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DAC 200s


DAC 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011680
Designing Digital Images and Interaction
This course draws on multiple theoretical perspectives to introduce students to the fundamental principles of multi-modal communication design in its social context. Students will analyze, design, and produce images and interactivity for use in a variety of digital platforms, including e-learning and business applications.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only.
Antireq: GBDA 101
(Cross-listed with ENGL 203)

DAC 202 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011681
Designing Digital Video
This course introduces students to the principles of designing time-based multi-modal communication in a social context. Students will analyse, design, and produce video for use in a variety of digital platforms, including e-learning and business applications.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only.
Antireq: GBDA 201, 202.
(Cross-listed with ENGL 204)

DAC 203 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013106
Designing with Digital Sound
In this course, students will be introduced to sound analysis and production. Students will learn to record, edit, and implement sound in a variety of linear and non-linear media forms, with emphasis on film and video games.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only.
Antireq: DAC 203/301, FINE/GBDA 229
(Cross-listed with ENGL 304)

DAC 204 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015490
Introduction to Game Design
This course explores the fundamentals of game design. It focuses on the essentials shared by all games that are fundamental for a game designer working in any medium, from sports to board games to computer and video games. Although the focus of the course is on designing, prototyping, and testing non-digital games, digital games will be discussed in class to provide students with a broad theoretical and conceptual understanding of the field of game design and development along with practical exercises to train for creating a game.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only.
Antireq: DAC 300/ENLG 303/SPCOM 300 taken Fall 2016

DAC 300s


DAC 300 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011682
Special Topics in Digital Design
In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory. They will participate in workshops with professional designers, develop specialized digital materials and contribute signature work to their Digital Portfolio.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only
(Cross-listed with ENGL 303, SPCOM 300)

DAC 302 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014124
Digital Storytelling
This course teaches students the principles and practices of telling stories using Machinima: 2D and 3D computer game engines used to design and produce short movies. Students will learn to develop and present story ideas, create storyboards, write short scripts, and then render their narratives using a variety of digital techniques and tools.
[Note: No programming skills are required for this course.]
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only.
Antireq: DAC 400/DAC 300/ENGL 403 taken in spring 2011

DAC 305 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013325
Design and User Experience of Interactive Games
This course introduces fundamental design skills for two-dimensional interactive video games and provides the theoretical knowledge of the emotional and cognitive effects of video game play. Students will understand the importance of user experience assessment for video games as part of iterative design and development. Students will learn to theorize, design, prototype, and test digital games with a special focus on exploring the impact that video games have on human experience.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only

DAC 307 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014125
Digital Display Systems
This course focuses on the creative, technical, and artistic challenges inherent to creating visual content (film, photos, graphics) for the increasingly ubiquitous out-of-home digital displays. The size, configuration, placement, and functions of these public digital displays require new artistic and technical techniques to fully exploit their capabilities. In the course, students will explore the design affordances of several types of public digital display as well as produce dynamic, interactive content for them.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only

DAC 308 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014126
Cinematic Art and Practice
This course explores cinematic representation from a production perspective. Students will learn an explicit and replicable theoretical vocabulary for analyzing cinematic technique, as well as engage in practice by creating short films of their own, illustrating, extending, and modifying those same techniques. Students will engage in production workshops and have access to basic production equipment.
[Note: No prior experience of film or video production is required.]
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only

DAC 309 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014521
User Experience Design
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of user experience design as it applies to the design of interactive digital media. Topics will include user-centred design, personas, iterative testing, prototyping, information gathering interviews, and contextual inquiry.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only.
Antireq: DAC 300/ENGL 303 taken in Winter 2013 or Winter 2014; GBDA 103

DAC 329 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012415
Digital Presentations
In this course, students will be introduced to design and production of digital business presentations. They will develop specialized digital materials and contribute work to their Digital Portfolio.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only
(Cross-listed with SPCOM 329)

DAC 400s


DAC 400 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 011683
Digital Design Research Project
Students work in small groups under the supervision of a faculty researcher on an ongoing, large-scale, digital design project.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only
(Cross-listed with ENGL 403)

DAC 403 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012584
Special Topics in Speech Communication and Technology
In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory as it applies to speech communication. They will develop specialized digital materials and contribute work to their Digital Portfolio.
Prereq: Digital Arts Communication Minor students only