Spring 2017 Cinematic Arts Courses of Interest

Every semester, the School of Cinematic Arts offers a selection of courses available to all students at the University of Southern California. Any USC student with an interest in film, animation, screenwriting, game development, or digital art can explore how cinematic art is made in one of these courses. Courses in Spring 2017 include:

CTAN 200g The Rise of Digital Hollywood (4 units)

An overview of the evolution of computer graphics in modern media. 
CTAN 200 fulfills the new General Education Arts requirement.  

CTCS 464 Film and/or Television Genres (4 units)

Rigorous examination of film and/or television genres: history, aesthetics, cultural context, social significance, and critical methodologies.
Section 18120: Megacinema. This class explores the history and theory of great big movies. Cinerama, 3-D, IMAX, and VR; immersion, landscape, temporality, expanded cinema, worldbuilding; national epics, World’s Fairs, roadshows; intermedial competition and the quest for a personal megacinema. Films include: Napoleon, The Big Trail, This Is Cinerama, 2001, Playtime, The Dark Knight, and Voyage of Time.
Professor: J.D. Connor

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium (4 units)
Section: 18125R - Does not require D-Clearance

Theatrical Film Symposium, taught by world renown film critic Leonard Maltin, brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Each week, students watch sneak previews of upcoming movies, followed by exclusive Q&As with the creative teams behind the films. 2016 screenings included Moana, La La Land, Dr. Strange, Other People, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Midnight Special, Eye in the Sky, and Dheepan. Recent guests include Damien Chazelle, Adam Scott, Scott Derrickson, Jennifer Lee, JJ Abrams, James Franco, Jeff Nichols, Sylvester Stallone, Ryan Coogler, Bryan Cranston, Patricia Riggen, Charlie Kaufman, Atom Egoyan, Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo, Helen Hunt, Marion Cotillard, Kevin Feige, and Judd Apatow.

CTCS-467: Television Symposium (4 units)
Section: 18126R - Does not require D-Clearance

Taught by Mary McNamara, Pulitzer-prize winning TV Critic and Cultural Editor for the LA Times. Each week, students meet with current TV showrunners for Q&As about writing and producing their shows. Recent guests include: Cheo Coker (Marvel's Luke Cage), Ilene Chaiken (Empire), Noah Hawley (Fargo), Conan O'Brien (Conan), David Simon (The Wire, Show Me a Hero), David Benioff & DB Weiss (Game of Thrones), Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy, Vincent Kartheiser & Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Kenya Barris (black-ish), and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).

CTIN 488 Game Design Workshop (4 units)

Theory and evaluation of interactive game experiences and principles of game design utilizing the leading software approaches and related technologies. Recommended preparation: CTIN 190, CTIN 483.
The purpose of this workshop is to examine models and strategies for creating electronic games that are based in solid play mechanics. Students will experience the fundamentals of game design through the study of classic games, as well as design their own games and playtest/critique the games of others.

CTPR 288 Originating and Developing Ideas for Film (2 units)

Class features exercises in observation, imaginative association, and visualization that deepen the creative process, leading to ideas, stories, characters, and images for narrative, documentary, and experimental films.

CTWR 211g The Television Writer: An Agent of Change (4 units)

The television writer as an agent of change across current social issues including, but not limited to: race, gender, and class. 
Shonda Rhimes.  Ron Moore.  Jill Soloway.  Television writers always have challenged our biases of gender, race, sexual orientation, social, and economic attitudes.  Though screenings, readings, and first-hand guest accounts, CTWR 211g will take an in-depth look at the television writer as a powerful agent of change, shaping our views and pushing our cultural boundaries. 
CTWR 211 fulfills the new General Education Arts requirement.

IML 420m New Media for Social Change

Creating real social change through multimedia, working in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization.

Additional Spring 2017 courses can be found by clicking on the departmental links below:

For schedule information, please see the "Courses of Interest" section in the the Spring 2017 USC Schedule of Classes and click on the course title.

Please note that some of these courses will require D-Clearance. To learn more see http://cinema.usc.edu/studentaffairs/nonMajor.cfm

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