Senior Projects – Syllabus
DESMA 159A, Spring 2013
Senior Projects: Interactivity and Games
UCLA Department of Design Media Arts
Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Broad Art Center, 4220
Studio, six hours; outside study, nine hours. Preparation: completion of preparation for major courses. Enforced requisite: course 160, 171, 172, or 173. Limited to seniors.
The 159A Senior Projects class focuses on interactive media, which include game design, interactive installations, dynamic websites, creative coding, and electronics. Senior Projects is the only course offered that is directed by each studentʼs individual goals. Each studentʼs individual or collaborative project is defined by individual interests and skills. The course focuses on career choice and creating a final project that can be showcased at the Senior Show.
The course must be taken twice as a capstone experience within the major. Total units for courses 159A, 159B, and 159C may not exceed 10 units, with maximum of 5 units per term. Letter grading.
The objective of this course is to provide a capstone experience within the major. You will work closely with the faculty to focus on a project defined by the your individual skills and professional interests, and deeply engage in the following design processes: Research, concept development, creative direction, design direction, communication strategy, prototype development, design refinement, and production. You will also engage in critical analyses by reviewing and critiquing othersʼ works.
Works in all mediums are considered — interactivity (and games) are clearly not limited to technically mediated forms. You are encouraged to work in mediums that allow you to hone in on your conceptual and visual sensibilities, and where you already have proficiency working in.
Grading & Evaluation
20% – Engagement throughout the course (active participation and substantive contribution to the weekly critiques and discussions)
20% – Work documentation (“journal” and final project documentation)
60% – Independent project (quality of the final project)
Participation & Attendance
Punctuality, focus, articulation of concepts, and contribution to class discussions are all part of class participation.
Classes start at 9:00 AM. If you are 15 minutes late, you will receive a tardy. 3 tardies will turn into 1 absence. Every absence equals 1 full grade down (A to B), 3 unexcused absences result in a failing grade.
If there is an emergency and you will be late or absent from the class, please email both me and the TA to schedule a meeting to discuss the situation.
No use of cellphones in class, except for the testing of websites on mobile browsers. No checking personal e-mails, Facebook, Skype, etc. during class.
Ask questions, make comments, contribute to reviews! Learn from your peers; the class should be a collaboration.