School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 320

CTCS 190 Introduction to Cinema (4 units)

Gateway to majors and minors in cinematic arts. Technique, aesthetics, criticism, and social implications of cinema. Lectures accompanied by screenings of appropriate films.
Rated one of the top six “USC classes you cannot afford to miss” (Saturday Night Magazine, 2004), this course explores the formal properties of cinema, such as literary design, performance, and film design. Films may include Raging Bull, Sunset Blvd., Singin’ in the Rain, All About Eve and No Country for Old Men.

This course satisfies the new GE Arts requirement.
Professor: Drew Casper

CTCS 191 Introduction to Television and Video (4 units) 

Exploration of the economic, technological, aesthetic, and ideological characteristics of the televisual medium; study of historical development of television and video including analysis of key works; introduction to TV/Video theory and criticism.
Are we doomed to a future of wall-to-wall reality television? Will YouTube replace network TV? This course studies television as a unique dramatic form. Screenings will run the gamut from “I Love Lucy” to “Weeds” to “Mad Men.”

Professor: Nitin P. Govil

CTCS 192gm Race, Class, and Gender in American Film (4 units)

Analyzes issues of race, class and gender in contemporary American culture as represented in the cinema.
One of the most popular classes offered at USC, this course focuses on the relationship between film and American society in order to address issues of race, class, and gender in contemporary Hollywood cinema.

This course satisfies the university’s diversity requirement and new GE Arts requirement.
Professor: Todd E. Boyd

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 18201 1977: The Year in Film.
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. 2016/2017 screenings included Ghost in the Shell, I Don't Feel at Home in the World Anymore, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Moana, La La Land, Dr. Strange, Other People, Zootopia, and The Jungle Book. 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).