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Biomedical Art Courses

Image, Narrative, and Sequence

Course No. IME267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Elizabeth Halasz | Larry O'Neal | Lincoln Adams | Mark Tekushan | Mary Jo Toles

The concentration of this course is an intensive study on discussion and research of the aesthetics, techniques and problems of pre-production for digital media visual storytelling, for both linear and non-linear output. We will investigate ways in which to use more than characters to define mood and forward the narrative. We will focus on how elements such as subject/object positioning, background, props, timing, audio, camera angles, lighting, graphic design, composition of frames, and using suitable text enhance the communication of your ideas. We will hold regular presentations and critiques analyzing your composition of all visual and audio elements in progress and discuss methods in which to enhance everything to work together to tell a more complete, fully realized narrative. Emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary experimentation, students are encouraged to pursue personal and independent expression while giving full attention to researching and developing original concepts. Offered fall and spring.

Instructional Design: Media in Motion

Course No. BMA403  Credits: 3.0

This course serves as a platform to investigate and discover human and natural science 2D/3D animation and interactivity to educate and instruct the viewer. The student will use concepts in the body, medicine and/or natural science through the digital mediums of interactive 2D/3D and illustration. Within the course, strong conceptual skills are emphasized and developed through professional production techniques and time-based media. The foundation of the narrative process and storytelling within the scope of the body and the natural environment will be explored and critiqued. Students will gain experience of instructional design, educational information design and applied concepts of media to help audiences learn through visual communication.

Intro to Cellular + Molecular Biological Systems

Course No. BMA251  Credits: 3.0

This course will emphasize an understanding of living organisms at the cellular level from a molecular view point. Topics to be covered will include: unity and diversity of living things, evolutionary relatedness, cells, tissues and organelles, life as a biochemical process, molecular building blocks of life, gene structure and function, uses of model organisms and molecular experimental methods. The topics to be covered are relevant to current practices in biotechnology, medicine and agriculture and these connections will be highlighted. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Intro to Digital Biomedical Illustration

Course No. BMA254  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amanda Almon | Thomas Nowacki

This course serves as a continuation of the first iteration of Biomedical Art Methods I. In this section, the student will continue to focus on natural science and anatomically based concepts and subject matter, dealing specifically with human biology/anatomy and body systems. Utilizing knowledge from Human Biology II and anatomical references, the student will continue to develop keen observational skills and apply those concepts through digital methods. Students outside the major will learn techniques in digital illustration and concepts in visual communication to for editorial and narrative based projects. The core media will be centered in Digital Illustration methods and concepts in monochromatic tone. The integration of digital media will be used in unique ways to explore the boundaries of medium and convention in modern production. Digital illustration skills in Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator will be learned and augmented through traditional scanned work. The rendering concepts learned will provide a solid foundation for subsequent semesters and be integrated further into the broader scope of the biomedical art major. Offered spring.

Intro to Media Production and Integration

Course No. IME201  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jared Bendis | Sarah Paul

This course focuses on media integration, innovation, and developing strategies of doing production. Projects will focus on narrative storytelling with media exploring the use of both interactive and linear mediums. The use of Motion, time, interface, and sound are also core topics explored in this course.

Line: Information Visualization

Course No. BMA260  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Schumick

This course serves as a comprehensive investigation of line to communicate simplistic to complex informational systems. Both traditional forms of media (graphite, pen/ink, charcoal pencil etc..) and digital forms of line (vector ink, vector paint, and raster ink, raster paint) will be utilized to explore subjects in plant science, animal science, general biology and micro and macro processes and human systems. From gesture, quick sketching in line, preliminary line concepts, to sequential narrative in line, and fully rendered line projects; will be central outcomes in the course. All non-majors are encouraged to enroll; the course is specifically design as course support for Illustration, Drawing, and Animation majors. The subject matter for non-majors will NOT be science based but editorial, experimental, and sequential narrative. Offered fall.

Medical Sculpture

Course No. BMA256  Credits: 3.0

This course is designed to introduce the student to a general variety of molds, mold making, casting and finishing techniques utilized in biological and medical sculpture fields. Students will explore these various techniques through assigned projects that will be keyed to specific elements and characteristics of objects in the scientific and medical environment. Instruction in the use of materials such as alginate, plaster, plastic resin will be used to cast human and animal based objects. Students may be exposed to visiting artist lectures and a tour of the casting facilities at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Assigned projects will primarily focus on the traditional 3-dimensional (3D) eccentricities of both medical and biological subject matter.

Micro + Macroscopic Narrative Cultures

Course No. BMA407  Credits: 3.0

The course is designed to utilize the Biomedical Art Major upper level science requirements at CWRU/CSU in microbiology, genetics, histology, ecology and/or animal anatomy; to design and create visualizations based in microscopic and macroscopic imaging with the use of contemporary media techniques (animation, interactivity, digital illustration techniques.) The course serves as an upper level experimental practice in applied biomedical art industries, whereby specific projects are devoted to showing mechanisms of action (M.O.A.) of specific micro and macro systems. The course is open to Biomedical Art Majors and non-majors with specific studio focus in the areas of art, science and technology with permission from the instructor.

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Amanda Almon

Associate Professor/Chair of Game Design

Amanda Almon, C.M.I., is associate professor and chair of the Biomedical Art Department at the Cleveland Insti...more

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