Undergraduate Program

Courses

Courses currently being offered:

Fall
Spring

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a sampling of the DMS courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year. This list is not reflective of all courses that can be used toward the requirements of the DMS major. Please see the major requirements page for a more comprehensive list.

DMS 101 INTRO DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES

This class explores the creation, production, distribution, consumption and reception of digital media.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 102 INTRO COMPUTING MULTIMEDIA

This course introduces core concepts and techniques of computer programming to prepare students for more advanced topics in manipulation, storage and transmission of digital media. Students will develop an understanding of computer capabilities and the skills required of computer programmers. No previous programming experience is required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 103 ESSNTL DIGITAL MEDIA TOOLKIT

This project driven course introduces students to current industry-standard software for creating, editing, and producing core digital media objects.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 104 DESIGN IN THE DIGITAL AGE

This course introduces students to a “Interaction Design” approach to producing digital products and prepares DMS students for the capstone project.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 110 FROM PONG TO POKEMON GO

This course examines videogames as the newest digital medium. Video game evolution, proliferation, ecology, and culture are considered.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 111 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART

This course engages artistic approaches to digital technologies with an emphasis on the history of new media art and contemporary networked art practices. Students will engage in studio assignments that use digital technologies as both tool and medium including digital imaging, sound, illustration, and 2D animation. Special emphasis will be placed on programming for visual artists using Processing, an open-source language and programming environment for the creation of generative and participatory artworks. Not open to seniors. $50 Studio Fee. If the course fills and you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Stephanie Ashenfelder at stephanie.ashenfelder@rochester.edu.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 112 INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY

This class is an introduction to the basic elements of photography, SLR and DSLR camera, darkroom techniques and alternative digital processes with an emphasis on photography as an interpretive and hybrid medium. The student will be asked to develop series of images using various photographic techniques and formats such as photograms (photography without a camera), collages and digital negatives printed on silver photographic paper. The class will explore alternative modes of thinking about the photographic frame and ways of presenting images. In conjunction to their studio projects, students will be exposed to current issues in photography and related media through readings, screenings and group discussions. No prior experience in photography is needed to successfully complete this class. Not open to seniors. $50 Studio Fee. If the course fills and you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Stephanie Ashenfelder at stephanie.ashenfelder@rochester.edu.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 121 ART AND TECH OF RECORDING

This course covers the acoustical and psychoacoustic fundamentals of audio recording including the nature of sound, sound pressure level, frequency and pitch, hearing and sound perception, reflection, absorption and diffusion of sound, sound diffraction, room acoustics, reverberation, and studio design principles. The course also provides practical experience in audio recording including an introduction to recording studio equipment, microphones and microphone placement techniques, signal flow, amplification, analog and digital recording, analog to digital conversion, digital processing of sound, multi-track recording and an introduction to mixing and mastering. Each student is required to complete a substantive recording project at the end of the course.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 122 LISTENING AND AUDIO PROD

This course is a continuation of AME191. Emphasis is on the development of critical listening skills and proficiency in audio mixing and mastering. Fundamental topics covered include the human auditory system, theories of hearing and audio perception, perception of loudness and pitch, critical bands and auditory masking, beats and roughness, temporal and pitch acuity, binaural hearing. Listening skills development include hearing “width” and “depth” in audio, mixing techniques in various musical genres, recognition of various effects including reverb, delay, compression, phasing and distortion. Production skills development includes equalization and achieving spectral balance, the use of compression and dynamic range control, achieving depth and dimension in recordings, panning and auditory scene control.

Prerequisites: AME 191
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 123 SOUND DESIGN

The course is intended to provide students a basic understanding of sound design, and working with sound for picture. The emphasis is on demonstrations and hands-on experience to enable students to gain a practical knowledge of sound and music production using computers. Topics include synthesizers & samplers; recording and editing with Pro Tools; sound effect creation; foley & automatic dialog replacement; basic soundtrack composition; and working to picture. Many techniques are explored employing software and hardware based sound creation tools throughout the course. Students will complete a major project at the conclusion of the course.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 140 INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE

A wide range of materials and techniques from metal and welding to assemblage, from wood to experimental methods and media is explored in the service of three dimensional art making. Investigations of the specific qualities of three dimensional media (i.e. space, form, scale, mass) and how they can convey ideas are made within a contemporary framework. Artworks synthesize a particular choice and use of materials and a concept or expression. It is the aim of this class to develop this synthesis, and in so doing, begin to develop the students' own working creative vocabulary. Not open to seniors. Studio art supplies fee: $50. If the course fills and you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Stephanie Ashenfelder at stephanie.ashenfelder@rochester.edu.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

DMS 141 INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE

A wide range of materials and techniques from metal and welding to assemblage, from wood to experimental methods and media is explored in the service of three dimensional art making. Investigations of the specific qualities of three dimensional media (i.e. space, form, scale, mass) and how they can convey ideas are made within a contemporary framework. Artworks synthesize a particular choice and use of materials and a concept or expression. It is the aim of this class to develop this synthesis, and in so doing, begin to develop the students' own working creative vocabulary. Not open to seniors. Studio art supplies fee: $50. If the course fills and you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Stephanie Ashenfelder at stephanie.ashenfelder@rochester.edu.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DMS 142 INTRO TO STUDIO PRACTICE

Provides a broad framework for contemporary art practice through studio production, discussion, presentation, and critique. While many courses, including Photography, 3-D, Painting, and Digital Art, often start with the medium and work toward the concept, the projects in this class will immediately integrate conceptual challenges with material and technique. While some projects may include traditional media such as pencils and paper, others may invite nontraditional media such as hair, text, earth and sound. Presentations and discussions will address historical and theoretical approaches to art as a way of supporting expansive studio practice. Practice, critique, readings, and discussion combine to place emphasis on the visual investigation necessary to create educated and challenging art. Not open to seniors. Studio art supplies fee: $50.If the course fills and you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Stephanie Ashenfelder at stephanie.ashenfelder@rochester.edu.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DMS 200 DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

In this course, students will research audiences, industries, and opportunities to make effective choices as they design their own digital portfolios.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DMS 200W DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 201 AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA

Independent film occupies a central place in our cultural consciousness. Its success speaks to the value America places on the 'outsider.' From the pop-violence of Quentin Tarantino, to the introspective cinema of Mark Rappaport, what does it mean to be ‘independent'? After all, films we consider to be 'independent' often have more connections to Hollywood than we tend to think. But how do we begin to approach this term? For instance, is it a question of funding? Does it indicate certain conditions of authorship or production? Can we think of 'independent cinema' as a genre unto itself? We will consider such questions by examining a number of important works from the past 20 years by filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Todd Haynes, Andrew Bujalski, Harmony Korine, Tom DiCillo, Gregg Araki, Jem Cohen, Larry Clarke, Sadie Benning, Azazel Jacobs, Cheryl Dunye, Spike Lee, Jenni Olson, Todd Solondz, Sofia Coppola, Richard Linklater, Jon Jost, Su Friedrich, Jim Jarmusch, Caveh Zahedi, and the Coen Brothers.

Last Offered: Summer 2014

DMS 210 DIGITAL IMAGING

This course introduces students to methods involved in turning real objects into virtual ones using digital imaging technology.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 211 CLOCKS AND COMPUTERS

What does time look like? How can we use computers to visualize the experience of time produced by watching a movie or television series, reading a literary text such as a novel or poem, or simply being on our cell phone throughout the day? What kinds of interfaces and interpretations are possible once we visualize the rhythms of these? We will collaborate on answers to these questions through projects in which students gather “small data” that they then visualize with the aim of understanding how digital technologies provide new mediums of analysis for grappling with the meanings of temporality. Organized as much around student concerns as ongoing research, this interdisciplinary course will introduce students to important work in the humanistic study of time; innovative scholarship in the digital humanities; and experiments in using digital technology to pursue qualitative research. No technical knowledge needed, only a desire to play with the possibilities of contemporary media for the study of culture.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 212 POETICS OF TELEVISION

This course introduces students to the poetics of television. We will explore the ways that television tells stories and how it constructs worlds; the significance of genre, style, and form to those stories and worlds; and the relationship between television and the horizons of social, historical, and aesthetic experience that television opens up as one of the most important culture industries of the last 100 years. Much of our class will be devoted to watching TV and discussing what we watch, from the sitcom, news, reality TV, domestic melodrama, soap operas, and crime procedurals to advertising, animation, mini-series, sci-fi and fantasy, the Western, “art television,” and live drama. Students will also come to understand poetics as an approach useful to the study of any medium, especially when combined with the more speculative and conceptual projects of media and critical theory.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 214 EXPANDED PHOTOGRAPHY

The class will examine and interrogate the multiple roles that contemporary photography and related media plays within our unique cultural moment with an emphasis on hybrid/multidisciplinary approaches to the medium. The class projects will explore site-specific photographic installation, time based imagery, large format printing, book and object making. Digital processes and studio lighting techniques will also be covered. In conjunction to their studio project, students will view and analyze a range of photographic practices, read contemporary criticism and engage in probing discussion and original writing. Upon completion of this course, students will have the capacity to more confidently engage the work they make within the broader discourse of art and will acquire an understanding of the concepts and vocabulary necessary for critical discussion of photographic work, their own and that of others. Minimal experience with digital photography is required. Permission of instructor. $50 studio fee.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DMS 215 ADVANCED DIGITAL ART

This course explores artistic approaches to the internet and emerging technologies with an emphasis on contemporary issues, artists, and theories of digital art. Students will engage in a studio practice using artist-centered techniques of hacking, programming, and imaginative re-use and re-purposing of digital software and hardware. Students’ experimental projects will individual areas of study and interests and will take the form of social networking actions, physical computing, circuit bending, net art works, and recombinant imaging. Open-source, interdisciplinary, and collaborative strategies will be encouraged. This course will culminate with an online exhibition of works using social media apps for a local/physical gallery space as well as global distribution via networked media. . Prerequisites SA 151. Permission of instructor. $50 studio fee.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DMS 221 ADVANCED VIDEO

This course explores video art processes with an emphasis on contemporary practice, emerging trends, and digital technologies. Students will consider time-based digital objects and sound from artistic perspectives questioning and “interrupting” conventional narrative forms while embracing experimental techniques to generate unexpected results. Original projects will involve installation, single channel, sound, and networked environments. Works will be examined within a critical framework of readings, critiques, and viewings. Permission of instructor. $50 studio fee.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 232 ADVANCED DIGITAL ART

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

DMS 241 ADVANCED SCULPTURE

This class broadens the investigation undertaken in Introductory 3D to include other materials and processes as well as a focus on working in an interdisciplinary fashion. This course furthers the development of the student's three dimensional form vocabulary and their options for articulating their ideas. The ability to verbally and visually articulate ideas is developed through group discussion and critique. Permission of instructor required. Studio Art Supplies Fee: $50

Last Offered: Fall 2014

DMS 243 BOOKMAKING

In this course students examine their environment through projects that explore narration, sequence, and series. Creative approaches to narrative and non-narrative sequence are used as a framework for developing personal concepts and overall artistic strengths. Within this context, students create and develop two-dimensional images through a variety of materials and techniques. Students will be introduced to the use of image, color and text as formal and conceptual elements. Course work consists of both directed and individual projects with an emphasis on the integration of drawing and printmaking, supplemented with seminar style discussion of selected texts. Studio art supplies fee: $50. Permission of instructor.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

DMS 244 MARKINGS, METHODS&MATERIALS

This course explores of the boundaries of conventional studio production through experimentation with nontraditional materials and invented approaches. It investigates the act of making a mark and probes the motives and impulses inherent in that process. The projects demand formal consideration as well as thoughtful content; along with class participation, they act as documents of an engagement in creative thought, research, and problem-solving. Individual and group critiques occur throughout the course. Markings, Methods, and Materials can be viewed as an extension of any 100-level studio course and provides an opportunity to exercise and explore the techniques and cognitive processes that are utilized and applied in art production and adjacent fields of learning. Permission of instructor required. Studio art supplies fee: $50.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

DMS 250 WRITING IN A DIGITAL WORLD

The purpose of writing in a digital world is to engage with a broader community around a topic of interest and contribute to public knowledge. In this course, students are invited to dig deeply into a question of interest, write for a public audience, and use the Internet as an archive of information waiting to be discovered, analyzed, and written about. Students can draw on pre-existing research interests from their majors or develop a line of inquiry stemming from class discussions, writing, and research. In order to gain experience writing to a range of readers, students will engage in a writing process informed by peer review, self-assessment, and revision. Shorter writing assignments will help students develop and refine ideas as they transform texts for different audiences. The final research project will be multimodal, published for a public audience, and should demonstrate your ability to think critically about a topic and effectively communicate that knowledge to a range of readers.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Primary Writing Requirement.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 251 INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 280 CREATE A DOCUMENTARY

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DMS 281 DANCE ON CAMERA:CAM ON DANCE

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

DMS 283 DIGITAL CITYSCAPES

Most of our interactions today with the geography of a city are digital - we use our phones to find a location, we mark where we've been on a Facebook map, we embed GPS information into our photos. Beyond these everyday uses, digital projects abound that map historical and statistical data onto geographical locations, drawing connections between physical locations and more abstract information. In this course we will examine the ways these interactions between the digital and the physical shape our understanding of the world around us. Materials and discussions in English.

Last Offered: Spring 2014

DMS 284 TOPICS IN ITALIAN CULTURE

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

DMS 371 CAPSTONE

First of a three course sequence in which students plan, design, construct, and deliver a digital media object of significant scope. Working as a team, they deploy their collective knowledge, skills, and expertise to devise a project of their own design.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 372 CAPSTONE

Second of a three course sequence in which students plan, design, construct, and deliver a digital media object of significant scope. Working as a team, they deploy their collective knowledge, skills, and expertise to undertake an external client's proposal and/or devise a project of their own design.

Prerequisites: DMS 371
Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 373 CAPSTONE

Third of a three course sequence in which students plan, design, construct, and deliver a digital media object of significant scope. Working as a team, they deploy their collective knowledge, skills, and expertise to undertake an external client's proposal and/or devise a project of their own design.

Prerequisites: DMS 371 and DMS 372
Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 373W CAPSTONE

Third of a three course sequence in which students plan, design, construct, and deliver a digital media object of significant scope. Working as a team, they deploy their collective knowledge, skills, and expertise to undertake an external client's proposal and/or devise a project of their own design.

Prerequisites: DMS 371 and DMS 372
Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 394 INTERNSHIP

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

DMS 396A TEACHING ASSISTANT: DMS 101

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

DMS 501 DIG HUMANITIES-MELLON GRANT

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Last Offered: Fall 2017