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Media Arts and Game Development

MAGD 150 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ARTS AND GAME DEVELOPMENT
3 u

This interdisciplinary course provides an overview of the multimedia industry. Special attention is given to the study of multimedia applications, approaches, and related industry, policy, ethical and impact issues.

MAGD 210 VISUAL DESIGN FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
3 u

This course introduces students to 2 dimensional design vocabulary with practice through a raster based visual imaging application - Photoshop. This course provides technical proficiency in image making and introduces the relationship of raster design to other media such as Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, etc. Visual organization principles/strategies, color theory and management, pixel-based character development and animation concepts will also be addressed.

MAGD 220 DRAWING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
3 u

This course is designed to help students develop drawing skills including technical drawing for 2D and 3D animation. The course content will include creation of cartoon drawings, study of realistic drawing, study of environmental drawing for cartoon stories. The major software covered in this class will be Adobe Illustrator.

MAGD 270 WEB DEVELOPMENT
3 u

This course provides a critical and practical overview of web development as a communication tool. Students will study the function of websites, critically evaluate websites, and create websites to serve as communication vehicles. The focus will be on creating interactive experiences that are both functional and engaging. The course addresses topics including storyboarding, XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and JavaScript. Assessment and usability testing of websites is also an important part of the course. This is a class for beginners and assumes no previous experience or expertise.

Prereq: MAGD 150 and MAGD 210

MAGD 271 FLASH DEVELOPMENT
3 u

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop practical and critical skills in the production of multimedia in non-web or “local” environments to advance and enhance communication tasks within an organization. Special attention is paid to using digital images, motion graphics, digital video, and digital audio in the production of display media.

Prereq:MAGD 150 and MAGD 210

MAGD 487 ADVANCED MEDIA ARTS TEAM PROJECTS I
3 u

As the culmination of the MAGD sequence, students will pitch, plan, design and build a large group media project as well as smaller projects. Students will implement the knowledge they have acquired individually in courses in the MAGD sequence and learn how to work in groups. Students will also begin to build a working portfolio that demonstrates their skills and showcases their understanding of the media arts and game development process.

Prereq:MAGD 150 and MAGD 210 and MAGD 220 and MAGD 270 and MAGD 271 and 12 addtional credits in the major and consent of instructor

MAGD 488 ADVANCED MEDIA ARTS TEAM PROJECTS II
3 u

Students will take projects developed to the Beta stage in MAGD 487 and complete them. Projects will undergo several rounds of usability testing and have been assessed by the clients for whom they were developed. Marketing and commercial development of projects will be discussed and students will be encouraged to move completed work out of the university setting and into the community.

Prereq:MAGD 487 and consent of instructor

MAGD 490 WORKSHOP
1 u

Prereq:Consent of Instructor

MAGD 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-6 u

Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in major/degree.

Prereq:Consent of Instructor



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