Introduction to Computational Arts: Visual Arts

Introduction to Computational Arts: Visual Arts

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Introduction to Computational Arts: Visuals

(Spring 2014)

Consortium for Digital Arts & Technology (CDACT)

Stony Brook University and Coursera



Dr. Margaret Schedel and Catherine Katsafouros

Course Description

This multidisciplinary production class serves as an introduction to, and exploration of electronic media in the arts. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of artists working in various capacities with computers, as well as tutorials on specific software packages.


No prerequisites or prior knowledge needed. Familiarity with computers is helpful but not necessary.

Course Requirements

Course Learning Outcomes

Learners who successfully complete this course will have learned basic skills in Photoshop or Gimp. Throughout the 5-week course, students will learn to give critical feedback to their peers about technical and artistic matters through a grounding in the history of technology and the arts. A digital portfolio will showcase your work from this course.

Visual Arts Outcomes:

    1. Create, edit, manipulate digital images using the basic functions of visual arts software

    2. Demonstrate creative/conceptual awareness of visual design through peer critique

    3. Produce artistic images using software

Textbook & Course Materials

Required Text: No required texts

Optional Texts:

by Bruce Wands

ISBN-13: 978-0500286296

Publisher: Thames & Hudson




  • Margaret Schedel - Music
  • Catherine Katsafouros - Art


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