2022 Digital Arts & New Media Summer Courses


    Surveillance and Digital Design (5 credits)

  • DANM 144 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    How can we understand surveillance through a digital arts lens? What are the connections between surveillance and race, gender, sexuality, and class? How can we challenge oppressive surveillance policies in creative ways? This interdisciplinary course invites you to critically engage with the topic of surveillance by interacting with important scholarship and artworks in digital arts and surveillance studies. You will also deepen your knowledge on the subject by participating in class discussions, submitting written reflections, and creating group creative responses to the course content.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: Mohamadreza Babaee

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Synesthesia: From Liquid Lights to Projection Mapping (5 credits)

  • DANM 145 [In Person]

    Session 1

    This wide survey of live visuals charts the development of the medium from the flickering light of fire on a cave wall to modern projection mapping, alongside an exploration of the music (with a world focus) which has shaped such mediums. This lab course will hone, through hands-on performative experience, a practical aesthetic skill for understanding projected light and its possible applications through analogue technologies and computational software.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: Patrick Stephenson

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Game Design in Participatory Performance (5 credits)

  • DANM 146 [Online/Remote]

    8-Week

    In this course, students will get a grounding in the fundamentals of game design and character driven performance. Meetings will focus on a combination of understanding current practice across various styles of interactivity, and practice of participatory performance culminating in a short group performance with participatory elements.

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Carl Erez

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Intro to Queer Game Studies (5 credits)

  • DANM 147 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Intro to Queer Games Studies will look at writing about Queer games—both academic and non-academic—as well as contemporary Queer games. Students will write an essay that synthesizes Queer theory and game studies. They will also have to answer a few short questions about each reading. There will be a midterm draft of the game and a final prototype due, as well as a post mortem as a final paper. Throughout the course, students will gain experience in looking critically at pieces of digital media art, creating short video games, and reading Queer theory as well as game studies writing.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: Dani Wright

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Intro to Game Prototyping (5 credits)

  • DANM 148 [In Person]

    Session 1

    This is an intro course on the process of game prototyping. By playing seminal works made by oppressed creators in the industry, and performing close readings of their mechanics, we will build our games literacy and learn how to use free and low cost tools to make personal, fluid work. 

    We will engage in the creation of games on a weekly basis, while thinking about the political, artistic, and cultural values our work embodies. 

    Throughout this process, we will discuss different models of prototyping, iterate on our game design procedure, and reflect deeply on our finished work.

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Rose Klein

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Intro to Games Culture (5 credits)

  • DANM 149 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Intro to games culture is a survey course on game communities. Games are a globally entrenched medium, with communities of players gathering together both online and offline. 

    In this course, we will map how different communities navigate status and mastery. We will study online fan groups and document their interactions to gain a better understanding of the dynamics at play. 

    We will investigate how marginalized communities can be left behind in the search for mastery, and as a class we will create tools for intervening in our own communities when we see exclusionary trends.

    General Education Code PE-H

    Proposed Instructor: Rose Klein

    Pending CCI Approval