“Computer art for computer people – a syllabus” by Hertlein

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    Computer art for computer people - a syllabus

Session/Category Title: Education




    Given the present state of the art, it is easier to introduce and teach computer art to people who have some background in computer science. Although there are many art-oriented systems for non-programmers, a study of the work of these artist-students reveals that their final products do not surpass the work of programmer-artists. Experience in working with artists and non-programmers during the past seven years has repeatedly shown that computer people, with special guidance and instruction, can and do produce professional looking computer art works that rival and often surpass the works of intermediate to advanced artists who engage in this new medium. However, working with Computer Science people poses unique requirements. Although they produce professional looking works within one semester, their orientation is dominantly practical, and often they will abandon their artistic efforts after the conclusion of their course of study, to aim at more practical, job-oriented skills. This paper describes in detail the course objectives, and includes a listing of lecture/discussiontopics, and offers the reader a schedule of week-by-week presentations and explorations for development in laboratory sessions.


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