TCS Technocultural Studies

Courses in TCS:
TCS 005Media Archaeology (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Evolution of media technologies and practices beginning in the 19th Century as they relate to contemporary digital arts practices. Special focus on the reconstruction of the social and artistic possibilities of lost and obsolete media technologies. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 005Media Archaeology (4) Review all entries Discontinued
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Evolution of media technologies and practices beginning in the 19th Century as they relate to contemporary digital arts practices. Special focus on the reconstruction of the social and artistic possibilities of lost and obsolete media technologies. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2019 Summer Session 1.
TCS 007ATechnocultural Workshop: Digital Imaging (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Workshops in technocultural digital skills; Digital Imaging. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 007BTechnocultural Workshop: Digital Video (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Workshops in technocultural digital skills; Digital Video. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 007CTechnocultural Workshop: Digital Sound (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Workshops in technocultural digital skills; Digital Sound. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 007DTechnocultural Workshop: Web Design (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Workshops in technocultural digital skills; Web Design. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 007ETechnocultural Workshop: Topics in Digital Production (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Workshops in technocultural digital skills; Topics in Digital Production. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 103Interactivity & Animation (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Fundamentals of creating interactive screen-based work. Theories of interactivity, linear versus non-linear structures and audience involvement and participation. Use of digital production tools to produce class projects. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 104Documentary Production (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): TCS 007B; TCS 155; Or equivalent proficiency to TCS 007B. Traditional and new forms of documentary, with focus on technocultural issues. Skills and strategies for producing work in various media. Progression through all stages of production, from conception through post-production to critique. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 111Community Media Production (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Use of video and new media tools to address social issues among neighborhood and community groups. Students will use basic video, sound, and lighting techniques as they work with local groups in a group video project. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 111Community Media Production (4) Review all entries Discontinued
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Use of video and new media tools to address social issues among neighborhood and community groups. Students will use basic video, sound, and lighting techniques as they work with local groups in a group video project. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2019 Summer Session 1.
TCS 112New Radio Features & Documentary (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). New feature and documentary production for radio and other audiophonic media, including audio streaming websites and installation. Emphasis on new and experimental approaches to audio production for broadcast on community radio and in international arts programming. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 120History of Sound in the Arts (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): TCS 001. A survey of the use of sound, voice, noise, and modes of listening in the modernist, avante-garde, and experimental arts, from the late-19th century to the present. Focus on audiophonic and audiovisual technologies. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 150Introduction to Theories of the Technoculture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Major cultural theories of technology with emphasis on media, communications, and the arts. Changing relationships between technologies, humans, and culture. Focus on the evolution of modern technologies and their reception within popular and applied contexts. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 151Topics in Virtuality (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): TCS 001. Social, political, economic, and aesthetic factors in virtual reality. Artificial environments, telepresence, and simulated experience. Focus on contemporary artists' work and writing. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 151Topics in Virtuality (4) Review all entries Discontinued
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): TCS 001. Social, political, economic, and aesthetic factors in virtual reality. Artificial environments, telepresence, and simulated experience. Focus on contemporary artists' work and writing. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2019 Summer Session 1.
TCS 152New Trends in Technocultural Arts (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Current work at the intersection of the arts, culture, science, and technology including biological and medical sciences, computer science and communications, and artificial intelligence and digital media. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 153Concepts of Innovative Soundtracks (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Innovative and unconventional soundtracks in cinema, media arts, and fine arts. Introduction to basic analytical skills for understanding sound-image relationships. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 154Outsider Machines (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Invention, adaptation and use of technologies outside the mainstream, commonsense, and the possible. Topics include machines as metaphor and embodied thought, eccentric customizing and and fictional technologies. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 155Introduction to Documentary Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Recent evolution of the documentary. The personal essay film; found-footage/appropriation work; non-linear, multi-media forms; spoken word; storytelling; oral history recordings; and other examples of documentary expression. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 159Media Subcultures (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Relationships between subcultural groups and media technologies. Media as the cohesive and persuasive force of subcultural activities. List-servs, websites, free radio, fan 'zines, and hip-hop culture. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 160Ghosts of the Machine: How Technology Rewires our Senses (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Historical, aesthetic and critical approaches to how information technologies produced ghost effects or a sense of terror in response to new media like the photograph, gramophone, film, typewriter, computer, Turing Machine. Focus on technological media transforms sense perception. (Same course as STS 160.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
TCS 170AAdvanced Technocultural Workshop (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): TCS 007A; Or equivalent. Workshop in advanced technocultural digital skills: Digital Imaging. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 170BAdvanced Technocultural Workshop (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): TCS 007B; Or equivalent. Workshop in advanced technocultural digital skills: Digital Video. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 170CAdvanced Technocultural Workshop (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): TCS 007C. Workshop in advanced technocultural digital skills: Digital Sound. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 170DAdvanced Technocultural Workshop (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): TCS 007D. Workshop in advanced technocultural digital skills: Web Design. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 170EAdvanced Technocultural Workshop (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Workshop in advanced technocultural digital skills: Topics in Digital Production. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 175Small Scale Film Production (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lecture and intensive workshop teaching small-scale film production. Appointments as a(n) director, director of photography, actor, writer, lighting designer, sound designer and other critical positions are used to produce and submit a short film to a film festival. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (Same course as DRA 175.) (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 190Research Methods in Technocultural Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Introduction to basic research methods for Technocultural Studies: electronic and archived images, sounds and data, satellite downlinking, radiowave scanning, and oral histories. (Letter.) GE credit: VL, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 191Writing Across Media (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Introduction to experimental approaches to writing for different media and artistic practices. How written texts relate to the images, sounds, and performances in digital and media production. (Letter.) GE credit: WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
TCS 197TTutoring in Technocultural Studies (1-5) Active
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Undergraduates assist the instructor by tutoring students in one of the department's regularly scheduled courses. May be repeated up to 8 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.