Fall 2017 Course Schedule 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    DM 120

    Introduction to New Media: Visual Storytelling

    Telling stories with pictures is a fundamentally important skill for Game Artists, Animators, Filmmakers, and Interactive Media Designers. This course will introduce the basics of character development, narrative structure, and cinematic grammar. Students will work with storyboards, sequential images, animation, motion graphics, and short movies in the exploration visual storytelling approaches. Using the expressive conventions of Film and Animation students create a series of works in the mediums in which they are preparing to work. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisite.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    DM 130-230

    Digital Filmmaking: Process and Principles

    This class introduces the technical skills required to succeed as a filmmaker. You will produce one short film from an idea that you will work on throughout the semester. Your idea will move through the traditional filmmaking processes:  pre-production, production, post production and marketing/distribution. The fundamentals of each of these steps will be presented through in class demonstrations and discussions. Lists of readings and online materials will support learning beyond the classroom.  Elective: 3 credits/semester, 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: Strong knowledge of Photoshop required (FN 101) or instructor permission.

    Prerequisites : Strong knowledge of Photoshop required (FN 101) or instructor permission.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    DM 199

    Special Topics: Character Design for Games and Animation

    What makes some characters so compelling and others utterly… forgettable? In this course we will research and evaluate iconic characters from the worlds of games and animation in order to understand the fundamentals of effective character design. While developing our own characters we will consider factors such as intended audience, visual impact, exaggeration of features, flaws, color and the like. Through progressive series of drawings we will explore tactics for conveying the personality, emotions, and motivations of our creations. In fully developing our characters we will create backstories, props and environments to both fill out and fine tune our characters. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisite.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    DM 321-421

    Media & Context- Major's Studio

    These courses explore the poetics of media-based art. Though based in electronic and digital media, this course focuses more on the expression of the student's ideas through the modality of media than on the technical specifics of the media itself. Students develop a body of work specific to their area of interest, building their visual and verbal vocabularies around the making and critiquing of media-based art works. Studio time is equally divided between producing work and evaluating, through discussions and critiques, the processes and products of that production. Faculty and are available for technical and project management support. Importance is placed not only on the creation of professional caliber media art works but also on the documentation and the presentation of that work for promotional purposes. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisites: Junior standing and successful completion of two New Media courses.

    Prerequisites : Junior standing and successful completion of two New Media courses

    Additional Notes : Major requirement. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    DM 351

    Introduction to the Discipline

    This course offers an historical and critical overview of digital media. Case studies in Film, Games, and Digital Art will be presented and discussed. Assigned readings, playing’s, and viewings will introduce and illustrate the key concepts, philosophies, and modalities of New Media. Students will create written and or visual responses to each of the major themes of the course. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    Prerequisites : Junior standing.

    Additional Notes : Major requirement. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits