Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 DMD Student Advising Guidelines

DMD students - Below is the list of the following:

  1. Variable topics and new courses to be offered in Fall 2022. 
  2. Courses that are available to students on both campuses, either via distance learning or by being taught in our Telepresence Classrooms cross-campus (136 Bishop / 3.12 Stamford). Just be aware of the policies regarding home campus and student fees (the majority of your credits must be taken on your home campus). 
  3. Courses that require a PERMISSION NUMBER.

The descriptions of all DMD courses can be found in the UConn Course Catalog

To request permission numbers, please use this form. It is best to complete this WITH YOUR ADVISOR during your advising session. Use THIS form to request permission numbers.

SENIOR BFA STUDENTS: You are required to take two capstone courses:
DMD 4075 Senior Project and
DMD 4025 Putting It All Together. 
You will need 4075 twice in order to graduate.

SOPHOMORE FILM STUDENTS: You MUST enroll in TWO Fall Sophomore courses in your 3rd semester:
DMD 2210 Film & Video Editing 1
DMD 3230 Cinematic Storytelling


Variable Topics / New courses:

DMD 4045 Digital Content Design, Creation, and Distribution Studio - AgencyX
STORRS In Person / STAMFORD Remote, (T/Th 11am - 1pm), taught by Professor Dwire

Open to senior DMD students in Storrs and Stamford. Do you LOVE DMD? Want to help share your passion for DMD with the world? Then join AgencyX, DMD’s student marketing team. Work with a cross-disciplinary team to develop, design, and execute an integrated marketing campaign for the Digital Media and Design Department’s Fall 2022 undergraduate recruitment efforts. Learn how to build and manage digital advertising campaigns using Facebook for Business, Google Ads, Blip Billboards (Digital Outside-of-Home, OOH) and other digital ad solutions. If you are interested, email Professor Dwire at phil.dwire@uconn.edu.


Animation courses:

DMD3998.002 / 5998.002 Motion in New Media
STORRS In Person, (M/W 3:35 - 6:05pm), taught by Professor Kim

Motion in New Media focuses on the conceptual and experimental practice of motion media, animation, and user interface for creating a diverse range of emerging media, such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Throughout the course, students will develop the concepts, animated 2D and 3D graphics, and interactions for new media projects using Unity, Cinema 4D, and/or Adobe After Effects in conjunction with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The course will involve in-class demos, weekly technical exercises, projects to practice applying techniques covered in class, and a self-proposed final project. In addition to projects, there will be screenings and discussions of contemporary and historical works, and critiques and discussions of student projects.


DMD 3998.004 / 5998.004 Storyboarding & Character Development
STORRS In Person, (M.W 3:35-6:05pm), taught by Professor Recchia 

Visual development, storyboards, and sequential imaging are the primary methods to communicate in animation, film, gaming, industrial design, and advertising. Drawing is the foundation of visual development. The ability to draw, as an artist/designer, enables you to rapidly visualize, communicate, and contribute to a narrative and is the fastest and most economical way to do so. Many directors rely on storyboard artists and look for them to contribute to the narrative.  In fact, animation storyboard artists are integral members of the story department and are expected to provide valuable insight to the rest of the team.

Character Development & Storyboarding is designed to teach and encourage our DMD students to: 1) perform research, drawing upon the knowledge and skills gained as a DMD artist; 2) interpret a story, using any number of methods, traditional, digital or practical, in order to contribute their artistic sensibilities to enhance the creative vision of the writer, director or production designer.

By providing these experience and tasks enables students to develop their presentation skill sets such as developing a visual and verbal concept, aided by verbal direction, all built on research and collaboration


DMD3998.006 / 5998.014 Acting for Animators
STORRS In Person, (T/Th 2:00 - 3:25pm), taught by Professor Vince Tycer (Dramatic Arts)

Acting for Animators uses a combination of classical and contemporary acting techniques to explore the emotional, physical, vocal and textual lives of animated characters. The class will use physical theatre, text analysis, improvisation and other core acting techniques taken from various sources such as Stella Adler, Viola Spolin and Ed Hooks. The class will also explore how these techniques translate into animation from Disney classics through Virtual and Augmented Reality. Acting for Animators will culminate in a project germane to the student’s area of study.


Digital Culture courses:

DMD 3998.010 /5998.010 Collaborating with Cultural Organizations - Methods*
STORRS In Person, (M/W 1:25-2:40pm), taught by Dr. Ceglio

Museums, archives, and other collections-based cultural organizations are spaces of digital media experimentation. These nonprofit institutions, often in collaboration with vendors and/or volunteer experts, are exploring new ways to communicate ideas, make collections accessible, inspire learning, connect people, and build community. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital tools for outreach have become even more important to cultural organizations and communities alike. In addition to learning about the basic structure, operations, and work cultures of such organizations, we will examine ways in which a variety of digital media are being used to critically engage diverse publics in questions about our human past, present, and future. In this class, you will: 

  • Gain understanding of what makes working with (or in) mission-driven, public-focused cultural institutions different from for-profit entities 
  • Learn principles, ethical considerations, and methods essential to collaborating meaningfully and effectively with cultural organizations and their communities
  • Experiment with strategic foresight, a method of exploring alternative futures, in order to help organizations develop nimble, forward-looking project and institutional plans 
  • Explore the roles that current and emerging digital media play in public engagement through hands-on exploration of case study examples that include browser-based games, AR, and other digital formats
  • Gain hands-on experience with Omeka, an open-source software for building online collections and exhibits by researching and creating your own exhibition on a course-relevant topic of your choosing

*Required for all Digital Culture majors and serves as 3610 pre-requisite for DMD 3620 Collaborating with Cultural Organizations - Practice


DMD 3640 / 5998.006 / HRTS 3640 Human Rights Archives I: Documenting & Curating Community Memory
STORRS In Person,  (Fri 12:20 - 2:50pm), taught by Professor Masud
Prerequisites: Open to Digital Media Design majors and Human Rights majors or minors only; open to juniors or higher; instructor consent required. Recommended preparation: DMD 2200, 2210, or HRTS 3149W.

This is the first part of a two-semester practice-based unit. Designed to introduce students to the use of human rights archival materials in documentary storytelling, Human Rights Archives Part I will focus on methods and best practices of collecting and managing digital image and audio-visual archival assets. Students will engage with existing human rights-related archival collections, both private and institutional, to develop an appreciation of the “living” archive and its importance both as a repository of witnessing and memory and as a vehicle for the continuous retelling of history in the present moment. A series of relevant readings, films, and short storytelling exercises will help to provide context and connections. Later in the semester, students will apply what they’ve learned about human rights archives, digital asset management, and storytelling by documenting and digitizing the family stories and artifacts of an immigrant community that bears the multi-generational scars of genocide and displacement, following some of the strategies of the History Harvest model. The assets collected through this collaborative community-centered project will form the basis of an important new collection that students will be involved in processing, organizing, and cataloging. This collection will be a primary resource for the visual storytelling work in the second course of the unit. Part I, however, is not considered a prerequisite for Part II.


Film/Video courses:

DMD 3828/HRTS 3828 Social Documentary in Theory and Practice
STORRS In Person, (Mon 3:35-6:05pm), taught by Professor Masud
Prerequisites: Open to Digital Media Design majors and Human Rights majors or minors only; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: DMD 2210, 2810, 3820, or HRTS 3149W.

This course aims to open students' eyes to the tremendous power and possibility of the documentary form as a vehicle of social discourse and change. The first half of this course will examine the documentary from a historical, ethical, and aesthetic perspective, providing a theoretical grounding for students with a special interest in documentaries that address social and political themes. Some of the topics to be addressed include the evolution of the documentary genre, the modes and models of documentary, the rhetorical, narrative, and poetic documentary 'voice', and the question of 'social impact'. Major milestones of the non-fiction genre will be studied along with lesser-known short form documentaries that illustrate specific aspects of technique, style, and content. The second half of the course will provide students with a practical framework for discovering their own documentary voice. Students will be guided through the process of pre-production, shooting and editing as they create their own short form documentaries on a social issue of their choice.


Web/Interactive Media Design courses:

DMD 3998.003/5998.003  Emerging Topics in Interactive Media
STORRS HYBRID/BLENDED, (Fr 10:10am - 12:40pm), taught by Professor Salisbury 
Prerequisites: DMD 3035. Recommended prep: DMD 3475. Prior coding experience is helpful, but not required. 

Alexa, Siri, Google Home, and Cortana: these technologies provide users with voice interfaces to information and enable them to issue commands and perform transactions. Facial recognition, motion detection, gesture control, and NFC: these technologies provide users with the ability to interact with devices and software with minimal physical contact.

This course explores the standards, design tools, and methods that allow designers to effectively take advantage of unique and emerging user interface mechanics. The course will cover the underlying technologies such as speech recognition, gesture capture, facial recognition libraries. Students will also prototype and iterate on product ideas which take advantage of these technologies.


DMD 3998.005/5998.005 Accessibility and Inclusive Design in Interactive Media
STORRS In-Person,  (T/Th 9:30 - 10:45am), taught by Professor Salisbury (BOTH CAMPUSES)

This course introduces web, mobile, and other interactive UI/UX designers to the basics of accessibility, with emphasis placed on making web and mobile designs accessible while promoting progressive enhancements to interactive media. Additionally, the course will address the basics of inclusive design. Participants will learn the language of accessibility, the laws that impact interactive design work, how to execute accessible designs with prototyping tools, HTML, and CSS, and other useful information pertaining to designing accessible interactive media for users of all abilities, backgrounds, and identities.


Digital Media Business Strategies courses:

DMD 3998.001/5998.001 Digital Content Marketing 
STORRS In-Person, (T/Th 5:00 - 6:15pm), taught by Professor Miao Guo 

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content (photos, words, audio, and video) to attract and retain a clearly defined audience - and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action. This course will introduce the principles of digital content marketing and deploy a marketing strategy in a convergence media environment, which include content creation, distribution, marketing, and evaluation. Students are required to have completed DMD2700 and DMD2710 to register for this course. 


DMD 3998.Z81 Creative Leadership for Digital Media
STAMFORD In Person, (Wednesday only  1:25-3:55pm), taught by Todd Grossman               

     This course teaches students how to take charge of Digital Media careers in business. Students will develop strategic strategies and leadership skills relevant to working in teams and building for the future. Class time involves lectures, in-class discussions, mock scenarios, weekly guest speakers, and individual take-home assignments ranging from readings, watching videos, and listening to podcasts.


List of courses available at BOTH CAMPUSES:

DMD 2500 / 5500   Introduction to Game Design
M/W 9:05-11:35am, taught by Professor Thompson, via Telepresence Classrooms (136 Bishop / 3.12 Stamford) 

This course provides an introduction to the principles of video game design and development. Students will explore the history of the industry, investigate the theory of story, game mechanics and level progression, and develop creativity skills that can be applied through an ideation process. As a final course project, students will design and develop a polished game experience through a format of their choosing such as board games, virtual reality, sidescroller, etc… 


DMD3220.001  Title Design
M/W 9:05 - 11:35am, taught by Professor Kim, DISTANCE LEARNING

Prerequisites: DMD2200 and DMD2210.  A survey of broadcast design and title sequences made for film, games and television. 


DMD3440.001 Mobile App Development
M/W 12:20 - 1:35pm, taught by Professor Daley, DISTANCE LEARNING

Prerequisites DMD1060 and DMD1070.  Through lecture and hands on exercises, students will be introduced to the processes, technologies, and environment of mobile applications.


DMD 3830 / DMD 5830 / DRAM 3145 / ENG 3707   Film Writing
T/Th 2:00 - 4:30pm, taught by Professor Ozdemir, via Telepresence Classrooms (136 Bishop / 3.12 Stamford) 

This course introduces the arts and crafts of narrative scriptwriting; idea generation, formatting, conflict, story structure, concept, character and plot development, effective and impactful dialogue writing and outlining. Through lectures, readings, workshops, screenings, and guest speakers, you will learn how to think and write as a professional screenwriter. The exercises and assignments will prepare you to complete a final project as a short narrative screenplay.


DMD 4045 Digital Content Design, Creation, and Distribution Studio - AgencyX
STORRS In Person / STAMFORD Remote, (T/Th 11am - 1pm), taught by Professor Dwire

See description above.


DMD 4475 Web & Interactive Media Design Practicum
T/Th 8:00am-10:30am, taught by Professor Huang , via DISTANCE LEARNING

Advanced topics in web and interactive media focused around the theme of synthetic realities on the web. We will spend the semester investigating concepts around non-linear narratives, world-building, and WebVR technology (A-Frame). During this semester, we will work on a single project in WebVR. The topic of the project will be speculative fiction as related to ecological futures. There will be intermediate milestones leading up to the final project submission and critique and a submission of supporting materials—a project proposal, look book, and project renderings.


List of courses that require permission numbers:

Use THIS form to request permission numbers.

DMD 1001.001 – Digital Foundations 1 (for spring admits), T/Th 12:30pm - 1:45pm
DMD 1001.002 – Digital Foundations 1 (for spring admits), T/Th 2:00 - 3:15pm
DMD 1001.003 – Digital Foundations 1 (for spring admits), T/Th 3:30 - 4:45pm
DMD 1101.001 – Design Lab I (for spring admits), M/W 9:05 - 11:35am
DMD 1101.002 – Design Lab I (for spring admits), M/W 12:20 - 2:50pm
DMD 1101.003 – Design Lab I (for spring admits), T/Th 9:30am - 12:00pm
DMD 1101.004 – Design Lab I (for spring admits), T/Th 12:30 - 3:00pm
DMD 1101.005 – Design Lab I (for spring admits), T/Th 3:30 - 6:00pm
DMD 1060.001 - Fundamentals of Programming, Fri 10:10am - 12:40pm
DMD 2210.001 – Film & Video Editing I, (priority to film majors), T/Th 12:30 - 3:00pm
DMD 2210.002 – Film & Video Editing I, (priority to film majors), M/W 3:35 - 6:05pm
DMD 2310.001 - 3D Modeling I, Tu/Th 9:30am - 12:00pm
DMD 2320.001 - 3D Lighting & Rendering I, 9:05 - 11:35am
DMD 2500.001 - Intro to Digital Game Design, M/W 9:05 - 11:35am
DMD 2700.001 - Digital Media Strategies for Business 1, M/W 11:15am - 12:30pm
DMD 3230.001 - Cinematic Storytelling, Tu 3:30 - 6:00pm
DMD 3830.001 - Film Writing  (Open to juniors or higher), T/Th 2:00 - 4:30pm
DMD 3998.001 – Digital Content Marketing, T/Th 2:00 - 3:15pm
DMD 3998.002 – Motion in New Media, M/W 3:35 - 6:05pm
DMD 3998.003 – Emerging Topics in Interactive Media, Fri 10:10 - 12:40pm
DMD 3998.004 – Storyboarding & Character Development, M/W 3:35 - 6:05pm
DMD 3998.005 – Accessibility & Inclusion in Interactive Media, T/Th 9:30 - 10:45am
DMD 3998.010 – Collaborating with Cultural Organizations, M/W 1:25 - 2:40pm
DMD 4040.001 – Agency (Open to seniors), M/W 9:05 - 11:05am
DMD 4040.002 – Agency (Open to seniors), M/W 9:05 - 11:05am
DMD 4045.001 – Digital Content Design Studio - AgencyX (Open to Jrs/Srs), T/Th 11am-1pm

DMD 2500.001 - Intro to Digital Game Design, M/W 9:05 - 11:35am (cross-campus)
DMD 3830.001 - Film Writing  (Open to juniors or higher), T/Th 2:00 - 4:30pm (cross-campus)
DMD 2200.Z81 - Motion 1, T/Th 5:00-7:30pm
DMD 2210.Z81 - Film & Video Editing I, T/Th 9:30-12:00pm
DMD 3230.Z81 - Cinematic Storytelling,  T/Th 3:35pm - 6:05pm
DMD 3998.Z81 - Creative Leadership for Digital Media,  Wednesdays 1:25-3:55pm
DMD 4040.z81 – Agency (Open to seniors), T/Th 2-4:30pm
DMD 4045.001 – Digital Content Design Studio - AgencyX (Open to Jrs/Srs), T/Th 11am-1pm