The digital media minor allows students to synthesize introductory and intermediate classes from computer science and visual arts that explore the interaction between creative and computational processes. These include basic courses in digital art, traditional studio art, web programming, and programming for image and sound processing.
Students explore a range of visual and electronic applications, and learn the basic tools necessary to incorporate visualization mechanisms into work within other fields of study.
The John E. Kelly Digital Arts Lab, located in the F.W. Olin Center, is a hub for students who create a variety of electronic arts, from Web design and 3D graphics to animation and robotic art.
AVA-160. Digital Art. This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of using the computer as an art tool in the production of two-dimensional content. Topics covered include essentials of digital imaging, digital printing, and posting information to the Internet. Class lectures and hands-on studio will incorporate technique demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to computer multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course. Outside work required. No previous experience necessary.
CSC-245. The Computer Science of Computer Games. This course surveys the field of computer science from the perspective of computer games. Topics explored include: rendering of graphics to a screen, implementation of realistic simulation, use of artificial intelligence in games, handling user input, game physics, collaborative development. Final course project is a complete computer game.