Semester Two

Woodbury University // Media Technology

Course Number: Spring 2012 TECH 101 // Art, Science and Technology II

Instructor: Arno Kroner //

Course schedule // links // assignments updates:

A foundation course composed of introductory modules devoted to theoretical and applicable topics in art, science and technology.  Topics may include computer graphics, computer animation, architectural visualization, computer music, recording techniques, interactive stagecraft, robotic art, and other emerging media. 3 units. Studio. Prerequisite: TECH 1o1 // Art, Science and Technology I

The second semester is organized along a collaborative project as well as the analysis and reflection that would support it.

Lectures occur on the first weekly class. The technology required to do the exercises is introduced on the second weekly class for use for the following week’s assignment. The results of the exercises are due a week later. Occasionally and randomly a 10 minute quiz might be given about the assigned reading (first weekly session). Readings are not all text, they can be web sites, movies, songs, podcasts etc. Students have to maintain a real sketch/note book and a blog/multimedia journal documenting their experience in the class.

Essays – 1500 words +/- 5%

  1. Essay #1 – You have just been appointed as State Secretary for Arts and Sciences – describe your program. How will you benefit society as a whole? What are your priorities? How will you measure the results of your actions? Who do you give grants to?
  2. Essay #2 – Write an argumented essay based on the following quote: “Art is I; Science is We” (Claude Bernard in Quantum Consciousness – 2004)


  • Midterm exam / presentation: 15%
  • Final exam / presentation: 25%
  • Weekly exercises: 15%
  • Quality and pertinence of blog / sketch / note book: 15%
  • Essays: 15%
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Class participation and attendance: 5%

Project Requirements and Goals

The primary goal of the collaborative project in this class is for the students to build connections between science and art through the skillful (and tasteful!) use of technology or perhaps demonstrate that science and art are not separate. Under the supervision and guidance of the instructor and teaching mentors and guest students will:

  • Develop a concept blending science and art. A theme might be provided as it has shown that it helps student focus. It would be very general in scope such as “What Would Leonardo Invent Today?” or “Science and Art: Reverse the Roles” or even “Create a DNA Musical Instrument”.
  • Demonstrate and document the connections of the work to society, its benefits etc.
  • There are no physical constraints to the project. It can be an installation, a game, a piece of music. The instructor will guide the students in deciding what needs to be produced and what meets the requirements. Experimentation is encouraged. Emulation of existing works will be vetoed!

Content Scheduling

  • Weeks 1 to 5: Intermediate Theory and Reflection
  • Weeks 6 to 10: Intermediate Practice and Reflection
  • Weeks 11 to 15: StudioLab Time and Mentoring



Class attendance is required and is a strong determinate to the students’ success in the course. Roll will be taken and absences beyond 3 will lower the final grade. Students with absenteeism in excess of 4 will be encouraged to drop the course. It is important that students who are not prepared with their assignments still be present for valuable class critiques. Students should obtain 2 phone numbers from student colleagues and be prepared for the next class should they be absent.

Project Labeling and Archive Policies

Students are required to include a Woodbury ID label containing the following information on the back of all projects submitted to the instructor:

class number
class name
instructor’s name
student’s name
student’s contact information.

Media should be labeled on the package, and name, class and year should be included on the media/ disc.  A printable pdf of the Woodbury ID labels are available on the portal in the MCD: Animation link on the Student page.  Blank Avery labels may be purchased at the bookstoor. Projects will not be accepted without this information.  The university reserves the right to retain student work for archival purposes.  See the Woodbury Catalog for the official policy on archiving of student work.

Late Projects

Late or incomplete assignments and projects are discouraged and will adversely affect the students overall grade. Late projects will receive a one number grade reduction for each class meeting past the deadline.  Projects more than 3 class meetings late will not be accepted. Projects will not be accepted after the last regular class session. Students are required to participate in the juried final review.  Failure to attend the review will result in an automatic F.

Academic Honesty Policy

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Essential to the mission of Woodbury University is a commitment to the principles of academic integrity and ethical behavior.  Because the integrity of the academic enterprise of an institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required at Woodbury University.  Adherence to the Academic Honesty Policy reflects the commitment of our community to the value of learning and our core principle of social responsibility.

Definitions of Academic Honesty

  1. CHEATING is the act or attempted act of deception by which a student seeks to misrepresent that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered.
  2. FABRICATION is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings in an academic exercise.
  3. FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY is intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  4. PLAGIARISM is the submission of another’s work as one’s own, without adequate attribution. When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas or data of others, the source of the information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references, and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks or indentation as appropriate.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is available to all Woodbury University students and provides free tutoring for writing papers.  For help with papers, a student may visit the Writing Center.  Check the Student tab on the Portal, right hand side under Resources/Academic/Writing Center for an explanation of services and hours.

Code of Student Conduct

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Class Schedule

Week 1

  • Introduction // Class Project Presentation // Lecture: Low Tech and High Tech (Arno Kroner)
    Readings: Creative Code = Foreword, Chapters 1, 2  – be ready to answer a short quiz.
    Exercises: invent a plant and maintain a Facebook profile for that plant/flower for two weeks. Friend other classmates plants! Create a garden. What do plants post on their wall?

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

  • Intermediate Theory + Reflection // Lecture: Animation and Architecture (Greg Lynn’s work)
    Readings: Creative Code = chapters 7, 8 // Watch: TED Lecture – Adam Sadowsky – Engineering a Music Video – Music Video is here
    Exercises: create a board game around the theme of art, science and technology. Explain, illustrate and document on your class blog.

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Weeks 11

Weeks 12

Weeks 13

  • StudioLab // Mentoring // Collaborative Project
    Exercises: Project status updates (Class + Blog)

Weeks 14

  • StudioLab // Mentoring // Collaborative Project
    Exercises: Project status updates (Class + Blog)

Weeks 15

  • StudioLab Time // Collaborative Project // Final Evaluation
    Final exam presentation – fine-tuning for showcase.
    Essay #2 Due Date (beginning of class – emailed as PDF to instructor)