Natural Science + Zoological Illustration
Course No. BMA 253 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Thomas Nowacki
This course is designed to develop strong observational skills, and integrate traditional and digital media within the scope of monochromatic production. The goal will be to convey an aesthetically powerful illustration, which effectively provides a solution for a specific visual communication problem. The student will learn a vocabulary for expressing pertinent natural science and medical art concepts in relation to technique, design, composition, object accuracy/integrity and context. Students outside the major of Biomedical Art will be required to apply the concepts and techniques taught in class to observational subjects pertinent to their major of study. The emphasis will be tonal and line base methods in various media, including graphite, ink, black/white color pencil, carbon dust, and introductory digital illustration techniques in Adobe Photoshop. The rendering concepts learned will provide a solid foundation for subsequent semesters and be integrated further into the broader scope and applications in Biomedical Art. Offered fall.
Principles of Biology
Course No. BMA 114 Credits: 3.0
A basic biology course designed for the non-major. Topics include: molecules of life, cell structure, respiration and photosynthesis, molecular genetics and gene technology, heredity and human genetics, population genetics and evolution, diversity of life, and function of ecosystems. Course includes some applications of biological principles to agricultural, medical, and environmental concerns. Cross-registration at CWRU required. Offered fall.
Principles of Chemistry
Course No. BMA 105 Credits: 3.0
Atomic structure; thermochemistry; periodicity, bonding and molecular structure; intermolecular forces; properties of solids; liquids, gases and solutions. If you are a CIA BMA Student wanting to take advanced Biology/Anatomy at CWRU; you will need this course as an additional pre-requisite to gain access to specific upper level electives. See prerequisite notes for each course.
Serious Game Design: Theory + Applications
Course No. BMA 308-408 Credits: 3.0
This course introduces the fundamentals of serious or educational game development. The course materials and projects will help students understand how and why games can be used for learning in the fields of health, medicine, science and games for social change. The course exposes students to examples of the current work and research in game design mechanics, game learning mechanics, and assessment mechanics, which are integral to development of successful educational games. Students will be exposed to industry-specific serious games (games for learning, corporate training, news games, games for health, science, exer·games, military games, and games for social change). These examples along with specific lecture topics and materials will allow the student to understand how to develop their own serious game projects by learning specific research methods for understanding content, players and engagement strategies.
This class is focused on aspects of sound design related to the practice of sonic arts. Sound art is flourishing in museums and galleries, on networks, and performed at festivals and performance venues around the world. Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art is interdisciplinary with investigations in: digital manipulation of sound, sound synthesis, sound installation, sound sculpture, psychoacoustics, field recording, noise composition, integrated sound and image works for pre-recorded presentation or performed live. The influence of these forms on popular music, television and cinema scores will also be explored.
Course No. BMA 223 Credits: 3.0
A survey of vertebrates from jawless fishes to mammals. Functional morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology as they relate to the groups' relationships with their environment. Evolution of organ systems. Two lectures and one laboratory per week. The laboratory will involve a study of the detailed anatomy of the shark and cat used as representative vertebrates. Students are expected to spend at least three hours of unscheduled laboratory each week. This course fulfills a laboratory requirement for the biology major. Recommended preparation: BIOL 214. You must choose a lab section, A (Tuesday) or B (Thursday). Cross-registration at CWRU required.
Visual Organization + Media
In this course students will develop better organization and composition, knowledge and appreciation for type, integration of type and grid, understanding hierarchy, and type as creative form. Students within IME take this course to help them consider sound design and layout principles in their own work, and organize information in combination with images created in their specific majors. This course is required for all students in Animation, Biomedical Art, Game Design, Illustration, Photography, T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts and Video majors and is open as an elective to students in any other major. Offered fall and spring.
Web Practice + Presence
Course No. IME 320 Credits: 0.0
In this course, students will learn about various strategies of making websites and how these are part of contemporary practice as an artist. The ability to frame a project, solve a problem, do research, then implement and use web techniques is explored in this course. Projects will explore the contemporary practice of working with web technologies in professional practice including using FTP, social networking tools and listings, and other interactive forms. Learning basic HTML, exploring online existing portfolio solutions, accessibility, hosting, and ftp will be part of this course. In class students will experience interacting with website examples, discussing selected readings, doing weekly assignments, and participating in critiques. Offered fall and spring.
Team creates phone app that tracks energy usage and customizes energy reports
Associate Professor/Chair of Biomedical Art
Thomas is the Chair of and Associate Professor in the Biomedical Art Department at CIA as well as Adjunct Prof...more
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