Course Content and Outcomes Guide for MUC 274 Effective Winter 2020
- Course Number:
- MUC 274
- Course Title:
- Microcontrollers for Artists
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- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionIntroduces a variety of sensor and motion-tracking technologies and their application in the arts. Includes the design of new physical user interfaces for musicians, dancers, public spaces, galleries and commercial installations. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
- Utilize introductory knowledge of Arduinos or similar microcontrollers to program gestural and data-driven control for multimedia experience design.
- Apply knowledge of a wide variety of sensor and motion tracking technologies for interactive multimedia and art applications.
- Design physical user interfaces for use by musicians, dancers, public spaces, galleries and commercial installations.
- Write and execute basic microcontroller applications that read, write and transform data from sensors and control lights, sound and motors.
- Design, build, and program custom light installations.
- Demonstrate basic competence in soldering.
Course Activities and Design
Material for the course will be presented in a lecture format along side hands-on lecture/lab work.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- In and out-of-class projects reviewed and evaluated by the instructor
- Instructor observations of student demonstrations of hands-on proficiency
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- An introduction to basic textual programming
- The Arduino environment and hardware
- Sensing light with photocells
- Sensing and analyzing sound
- Motion capture, Infra-red and Ultrasonic rangefinders
- Light control
- Motor control
- Physical interface design