Programming Media II (DESMA 252B)
Winter 2016
UCLA Department of Design Media Arts


This course is an introduction to electronics and physical computing for the arts. Each participant will build an understanding of electricity, circuit design, mechanisms, sensors, actuators, and integrating custom electronics with processing.

Experimentation is required to gain familiarity with creating and planning computational works. This technical and conceptual exploration will involve class critiques, readings, and discussion.



You must attend class, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments.

Grading is based on the workshop exercises, and on active participation during the class meetings and reading discussions. The work is evaluated on how well it demonstrates an understanding of the material, its originality, as well as its conceptual and aesthetic qualities. Feedback will be primarily qualitative but letter grades will be given for all work.

Participation & Attendance

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

Classes start at 12:30 PM. 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 me.

Required Reading

Recommended Reading



Count Name Cost
1 Arduino Uno - R3 or Compatable 24.95
1 Half-Sized Breadboard 5.00
1 Wall Adapter Power Supply (9 VDC 1000mA) 6.95
1 Photocell 0.95
1 LED - RGB Diffused Common Cathode 1.95
1 Trimpot 10K with Knob 0.95
1 H-Bridge Motor Driver 1A 2.35
1 Diode Rectifier - 1A 50V 0.15
1 LED - Assorted (20 pack) 2.95
1 Momentary Pushbutton Switch - 12mm Square 0.50
1 Actuator (Motor, servo, stepper, solenoid, etc) of your choice. (Actuators at Sparkfun) ‡ -
1 Sensor of your choice. (Sensors at Sparkfun) ‡ -

† Full sized is ok too, might want to get a couple so you don't have to pull everything apart to make a new project.
‡ You can wait on these until we talk about the differences between them in class, but if you wanna make a big order, go for it!


Count Name Cost
1 USB Cable A to B - 6 Foot 3.95
1 9V battery holder with switch & 5.5mm/2.1mm plug 3.95
1 SoftPot Membrane Potentiometer
1 Jumper Wires 4.95
1 Wire Strippers 9.95
1 Parts Box (You can also find nice cheap boxes at Home Depot) 5.95