Queerness and Games Design Workshop (2015) UC Berkeley Center for New Media

The Queerness and Games Design Workshop is a free program for all Berkeley undergraduates interested in learning to make video games as a mode of self-exploration and expression. Students collaborate in teams over the course of two months, workshop their games with industry professionals, and present their work at the annual Queerness and Games Conference.

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Play some student games from the 2014 workshop

Critical and Cultural Theory UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies

Theory is not the opposite of practice. Instead, theory is a type of discursive practice designed to help readers think differently about their lives, and possibly to change the conditions of their existence. The issue of discursive practice is particularly relevant for filmmakers and film critics, because films are a form of discursive practice that shape the way people view their culture, their lives, and themselves. In this brief but intense 6-week course, students are exposed to a variety of different theoretical frameworks, different toolkits for analyzing and understanding the world. Students will view films and other media objects that engage with the theoretical frameworks presented, and you will be asked to develop interpretations of these objects through the theories you have read. Students are then asked to apply one of these frameworks in a final paper or creative project.

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Introduction to Film and Media Studies (FLMST 46), UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of film analysis, the close examination of film form, style, and narrative. Films have been chosen to illustrate these concepts and to introduce students to a variety of filmmaking styles from Hollywood, to international art cinema, and the avant-garde. Students will also be exposed to a variety of historical periods of filmmaking, from the early years of cinema to the present. Learning basic film analysis helps students develop “visual literacy” and critical skills, to see much more in popular films, and to become fluent in a variety of film genres and styles.

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Teaching Assistantships

Classical Film Theory (3 years) Professors Allan Langdale, Dan Reynolds, and Lucia Riccardelli, UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies

Introduction to Media Criticism Professor Jennifer Holt, UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies

History of Electronic Media 1, Telegraphy and TV Professor Michael Curtin, UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies

Topics in Film and Popular Culture (Pornography) Professor Constance Penley, Santa Barbara, CA

History of Television Professor Jennifer Holt, UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies, Santa Barbara, CA

Women, Media and Representation  Professor Jacqueline Bobo, UCSB Department of Feminist Studies