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Digital Media 1
Monday / Wednesdays 9:05–11:35 am , FAB 303

Instructor: Joelle Dietrick
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Office: FAB 411
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Course Description

The development and rise of new forms of electronic media during the 20th century like radio, cinema, and television have irrevocably had a more profound effect on art, design, and culture than any other media past or present. Through readings, screenings and discussions, students in this course will explore the significant moments, theoretical foundations and current trends within electronic/new media art and culture. In particular, we will focus on the themes and concerns relevant to new media artists, including the relationships between technology and culture, and the changing ways in which our culture consumes and produces media. Students will design and realize works of art utilizing tools and techniques appropriate to these concepts, potentially including digital imaging, animation, sound, video, software and net art.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course students will achieve:

  1. Understanding: Through a combination of writings, presentations, and contributions to in-class discussions, students display an understanding of the social, political, personal, and aesthetic issues, as well as a comprehension of the history and function of computer hardware and software essential to New Media Art production.
  2. Technical Competencies: Students demonstrate a reasonably high degree of competency of technical execution appropriate to works of art utilizing a variety of free and open source software tools and processes associated with the New Media Art genre. Students will also learn the basics of programming.
  3. Critical Thinking: Students demonstrate, in their artist statements and group critiques an awareness of the historical and contemporary concerns in New Media Art, and can assess critically their own contribution to the genre.
  4. Art-making: Students make works of art that reflect a high level of critical thought, resourcefulness and intentional decision-making with regard to their use of technological media. The art works show a considered balance between content, concept and form.

Class structure

Each 2.5 hour class will consist of 1.5 hours of discussion around various texts and a 1 hour technical workshop and work time. Bring your laptop to class for workshops.