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Undergraduate Media Arts and Game Developmnt

2017 Fall Term

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3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ARTS AND GAME DEVELOPMENT

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 150

This interdisciplinary course provides an overview of the multimedia industry. Special attention is given to the study of multimedia applications, approaches, and related industry, policy, ethical and impact issues.


3 Units

VISUAL DESIGN FOR DIGITAL MEDIA

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 210

This course introduces students to 2 dimensional design vocabulary with practice through a raster based visual imaging application - Photoshop. This course provides techincal proficiency in image making and introduces the relationship of raster design to other media such as Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, etc. Visual organization principles/strategies, color theory and management, pixel-based character development and animation concepts will also be addressed.


3 Units

DRAWING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 220

This course is designed to help students develop drawing skills including technical drawing for 2D and 3D animation. The course content will include creation of cartoon drawings, study of realistic drawing, study of environmental drawing for cartoon stories. The major software covered in this class will be Adobe Illustrator.


3 Units

WEB DEVELOPMENT

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 270

This course provides a critical and practical overview of web development as a communication tool. Students will study the function of websites, critically evaluate websites, and create websites to serve as communication vehicles. The focus will be on creating interactive experiences that are both functional and engaging. The course addresses topics including storyboarding, XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and JavaScript. Assessment and usability testing of websites is also an important part of the course. This is a class for beginners and assumes no previous experience or expertise.


3 Units

INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 271

Course focuses on design and development of interactive media and games. Students develop interactive environments focused on storytelling and game-based interaction. Course explores the creation, delivery and reception of interactive communication and how good interaction ideas are developed. Work is assessed for functionality, elegance and usability.


3 Units

GAME DEVELOPMENT

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 272

Focuses on the creation of videogame projects using a modern game engine. Designed for students with competence in art, design, programming, or some combination of the three. The curriculum is a combination of short lectures, individual and group activities, tutorials, readings, discussion, and critique leading to individual and team game-building assignments.


3 Units

ADVANCED MEDIA ARTS TEAM PROJECTS I

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 487

As the culmination of the MAGD sequence, students will pitch, plan, design and build a large group media project as well as smaller projects. Students will implement the knowledge they have acquired individually in courses in the MAGD sequence and learn how to work in groups. Students will also begin to build a working portfolio that demonstrates their skills and showcases their understanding of the media arts and game development process.


3 Units

ADVANCED MEDIA ARTS TEAM PROJECTS II

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 488

Students will take projects developed to the Beta stage in MAGD 487 and complete them. Projects will undergo several rounds of usability testing and have been assessed by the clients for whom they were developed. Marketing and commercial development of projects will be discussed and students will be encouraged to move completed work out of the university setting and into the community


1-6 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDIES

Media Arts and Game Developmnt 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in major/degree. Prereq: Consent of Instructor

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