Monday & Wednesday
9:00 AM–11:50 AM
FabLab

Professor: (office hours: Monday 12:00-1:00 in the FabLab and by appointment)
TA: (office hours: TBD)

Working with electronics opens new ways to connect the virtual and physical—from ephemeral representations on screens and networks to bodies in space and time. Through workshops, readings, lectures, critiques, and discussions, we will reevaluate the role desktop computers (and their mice, trackpads, keyboards, screens, and gamepads) play in forming our understanding of what is technically possible, sensible, logical, foolish, magical, and intuitive.

In this course, each participant will build an understanding of electricity, circuit design, mechanisms, sensors, actuators, micro-controller programming, custom interface design, and integrating electronics with software. For the first half of the quarter, we will focus on building our familiarity with these new tools through a series of short weekly and in-class assignments and workshops. The second half of the term will require developing, presenting, designing, and executing a large individual (or small-group) project.

All assignments need to be documented and archived. Students must keep prints and objects from the assignments to demonstrate progress. Class time is used to learn skills, fabricate objects, and discuss student work.

Learning Objectives

Grading

75% – Projects
25% – Attendance and engagement throughout the course (active participation and substantive contribution to the weekly critiques and discussions)

Points are deducted if you turn in an assignment late. You will lose all points if the assignment is more than one week late.

In addition to being presented in class for critique, all projects must be thoroughly documented before being given a grade. Documentation must include photos and video where necessary, a title, and description of the work. We will reserve the shootroom for documentation twice during the quarter to help make it easier to document your work.

Participation & Attendance

Punctuality, focus, articulation of concepts, and contribution to class discussions are all part of class participation.

More than 1 unexcused absence will lower your final grade as follows:

Classes start at 2:00 PM. If you arrive after 2:15 but before 3:00, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies will be marked as an absence. You will be marked absent if you arrive after 10am without prior approval.

If there is an emergency and you will be late or absent from the class, please email me and the TA.

Workload

The Tangible Media is a 5 unit studio class, you are expected to work 6 hours a week in class and 9 hours a week outside of class. Every week we expect to see progress that reflects the 15 hours of weekly work for the class.

Optional Materials

While all projects can be successfully realized using the parts in your kit, be aware that some ideas may require components not available in the FabLab. The instructor will be able to guide you to find the correct parts on a project-by-project basis.

Commitment to Equity and Diversity

In this class we make a commitment towards diversity by acknowledging the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. A collaborative effort between the students and the teacher is needed for creating a supportive learning environment.

If a class member says that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, remember this is a valuable opportunity for everyone present to grow and learn from one another with further discussion. All class members are encouraged to discuss such instances with the instructor so they can be addressed with greater care in the future.

Students with Special Needs

Students with a disability or health-related issue who need a class accommodation should make an appointment to speak with the instructor as soon as possible. It is University policy that students with documented disabilities receive reasonable accommodations through access to classroom information. If you have a physical, psychological/psychiatric or medical condition, or a learning disability that will make it difficult for you to carry out the work outlined in the syllabus, or that will require additional time for taking exams and completing assignments, please notify your faculty for this class and visit the UCLA Center for Accessible Education in the first two weeks of the quarter so that we may make appropriate arrangements. All information and documentation is confidential.