Senior Projects, UCLA Design Media Arts, Winter 2013
Syllabus
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Syllabus

DMA 159A, Winter 2013
Senior Projects: Interactivity and Games
UCLA Department of Design Media Arts

Professor Casey Reas
TA Chris Reilly

Monday & Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Broad Art Center, 4220


Description

Studio, six hours; outside study, nine hours. Preparation: completion of preparation for major courses and all required area studies courses. 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 student's individual goals. Each student's 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. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 units. Maximum of 5 units allowed per term. Letter grading.


Objective

The objective of this course is to provide a capstone experience within the major. Students will work closely with the faculty to focus on a project defined by the student's 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. Students will also engage in critical analyses by reviewing and critiquing others' works.


Evaluation

The grading is based on the student's:

A) Engagement throughout the course (active participation and substantive contribution to the weekly critiques and discussions) - 20%

B) Work documentation ("journal" and final project documentation) - 20%

C) Independent project (quality of the final project) - 60%

Feedback will be qualitative. Letter grades will be assigned at the end of the quarter.


Schedule

Week 1: Overview and Introduction.

Week 2: Idea development and research continues, individual meetings with faculty.

Week 3: Independent work, individual meetings with faculty.

Week 4: Independent work, individual meetings with faculty, student-to-student discussions.

Week 5: Midpoint presentations, critique and discussion of projects.

Week 6: Independent work, individual meetings with faculty.

Week 7: Independent work, individual meetings with faculty.

Week 8: Presentations, critique and discussion of projects.

Week 9: Independent work, individual meetings with faculty, student-to-student discussions.

Week 10: Final presentations, discussion and critiques.

Week 11: Documentation of projects due.