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PMA 1128 : FWS: Arts Writing: Journalism and Public Media
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
What do excellent journalistic and academic writing have in common?  Both draw upon similar skills and values:  clarity, attention to detail, awareness of audience, and the writer's deep, informed engagement with a topic.  Moreover, to discuss current arts events effectively, the writer must push beyond simple, factual reporting to interpret or translate, with a distinctive voice, creative work for specific audiences.  Students in this seminar will attempt a range of assignments in arts writing: reviews, feature articles, interviews, educational materials, critical analyses, and blogs.  We will take advantage of exhibits at Cornell's Johnson Museum and performances at the Schwartz Center, as well as local music, films, and television, to consider how to apply the principles of good writing to a variety of public media.
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PMA 1132 : FWS: Boyfriendtwin: Queer Uncanny Doppelgangers
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Why are two identical people unsettling? "Uncanny" resemblances suggest the strange, even the supernatural. This course will investigate the doppelgänger myth influencing superstitions about un- or supernatural twins across the history of literature, drama, and film. We will look at a diverse selection of materials including Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Nolan, and Joss Whedon. Considering the ways doubles work across styles from The Parent Trap to The Shining, the course concludes with an exploration of the contemporary social phenomenon of "twinning" in queer culture in relation to the long legacy of the double. With an emphasis on in-class discussion and peer editing, this class will foster and enhance each student's ability to produce coherent, concise, persuasive prose in the form of critical arguments.
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PMA 1137 : FWS: Adapt and Revise: History through Theatre and Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
How does a playwright adapt a historical event or figure for the stage? What roles do authenticity and accuracy play in dramatic adaptations of history? What makes history relevant on today's stage? And what's the big deal about Hamilton, anyway? In this course, we will read and watch plays, musicals, and performances that stage history. While our focus will be on dramatic texts, we will also examine how and by whom history is written, as well as the nature of artistic representation. With an emphasis on in-class discussion, student-led research, and in-class writing workshops, this course will foster and enhance each student's ability to produce coherent, concise, persuasive prose in the form of critical arguments.
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PMA 1138 : FWS: Playing (with) History: Reviewing the Past through Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The history play is among the oldest forms of dramatic text. Performances that draw upon historical narratives for their subject matter continue to proliferate upon the contemporary stage. However, the past and its construction is a site of contention. Women, people of color, and individuals identifying with the LGBTQ community, name but a few identity categories that find themselves ignored and erased by many historical narratives. This course considers how performance can be a tool for marginalized communities to reassert narrative control over accounts of the past. Through close reading and analysis of dramatic texts and live/mediated performances, as well as a wide range of critically engaged writing assignments, we will explore questions surrounding history's construction and the potential of performance to intervene.
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PMA 1139 : FWS: Broad Comedy: Funny Women and their Fans
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PMA 1200 : Dance Technique I
Crosslisted as: PE 1180 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Entry-level class. Covers the fundamentals of elementary dance training. Movement sequences focusing on rhythm, placement, and vitality of performance through an anatomically sound dance technique.
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PMA 1410 : Media Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The Media Production Lab course is a series of self-contained lecture/workshops on various topics in the production of film and video. The workshops will be a mix of lecture and hands on experience with cameras, lighting and sound equipment. We will cover specific areas such as dollies and rigging, location sound and post production. Open to all skill levels.
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PMA 1610 : Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Learn what it takes to prepare a live show. Students work on getting scenery, costumes, and lighting ready for performance or for production. Gain the practical skills and learn to use the tools that are integral to the presentation of live art.
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PMA 1611 : Rehearsal and Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Perform in a departmental theatre production or dance concert. Research a role, develop a character, and perform for a live audience in a faculty supervised production. Explore choreography and perform in a departmental dance concert.
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PMA 2220 : Dance Technique II/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1183 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introductory modern technique intended for students with some dance training. Material covered includes specific spinal and center work with attention to rhythm, design, and movement expression.
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PMA 2300 : Beginning Dance Composition
Crosslisted as: PMA 3300, PMA 4300, PMA 4301, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal showing at end of semester. Includes informal showing of work.
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PMA 2510 : Film Festival Production Lab
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Learn the skills necessary to produce/curate/mount a film festival from planning to execution. The Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) involves students in all aspects of film festival organization, and welcomes students with skills in particular areas: publicity, design, administration, management, fundraising, solicitation of films, invitation of guests, reviewing films, curating the program, running the event itself. The course may span 2 semesters. There will be an informational meeting each fall semester to plan the coming year's events and time schedule.
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PMA 2605 : Theater, Sport, and Spectacle: Performance and Competition in Greece and Rome
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2605 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A study of the richly documented tradition of competitive artistic, athletic, and spectacular performances sponsored by cities, wealthy individuals, and kings/emperors in antiquity, with special attention to the ongoing connections and cross-influences between music/theater, athletics, and human/animal combats. We will take our comparative material from the fifth century bce to the late Roman empire. Topics include organizational frameworks, funding sources, associations of performers and their ideologies and rivalries, regulation and hierarchies of audiences, public claques, the adaptation of performance to political events, influence on art, and institutional and intellectual opposition. Evidence will include ancient treatises, inscriptions, mosaics, wall-paintings, and terracottas; all source readings available in English.
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PMA 2610 : Production Crew Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Learn what it means to run a live show or a film festival. Participate as part of a team to ensure all the elements work together and on time. Learn the intricacies of collaborating with a production group to create a unified artistic vision. Program lighting, sound, or video boards, or participate as a dresser, stage crew member, assistant stage manager, production assistant or projectionist.
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PMA 2611 : Stage Management Laboratory
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Practical experience in the organization and management of a theatrical production as an assistant stage manager for a fully supported department production under the supervision of the staff stage manager.
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PMA 2670 : Shakespeare
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2270 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class aims to give students a good historical and critical grounding in Shakespeare's drama and its central place in Renaissance culture. We read ten plays covering the length of Shakespeare's career: comedies, history plays, tragedies, and romances, including The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Richard II, Henry IV Part One, and Henry V. Our study will include attention to dramatic forms, Shakespeare's themes, and social and historical contexts, including early modern English theater history. The course combines lectures and hands-on work in weekly discussions focused on performance, close reading, and questions raised by the plays. We will also view some film adaptations of Shakespeare.
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PMA 2800 : Introduction to Acting
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An introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, exploring the elements necessary to begin training as an actor, i.e., observation, concentration, and imagination. Focus is on physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, and text and character. There is required play reading, play attendance, and some scene study.
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PMA 3000 : Independent Study
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Independent study allows students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 3210 : Dance Technique III/Classical
Crosslisted as: PE 1184 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate Western classical dance technique. Work is done on strengthening the body through a movement technique emphasizing presence and musicality based on harmonic muscular control.
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PMA 3220 : Dance Technique III/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1185 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate modern technique focusing on rhythm, placement, and phrasing for students who are prepared to refine the skills of dancing. Students are challenged by complex phrases and musicality.
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PMA 3225 : Mapping the Moving Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4225 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore questions of how we perceive articulations of identity on the moving body. How do histories and cultural behaviors define differences? What are the conventions of race, gender, and sexuality as we follow the body in performance across borders? With the use of text, film, and the fine arts, the class will in collaboration conceive, choreograph, and perform an original body of work.
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PMA 3226 : Global Dance I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
How does the social production of dance reflect its historical context? Is dance inherently political?  What is the meaning of the "beautiful" in dance?  Beginning with 16th century court dances, we will explore how aesthetics have been aligned both with and against politics in various periods, across borders, and genres of the performing body, looking at dance as insider's diplomacy and outsider's rebellion.  Is modern dance a democratization of the art form? Is postmodern dance a discourse of traditions?  This course is designed to promote a critical appreciation of dance, its values and its ambitions, by developing a historical and cultural understanding.
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PMA 3300 : Intermediate Dance Composition I
Crosslisted as: PMA 2300, PMA 4300, PMA 4301, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate choreographic projects are critiqued in progress by faculty and peers. Consideration of design problems in costuming and lighting.  Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal showing at end of semester. Includes informal showing of work.
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PMA 3351 : Transpositioning the Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4351 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will cultivate collaborations between the practice and study of dance with fields such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, painting, digital arts, and other design and creative fields. The process of movement creation, spatial definition, and spatial analyses will be paralleled and interchanges will be made on a continual basis between chosen fields for each semester. Transposing between two, three, and four dimensional representations, concepts of framing, language (vocabulary), historical processes, concepts of performance and performativity, and concepts of audience are some of the topics that will be examined.
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PMA 3431 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3331, ASIAN 6631, FGSS 3331, FGSS 6331, LGBT 3331, LGBT 6331, RELST 3331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings from feminism, Buddhist studies, affect theory, queer studies, postcolonial theory, and film studies to ask what new understandings of subjectivity might emerge from these cinemas and their political contexts. Films will be drawn from both mainstream and independent cinema and will include the work of directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danny and Oxide Pang, Yau Ching, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Garin Nugroho, and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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PMA 3441 : Edge Cities: Celluloid New York and Los Angeles
Crosslisted as: AMST 3812, ARCH 3819, ARCH 5819, VISST 3812 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Anchoring the east and west coasts, New York and Los Angeles have been celebrated and excoriated in films. On the edge literally and metaphorically, these cities seem to be about competing visions of urban form, culture, and modernity. And the iconic forms of New York (tenements and skyscrapers) and of Los Angeles (highways and suburban homes) have fascinated film makers from the 19th century to the present day. We will both evoke and complicate the contrast between New York and Los Angeles by mapping the intersections of each city with cinema. We explore how the urban experience has been said to give rise to particular cinematic forms and the ways in which cinematic styles may be translated into urban design. Topics may include density and sprawl; place and creativity; class and ethnicity; race and gender; culture and commercialism; industrial and media economies; and insularism and cosmopolitanism. Screenings will include documentary, experimental, and commercial films and cover such genres as early actualities, city symphonies, film noir, science fiction, etc. Readings will be drawn from theories and histories of film, urbanism, and architecture.
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PMA 3461 : Introduction to African American Cinema
Crosslisted as: AMST 3461, ASRC 3999, VISST 3461 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the rich and diverse history of African American filmmaking.  Focusing on films written and/or directed by African Americans, this seminar traces the history of filmmaking from the silent era to the present day.  In exploring Black cultural production and creative expression, students will consider the ways in which film is used as a medium of protest, resistance, and cultural affirmation.  We will look at films through the critical lenses of race and representation in American cinema while locating our analysis within larger frameworks of Hollywood's representation of African Americans and various cultural and social movements within local and global contexts.
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PMA 3463 : Contemporary Television
Crosslisted as: AMST 3463, VISST 3463 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course considers issues, approaches, and complexities in the contemporary television landscape. As television has changed drastically over the past fifteen years, this course provides students with a deeper understanding of the changes in narratives, technologies, forms, and platforms that structure/restructure the televisual world. Students will grapple with how "new media" forms such as web-series and on-demand internet streaming services have changed primetime television. We will balance our look at television shows with nuanced readings about the televisual media industry. By watching, analyzing, and critiquing the powerful medium of television, students will situate their understanding within a broader consideration of the medium's regulation, production, distribution, and reception in the network and post-network era.
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PMA 3514 : Cinema of the Weimar Republic
Crosslisted as: GERST 3515, VISST 3515 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces the cinema of the Weimar Republic (1918-33), a golden age of German cinema comparable to the classical Hollywood era. During this period, the German film industry developed a variety of influential aesthetics, from the Expressionism of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the New Objectivity of Berlin – Symphony of a Metropolis. Situating the classic films, directors, and stars of the Weimar era within the cultural upheavals of the period, we will discuss the aftereffects of WWI; representations of class and gender; discourses of nature and technology; relationships between aesthetics, spectatorship, and politics; and processes of industrialization, urbanization, and globalization. Students without experience in film studies are welcome—the course will also double as an introduction to discussing and analyzing film.
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PMA 3520 : Light and Image
Crosslisted as: VISST 3520 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Light is the fundamental building block of all visual media. Whether a photographer, filmmaker, videographer, YouTube poster, or other maker of images, the strategic use of light can tell your story better, move your audience more deeply, and shape your composition more effectively. This studio course will take a hands-on approach to exploring different techniques of lighting, including location, kit, and grid systems. We will engage with both aesthetic and technical aspects of light. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for how light fundamentally affects and gives meaning to how we see the world.
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PMA 3531 : Screenwriting I
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This course explores the fundamentals of writing for the screen. The class format will include creative writing assignments, class discussion, screenings and workshop. Students will produce short film scripts, film analysis papers and feedback on student work. The semester will culminate in a revision of a longer film script and presentation.
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PMA 3533 : Screen and Story: Script Analysis
Crosslisted as: AMST 3533 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will consider the history, theory and craft of feature film screenwriting. We will examine the vital elements of effective motion picture narrative (protagonist, pathos, objective, action), along with structural principles, genre conventions and emerging non-linear ideas. This is primarily a readings course (history/theory/criticism rubric), which will address effective screenwriting in a cultural and critical context.
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PMA 3550 : Global Cinema I
Crosslisted as: PMA 6550, VISST 3175 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history. Global Cinema I covers the period from 1895 to 1960. Precise topics will vary from year to year, but may include: early silent cinema; the emergence of Hollywood as industry and a "classical" narrative form; Soviet, German, French and Chinese film cultures; the coming of sound; interwar documentary and avant-garde movements; American cinema in the age of the studio system; Italian Neorealism; the post-war avant-garde.
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PMA 3570 : Introduction to Visual Storytelling
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Creative, hands-on production course in filmmaking, emphasizing the development of original ideas and the acquisition of basic technical skills in digital video and 16mm formats: cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and digital editing. Students complete several exercises and two short projects exploring narrative, documentary, experimental, or animation forms, and a final project, which is shown in a public, open-campus screening at the end of the semester.
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PMA 3571 : Documentary Filmmaking
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Students will view selected documentaries and discuss styles, themes, ethics, as well as modes of production.  Over the course of the semester student will pitch ideas, conceptualize, and produce a short documentary film.  This course will sulminate with the screening of final course projects, in a public, open-campus event at the end of the semester.
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PMA 3609 : Making Theatre: Rehearsal and Production Techniques
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This is a variable credit learning experience for students engaged in creating productions in the Department of Performing and Media Arts.  Students may act, assistant direct, assistant stage manage, or pursue dramaturgical research and will learn through various channels (lecture, discussion, participation in rehearsal, individual and group research) how to think about and realize artistic choices, appreciate the discipline and demands of theatrical craft, be exposed to the uncertainty required to experiment and explore in rehearsal, and understand more fully the strategies through which a collaborative team can realize a shared vision.  Assessment of this course will include audience response to a public performance that will be the end product of this creative collaboration. This complex, pedagogical journey will be guided by an experienced, faculty director/teacher who will be responsible for creating a process of production that assures learning for each student enrolled.   
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PMA 3610 : Intermediate Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Collaborate with a faculty member in the development and production of a live event, in a mentored role of Assistant Designer, Assistant Director, or Assistant Choreographer.
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PMA 3614 : Creative Character Design
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A studio course working on the creation and development of characters on paper. The character designs explored will not be bound by the limits of the human body or physical costumes, but rather will push the limits of character imagery to that which could ultimately be achieved in print illustration, sequential art, traditional animation, digital special effects and animation, video gaming, various forms of puppetry and animatronic forms, depending on the student's area of interest. (Students will not engage in animation, or three-dimensional crafting of characters, but rather will develop the design content that could then be applied to these forms). Confident drawing skill is expected.
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PMA 3616 : The Body of Fashion: A Head-to-Toe Journey through the History of Western Dress
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This course explores the evolution of western dress from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the early twentieth century by focusing on areas of the human anatomy and how each area has been presented, comported, supported, augmented, confined, or manipulated in costume.  Rather than indulging in the strange, we will endeavor to come to an understanding of the motivation for each gesture or the catalyst for each phenomenon in the context of the period, taking into consideration social, political, economic, environmental, technological, and aesthetic influences.
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PMA 3620 : Lighting Design Studio I
Crosslisted as: VISST 3620 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The theory and practice of lighting design as a medium for artistic expression. This course explores the aesthetic and mechanical aspects of light and their application in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on understanding lighting's function in an environment and manipulating light effectively. Artistic style and viewpoint are also covered.
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PMA 3640 : Scenic Design Studio
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An exploration of the scene design process for the live theatre. Students will execute design projects employing various media (e.g., sketches, paper models, computer graphics) that examine how elements of stage craft, architecture, and interior design can be employed to support and enhance the action of dramatic texts.
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PMA 3641 : Film Production Design Studio: Designing the Next Batman Film
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Students will research, analyze and compare the design elements of architecture, interior design, costume, lighting, weaponry, technology, and popular culture within the various media presentations of "Batman" and relate the themes and aesthetics of those presentations to the social, political, and economic environment of the times in which they were created. Students will study and practice graphic communication and presentation skills in their particular design area of interest, culminating in a final design project that supports a particular film sequence for a select scene in a published, yet to be produced, screenplay for a Batman film.
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PMA 3670 : Themed Entertainment: The Technical Perspective
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Exploration into the integration of art and science in today's theme parks and interactive entertainment attractions. Papers, projects, and discussions deal with planning and development aspects of large-scale entertainment projects including architecture, engineering, construction, and attraction installation. Focus is on the specialized entertainment technologies that make these attractions work: audio and lighting design, ride and show control systems, and special effects.
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PMA 3671 : Stagecraft Studio
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Exploration of the techniques and practice of theatre operation, scenic construction, stage mechanics, rigging, painting, and model building.
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PMA 3680 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 3431 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools software.
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PMA 3724 : The Tragic Theatre
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3645, COML 3440 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Tragedy and its audiences from ancient Greece to modern theater and film. Topics: origins of theatrical conventions; Shakespeare and Seneca; tragedy in modern theater and film. Works studied will include: Aeschylus' Agamemnon; Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus, Philoctetes; Euripides' Alcestis, Helen, Iphigeneia in Aulis, Orestes; Seneca's Thyestes, Trojan Women; Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Othello; Strindberg's The Father; Durrenmatt's The Visit; Bergman's Seventh Seal; Cacoyannis' Iphigeneia.
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PMA 3747 : Staging Faith: Contemporary Theatre and Lived Religions
Crosslisted as: AMST 3747, ENGL 3947, FGSS 3747, RELST 3747 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Religious beliefs, practices, and conflicts shape our world and influence global politics.  Yet mediatized depictions of religion can be reductive and polarizing.  Moreover, these depictions may be different from what people experience in their everyday lives.  In the contemporary theatre, we have the opportunity to consider representations of individuals' lived religion, the complex questions of belief, and challenges to faith from within and outside religious communities.  Through close readings of plays and related materials engaging with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other faith traditions, we will explore and discuss together the religious motivations, tensions, and dilemmas facing us today.  Our texts include, among others, Jesus Christ Superstar, Disgraced, Angels in America, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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PMA 3750 : Global Stages I
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This course is designed to introduce students to a range of historical, cross-cultural, and transnational performance texts, theories, and practices; to motivate students to examine the broad social, political, cultural, and economic contexts in which performances take place; and to familiarize students with the major methodologies and paradigms for the creation, spectatorship, and interpretation of embodied performances. Our investigations of these issues will be routed through three organizing concepts: ritual, realism, and revolution.
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PMA 3754 : Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Theater, and the Politics of the Performance
Crosslisted as: AMST 3754, ENGL 3954, FGSS 3754, LGBT 3754, LSP 3754 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this course, we will critically examine the production and performance of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender through literature and contemporary performance genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, and hip-hop theatre.
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PMA 3800 : Acting II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Practical exploration of the actor's craft through exercises in physical and psychological action, improvisation and scene study.
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PMA 3805 : Playwriting I
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In this introductory class, students will study elements of successful dramatic writing: strong structure, effective dialogue, and imaginative theatricality. Students will craft and revise short plays, in addition to drafting several short assignments and one analytical paper. Readings include full-length and 10-minute plays. Through giving and receiving constructive feedback, each writer will aim to take their work to new levels of complexity, theatricality, and meaning.
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PMA 3815 : Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life
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Telling jokes to a friend, making introductions, guiding meetings large and small, constructing and delivering business presentations, legal arguments or formal speeches are all examples of public performances.  The purpose of this course is to increase the student's effectiveness in meeting the demands and enjoying the opportunities of public performance.  The focus of this course is the student him/herself. What are the hallmarks of effective performance and how can you learn them? Employing techniques from actor/director training as well as dramatic writing, this course focuses the student on their own resources and self-imposed restrictions as a public speaker in everyday life. Subjects explored will include stage presence, audience connection, stage fright and mannerisms, speech making as storytelling, and gaining familiarity and finding comfort with one's own voice and gestures.  Public speaking will be taught as a craft that can be learned through understanding and practice.Acting skill and experience are not required to take this course.   Students must, however, be willing to attend all classes and learn by doing.  Class size limited to 12 students.
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PMA 3865 : On the Fringe - New Plays in Development
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A laboratory approach to new plays involving text analysis, scene work, and interactions with the authors of unproduced work. Authors who agree to participate with the class will submit plays for study and rehearsal. Authors will be included in discussions of the work via SKYPE and other Internet tools. The course will work with various theatres and new play networks in selecting plays and authors. At least one Cornell playwright will be included in each semester. Whenever possible, international writers will be part of the makeup of the class.
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PMA 3880 : Fundamentals of Directing I
Crosslisted as: VISST 3798 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Focused, practical exercises teach the student fundamental staging techniques that bring written text to theatrical life. A core objective is to increase the student's awareness of why and how certain stage events communicate effectively to an audience. Each student directs a number of exercises as well as a short scene.
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PMA 3885 : Stage Combat: Technique, Staging, Analysis
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This course explores stage combat as a unique form of dramatic storytelling. Students learn fundamental techniques of stage combat (armed and unarmed) while exploring stage combat as embodied knowledge. Building upon fundamentals from acting and directing courses, students will engage with dramatic texts and improvised scenarios to consider interpretive choices around enacted violence.  Through research, readings and viewings from across performance history, students will discover that combat choreography incorporates all essential elements of theatre: theme, plot, character, rhythm, language and spectacle. Research assignments will also demonstrate the intersections and changing representations of identity roles in relation to "winner" and "loser" in stage combat.  All techniques taught/performed under SAFD safety guidelines.
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PMA 4000 : Senior Studio
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In this advanced undergraduate-level seminar, all senior majors synthesize four years of study in a collaborative intellectual and artistic project with the faculty. Over the course of the fall semester, students conceive and produce work for presentation to the public in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Students also generate a supporting scholarly matrix for that work, and their collective genesis of material integrates the major's four rubrics (history, theory, and criticism; creative authorship; design; and embodied performance). As a crucible for artistic and intellectual collaboration, the senior studio may emphasize an area of study, a period, a text, or a theme. The studio's organizing emphasis will be specific to ongoing, pressing inquiries in the disciplines of performing and media arts.
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PMA 4222 : Advanced Dance Technique
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Advanced and pre-professional advanced ballet and modern technique. This class meets 4 days per week. This course is a combination of PMA 3210 and PMA 3220 in the same semester.  Attendance to concerts and related presentations, and short critical analysis of those events are required.
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PMA 4225 : Mapping the Moving Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3225 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will continue the critical inquiry investigated in Mapping the Moving Body. Intended for advanced students, it will address the dialogue between contemporary choreography and current sociopolitical theory. The class will choose to study one choreographer or theorist whose negotiations across critical boundaries of the global, postmodern space will afford a framework for the making of an original, collaborative work.
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PMA 4230 : Pre-Professional Technique & Repertory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Pre-professional/Advanced ballet or modern technique with modern and contemporary ballet company repertory rehearsal and performances. This class meets 2 days per week, 3 hrs. 10 minutes per day with additionally scheduled rehearsal and performance times TBA. This course is a continuation of, and supplement to, PMA 3210 and PMA 3220.
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PMA 4300 : Advanced Dance Composition I
Crosslisted as: PMA 2300, PMA 3300, PMA 4301, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Students work on advanced choreographic problems, to be presented in performance. Work in progress is critiqued by faculty members on a regular basis.
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PMA 4301 : Advanced Dance Composition II
Crosslisted as: PMA 2300, PMA 3300, PMA 4300, VISST 2511 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of PMA 4300. Intermediate choreographic projects are critiqued in progress by faculty and peers. Consideration of design problems in costuming and lighting.  Weekly assignments in basic elements of choreography. Students compose and present short studies that are discussed and reworked. Problems are defined and explored through class improvisations. Informal showing at end of semester. Includes informal showing of work.
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PMA 4351 : Transpositioning the Body II
Crosslisted as: PMA 3351 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course continues the work done in PMA 3351. At an advanced level, this course will further explore the choreographic and design principles of contemporary choreographer, William Forsythe, who began his tenure as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large in 2010. The course will begin by using tools developed by Forsythe in his CD ROM, Improvisation Technologies and will continue to be structured through student and faculty consultation. The long term goal is to establish curriculum that can continue to develop new performance and installation work based on Forsythe's philosophies in his various fields of interests and how they relate to concert dance. Collaborations between fields such as dance, architecture, engineering and other design fields will be cultivated.
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PMA 4501 : Special Topics in Cinema and Media Theory
Crosslisted as: PMA 6501 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Radical transformations in our media landscape raise urgent questions for the field of cinema and media studies.  This course focuses on a topic drawn from current scholarly research.  They may include: theorizing the global, narrative and new media, queer/trans media paradigms, media and public life, media and migration, and critical race and media studies.  Weekly class meetings will combine discussion and short screenings; there may be additional screenings outside of class.
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PMA 4607 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Dance
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A studio practicum that is the culmination of several semesters of coursework in choreography and design, this course is the student's preparation for an end of semester public presentation of an original experimental creative work focusing on the moving body. The student must exhibit strong competency in dance technique and show promise in choreography and group organizational skills to be accepted into the course.
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PMA 4608 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Design
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AUPR in Design is a capstone experience in practice as research. Student take a leadership role as a designer, working with faculty as peers on a fully supported departmental production. After taking courses in an appropriate design sequence, in consultation with a faculty mentor, gathering experience on production both in and outside the department, and exhibiting the necessary ability and drive, students may be invited to this program by the faculty mentor in their area of concentration.
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PMA 4609 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Directing
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The purpose of this course is to give interested and able undergraduate students the ability to gain skill and experience in the practice and art of directing.  To be considered for the AUPR-Directing, a student must first complete or be in the process of completing a series of demanding courses and experiences to assure that the student is ready to undertake the direction of a fully supported, PMA theatre production in the Schwartz Center.
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PMA 4825 : Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
Crosslisted as: PMA 6825 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class will explore the wide and varied application of theatrical techniques and practices to struggles for social justice in diverse historical moments, cultural contexts, and geographic locales. Framed by theoretical investigations into the relationships among performance, politics, and civic engagement, this participatory course will examine how power relations "play" themselves out in grand "spectacles," how authorities "mask" their privilege, and how social "actors" use theatricality to "(re)stage" repressive social "scripts."  We will investigate theater's function as a forum for rethinking and rehearsing notions of agency, citizenship, and community by analyzing and devising performances aimed at fomenting personal, collective, and institutional change.
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PMA 4950 : Honors Research Tutorial I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First of a two-semester sequence (the second is PMA 4951) for seniors engaged in an honors project.  You can find the honors guidelines and form at http://pma.cornell.edu/honors.
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PMA 4951 : Honors Research Tutorial II
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Second of a two-semester sequence (the first is PMA 4950) for students engaged in an honors project.
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PMA 4952 : Undergraduate Internship
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Academic credit can only be awarded for unpaid internships. Students must submit an Application for Academic Credit by April 15. The Application for Academic Credit must be received/approved prior to the start of the internship. If the internship opportunity is deemed eligible for academic credit, the student pursues the internship during the summer months and enrolls in this course the fall semester immediately following the summer internship. A written evaluation of the internship experience is required. For complete information and application forms visit http://pma.cornell.edu/internships.
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PMA 6501 : Special Topics in Cinema and Media Theory
Crosslisted as: PMA 4501 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Radical transformations in our media landscape raise urgent questions for the field of cinema and media studies.  This course focuses on a topic drawn from current scholarly research.  They may include: theorizing the global, narrative and new media, queer/trans media paradigms, media and public life, media and migration, and critical race and media studies.  Weekly class meetings will combine discussion and short screenings; there may be additional screenings outside of class.
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PMA 6550 : Global Cinema I
Crosslisted as: PMA 3550, VISST 3175 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history. Global Cinema I covers the period from 1895 to 1960. Precise topics will vary from year to year, but may include: early silent cinema; the emergence of Hollywood as industry and a "classical" narrative form; Soviet, German, French and Chinese film cultures; the coming of sound; interwar documentary and avant-garde movements; American cinema in the age of the studio system; Italian Neorealism; the post-war avant-garde.
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PMA 6600 : Proseminar in Theatre Studies
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to the theory and methods involved in the study of the theatre. Attention focuses on pedagogy and the profession in Part I. Part II explores current scholarly trends.
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PMA 6825 : Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
Crosslisted as: PMA 4825 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class will explore the wide and varied application of theatrical techniques and practices to struggles for social justice in diverse historical moments, cultural contexts, and geographic locales. Framed by theoretical investigations into the relationships among performance, politics, and civic engagement, this participatory course will examine how power relations "play" themselves out in grand "spectacles," how authorities "mask" their privilege, and how social "actors" use theatricality to "(re)stage" repressive social "scripts." We will investigate theater's function as a forum for rethinking and rehearsing notions of agency, citizenship, and community by analyzing and devising performances aimed at fomenting personal, collective, and institutional change.
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PMA 7000 : Independent Study for Graduate Students in Theatre
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Independent study in theatre allows graduate students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 7100 : The Pedagogy of Theatre
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Provides graduate students in the field of theatre an opportunity to work directly with a faculty member to explore pedagogical theory and practice for undergraduate theatre classes in all areas of the curriculum.
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PMA 9900 : Thesis and Research Projects
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Graduate student course while working on thesis and research for dissertation.
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