Introduction to Computational Arts

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This multidisciplinary production class serves as an introduction to, and exploration of electronic media in the arts. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of artists working in various capacities with computers, as well as tutorials on specific software packages.
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
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4 years, 8 months ago
This course had the potential to be really good. The subject is pretty interesting, the lecturers were pretty good at presenting it clearly and it's fun creating things. But, and there are lots of buts... At 16 weeks, the course is far too long and not because it contained 16 weeks worth of material. It's here described: "Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of artists working in various capacities with computers, as well as tutorials on specific software packages." Well, there's very little of the former, very little aesthetic content, it consists mainly of (pretty clear) instructions on using the software and these are quite short most weeks. No-one seemed to have proof-read the assignments & quizzes and they were full of mistakes, omissions & conflicting instructions. This was compounded by the failure of the staff to monitor the forums on anything but a very occasional basis. The material was split into three parts, Pro... This course had the potential to be really good. The subject is pretty interesting, the lecturers were pretty good at presenting it clearly and it's fun creating things. But, and there are lots of buts... At 16 weeks, the course is far too long and not because it contained 16 weeks worth of material. It's here described: "Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of artists working in various capacities with computers, as well as tutorials on specific software packages." Well, there's very little of the former, very little aesthetic content, it consists mainly of (pretty clear) instructions on using the software and these are quite short most weeks. No-one seemed to have proof-read the assignments & quizzes and they were full of mistakes, omissions & conflicting instructions. This was compounded by the failure of the staff to monitor the forums on anything but a very occasional basis. The material was split into three parts, Processing, Photoshop/Gimp and Soundation/Audacity, of unequal size. Processing is the one where a beginner can produce the most impressive results but the number of weeks devoted to it was about half that devoted to Soundation/Audacity. The assessment was through very simple quizzes (sometimes insultingly simple, "Has your tutor pointed you at relevant examples?" The answer "Yes, lots" was apparently the correct one if you didn't want to throw away marks), assignments & three projects. The assignments varied hugely in their difficulty. Some should have been undertaken as basic technical exercises without assessment; others took a lot of effort, certainly as much as the projects, but each was worth less than a tenth of the marks for a project. Peer review had its usual problems but toward the end got especially difficult with some very odd submissions which might have been plagiarism or cynical attempts to satisfy the marking criteria without any creative effort. Anyway, don't let me put you off - the material is fun despite everything. The course may be split into separate streams for the three computational arts which might work better.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 1 month ago
Introduction to Computational Arts can be a very fun course, even if a bit too demanding for those less experienced. The course has three parts: 1) Programming with Processing Processing is a visually-oriented programming language that allows you to very easily create multimedia content while retaining the freedom of computer programming. I had never had contact with it before, and found it amazing, which renewed my interest in digital art and ultimately led me to actually collaborate with other artists to create something that was eventually displayed at an expo. All this to say that this course can, indeed, serve as a serious start if you want to delve into computer arts. But it won't suffice: Processing (and this is true of the other modules as well) is only covered to a reasonable but small extent, and if you want to go further, you're on your own - but that's true of anything in life, isn't it? 2) Audio editing with Audacity and... Introduction to Computational Arts can be a very fun course, even if a bit too demanding for those less experienced. The course has three parts: 1) Programming with Processing Processing is a visually-oriented programming language that allows you to very easily create multimedia content while retaining the freedom of computer programming. I had never had contact with it before, and found it amazing, which renewed my interest in digital art and ultimately led me to actually collaborate with other artists to create something that was eventually displayed at an expo. All this to say that this course can, indeed, serve as a serious start if you want to delve into computer arts. But it won't suffice: Processing (and this is true of the other modules as well) is only covered to a reasonable but small extent, and if you want to go further, you're on your own - but that's true of anything in life, isn't it? 2) Audio editing with Audacity and Soundation/Logic This was the most challenging part for me, as I had had zero experience with audio editing before. The lectures gave me quite a bit of new information regarding the nature of sound in analog and digital media, and how to manipulate those, but little to none information about how to create anything "musical" (which I still don't know how to do), so I mostly created experimental and noisy stuff. A few other more experienced students, I noticed, took more out of it, and went further to create some pretty amazing things, I remember. In some assignments you are required to create a "visual score" of your piece, which I personally found too demanding and not so much useful or interesting. 3) Image editing with Photoshop/GIMP I've been working with Photoshop for around seven years now, so this was the easiest module for me. The staff gave a fair overview of the program's main features concerning photo editing, but of course there is way much more about Photoshop (I don't think anyone knows how to make use of 100% of Photoshop, really). If you take this part seriously, you'll learn enough to make your vacation photos look way better, at least! However, no content regarding visual composition or aesthetics was provided, which resulted in some messy visual artwork from some students (akin to my noisy work in the audio section, I guess haha). Today the course is offered through three separate modules, but when I took it they were all together in one package. Makes little difference for the review, anyway.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
For me this is an interesting and easy course, because I've ever taken another course on Processing, I'm familiar with Photoshop, only sound part is quite challenging for me but finally I found they're easy enough. Finishing this course to honing my artistic taste. The course has 3 parts, basic programming with Processing, basic images with Photoshop/GIMP, and basic sounds. I read in the announcement that the team will change this course to be taught into 3 parts, although I don't know what that means. Update: I see that for now this course has already splitted into smaller 3 courses. This course (first session) has longest duration, 15 weeks. There are peer graded assignments and very easy quizzes. All you need is time to finish this interesting course. And I was enjoying to see the PGA's artistic pieces shared by students in the forum.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 5 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
All of this for free? And whenever/wherever I want? Tim began the course by holding our hands through learning how to use the language/program named Processing. We used it to create simple geometric shapes at first, and then, a few weeks later, we were writing programs that someone else could use for drawing. Amazing! Tim passed us on to Catherine who likewise took us by the hand and gently walked us through using Photoshop and GIMP. She gave the same instruction using both platforms. We began by learning digital concepts, and touching up old, damaged photographs, and in a few weeks, we learned many techniques for using photographs to create composite images that supported profound statements. Next, our professor took us by the hand and led us step- by-step through using Audacity, Logic, and Soundation. Again, she showed us how to get great results from using free resources, and pointed out reasons why some of us might want to pay fo... All of this for free? And whenever/wherever I want? Tim began the course by holding our hands through learning how to use the language/program named Processing. We used it to create simple geometric shapes at first, and then, a few weeks later, we were writing programs that someone else could use for drawing. Amazing! Tim passed us on to Catherine who likewise took us by the hand and gently walked us through using Photoshop and GIMP. She gave the same instruction using both platforms. We began by learning digital concepts, and touching up old, damaged photographs, and in a few weeks, we learned many techniques for using photographs to create composite images that supported profound statements. Next, our professor took us by the hand and led us step- by-step through using Audacity, Logic, and Soundation. Again, she showed us how to get great results from using free resources, and pointed out reasons why some of us might want to pay for the proprietary software. We began by creating simple mono sound recordings, like what I used to do with a tape recorder, and in a few weeks, moved us to composing music using numerous sound tracks, combining digital and audio sources, and making visual representations of our work. Finally, Tim returned and answered the question that had been burning in me: how would we combine these three skills into one final project? Throughout the course, we received clear instruction for how to upload our work to public websites. The discussion forums were full of people who had expertise in one area, and who relied on their classmates as they struggled through other topics. The sharing was wonderful, when it occurred. Unfortunately, near the end of the first section, plagiarism became a highly- publicized issue, so collaboration was squelched. After 16 weeks of learning something so fascinating to me, and working amongst such talented artists, I thought I would have made acquaintances whom I wanted to keep in touch with.The fear of plagiarism seemed to interfere with such connections. Peer reviews were as rocky as in any other coursera course. Even after a dozen weeks of peer reviews, and peer reviewing peer reviews, I still read many peer reviews with just a few short statements like, "you should have tried harder", "make it better", and other comments that didn't give any constructive guidance. This course was so intense and dense, I downloaded the subtitles, and edited them to make step-by-step directions to support the videos. The subtitle files were often previously edited for typos and clarity, which was a blessing. Technology presented its usual challenges, as coursera gets up and running: confusing quizzes, due dates that had to be corrected, assignments that required us to do things we couldn't technically do through the coursera platform... Our instructors directed us to use any website we chose for uploading some of our assignments. I felt really ill at ease following links provided by my classmates, to who-knows-where, and ignoring security risks to fulfill course requirements. My enthusiasm and trust in humanity carried me through it, but you might want to think this through before you do so. I saw in the discussion forums that I was not alone burning the midnight oil, learning the material. It was fascinating, and the assignments challenged us to develop a high level of expertise. I was inspired to do a great deal for each assignment, as I learned about worlds I had not known existed, and appreciate the deadlines that restricted me to more reasonable compositions.
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4 years, 9 months ago
This is very ineresting and useful course. There are a lot of information about modern visual arts and music.
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