Studio for Interrelated Media Courses

MPSM306 Art & the Internet II
This course is a fine arts studio elective that explores the Internet as a medium for artistic expression and distribution and review the nuts and bolts of HTML and client/server technologies. The course reveals the potential for multimedia (sound, moving image, interactivity) on the Web and suggests the special considerations involved in web-based work. Additionally, a survey of the creative uses of the Internet by a variety of artists is included.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: Art & the Internet I or by permission of instructor

MPSM307 On the Spot
As human beings, we carry with us precious instruments for expression - the body and the voice. This course explores perception - looking and listening - as a tool for making instantaneous performance choices. We will work through a series of improvisational techniques from concepts of "action Theater" to contact improvisation. Students will work individually, in duets, and in groups to explore gesture, space, time, energy, intention and the voice. We will experiment with the voice by "sounding" as well as by speaking. The course may also consider objects and environments in relation to performance. Students will be encouraged to make direct relations between their principal fields of artistic interest and time-based, improvisational performance. Some readings and video may be included to introduce students to the various forms that improvisation has taken in twentieth century live art.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM308 Nature, Science & Art
What is the nature of space and time? How do various astronomical events affect cultural trends? What can evolution teach us about human behavior? What is the nature of matter and energy at the smallest and largest scale of the universe? Student will explore the basic elements of the physical universe, creating art projects which describe or connect aspect of nature, art and science.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites:  none

MPSM309 Public Art
This course will cover many aspects of the field of public art as it impinges upon issues relating to architecture, temporal events,permanent and temporary installations, sculpture, and environmental design. The emphasis will be on creating and developing your own concepts for public projects with sketches, written proposals, plans, models, demos, video/audio tapes, and other appropriate materials. There will be ongoing discussions on the development of projects from initial concept to complete budgeted proposal.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM309X Intro to Kinetic Art
This course is intended for object makers, to introduce motion into their sculpture. An overview on the history of kinetic art is provided to inspire a richness of conceptual thinking. The course is directed toward a final project of the student's design, which may be sculpture, installation, performance, costume, robotics, toys, etc. Issues covered include: mechanism design and troubleshooting, hand cranks, ratchets, solenoids, motors, drive systems, and basic steelworking techniques aimed at building safe and reliable kinetic art.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: SC253, SC264, SIM374 or instructors permission

MPSM310 Interactive 2D Animation
This class will introduce students to the techniques for creating 2D animations in a timeline-based digital environment. Macromedia's "Flash MX" will be the primary software used in this course. In addition to traditional animation techniques (such as key framing and ‘tweening') programmable interactivity using ActionScripting will also be covered. Finished animations may be written to film, videotape, or CD-ROM. Techniques for uploading animations for distribution through the Internet will be emphasized.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM311 Electronic Projects for Artists II: Digital
This course introduces students to computer interfaces for connecting interactive sculpture, performance and installation with software. Course content includes microcontrollers, electrical sensors, custom-made circuits and programming. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: Electronic Projects for Artists Part I or by Permission of Instructor

MPSM313 Performance in Video Space
This course explores the unique combination of performance and video time/space. The course addresses the particular issues of creating performances with real or implied human presence within and for the parameters of the video medium itself. We will consider framing; movement of subject, camera, environment, and editing; ways of addressing the camera by the performer(s). This course is not about making documentaries of live performance.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: some knowledge of video, editing, and performance is helpful but not required.

MPSM313X Beat Research II
This course is designed for students who have already taken Beat Research 1 and wish to continue making art in a community of Beatmakers and electronic musicians. Emphasis will be on critiques, the sharing of advanced techniques and the organizing of media for presentation outside of the class (audio CD, video DVD, live performance etc).

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: Beat Research or permission of instructor

MPSM315 Projects in Video Projection
Building onto the 'Video Sculpture' course, this advanced level class focuses on developing three concept driven projects, concentrating on the interaction between the physical installation and the video image, sound and edits. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of works which may include: performance in video, interactive and multi-channel video, site specific and public installation.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites:  SC318X, SC320X, video class or editing experience, or permission of instructor

MPSM315X Streaming Media/Web Video
This course introduces students to technology, aesthetics and techniques involved in distributing video over networks, the Internet in particular. Artists in the course will create video work in a variety of formats including streaming video.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM316 Programming for Artists
An in-depth introduction to computer programming for artistic applications, focused around the Max/MSP/Jitter programming language. Students will learn the fundamental skills required to develop their own software tools and interfaces for the manipulation and synthesis of audio and video, with a focus on applications in installation, composition, and performance. Other programming languages, such as SuperCollider, Stamp Basic, and C, will also be explored. This is a workshop in which artists will develop methods of expressing their thoughts and feelings about art and artistic concerns. It will include methods and techniques for describing, analyzing, and criticizing artworks in the context of the studio.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM317 Event Planning and Production 2
This is the second semester of a year-long course. This course is for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing events and exhibitions throughout the year. However the emphasis is on events that are complex enough that they require at least a year to plan. It is required for Eventworks producers and Godine Family gallery managers. Students will meet with the instructor one on one throughout the semester, additionally the class will meet periodically as a group to discuss general production issues. It is also open to those not involved in Eventworks or Godine Gallery but that have another event(s) in mind. By permission of instructor. This is a one-year long course.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: MPSM 319X Event Planning and Production

MPSM319 Contemporary South African Art: Global Perspectives/Local Action
This course is intended to prepare students for a travel course to Johannesburg, former mining city and, now, artistic center of South Africa. With its outstanding collection of contemporary galleries, working artist studios, and resistance art posters, Johannesburg will offer a gateway to examine South African art, from the resistance art of apartheid to contemporary artists working across media and issues on an international stage. Readings will include essays on post-colonial criticism and introduce students to the political history of twentieth century South Africa.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM320 Projects in Sound
A seminar for advanced students who wish to pursue independent sound projects. Projects may include ‘live' sound presentations, recorded sound
works, a complete audio CD, sculptural sound art, digitally controlled sound art, public sound art, environmental sound art, and sound installation. Students are required to present their work in progress for critique, and to complete a final sound project. Additional class activities may include a field trip, guest speakers, and gallery visits. A prerequisite of Intro to Sound Studio (MPSM 273) is required, or by special arrangement with the instructor.
(Spring term only)

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: MPSM 273 Intro to Sound Studio

MPSM324X Performance, Art & Politics
In this studio course, students will be introduced to historical examples of politically-engaged Performance Art as a context for creating their own work. This will include the creation of original Performance Art works by adapting techniques which were developed by the Czech Underground which built a platform for the artists-run "Velvet Revolution" of 1989. For students without experience in video, the course will also introduce the basic tools and principles of video production.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM335 Interrelated Media Seminar
This is a critique course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress or in final form. This course is closely modeled after the studio for interrelated media major studio. Additionally, rotating faculty also present emerging topics related to interrelated media for discussion. For SIM Majors this course provides a more intimate setting to work through your artworks-in-progress. The course is an open elective. For other majors this course is an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary thinking and conceptual development. For other majors this course is an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary thinking and conceptual development.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM336 Events Planning and Production
This course is for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing events and exhibitions throughout the year. It is required for Eventworks Producers and Godine Family Gallery Manager. Students will meet with the instructor one on one throughout the semester, additionally the class will meet periodically as a group to discuss general production issues. It is also open to those not involved in Eventworks or Godine Gallery but that have another event(s) in mind.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

MPSM337 Electronic Projects for Artists
The purpose of this studio course is to provide skills and information that will be useful for artists who use electronic devices in their artworks.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM373 Intermediate Sound Studio
Students will learn advanced audio recording techniques, composition skills, listening skills, and critical skills. Students are required to present recorded sound pieces. Computer and electronic music studio includes analog and digital synthesis, advanced digital hardware and software and interactive music systems. Prerequisite: Intro to Sound Studio (MP 273) is required, or by special arrangement with the instructor.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: MPSM273 or permission of instructor

MPSM376 Studio for Interrelated Media
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video, computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation.(SIM276, 376, 476)

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: SIM276, 376, 476

MPSM376X Programming for Artists
This course is an in-depth introduction to computer programming for artistic applications, focused around the Max/MSP/Jitter programming language; fundamental skills required to develop software tools and interfaces for the manipulation and synthesis of audio and video, with a focus on applications in installation, composition, and performance. Other programming languages, such as SuperCollider, Stamp Basic, and C, are explored. This is a workshop in which artists develop methods of expressing their thoughts and feelings about art and artistic concerns, using methods and techniques for describing, analyzing, and criticizing artworks in the context of the studio.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM377X Choreography & Performance
This course will focus on students' developing their own performance pieces. Those pieces may be "dance" pieces in any number of styles, or they may be "performance art" or live site-specific works, or spoken word or music pieces that involve the use of the body in space and time. However, even in the dance pieces,emphasis will be on developing an individual voice or movement vocabulary and on conceptual clarity.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM378X Projects in Choreography and Performance
This course will focus on students' seriously refining their choreographic and performance techniques. Students will initiate and develop their own performance pieces. Those pieces may be "dance" pieces in any number of styles, or they may be "performance art" or live site-specific works or spoken word pieces that involve the use of the body in space and time.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM379 Studio for Interrelated Media
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video, computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation. (SIM276, 376, 476)

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: SIM276, 376, 476

MPSM380X Words & The Web
This class investigates words as a primary unit of communication on the web. Examples of web journals, email, dynamic news sites, eBooks, translation software, search engines, guestbooks, spoken word, and dynamic typography are presented. Students create webbased artwork that explores the idea of the written word and spoken language. Issues of conceptual development, visual language, intentionality and functionality, and future trends are presented. Necessary skills for web site publishing are introduced. This class is designed to provide you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in these tools - in all their complexity - as you use them for making your art.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM401 Art & the Internet I
This course is a fine arts studio elective that introduces the Internet as a medium for artistic expression and distribution as well as the nuts and bolts of HTML and client/server technologies. The course also introduces the potential for multimedia (sound, moving image, interactivity) on the Web and suggests the special considerations involved in web-based work. Additionally, a survey of the creative uses of the Internet by a variety of artists is included.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Undergraduate Prerequisites: students must have taken an introductory computer class or by permission of instructor.

MPSM402 Art, Life and Money
This course is targeted towards soon-to-graduate art students who are thinking about the practicalities of continuing life as in independent artist after art school. Throughout the semester students will meet graduates of the Studio for Interrelated Media as well as others pursuing unconventional artistic paths. Through discussion, presentations and field trips, issues surrounding the realistic struggles of maintaining life as an independent artist alongside the celebration of such a choice will be explored. The course will attempt to demystify tax responsibilities, non-profit organization opportunities, and grant-writing. Students will interview artists as well as research methods for balancing art, life and money after school. Students will also practice writing their artist statement and resume and create a personal five year plan using any media.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM476 Studio for Interrelated Media
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video,computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation. (SIM276, 376, 476)

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: SIM276, 376, 476

MPSM479 Studio for Interrelated Media
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video, computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation. (SIM276, 376, 476)

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: SIM276, 376, 476

MPSM4X4 A Survey of Performance Art
This course studies a selection of artists/artworks/movements that have redefined performance as an art form over time. Focus is on work since the Futurist movement of the early 1900's to the present, though earlier examples are included. During the course, students present their own written and performative responses to the artists/artworks/movements introduced. Skills for developing, directing and performing are introduced. This course is a performance studio based on historical influences.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM4X7 Sound Installation
This course introduces fundamental skills and concepts related to the creation of sound installation art, including acoustics, psychoacoutics, strategies for sonic display, the workings of analog and digital sound technology, and basic electronics. A survey of historical and recent works explores various approaches to sound installation. Students propose, plan and complete their own installations over the course of the semester.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

MPSM4X8 Sound Installation 2
Sound Installation introduces students to fundamental skills and concepts related to the creation of sound installation art, including acoustics, psycho-acoustics, strategies for sonic display, the workings of analog and digital sound technology, and basic electronics. A survey of historical and recent works explores various approaches to sound installation. Students propose, plan and complete their own installations over the course of the semester.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: Sound Installation 1

MPSM4XX Interactive Multimedia
This is an advanced computer art course in creating interactive software applications integrating text, sound, graphics, and animation. Students will learn how to bring all of these elements into a digital environment and how to organize and combine them into multimedia software that can be distributed as a CDROM.

Graduate Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisites: none

SIM501-50 SIM Major Studio - Graduate
The structure of a Major Studio course varies greatly depending upon the department. In some departments, the Major Studio advisor predetermines the course structure. In others, the students and faculty determine the structure and content of the Major Studio at the beginning of the semester. The Major Studio meetings may include presentations by the instructor(s), critiques of student work in progress, presentations and critiques by visiting artists and scholars, and class trips or off-campus interactions.

SIM5X1 Digital + Media Perspectives
The introduction of digital technology as an art medium has resulted in an explosion of the artistic exploration of interactivity in Digital Literature, Web Art, Gaming, Virtual Reality and Installation Art. This course will investigate the aesthetic conventions and usability that are central to interactive art. In addition, it will address the social and political contexts in which new media are disseminated and experienced. This course will attempt to make historical connections by focusing on the recurrent themes of language, CODE, simulation, and hyper-reality.