Summer Sessions

Earn credit while expanding your creative potential

Are you looking forward to a productive summer? Do you need extra units to graduate on time? Have you always wanted to take a design or media arts class but did not have the time? Are you interested in combining your computer/technical skills with your artistic vision? 

Design Media Arts is offering 9 courses that will enrich your summer! * 

June 26 – August 4 ( 6 weeks )

  • DESIGN CULTURE DESMA 10 (Arts & Humanities GE!)
    Tuesday – Thursday  /  10:45 am – 12:50 pm

    Explore a broad overview of the phenomena that make up design culture. Design is a powerful force in contemporary society and culture. It surrounds us whatever we do and wherever we go. It demonstrates that design does not only mean the “high design” of famous star designers and design companies. The lectures will discuss the main movements and trends of design as a cultural and social phenomenon.

Tuesday – Thursday  /  9:00 am – 12:45 pm

    Explore the fundamentals of color theory and its application in design and the media arts. This class explores key concepts in color theory, design software, and studio practice. Students will learn to work with color in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and will gain a foundational understanding of the science and psychology of color—exploring ideas from Newton, Goethe, Munsell, and Albers, as well as contemporary artists.

Monday - Wednesday / 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

    This class explores a broad range of concepts and topics in 3D form, object, space, modeling software, and fabrication. It will serve as the foundation for future studies in 3D modeling, object-making, and virtual reality. Students learn to create and manipulate objects in Autodesk Maya and other 3D applications, and translate these models into both physical space and virtual environments. Examples of contemporary sculpture, installation, film, and product will be introduced. The class consists of lectures, presentations, workshops, visiting speakers, and field trips.

  • Motion  DESMA 24
Monday - Wednesday / 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

    Explore the fundamentals of motion and its application to design and media arts. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and tools related to the design of moving images. You will explore principles and aesthetics of moving imagery including timing, pacing, repetition, editing, composition, resolution, process, and the link between sound and image. Emphasis will be placed on developing a coherent spoken and visual vocabulary and its integration with artistic concepts.

  • Interactivity  DESMA 28
Tuesday - Thursday / 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

    Learn computer programming within the context of design and the arts. How has software affected the visual arts? What is the potential of software within the visual arts? As a designer or artist, why would I want (or need) to write software? This course attempts to answer these questions and provide a comprehensive introduction to the potential of software development within a broad range of the arts. Software influences all aspects of contemporary visual culture. Many established artists, architects and designers have integrated software into their process. The creators of every innovative video game and Hollywood animated film write custom software to enhance their work. The concepts and skills taught in this course set a foundation for future courses and exploration not only in Design Media Arts but in any artistic discipline. Learning to program and to engage the computer more directly with code opens the possibility to create not only tools, but systems, environments, and new modes of expression. It is here that the computer ceases to be a tool and becomes a medium.

  • Network Media DESMA 161
    Tuesday - Thursday / 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm

    Network Media explores the creative, technical, and critical tools to realize web-based projects. Conceived for artists, designers, and technologists, the course is focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the technical concepts in web design while learning the history of the Internet and its social, political, and philosophical implications. Students will work with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well as mass media tools, social networks, web frameworks and memes.

August 7 – September 15 ( 6 weeks )

  • Media Histories DESMA 8 (Society & Culture GE!)
    Monday – Wednesday / 10:45 am – 12:50 pm

    Synthetic overview of optical media and aesthetic movements covering past two centuries: photography and industrialization/Romanticism (1850 to 1900), cinema and modernism (1900 to 1950), television and postmodernism (1950 to 2000), and digital media and unimodernism (2000 to 2050). How such movements can inform generative work and how understanding these media becomes essential in emerging era of digital humanities.

  • Typography DESMA 25

    Tuesday – Thursday / 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

    Learn the fundamentals of typography and improve your typographic skills. The discipline and practice of typography is an interrelated exploration of language, ideas, communication, and form. This course is an introduction to type and typography – the art of setting and arranging type. We will examine aspects of typographic practice including the letterform, words, and text and their relation to images, in the context of the book. We will explore how the manipulation of form in deliberate ways affects aesthetics, legibility and meaning. This course will include several InDesign practicals. By the end of the course, you should have gained a proficiency using the software and a basic knowledge about working with typography.

  • Digital Photography DESMA 160 section 1

    Tuesday – Thursday / 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm

    Explore your creative potential through digital photography. Introduction to digital photography as an artistic and design practice. Students create photographic works with emphasis on conceptual and communicative dimensions of the medium. Lectures provide context through historical and contemporary artists working with photography. This class is open to beginners and will build technical skills from the ground up. Over six weeks, workshops will build a foundation of photographic skills including camera technique, exposure, digital workflow, studio lighting, and field production using professional equipment and software. Photography is a powerfully expressive medium and is applicable to broad fields of study, from architecture to anthropology, from engineering to dance. This course will help any student hone their abilities to use images to communicate about their interests. Students from any major welcome to enroll!

*All course offerings and schedules are subject to change pending enrollment numbers.

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