Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Media Study - Courses

DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
Media Study

Equipment, materials, and techniques involved in the construction of motion pictures; nature and process of the medium; 8mm and 16mm film. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 105 Basic Documentary
Media Study

The fundamental theoretical, creative, and technical concerns of documentary and video production. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 107 Film & Media History 1
Media Study

Surveys developments in international cinema from the 1890s to the present.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 108 Film History II
Media Study

Surveys developments in international cinema from the 1890s to the present.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 109 Introduction to Film and Media Interpretation
Media Study

Identification of and intellectual appreciation for the elements of film as a major art form.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 110 Programming for Digital Art
Media Study

Introduces students to programming in a general purpose computer language. Discusses the underlying fundamentals of how computers, electronics, and digital media work; and the mathematical bases of these fields. Presents students with ways that programming can be used in creating new, interactive, digital media art. Recommended for students interested in programming graphics and virtual reality. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts
Media Study

This course is an introduction to computer-based media production in the context of contemporary internet tools and techniques. The course covers image and sound editing & manipulation, web development, and interactive design. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Viewing/Interacting with contemporary web-based art projects, interventionist art & Hacktivism, and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and media. A lab fee is associated with this class.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 155 Introduction to New Media
Media Study

Introduces desk top tools and fundamental concepts used in the development of interactive and non-interactive digital media. Focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of creating digital messages with authoring/presentation tools. Provides a foundation for creating a broad range of digital media.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Co-Requisites: Students must enroll in DMS 155LAB and DMS 155LEC in the same term.



DMS 211 PLASMA: Performance, Screenings, and Lectures in Media Art
Media Study

Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art (PLASMA) is a new speakers series in which students are exposed to contemporary practices and discourses in media art and culture. Beyond the model of a lecture series course, PLASMA engages students in performative, field-based and workshop encounters with professional practitioners operating at national and international levels of visibility. Six guests will visit the course throughout the semester, with alternating weeks providing an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion. Readings are assigned to complement topics addressed in the work of guest practitioners, including publications of their own, where relevant.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 213 Immigration and Film
Media Study

Examines silent and early sound films, as well as contemporary films; as a reflection of the immigrant experience, as a site of struggle between older and newer immigrants, and as an instrument of government politics.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 220 Machines, Codes and Cultures
Media Study

This course will follow the history of machines and coding systems from the monastery bell to the latest humanoid robot; from the origins of numeric notation to social media in select episodes. This is not a history course, but an overview of concepts related to information technologies that substantially impact daily life today. Consequently, the course will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the myriad ways in which they are woven into the fabric of human activities. Topics will include the making of cities, numbering systems, inventions and automation, robots, interaction design, household appliances, software systems, social media and critical design. Students will be introduced to these concepts through primary source materials (texts and videos) and guided through them in weekly discussions. Grades will be based on a mid-semester position paper, a multiple choice final exam as well as participation in class discussions and a voluntary extra credit assignment. This course will follow the history of machines and coding systems from the monastery bell to the latest humanoid robot; from the origins of numeric notation to social media in select episodes. This is not a history course, but an overview of concepts related to information technologies that substantially impact daily life today. Consequently, the course will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the myriad ways in which they are woven into the fabric of human activities. Topics will include the making of cities, numbering systems, inventions and automation, robots, interaction design, household appliances, software systems, social media and critical design. Students will be introduced to these concepts through primary source materials (texts and videos) and guided through them in weekly discussions.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 225 Digital Literature Review
Media Study

Intensive survey of the field of digital literature through a focus on the screening of digital texts. Primary emphasis is on "reading" the digital texts presented. Course also covers the relationship of innovative poetry to digital media, the phenomenon of the Internet and its relation to "the I", meaning-making through the context, design, and writerly qualities of Web pages, traditions of hypertext, the materiality of code, the history of e-poetry, and digital media poetry in the academy. Special attention will be given to understanding a broad range of innovative works in the medium including hypertext, digital and kinetic literature, interactive texts, and works in networked and programmable media, and to examining, interpreting, and interrogating the key theoretical texts of the most significant practitioners in the field. Includes foundational early theory, writings from formative scholarly hypertext theorists, and work by more recent cutting-edge independent digital theorists. Examines the role of programming as a social, literary, and language-related act. The cultural impact of films related to programming/cyberculture is discussed, with film screenings as appropriate. Discussion of key cyberculture and media theory authors as relevant.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 231 Game and Animation Workshop
Media Study

Provides students with an understanding of animation principles and how to use digital tools effectively to create animated compositions, and games. There is a fee associated with this class.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 259 Introduction to Media Analysis
Media Study

An introduction to the historical development of media in modern culture, this course will expose students to a range of critical accounts of photography, film, recorded sound, print, television, video, and new media. We will examine the material and aesthetic components that define various media as well as the political, social, and economic functions that media serve. Lectures, screenings, and discussions will be structured by major theoretical texts and approaches drawn from the humanities disciplines of film and media studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. This course will demonstrate the foundational role of media in the construction of Western civilization, concepts of the global, and contemporary life around the world. It will also provide a solid theoretical basis for all forms of media study, including both production and analysis.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 303 Video Analysis
Media Study

Viewing and analyzing electronic image/sound structures and compositional models (video art) in a context of contemporary critical thought; viewing tapes, readings, and lectures; having participatory discussions; and entertaining visitors conversant with the state of the art.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 304 Video Analysis
Media Study

Viewing and analyzing electronic image/sound structures and compositional models (video art) in a context of contemporary critical thought; viewing tapes, readings, and lectures; having participatory discussions; and entertaining visitors conversant with the state of the art.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 305 Film Analysis
Media Study

World cinema, American avant-garde, personal-independent cinema, including a view to its European counterpart.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 306 Film Analysis
Media Study

World cinema, American avant-garde, personal-independent cinema, including a view to its European counterpart.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 333 World Cinema
Media Study

This class explores a range of competing terms at the intersection of transnationalism, globalization and political/activist cinema. These include 'Third Cinema' (Solanas & Getino), 'Intercultural Cinema' (Marks), 'Accented Cinema' (Naficy), 'Minor Cinema' (Deleuze and others), etc. Topics for discussion include global flows, border crossing, place and displacement, migration and mobility, minorities and diaspora, social invisibility and censorship, protest and resistance.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 341 Intermediate Video Workshop
Media Study

Lab fee. Workshop in the tools of video. Offers exercises in intermediate video production for students who have had some previous exposure to video as a creative medium. Emphasizes the development of technical skills and knowledge which are necessary for the effective use of video as an artistic tool and for documentation or personal expression. Other topics include video electronics and staging. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 101 Or DMS 103 Or DMS 105



DMS 400 Film Workshop I
Media Study

Creative explorations and experimental articulations of primary cinematic realities; encourages development of personal styles.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 401 Adv Cinematography
Media Study

Media production course focusing on advanced moving image creation in film and video.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 400



DMS 403 Advanced Documentary Production
Media Study

Principles and theory of documentary form, ethical issues, methods. Production work in digital video, audio, web based media or still photography.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 406 Ethnographic Film
Media Study

Provides a critical understanding of ethnographic media and cultural documentary. Combines theory and hands-on production practice. Examines cross cultural issues of representation, marginality, community collaboration, indigenous media and fieldwork for media.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
Media Study

Screenings and discussion related to examining non-fiction and documentary film and video from 1920 to the present, including cinema verit, experimental, reflexive, diary, political, music television, and political documentaries.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 411 Film and Media Theory
Media Study

Explores principal theories of film and media through a critical reading of texts and a close examination of films/ media projects.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 413 The Filmic Text: Color and the Moving Image
Media Study

Principle forms of film narrative with readings in narrative theory and film theory.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201


DMS 415 Special Topics
Media Study

In-depth study of media topics. Recent topics have included gender and technology, cyber theory, virtual communities, and interface design.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 416 Special Topics
Media Study

A variety of media production and theory topics. Please check website for course descriptions. http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/dms-courses/undergraduate/current-undergraduate/ There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 417 Special Topics
Media Study

A variety of media production and theory topics. Please check website for course descriptions. http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/dms-courses/undergraduate/current-undergraduate/ There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 419 Advanced Digital Arts Production
Media Study

The conceptual and practical production of digital art, primarily focusing on the manipulation and generation of moving images and sounds from within a computer environment.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 121


DMS 420 Advanced Digital Arts Production
Media Study

The conceptual and practical production of digital art, primarily focusing on the manipulation and generation of moving images and sounds from within a computer environment.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 419 Or DMS 423



DMS 422 Special Topics
Media Study

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 423 Programming Graphics I
Media Study

Production course. Introduces students to the concepts and practice of programming 2-D computer graphics using C++, Open GL, the GLUT libraries, and a basic sound server. The major focus is on creating interactive art experiences by programming both graphics and sound. Students write their own code to create customized computer tools and visuals and learn the fundamentals of graphics programming. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 110 or CSE 113 or CSE 115
Co-Requisites: Student must register for DMS 423SEM and DMS 423LAB in the same term.



DMS 424 Programming Graphics II
Media Study

Builds on DMS 423 and extends students' knowledge of Open GL and C++ into programming virtual reality environments. Students use CAVElib software to build immersive 3-D virtual worlds.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 423


DMS 425 Visual Media Poetics
Media Study

Provides an opportunity to explore the expressive potential of language as a creative material, with a focus on its alphabetic, visual, and aural levels, with a focus on forms of visual expression, including Concrete Poetry. We will be thinking about the multiple possibilities of language, as a conjunction of possibilities, textures, tones, meanings, and media. We will look at digital literature as a merging of form, image, language, and sound, and we will explore works that somehow do this to extraordinary effect.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
Media Study

Experimental poetry, sound poetry, and digital media poetry share certain features of improvisation, composition, and structure. This seminar will concentrate on a close examination of innovative literary and media forms from the perspective of sound. It will involve careful reading of experimental poetry, close listening to sound poetry, and examination of digital media works, where applicable.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 428 2d Animation Graphics
Media Study

Introduces students to major concepts in 2D animation and motion graphic design. Topics include developing concepts, rotoscoping, interpolated animation, and composing animation with video. Surveys the history of animation, fine arts animation, and contemporary trends in motion graphic design. Students will produce a finished portfolio of animation and motion graphic design work. (Production intensive design course.)

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 431 Advanced Modeling
Media Study

Advanced program on modeling. The objectives of this course are to illustrate the importance of context on the modeling process; focus on the development of a creative, individualized, working methodology; and build practical, technical and organizational skills. Students will learn a variety of methods of importing information from real-life measurements, data-bases, clients, into the modeling process. The core of the course will be hands on work, designing, planning, modeling. Students will be taken through the steps of the production process from content design, through design of a production pipeline, to implementation. The final objective will be to produce a substantive modeling project.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 434 Special Topics
Media Study

A variety of media production and theory topics. Please check website for course descriptions. http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/dms-courses/undergraduate/current-undergraduate/ There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 435 Scriptwriting: All Media
Media Study

In this production workshop students will concentrate on writing and editing scripted elements for their media projects. The course will explore both traditional and experimental methods for generating and structuring text for fictional, documentary, time-based and interactive work.There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 436 Narrative Filmmkg B:Prdct
Media Study

There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 or DMS 343



DMS 438 Building a Vr Art Project I
Media Study

For students with graphics programming experience and 3-D modeling packages (specifically Maya). Students collaborate as teams to build immersive virtual reality art experiences. Introduces the student to the Ygdrasil system, a high-level VR authoring toolkit for large- scale art projects. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 439 Building a Vr Art Project II
Media Study

In this sequel to DMS 438 students extend their skills with VR authoring tools and programming/modeling for real-time applications. Focuses on networking with remote sites, as well as the use of agents, smart environments, gaming techniques, interface and interactivity, and effective sound design in VR.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 440 Women Directors
Media Study

Provides a critical understanding of women as feature film directors. Looks at English-language productions from the 1990s by a cross-generation of emerging and established filmmakers, including Jane Campion, Julie Dash, and Mary Harron. Also considers the "uncomfortable truths" regarding underrepresentation of women directing both studio and independent productions.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 441 Advanced Video Production
Media Study

Making independent video art: camera work, editing, acting, and directing. Group exercises and critiques. Requires video production and postproduction outside of class.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 or DMS 343



DMS 442 Advanced Video Production
Media Study

Making independent video art: camera work, editing, acting, and directing. Group exercises and critiques. Requires video production and postproduction outside of class. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 341 or DMS 342 or DMS 343


DMS 447 Sound Design
Media Study

Explores issues and techniques in the area of sound design and audio production. Contextualizes the relation between image and sound by drawing from many media forms, existing and/or original, to create and visually represent sound. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 448 Games, Gender and Society
Media Study

Comprehensive investigation of the emerging field of Games Studies, the critical analysis of games and interactive environments made possible by the computer. Addresses different theoretical perspectives that view games and gaming as historical, social, cultural. aesthetic, thechnical, performative, and cognitive phenomenon. Examines how video games encompass an increasingly diverse set of practices, populations, and locations from fantasy footballl to multi-player medieval fantasy, from simulations of real life to alternate realities, from fanactics to activists, from nioghtclubs to competitive arenas to public streets to the classroom; from consoles to mobil phones, to large screen projections. Analyses not only popular games but interactive installations, pervasive games, mixed and virtual reality environments. Discusses the interdisciplinay nature of a cultural practice which depends on art, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, interface design, human computer interaction, psycology, narrative, networking, and technical innovation. Asks why interactive experiences are so popular, and trys to understand the socila and cultural implications of games and gaming.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 451 Avant-Garde Cinema
Media Study

Examines the history of the so-called avant-garde, from the Russian and French avant-garde of the 1920s to the postwar European and American experimental milieu. While focusing principally on Europe and North America, the course gives attention to related developments in Africa, Asia, and South America, depending on availability. Questions of methodology, canon, genre, marginality, oppositionality, plagiarism, primitivism, originality, and ideology come into theoretical play while we examine the Institutional Mode and its discontents.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: DMS 107 Or DMS 108 Or DMS 109



DMS 457 Locative Media and the City
Media Study

Introduces students to major concepts in 2D animation and motion graphic design. Topics include developing concepts, rotoscoping, interpolated animation, and composing animation with video. Surveys the history of animation, fine arts animation, and contemporary trends in motion graphic design. Students will produce a finished portfolio of animation and motion graphic design work. (Production intensive design course.)

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 462 Game Design
Media Study

Production course on the design of computer based games. Games are considered as a new art form and in order to create compelling games, students must be aware of the particularities of the form in both structural and aesthetic terms. Clearly the most important difference between games and other art forms are the interactive and interpersonal dynamics of gaming. However, game design draws on many other disciplines (writing, drawing, graphic design, architecture, and programming), and that familiarity with the assumptions and languages of these disciplines is essential for a game designer. Core isues of games design; what is a game? what is the nature of play? what makes good game play? what is the most effective use of sound and visuals in a game? how can narrative be used in games? and what are the roles of presence, engagement, and iteractivity in games? Encourages experiemental thinking about the boundaries and possibilities of computer games. Students work in teams to produce a series of short games projects. Focuses on creativity and experimentatino. Thourough, hands-on grounding in the process of game design. from conception to play-testing, and fosters the skills required to produce, examine, and critique games. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 463 Interactive Fiction
Media Study

Interactive stories set in immersive 3D virtual worlds are a staple of science fiction. Devices that allow people to inhabit personalised stories and interact with computer characters are described in Neuromancer, Star Trek, and Ray Bradbury's short story, The Vveldt. In the 1980s and 1990s industry insiders belived that a marraige between video games and Hollywood movies was imminenet. Meanwhile, writers were excited by the non-linear and interactive potential of hypertext, but killer interactive fiction has not emerged. This course will examine interactive narrative in theory and practice. We will look at the reasons why interactive fiction is so difficult to creat and study. Encourages students to create their own interactive fiction. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 474 Media Theories & Approaches
Media Study

Discussions and texts based around Media Theory.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 484 Language Media Social Vision
Media Study

This course examines language, media, and social imagination.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 485 Media Robotics I
Media Study

Introduces students to the programming of fast and robust industrial microprocessors for art-intervention purposes. Students investigate concepts in the programming language C and write code to control remote devices, sensors and motors. This course is both a traditional programming course as well as a studio course in using computation in art practice.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



DMS 486 Media Robotics II
Media Study

Addresses data acquisition and processing in the context of digital media arts. Understanding sensors and their limitations is an important prerequisite to building robust and satisfying information processing artifacts. Allows students to better understand both the concepts as well as the techniques underlying a variety of sensor typologies and various data acquisition approaches. While the course covers technical materials, the goal is to uncover new possibilities with which students can investigate digital data and imagery. As opposed to courses that manipulate image data through commercial applications such as Photoshop, this course works with general purpose programming and mathematical tools that offer opportunities and freedoms prepackaged software solutions deny.There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


DMS 499 Independent Study
Media Study

There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

Credits: 1-8
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)




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