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UCSB's Online Schedule of Classes:

To search for a course at UCSB, or obtain a list of courses by department, use the online Schedule of Classes.

Schedule of Classes - Fall 2019

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Course
Day
Time
Location
Course Code

INT 80TH

Mediated Worlds/THEMAS Technologies+Humanities Emphasis

(undergraduate course)

4 units

Instructor: M. Novak

TR
3:30-4:45pm
Arts 1353
28142, 28159, 28167

Description

Integrative overview of media arts and technologies, emphasizing the interconnections between technologies and humanities (means and ends), engineering and mathematics (concrete and abstract), and arts and science (synthesis and analysis). The THEMAS model proposes a continuum across disciplines previously separated by narrow specializations. This class emphasizes Technologies+Humanities (means and ends) within the overall model of THEMAS.

MAT 200B

Music and Technology

4 units

Instructor: C. Roads

TR
4-5:50pm
Music 2215
30809

Description

Overview of music and technology, including historical aspects. Readings and exercises with a range of music software applications. Basics of Internet audio and evolving media, music production, business, technical, and aesthetic aspects.

MAT 240C

Digital Audio Programming

4 units

Instructor: K. Yerkes

WF
10-11:50am
Elings Hall 2003
30817

Description

A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rate Control and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.

MAT 261A

Transvergence Seminar I

4 units

Instructor: M. Novak

W
2-5pm
Elings Hall 2615 & 2003
30825

Description

Artistic, philosophical, scientific, and technical foundations of transdisciplinarity, transmodality, and Transvergence. New conceptions of actual, virtual, and informational space and form. Trans-Euclidean geometry, from Gauss to present. Emergence and immanence in algorithmic poetics and information aesthetics. Models of physical, biological, and social complex systems. Worldmaking and epistemology.

MAT 261B

Transvergence Studio I

4 units

Instructor: M. Novak

W
5:30-8:30pm
Elings Hall 2615 & 2003
30833

MAT 265

Open Projects in Optical/Motion - Computational Processes

4 units

Instructor: G. Legrady

TR
1-2:50pm
Elings Hall 2611
30841

Description

Student defined research projects course focused on optical, or other imaging/sensing device interfaced with a computer such as anamorphs, experiments in multiple exposure, spatial & virtual exploration, distance/presence, reflection and penetration (x-ray, infrared, medical (MRI, PET), etc.

MAT 276LA

Digital Audio Montage

2 units

Instructor: C. Roads

M
4-5:50pm
Music 2215
30858

Description

First quarter of a three-quarter sequence course concentrates on multi-track recording, mixing, digital signal processing, and studio based composition.

MAT 293

Internship in Industry

1-4 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30866

Description

Special projects for selected students. Offered in conjunction with selected industrial and research under direct faculty supervision. Prior departmental approval required.

MAT 299

Independent Study

4 units

Instructor: TBD

TBD
TBD
TBD
30874

Description

Independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in the department. Offers an opportunity to qualified students to undertake independent research or work in a group laboratory in digital media arts and technology.

MAT 502

Teaching in MAT

1-4 units

Instructor: TBD

TBD
TBD
TBD
30882

MAT 594A

Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music.

4 units

Instructor: K. Fields

M
10-12:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
30890

Description

Special seminar in selected problems in multimedia engineering, visual arts, or electronic music.

MAT 594CE

CREATE Ensemble

1 unit

Instructor: K. Yerkes

F
2-5pm
Music 0314
30908

Description

Hands on practical approach to composition, improvisation, critique, refinement, and research dedicated to live performance.

Open to laptops, new interfaces for artistic expression, audiovisual art, live coding, local and/or wide area networked performance, interactive dance, music for acoustic and electronic instruments, performance art, trans-categorical live performance, etc.

Prerequisite: graduate standing in MAT or Music or consent of instructor; students are expected to contribute some combination of technical development, composition, and/or performance skills. Optionally, take in conjunction with independent study for related research.

We will prepare one structured improvisation for the entire group and several smaller pieces according to our resources. Will discuss many potential venues on and off campus for events.

MAT 594E

Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music.

4 units

Instructor: K. Yerkes

TR
10-11:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
30916

MAT 594T

Physical Media

4 units

Instructor: Y. Visell

TR
1-2:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
30924

Description

This course will address aspects of continuous waves and media, including solid vibrations. Course content will include theory, computation, and experiments. The course combines lectures, peer presentations, discussion, readings, and hands on activities. This class has no specific prerequisites, but please contact Prof. Visell to discuss your interest prior to enrolling. Enrollment will be limited to 10 students.

MAT 594X

Computational Systems for Visual Art and Design

4 units

Instructor: J. Jacobs

TR
3-4:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
76208

Description

Computational systems of rules, relationships, and behaviors can extend traditional art and design practices or support new creative workflows and outcomes. In this course, we will explore the creation of computational systems for visual art and design. Following a studio format, we will learn creative coding platforms and algorithms to create visual works that are flexible, dynamic, and generative. In the process, we will touch on the design philosophy and abstractions of existing creative coding platforms and examine methods to create alternatives. Students will learn basic approaches to modify creative programming languages and frameworks or develop new software interfaces for visual expression. Technical production will be complemented by readings on computational art and design theory and review of seminal works in computational art and design.

MAT 595M

Media Arts and Technology Seminar Series

1 unit

Instructor: M. Peljhan

M
1-2:30pm
ESB 2001
30932

Description

A weekly writing, theory and guest lectures seminar, focused on research topics of interest to the wide fields at the intersection of media arts and technology. The seminar is organized in topical modules, covering writing methodologies, media theory, philosophy and critique.

MAT 596

Directed Research

2-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30940

MAT 597

Individual Study, PhD exams

1-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30957

MAT 598

Master's Thesis/Project Research

1-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30965

MAT 599

PhD Dissertation Research and Preparation

1-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30973

Miscellaneous

M - Monday,  T - Tuesday,  W - Wednesday,  R - Thursday,  F - Friday.

Choose your electives from Art, Computer Science, ECE, and Music, then have them approved by the instructor.

Instructor Codes: A. Cabrera (17), T. Höllerer (27), J. Jacobs (02), J. Kuchera-Morin (33), G. Legrady (09), M. Novak (03), M. Peljhan (11), C. Roads (08), Y. Visell (18), K. Yerkes (21).