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Serious Game Design: Theory + Applications

Course No. GAME 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.

Social Cinemas: Politics of Representation and Engagement

Course No. ACD 322  Credits: 3.0

Social is a term used to describe all kinds of art and media today including social media, social practice, and activist media directed toward “social change.” This course examines film and video work that demands we think carefully about how the social is defined and represented as an idea, an experience, and a world (or worlds). We will begin by considering Jean Vigo’s call for a new “social cinema” in the 1930s. We’ll consider how experimental and avant-garde film functioned as a means for organizing social worlds and expressing social critique. We’ll ask what Stan VanDerBeek might have meant when he described the rise of a “new social media consciousness” in 1974. And finally we’ll look at how contemporary filmmakers and video artists respond to the way the Internet has changed our relationships to one another and to the events that shape our sense of how the larger social world is structured and defined. May be applied as an art history elective, Post-1960s art history elective, or humanities/cultural studies elective. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Sound Art + New Media

Course No. HCS 411  Credits: 3.0

A course on how visual artists (and some composers) use sound in their works. Works discussed in class will include "stand alone" works of sound art, musique concrete, sound sculptures, installation works (using sound as a main component), radio art, film, and internet-based works. Students will be expected to identify differing qualities of sound, and there will be regular listening and reading assignments for each class. Students will also be given written assignments, and will have to compose a work of sound art or sound sculpture as a final project. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Sound Design

Course No. TIM211.1  Credits: 3.0

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.

Sound Design Fundamentals

Course No. IME 211  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Paul

This course will focus on the fundamentals of sound design and foley which relate to the film, television, animation, video games and the entertainment industry. Students will learn how to record, edit, and mix sounds while learning how to use microphones, software, and the recording studio. In this course, we will record and edit sound effects, voiceover work and music to be used in projects that support or enhance moving images. Required of Game Design majors and Photography majors in the Video track. Open elective.

Space + Planning Fundamentals

Course No. INTA 231A  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sherri Appleton

This course will cover the basic understanding of space planning and documentation, floor planning and elevations material selection, sample and presentation boards, space and lighting relationships, furniture and mechanical layouts, flow and movement. Open elective, sophomore and above. Offered fall.

Special VFX/Simulation + Virtual Reality

Course No. GAME 430  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jared Bendis

This course explores various aspects of special effects/simulation and virtual reality in game design and multimedia. The course aims to provide a critical vocabulary and historical context of the cutting edge of input and output technologies and their application as well as the underlying biology and psychology. Students will learn how to create robust and immersive experiences by combining the elements of graphics, animation, video, and audio using leading industry software. Students will complete various assignments and create projects that demonstrate their understanding of Special VFX, Simulation + Virtual Reality. Offered fall.

Spies

Course No. LLC 309X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Katherine Clark

In this seminar we will discuss spying in its many manifestations including the reasons and justifications offered for spying; the different types of spying; the means by which spying is conducted; and whether or not spying is a necessary evil. We will use a variety of texts in the class, non-fiction historical works as well as fictional works. Through a variety of media including film, hypertext, popular culture essays, fiction, and radio programs, we will explore the fascination with spies and what spies represent culturally and historically. Our object is that by the end of the semester we will be better readers of texts and more knowledgeable about issues of identity, deception, and information gathering. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

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