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  • Objectives
    The Interactive Arts and Science program, offered through the Centre for Digital Humanities, provides students an opportunity to study and work in the exciting and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field of new media, digital interactivity and games. In this program students will explore the interplay of digital media, games and our understanding of human identity and values with careful attention to ways in which technoculture, narrative, gameplay, computing and media production intersect.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelof of Arts (Honours) - Interactive Arts and Science
  • Course description
    First Year

    IASC 1F00

    IASC 1P00

    IASC 1P01

    IASC 1P50

    IASC 1P93

    Second Year
       
    IASC 2P07

    IASC 2P27

    IASC 2P50

    IASC 2P57

    IASC 2P70

    IASC 2P89

    IASC 2P90

    IASC 2P91

    IASC 2P95

    IASC 2P96

    IASC 2P97

    IASC 2P98

    Third Year
       
    IASC 3F01

    IASC 3F90

    IASC 3P05

    IASC 3P39

    IASC 3P90

    IASC 3P92

    IASC 3P94

    Fourth Year

    IASC 4F00

    IASC 4F30

    IASC 1F00

    Introduction to Interactive Arts and Science


    Information and knowledge acquisition in digital and networked environments. Concepts of originality, authorship, immediacy, hypermediacy and intellectual property. Examination and use of diverse narrative conventions especially those informed by digital tools. Research and hands on application of digital tools

    Seminar, lab, 4 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to IASC students until date specified in Registration guide.

    Note: enrolment limited to 20 students. Materials fee required. Students might need additional materials, which they must supply.

    #IASC 1P00

    Introduction to Media Computation

    (also offered as APCO 1P00)

    Programming by example; encoding and manipulating pictures (such as grayscale and colour replacement); pixel manipulation (such as red eye and mirroring); designing and debugging; text manipulation with HTML; file processing; automatic generation and manipulation of web pages; sound processing (such as MP3, encoding, volume and splicing); objects and graphical user interfaces.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week; lab, 2 hours per week; tutorial, 1 hour per week.

    Restriction: not open to COSC (single or combined), BCB, CAST and CNET majors.

    Note: prior computer experience is not required.

    #IASC 1P01

    Fluency With Technology

    (also offered as APCO 1P01)

    Skills, concepts and capabilities of computers, networks and the Internet. Topics include representation of information, current hardware, software and network technologies, modelling with Excel, presentations with Powerpoint, Internet searching, and basic web page development with HTML.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week, lab, 2 hours per week.

    Restriction: not open to COSC (single or combined), BCB, CAST and CNET majors.

    Note: some prior computer experience is preferred but not required.

    Completion of this course will replace previously assigned grade and credit obtained in COSC 1P95 and 1P96.

    #IASC 1P50

    Integrity and Literacy in the Information Age

    (also offered as APCO 1P50 and COSC 1P50)

    Professional issues in computing including historic and social perspectives, legal issues, licensing and copyright, social and ethical issues, professional conduct and information literacy.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week; seminar, 2 hours per week.

    Note: this course involves seminars and considerable written work. A good command of written and spoken English is required.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in COSC 2P50.

    #IASC 1P93

    Applied Programming

    (also offered as APCO 1P93)

    Modern software techniques including problem solving and design of effective algorithms, structured program design methodology, subprogram library usage, documentation, correctness, floating-point arithmetic and error analysis.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week; lab, 2 hours per week; tutorial, 1 hour per week.

    Restriction: not open to COSC (single or combined), BCB, CAST and CNET majors.

    Prerequisite: APCO 1P00 or 12U mathematics credit.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in COSC 1P93.

    #IASC 2P07

    Foundations of Geomatics

    (also offered as ERSC 2P07 and GEOG 2P07)

    Introduction to spatial, metric, graphic and other concepts common to cartography, photogrammetry, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). Properties of maps and air photos and satellite imagery. Principles of map compilation and design. Practical experience in computer mapmaking, image interpretation and GIS analysis.

    Lectures, lab, field work, 4 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to ENVI, ERSC (single or combined), GEOG (single or combined), GEOG (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) and TREN majors until date specified in Registration guide.

    Prerequisite: one of ERSC 1F01 (1F95), GEOG 1F90, 1F91 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 2P27

    Introduction to Digital Imaging

    (also offered as COMM 2P27 and VISA 2P27)

    Principles in digital imaging: digital cameras and image capture; digital negatives; colour management; image adjustment and enhancement and image output. History of photography, imaging and critical analysis of visual culture.

    Lectures, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to COMM, VISA (single or combined) and VISA (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) majors until date specified in Registration Guide.

    Prerequisite: one of IASC 1F00, APCO 1P00 and 1P01, COMM 1F90, VISA 1P97 or permission of the instructor.

    Note: enrolment limited to 24 students. Materials fee required.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in VISA 2F26 and VISA (COMM) 2F95.

    #IASC 2P50

    Great Myths in Literature and Art


    (also offered as CLAS 2P50)

    Most influential myths in Greek and Latin literature and in ancient art, emphasizing continuity of themes and images. Selected readings in major genres of poetry and prose. Selected works of painting and sculpture.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: CLAS 1P95 and 1P97.

    #IASC 2P57

    Representing the World in Modern Fiction

    (also offered as ENGL 2P57)

    Major modes in the representation of human experience in modern fiction: romance, realism, modernism and postmodernism. Novels and short stories.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: IASC 1F00, one ENGL credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99 or permission of the instructor.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit in ENGL 2P55.

    #IASC 2P70

    Introduction to Literary Theory

    (also offered as ENGL 2P70)

    Approaches to meaning and interpretation in the contemporary study of literature.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: IASC 1F00, one ENGL credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 2P89

    Internet Technologies

    (also offered as APCO 2P89 and COSC 2P89)

    Concepts and techniques for building and maintaining advanced interactive Web sites. Topics include XML and SGML, database connectivity and forms handling, basic animation, graphics optimization for the Web, scripting, advanced searching and Web design for accessibility.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week; lab/seminar, 2 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: one of IASC 1P00 (minimum 60 percent) and 1P01 (minimum 60 percent) or COSC 1P03 (minimum 60 percent).

    #IASC 2P90

    Computer Mediated Communication

    (also offered as COMM 2P90)

    Nature of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and its role in social, educational and interpersonal contexts. Introduction to technology and methodologies essential to explore the potential of CMC.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: IASC 1F00, COMM 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 2P91

    Hypertext: Reading and Writing in New Spaces

    (also offered as COMM 2P91)

    Theory, philosophy and politics of Hypertext as a communicative mode. Topics include critical theory in a Hypertext context, changing perceptions of reader narrative, new forms of Hypertext fiction and Hypertext compared with other electronic textuality.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: IASC 2P90 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 2P95

    Introduction to Web-based Interactive Media

    (also offered as APCO 2P95, COMM 2P95 and VISA 2P95)

    Basic technical and design foundations of web-based media production, including image processing, interactive web design and multimedia production. Locates contemporary digital practices within the broader history of cultural production, tracing developments in technology and media arts.

    Lectures, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to COMM, VISA (single or combined) and VISA (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) majors until date specified in Registration Guide.

    Prerequisite: one of IASC 1F00, APCO 2P89, COMM 1F90, VISA 1P97.

    Note: enrolment limited to 24 students. Materials fee required. Students might need additional materials and equipment, which they must supply.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in VISA (COMM) 2F95.

    #IASC 2P96

    Introduction to 3D Modelling and Animation

    (also offered as COSC 2P96 and VISA 2P96)

    Concepts and skills of 3D modelling and rendering. Approaches to building models, using texturizing, lighting, cameras and rendering as well basic animation techniques. Relevant historic and theoretical perspectives on 3D and virtuality situating 3D within creative process and broader critical practices in cultural production.

    Lectures, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to VISA (single or combined) and VISA (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) majors until date specified in Registration Guide.

    Prerequisite: one of IASC 1F00, 4.0 COSC credits, VISA 1P97.

    Note: enrolment limited to 24 students. Materials fee required. Students might need additional materials and equipment which they must supply.

    #IASC 2P97

    Digital Video Art


    (also offered as VISA 2P97)

    Concepts of basic videography and its applications within conceptual and aesthetic studio practice. Camerawork, composition, and lighting; digital video and audio editing, special effects, composing, text and titling; and DV output. Critical analysis of recent and contemporary film and video practices.

    Lectures, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to VISA (single or combined) and VISA (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) majors until date specified in Registration Guide.

    Prerequisite: IASC 1F00, VISA 1P97 or permission of the instructor.

    Note: enrolment limited to 15 students. Materials fee required. Students might need additional materials and equipment which they must supply.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in VISA 2F96.

    #IASC 2P98

    Intermedia: Time and Space

    (also offered as VISA 2P98)

    Approaches to the conceptualization and production of video, sound generation, multimedia environments, performance, interactive and installation art.

    Lectures, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to VISA (single or combined) majors until date specified in Registration Guide.

    Prerequisite: IASC 1F00, VISA 2P97 or permission of the instructor.

    Note: enrolment limited to 15 students. Materials fee required. Students might need additional materials and equipment which they must supply.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in VISA 2F96

    *IASC 3F01

    Ancient Epic Tradition

    (also offered as CLAS 3F01 and GBLS 3F01)

    Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica, Vergil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Topics include the conventions of epic, the original oral transmission of heroic verse and its transformation into a written genre, concepts of heroic conduct and character.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: one credit from IASC, ENGL, GBLS, or one credit from CLAS 1P91, 1P92, 1P95, 1P97.

    #IASC 3F90

    Survey of Humanities Computing

    (also offered as HIST 3F90)

    Research and concepts associated with the emerging discipline of humanities computing. Topics may include use of computer games in the humanities, hypertext design and delivery and current theory treating the use of multimedia as an instrument for expression.

    Seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to students who have completed 10.0 overall credits.

    Note: enrolment limited to 20 students.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in HUMA 3F90.

    #IASC 3P05

    Geographic Information Systems

    (also offered as ERSC 3P05 and GEOG 3P05)

    Principles and use of computer-based systems for capturing, managing, manipulating, analysing and displaying data relating to the Earth's surface, emphasizing raster applications. Practical work using Idrisi32.

    Lectures, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to GEOG (single or combined), GEOG (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) and ERSC (single or combined) majors until date specified in Registration guide.

    Prerequisite: IASC 2P07 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 3P39

    Contemporary Literature in English

    (also offered as ENGL 3P39)

    The postmodern period emphasizing the forms, approaches and cultural responses that have characterized writing in English in the later 20th century.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: one of IASC 2P57 and 2P70, two ENGL credits numbered 2(alpha)00 to 2(alpha)99 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 3P90

    Advanced Topics in Digital Culture

    (also offered as COMM 3P90)

    Explorations of topics such as virtual communities, cyber-identity/identities and cyber-spirituality.

    Lectures, lab, seminar, 4 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: IASC 2P90 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 3P92

    Technology and Culture

    (also offered as COMM 3P92 and PCUL 3P92)

    Exploration of mutually productive relationships among cultural practices and technologies, using historical and contemporary examples.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: one of IASC 1F00, COMM 2P20, 2P21 or permission of the instructor.

    #IASC 3P94

    Introduction to Human Computer Interaction

    (also offered as APCO 3P94 and COSC 3P94)

    Human factors in the design and support of computing systems. Design methodologies such as GOMS, TAGs and Task Analysis. Design principles relating to various interaction paradigms.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week; lab/seminar, 2 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: one of, two IASC credits (minimum 60 percent), APCO 1P50 (minimum 60 percent), two APCO credits (minimum 60 percent).

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in COSC 3P04.

    IASC 4F00

    Team-based Practicum in Interactive Media Design and Production

    Principles and methodologies around interactive design; interface design and information design in relation to the conceptualization, planning and production of an interactive multimedia project taking into account diverse and complementary roles of writing, narrative structure, play mechanics, and the creation and integration of visual and audio elements.

    Seminar, lab, 5 hours per week.

    Prerequisites: IASC 1F00 and one IASC credit 3(alpha)00 or above or permission of the instructor.

    Note: enrolment limited to 20 students. Materials fee required. Students might need additional materials, which they must supply.

    #IASC 4F30

    Computing and Historical Analysis

    (also offered as HIST 4F30)

    Overview of the ways that historians have used the computer to support their teaching and research. Topics include quantitative computing, geographic information systems software, photo-editing and animation, and rendering software.

    Prerequisite: one HIST credit.

    Note: Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in HUMA 4F30.

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