Senior Projects: Interactivity and Games!!

Syllabus

Monday and Wednesday 2-4:50pm
UCLA Broad Art Center 4220

Professor: Lauren McCarthy
(office hours: By appointment, Broad 3246)

TA: Stalgia Grigg
(office hours: By appointment, Broad 3263)

Description

Senior Projects provides a capstone experience for the major, culminating in the Senior Show in June. You will work closely with the faculty to focus on a project defined by the your individual skills and professional interests. Each project will employ a process of research, conceptual development, prototype development, refinement, and production. You will also engage in critical analyses by reviewing and critiquing othersʼ works.

The 159A Senior Projects class focuses on interactive media, which includes game design, interactive installation, dynamic websites, creative coding, and electronics. Senior Projects is the only course offered that is directed by each studentʼs individual goals, interests and skills.

Interactivity and games should not be understood as limiting a project to technically mediated forms. Works in all mediums are considered. You are encouraged to work with media that allow you to hone in on your conceptual and visual sensibilities, and with which you already have proficiency.

Expectations

Grading. Grades will be determined according to the following breakdown:
  • Participation 15%
  • Process documentation 25%
  • Final project 40%
  • Final documentation 20%

Outstanding or exceptional work will receive As, good work will receive Bs, sufficient work that does nothing more than meet requirements will receive Cs.

Process documentation. The quarter is broken up into smaller assignments that will guide you on the path of creating your senior project. It is recommended that you create a dedicated notebook or folder to track the assigments and research materials you compile. It is essential that you meet these deadlines so you don't fall behind. If you are struggling, talk to the professor or TA ahead of your meeting to communicate the issue or confusion. Process documentation is worth 25% of your grade.

Individual meetings. Much of the class time will be devoted to 1-on-1 meetings with the professor and TA. You should prep for these meetings. Show new findings, discuss conclusions, and present your goals for the following week. Make a list of questions beforehand that you want to discuss. Outside of these meetings, keep in mind that you are also welcome to discuss your work with any professor you feel could help you out. Your senior project professor might ask you to seek advice or have a meeting with soemone specific to discuss your project. Be pro-active and report to your professor if this was helpful. You are also welcome to come to class after the last scheduled meeting each day for open office hours help.

Participation. Participation is critical to passing and enjoying this class. Do the work, share your thoughts, ask questions, prepare for meetings, offer feedback during critiques. This class is meant to be a safe space in which you feel encouraged and supported in learning and taking creative risks. This means being aware and considerate of different backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. Respect each other and this space we are building together. Don’t assume, ask. Remain open, be willing to take responsibility, apologize, and learn. Help each other in this. If there are concerns please let me or Stalgia know as soon as possible.

Attendance. On days where we have only individual meetings scheduled, you are only required to come at your designated time. You may otherwise use the time to work on your projects wheverever you like. Each unexcused absence will result in one full letter grade deduction. Three unexcused absences will result in a failed grade in the class. If there is an emergency and you must miss class, email Stalgia before class. Absences will not be excused after the fact except in extreme circumstances. Illness requires a doctor’s note. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be marked tardy. Three tardies results in one unexcused absence. Your attendance can be viewed here, any disputes should be discussed with the TA within two weeks.

Late work. Late work will not be accepted.

Commitment to Diversity and Safer Spaces

We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. This means that we will use preferred pronouns, respect self-identifications, and be mindful of special needs. Disagreement is encouraged and supported, however our differences affect our conceptualization and experience of reality, and it is extremely important to remember that certain gender, race, sex, and class identities are more privileged while others are undermined and marginalized. Consequently, this makes some people feel more protected or vulnerable during debates and discussions. A collaborative effort between the students, TA, and instructor is needed to create a supportive learning environment. While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. Alternatively if you feel that something said in discussion or included in a piece of work is harmful, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor or TA. (tx voidLab!)

Disability Services

UCLA strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on a disability, please let me know as soon as possible. It is necessary for you to register with the UCLA Center for Accessible Education so that we can establish reasonable accommodations. After registration, make arrangements with me to discuss how to implement these accommodations.

Schedule

WEEK 1 M 4/2 Introduction
❗DUE: Pecha Kucha (15 x 20s) with initial idea
W 4/4 Workshop: Developing Ideas
WEEK 2 M 4/9 ❗DUE: Project brief
Individual meetings, studio
2:00 Reggie
2:15 Lilyan
2:30 Matt
2:45 Jingjie
3:00 Charlotte
3:15 Zoe
3:30 Jane
3:45 Chelly
4:00 Rosalind
T 4/10 DMA Lecture: Ian Cheng, 6pm EDA
W 4/11 ❗DUE: Project brief
Individual meetings (with Stalgia), studio
2:00 Suhani
2:15 Nina
2:30 Elana
2:45 Briana
3:00 Tabatha
3:15 Tyler
3:30 Annie
3:45 Rong
4:00 Alison
WEEK 3 M 4/16 ❗DUE: Research
Presentation about Senor Show equipment and proposal requirements
First Senior Show committee meetings
LaurenStalgia
3:00TylerZoe
3:25AnnieLilyan
3:50RongChelly
4:15AlisonRosalind
W 4/18 ❗DUE: Research
Individual meetings, studio
LaurenStalgia
2:00SuhaniReggie
2:25NinaJane
2:50ElanaMatt
3:15BrianaJingjie
3:40TabathaCharlotte
WEEK 4 M 4/23 ❗DUE: Midterm plan
Individual meetings, studio
LaurenStalgia
2:00ZoeTyler
2:25LilyanAnnie
2:50ChellyRong
3:15RosalindAlison
W 4/25 ❗DUE: Midterm plan
Install project process for midterm review (no required class meeting)
LaurenStalgia
2:00ReggieSuhani
2:25JaneNina
2:50MattElana
3:15JingjieBriana
3:40CharlotteTabatha
WEEK 5 M 4/30 ❗DUE: Midterm review
Final decisions on presented work
W 5/2 Required: 12-2pm EDA, Career Development Workshop Series: Portfolio Panel
Suggested: Take the afternoon to visit an art/design exhibition, installation, screening, etc related to your project
No meetings
WEEK 6 M 5/7 ❗DUE: Context write-up
Lecture: Alumni panel "life after graduating"
W 5/9 ❗DUE: Timeline
Individual meetings, studio
LaurenStalgia
2:00SuhaniReggie
2:20NinaLilyan
2:40ElanaMatt
3:00BrianaJingjie
3:20TabathaCharlotte
3:40TylerZoe
4:00AnnieJane
4:20RongChelly
4:40AlisonRosalind
WEEK 7 M 5/14 Individual meetings (with Stalgia), studio
2:00 Suhani
2:20 Nina
2:40 Elana
3:00 Briana
3:20 Tabatha
3:40 Tyler
4:00 Annie
4:20 Rong
4:40 Alison
W 5/16 Individual meetings (with Lauren), studio
2:00 Reggie
2:20 Lilyan
2:40 Matt
3:00 Jingjie
3:20 Charlotte
3:40 Zoe
4:00 Jane
4:20 Chelly
4:40 Rosalind
WEEK 8 M 5/21 ❗DUE: Invitation to industry
Individual meetings, studio
LaurenStalgia
2:00TylerZoe
2:20AnnieBriana
2:40RongChelly
3:00AlisonRosalind
3:20SuhaniReggie
3:40NinaLilyan
4:00ElanaMatt
W 5/23 Workshop: Documenting work in exhibition (meet in EDA)
Individual meetings (with Stalgia), studio
3:20 Jane
3:40 Jingjie
4:00 Tabatha
4:20 Charlotte
WEEK 9 M 5/28 Memorial Day: no class
W 5/30 Individual meetings, studio
Begin installation
LaurenStalgia
2:00ReggieSuhani
2:20LilyanNina
2:40MattElana
3:00BrianaJingjie
3:20CharlotteTabatha
3:40ZoeTyler
4:00JaneAnnie
4:20ChellyRong
4:40RosalindAlison
WEEK 10 M 6/4 Installation
W 6/6 ❗DUE: Final installation walkthrough
Th 6/7 🎉 Senior Show Opening! 🎉
WEEK 11 W 6/13 ❗DUE: Final documentation

Projects

PECHA KUCHA (DUE 4/2)

PROJECT BRIEF (DUE Week 2)

RESEARCH (DUE Week 3)

MIDTERM PLAN (DUE Week 4)

MIDTERM REVIEW (DUE 4/30)

CONTEXT WRITE-UP (DUE 5/7)

TIMELINE (DUE 5/9)

INVITATION TO INDUSTRY (DUE 5/21)

**In addition to the pdf described below, please also send one image that represents your senior project as a separate file (at least 1920x1080px).**

This is a pdf due via email to stalgia.grigg@gmail.com by EOD on 5/21. We will be sending it out along with an invitation to the show to the contacts from career day and other potential employers. It should be a 3-5 page pdf on 8.5x11" vertical pages. The format is as follows:

PAGE 01
name, e-mail, website + contact info
describe/list the media you work in and your technical skills

PAGE 02
senior project: title, description, images (of process)

PAGE 03 / 04 /05
previous works: title, description, images per project

INSTALLATION (DUE 6/1)

FINAL DOCUMENTATION (DUE Week 6/13)