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The New Media Program: Courses

1000–1999 (lower level, freshman)
2000–2999 (lower level, sophomore)
3000–3999 (upper level, junior)
4000–4999 (upper level, senior)


Please refer to academic requirements for the full list of interdisciplinary courses, drawn from the natural and social sciences, art history, cinema studies, film, music, and visual arts.


1000–1999:

Photography I
PHO 1010
Refer to Photography Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VPH 1010 and also as NME 1010.

Introduction to Media Studies
MSA 1050
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses for description. Formerly also offered as NME 1050.

Introduction to Sound
NME 1060
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A hands-on, introductory audio class in which students learn how to use sound in practical and creative ways, in three phases of production: acquisition, manipulation, and reproduction. Students also learn some of the history of artists and makers who use sound as their medium, as well of some of the technical and theoretical aspects of how sound is created and perceived.

Introduction to Digital Photography
PHO 1100
Refer to Photography Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as SOA 1100 for students in other disciplines and also as NME 1100.

Design Principles
NME 1160
/ 4 credits / Every semester
A hands-on introduction to the language of design and design principles with emphasis on composition, color, and type. Software for vector image creation is taught alongside understanding the full design process, from visual research to beta testing. Print output is introduced, although the focus is on screen-based media.

Discontinued Fall 2013 (8/26/13):
Digital Media Studio
NME 1170
/ 4 credits / Every semester
The foundation production course for new media majors and anyone interested in using the computer as a creative tool. Students learn basic digital imaging terminology and are introduced to the field of digital art and its historical contexts. Production assignments include creating bitmap and vector images, animations, and sound. General topics like printing, scanning, and image capturing are also covered. Limited to new media majors.

Programming Games
MAT 1420
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 1420.

Programming for Visual Artists
NME 1450
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Using a visual environment that provides immediate feedback, students are taught the basic principles of programming and, by extension, math. Lectures focus on key aspects of programming and how working artists use code creatively in their practice. In this course, math is never the end but rather the means to problem-solve during the creative process.
Formerly also offered as VIS 1450 for visual arts majors.

Computer Science I
MAT 1520
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 1520.

2000–2999:

Credits increased from 0 to 1, Fall 2014 (10/08/14):
New Media Advanced Standing
NME 2100
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Students take this course in the semester that they apply for advanced standing. Grading is on a pass/no credit basis.

Prefix changed from NME (with CIN crosslist) to PSW Fall 2014 (2/14/14):
Storytelling with Images
PSW 2150
Refer to Playwriting and Screenwriting Courses for description.

Media Institutions and Forms
MSA 2200
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses for description. Formerly also offered as NME 2200.

Computers and Culture
MSA 2235
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses for description. Formerly also offered as NME 2235.

Art and Technology
NME 2250
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Examines the interplay between new art forms and technologies from early modernism through today. Focusing on how the two fields have developed in relation to each other, the course addresses two questions: what is the relationship between technology, technique, and art, and how has it changed over time? This is both an art survey course and a study of related philosophical questions.
Formerly also offered as MSA 2250.
Prerequisite: MSA 1050

Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANT 2320
Refer to Anthropology Courses (School of Natural and Social Science) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 2320.

Prerequisites added Fall 2013 (8/26/13):
Video Art I
NME 2420
/ 4 credits / Every semester
An introduction to video as a creative visual, auditory, and spatial medium. Students learn the fundamentals of video production with the goal of making original work in the genres of single-channel tape, performance, and installation. At the same time, students are introduced to key works in the history of time-based arts in a weekly thematic program of viewing, listening, reading, and critique.
Prerequisite: PHO 1010 or 1100
Prerequisite or corequisite: NME 1060

Media, Memory, and Desire
NME 2550
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An exploration of the ways in which various media technologies promote investment and disinvestment in history, community, and tradition. This course pursues the argument that technology does not derive from, but creates the fundamental structures of human experience, affecting people socially, politically, psychologically, and neurologically. Primary authors include Plato, Kant, Marx, Freud, Heidegger, Derrida, Stiegler, and Malabou.
Formerly also offered as PHI 2550.
Prerequisite: MSA 1050

Discontinued 11/11/13:
Locative Media: Place and Mobility
MSA 2700
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses for description. Formerly also offered as NME 2700.

Course prefix changed from MAT to NME Spring 2015 (10/13/14):
Creating Web Documents
NME 2730
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Interactive online media like the World Wide Web have revolutionized the way people communicate. Students who are familiar with computers and the Internet are introduced to tools and techniques for creating interactive documents. Topics include HTML authoring, Cascading Style Sheets, scripting languages, interaction techniques, data retrieval, and incorporating sound, video, and images in documents.
Formerly also offered as MAT 2730.

3000–3999:

Art in the Age of Electronic Media
VIS 3000
Refer to General Visual Arts Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3000.

Cross-Cultural Video Production
NME 3010
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students collaborate with students in other cultures, using the Internet to produce videos on subjects of mutual interest. Because the focus is on developing a cross-cultural dialogue, basic video production experience is expected. Before moving to video, the two groups collaboratively write fiction. During the semester, they meet in video conferences with their peers abroad to discuss their productions. Previous semesters have included collaborations with students at universities in Belarus, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, and Lithuania.
Formerly also offered as CIN 3011, MSA 3010, and TFI 3010.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Internet as Public Art
NME 3040
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
A growing dialogue surrounding Internet art echoes the rhetoric of community-oriented art practices and public art movements of the past. Topics include an introduction to the history of public art; current Internet art practice and theory; how networks can serve physical situations or communities, rather than being a purely screen-based phenomenon; policies that are shaping the functionality of the Internet; and new artistic possibilities that arise as ubiquitous computing integrates with public space.
Formerly also offered as VIS 3040 for visual arts majors.

Information Aesthetics
NME 3050
/ 4 credits / Fall
A hands-on examination of what it means to live in an information age. Students learn to make sense—and sometimes, new meaning—of data through creative visualizations. The course considers audience together with the politics of information and the persuasion of the visual.
Prerequisite: NME 1170 or MAT 2730 or equivalent

Interactive Design
DES 3090
Refer to Design Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VDE 3090 and also as NME 3090.
Prerequisite: MAT 2730

Gameplay and Performance
THP 3120
Refer to Theatre and Performance Courses (Conservatory of Theatre Arts) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3120.

Material Distribution: Billboards, Wheatpaste, and Pamphlets
NME 3150
/ 4 credits / Fall
Examines how contemporary artists and activists are using print media to communicate ideas in public spaces. The course also more generally considers how printed matter has been used to expand popular consciousness since the invention of the printing press. Students produce their own print interventions for public spaces and incorporate digital media to sustain interaction.
Prerequisite: NME 2100; open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor

Queer Media Convergence
MSA 3160
Refer to Media, Society, and the Arts Courses for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3160.

Motion Graphics for Designers
DES 3190
Refer to Design Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VDE 3190, and also as NME 3190 with a prerequisite of NME 3430.

Film, Media, and War Machines
CIN 3200
Refer to Cinema Studies Courses for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3200.

Tactical Practical
NME 3210
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
The first rule of guerrilla warfare is to know the terrain. Today’s terrain is one of symbols, media spectacles, and technology that artists are uniquely equipped to navigate. In this course, students learn to combine sociological research, communications strategy, technological methods, and artistic tactics to plan effective social interventions. Students should bring their passion, thoughtfulness, compassion, and planning skills.
Prerequisite: NME 2100

Forms of the Moving Image
NME 3220
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
Students explore the various ways that artists distribute and present video and the moving image. Examining issues of audience, the physical experience, and the social aspects of media distribution, this course focuses on the life of video after it is rendered. Topics include video installation, the moving image online, live video performance, and video remixes and re-edits.
Prerequisite: NME 2100

Real-Time Media Processing
NME 3230
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Using Pure Data, an open-source, graphical programming environment, students experiment with real-time media processing while exploring conceptual concerns and implications through historical and theoretical readings. Projects may include algorithmic or interactive music performances, interactive screen-based visuals, or interactive physical devices.
Prerequisite: NME 2100 or permission of instructor

Social Design: Global Cities, New Ecologies, and Sustainability
NME 3260
/ 3 credits / Spring
An examination of ethical and social issues in design, and the impact of globalization and information technologies on the material basis of urban life and ecology. Students engage in theoretical discussions and study important artistic and design examples. Student research and production are in the form of digital books, visualizations, and websites.
Formerly also offered as VDE 3260 for visual arts majors.
Prerequisite: NME 2100 or DES 2600

Digital Dimensions
SCP 3300
Refer to Sculpture Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VSC 3300 and also as NME 3300.

History of Graphic Design Survey
DES 3300
Refer to Design Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VDE 3300 and also as NME 3301.

Digital Printmaking
NME 3350
/ 4 credits / Fall
An introduction to the technical aspects of fine art digital printing, using a large-format color printer. Topics include color balance and calibration, soft proofing, and archival preservation. Students expand their two-dimensional image-making skills while developing their artistic vision through the creation of a cohesive body of print-based work.
Prerequisite: PHO 1010 and 1100

Video Art II
SCP 3420
Refer to Sculpture Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VSC 3420 and also as NME 3420.

Video Graphics
NME 3430
/ 4 credits / Fall
An exploration of the ways that video artists, animators, and interactive designers can transform live-action video, often making reality seem malleable. Students learn about keying, matting, compositing, and other post-production techniques, and are introduced to the basics of animation. The primary software tool is Adobe After Effects; Flash and Motion may also be explored.
Prerequisite: NME 2420 or equivalent

Video Performance
NME 3435
/ 4 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Students expand their video production skills while increasing their knowledge of the history and theory of video and performance art. In solo and collaborative assignments, students create projects that grow out of class discussions. Topics include relationships between live, remote, virtual, public, and private performance; action and document; sets and sculptural objects; autobiography and use of the body; and politics of the camera. Contemporary video performance is situated in the context of the history of photographic media as well as contemporary new-media tools and practices.
Formerly also offered as VIS 3435.
Prerequisite: NME 2420

Creating User Interfaces
MAT 3440
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3340.

Intermediate Video
NME 3470
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This intermediate-level course expands students’ understanding of the video medium, its use, and its social, artistic, and cultural contexts. An advanced exploration of personal vision and practical application is also emphasized.
Prerequisite: NME 2420 or equivalent, and permission of instructor

Creating Databases for Web Applications
MAT 3530
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3530.

New Media and Contemporary Art
ARH 3531
Refer to Art History Undergraduate Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3531.

Social Software
MAT 3540
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3540.

Frequency revised 3/31/14:
Community-Centered Media
NME 3545
/ 4 credits / Every year
Student groups are paired with local organizations with which they work throughout the semester. After site visits, interviews, and research, students identify a specific problem or need that they can address through media art production. Students learn about the inner workings and critical impact of participating organizations while helping to envision and implement change through creative thinking and technical know-how.
Formerly also offered as VIS 3545.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Added Spring 2015 (8/20/14):
Portfolio Workshop
NME 3550
/ 4 credits / Spring
Students work independently to develop a portfolio of print-based work under faculty guidance. The focus is on executing a portfolio; therefore, students must come into the course with a developed body of print work. Students study a variety of approaches, materials, and techniques as well as standards in professional practices. Consideration of content and desired goals direct design choices.
Prerequisite: NME 3350

Frequency revised 3/31/14:
Introduction to Physical Computing: Getting Outside the Box
NME 3560
/ 4 credits / Every year
Students break down the physical barrier of the personal computer and bring computing into the “real” world. The main tool used for this purpose is Arduino, an open-source microcontroller popular with artists and makers. The class discusses the implications of wiring and programming personal electronics and examines artists who have used physical computing to create art.
Formerly also offered as MAT 3560.
Prerequisite: MAT 1420 or 1520

Experimental Workshop (Part One and Two)
FLM 3610 and 3620 Refer to Film Courses for description. Formerly offered as TFI 3610 and 3620 and also as NME 3611 and 3621.

Sound/Interactive Media I and II
SCP 3630
and 3640 Refer to Sculpture Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VSC 3630 and 3640 and also as NME 3630 and 3640.

Networking and Security
MAT 3650
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3650.

Robotics
MAT 3670
Refer to Mathematics/Computer Science Courses (School of Natural & Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as NME 3670.

Frequency revised 3/31/14:
Interactive Installation: Hacking the Everyday
NME 3720
/ 4 credits / Every year
Considers how artists have traditionally managed interactive spaces and how new technologies expand and shift the meaning of interactivity in contemporary art. “Circuit bending,” an approach to electronics that repurposes older machines and toys, is also introduced. Students create their own interactive artworks; emphasis is on nontraditional uses of materials. Arduino microcontrollers and the Processing open-source platform are demonstrated in class and available to students.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Mobile Media
NME 3765
/ 4 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
A hands-on exploration of how mobile technology enables new forms of media creation and consumption, with a focus on social and participatory aspects. The mobile Web, geocoding, QR codes, augmented reality, mobile apps, and more are covered. Students use HTML 5 and Javascript for development.
Formerly also offered as MAT 3765.
Prerequisite: MAT 2730 or permission of instructor

Experimental Web Practice
NME 3770
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The Internet is examined as a tool for artistic expression and action. Students consider what is unique about the Internet; exploit its potential as a means for communication, distribution, simulation, and interaction; and experiment with Web production. A wide range of Internet art projects are studied to stimulate ideas and give students an understanding of what is happening in the “Net art” world. Students are expected to challenge standard notions of how the Web functions.
Formerly also offered as VIS 3770 for visual arts majors.
Prerequisite: MAT 2730 or equivalent, and permission of instructor

Games for Change
NME 3780
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
A hands-on examination of how digital games can go beyond pure entertainment and be used as a means for educating people about important social and global issues. Students work on Web-based Flash games, social networking games, or mobile games that are conceptualized, designed, and developed to effect change.
formerly also offered as MAT 3780.
Prerequisite: One programming course (e.g., MAT 1420 or 1520)

Junior Seminar in New Media
NME 3880
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Students develop a definition of new media through a range of learning experiences. These include a survey of work in the field, with guest artists and class trips to galleries, media production houses, and events; students’ critical writing and interactive discussions about what they are experiencing; and teacher-structured and student-initiated collaborative projects in which students test different creative roles, using various media.
Prerequisite: Advanced standing (NME 2100)

Internship in New Media
NME 3995
/ Variable credits / Every semester
Internships are an important bridge to a career in the field. The faculty assists students in arranging these opportunities to work on or off campus in their specific area of interest. Formerly offered as NME 3980.

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4000–4999:

Advanced Web Design: Special Projects
DES 4170
Refer to Design Courses (School of Art+Design) for description. Formerly offered as VDE 4170 and also as NME 4170.

Senior Seminar I in New Media
NME 4880
/ 2 credits / Fall
Students meet weekly to discuss some of the seminal texts in new media and to make presentations on their senior project proposals. By the end of the semester, each student has a website describing his or her project and a working timeline.

Senior Seminar II in New Media
NME 4890
/ 2 credits / Spring
Students meet weekly to develop their senior projects further, design the new media exhibition, and practice writing proposals to external organizations and preparing their résumés.

Senior projects changed to I and II, 4 credits each, and prefix changed from NME to SPJ, Fall 2014:
Senior Project I and II
SPJ 4990
and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every semester
Students work with individual members of the faculty to develop their senior projects. These projects, which are interdisciplinary in nature, can involve a collaboration between two or more seniors in the new media program. Each student must include a written senior thesis as part of the senior project. Two semesters required (8 credits total).

Updated Oct. 13, 2014

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