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PMA 4710 : Late Theory
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4711, FGSS 6711, LGBT 4710, LGBT 6710, PMA 6710 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This seminar explores theoretical work in which lateness figures as the signal condition, gesture, problem, or method. We begin with two topics prominent in twentieth-century criticism: late style and late capitalism. We then pivot to contemporary theory "after" theory—or what Amy Holzapfel calls "subprime critique": works marked variously by senses or intimations of belatedness, loss, exhaustion, and decay. Throughout, theoretical readings are paired with an eclectic set of art objects, ranging from literary fictions (James, Baldwin) to more and less popular television series (The Sopranos, Roseanne's Nuts) to avant-garde performances (The Lily's Revenge, Discotropic). Authors may include Adorno, Agamben, Berlant, Jameson, Mbembe, Moten, Said, and Sedgwick. Issues of ability, age, class, gender, race, and sexuality are foregrounded.
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PMA 4701 : Nightlife
Crosslisted as: AMST 4705, FGSS 4701, LGBT 4701, LSP 4701, LSP 6701, PMA 6701 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores nightlife as a temporality that fosters countercultural performances of the self and that serves as a site for the emergence of alternative kinship networks.  Focusing on queer communities of color, course participants will be asked to interrogate the ways in which nightlife demonstrates the queer world-making potential that exists beyond the normative 9-5 capitalist model of production. Performances of the everyday, alongside films, texts, and performance art, will be analyzed through a performance studies methodological lens.  Through close readings and sustained cultural analysis, students will acquire a critical understanding of the potentiality of spaces, places, and geographies codified as "after hours" in the development of subcultures, alternative sexualities, and emerging performance practices.
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PMA 4620 : Lighting Design Studio II
Crosslisted as: VISST 4563 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Concentrates on designing lighting for different genres of performance in various venues. Emphasis is placed on developing both the visual sophistication and the technical artistry of the lighting designer. Commitment, personal style, and professional presentation are stressed.
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PMA 4608 : Advanced Undergraduate Practice as Research in Design
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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 4585 : Advanced Film and Video Projects
Crosslisted as: VISST 4793 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A continuation of PMA 3570, Introduction to Visual Storytelling, students will dive deeper into creating story driven short form narratives. Students will have the opportunity to develop and produce a short film over the course of the semester.  The expectation is the follow through of the filmmaking process, from story development, preproduction, production, post production and distribution. Students are expected to collaborate heavily and crew on each other's film productions, in various roles. Final film projects will be screened in a public, open-campus event at the end of the semester.
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PMA 4532 : Advanced Screenwriting
Crosslisted as: PMA 6532 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Focuses on the structure and style of the original web-series and long-form short screenplay, and incorporates extensive peer feedback, workshop, and revision. Students will produce and revise an original long short film and show pilot, in addition to crafting a log-line, treatment, and pitch for their film.​
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PMA 4505 : Playwriting II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course builds on skills developed in Playwriting I. Focusing on the development of longer scripts and the process of getting them to the stage, students will write a long one act play, and the materials to market it. The class will involve daily exercises, lessons on various issues of craft and the business of playwriting, and substantial workshopping and revision. Students will learn how to research opportunities for sending their work out and will leave the class with a polished script, a sense of themselves as writers, and the skills to take their play into production.
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PMA 4504 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4423, ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack the spatial and cultural forms of density and the layered histories that define the contemporary urban fabric of cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The course combines the investigation of the cinemas and literatures of the region with the study of recent writing on cities from Asian studies, film studies, queer theory, urban studies, political theory, religious studies, cultural geography, literary theory, and anthropology.
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PMA 4420 : Cinematography I
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to motion picture photography through the fundamental tools and principles of cinematography. Students will learn the art of creating images that support and enhance story. Through lectures, discussions, guests and screenings, students will acquire an appreciation of the art form. Throughout the semester students will learn the language of image construction, as well as analysis and deconstruction.  Students will learn how to crew together, through weekly collaborative exercises and projects using both film and digital cameras. They will explore the principles and tools of lighting and camera techniques, covering topics such as people, environment, spatial relationships, movement, color, and continuity. Students are expected to fulfill roles (cinematographer, gaffer, assistant camera, etc.) outside of class for the films in PMA 4585: Advanced Filmmaking. 
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PMA 4371 : Performing Modernism in the Chinese Body
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4479 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What is the history of the body in performance in China, inside and outside the opera, and how far is the Asian body expressed or effaced in modern times? Does the Asian body on the stage and on the screen make a categorical difference in Western eyes? Is there a dynamic between cultures that is subtler than dialogue and that only the body can produce? This course is designed to realize the possibility of historical understanding through dance, theater, and film. 
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