Summer Courses

Summer Courses

 

DMD Summer 2024 Course Offerings

In summer 2024, all DMD courses will be open to all majors on all campuses (all prerequisites waived!). Please contact digitalmedia@uconn.edu with questions. 

Most courses require the use of a laptop, internet connection, and specific software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud. UITS offers a discounted rate for UConn students. Please be sure to read the detailed course  information below to see whether or not you need a laptop or specialty software for the course. 

For information about all UConn Summer courses and costs, see: https://summersession.uconn.edu/summer-2024-courses/ 

 


DMD SUMMER COURSES

** All Online Courses require the use of a computer and internet access. Additional requirements listed below.

May Term: May 6 - May 24, 2024

🔧DMD 1001 Foundations of Digital Media and Design 1 (Problem Solving)
3:00-6:00pm M-Th,  OS - Online Synchronous
Instructor: Maria Shurupova

Creative problem solving; empathy, ideation, prototyping, and testing as means to innovate discovery in diverse fields.

  • Required course for all Digital Media Design majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 

🔧DMD 1070 Web Design 1
OA - Online Asynchronous
Professor: Ting Zhou

This course provides a practical introduction to the concepts, technologies and strategies for building contemporary websites. The course consists of a series of exercises and projects beginning with basic HTML and increasing in complexity to include CSS, culminating in the development of a multi-page website. The course material also addresses industry trends, standards and practices for producing high-quality web pages, as well as the ability to evaluate web designs for their adherence to current industry standards. Prerequisites of DMD 1002 and 1102 are waived for summer 2024.

  • Required course for BFA in Digital Media Design - Web/Interactive Media Design majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 

📕DMD 2010: History of Digital Culture
OA - Online Asynchronous
Professor Matthew Worwood

This course will examine key episodes in the history of digital technology and digital media from the perspective of the values that (are said to?) adhere to digital culture, particularly as manifested on the web. In doing so, we will learn to view these technologies critically, as historical, cultural, human constructions that impact social systems in society. We will learn to be critical consumers and producers of digital media and to question received understandings of the role of technology in our public and private lives.  

  • Required course for all Digital Media & Design majors.
  • Counts as Content Area 1 and 3 of General Education requirements.

 

🔧DMD 2500 Introduction to Digital Game Design
P- In Person, STORRS campus
9:00am ‑ 2:00pmM-F (with lunch break)
Professor: Ken Thompson

This course provides an introduction to the principles of video game design and development. Students explore the history of video games through play, investigate the theory of story, game mechanics and level progression, and develop creative skills that can be applied through an ideation process. The final project is  designing and developing your own indie video game. Students with access to a VR headset may elect to do a VR project.  Prerequisites of DMD 1002 and 1102 are waived for summer 2024.

  • Required course for BFA in Digital Media Design - Game Design majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 


Summer Session 1: May 28 - June 28, 2024

🔧DMD 1002 Foundations of Digital Media and Design 2 (Storytelling)
1:00 ‑ 5:00pm M-F
P - In Person, STORRS campus, Bishop 006
Instructor: Maham Waqar

Introduction to the fundamentals of storytelling through the use of a variety of practical digital media applications. In this course, students explore five different approaches to digital storytelling: 1) storytelling through still images (Photoshop), 2) storytelling through sound (Audition), 3) storytelling through animation (stop motion or traditional hand-drawn animation), 4) interactive storytelling (Twine), culminating in a final film project. Students will have access to all of the high-end equipment needed to produce these works and will work both individually and in small groups in the creation of their digital media projects. Students’ final projects have won awards and been accepted into film festivals!! Prerequisite of DMD 1001 is waived for summer 2024.

  • Required course for all Digital Media & Design majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 

🔧  DMD 1060 Fundamentals of Programming for Game, Web, and Interactive Media Design 
OA - Online Asynchronous
Professor: Sue Huang

Introduction to programming for artists and designers through a combination of lecture and hands-on studio exercises. Students learn the basic principles of computer programming in Processing which set the foundation for future courses in game, web, and interactive media design. Prerequisite of DMD 1001 is waived for summer 2024.

  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.
  • Required course for BFA in Digital Media Design - Game Design and Web/Interactive Media Design majors.

 
 

🔧DMD 1101 Design Lab 1 (Photoshop/Raster Imaging)
OS - Online Synchronous
9:00am - 11:45am M-F 
Professor: TBA

Exploration of the creation, manipulation, and reception of digital images through project-based work using image-editing software. Through a multi-disciplinary perspective involving art, design, history, and media the course addresses how visual artists produce and synthesize images and digital imagery. Students will develop an understanding of the construction, reception, and consequences of images as a means to inform their own digital image-making. This course will contextualize the process of bitmap image-making using Photoshop within creative frameworks that will enrich the work and discourse in future classes, whether designing a layout, making styleframes, or preparing assets for animation.

  • Required course for all Digital Media Design majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 

📕DMD 2020: Design Thinking
OA - Online Asynchronous
Professor: Matthew Worwood

Design Thinking can mean different things to different people. Many associate Design Thinking with the popular design method developed by the D School and the design firm IDEO. Others commonly refer to Design Thinking as a mindset that promotes a collection of design principles that emphasize design research, focusing on the needs and wants of the end-user and using data to validate ideas.  

This course explores both perspectives while encouraging students to identify what creativity means to them, what design thinking principles most apply to their fields of interest, and how some of these principles relate to using generative AI to enhance aspects of the creative process. 

The learning experience of the course is individualized, with the two primary assignments focused on researching the creative process of a professional in a student’s field of study and applying a design thinking approach to the design and development of a digital media prototype. 

This course gives students a comprehensive understanding of what applying design thinking principles in the workplace means. It will also provide students with a Design Thinking micro-credential from IBM. 

  • Required course for all Digital Media Design majors.
  • Laptop and internet access required.
  • Counts as Content Area 1 and 3 of General Education requirements.

 

🔧DMD 2200 Motion Design & Animation 1
OS - Online Synchronous
9:00am - 11:45am M-F 
Instructor: Zahra Zare

Introduction to concepts and strategies for creating motion designs, animations, and visual effects.  This course aims to provide students with the conceptual and practical tools for understanding and creating diverse motion design and animation work. Throughout the course, students will use Adobe After Effects, in conjunction with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro, to create a diverse range of animated graphics. The course will involve learning through synchronous lectures, discussions, critiques and review sessions; asynchronous video demos; technical benchmark exercises and assignments; and a self-proposed final project. Prerequisites of DMD 1002 and 1102 are waived for summer 2024, but prior experience with Adobe Illustrator is helpful.

Selected student projects & examples from Motion Design & Animation 1:
DMD 2200 Visual Sound Project Reel
DMD 2200 Kinetic Typography Project Reel
DMD 2200 Course Showreel

  • Required course for BFA Digital Media Design - Motion Design and Film concentration majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 


Summer Session 2: July 8 - August 9, 2024

🔧DMD 1102 Design Lab 2 (Illustrator/Vector Design)
PR - In Person Remote (Bishop 136 or remote)
1:00pm - 4:30pm M-Th
Instructor: Nooshin Farashaei

This course introduces students to a practice-based, hands-on approach to digital media design theory, principles and elements of design, and practices of digital screen based visual communication. Through a multidisciplinary perspective involving art, design, art history, and media studies, students will address how culture visualizes screen based communication through both image and type. Prerequisites of DMD 1001 and 1101 are waived for summer 2024.

  • Required course for all Digital Media & Design majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

 

🔧DMD 2210 Film & Video Editing 1
OS - Online Synchronous
9:00am - 12:30pm M-Th 
Instructor: Luiza Printes dos Santos

Do you aspire to become a professional filmmaker? A music video or social media editor? Or just love telling stories?... Regardless of your level of experience, the purpose of this class is to produce original film projects while getting you accustomed with the basic and advanced features of Adobe Premiere Pro, and get familiarized with an efficient video editing workflow. Prerequisites of DMD 1002 and 1102 are waived for summer 2024, but prior experience with Adobe Photoshop is helpful. 

  • Required course for BFA Digital Media Design - Motion Design and Film concentration majors.
  • Laptop, internet access, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required.

Check out some selected student projects from the recent offerings of DMD 2210:

 

📕DMD 3305 History of Computer Graphics  
OA - Online Asynchronous
Professor: Heejoo Kim

This course explores the history of computer-generated imagery (CGI) from its beginnings to the present.  Students will learn how CGI started and what problems existed in its infancy. Throughout the course, students will learn what the trends in computer animation, visual effects, motion graphics, UI/UX, computer game, virtual reality, augmented reality, and new media arts are and where they are headed in the future. In addition to a final project or paper, there will be readings, screenings, and discussions of contemporary and historical works, and critiques and discussions of student projects.

  • Fulfills an art/film/design history/theory course requirement for Digital Media Design majors.