Courses

The New Media faculty offer a range of courses, from introductory courses for majors as well as non majors across a broad array of topics. As part of our commitment to continual evaluation and improvement, courses are continually revised and new courses are frequently added. Should the following information not meet your needs, please contact the SCIS office for further assistance.


NMD 100 – Introduction to New Media
NMD 104 – New Media Design
NMD 105 – Creative Coding I
INMD 106 – Time-Based Media
NMD 160 – Creative Programming I
NMD 200 – New Media Strategies
NMD 206 – Project Design Workshop I
NMD 211 – Creative Coding II
NMD 212 – Rapid Protoyping
NMD 245 – Film Criticism and Theory
NMD 250 – Electronic Music Composition I: Item and Arrangement
NMD 251 – Electronic Music Composition II: Composing a Process
NMD 295 – Topics in New Media
NMD 306 – Community Collaboration and Development
NMD 324 – Year in Film I
NMD 341 – Photographic Reporting and Storytelling
NMD 342 – Interaction Design and Physical Computing
NMD 343 – SL: Digital Narrative Workshop I
NMD 344 – Time-Based Art and Design I
NMD 345 – Web Applications
NMD 347 – Artificial Intelligence for Art and Design
NMD 358 – Documentary Film Criticism and Theory
NMD 370 – 3D Modeling and Animation
NMD 398 – Topics in New Media
NMD 424 – Year in Film II
NMD 430 – Topics in New Media
NMD 440 – Video Projection Mapping
NMD 441 – Documentary Photography and Audio
NMD 442 – User Experience Design
NMD 443 – Digital Narrative Workshop II
NMD 444 – Time-Based Art and Design II
NMD 445 – Mobile Applications
NMD 446 – Advanced Rapid Protoyping
NMD 490 – Independent Study in New Media
NMD 498 – New Media Capstone I
NMD 499 – New Media Capstone II


NMD 100 – Introduction to New Media

NMD 100 explores the concepts that define new media, what new media are, how they are produced, who produces them, and why they challenge how we think, act, create, and relate to other people. We will explore the impact and disruptive effect emerging technologies have on society and institutions by studying both past and present technological developments. The course examines the benefits emerging technologies afford to individuals, organizations, and society; we will consider the challenges and consequences of society’s rapid embrace of these emerging technologies, including the need to raise user awareness of increasing privacy and security concerns. Lecture and Discussion format with hands-on laboratory.
General Education Requirements: Social Contexts and Institutions
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 104 – New Media Design

Essential tools for graphic design in the digital era.  From simple techniques such as creating shapes and type of more advanced tasks such as masks, gradients, and special effects.  Hands-on projects to produce common products of graphic design; from logos, infographics, and posters to designs for laser cutter and the Web.  Exposure to history, aesthetics, and ethical questions of graphic design in the Internet era, from Bauhaus color theory to memes based Photoshopped images.
General Education Requirements:  Artistic and Creative Expression
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 105 – Creative Coding I

Introduction to programming as a new media art and design practice.  Use of creative processes in programming by writing code to generate images, sound, animations, text, and interactivity.  Use of computing environments such as processing for creating and developing software “sketches” that allow visual expression.  Understand and control how data is represented in computers (data types and structures), instruct computer how make decisions on the fly (conditionals), how and when to repeat instructions (loops), and structure and organize computer code (functions and objects).
Prerequisites: NMD 100 and NMD 104 or permission
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 106 – Time-Based Media

Introduction to principles and practice of video and audio production.  Students learn how to publish media and other course projects online as part of their New Media Portfolio Application of the computer as a tool for the development of both expressive and professional time-based media and audiovisual storytelling and as a venue for publishing and distributing creative work online.
Prerequisites: NMD 100 and NMD 104 or permission
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 160 – Creative Programming

In this course, students will learn to use a creative process in programming a computer by developing code to generate images and sound, produce animations, manipulate text, and make media that respond interactively to user input.  The class will use computing programs such as Processing, an artist-designed programming language designed for visual and interactive applications, as a basis for creating and developing software “sketches” that allow visual expression.  Another environment introduced with be Pd (“pure data”, an open source version of Max/MSP), which is a visual programming language.  Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code.  In the process, students will learn basic programming skills, including understanding and controlling how data is represented in computers (data types and structures), telling the computer how to make decisions on the fly (conditionals), how and when to repeat instructions (loops), structuring and organizing computer code (functions and objects), and techniques for debugging code.This course is designed particularly for students in New Media, Arts, Music, Humanities, and Social Sciences interested in understanding better how computers work and in learning to create their own digital media, through students of all backgrounds are welcome.  The course assumes basic high school math and no technical background.
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 200 – New Media Strategies

This course covers new media culture and theory of the present, bringing students up to speed on a range of contemporary artistic, political, and ethical issues in the field. A writing intensive course in the major, this class will make use of reflection journals, research assignments, and revision exercises with feedback from both professor and peers.  Students in this course also extend the technical skills acquired in previous courses by applying them to creative idea development and communication of those ideas in rich media forms and in an advanced portfolio.  Writing skills in all of these formats will form a substantial portion of student evaluation.
General Education Requirements: Writing Intensive
Prerequisites: NMD 105 and NMD 106
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 206 – Project Design Workshop I

Explores creativity and problem solving using tools, techniques and tactics of new media.  Identifies critical social, economic, cultural and ecological problems in neighborhoods and communities.  Draws on creative skills and playful impulses to design and build solutions using new media strategies.  An ecologically mindful, whole systems approach is adopted, seeking out interdisciplinary partners across campus and community to achieve solutions.  Individual, peer, and team generated projects are emphasized.
Prerequisites: NMD 200
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 211 – Creative Coding II

Students are provided an introduction to and overview of new media and emerging technologies, interaction design, and software development. Topics covered include social networking, mobile computing, and physical computing.  Students develop skills in research, group collaboration, brainstorming practices, concept development, and rapid project prototyping.
Prerequisites: NMD 105 and NMD 106
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 212 – Rapid Protoyping

Basic analog and digital electronics, laser cutting and 3D Printing techniques as they apply to New Media art and design framework.  Taught via a studio lab format.
Prerequisites: New Media Major or Minor
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 245 – Film Criticism and Theory

Students will develop skills in the analysis of form and content so that they will achieve proficiency in the use of film studies vocabulary. Participants will learn to think critically about the media industry and to evaluate film as an art form, individual psychological experience, technology, social text, and commodity. (CMJ 245 and NMD 245 are identical courses.)
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 250 – Electronic Music Composition I: Item and Arrangement

Designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the ideas and techniques of audio composition with recorded media.  Item and Arrangement refers to the style of composition that creatively places recorded sounds in a fixed timeline.  Starting with Musique Concrete in the late 1940’s, this technique continues today as a foundation for many contemporary and popular forms, including acoustic ecology and hip-hop.  Students can expect to learn how to work with sound in the digital environment including fundamentals in field recording technique, waveform editing, filtering and digital processing.  Students will be expected to regularly produce and discuss work in relation to the theoretical history of Electronic Music.
General Education Requirements:  Artistic and Creative Expression
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 251 – Electronic Music Composition II: Composing a Process

A companion of NMD 250.  Offers an introduction to creating Electronic Music, and electronic art in general, in the form of a process rather than as a fixed object.  From John Cage through Conceptualism, viewing art-making as “composing a process” is central to much contemporary art, particularly in New Media.  Students will be introduced to compositional methods such as indeterminacy, algorithmic composition, systems analysis and interactivity as well as fundamentals of digital audio synthesis and composing in the Max/MSP environment.  Students will be expected to regularly produce and discuss work in relation to the theoretical history of Electronic Music.
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 295 – Topics in New Media

Topics not regularly covered in other new media courses. Content varies to suit current needs. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: New Media Majors or permission.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 1-3

NMD 306 – Community Collaboration and Development

New Media project design, with emphasis on team-based research and development.  Requires students to think across a variety of platforms, from analog tools to stand alone devices to online applications. Students will be challenged to think creatively and rigorously about the objective, structure, and form of a community client project; the work of each team will culminate in a new media proposal and/or prototype, preparing them for the New Media capstone sequence.
Prerequisites: NMD 211 and NMD 212 or permission
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 324 – Year in Film I

The first part in a two-semester course in the process, theory, practice and problems of digital filmmaking. Through the examination of films, narrative fiction and the completion of out-of-class assignments, students will gain insight into the realm of digital filmmaking. Structured as both an academic and “hands-on” approach to the language, method and theory of digital filmmaking through applied concepts and process. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor.
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 341 – Photographic Reporting and Storytelling

An overview of photojournalism history, theory and ethics. Exercises teach skills and strategies used by newspaper, magazine and on-line photographers and editors and challenge students to deal responsibly with issues of invasion of privacy, subject representation, copyright and fair use and image manipulation. (This course is identical to CMJ 261.)
General Education Requirements:  Artistic and Creative Expression
Prerequisites: NMD 200 and NMD 211 or permission
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 342 – Interaction Design and Physical Computing

Interaction Design and Physical Computing will explore opportunities for physical interaction with our environment.  The course focuses on materials and methods used within interaction design to combine hardware, software and physical materials into working prototypes.  Students will learn fundamentals of physical computing to design and build interactive objects and environments using sensors, actuators and microcontrollers.
Prerequisites: NMD 211
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 343 – SL: Digital Narrative Workshop I

Explores emerging forms of digital storytelling and how these new forms transform authorship, audience, interaction and publishing. Students produce their own original narratives using digital storytelling techniques, web based media, and non-linear game-like environments. Team projects and skill sharing encouraged. Field work outside the classroom and publication of a storytelling project for community partners. This course has been designated as a  UMaine service-learning course.
General Education Requirements: Artistic and Creative Expressions.
Prerequisites: NMD 200 and NMD 211
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 344 – Time-Based Art and Design I

An introduction in the concepts, process, methods, principles and theories posed by digital video, animation, and audio. Students investigate unique problems in design and production presented by time-based media as well as apply the aesthetic and design principles in the creation of artistic, expressive and/or conceptual structures in time-based media.
Prerequisites: NMD 200 and NMD 211
Course Typically Offered: Variable
Credits: 3

NMD 345 – Web Applications

This class trains students in creating compelling Web designs and interactive Web pages using advanced HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  Although the focus will be designing and scripting for the Web, the class will apply these easy-to-learn techniques to other contexts, such as bookmarklets and browser extensions.  In addition to this practical know-how, students in this class learn today’s legal and cultural context for sharing, and prototype a creative application of their own choosing.
Prerequisites: NMD 200 and NMD 211
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 347 – Artificial Intelligence for Art and Design

Introduction to techniques, historical contexts, and conceptual approaches to artificial intelligence as a creative medium.  Cognitive science debate on theories of the mind impacts of AI on society as intellectual labor is replaced by algorithms, and the divide between autonomy and authorship in working with AI for artmaking.  Introduction to different movements and techniques within AI, such as cybernetics, artificial life, nouvelle AI, expressive AI, neural networks, genetic algorithms, machine learning, and deep learning. Students directly apply understanding in creating original works using different approaches.
Prerequisites: NMD 200 and NMD 211
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 358 – Documentary Film Criticism and Theory

Centered around the Camden International Film Festival, this course engages students in critically assessing documentary films through an understanding of the genre’s history, theoretical foundations, and means of production, aspects particularly relevant in this age of rapidly evolving media.  Students will be exposed to various new technologies during the festival on the development, production and distribution of contemporary non-fiction film.  Besides periodic class meetings across the semester and four days attendance at the Festival, students will have opportunities to discuss documentaries in public forums and meetings with documentary professionals in seminar conferences.  Students will develop in-depth research projects, either developing their own documentaries or writing analytic papers on issues core to the field. If this course was taken under as a topics course in NMD 398, it cannot be repeated for credit.
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 370 – 3D Modeling and Animation

An introduction to the concepts and tools of 3D modeling and animation on the computer. Includes techniques to create narratives and provides hands-on experience with appropriate hardware and software.
General Education Requirements:  Artistic and Creative Expression
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 398 – Topics in New Media

Topics not regularly covered in other new media courses. Content varies to suit current needs. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Department consent.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 1-3

NMD 424 – Year in Film II

The second part in a two-semester course in the process, theory, practice and problems of digital filmmaking.  Concentrates on practical experience.  Students will learn the cinematic process through direct development and production of short subject digital films.  Structured as both an academic and “hands-on” approach to the language, method and theory of digital filmmaking.  May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: NMD 324 or permission
Course Typically Offered: Variable
Credits: 3

NMD 430 – Topics in New Media

An exploration of intermediate and advanced topics in multimedia production and design, including, among others, digital video production, software and hardware design or, electronic publishing. Designed to provide students with a deeper and more sophisticated experience with a multimedia issue, tool, or skill–or combination of all three.
Prerequisites: Department consent.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 1-3

NMD 440 – Video Projection Mapping

Students learn to use video projection to creative immersive environments that wrap 2D video onto 3D surfaces as a New Media tool for exploring digital storytelling, data visualization and site specific multimedia installations.  Course is taught via a studio lab format.
Prerequisites: NMD 200 and NMD 211
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 441 – Documentary Photography and Audio

Provides the essential skills, concepts and processes used by documentary still photographers and audio producers to create professional quality digital mixed media products for the Internet and other interactive media. (This course is identical to CMJ 361.)
Prerequisites:  NMD 341
Course Typically Offered: Variable
Credits: 3

NMD 442 – User Experience Design

This is a course that explores major concepts in designing the User Experience (UX).  UX Design plays a critical role in the successes and effectiveness of any product, application and service.  It’s just not enough to have technologically advanced and aesthetically appealing products, applications and services – it is critical that they deliver a good user experience to their end users.In order to understand the foundations of UX Design, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the user experience design process and is intended to familiarize students with the methods, concepts, and techniques necessary to make user experience design an integral part of developing effective interactions.  The course provides students with an opportunity to acquire the resources, skills, and hands-on experience they need to design, develop, and evaluate information interfaces from a user-centered design perspective.
Prerequisites: NMD 211 or permission
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 443 – Digital Narrative Workshop II

Students explore interactive authorship, seek audience participation, develop interactive environments, and publish final pieces in an online magazine.  Exploration and reflection on larger cultural metanarratives, many of which are in the process of transition.  Students may continue community partnerships begun in Digital Narrative I, and further develop their projects in reach or in depth.  They may also seek alternative ways of either crafting or publishing and sharing community stories, such as through Virtual Museums, Community Archives, Social Media campaigns, or Storytelling peer-to-peer workshops.  Final projects will culminate in online publication and/or a community/public audience engagement.
Prerequisites: NMD 343
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 444 – Time-Based Art and Design II

Advanced level exploration of the principles of design and the creative process relative to time-based media.  Focus is on the design of imaginative, and/or metaphorical structures combining text, image and sound into self-contained digital works.  Students experiment with the transmission of creative and expressive information through sequential and time-based formats, including fixed-image sequence, digital video, and animations.
Prerequisites: NMD 344
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 445 – Mobile Applications

Mobile applications have become one of the predominant ways that people interact with each other.  Yet designing and developing apps for phones and tables typically requires a mastery of a half-dozen languages and platforms.  This course, by contrast, builds on familiar Web design and development skills taught in NMD 345, Web Applications, to produce a working app for common mobile platforms such as iOS and Android by using a full-stack approach.  Students conceive and produce an app that interchanges data with the cloud to offer access to new information or connect people in new ways.
Prerequisites: NMD 345
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 446 – Advanced Rapid Protoyping

Intermediate and advanced exploration of laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling as students apply to New Media art and design frameworks. Course is taught via a studio lab format.
Prerequisites: NMD 212
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

NMD 490 – Independent Study in New Media

Topics not regularly covered in other courses. Content varies to suit current needs. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: permission of instructor.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3

NMD 498 – New Media Capstone I

Part one of a two-part capstone experience on campus or in a commercial or other institutional environment with faculty supervision.  Students meet in a weekly seminar to discuss progress.  Each defines and researches his or her own individual project and prepares to bring it to fruition as a new media publication, such as a Web site; animated, feature or documentary video; or other digital production.
General Education Requirements: Writing Intensive requirement. Together with NMD 499, this course also satisfies the General Education Capstone Experience Requirements.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing and a grade of C- or better in NMD 306.
Course Typically Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

NMD 499 – New Media Capstone II

Part two of a two-part capstone experience on campus or in a commercial or other institutional environment with faculty supervision. Students meet in a weekly seminar to discuss progress. Each defines and researches his or her own individual project, presents it within the format of the seminar and brings it to fruition as a new media publication, such as a Web site; animated, feature or documentary video; or other digital projection.
General Education Requirements: Together with NMD 498, this course satisfies the General Education Capstone Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: NMD 498.
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Credits: 3