November 28, 2017

USC Media Arts + Practice: Spring 2018 Courses of Interest

The Division of Media Arts + Practice will offer the following courses during the Spring 2018 semester. Courses are open to all Cinematic Arts students.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

IML 309 Integrative Design for Mobile Devices (4 units)
Section 37421 | Mondays | 6-8:50pm | Professor Tania Mulry
Hands-on investigation of opportunities and challenges offered by mobile interaction within both cultural and ideological contexts. Students will explore tablets, phones, and mobile-responsive websites while also learning about user experience and user interface design.

IML 320 Designing and Writing for Transmedia Narratives (4 units)
Section 37423 | Tuesdays | 1-3:50pm | Professor Vicki Callahan
The course focuses on creating a story that uses three or more digital platforms (video, social media, games, comics, et cetera) with strategies drawn from entertainment, art and activism. Students will explore various narrative styles for interactive non-linear storytelling.

IML 385: Design Fiction and Speculative Futures (4 units)
Section 37430 | Mondays | 1-3:50pm | Professor Kate Hollenbach
The history, theory and methods of design fiction, focusing on design videos and physical prototypes as tools for exploring contemporary social, political and ethical life. Students will engage in collaboration, video capture, video editing, basic sound design, 3-D printing, and object design.

IML 428: Exploring and Creating Sonic Environments (4 units)
Section 37440 | Tuesdays | 6-8:50pm
Exploration of spatial sound practices, focusing on sound installation art, sonic visualization and audio storytelling techniques. Prerequisite: IML 328. Prerequisite may be waived for students with sound recording and editing experience. Email Sonia Seetharaman at sseetharaman@cinema.usc.edu for more information.

IML 436: Hypercinemas Studio (4 units)
Section 37442 | Thursdays | 10am-12:50pm | Professor Gabriel Peters-Lazaro
A hands-on exploration of emerging cinematic technologies, situated within a historical context through both theoretical and practical analysis. Prerequisite: IML 335. Prerequisite may be waived for students with video recording and editing experience. Email Sonia Seetharaman at sseetharaman@cinema.usc.edu for more information.

IML 454: Advanced Techniques of Spatial Representation (4 units)
Section 37447 | Thursdays | 6-8:50pm | Professor Andreas Kratky
Studio class exploring spatial perception and advanced techniques of 3-D representation, stereoscopy, panorama, projection mapping, modeling for real-time environments, parametric modeling, and 3-D fabrication. Prerequisite: IML 354. Prerequisite may be waived for students with 3-D modeling and 3-D animation experience. Email Sonia Seetharaman at sseetharaman@cinema.usc.edu for more information.

IML 475: Media Arts Research Lab: Stories of Science (2 units)
Section 37451 | Wednesdays | 10-11:50am | Professor Todd Richmond
IML 475 is a specialized course that is taught in conjunction with one of SCA’s many research labs and/or research initiatives. This semester's course will look at a variety of scientific and technology fields, and through a combination of narrative, data visualization, and interactive/immersive, explore ways to explain complexity in new and compelling ways.

 

GRADUATE COURSES

IML 575: Graduate Media Arts Lab: Designing Mixed Reality Experiences (2 units)
Section 37473 | Wednesdays | 1-3:50pm | Professor Scott Fisher
IML 575 is a specialized course that is taught in conjunction with one of SCA’s many research labs and/or research initiatives. This semester's course explores the current state of Mixed Reality(MxR), it’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible trajectory in society. The class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on experimentation, and will also compare and contrast with Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR),  and look at a range of possible Mixed Realities.

*For D-clearance please email Professor Scott Fisher at sfisher@cinema.usc.edu with the following information: a short summary of your academic background, existing technical skills, and what you hope to gain from taking the course.

IML 575: Graduate Media Arts Lab: World Building, Narrative Design and Design Visualization (4 units)
Section 37475 | Thursdays | 9am-12:50pm | Professor Alex McDowell
IML 575 is a specialized course that is taught in conjunction with one of SCA’s many research labs and/or research initiatives. This semester's course  will interrogate the convergence of migration, urban space, and the tools we might deploy for provoking change. Our setting will be a volatile intersection in a near future meta-city, a street corner as microcosm to reflect the culture, energy, politics and infrastructure of the world we create from deep research and storytelling.

*For D-clearance please email Professor Alex McDowell at amcdowell@cinema.usc.edu with the following information: a short summary of your academic background, existing technical skills, and what you hope to gain from taking the course.

Contact Information

Name: Sonia Seetharaman
Email: map@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.5700