In order to complete the mandatory assignments during the course you will need to bring your own computer. You will also have to install all the software listed below in the software section. I expect you all to have downloaded and installed this prior to the first class on monday.
You will also need devices for capturing images and film, a phone will do, but of course a good camera would be more fun. You will need a tripod (or other device to hold your camera in position) for making stop motion, but only one pr group is necessary, so if you have it bring it, and I will try to make sure there is one in every group.
The main purpose of the course is to introduce students to basic principles of each media type - text, graphics, audio, animation and video - describing their digitization and progressing into issues that arises when media are combined; interaction provided by scripting and multimedia distributed over networks.
This is conveyed through a number of lectures on the theoretical aspects of the course, each followed by group work on exercises related to the topic of the lecture. There will be a series of small mandatory individual assignments during the course, as well as a larger group project.
My name is Alexandra, I'm 25 years old, and I'm currently studying computer science at Aarhus University. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The book used for this course: digital multimedia by Nigel Chapman and Jenny Chapman (DM)
The software used during this course:
The name of the software should be a link to a download page for that particular software. The list should also be complete now.
The general idea of the day schedule. (tuesday-friday week 1 and monday-thursday week 2)
|11:30-12:00||Work on group project|
|13:00-14:00||Work on individual assignments|
The course plan is updated regularly with more information, so remember to check back.
|Monday||Introduction to the course, colours slides||DM chapter 1, 2 and 5 (Colour and Science through Other Colour Models)||day 1|
|Tuesday||Vector graphics, SVG slides||DM chapter 3||day 2||assignment 1|
|Wednesday||Bitmapped images slides||DM chapter 4||day 3||assignment 2|
|Thursday||Animation, stop motion part 1 slides||DM chapter 7 (not including the parts about flash)||day 4||assignment 3|
|Friday||Video, stop motion part 2||DM chapter 6||day 5|
|Monday||Sound slides||DM chapter 8||day 6||assignment 4|
|Tuesday||Hypermedia slides||Loosely based on DM chapter 10||day 7|
|Wednesday||Text and typography slides||DM chapter 9||day 8|
|Thursday||Design principles slides||DM chapter 11||assignment 5|
|Friday||no class today, time to work on assignment 5/group project|
|Thursday||Presentations of projects|
During the course there will be 5 individual assignments that you will be required to hand in. To hand in an assignment you simply send all the required files (will be outlined in the description of the assignment) to me at email@example.com. Remember to put your full name in the mail, since these assignments will be a part of your final grade.
The last hour of each day will focus on these assignments and give you time in class to work, remember this is also an opportunity to ask questions while working on the assignment.
The overall goal of the individual assignments is to create a business card ready to launch as a website. It is therefore a good idea to bear in mind that the 4 first assignments should coexist in the final product.
You must form groups of 3-4 people (there will be time for this on the first day). The project is very open, the only requirement is that you combine more than one media into a multimedia project.
You will have to make a written description of your project and send to me no later than 10/8-16 12.00 (noon) You will also have to present your project to the rest of the class on the 11/8-16.
Monday through wednesday of the last week is devoted to making this project. During those days you will work full time on your project, my main function will be to answer any question that arises in the process. Since 3 days is not a lot of time, I suggest that you during the course discuss ideas in your group, so that when you start working on your project, you already have a vision of the project.
All students will be graded according to the Danish grading scale. The grade will be based on your individual assignments (50%) and on your group project including the written description (50%). Attendance during the course is mandatory.
|Danish mark||Explanation of the mark||Equivalent ECTS mark|
|12||For an excellent performance||A|
|10||For a very good performance||B|
|7||For a good performance||C|
|4||For a fair performance||D|
|02||For an adequate performance||E|
|00||For an inadequate performance||Fx|
|-3||For an unacceptable performance||F|