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Academics

Courses

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.

Current Schedule of Classes - Spring 2020

Please note that Spring quarter 2020 classes will be held online until further notice.
Course
Day
Time
Location
Course Code

INT 80AS

Mediated Worlds/THEMAS Arts+Sciences Emphasis
(undergraduate course)

4 units

Instructor: M. Novak

TR
3:30-4:45pm
Arts 1349
27458, 27466, 27474

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 Arts+Sciences (synthesis/analysis) within the overall model of THEMAS.

MAT 200A

Arts & Technology

4 units

Instructor: M. Peljhan

M
T
10am - 12:50pm
3pm - 3:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
53454

Description

Overview of the digital media arts field with an emphasis on technological developments and their integration in art research and production. Students are introduced to contemporary and historical directions and methodologies through seminar lectures, research presentation, and a final project.

MAT 200B

Music & Technology

4 units

Instructor: C. Roads

TR
4pm-5:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
56325

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 201A

Media Signal Processing

4 units

Instructor: K. Yerkes

TR
1-2:50pm
Elings Hall 2003
29934

Description

Basic concepts in digital signal and image processing (transforms, convolutions, etc.), filter design, image enhancement and coding, digital video.

MAT 240A

Digital Audio Programming

4 units

Instructor: K. Yerkes

WF
10-11:50am
Elings Hall 2809
29959

Description

Digital audio applications development.

MAT 261E

Transvergence Projects

4 units

Instructor: M. Novak

W
2-5pm
Elings Hall 2615
29967

Description

Advanced projects course fusing all modalities of transvergence into implemented works embodying the Transmodal Continuum. Physical Worldmaking: addition of physical computing, spatial sensing, and digital fabrication to immersive, eversive, and locative Worldmaking. Worldmaking and phenomenology.

MAT 265

Open Projects in Optical/Motion - Computational Processes

4 units

Instructor: G. Legrady

TR
1-2:50pm
Elings Hall 2611
29975

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 276IA

Direct Digital Synthesis - Processing and Composition

4 units

Instructor: J. Kuchera-Morin

TR
10-11:50am
Elings Hall 2809
29991

Description

First quarter of general purpose computing for computer music applications. Topics include: music synthesis using computer programs, and score input programs.

MAT 276LC

Digital Audio Montage

2 units

Instructor: C. Roads

M
4-5:50pm
Music 2215
30007

Description

Third quarter of a three-quarter sequence course that concentrates on studio based composition.

MAT 293

Internship in Industry

1-4 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30015

Description

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

MAT 294CR

Presenting MAT Projects

1 unit

Instructor: M. Peljhan

T
4-6pm
Elings Hall room 2003
30023

Description

Students develop concise descriptions and practice mock presentations that will be critiqued by faculty and peers in preparation for public exhibition of their work. Emphasis on technical and aesthetic clarity.

MAT 299

Independent Study

4 units

Instructor: TBD

TBD
TBD
TBD
30031

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
30049

MAT 594CE

CREATE Ensemble

1-4 units

Instructor: K. Yerkes

F
2-4:50pm
Music 0314 Studio Varese
30064

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 594P

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

1-4 units

Instructor: J. Kuchera-Morin

MW
10-11:50am
Elings Hall 2809
30072

Description

MAT 594P is a studio class for creating or adding to your professional portfolio. The work can be any media installation, composition, performance, or material computing project. It is also a media composition class, where we go through each persons’s process of how they compose media art works of any type. These works can be visual, sonic, interactive, material, and they do not have to include all modalities, it is whatever you are working on. Students will present their work weekly and the we will go through the process of making media art works. You can use any software you wish for this class.

MAT 594X

Computational Fabrication

1-4 units

Instructor: J. Jacobs

TR
10-11:50am
Elings Hall 2003
57620

Description

Exploration and application of computational design, simulation, and computer-aided machining to the production of physical artifacts and devices. Topics include: procedural and parametric modeling, CAD->CAM->CNC workflows, design for subtractive and additive fabrication, and electronics design and prototyping. The course will also survey notable and recent research in computational fabrication.

MAT 595M

Media Arts & Technology Seminar Series.

1 unit

Instructor: M. Peljhan

M
1-2:30pm
Elings Hall 1601
30080

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
30098

Description

Independent research, either experimental or theoretical, may be taken by properly qualified graduate students under the direction of a faculty member.

MAT 597

Individual Study, PhD exams

1-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30106

MAT 598

MS Thesis/Project Research

1-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30114

MAT 599

PhD Dissertation Preparation

1-12 units

Instructor: Use specific instructor code

TBD
TBD
TBD
30122

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).