Digital Foundations (DA2137.01)

Farhad Mirza

This course is an introduction to basic digital tools that are useful for studio artists. Through weekly digital drawing exercises, we will cover design-related topics including scale, iteration, layout, grids, layer management and organization. Students will learn to use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Rhinoceros 3D, including basic file preparation for large format plotting and laser-cutting. Coursework will encourage both digital and analog means and ends. We’ll think about the following as we work: where might automation fit into an art practice? How might we choose to orient ourselves and our work to technology that is (usually) developed with mass production in mind? How do we reconcile the desire for novelty, accident, and experimentation as we rely on machines and software that require pre-determined, often rigid, processes?

Learning Outcomes:
- learning certain key concepts (scale, measurement, layout) required to translate digital media to physical objects
- working knowledge of several standard 2D / Digital tools and software
- the ability to start thinking critically about how automation relates to a work of art that employs it

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Digital Arts , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Visual Arts (VA)