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DGMA 1333  Survey of Animatn & Visual Eff

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will take students through a comprehensive history of animated films beginning with their conception in the early 1900's through the present. Students will learn how the medium reflects social issues, political views as well as human creativity. The various types of animation and how they were created in different countries and cultures will be the major focus. The screenings and discussions will span various genres and styles of animation including anime, experimental, commercial, computer, and independent film as well as gaming.

DGMA 1401  Freshman Seminar

Credits: 1.00 Credit

This introductory course prepares students with basic skills that will help them succeed in the Graphic & Media Design or Digital Media & Animation programs. These skills include but are not limited to: file management, time management, research practices, effective critique strategies, and online portfolio management.

DGMA 1403  Digital Foundations I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This is an introductory digital media course that focuses on the manipulation of both raster and vector-based imagery. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop as well as digital imaging and use the software to develop their skills in the visualization of motion and time. The course will have a strong emphasis on principles of lighting, layout and composition.

DGMA 1413  Foundations:Form/Space Rltnshp

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This is a visual rendering course in the Digital Media and Animation major. Broad experience is emphasized with diverse graphic tools and techniques to develop observation of and analyze visual information. This course is designed to deconstruct preconceived ideas of form/space relationships and replace them with objective understandings.

DGMA 1423  Intro to Visual Communication

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This is a course that focuses on creative, technical, and environmental/collaborative issues involved in visual communication. Building on the elements and principles of design/communication the students work through increasingly difficult projects to their final cumulative piece. An investigation of color theory as it applies to traditional and computer generated images is also pursued.

DGMA 2403  Introduction to 3D Animation

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, and animating. Students will use a variety of tools and techniques to create various hard and soft surface models that address specific design problems.

DGMA 2503  Digital Foundations II

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course expands upon the fundamental concepts behind visual communications introduced in previous courses. Emphasis will be placed on the creative process and design thinking using multiple models of visual communication. Students will explore technical and conceptual ideas associated with digital media communications through the production of time based and interactive projects.

DGMA 2603  Media Forge I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to media design studio practice. Students work within design teams on real-world media design problems, with emphasis on video production, motion graphics and project management.

DGMA 3111  Japanese Media

Credits: 1.00 Credit

This course is an overview of Japanese art, cinema, animation and digital media. Students will explore Japanese media in native and transnational contexts through a series of lectures and research projects. Special emphasis is given on communication strategies for art and digital media collaboration across cultures, with the goal of participation in a short-term study abroad program.

DGMA 3113  Studio Tokyo

Credits: 3.00 Credits

Students will explore Japanese art, cinema, animation and digital media through a study-abroad program based in Tokyo. Students will create animation and digital media projects in collaboration with local artists, and expand upon their research from Japanese Media (DGMA 3111) through screenings and site visits.

DGMA 3203  Interactive Authoring

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This is a course that introduces the student to the art of creating cartoon-style animation applicable to industry needs in graphic design, interactive media, the internet, film, and television using Macromedia Flash. The course emphasizes student acquisition production with both cameraless and computer-based techniques.

DGMA 3303  Digital Photography

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course, students will be introduced to digital photography covering basic to advanced techniques necessary for the production of art work, as well as learning about the visual arts, how to look at and critique photography, photographic vocabulary, and be introduced to works by well known photographers. Students will also gain a better understanding of the use of external hardware such as lenses, flashes, lights, and other equipment and their impact on photography.

DGMA 3403  Intermediate 3D Animation

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course delves deeper into 3D computer animation while reinforcing the modeling, texturing, and lighting techniques learned in DGMA 2403. Various animation techniques will be explored and applied through object and character animation, as well as rigging that addresses specific animation problems. There will be a strong focus on the study of human and animal anatomy and how they influence motion.

DGMA 3503  Typography

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of typography. Students combine research and design principles to move projects from concept to execution. Emphasis is given to new technologies and modes of delivery.

DGMA 3603  Production I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the use of current non-linear editing technology. Class projects will develop an understanding of the methods used for creating, sampling and storing digital video and audio and the constraints placed on these media assets when used for media based products. Emphasis is placed upon the technology of digital video and audio, including: formats, data rates and compression algorithms.

DGMA 4103  Interactive Design

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is an exploration of visual communication through interactive media and interface design. Students will explore the fundamental concepts of interactivity and visual perception with regard to computer interfaces with special focus on design for websites and online media. Students will complete interactive titles of their own design with intuitive interfaces that incorporate concepts covered in class.

DGMA 4203  Color Theory

Credits: 3.00 Credits

Students will explore the history and theories associated with the use of color in graphic design, and develop design practices that utilize concept driven color solutions for projects. Students will gain experience in the techniques and color management practices necessary for the production of effective screen-based and print-based design.

DGMA 4443  Advanced 3D Animation

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course focuses on rigging and animation for 3D. Students will continue their work with modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, and animation from previous courses, and apply it towards creating an animated short.

DGMA 4900  Directed Study

Credits: 1.00 TO 4.00 Credits

A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

DGMA 5103  Production I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the use of current non-linear editing technology. Class projects will develop an understanding of the methods used for creating, sampling and storing digital video and audio and the constraints placed on these media assets when used for media based products. Emphasis is placed upon the technology of digital video and audio, including: formats, data rates and compression algorithms.

DGMA 5303  Sound Design

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course explores fundamental concepts of sound as a creative medium. Emphasis will be placed on concurrent development of theory and practice of sound and how it contextualizes visual experience. Students will learn about waveform synthesis, expanded foley techniques, electronics, performance, acoustics and theories of listening. By the end of this course, students will create both stand alone and integrated sonic artworks for use in film, interactive and other digital media applications.

DGMA 5403  Adv Modeling, Texturing & Ligh

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course develops a refinement of skills from the preceding semesters' work with modeling focusing on NURBS based models. The student will build upon their knowledge of modeling and will provide an in depth study of NURBS modeling coupled with lighting and texturing. The course shows students how to visualize an object and how to effectively build it in the 3D world using various NURBS surface types and communicate scenarios and moods through the use of textures and light to surface interactions.

DGMA 5603  Interactive Media

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course, students expand their skills in interactive design as they are introduced to new control systems and developing interactive technologies. Students will create applications that communicate with viewers through text, image and sound utilizing skills developed in previous courses. Special emphasis will be given to the incorporation of video and animation in interactive environments. Students will explore the possibilities of communication through interactive media in studio experiments and complete interactive titles of their own design that incorporate concepts covered in class.

DGMA 5900  Directed Study

Credits: 1.00 TO 4.00 Credits

A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

DGMA 6103  Production II

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This is an advanced course that expands upon the fundamental concepts involved in time based visual communications. Emphasis will be placed on the creative process of making images that can convey ideas and information to others. Students will learn advanced cinematography, editing and collaborative workflow techniques while incorporating expanded theoretical concepts from the history of narrative and non-narrative media to their projects.

DGMA 6203  Motion Graphics

Credits: 3.00 Credits

From experimental video and film title sequences to revolutionary TV commercials, broadcast design and motion graphics are used to inspire and influence. Through a series of exercises and projects, students will develop skills in motion design and compositing, utilizing techniques developed in previous courses.

DGMA 6303  Special Topics Media Design I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course focuses on current issues in media design and explores the latest techniques and processes. Students will evaluate emerging technologies and the changing role of media design. Students will utilize research-based practices as a catalyst in the generation of project(s) aligned with a special topic. Topics may vary each time the course is offered.

DGMA 6413  Advanced Animation

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is a continuation of the sequence of animation, focusing on more in depth and complex character animation as well as the animation of organic and non-organic shapes and object. Areas covered in this class include: pre-visualization, advanced character set-up and animation, facial animation, soundtrack synchronization, and advanced animation principles and techniques.

DGMA 6603  Media Forge II

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course continues to develop the students' media design studio practice. Students in this upper level course lead design teams on real-world media design problems, with emphasis on video production, motion graphics, and project management.

DGMA 7203  Senior Seminar

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This seminar will enhance students' understanding of opportunities in the field of animation and digital media through presentations, workshops and discussions. Emphasis will be placed on generating new techniques for problem solving in digital media projects. The course will include in-class exercises, discussions and responses to visiting artist presentations.

DGMA 7403  Senior Studio Project I

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course, students will integrate aspects of their studies from the previous three years in a semester-long production. Students will use this semester to create a short animation, video or interactive piece from start to completion. Students will be responsible for all aspects of this project, including conceptualization, design, pre-production, animation, cinematography, sound design, post production and final delivery.

DGMA 7503  Digital Media & Anmtn Internsh

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course provides the students with practical application of skills in the Digital Media and Animation major. The internship provides valuable real-life experience while extending the skills of the student towards various businesses, organizations, and professionals. The student will be responsible for all aspects of the project for a business or organization.

DGMA 7603  Advanced Motion Graphics

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Motion Graphics. Focus is on 3D motion graphics, special effects, and compositing. Students will complete projects using Motion Graphics software.

DGMA 7703  Adv Topics Interactive Design

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course students will expand on skills developed in Interactive Media, and apply them in interactive design projects that work across platforms. Students will build interactive projects both individually and in groups that visualize complex data sets and respond to active and passive user input. Special emphasis will be given to development of media for emerging technologies.

DGMA 7803  Professional Practices

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course there will be an exploration of the importance of integrity in professional relationships, which lies in all aspects of the design process. Students will examine multiple communication paths and how to maintain coherent communication that follows the design process from conception to completion. Forms, documents and ethical issues of the business relationship shall be covered.

DGMA 8103  Portfolio

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will prepare students for the task of finding the next opportunity to advance their professional career be it graduate school, employment in industry, exhibition and/or freelance work. The students will develop a strategy to promote skills in an ever-changing field. Instruction will be given to develop a professional identity that is conveyed in the design of their portfolio. Current print and web design software will be utilized to produce an electronic portfolio detailing their work.

DGMA 8106  Senior Studio Project II

Credits: 6.00 Credits

This is a cumulative two-part course where students will integrate aspects from their studies of the previous three years. Students will use this semester to create one of the following: a 3D animated film; a 2D animated film; and Experimental Animation film (Stop Motion, Mixture of 3D and 3D animation or a fully Interactive/Informative Media project). Students will produce all pre-production work including proposal, storyboards and animatics. Students will also generate all post-production work including editing, sound mixing and final delivery format (using current technology) prior to a film screening.

DGMA 8203  Media Design Seminar

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This seminar will prepare Graphic Media and Design seniors to transition into the professional world by focusing on critical self-evaluation. Students will examine their own body of work as well as the work of professionals in the field. Special focus will be given to a designer's responsibilities in social, cultural, and environmental contexts. This course will include field trips and lectures from visiting artists.

DGMA 8403  Sr Studio Proj - Media Design

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course, students will identify an existing design problem and complete the design process towards a successful solution.

DGMA 8503  Special Topics Media Design II

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course focuses on current issues in media design and explores the latest techniques and processes. Students will evaluate emerging technologies and the changing role of media design. Students will utilize research-based practices as a catalyst in the generation of large scale project(s) aligned with a special topic. Topics may vary each time the course is offered.