MEDIA ARTS + PRACTICE

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IML 104 Introduction to Digital Studies (2 units) 
Two-unit introduction to media, art and technology in the context of various academic and professional disciplines. Students will study the history and theory of digital media while also gaining hands-on media authoring skills.

IML 140 Workshop in Multimedia Authoring (2 units)
Introduction to image, video, audio and web authoring in a variety of different topic areas such as storytelling, remix, mindfulness and marketing.

IML 201 The Languages of Digital Media (4 units)
Four-unit introduction to media, art and technology in the context of various academic and professional disciplines. Students will study the history and theory of digital media while also gaining hands-on media authoring skills. This course is similar to IML 104, but extends further into web and interactive media topics.

IML 309: Integrative Design for Mobile Devices (4 units)
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)
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)
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 420 New Media for Social Change (4 units)
Creating real social change through multimedia, working in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization. Students explore the nature of civic engagement and strengthen their digital media skills in the pursuit of real world change.

IML 456: Nature, Design and Media (4 units)
Investigation of the impact of natural patterns on digital media design. Explores the relationships among chaos, harmony, beauty, proportion, spirituality, holistic systems and shaped experience. 

IML 475 Media Arts Research Lab (2 units) 
IML 475 is a specialized course that is taught in conjunction with one of SCA’s many research labs and/or research initiatives. The goal of the course is to give students some exposure to the innovative work being done at SCA. Participating labs include the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab, the Mixed Reality Lab and the World Building Media Lab.

IML 499 Special Topics (2, 3, 4 units)
Selected topics in multimedia literacy. Spring 2018 topic is Love Online: Emotion in Digital Culture. Students will explore tracking emotional well-being with apps and wearables to experience developments in body-borne computing and issues in the quantified self movement.