Program Planning


New Media (NMED)

New Media (NMED)
Faculty of Fine Arts

New Media 1000

Introduction to New Media
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
A survey of artistic developments related to the electronic era, the relationship of computer-facilitated arts to traditional genres and a critical examination of selected contemporary works.

New Media 1010

Introduction to Animation
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
A survey of animation using traditional and contemporary techniques.
Note:
Not counted in the core New Media courses in the B.F.A. (New Media).

New Media 2000

Interactive Technology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Offerings in subject areas dealing with interactive technology.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 1000
Note:
Not counted in the core New Media courses in the B.F.A. (New Media).

New Media 2005

Design Fundamentals for New Media
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Introduction to design fundamentals and principles as they relate to new media. Concepts and practice of graphic design, typography, and colour theory will be explored in relation to specific media such as print, web, and other new media applications.
Corequisite(s):
New Media 1000

New Media 2010

Visual Communications for New Media
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Design and communication theory and practice with emphasis on increasing comprehension by an audience as relevant to various areas of static and time based digital media.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 1000 AND
New Media 2005

New Media 2030

Digital Video Production
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and techniques of digital video production, with studies in aesthetics and sequence construction, utilizing elements and principles of directing, cinematography, and editing.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 1000

New Media 2560

Popular Narrative
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Through close examinations of various videos, novels, television programs, games, films and comics, the course observes the ways in which narrative form operates in different media. Students will investigate the cultural politics of taste, revealing the stakes involved in separating “high” narrative art from “low.”
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
New Media 2850 (Popular Narrative) (prior to 2012/2013)

New Media 3010

Cinematography and Lighting
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-2-0
An intensive exploration of concepts and techniques of cinematography for digital video production, including composition, camera movement, lenses, and lighting as expressive tools.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 2030

New Media 3030

3-D Computer Modelling and Animation
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-4-0
Theory and professional practice of 3-D computer modelling, animation, lighting, texturing and rendering.
Prerequisite(s):
Art 2031 AND
Art 2032 AND
New Media 2010 AND
New Media 2030

New Media 3150

Seminar in New Media Studies
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Seminar presentation on contemporary issues related to New Media and interactive technology in a critical and theoretical context.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 1000 AND
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

New Media 3250

Media, Advertising, and Consumer Culture
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
An investigation of the various approaches and theoretical ideas concerning modern advertising, media, and consumer society in North America, primarily from a media studies perspective. Other topics include the history of advertising and media and their relation to industrial society, the rise of modern forms of consumption and communication, spectatorship and audience interpretation, advertising standards and regulations, political advertising, gender representation, the role of the consumer, and the creation of consumer desire in contemporary society.
Prerequisite(s):
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Fine Arts 3850 (Advertising and Consumer Society) (prior to 2006/2007)

New Media 3300

Theory and Aesthetics of Digital Games
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-1-0
A structural and analytical study of the medium of video and computer-based games that explores digital games for their uniqueness as a medium, but also in relation with other aesthetic artifacts such as cinema. Topics explored include: history and origins, aesthetics and interpretation, genre, interactivity and narrative, character development, game play, mise-en-scene, and social issues such as gender and violence.
Prerequisite(s):
Drama 3030 AND
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Recommended Background:
An intermediate level of experience with video and computer games (console, PC, and/or online)
Equivalent:
New Media 3850 (Theory and Aesthetics of Video Games) (prior to 2006/2007)

New Media 3420

Narrative for New Media I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
The use of script writing to facilitate content creation for new media with an emphasis on story, character, and visuals. How interplay of form and content affects narrative. Exercises in script writing for animation, film, gaming, and television.
Prerequisite(s):
One of New Media 2030 or Drama 2100

New Media 3510

Narrative Production Techniques
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
An intensive exploration of the craft of short-form narrative drama for digital video production, including methods in producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.
Prerequisite(s):
One of New Media 3010 or New Media 3420
Note:
Students enrolling in New Media 3510 should have a short narrative screenplay ready for production (5-10 pages).

New Media 3520

Net.Art
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Design practices and aesthetics for web-based media.
Prerequisite(s):
One of New Media 2010 or Art 3060

New Media 3550

History of Animation
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1.5-2.5-0
This course traces the evolution of animation from silent cinema through the “Golden Age of Animation” to the digital age. Study areas will include the impact of television and other media on animation and focus on some of the important people, studios, and institutions that have contributed to its rich and varied tradition across the globe.
Prerequisite(s):
15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
New Media 2850 (History of Animation) (prior to 2008/2009);
New Media 3850 (History of Animation) (prior to 2009/2010)

New Media 3620

Digital Effects and Compositing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-4-0
Production and post-production methods for broadcast and film: motion graphics, animation, visual effects, and compositing.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 3030

New Media 3640

Character Animation I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Introduces students to character animation based on understanding of the anatomical structure of characters, mechanics of real and animated movement, timing, and animation principles. An important emphasis is placed on understanding the process of character development for 3D animation. Concepts and techniques are explored through short 2D and 3D animation assignments.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 3030
Equivalent:
New Media 3850 (Introduction to Character Animation) (prior to 2007/2008)

New Media 3680

Interactive Media Sequencing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Creation of interface using materials from original sources to produce user-driven projects.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 3030

New Media 3700

Event and Exhibition Design
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Students will learn to design and mount new media group event and exhibition experiences that are relevant to various departmental and student activities.
Prerequisite(s):
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

New Media 3850

Topics in New Media
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
Variable
Topics in New Media not covered under regular courses may be offered under this designation, depending on student interest and availability of faculty and expertise.
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings

New Media 4420

Narrative for New Media II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Exploring the fundamentals of screenwriting and story development through script writing and film analysis. The importance of character and conflict is explored with an emphasis on the scene as the basic unit of the screenplay.
Prerequisite(s):
One of New Media 3420 or Drama 2750

New Media 4620

Character Animation II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Concentration on characterization through animation acting. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between character structural design, expressive animated motion, and character acting. This includes lip sync and phrasing of motion in relation to dialogue, sound, and shot sequencing.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 3640

New Media 4640

Portfolio and Professional Practice
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
An exploration of portfolio concepts and types. Prepares students in the management of their careers by developing a professional approach to self-promotion and examining ways in which they can pursue opportunities as New Media practitioners. A comprehensive portfolio will be produced through the review, selection, assembly, and refinement of students' previous materials, highlighting their technical, creative, professional, and academic abilities.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) AND
Admission to the B.F.A. (New Media) program

New Media 4651

Internship
Credit hours: 12.0
Other hours: Variable
Supervised internship providing direct involvement in the New Media industry either locally or out of town. Arrangements to be made by the Faculty of Fine Arts internship coordinator.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 4640 AND
Completion of all course requirements for the B.F.A. (New Media) AND
A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher AND
A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher on all New Media courses
Corequisite(s):
New Media 4661
Substantially Similar:
New Media 4650 (prior to 2006/2007)
Grading: Pass/Fail
 
Note:
Students must take New Media 4651 and New Media 4661 in the same semester.

New Media 4661

Internship Project
Credit hours: 3.0
Other hours: Variable
The completion of a written/media project to outline, document, and assess the student’s experience during the internship.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 4640 AND
Completion of all course requirements for the B.F.A. (New Media) AND
A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher AND
A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher on all New Media courses
Corequisite(s):
New Media 4651
Note:
Students must take New Media 4651 and New Media 4661 in the same semester.

New Media 4690

Advanced Studio
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week:
2-6-0
Self-directed study focusing on conceptual development of new media related projects.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) in the B.F.A. (New Media) program
Note:
Intended for New Media students not enrolled in the internship program.

New Media 4830

Theory and Practice of Motion Capture
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
1-3-0
Theory and practice of motion capture, motion editing, and motion mapping.
Prerequisite(s):
New Media 4620
Equivalent:
New Media 3830 (prior to 2007/2008)

New Media 4850

Topics in New Media
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
Variable
Topics in New Media not covered under regular courses may be offered under this designation, depending on student interest and availability of faculty and expertise.
Prerequisite(s):
Variable

New Media 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week:
2-6-0
This is a challenging, work-intensive, studio- and/or research-based course culminating in a substantive and original new media project and/or written body of work. In consultation with the Thesis Supervisor, students will define the parameters of the project and expected outcomes which, upon completion, will be presented in a public forum.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) AND
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher AND
Completion of the 12 core New Media courses AND
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher in all New Media courses AND
Application to the Department of New Media
Note:
Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work. See Part 9 - Fine Arts, Section 7.d.2. p. 191.

New Media 4999

Internship Registration Placeholder
This is a registration placeholder for B.F.A. (New Media) students who have completed all other requirements in the New Media program and who are in the process of seeking an internship to complete the degree program. Students may be registered in the placeholder for no more than two semesters to encompass a maximum period of 12 months.
Note:
No fees are assessed for this registration.