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Online Course being offered in UCLA Dept of Design Media Arts

5 units
Professor Victoria Vesna Ph.D.

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-You are never required to perform a specific activity at a specific hour. We give you deadlines, but you choose where and when to prepare your assignments.

-Lectures can be viewed in your browser or you can download them as video podcasts for your iPad or Android /iPhone. An MP3 file (audio only) requires web review of video material through your web browser.

Design | Media Arts 9. Art, Science & Technology (5) online curriculum; outside study, 12 hours. Introductory course to explore and survey the cultural impact of scientific and technological innovations, technology driven art inspired by science and art / science collaborative projects. Students will be introduced to the vast array of cutting edge science research and art projects as well as how scientific innovation influences society and popular culture. Emphasis will be on art projects that use technology and respond to new scientific concepts. Letter grading. GE course, Satisfies visual and performance arts analysis and practice. No pre-requisite required.

This art sci survey class is designed for students of all disciplines, including the non-declared, with a goal to inspire students to think outside of the box, explore divergent and convergent thought and seek out knowledge and inspiration from art and science innovation as well as encourage collaboration with their peers. The intent is to show that scientists describe their moments of discovery in similar terms as artists describe their creative breakthroughs and that fundamentally, both grapple with identical questions of the nature of reality.

Every week will be devoted to a particular theme with required reading, viewing of prepared movie clips and lectures by world-renowned scholars, artists and scientists. Additionally, in this self-directed study, students will be provided with a list of current events including lectures, exhibitions and places to visit as part of the required course-work. Students are required to maintain a blog that incorporates their own ideas in relation to the topic of the week. The Discussion Forum is like attendance in class – it is designed to create a virtual classroom where students can share ideas and learn from one another. The midterm and final are in a form of written text and powerpoint presentation based on the weekly lectures and blogs. The final grade is based on the midterm, final, and the blog.

Students will successfully complete the course through evidence of the following:

  1. Analysis of diverse scientific concepts and ability to engage in a meaningful discussion with a scientist;
  2. Ability to show an understanding of the possibilities that scientific ideas and methodologies influence contemporary art and science;
  3. A broad knowledge of the wide spectrum of scientific topics that directly influence culture at large;
  4. A basic understanding of how social and political contexts influence scientific and technological innovation and paradigm shifts.

Faculty & TA’s will monitor group discussions to ensure that students are grasping course content, and to provide guidance

Class has an opportunity to meet one hour each week with the TA’s for live discussions, question and answers. One teaching assistant will be assigned for no more than 30 students enrolled. The entire class will be expected to stay logged in for seventy-five minutes weekly to watch lectures and access online resources. Students’ access will be monitored and used as attendance. Additional lectures and events will be required as part of the course work. The instructor will hold online office hours.

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