Instructor: Eric Hagan
Meeting Times: Tu Th 3:50 – 5:20pm, REMOTE
Office hours: Tu/Th 9:45-11:15am and by appointment, REMOTE
Creative Coding: Art and
Games focuses on the development of a contemporary art practice incorporating
interactivity and technological developments from the ground up for the
creation of Art and Art-based games. What types of artworks can be conceptualized
and produced when incorporating computing power?
Students will learn the basics for working within the realm of physical computing; computer interfaces that go beyond the typical keyboard and mouse. The course will begin instruction with small-scale programmable computers called microcontrollers and students will become familiar with building electronic circuits in service of creative output. This course will also explore generative visual output through the fundamental steps and concepts of programming including variables, conditionals, iteration, and functions. Particular attention will be focused on creation of interactivity, whether this includes controlling and programming digital games or physical and digital artwork.
This course will utilize weekly exercises to build dedicated technical skills, discussions and readings to foster critical understandings of the interactive media possibilities, and midterm and final projects to explore personal interests with conceptual rigor and creative freedom.
VA 2000 Introduction to Art or VA 2010 Introduction to Creative Thinking is required. No prior computer knowledge is assumed.
Course objectives and student outcomes
Students will learn:
- Technical competence and informed aesthetic judgment in the context of contemporary art and design.
- Ability to articulate and develop visually complex ideas applied to artistic production.
- To utilize fundamental programming concepts as a tool for creative work creation
- To explore interactivity and how people inhabit and use computing in the physical world
- To develop works using various techniques, and processes
- To critically critique artworks, both personal and peer
- To clearly discuss the concepts & choices related to their artwork
- To learn documentation of images, ideas, sketches and thoughts
- To break with habitual thinking and see/think in more critical, expansive ways.
No required text. The course will be augmented with several online resources. Suggested books:
Easy micro:bit Projects – Eric Hagan, Make Media
with Arduino: An illustrated guide to physical computing
Jody Culkin and Eric Hagan, Make Media
The majority of this course will be run through our course website: www.thiserichagan.com/creativecoding. This course will also use Blackboard to post assignments and provide online resources. You are expected to document your work on a personal blog site (wordpress or wix suggested).
Grading (describe what score is an A, A-, B+, etc.)
A = Outstanding achievement that exceeds standards
B = Commendable achievement that exceeds standards
C = Acceptable standards to be expected
D = Completion of assignments but below standards expected
F = Failing
Deadlines are critical
- Each project must be completed on time.
- Critiques begin promptly at the beginning of class.
- Your work will be assessed the day of the critique; if the work is unfinished, you must present it as is and it will be graded at that point.
Evaluations of individual projects are based on:
- Creativity – openness to experimentation with materials and thought processes.
- Concept – the content of your work developed from research.
- Execution – attention to structure and details.
- Presentation and Display – how the work is presented and displayed for the critique.
- Discursive – How you discuss your work through context, ideas and process.
NO LATE PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED,
if issues arise please make arrangements with the professor prior to the deadline.
Weekly Exercises 25%
Participation / Attendance 20%
Total points 100%
This calendar is subject to change, but offers an outline to the topics we plan to cover over the semester.
1-7 Basics of Programming – p5 visuals
3: Programmatic Animation
4: Interactivity, User Control, User Interface
Types, Duplicating, Visual Art and Game Logic
6: Midterm brainstorming, prototyping, breaking down project steps
7: Midterm work
8: Midterm project presentations
Week 9-16 Physical computing
9: Introduction to electronics for artists
10: What is Interactivity? Digital sensors (onboard and wiring)
Analog Sensors (onboard and wiring), Interactivity Continued
12: Exploring Outputs (Lights, Sounds, Motors, etc)
13: Connecting the pieces: physical and digital
Final Projects, project steps, prototyping
15: Final Projects
16: Final project presentations
Additional SUNY- Old Westbury information and important Dates:
FALL TERM 2020: August 31st, 2020 – December 22nd, 2020
Mid Term Week: October 17th – October 23rd
Finals Week: December 16th – December 22nd
Study Day: December 15th
Holidays: Thanksgiving: Thursday November 24th, 2020
Dates for Add/Drop
and for withdrawal: AUGUST
30th – SEPTEMBER 7th
Last withdraw date is October 14th, December 4th with Professor approval
Technology and Remote Learning
Taking online and remote classes can be challenging, and we have several resources to help students adapt.
Blackboard Orientation: Enter Blackboard itself and click on Student Center in the upper right corner.
MS Teams: See the MS Teams link on the Old Westbury Tutoring page.
SUNY Online: You can find additional support at https://online.suny.edu/covid19/students/.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have or suspect you may have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Stacey DeFelice, Director, The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD), NAB, 2065, Phone: 516-628-5666, Fax (516) 876-3005, TTD: (516) 876-3083. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The office will help you determine if you qualify for accommodations and assist you with the process of accessing them. All support services are free and all contacts with the OSSD are strictly confidential. SUNY/Old Westbury is committed to assuring that all students have equal access to all learning activities and to social activities on campus.
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