Digital Art Courses
"I'm interested in digital art. What should I take?"
The courses below are either regularly scheduled or happening in the coming semester. Click on the course to view a course description.Art 214 - Introduction to Digital Media (Fall, Spring)
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts, tools and techniques of digital art. Formal and creative problems are explored through the use and variety of computer software and hardware, including screen, print and physical media projects. Critiques of digital art and discussion of issues in contemporary digital media will be a central focus of this course. No prerequisite. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement in the arts. View art from past courses.
Art 233.02 - Digital Photography (Summer 2014)
This course explores both conceptual and practical principles of digital photography. The technical emphasis of the class is on file management, digital imaging, and digital editing. Students learn current practices in photographic workflow using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. Operation of DSLR and MILC cameras are considered, as well as output using inkjet printers and color management. The class includes an overview of photographic history with an emphasis on the impact of digital technology on contemporary art. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.
Art 233.03 - Graphic Design (Summer 2014)
This course will investigate components of visual communication and practical skills for creating compelling visual narratives. Students will build fundamental technical skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver and use these applications to create print-ready and web friendly images. By crafting brand identity, organizing layouts, experimenting with typography, and studying color theory students will demonstrate their design prowess. Beginners are welcome! This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts and the ART 214 requirement for the Art Major.
Art 314 - Advanced Digital Media (Spring)
This course takes as its foundation the concept that the expansion of the digital realm and time-based media has significantly altered the landscape of contemporary art. Artists are now creating new media works that challenge traditional notions of art as a static object in space, by integrating time-based practices and interactive digital components. Students taking this course will gain an understanding of contemporary artists focusing on new media and time-based art, while developing their own digital art practice. The technical focus of this course will be video, animation, sound, web-based artwork, interactivity and other new media practices. Classes will consist of research, discussion, studio projects, critiques and written work. Prerequisite: ART 214. This course may be repeated once for credit.
Art 333 - Art for Video Games (Alternating Fall semesters-next in Fall 2015)
This course explores the field of video game design as a space for artistic collaboration, creativity, and visual production. We will work collaboratively with students from COSC 480 Game Design to build functional interactive games. Students in this course will develop concept art, environments, characters and other art assets to be implemented into these unique video games. In many cases this will require collaborative efforts, merging creative production with utilitarian concerns. A combination of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Google Sketchup, and other digital programs will be merged with traditional drawing, painting, and photography techniques. Students in Art for Video Games will also create short animation sequences for cut scenes within the video games.The final unit will focus on the development of promotional materials such as posters, cover art, and figurines. Throughout the semester students will gain knowledge of contemporary artists using interactive games as a mode of artistic production, the history of video games, and theoretical approaches to gaming. Classes will consist of studio projects, critiques, research, discussion, and written work. Prerequisite: ART 214 or permission from the instructor. View art from past courses.