Beginning Digital Art
Art 210 – A
MW 8:00 – 9:50 am
Associate Professor, Gregg Perkins, MFA
Office: 129 Cass Annex
Office hours by appointment
Phone: ex. 3427
—All texts will be distributed in class or posted online
Required Subscription: Lynda.com
The subscription is free with a Hillsborough County Library Card, which can be obtained by going to the John Germany Library on Ashley Street across the Cass Avenue bridge in downtown Tampa. Location: http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/jfg/
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ART 210 is a studio/performance oriented course. It is an introduction to the usage of electronic and digital tools for experimental creations from an aesthetic and technical point of view. The main purpose of this class is to expand the students’ creativity in the Digital Media domain.
In this class we will study the history, evolution and theory of current technologies in order to understand their potential as creative tools, contextualizing the software and hardware that will be used by the students throughout the semester and their artistic career.
This class is a pre-requisite for multiple other classes in the Film, Animation and New Media Department, as well as other departments. This is a studio class and you are expected to participate as open minded creators, even if you consider yourselves as “not creative”. Your authentic self-expression is what is going to make the class a full learning experience for everyone.
Digital Tools are the core of current industry standards. In this class, you will:
Understand the nature of digital creation utilizing simple code, evidencing the logic behind any digital visual creation.
Comprehend the differences between Vector based imaging and Pixel based design, one being mathematically constructed, the other utilizing a grid.
Develop an understanding of the evolution of currently used industry accepted tools, especially the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as open source alternatives.
Understand the importance of image optimization for online delivery, determining the usage of compression types according to the needed media.
Learn basic Typography, Logo Design, Branding, Identity and Design elements.
Understand the radical differences between Digital Media and Printed media, as well as hybrid production using InDesign to produce PDFs.
Understand the nature of Animation and Video as a sequence of still images and manipulation of time.
Manipulate and generate audio using tools such as Garageband and Audacity.
Generate videos combining Audio and Animation.
Create an online and printed portfolio with the pieces created during the entire semester
Understand the importance of a digital journal as digital memories and tool for self-assessment.
Assignments / Grade Breakdown:
Canvas Object 15%
100 A Outstanding
96-99 A/B Excellent
90-95 B Very Good
86-89 B/C Good
80-85 C Average
76-79 C/D Below Average
70- 74D Passing
0-69 F Failure
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Academic Integrity Statement:
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Cheating, plagiarism, copying and any other behavior that is contrary to University standards of behavior will not be tolerated.
Students caught violating any aspect of the University of Tampa’s Academic Integrity Policy will be penalized in all cases. Penalty ranges from “0” on an assignment to “F” for the course without regard to a student’s accumulated points. Students may also face expulsion. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies of the university regarding academic integrity and to avoid violating such policies. Policy information is found at: http://ut.smartcatalogiq.com/en/current/catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Procedures/Academic-Integrity-Policy
Class Disruption Statement:
Every student has the right to a comfortable learning environment where the open and honest exchange of ideas may freely occur. Each student is expected to do his or her part to ensure that the classroom (and anywhere else the class may meet) remains conducive to learning. This includes respectful and courteous treatment of all in the classroom. According to the terms of the University of Tampa Disruption Policy, the professor will take immediate action when inappropriate behavior occurs.
Campus Closure Statement:
COURSE INTERRUPTION DUE TO ADVERSE CONDITIONS:
In case of any adverse condition or situation which could interrupt the schedule of classes, each student is asked to access www.ut.edu for information about the status of the campus and class meetings. In addition, please refer to ut.blackboard.edu for announcements and other important information. You are responsible for accessing this information.
Note: I reserve the right to make changes to this syllabus as necessary.