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UDIST-3120: Computational & Studio Practice

Course Description

The discipline of creating with computational media, often called "computer science" or "software engineering", enables students to create new tools and reprogram others to further new thinking in their own major disciplines. Students in the Computational Practices minor develop a competency in creating with computational media; this course integrates that disciplinary competency with students' own studio practice discipline. Intended to be a capstone for the minor, students are supported as they explore the possibilities and consequences of applying their skills in creating new technology to their work as artists and designers. Understanding and situating computational practice in the broader context of a particular artistic or design discipline is critical for producing work that eloquently blends the technological and the traditional. Case studies will examine how and why particular computational methods are chosen to create particular works and question established orthodoxies. Students will complete a final project that represents the culmination of their work in the minor, demonstrating technical sophistication as well as a deep understanding of the role and context of technology in their discipline. Assignments include a "literature review" that collects articles, prior works, etc., with research into what's been done and what are the opportunities and the pitfalls. The final project should take this research into substantial consideration to produce a novel piece. NB: Instructors may offer different versions of this course to provide additional focus on the integration of particular studio disciplines.

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Spring 2023

Section Name Meeting Info
UDIST-3120-1: Computational & Studio Practice
J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira, Anca Mosoiu
  • Mon/Thu 7:15-10:15PM, Main Bldg - E1

Fall 2021

Section Name Meeting Info
UDIST-3120-1: Computational & Studio Practice
J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira, Kuan-Ju Wu
  • Meeting Time TBD
  • Mon 8:00-10:00PM

Spring 2020

Section Name Meeting Info
UDIST-3120-1: Computational & Studio Practice
Barney Haynes, J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira
  • Tue/Thu 7:15-10:15PM, Oakland - Founders - 304: Hybrid Lab