MUMT 303: New Media Production II

Winter 2016
Instructor: Deborah Egloff and Jeronimo Barbosa


General Information :

Over the course of this project-based seminar, New Media-related perspectives on history, theory, and performance will be surveyed and discussed. The main aim is to lay the groundwork for thorough understanding and producing New Media works in its many forms. Regarding technological and creative practice, this seminar will focus on the Processing environment and on basic computer programming, extending the technical abilities acquired in MUMT 302.

Learning Outcomes :

By the end of this course, students should have a basic knowledge of the historical developments in new media art beyond sound. They will be familiarized with some of the major aesthetic concepts in different domains such as performance art, video art, internet art and others. On a practical level, students will develop skills in basic computer programming, using the Processing environment as main tool.

Method and evaluation :

This course consists of three hours of lecture, discussion, workshops, or student presentations per week. Grades will be based on:

  1. Active participation in class discussions, including essential questions on the discussion topics, making out 10% of the final grade [10%].
  2. Small projects; worth 10% each, making out 40% of the final grade [40%].
  3. A 15-minute in-class individual presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion, making out 20% of the final grade [20%].
  4. A 20 min final project presentation worth 30% of the final grade [30%]

All assignments including the individual and final project materials must be submitted on the myCourses site by the deadline indicated in the Course Outline below. Grading will be based on the quality of the presentation and ability to discuss the issues with the rest of the class.

Readings: Required readings from journal articles and book excerpts will be made available on the course website or in class. The readings are to be completed before the corresponding course dates listed below, in order to maximize the course time spent in discussion and debate. Note that lecture material will not be limited to the readings. The readings are assigned to provide a critical framework and conceptual understanding for the creative and practical aspects of the course. Students are required to reflect on the material and complement it with a BIG ISSUE/provocative question arising from their general assessment of each reading. This will serve as the basis for the class discussion. The Big Issue/Question could be a critique of what the students have read, or they could comment on a statement the author makes in the reading which corroborates or contradicts their own opinion, for example. The written Big Questions are due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday before the Thursday class and should be submitted via mycourses to the instructor(s).

Individual presentations: Students are to come up with a major issue concerning the role of New Media and make it relevant to their own discipline. It is suggested that students select 1-2 articles not in the required reading list upon which to base their presentation. The articles can be from any domain, as long as they concern New Media. Students will make a presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote that is 15 minutes long. In the presentation, the selected issue should be laid out in a logical fashion, and it should be made explicit why it constitutes an important contribution to any aspect of New Media. The artistic and technological approach and results of the chosen articles should be carefully outlined, and students should explain what the selected issues specifically contribute to the understanding of New Media practices. The presentation should be illustrated with short examples (music and sound, video, other visual art etc). It is crucial to set things up so that the following 10-minute discussion period will be animated and lively (it can be provocative!).

Final projects: Students will make a project presentation of 20 minutes followed by 15 minutes of discussion. They will develop a New Media project that will be showcased during the last day of class. The project must address specific aspects of New Media, including historical and cultural perspectives in the light of current visual arts-based and/or electroacoustic practice.

Course Materials :

Resources :

Music-Tech Computer Lab
Music Server Account
Software (in the MTCL):
Multimedia Equipment :

Late Assignment Policy


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