics.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 215LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 215LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 216LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 216LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 217SEM Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 217SEM Special Topics Seminar

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 218LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 218LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 219LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 219LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 220LEC Machines, Codes and Cultures
    View Schedule DMS 220LEC Machines, Codes and Cultures Lecture

    This course will follow the history of machines and coding systems from the use of physical implements in agrarian societies to electronic digital computation. This is not a history course, but an overview of concepts related to information technologies that substantially impact daily life today. Consequently, it will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the myriad ways in which they are woven into the fabric of human activity. It will cover topics such as the onset of tool production, agriculture, numbering systems, cybernetics, robots, human rights, algorithms, interaction design, household appliances, and software systems. Students will be introduced to these topics through primary source materials (texts and videos) and guided through them in weekly discussions.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 221SEM Web Development
    View Schedule DMS 221SEM Web Development Seminar

    Involves analyzing and creating web-based media for a variety of communication purposes. There is a fee associated with this class.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or DMS 121 or CSE 115.
  • DMS 225LEC Digital Literature Review
    View Schedule DMS 225LEC Digital Literature Review Lecture

    Intensive survey of the field of digital literature through a focus on the screening of digital texts. Primary emphasis is on "reading" the digital texts presented. Course also covers the relationship of innovative poetry to digital media, the phenomenon of the Internet and its relation to "the I", meaning-making through the context, design, and writerly qualities of Web pages, traditions of hypertext, the materiality of code, the history of e-poetry, and digital media poetry in the academy. Special attention will be given to understanding a broad range of innovative works in the medium including hypertext, digital and kinetic literature, interactive texts, and works in networked and programmable media, and to examining, interpreting, and interrogating the key theoretical texts of the most significant practitioners in the field. Includes foundational early theory, writings from formative scholarly hypertext theorists, and work by more recent cutting-edge independent digital theorists. Examines the role of programming as a social, literary, and language-related act. The cultural impact of films related to programming/cyberculture is discussed, with film screenings as appropriate. Discussion of key cyberculture and media theory authors as relevant.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 231SEM Game and Animation Workshop
    View Schedule DMS 231SEM Game and Animation Workshop Seminar

    Provides students with an understanding of animation principles and how to use digital tools effectively to create animated compositions, and games. There is a fee associated with this class.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or DMS 121.
  • DMS 259SEM Introduction to Media Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 259SEM Introduction to Media Analysis Seminar

    An introduction to the historical development of media in modern culture, this course will expose students to a range of critical accounts of photography, film, recorded sound, print, television, video, and new media. We will examine the material and aesthetic components that define various media as well as the political, social, and economic functions that media serve. Lectures, screenings, and discussions will be structured by major theoretical texts and approaches drawn from the humanities disciplines of film and media studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. This course will demonstrate the foundational role of media in the construction of Western civilization, concepts of the global, and contemporary life around the world. It will also provide a solid theoretical basis for all forms of media study, including both production and analysis.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 302SEM Experimental Moving Image
    View Schedule DMS 302SEM Experimental Moving Image Seminar

    This intermediate level undergraduate production class will introduce students to alternative approaches to the moving image, from abstraction and collage, personal documentary and hybrid narratives, to stop-motion and video installation, across single and multiple screens. From creative idea development to experimentation with a wide range of intermediate filming and editing techniques -manipulating time, light, color, and movement - students will refine their technical skills and create several short personal projects, as well as participate in class workshops and exercises. Screenings, readings, lectures, and group discussion will provide insights into contemporary and historic approaches to avant-garde film, experimental documentary, narrative, and video art, and inspire students to expand their moving image practice beyond traditional boundaries.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: DMS 103 or DMS 105 or instructor permission.
  • DMS 303LEC Video Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 303LEC Video Analysis Lecture

    Viewing and analyzing electronic image/sound structures and compositional models (video art) in a context of contemporary critical thought; viewing tapes, readings, and lectures; having participatory discussions; and entertaining visitors conversant with the state of the art.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 304LEC Video Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 304LEC Video Analysis Lecture

    Viewing and analyzing electronic image/sound structures and compositional models (video art) in a context of contemporary critical thought; viewing tapes, readings, and lectures; having participatory discussions; and entertaining visitors conversant with the state of the art.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 305LAB Film Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 305LAB Film Analysis Laboratory

    World cinema, American avant-garde, personal-independent cinema, including a view to its European counterpart.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 305LEC Film Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 305LEC Film Analysis Lecture

    World cinema, American avant-garde, personal-independent cinema, including a view to its European counterpart.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 306LAB Film Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 306LAB Film Analysis Laboratory

    World cinema, American avant-garde, personal-independent cinema, including a view to its European counterpart.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 306LEC Film Analysis
    View Schedule DMS 306LEC Film Analysis Lecture

    World cinema, American avant-garde, personal-independent cinema, including a view to its European counterpart.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 307LAB Hist of the Musical 1 Lab
    View Schedule DMS 307LAB Hist of the Musical 1 Lab Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 307LEC Hist of the Musical 1
    View Schedule DMS 307LEC Hist of the Musical 1 Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 308LAB Hist of the Musical 2 Lab
    View Schedule DMS 308LAB Hist of the Musical 2 Lab Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 308LEC Hist of the Musical 2
    View Schedule DMS 308LEC Hist of the Musical 2 Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 315LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 315LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 316LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 316LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 329LAB Italian Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 329LAB Italian Cinema Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 329LEC Italian Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 329LEC Italian Cinema Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 331LEC Social and Mobile Media
    View Schedule DMS 331LEC Social and Mobile Media Lecture

    In this production course students will become familiar with cross-platform web technologies for mobile and social media, in the context of a critical perspective of media culture.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or DMS 121 or DMS 155 or CSE 115.
  • DMS 333LEC World Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 333LEC World Cinema Lecture

    This class explores a range of competing terms at the intersection of transnationalism, globalization and political/activist cinema. These include 'Third Cinema' (Solanas & Getino), 'Intercultural Cinema' (Marks), 'Accented Cinema' (Naficy), 'Minor Cinema' (Deleuze and others), etc. Topics for discussion include global flows, border crossing, place and displacement, migration and mobility, minorities and diaspora, social invisibility and censorship, protest and resistance.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 341SEM Intermediate Video Workshop
    View Schedule DMS 341SEM Intermediate Video Workshop Seminar

    Lab fee. Workshop in the tools of video. Offers exercises in intermediate video production for students who have had some previous exposure to video as a creative medium. Emphasizes the development of technical skills and knowledge which are necessary for the effective use of video as an artistic tool and for documentation or personal expression. Other topics include video electronics and staging. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 101 Or DMS 103 Or DMS 105.
  • DMS 342SEM Intermediate Documentary Workshop
    View Schedule DMS 342SEM Intermediate Documentary Workshop Seminar

    This is an undergraduate-level course that will further develop students? video and audio production and post-production skills through hands-on exploration of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking. Students will work on a series of short exercise assignments, a collaborative project, and a final project. Topics to be covered include: modes of documentary; non-fiction story-telling; observational/verit? shooting and audio recording techniques; the interview (approaches, set-up, lighting); lighting for documentary; video technology, in particular, the equipment and resources available to you in Media Study; image and sound editing; preparing video for online distribution, and additional topics to be decided. Regular screenings of non-fiction work will take place. A lab fee of is assessed for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 103 or DMS 105.
  • DMS 343LEC Intermediate Digital Post-Production
    View Schedule DMS 343LEC Intermediate Digital Post-Production Lecture

    Intermediate Digital Post-Production is a course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the theory, procedures and practices of motion picture editing. Students edit various exercises to learn and demonstrate the tools and techniques of post-production. Through assignments, workshops, in-class screenings, critique and discussion, the course explores post-production as fundamental creative component of filmmaking. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 103 or DMS 105 or DMS 121.
  • DMS 350LEC Information Theories
    View Schedule DMS 350LEC Information Theories Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 375LEC Science, Culture, and Emerging Media
    View Schedule DMS 375LEC Science, Culture, and Emerging Media Lecture

    Introduces critical issues in science, culture, and emerging media-especially as they pertain to contemporary artistic practice. Topics are addressed through artists' works; selected readings include historical trends, biotechnology, virtuality, net theory, and cultural resistance. Lab fee. This course is the same as VS 375, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 381LAB Film Comedy
    View Schedule DMS 381LAB Film Comedy Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 381LEC Film Comedy
    View Schedule DMS 381LEC Film Comedy Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 382SEM Politics of Pop Culture
    View Schedule DMS 382SEM Politics of Pop Culture Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 388LEC Screenwriting
    View Schedule DMS 388LEC Screenwriting Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 394LEC Topics in Asian Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 394LEC Topics in Asian Cinema Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 396LEC South Asian Cinema: Bollywood and Beyond
    View Schedule DMS 396LEC South Asian Cinema: Bollywood and Beyond Lecture

    This course is a chronological exploration of Hindi cinema, stretching from the 1940s to the present. With its flashy item numbers, chocolate heroes, masala films, and playback singers, Bollywood films offer delights that no other genre can. But beneath its flashy exterior, Bollywood also offers moral lessons for social uplift, provides examples of changing class and family dynamics, tracks the influence of the West on a decidedly South Asian art form, and has its finger perennially on the cultural pulse of India.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 400SEM Film Workshop I
    View Schedule DMS 400SEM Film Workshop I Seminar

    Creative explorations and experimental articulations of primary cinematic realities; encourages development of personal styles.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 401SEM Adv Cinematography
    View Schedule DMS 401SEM Adv Cinematography Seminar

    Media production course focusing on advanced moving image creation in film and video. This course is dual-listed with DMS 501.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 315 OR DMS 341 OR DMS 302
  • DMS 402SEM Adv Editing
    View Schedule DMS 402SEM Adv Editing Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: DMS 343 and DMS 103 or DMS 105.
  • DMS 403SEM Advanced Documentary Production
    View Schedule DMS 403SEM Advanced Documentary Production Seminar

    Principles and theory of documentary form, ethical issues, methods. Production work in digital video, audio, web based media or still photography.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 404SEM Advanced Documentary Prod
    View Schedule DMS 404SEM Advanced Documentary Prod Seminar

    There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 or DMS 343.
  • DMS 405LEC Ethnographic Media
    View Schedule DMS 405LEC Ethnographic Media Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 405SEM Ethnographic Media
    View Schedule DMS 405SEM Ethnographic Media Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 406SEM Ethnographic Film
    View Schedule DMS 406SEM Ethnographic Film Seminar

    Provides a critical understanding of ethnographic media and cultural documentary. Combines theory and hands-on production practice. Examines cross cultural issues of representation, marginality, community collaboration, indigenous media and fieldwork for media.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 407LAB Hist of Soviet Film 1 Lab
    View Schedule DMS 407LAB Hist of Soviet Film 1 Lab Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 407LEC Hist of Soviet Film 1
    View Schedule DMS 407LEC Hist of Soviet Film 1 Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 408LAB Hist of Soviet Film 2 Lab
    View Schedule DMS 408LAB Hist of Soviet Film 2 Lab Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 408LEC Hist of Soviet Film 2
    View Schedule DMS 408LEC Hist of Soviet Film 2 Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 409LLB Nonfiction Film
    View Schedule DMS 409LLB Nonfiction Film Lecture

    Screenings and discussion related to examining non-fiction and documentary film and video from 1920 to the present, including cinema verit, experimental, reflexive, diary, political, music television, and political documentaries.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 410LEC Non Fiction Film
    View Schedule DMS 410LEC Non Fiction Film Lecture

    This course examines the history and theoretical development of independent documentary/nonfiction film as both an established art form and as an instrument for constructing social knowledge and/or social activism. Using the conventions and methods of media studies, the class looks at extraordinary works of documentary, primarily from the 1970?s to the present, and analyzes the nature of nonfiction film?s compelling effect on viewers. We look at film?s capacity for intimate viewer engagement, and we focus on the curious relationship between images of reality and reality itself. Beginning with Nanook of the North and spanning more than a century, documentary film has had a far greater influence on narrative cinema than many people realize.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors only
  • DMS 411SEM Film and Media Theory
    View Schedule DMS 411SEM Film and Media Theory Seminar

    Explores principal theories of film and media through a critical reading of texts and a close examination of films/ media projects.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: DMS 107 or DMS 108 or DMS 259 or ENG 100 or ENG 201.
  • DMS 412LAB Theory of Film Narrative
    View Schedule DMS 412LAB Theory of Film Narrative Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 412SEM Theory of Film Narrative
    View Schedule DMS 412SEM Theory of Film Narrative Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 413LEC The Filmic Text
    View Schedule DMS 413LEC The Filmic Text Lecture

    Principle forms of film narrative with readings in narrative theory and film theory.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • DMS 414LEC Film Narrative
    View Schedule DMS 414LEC Film Narrative Lecture

    Narrative films are films that, in the simplest terms, tell a story. This course examines how films narrate this story. It approaches the film as a text - a set of representational, organizational, and discursive cues that deliver the story information to the audience.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 415LAB Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 415LAB Special Topics Laboratory

    A variety of media production and theory topics. Please check the Department of Media Study website for course description. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 415LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 415LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 416LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 416LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 417LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 417LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 418LAB Special Topic Lab
    View Schedule DMS 418LAB Special Topic Lab Laboratory

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 418LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 418LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. Please check website for course descriptions. http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/dms-courses/undergraduate/current-undergraduate/ There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 419SEM Advanced Digital Arts Production
    View Schedule DMS 419SEM Advanced Digital Arts Production Seminar

    The conceptual and practical production of digital art, primarily focusing on the manipulation and generation of moving images and sounds from within a computer environment.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: DMS 121.
  • DMS 420SEM Advanced Digital Arts Production
    View Schedule DMS 420SEM Advanced Digital Arts Production Seminar

    There is a fee associated with this course. The conceptual and practical production of digital art, primarily focusing on the manipulation and generation of moving images and sounds from within a computer environment.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or DMS 121.
  • DMS 421LAB Designed Play
    View Schedule DMS 421LAB Designed Play Laboratory

    Focuses on the changing role of "play" and its impact on contemporary cultural production. Investigates the following topics: how we currently define play - is it aimless, productive, meaningful; production of "play" and use of game-based models in consumer, educational and corporate culture; shifting boundaries between work and leisure. Integrates studio assignments with theoretical research and analysis from a broad range of platforms including: digital and non-digital gaming, virtual worlds, public space and situated technologies, interactive and environmental design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 422LAB Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 422LAB Special Topics Laboratory

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 422SEM Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 422SEM Special Topics Seminar

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • DMS 423LAB Programming Graphics I
    View Schedule DMS 423LAB Programming Graphics I Laboratory

    Production course. Introduces students to the concepts and practice of programming 2-D computer graphics using C++, Open GL, the GLUT libraries, and a basic sound server. The major focus is on creating interactive art experiences by programming both graphics and sound. Students write their own code to create customized computer tools and visuals and learn the fundamentals of graphics programming. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or CSE 115.
  • DMS 423SEM Programming Graphics I
    View Schedule DMS 423SEM Programming Graphics I Seminar

    Production course. Introduces students to the concepts and practice of programming 2-D computer graphics using C++, Open GL, the GLUT libraries, and a basic sound server. The major focus is on creating interactive art experiences by programming both graphics and sound. Students write their own code to create customized computer tools and visuals and learn the fundamentals of graphics programming. There is a fee associated with this class.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or CSE 115.
  • DMS 424LAB Programming Graphics II
    View Schedule DMS 424LAB Programming Graphics II Laboratory

    Builds on DMS 423 and extends students' knowledge of Open GL and C++ into programming virtual reality environments. Students use CAVElib software to build immersive 3-D virtual worlds.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 423.
  • DMS 424SEM Programming Graphics II
    View Schedule DMS 424SEM Programming Graphics II Seminar

    Builds on DMS 423 and extends students' knowledge of Open GL and C++ into programming virtual reality environments. Students use CAVElib software to build immersive 3-D virtual worlds.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 423.
  • DMS 425SEM Visual Media Poetics
    View Schedule DMS 425SEM Visual Media Poetics Seminar

    Provides an opportunity to explore the expressive potential of language as a creative material, with a focus on its alphabetic, visual, and aural levels, with a focus on forms of visual expression, including Concrete Poetry. We will be thinking about the multiple possibilities of language, as a conjunction of possibilities, textures, tones, meanings, and media. We will look at digital literature as a merging of form, image, language, and sound, and we will explore works that somehow do this to extraordinary effect.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 426LAB Sound Media Poetics
    View Schedule DMS 426LAB Sound Media Poetics Laboratory

    Experimental poetry, sound poetry, and digital media poetry share certain features of improvisation, composition, and structure. This seminar will concentrate on a close examination of innovative literary and media forms from the perspective of sound. It will involve careful reading of experimental poetry, close listening to sound poetry, and examination of digital media works, where applicable.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • DMS 426SEM Sound Media Poetics
    View Schedule DMS 426SEM Sound Media Poetics Seminar

    Experimental poetry, sound poetry, and digital media poetry share certain features of improvisation, composition, and structure. This seminar will concentrate on a close examination of innovative literary and media forms from the perspective of sound. It will involve careful reading of experimental poetry, close listening to sound poetry, and examination of digital media works, where applicable.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 427LEC Production Management
    View Schedule DMS 427LEC Production Management Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 428SEM 2d Animation Graphics
    View Schedule DMS 428SEM 2d Animation Graphics Seminar

    Introduces students to major concepts in 2D animation and motion graphic design. Topics include developing concepts, rotoscoping, interpolated animation, and composing animation with video. Surveys the history of animation, fine arts animation, and contemporary trends in motion graphic design. Students will produce a finished portfolio of animation and motion graphic design work. (Production intensive design course.)

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 429LAB Italian Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 429LAB Italian Cinema Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 429LEC Italian Cinema I
    View Schedule DMS 429LEC Italian Cinema I Lecture

    Examines contemporary Italian society mirrored in the movies, especially Italian film from the 1930s, or fascist era, to the present. This course is the same as ITA 429, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 430LLB The Dream in Film and TV
    View Schedule DMS 430LLB The Dream in Film and TV Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 431LAB Advanced Modeling
    View Schedule DMS 431LAB Advanced Modeling Laboratory

    Advanced program on modeling. The objectives of this course are to illustrate the importance of context on the modeling process; focus on the development of a creative, individualized, working methodology; and build practical, technical and organizational skills. Students will learn a variety of methods of importing information from real-life measurements, data-bases, clients, into the modeling process. The core of the course will be hands on work, designing, planning, modeling. Students will be taken through the steps of the production process from content design, through design of a production pipeline, to implementation. The final objective will be to produce a substantive modeling project.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 431SEM Advanced Modeling
    View Schedule DMS 431SEM Advanced Modeling Seminar

    Advanced program on modeling. The objectives of this course are to illustrate the importance of context on the modeling process; focus on the development of a creative, individualized, working methodology; and build practical, technical and organizational skills. Students will learn a variety of methods of importing information from real-life measurements, data-bases, clients, into the modeling process. The core of the course will be hands on work, designing, planning, modeling. Students will be taken through the steps of the production process from content design, through design of a production pipeline, to implementation. The final objective will be to produce a substantive modeling project.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 434SEM Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 434SEM Special Topics Seminar

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 435SEM Scriptwriting: All Media
    View Schedule DMS 435SEM Scriptwriting: All Media Seminar

    In this production workshop students will concentrate on writing and editing scripted elements for their media projects. The course will explore both traditional and experimental methods for generating and structuring text for fictional, documentary, time-based and interactive work. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 436SEM Directing Narratives
    View Schedule DMS 436SEM Directing Narratives Seminar

    This course is an intensive workshop in writing, directing and producing narrative films during which we will closely examine how fiction and narrative cinema is conceived and crafted. The course involves exploring the director/actor relationship and understanding the components of scripting, storyboarding, casting and producing creative narrative films. During the course of Directing New Narratives, students will produce three short projects/assignments and one short film. All filmmakers are required to engage in and discuss in-class screenings of short and feature length narrative films, as well as critique each others projects. There is a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 and DMS 343.
  • DMS 438SEM Building a Vr Art Project I
    View Schedule DMS 438SEM Building a Vr Art Project I Seminar

    For students with graphics programming experience and 3-D modeling packages (specifically Maya). Students collaborate as teams to build immersive virtual reality art experiences. Introduces the student to the Ygdrasil system, a high-level VR authoring toolkit for large- scale art projects. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 439SEM Building a Vr Art Project II
    View Schedule DMS 439SEM Building a Vr Art Project II Seminar

    In this sequel to DMS 438 students extend their skills with VR authoring tools and programming/modeling for real-time applications. Focuses on networking with remote sites, as well as the use of agents, smart environments, gaming techniques, interface and interactivity, and effective sound design in VR.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 110 or DMS 121 or CSE 115.
  • DMS 440LAB Women Directors
    View Schedule DMS 440LAB Women Directors Laboratory

    Provides a critical understanding of women as feature film directors. Looks at English-language productions from the 1990s by a cross-generation of emerging and established filmmakers, including Jane Campion, Julie Dash, and Mary Harron. Also considers the "uncomfortable truths" regarding underrepresentation of women directing both studio and independent productions.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 440SEM Women Directors
    View Schedule DMS 440SEM Women Directors Seminar

    Provides a critical understanding of women as feature film directors. Looks at English-language productions from the 1990s by a cross-generation of emerging and established filmmakers, including Jane Campion, Julie Dash, and Mary Harron. Also considers the "uncomfortable truths" regarding underrepresentation of women directing both studio and independent productions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 441SEM Advanced Video Production
    View Schedule DMS 441SEM Advanced Video Production Seminar

    There is a fee associated with this course. Making independent video art: camera work, editing, acting, and directing. Group exercises and critiques. Requires video production and postproduction outside of class.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 or DMS 343.
  • DMS 442SEM Advanced Video Production
    View Schedule DMS 442SEM Advanced Video Production Seminar

    Making independent video art: camera work, editing, acting, and directing. Group exercises and critiques. Requires video production and postproduction outside of class. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 or DMS 343.
  • DMS 446SEM Interface Design
    View Schedule DMS 446SEM Interface Design Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 447SEM Sound Design
    View Schedule DMS 447SEM Sound Design Seminar

    Explores issues and techniques in the area of sound design and audio production. Contextualizes the relation between image and sound by drawing from many media forms, existing and/or original, to create and visually represent sound. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: DMS 103 or DMS 105 or DMS 121 or DMS 199.
  • DMS 448SEM Games, Gender and Culture
    View Schedule DMS 448SEM Games, Gender and Culture Seminar

    Comprehensive investigation of the emerging field of Games Studies, the critical analysis of games and interactive environments made possible by the computer. Addresses different theoretical perspectives that view games and gaming as historical, social, cultural. aesthetic, technical, performative, and cognitive phenomenon. Examines how video games encompass an increasingly diverse set of practices, populations, and locations from fantasy football to multi-player medieval fantasy, from simulations of real life to alternate realities, from fanatics to activists, from nightclubs to competitive arenas to public streets to the classroom; from consoles to mobile phones, to large screen projections. Analyses not only popular games but interactive installations, pervasive games, mixed and virtual reality environments. Discusses the interdisciplinary nature of a cultural practice which depends on art, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, etc.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 450LEC Film & Dev of Contemp Art
    View Schedule DMS 450LEC Film & Dev of Contemp Art Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 451LAB Avant-Garde Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 451LAB Avant-Garde Cinema Laboratory

    Examines the history of the so-called avant-garde, from the Russian and French avant-garde of the 1920s to the postwar European and American experimental milieu. While focusing principally on Europe and North America, the course gives attention to related developments in Africa, Asia, and South America, depending on availability. Questions of methodology, canon, genre, marginality, oppositionality, plagiarism, primitivism, originality, and ideology come into theoretical play while we examine the Institutional Mode and its discontents.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 107 Or DMS 108 Or DMS 109.
  • DMS 451LEC Avant-Garde Cinema
    View Schedule DMS 451LEC Avant-Garde Cinema Lecture

    Examines the history of the so-called avant-garde, from the Russian and French avant-garde of the 1920s to the postwar European and American experimental milieu. While focusing principally on Europe and North America, the course gives attention to related developments in Africa, Asia, and South America, depending on availability. Questions of methodology, canon, genre, marginality, oppositionality, plagiarism, primitivism, originality, and ideology come into theoretical play while we examine the Institutional Mode and its discontents.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: DMS 107 Or DMS 108 Or DMS 109.
  • DMS 452LLB Films of the Civil Rights
    View Schedule DMS 452LLB Films of the Civil Rights Lecture

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 455LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 455LEC Special Topics Lecture

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 456LAB Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 456LAB Special Topics Laboratory

    A variety of media production and theory topics. There may be a fee assessed to your student account for this course.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: DMS 341 Or DMS 400.
  • DMS 456SEM Special Topics
    View Schedule DMS 456SEM Special Topics Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: DMS 341 Or DMS 400.
  • DMS 457SEM Critical Urban Media Art
    View Schedule DMS 457SEM Critical Urban Media Art Seminar

    This course focuses on contemporary relations of medial and urban space. Through a series of urban experiments and transdisciplinary readings, students develop skills to engage the city and critically explore alternative urban activities and experiences enabled by a range of mobile, embedded, pervasive, networked and distributed media systems. Drawing on a broader discourse on the technological mediation of urban life, weekly discussions are organized around readings on topics including social theory, spatial practice, urban form, human geography, open systems and participatory structures, surveillance/dataveillance, changing relations between privacy and publicity in urban space, among others. Periodic critiques provide a platform for discussing students? ongoing project development and prototyping, with an emphasis on producing either a paper or a project proposal that can be submitted to conferences or exhibition venues and funding organizations.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 462SEM Game Design
    View Schedule DMS 462SEM Game Design Seminar

    Production course on the design of computer based games. Games are considered as a new art form and in order to create compelling games, students must be aware of the particularities of the form in both structural and aesthetic terms. Clearly the most important difference between games and other art forms are the interactive and interpersonal dynamics of gaming. However, game design draws on many other disciplines (writing, drawing, graphic design, architecture, and programming), and that familiarity with the assumptions and languages of these disciplines is essential for a game designer. Core issues of games design; What is a game? What is the nature of play? What makes good game play? What is the most effective use of sound and visuals in a game? How can narrative be used in games? And what are the roles of presence, engagement, and interactivity in games? Encourages experimental thinking about the boundaries and possibilities of computer games. Students work in teams to produce a series of short games projects. Focuses on creativity and experimentation. Thorough, hands-on grounding in the process of game design. from conception to play-testing, and fosters the skills required to produce, examine, and critique games. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Juniors and Seniors only.
  • DMS 463SEM Electronic Literature
    View Schedule DMS 463SEM Electronic Literature Seminar

    For about forty years, writer/artists have been using the computer as a medium for creating fictional and dramatic experiences. Many different kinds of both mainstream and experimental work fit under the umbrella of Electronic Literature: Digital Interactive Storytelling, Games, Intermedia Performance, Interactive Narrative, Hypertext, Location-media, Virtual Reality, Escape Rooms. Practitioners variously focus on visuals, writing, coding, sound. Delivery systems are flexible and diverse: from mobile phone app to physical installation to augmented reality. This course focuses on this expanding and morphing territory. Students will read theoretical texts, analyze work, and experiment with the creation of their own fictional and literary experiences in and around computer media. There is a class fee associated with this class.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 474SEM Media Theories & Approaches
    View Schedule DMS 474SEM Media Theories & Approaches Seminar

    Discussions and texts based around Media Theory.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 480SEM Social Media & Networks
    View Schedule DMS 480SEM Social Media & Networks Seminar

    This seminar will investigate different connections and disconnections in media. We will map the discourses around user participation and examine the ideological and economic principles of social media systems.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • DMS 483SEM Art Practicing the Body
    View Schedule DMS 483SEM Art Practicing the Body Seminar

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • DMS 484SEM Language Media Social Vision
    View Schedule DMS 484SEM Language Media Social Vision Seminar

    This course examines language, media, and social imagination.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 485LEC Media Robotics I
    View Schedule DMS 485LEC Media Robotics I Lecture

    Introduces students to the programming of fast and robust industrial microprocessors for art-intervention purposes. Students investigate concepts in the programming language C and write code to control remote devices, sensors and motors. This course is both a traditional programming course as well as a studio course in using computation in art practice.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • DMS 486LEC Computational Media
    View Schedule DMS 486LEC Computational Media Lecture

    The focus of computational media is machine learning. Students will be exposed to fundamentals of supervised and unsupervised ML systems and learn how to train a machine on data such that it can reproduce patterns detected in data sets.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • DMS 496TUT Media Arts Internship
    View Schedule DMS 496TUT Media Arts Internship Tutorial

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • DMS 499TUT Independent Study
    View Schedule DMS 499TUT Independent Study Tutorial

    There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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