How to take the course (in a nutshell):

Show up. Attendance is mandatory every week at every class. Do the work. Do the readings and come prepared to ask questions. Turn work in on time. Contribute to the discussions.


Goals: developing creative ability and depth of expression using digital imaging tools. The study of the interplay between the observed, the observer, and the process of observation. Application of technical/aesthetic knowledge in the completion of a series of visual art projects, culminating in a creative student directed final project.


Assumed Knowledge and Skills: Awareness of digital imaging and interactivity concepts, skills, and topics in electronic arts from media arts studio classes (ARTS-1020) and/or other personal achievement.


Topics Covered: The following formal topics (light, scale, color, composition, form, motion, proportion, simulation, and art delivery systems) are studied in relation to the creation of a series of short studies exploring perception, identity, memory, time, movement in still space, the immobilization of the gaze, context and meaning, montage and veracity, iconographic and textual juxtaposition, and digital landscape. Techniques and solutions for giving visual form to ideas.


Technical Skills Covered: raster and vector based imaging, color studies, compositing, digital photo retouching, montage, advanced knowledge and experience with input and output techniques for digital cameras, scanners, small and large format archival digital printing.


Requirements and Evaluation: Students must demonstrate satisfactory achievement of course objectives through fulfillment of course projects and by contributing to class discussions and critiques.


35% Short studies (5.8% each x 6)

50% Final Project (along with web ready ideation, artist statement and references on stand alone CD)

10% Participation in class & printed reaction paragraphs of class readings when due

05% Journals

If you have any questions at any time about your creative work trajectory or your grades please speak with your instructor.

Required materials:

* a laptop computer (bring laptops to class every day)

* An active RCS account.

* approximately 10 CDs or dvds

* A camera (digital, 35 MM DSL, or at least 3 disposable). A variety of cameras can be signed out from the equipment room as well.

* Other materials on a project basis

* Journal: keep a working journal of ideas, drawings, photographs, dream records, etc. which will act a source for your creative process. You should carry this with you at all times to record your creative insights. Bring them to class as well.


Fabrication costs/materials:

You will be making a number of digital prints/manifestations of your work on and possibly off campus. The costs of digital printing vary, but be prepared to incur approximately $50 in fabrication/material costs.