Summer 2007

ARTS 652
Digital Media


06/25/2007 - 08/03/2007
Saturday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Art Workshop 112

Special Schedule: Class will not meet on July 4th Holiday. Rather than holding a makeup, 20 minutes have been added to each additional class meeting.

Digital technologies offer artists new tools for artistic expression and provide new spaces in which to experience them. This introductory course will first offer students hands-on experience with tools that allow for the creation and manipulation of various digital media, including images, animation, and sound.

This course has three goals: the first is to provide students with an understanding of the historical, sociological, and theoretical context of digital media, in particular digital art. This will be done through looking at work, critical readings, and discussion.

Second, students will be provided with technical knowledge. This means enabling the use of a wide variety of materials and techniques, including alternative methods that may normally be overlooked. In the case of new media, it is important to understand the hardware and software technologies that underlie common tools, so that users can find their own ways to implement them.

The third goal is to teach students to use tools thoughtfully, and to experiment with using these tools to one's own end, rather than just creating the "cookie cutter" effects that they tend to encourage.

There will be three types of hands-on work: in-class exercise to familiarize students with the tools, open-ended creative assignments (to be done primarily outside the class) using and perhaps subverting these same technologies, and an interactive final project of the student's devising.

Students will also be taught to form appropriate and compelling conceptual goals. Art making is largely a matter of critical thinking: thinking about one's work, the world in which it exists, and what one hopes to achieve with it.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Todd Jokl (B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., University of Connecticut) is visiting assistant professor of art. Click here for more information about Todd Jokl.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 16

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