Fall 2008
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 652
Digital Media


09/08/2008 - 12/12/2008
Thursday 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Science Tower 72

Digital Media acts as an introduction to Digital Imaging, Flash Animation, Digital Audio, and Website Design basics. Overall, 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. We will do this through looking at work, critical readings and discussion.

Second, is to provide students with technical knowledge. This means enabling them to use a wide variety of materials and techniques, not only the most obvious, but also alternative methods that may be overlooked. In the case of new media, it is extremely important to understand the hardware and software technologies that underlie common tools, so that we can find our own ways to implement them. The goal is to teach students to use tools thoughtfully, and to experiment with how these tools can be used to the students' own ends, rather than just to create the "cookie cutter" effects that they tend to encourage. We will do three types of hands-on work in this class: in class exercises to familiarize students with the tools, open ended creative assignments (to be done primarily outside of class) using and perhaps subverting these same technologies, and an interactive final project of the students devising.

Last but not least, my hope is to help students 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 hope's to achieve with it. As the catalog description says, "Digital technologies offer artists new tools for artistic expression and provide new spaces in which to experience them." But all great work is driven by ideas. To quote conceptual artist, Sol Le Witt, "The idea becomes a machine that makes the art." Without good ideas there is no good art.

Enrollment is limited to 13 students. This course is not open to auditors.

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: 13

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