IN TODAY'S DIGITAL WORLD, moving images extend far beyond the traditional movie screen. Cinema and New Media Studies explores film as an “intellectual nexus” — a way of thinking about the world across boundaries. And because film studies at Hamilton is combined with new media, students have opportunities to see the broader context of imagery and text in the production of knowledge and culture. Courses from throughout the curriculum examine the ways religion, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, class, the natural environment and other social and physical forces are represented and explored in cinema and new media as artistic expression.
Cinema and New Media Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that brings together courses involving historical and theoretical study and/or hands-on experience of photochemical, electronic and digital media. The focus of the minor is to develop critical perspectives on visual representations and new technologies (for example, cinema and the Internet) as they construct or express individual artistic visions or cultural identities.
The minor in Cinema and New Media Studies consists of five courses, including
1) either 120, Introduction to the History and Theory of Film, or 125, Introduction to the History and Theory of New Media;
2) and four additional courses that collectively satisfy the three goals of the minor. Two of these four courses must be at the 200-level or higher.
The three goals of the minor are
1) Critical attention to and analysis of cinema and new media as artistic expression.
2) Engagement with the ways gender, religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, the natural environment and other social and physical forces are represented and explored in cinema and new media.
3) Analysis of the uses of technology in representing and constructing knowledge by means of performance, programming or participation in the creation of multi-media documents and/or hands-on experience in class assignments.
Opportunities for independent study for seniors will be made available as faculty sponsorship permits.