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electives

The School of Media Arts, in association with UMOnline at The University of Montana, offers an effective and comprehensive range of learning opportunities through our online course offerings. These include elective courses in the areas of film studies, digital still image, and web design, as well as all of our core pre-requisite courses, MAR 101L, MAR 102, MAR 111A, and MAR 112A. We also offer several in-class electives.

Please see the Course Catalog for a complete listing of Media Arts courses.
255:50 Introduction to Photoshop
3 cr. Offered every term. An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of still image design and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. This project-based course demystifies the powerful Photoshop toolsets and workspace and enables students to actualize their ideas by helping them to develop an efficient production process. Also offered as section 51. No prerequisites required.

256:50 Intro to Illustrator
3 cr. Offered every term. An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of still image design and manipulation using Adobe Illustrator, the industry leading application for creating vector-based content. This project-based course demystifies the powerful Illustrator toolsets and workspace and enables students to actualize their ideas by helping them to develop an efficient production process. No prerequisites required.

330 Principles of Sound Design
3 cr. Offered fall. Media Arts Majors only. Introduction to fundamental concepts, principles and practices of digital sound recording and editing in order to establish a common aesthetic and technical language necessary to develop quality audio design.

340 Principles of Interactive Media
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Overview of the fundamental techniques and principles of interactive media and exploration into it’s artistic application. Topics include internet structure, cloud computing, basic HTML and CSS, mobile devices, browsers, and internet-based collaboration.

341:50 Introduction to Web Design
3 cr. Offered every term. Students will gain invaluable skills in this introduction to the fundamentals of website structure, content design and navigation. Areas of focus will be directory structure, graphic design, navigation, audio/video integration and domain management. Students will create a simple CMS website. No prerequisites required.

342 Art & Science of Interactive Games
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440 Technology of Interactive Media
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts majors only. Building on the principles and techniques covered in MAR 340, this project-based class focuses on the artistic applications of interactive media in an internet environment.

Please see the Course Catalog for a complete listing of Media Arts courses.

MUST 110 Digital Audio and Multitracking
2 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Composition of computer music through recording, editing, and processing sound with digital audio software. Study of the theory and application of digital audio recording, multitracking, and digital signal processing, and electroacoustic music history. Survey of historical and current electronic and computer music composers, pieces, and practices.

MUST 210 Sequencing, Synthesis, and Sampling
2 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., MUST 110 (MUS 170). Composition of computer music using MIDI sequencing, sampling, and synthesis software, and score preparation using music notation software. Study of the theory and application of MIDI, synthesis algorithms, and effects processing, and the practice of music engraving.

210 Creation of Media Story
3 cr. Offered autumn. Media Arts Majors only. An introduction to screenwriting and visualization for media story. Focus is on developing visual writing skills and effective utilization of critical story elements.

221 Fundamentals of Digital Image Design
3 cr. Offered autumn. Introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of digital still imaging in order to establish a common aesthetic and technical language necessary to develop quality designs on the computer.

251 Digital Video Production Techniques
3 cr. Offered autumn. Media Arts Majors only. Intermediate study of digital video cameras, lighting, sound, and their use in specific production situations.

300 Visions of Film
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Study of major film theories that led to the constitution of visual film language and their application in contemporary film narrative and direction.

305 3D Animation I
3 cr. Offered fall. This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of 3D digital modeling with Maya. Students will develop 3D modeling techniques, including production of geometric and organic objects. Through lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and projects, students will be exposed to various techniques that may be used for innovative and artistic content such as filmic animation and compositing.

MUST 310 Interactivity and Digital Signal Processing
2 cr. Offered spring. Composition of interactive computer music using a graphical programming environment for MIDI, synthesis, and digital signal processing. Study of graphical programming, interactive composition and performance, generating and processing MIDI data, synthesizing computer-generated sound, and processing digital audio in real-time.

325 Fundamentals of Digital Animation
3 cr. Offered every term. Introduction to two-dimensional digital animation, focusing on character and motion design animation fundamentals including: cell animation (frame by frame), motion-tweening, working with key frames and motion paths, moving elements on a 2D stage, object choreography and text animation.

332 Intro to Film Scoring
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333 3D Animation II
3 cr. Offered spring. Media Arts Majors only. Building on the modeling skills learned in 3D Animation I, this course teaches students how to animate, texture map, add visual effects and render. The course will also cover advanced rigging techniques. As a continuation of this series, students will be introduced to animation, dynamics (including particle and fluid systems), and MEL scripting.

MUST 410 Computer Music Programming
2 cr. Offered autumn. Composition of computer music through programming. Study of object oriented programming, synthesis and digital signal processing techniques, music-generating algorithms, sound spatialization, graphical user interface design, and external control.

MUST 427 Mountain Electroacoustic Laptop Ensemble I
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432 Film Scoring Techniques
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499 Special Projects
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