Media and Cultural Studies Camera Petition
It has come to my attention that students majoring and minoring in Media and Cultural studies are not given hands-on experience in digital media, camera operation and editing. Although students are given adequate knowledge in film and media studies covering history, culture and theory, students who have graduated or are currently enrolled as undergraduates have not been given adequate, hands-on experience with film production. Under UCR's description of Media and Cultural Studies, it emphasizes film production and visual media, however most students have not been given experience in this field of media. This stands as a great concern for current students who are currently enrolled in classes such as MCS 162 titled: "Tool, Technology and Technique," and MCS 186 titled: "20th Century Media and Movements." Classes like these center on the operation of the camera and video production. Very few students have access to own a camera, barely have experience operating a camera and would benefit from using borrowed cameras in the Media and Cultural Studies Department. Furthermore, the departments of Art and Theater allow students to borrow cameras to gain experience and knowledge that goes beyond classroom lecture. When it comes to affordability, experience, and accountability, students deserve a chance to use cameras for a given setting classes mandated by Media and Cultural Studies.