160A: Senior Project in Computing Arts

160A: Senior Project in Computing Arts

Term: Fall 08

Course: 160A Section ID: 633259 Section#: A00

Meeting Time: Wed 3:00 - 5:50

Course Prerequisites: ICAM 101, 102, 103, 110


Required Text:
None.

Technology Needed: Computer labs, Computer Software, Serious Wetware

Course Description: Students will pursue projects of their own design over two quarters with support from faculty in a seminar environment. Project proposals are developed and presented, informed by project development guidelines from real world examples. Projects are then developed with presentation of the project along with complete documentation as the final goal of the course sequence. Collaborations are possible. Portfolio required for admission.

Course Length: 11 weeks.

Units: 4.0

Core Course Competencies: Problem solving skills.

Attendance Policy:
Please refer to the school's attendance policy. Be advised that anyone who misses three classes is going to have a difficult time meeting the requirements of the class. Put another way, if you are gone for a quarter of the term, I won't have to fail you, you are going to fail yourself. Three absences will cause you to fail.

Student Conduct Policy:
Please refer to the school's student conduct policy. Anyone who transgresses the social contract or mutually agreed upon yet somehow ill defined boundaries of what is proper in a given culture will be asked to leave the class.

Materials and Supplies: Access to computer labs and necessary software.

Estimated Homework Hours: The amount of time spent at home with your projects will determine the quality of the work you generate and by extension the grade you recieve. Manage your time well and remember that you will be using this work to apply for jobs, graduate school or art shows. It needs to be the best it can be.

Student Evaluation/Methods of Assessment:

1) Written proposal submitted.

2) Work produced (i.e. development of work in progress.)

3) A website documenting your project plan and the state of your work. This website needs to be online.

Note: the website should function as documentation of your project, simply depicting its current state and your plans for its development and completion. It does not have to be fancy and should support your piece, not replace it. In other words, don't get so carried away with the website that you become distracted from working on the piece. Note also that if your project "is" a website, you will still need to create this separate documentation website, although you are of course free to link and share images or other media between the two.

4) Your final paper.


Class Policies: To be announced in class

Instructor Contact Information:

Jeff Knowlton 661-555-1212
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Recommended Texts:
Texts used in previous classes and various internet resources.

Instructor Availability Outside of Class:
Office Hours: 2pm - 3pm
Office: unknown -meet at Roma

Weekly Outline:


Week 1, Oct 1:
Intro, Portfolio review. Begin developing proposals

Week 2, Oct 8:

Present preliminary proposal. You should include technical and budgetary details. You should be able to communicate what it will look like and how it does what it does. How will you make this happen? What precident for this sort of work exists? How does this work fit into the critical discourse? It should be one page minimum. More pages will be look upon favorably :)

Or depending on the level to which thesis projects have been developed, Week 2 activities may be pushed back Week 3 and so on, so that a series of brainstorming exercises can take place.

Week 3, Oct 15:

Students should be prepared to present their progress every two weeks in rotation. What problems are you encountering? What do you need help with? Does another student have expertise that can be tapped? How can I help? In addition to class discussion, individual meetings with students will also take place.

Week 4, Oct 22:

Present, discuss, meet and work. Students should be prepared to present a few new works or ideas discovered during research.

Week 5, Oct 29:

Present, discuss, meet and work some more. Students should be prepared to present a few new works or ideas discovered during research.

Week 6, Nov 5:

Midterm presentations: You should be able to show both progress and documentation of your progress. The class should be able to understand what your work is trying to say and what you hope to achieve with your audience. Do you know who you are trying to reach?

Week 7, Nov 12:

Presentations of work in progress, critiques, more individual meetings, technical workshops as needed

Week 8, Nov 19:
Presentations of work in progress, critiques, more individual meetings, technical workshops as needed

Week 9, Nov 26:
Work, work, work!

Week 10, Dec 3:

Have you really read this far down? Present Final project & the documentation. Class Critique Resolution.

Week 11, Dec 10:
If we need more one more week of instruction or work time, we'll keep this open.