XDA provides an experiential "collaboratory" environment to ground students in new media art forms and techniques. Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary creative approaches to their conceptual art practices and to interact with the other, more traditional fine art areas in the department as well as other departments across the campus. Listed below are a few of the courses that are offered inside XDA:
Digital Art I (ARTS 2126)
This introductory "collaboratory" workshop enables students to develop a broad range of creative projects that experiment with personal computers, cutting-edge software, networks, and other digital devices to make art.
Digital Art II (ARTS 4226/5226)
This intermediate "collaboratory" workshop is the follow-up course to ARTS 2126 and explores advanced concepts in the creation of digital art.
New Directions in Digital Art (ARTS 4176/5176)
New Directions In Digital Art focuses on many parallel threads of current artistic development in digital art. Past sections of the course have included projects focused on Internet art, digital or transmedia narrative, interactive video art, multi-media installation, glitch aesthetics, experimental audio art, and live audio/visual performance.
Performance/Installation (ARTS 4104)
Performance/Installation primarily focuses upon personal imagery as a live situation occurring in either a constructed reality or real environment. Work may be individual or a group configuration, and may also take on the visual linguistic form of a solo performance or of a multimedia presentation.
History and Theory in Digital Art (ARTS 4316/5316)
History and Theory of Digital Art studies the contemporary practice, history and theory of digital art. Discussion topics could include but not be limited to Internet art, hypertext, experimental audio art, digital narrative, hactivism, data visualization art, social networking, the theory of new media aesthetics, online exhibitions, web publishing, copyleft and the creative commons, games studies, interactive installations, DJ/VJ culture, and blogging.
Remix Culture (ARTS 4087/5097)
This course investigates the emergence of interdisciplinary media art practices that experiment with live audio/visual remixing, literary mash-ups, appropriation art, digital détournement, new media hactivism, curatorial postproduction art, film collage, and other aesthetic forms that engage with renewable source material.
Graduate Seminar in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practice (ARTS 5017)
Graduate level course that facilitates the creation of individual and collaborative digital art projects while developing a parallel artist theory and/or poetics.