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IMA 501 Overview of Interactive Multimedia Technology

A course which introduces the student to interactive multimedia technologies, both standard and newly developed. Technologies and their applications will be discussed in context of a rigorous intellectual framework, including media theory and human factors, which will enable the student to develop skills for evaluating the potential of new multimedia technologies.

IMA 503 Multimedia Lab 1

Examination of the principles and issues in design applicable to interactive media. Visual organization of digital images and motion graphic elements, typography, storyboarding, flow charting and choices of technological options will be explored.

IMA 601 Moving Image in Multimedia

This workshop on film and video production techniques is targeted to multimedia producers. Specific aesthetic concerns include shot composition for use on a computer screen and creation of images that will be used at less than full screen framing. Also covered are television studio techniques, such as chroma and luminance keys, which assist and expedite work in computer environments. Students will learn how to incorporate archival media and stock footage from various sources into their multimedia projects. Experience will be gained in visual concept development, script and storyboard creation, camera operation, art direction, lighting sound and importing images for digital editing.

IMA 505 Multimedia History, Theory and Criticism

This class will present a historical and critical context within which field of multimedia and interactivity can be studied. It will move toward developing ways of analyzing the relationship of new interactive work to the rich history of multimedia art forms. Subjects to be introduced will include photography, cinema, radio, television, computers and the Internet, as well as study of the impact of new technologies on the field of cultural studies.

IMA 605 3D Modeling and Imaging

This course examines aspects of 3D design and animation including 3D model building, scene building, lighting, texture creation and mapping, as well as animation techniques. Focus will be on the development of an original personal aesthetic.

IMA 604 Internet and Web Design

This course will give students advanced knowledge in creating artwork and communications for viewing in internet browsers. Students will create their own original artwork and gain knowledge in important aspects of production of images for displaying in HTML format as well as creating home pages and setting up internet connections.

IMA 502 Writing, Research and Evaluation for Multimedia

This course will examine the ways in which writers of electronic, often interactive texts must adapt to computers and allied technologies. It will also provide students with the special skills needed to write and think creatively in this demanding environment. In addition, this course will conduct formative evaluation of message design, and revise presentations in response to audience feedback.

IMA 603 Multimedia Lab 2

Advanced multimedia skills needed to explore, conceptualize and produce interactive multimedia work will be the focus of this course. Students will work using presentation graphics software to create any form of interactive presentations. Discussions and critiques will include the role of each participant, the integrating of design and computing, and production challenges within a digital environment.

IMA 707 Thesis Research

Students will define the objectives of their thesis/final project, as well as the methodology they plan to utilize. Primary thesis research will be presented in a creative context (i.e., storyboarding), demonstrating their understanding of structure, form and the utilization of the tools necessary for eventual integration directly into their final thesis project.

IMA 701 Special Topics in Multimedia

This is an "umbrella" course, which will serve to bring specialized and innovative topics to students. The course may be taught by outside experts or regular faculty as appropriate. Cutting edge technologies and applications will be stressed. The goal is to familiarize students with new developments and way of thinking in the multimedia field.

IMA 504 Social Ethical & Legal Contexts of Communications Technologies & Multimedia

The evolution of electronic communications technologies and their social, cultural and intellectual impact on individuals and communities. Ethical, legal, and policy issues related to the development and application of the new multimedia technologies in today's complex regulatory environment will be given particular emphasis, with special attention to copyright law, intellectual property, privacy, free speech, and indecency.

IMA 708 Thesis Final Project

A culminating course for all students within the Interactive Multimedia Arts program. Within the candidate's major area of specialization, students are expected to successfully present their thesis in the form of an interactive work, video or film to be shown within an exhibition setting.

IMA 702 Advanced Digital Imaging

A workshop in the digital editing of motion pictures and sound. Beginning with a history of conceptual developments in the theory and practice of editing, students will proceed to explore and implement editing techniques through exercises in rhythm, pacing, continuity, montage, psychological vs. real-time, induced vs. real-movement, cutting dialogue, interview scenes, splitting tracks, mixing music and effects, dissolves, wipes and digital transitions.

IMA 602 Sound in Multimedia

This courses provides a theoretical and conceptual foundation for the student, while providing a strong hands-on component in which the hardware and software of sound used in multimedia are explored. Although the primary tool is the computer, students will work with recording media such as analog tape, DAT, multi-track recorders and allied equipment. Sound design software such as SAW Plus and Sound Forge will be used in conjunction with multimedia software.