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PMA 3650 : Automated Lighting and Control Systems
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covers the understanding and application of light control technologies, including electrical systems, color, optics, dimming protocols, and console programming. Students complete a series of projects culminating in the programming and use of moving fixtures and lighting visualization software.
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PMA 3615 : Costume Construction Studio
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to draping and patterning basics followed by research, experimentation, and translation of historic silhouettes and structure.  Previous basic machine sewing experience helpful but not required.
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PMA 3610 : Intermediate Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 3560 : American Cinema since 1968
Crosslisted as: AMST 3760, VISST 3760 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
In 1968, amongst cultural and political turmoil, the American film industry adopted the ratings system, which helped usher in the kinds of cinema we know today. This course focuses on developments in U.S. cinema since then: its politics, technological and economic transformations, relationship to other media, and changing ways in which people consume it. A main focus will be the aesthetic developments of films themselves: new and changing genres, new visual styles, new ways of storytelling, and ways in which new voices and visions have emerged. Weekly screenings will include mainstream, independent, and documentary films. The course can be taken as a complement to "American Cinema" (AMST 2760) or independently.
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PMA 3551 : Global Cinema II
Crosslisted as: PMA 6551, VISST 3176 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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.
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PMA 3531 : Screenwriting
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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 3421 : Literary Theory on the Edge
Crosslisted as: COML 3021, COML 6159, ENGL 3021, ENGL 6021 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course juxtaposes the exciting theoretical advances of the late 20th century, including structuralism and post-structuralism, with current developments in 21st century theory such as performance studies, media theory, digital studies, trauma theory, transgender studies, and ecocriticsm. Taught by two Cornell professors active in the field, along with occasional invited guests, lectures and class discussions will pay close attention to the differences among mediatic systems in the texts we read as well as the uniqueness and complexity of language in its various forms. The course may involve presentation of performance art.
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PMA 3351 : Transpositioning the Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4351 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 3350 : Technology and the Moving Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4350, VISST 3758, VISST 4758 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Formally titled "technosomakinesics," this class works to expand the specific aesthetics related to dance as embodied performance. Included in the process is the analysis of built environments that both inspire and are designed to be inhabited by these disciplines. This studio course explores the resulting neoperformance forms being created within the range of digital media processing; such as gallery installations, multimedia dance-theatre, personal interactive media (games and digital art) and web projects. Computer-imaging and sound-production programs are examined and used in the class work (human form-animation software, vocal recording and digital editing, digital-imaging tools. The new context of digital performance raises questions concerning the use of traditional lighting, set, costume, and sound-design techniques that are examined as they are repositioned by digital-translation tools with the goal of creating experimental and/or conceptual multimedia performance and/or installation work. Theoretical texts on dance and theatrical performance, film studies, the dynamic social body, architecture, and digital technology are also used to support conceptual creative work.
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PMA 3225 : Mapping the Moving Body I
Crosslisted as: PMA 4225 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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