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ITWS Concentration: Arts
(Humanities, Arts and Social Science)

For those entering the program Fall 2011 semester & beyond

Contact Person: Erin Glasheen

The Information Technology & Web Science degree with an Arts concentration presents students with an exciting program of study that emphasizes the creativity of arts studio practice in shaping and influencing information technology.

The program extends the activities of the Integrated Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer (iEAR), an extensive, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to interdisciplinary research / artistic development in interactivity, digital video, computer imaging, digital audio, animation, virtual reality, web design, multi-media installation and performance.

Students will take a series of courses designed to give them hands-on experience with a full range of arts practice within our unique technological environment. Intermediate and advanced courses offer the student the opportunity to focus on an area of research specialization, and to develop innovative collaborative projects. Study in the Arts concentration will provide students with both theoretical foundation, and practical experience needed for careers in the many fast-growing fields related to digital arts and multi-media.

Required Courses:

Semester I Semester II

ITWS-1100 Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science

Choice of ARTS Intro Class (4)

CSCI-1100 Computer Science I

MATH-1010 Calculus I

CSCI-1200 Data Structures

ITWS-1220 IT and Society

Math Elective (1)

Physical Science Elective (PHYS-XXXX)

Semester III Semester IV

One of:
- ITWS-2961 Creativity and IT
- ITWS-496X IT for Arts and Performance

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations and ENGR-2350 Embedded Control
- CSCI-2500 Computer Organization

Choice of ARTS Intro Class*4

ITWS-2110 Web Systems Development

ITWS-4200 Web Science

ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2660 Computer Arch, Networking and OS
- CSCI-2300 Introduction to Algorithms

ARTS-2540 The Multimedia Century

Semester V Semester VI

ITWS-4310 Managing IT Resources

HASS Elective (2)

Studio Focus I (See Below)

Life Science Elective (BIOL-XXXX)

ITWS Elective (one of):
- CSCI-4380 Database Systems
- MGMT-4170 Data Resource Management

Studio Focus II (See Below)

ARTS-4130 New Media Theory

Free Elective

Semester VII Semester VIII

One of: (3)
- ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone (Professional Track)
- ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track)

Studio Elective (see below)

HASS Elective (2)

HASS Elective (2)

One of:
- ARTS-496X Experimantel Telepresence
- ITWS-496X IT for Arts and Performance

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

Free Elective

ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track Only)

Students must satisfy an 8-credit communication requirement. See your advisor for details.

(1) Select either the three-course ECSE sequence or the two-course CSCI sequence. If the ECSE sequence is chosen, ENGR-2350 will replace one free elective slot. Move ARTS Intro Class to a semester with a free elective. If the CSCI Sequence is chosen, your math elective in Semester II must be MATH-2800 Introduction to Discrete Structures. If a student is planning to apply to the co-terminal MS in IT program, they need to select the CSCI sequence.

(2) See HASS requirements

(3) Co-terminal students would replace ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone with ITWS-4980 Special Projects course which will be the culminating experience.

(4) Choose two ARTS Intro classes from following:
ARTS-1020 Media Studio: Imaging
ARTS-196X Digital Filmmaking
ARTS-196X Music and Sound

Studio Focus I (one of):
ARTS-2010 Intermediate Video
ARTS-2020 Computer Music
ARTS-2030 Net Art
ARTS-2040 Intermediate Digital Imaging

Studio Focus II (one of):
ARTS-4010 Interactive Arts Programming
ARTS-4020 Advanced Digital 3-D Projects
ARTS-4040 Rethinking Documentary: Video Production
ARTS-4050 Professional Collaboration
ARTS-4060 Animation I
ARTS-4070 Animation II
ARTS-4410 Deep Listening
ARTS-496X Advanced Video: Post Production
ARTS-496X Seminar in Advanced Imaging
Studio Seminar Topics (rotating topics in current research areas, collaborative projects encouraged, focus on research and development of new technologies).

Studio Elective: 2000 or 4000 level studio course
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