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Media Arts and Technology

Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Media Arts and Technology
Phelps Hall 3309
Telephone: (805) 893-5244
E-mail: info@mat.ucsb.edu
Website: www.mat.ucsb.edu
Program Chair: Marko Peljhan


 

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MAT 200A. Arts and Technology
(4) PELJHAN
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Overview of the digital media arts field with an emphasis on technological developments and their integration in art research and production. Studentsare introduced to contemporary and historical directions and methodologies through seminar lectures, research presentation, and a final project.
MAT 200B. Music and Technology
(4) ROADS
Overview of music and technology, including historical aspects. Readings and exercises with a range of music software applications. Basics of Internet audio and evolving media, music production, business, technical, and aesthetic aspects.
MAT 200C. Digital Media Technology and Engineering
(4) STAFF
This course surveys pattern formation mechanisms. Many complex visual phenomena can be generated from less than 100 lines of code, such as the Mandelbrot set, reaction-diffusion, and the Lorenz attractor. We will study and implement a variety of these phenomena.
MAT 201A. Media Signal Processing
(4) STAFF
Basic concepts in digital signal and image processing (transforms, convolutions, etc.), filter design, image enhancement and coding, digital video.
MAT 201B. Computing with Media Data
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: One quarter introductory programming course and one quarter "data structure and algorithms" course.
Hands-on introduction to developing multimedia applications. Representation and perception of sound, images, and time. Media computing paradigms including OOP, callbacks, multithreading, OpenGL, distributed computing, algorithmic control, indeterminacy, real-time interactivity, and mapping data between sensory modalities. Students develop a series of audiovisual works (as C++ software) leading to a final project.
MAT 232. Advanced Computer Graphics
(4) STAFF
Covers advanced computer graphics topics in rendering, animation, and modeling. Topics may include, but are not limited to: programmable shading, General-Purpose GPU (GPGPU) computing, rigid body dynamics, OpenCL programming, physically based animation, subdivision surfaces, shadowalgorithms, character skinning methods, ambient occlusion, and fractal growth algorithms.
MAT 235. Computer Imaging
(4) TURK
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of digital imaging systems, including the capture, storage, display, and retrieval of image and video data. Topics include the nature of light, color, optics, sensors, human vision, image processing, and computervision.
MAT 240A. Digital Audio Programming: The Series
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Some experience in programming and basic acoustics.
A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rateControl and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.
MAT 240B. Digital Audio Programming: The Series
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Some experience in programming and basic acoustics.
A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rateControl and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.
MAT 240C. Digital Audio Programming: The Series
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Some experience in programming and basic acoustics.
A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rateControl and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.
MAT 240D. Digital Audio Programming: The Series
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Some experience in programming and basic acoustics.
A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rateControl and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.
MAT 240E. Digital Audio Programming: The Series
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Some experience in programming and basic acoustics.
A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rateControl and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.
MAT 240F. Digital Audio Programming: The Series
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Some experience in programming and basic acoustics.
A six-quarter practical programming course devoted to digital audio applications development. The emphasis is on learning to use current state-of-the-art programming methods, tools, and library APIs. Programming assignments are given in the C, C++, Java, Smalltalk and/or SuperCollider programming language. Topics: A. Using Commerical I/O APIs; B. Spectral Transformations; C. Spatial Sound Manipulation; D. Sound Synthesis Techniques; E. Multi-rateControl and Synchronization; F. Media Application Integration.
MAT 254. Arts-Engineering Research
(4) LEGRADY
Theoretical and applied directions in arts-engineering research.
MAT 258. Art and Science of Aerospace Culture
(4) PELJHAN
Prerequisite: Upper-Division standing; Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Letter grade required for majors.
Interdisciplinary course/seminar/practice for artists, academics, engineers, and designers interested in exploring the technological aesthetic, cultural, and political aspects of the space side of the aerospace complex.Design history, space complex aesthetics, cinema intersections, imaging/telecommunications, human spaceflight history, reduced/alternating gravity, experimentation, space systems design/utilization.
MAT 259A. Projects in Visualizing Information
(4) LEGRADY
Project-based course focused on aesthetics of algorithmic visualization. Course concentration on fundamentals of data visualization and design, with an emphasis on data query, analysis, processing and visualization inlinear, 2D frequency, and spatial map visualizations.
MAT 261A. Transvergence Seminar I
(4) NOVAK
Recommended Preparation: Demonstrated experience and accomplishment in creative and analytical fields; programming; interactive media; 3D computer graphics; geometry and trigonometry; physics; art/architecture/music/design; theory and criticism.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with 261B. Quarters usually offered: Fall. Discourse-driven seminar (with implemented art/research component). Concurrent enrollment in Transvergence Studio I 261B is strongly recommended. Recommended for incoming students.
Artistic, philosophical, scientific, and technical foundations of transdisciplinarity, transmodality, and Transvergence. New conceptions of actual, virtual, and informational space and form. Trans-Euclidean geometry, from Gauss to present. Emergence and immanence in algorithmic poetics and information aesthetics. Models of physical, biological, and social complex systems. Worldmaking and epistemology.
MAT 261B. Transvergence Studio I
(4) NOVAK
Recommended Preparation: Demonstrated synthetic and analytical ability; programming; media. Project-driven studio (with articulated discourse component). Concurrent enrollmentin Transvergence Seminar I (261A) is strongly recommended.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with 261A. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
MAT 261C. Transvergence Seminar II
(4) NOVAK
Recommended Preparation: Demonstrated synthetic and analytical ability; programming; media Discourse-driven seminar (with implemented art/research component). Concurrent enrollment in Transvergence Studio II (261D) is strongly recommended.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with 261D. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Introduction to Transmodal Continuum. n-dimensional conceptions of space (and form) after Riemann. Scalar, vector, and tensor fields and beyond. Digital, physical, biological, and neurophysiological considerations in the poetics of the very small. Models of morphogenetic and evolutionary developmental emergence. World making and ontology.
MAT 261D. Transvergence Studio II
(4) NOVAK
Recommended Preparation: Demonstrated synthetic and analytical ability; programming; media Project-driven studio (with articulated discourse component). Concurrent enrollmentin Transvergence Seminar II (261C) is strongly recommended.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with 261C. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Trans Architectures: The Pantopicon, Habitable Cinema, and Invisible Architectures. Multi-agent systems: Implementation of morphogenetic and developmental models of emergence. Design and implementation of everted virtual environments and eversive Worldmaking. Locative Worldmaking: linking locative media, online worlds, tracked/sensed space, and eversive virtual environments.
MAT 261E. Transvergence Projects
(4) NOVAK
Recommended Preparation: Demonstrated synthetic and analytical ability; programming; media.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Advanced projects course fusing all modalities of transvergence into implemented works embodying the Transmodal Continuum. Physical Worldmaking: addition of physical computing, spatial sensing, and digital fabrication to immersive, eversive, and locative Worldmaking. Worldmaking and phenomenology.
MAT 265. Open Projects in Optical/Motion - Computational Processes
(4) LEGRADY
Student defined research projects course focused on optical, or other imaging/sensing device interfaced with a computer such as anamorphs, experimentsin multiple exposure, spatial & virtual exploration, distance/presence, reflection and penetration (x-ray, infrared, medical (MRI, PET), etc.
MAT 270A. Software Development as a Means of Composition
(4) BARLOW
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
First quarter of a course devoted to composition by means of software. Existing software of this nature will be demonstrated, discussed and where possible,used by students to generate compositions.
MAT 270B. Software Open Forum for the Development of Music Software
(4) BARLOW
Prerequisite: MAT 270A. Consent of Instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Repeat Comments: Can be repeated multiple times.
Software Open Forum involves the ongoing development by enrolled studentsof software for music composition and processing as directed by the instructor, to be eventually put on the MAT and Music Department websites for free downloading by students, faculty and others.
MAT 276IA. Direct Digital Synthesis - Processing and Composition
(4) KUCHERA-MORIN
Prerequisite: MAT majors and graduate non-majors in areas of electrical engineering, computer science, physics and math; consent of instructor.
First quarter of general purpose computing for computer music applications.Topics include: music synthesis using computer programs, and score input programs.
MAT 276IB. Direct Digital Synthesis - Processing and Composition
(4) KUCHERA-MORIN
Prerequisite: MAT 276IA.
Second quarter of a two-quarter sequence course concentrates on computer music instrument design using music software and exploring applications of frequency modulation, additive/subtractive synthesis, digital signal processing, and computer music composition.
MAT 276LA. Digital Audio Montage
(2) ROADS
Prerequisite: Graduate MAT majors and graduate non-majors in areas of electrical engineering, computer science, physics and math; consent of instructor.
First quarter of a three-quarter sequence course concentrates on multi-track recording, mixing, digital signal processing, and studio based composition.
MAT 276LB. Digital Audio Montage
(2) ROADS
Prerequisite: MAT 276LA.
Second quarter of a three-quarter sequence course concentrates on studio based composition.
MAT 276LC. Digital Audio Montage
(2) ROADS
Prerequisite: MAT 276LB.
Third quarter of a three-quarter sequence course concentrates on studio based composition.
MAT 276N. Special Topics in Electronic Music
(4) ROADS
Prerequisite: MAT 276LA-LB-LC.
Advanced topics in computer music composition, synthesis, and digital signal processing.
MAT 293. Internship in Industry
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated with faculty approval.
Special projects for selected students. Offered in conjunction with selected industrial and research under direct faculty supervision. Prior departmental approval required.
MAT 294CR. Presenting MAT Projects
(1) STAFF
Students develop concise descriptions and practice mock presentations that will be critiqued by faculty and peers in preparation for public exhibition of their work. Emphasis on technical and aesthetic clarity.
MAT 299. Independent Study
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of graduate advisor and Director of graduate studies.
Enrollment Comments: Students are limited to 4 units per quarter. No more than 12 units may be credited toward their Master's degree. Not intended for thesis research.
Independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in the department. Offers an opportunity to qualified students to undertake independent research or work in a group laboratory in digital media arts and technology.
MAT 502. Teaching in Media Art & Technology
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Must be a T.A.
Courses taught or assisted by T.A.'s.
MAT 594AAZZ. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
(1-4) STAFF
Special course in selected problems in multimedia engineering, visual arts,or electronic music.
MAT 594A. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594AC. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594B. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594C. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594CE. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594CP. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594D. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594E. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594G. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594GL. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594H. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594I. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594L. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594M. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594MP. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594O. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594P. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594R. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594S. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594SP. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594T. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 594X. Special Topics in Multimedia Engineering, Visual Arts or Electronic Music
MAT 595M. Media Arts and Technology Seminar
MAT 596. Directed Research
(2-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Director of graduate studies.
Independent research, either experimental or theoretical, may be taken by properly qualified graduate students under the direction of a faculty member.
MAT 597. Individual Study for Ph.D. Examinations
(1-12) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
Maximum of 12 units per quarter; enrollment limited to 24 units per examination. Instructor is normally student's major advisor or chair of dissertation committee. S/U grading. Individual studies for Ph.D. qualifying examination.
MAT 598. Master's Thesis Research and Project Research
(1-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of Master's adviser.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
For research underlying the thesis/project and writing of the thesis/project.
MAT 599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation
(1-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of dissertation advisor.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
For research and preparation of the dissertation.