Instructor: Eric Hagan
Meeting Times: Tu Th 3:50 – 5:20pm, L246
Office hours: Tu/Th 9:45-11:15am and by appointment, F103 or 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.
- Development of technical skills acquired through practice and hands-on experience.
- Ability to develop strategies and implement solutions to visual and conceptual questions and issues.
- Ability to articulate and develop visually complex ideas applied to artistic production
- Ability to engage in a process of evaluation and serious critique based on finished work
- Develop a practice in implementing digital solutions to conceptual questions and issues
- Advanced capabilities with technologies utilized in the creation of digital art and design
Additional course objectives:
Students will learn:
- To safely and properly wire small electronics projects
- 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 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 protect the health of everyone in this class, all students are required to wear a mask while inside campus buildings. Your mask must adequately cover both your nose and mouth. This is in keeping with the College’s fall 2021 policy (all students, faculty, staff and visitors no matter their vaccination status will be required to wear face masks in all indoor spaces). A student who comes to class without a mask will be required to leave to obtain one before returning to class. A limited number of masks may be available at designated locations on campus. Any student who refuses to wear a mask may not enter the classroom nor participate in the class. There will be no exemptions or waivers of the 100% compliance mask policy. Continued refusal to wear a mask or face covering will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Masks are for both your own and for others’ safety and wellbeing- please remember our campus commitment to care for each other, to Defend the Den, and take this simple step to protect yourself and our OW community.
No required text. The course will be augmented with several online resources. Suggested books:
Easy micro:bit Projects – Eric Hagan, Make Media
Learning Electronics 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 required 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 20%
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.
Week 1-7 physical computing
1: Basic computer and microcontroller overview, setting up blogs
2: Introduction to electronics for artists
3. What is Interactivity? Digital sensors (onboard and wiring)
4: Analog Sensors (onboard and wiring), Interactivity Continued
5: Exploring Outputs (Lights, Sounds, Motors, etc)
6: Midterm brainstorming, prototyping, breaking down project steps
7: Midterm work
8: Midterm project presentations
Week 8-16 p5.js
12: Animations and Interactivity
13: Final Project brainstorming, project steps, prototyping
14: Final Projects
15: Final Projects
16: Final project presentations
Spring 2022 Syllabi Information
Spring 2022 semester: 1/26/2022 – 5/20/2022
Mid-term Week: 3/12/2022 – 3/18/2022
5/11/2022 (Wednesday) follows Monday schedule
Finals study days/make-up days: 5/12/2022 – 5/13/2022
Finals week: 5/14/2022 – 5/20/2022
No classes: President’s Day 2/21/2022, Spring Break 3/19/2022 – 3/25/2022, classes canceled 2pm-6pm on 4/28/2022 for Honor’s Convocation.
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