Effective Term: 201410 dar 103 Introduction to Digital Arts Initiator: David Wing Credit Hours: 00 Campus

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Effective Term: 201410
DAR 103 Introduction to Digital Arts
Initiator: David Wing Credit Hours: 3.00

Campus: West Lecture Periods: 3.00

Date: 10/18/2012 Lab Periods: 0.00


Theory, history, and practice of digital image manipulation. Includes digitally based technologies, analog to digital conversion, data compression, data security, synchronization of digital materials, standards and intellectual property, civil liberties in the digital age, and digital image sound distribution and exhibition.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify common practices in digital and electronic arts.

  2. Describe the use of the digital image for artistic, social, and professional purposes.

  3. List the appropriate data compression rate for various digital media.

  4. Define the use of data security in digital media.

  5. Determine the best synchronization method for digital sound and video.

  6. Discuss the roles of standards and intellectual property right of digital materials.

  7. Write critical analysis of First Amendment rights and the digital revolution.

  8. Identify the various methods for displaying and distributing digital media.


  1. Digitally Based Technologies

    1. Identify digital technologies

    2. History of digital technologies

    3. Distinction between digital and analog technologies

    4. Theories of digital communication

    5. Roles of digital technologies in society

  2. Analog to Digital Conversion

    1. Books

    2. Magazines

    3. Newspapers

    4. Records

    5. Tapes

    6. Movies

    7. Radio

    8. Television

    9. Print

    10. New technologies/input and output

  3. Data Compression

    1. Text compression

    2. Image compression

    3. Audio compression

    4. Storage systems

    5. Image quality/resolution

    6. Data transfer rates and bandwidth

    7. Streaming video and audio

  4. Data Security

    1. Approaches to codes

    2. Role of codes in military history

    3. RSA Data Security Inc. codes

    4. Digital signature systems

    5. Secure transport of digital materials

  5. Synchronization of Digital Materials

    1. Coordinating sound and video

    2. Timecode

    3. Digital post production

  6. Standards and Intellectual Property

    1. Role of standards in the digital revolution

    2. Copyright protection for software

    3. Patent protection for software

  7. Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

    1. Balancing privacy and law enforcement

    2. Government attempts to control digital technology

    3. First amendment rights and the digital revolution

    4. Taste

    5. Libel and invasion of privacy

    6. Freedom of information

  8. Digital Image Sound Distribution and Exhibition

    1. Satellite

    2. Digital cinema technology

    3. Fiber

    4. Web

    5. Digital display

    6. Digital video disk (DVD)

    7. Film projection vs. digital cinema

    8. High definition cultural presentation

    9. Digital media networks

    10. New technologies

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