Courses in digital media focus on exposing students to the means in which digital technology can be brought to bear on fine arts practices.
The digital media area of study helps students examine ways in which contemporary artists use digital tools to create immersive and emergent artworks through the use of various software packages. In addition to learning pertinent software, students are encouraged to be aware of how digital artwork functions in the broader art context. Equally important to mastering technique is the application of those techniques to artwork that maintains a contemporary relevance.
The Electronic Media Center
The Electronic Media Center is a cutting-edge facility serving the digital media needs of students, staff and faculty of the Department of Art within the University of Maryland. The lab gives students access to advanced software and hardware allowing them to complete projects in image manipulation, DVD authoring, video editing, web design, sound production, interactive work and video installation. Courses taught in the lab focus not only on the technical skills necessary to create work digitally, but also look to give students the conceptual and formal knowledge to make work that is contemporary, compelling and relevant. A large assortment of peripheral hardware is also made available to students for use in the completion of projects: video cameras, audio recording equipment, digital cameras, sensor equipment and various other tools are available for checkout by students, staff and faculty to facilitate the completion of digital artwork.
The Department of Art also offers students access to emerging practices involved in the creation of physical objects from digital tools. Students have access to two 3D printers as well as a large-format CNC milling machine (capable of cutting material up to 96" x 48") and laser cutting/engraving facilities.
Courses Offered in Digital Media
This is a foundation level course, taken by all art studio majors which introduces the core concepts and fundamental techniques of digital media as they apply to art and design. Topics covered include image manipulation, time-based media and web development.
This intermediate course introduces students to the concepts and techniques involved in the use of computer code as a tool for art making. Projects involve digital printmaking, generative video installation and programming for interactivity. course website
This advanced level studio art course explores methods for the creation of physical objects from digital processes. Techniques involve rapid prototyping (3D printing) CNC milling, and laser cutting technologies.
The primary focus of this course is video production. Aesthetics, theory and practical aspects will be examined in the context of short film/documentary production.