Course Description

Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice, ART 80T

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Introduces the digital tools and mediums available to contemporary art practices. Tools are explored from a historical and theoretical context and from a technical perspective through hands-on tutorials. A variety of artworks that use digital mediums are also examined. Covers photo and vector editors, sound and video editing, basic 3D modeling, and images and interactions generated by code. Students should have basic computer literacy.

Key Information

Winter Quarter 2018
Instruction start date: January 8, 2018
Instruction end date: March 16, 2018
Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Art

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
General Education: IV - Arts and Humanities

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: ERC - Fine arts; Revelle Fine Arts; Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC/AS; TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Major Preparation: Likely major prep application toward lower-division Art elective credit after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: PE-T
Major Requirement: satisfies lower division foundation requirement for Art Majors


Students should have basic computer literacy.

Course Meeting Requirements

Course is run on a weekly schedule - weekly assignments and projects can be submitted any time before the end-of-week deadline. Lecture and studio content can be completed any time during the week, before each week's deadline. Due to the dynamic nature of the course, content is released every week and students will need a reliable internet connection and access to a personal laptop or desktop computer throughout the quarter. Alternate scheduling accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis - please contact the instructor prior to the start of the term.

Course Fees

There are no course fees or textbooks required for the course.

More About The Course

Digital Tools for Contemporary Practice (ART 80T) is a 100% online course. Students will be responsible for completing weekly lecture modules and tutorials and completing and submitting small projects and discussion posts based on tutorial exercises each week. Students can work through lecture and tutorial modules at any time during the week, and may submit projects any time before each weekly deadline. All texts and readings will be available online. 

To take this course, students are required to have access to a dedicated internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer. Tablets can be used to access lecture and tutorial parts of the course, however, most of the programs and tools being presented require a computer. A subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud will be required, unless students are able to demonstrate high level proficiency with suitable alternative programs.

Additional Course Information

Exam Info

Students will complete a self scheduled midterm exam during week 6 and a self scheduled final exam during week 10 or finals week. These tests will be online, and students will be allowed to access any notes, readings or other resources. Once started, the tests will be timed, and cannot be paused.

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Course Creator

Kristen Gillette

Instructor of Term

Kristen Gillette

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