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The digital curriculum at SOU is designed to introduce students to a wide range of contemporary practices that make use of new and emerging technologies in the production of art and design.

Students learn to engage critically with emerging media with an emphasis on knowing how to adapt.  These principles will guide the student in their pursuit of varied media (including digital, traditional, or experimental media) as hardware and software tools continue to appear and disappear at an increasing rate. Students "learn how to learn" and how to utilize and transcend shifting limitations and opportunities of new technology.

Courses in Digital Art at SOU include screen-based practices such as:

  • animation
  • 3D modeling
  • comic books and picture books
  • web design
  • graphic design
  • digital illustration
  • typography
  • digital video and immersive multi-channel video works

As well as new forms of interdisciplinary art and technology including:

  • interactive art
  • digitally-mediated live performance
  • cross-disciplinary collaborations (music, theater, film, dance, computer science, etc.)
  • sound art
  • live cinema
  • robotic art

The Department of Art and Art History features two state-of-the-art digital studios (Digital Studio A, MA 110 and Digital Studio B, MA 003). These facilities are used both as classrooms and to provide open lab time for students working on assignments within the digital curriculum. Studios A & B have a total of 45 Mac Pros running Snow Leopard OS X 10.6.8. Available software includes the Adobe Creative Suite CS 5.5, iLife, iWork, Autodesk - Entertainment Suite (with Maya, Mudbox, and SketchBook Design), Painter 12, After Effects, FontLab Studio, zBrush, Hyperstudio, Max/MSP/Jitter, and Final Cut Pro X. Each workstation is equipped with a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet. The digital studios have many digital scanners, including a large format scanner, and allow students to create large-scale prints with an Epson Stylus Pro 4800 (for prints up to 17x22) and an Epson Stylus Pro 11880 (for prints up to 60 inches wide). 

Additionally, a new interdisciplinary art and technology lab and performance space is currently in development within the Marion Ady building. Once completed, this space will serve as a technologically sophisticated environment designed to accommodate a wide range of emerging media and digital arts practice. Resources will include a multi-channel audio and video projection environment, theatrical lighting grid, and development space for projects in interactive art and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Many courses in digital art may be used to fulfill requirements of the minor in Emerging Media and Digital Art.

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