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Curriculum

The digital arts program offers a variety of courses at the intersection of art and technology. They cover topics such as interactivity, music production, digital video, visual design, 3D animation, web software development and computer music. Below is a sampling of our current course offerings with links (where possible) to student works from the class. For a complete list, please consult our entry in the Stetson University Bulletin.


DIGA 101A Intro to Digital Arts (1). An introduction to the creative skills and software tools employed in digital images, sound and interactivity. Topics include basic 2D computer graphics, computer animation techniques, digital audio, basic sound design, interactivity and sensor acquisition. Emphasis is on the application of acquired skills in the completion of creative projects. View student works >>

DIGA 201A Images and Meaning (1). Students use a variety of software packages to develop digital images that address contemporary issues in art and technology. The focus of the class is on visual and artistic literacy; readings, slide lectures, ongoing critiques and class discussions inform the development digital artworks that are visually and intellectually sophisticated. View student works >>

DIGA 221A Net Art (1). An introduction to network art, with a focus on html, interactivity and multimedia designed for the Internet. Students learn to utilize elements of sound, graphics and video production to create and publish websites. This course places artists and the Internet in an art historical context and includes student discussions and critiques of contemporary issues surrounding web culture and technologies.

DIGA 231A Interactivity and Art (1). This course explores concepts and techniques of computer interactivity by exploring human computer interactions, software programming, sensor acquisition, and the translation of human movements into expressive multimedia art forms. Students will learn how to create custom software interfaces and use an array of sensors to create advanced interactive projects. View student works >>

DIGA 251A Digital Video Fundamentals (1). This course is an introduction to digital video as a tool for artistic expression. Students will learn basic principles of composition, lighting and narrative, as well as non-linear editing and basic operation of video hardware. Students will be exposed to the work and ideas of important artists working in the medium and will be expected to produce artwork in a creative and personal way. View student works >>

DIGA 301 3D Modeling and Animation (1). An introduction to 3D modeling, rendering and animation. Includes creation, editing and mapping of materials for the models in a 3D scene, material editors, paint and image manipulation software, lighting, tracking and keyframing, curve/path animation, inverse kinematics, morphing, raytracing, file conversion/compression and required formats. Prerequisite: DIGA 101 or permission of the instructor.

DIGA 361 Audio Recording and Production I (1). An introduction to composing and recording music in a computer-based studio environment. Students learn about tools and techniques for MIDI sequencing, multi-track hard disk recording and music production. Original composition projects are an integral component of this course. Prerequisite: DIGA 101, MC457 or permission of instructor. View student works >>

DIGA 398 Advanced Digital Arts Studio (1). Seminar course structured to cover a wide variety of digital media. Students pursue projects of their own design, producing a body of work that is composed of screen-based 2D images, multimedia, animations, video, or other experimental digital artwork. The course includes ongoing discussions and critiques of student-designed projects. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. View student works >>

DIGA 461 Computer Music I (1). A study of software synthesis, audio processing and algorithmic composition techniques for electronic music and sound design. Methods are introduced through independent research by the students, then implemented as performance instruments via contemporary music programming languages. Prerequisite: DIGA 101 or MC 457. View student works >>

DIGA 499 Senior Project (1). The student develops and exhibits a significant work in the digital arts. Planning and installation of the Senior Thesis Exhibition is part of the class for majors on the art track. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. View student works >>