Delve into HTML and the vast possibilities that online media tools offer artists! This fourteen-week course introduces the basic strategies and techniques associated with using the World Wide Web as a tool for creating art, documenting artistic research and practice, and online collaboration. This course assumes an intermediate knowledge of digital imaging and Photoshop expertise—SAIC WIRED: LAPTOP LITERACY AND IMAGING covers basic imaging and web page design. The course begins by introducing the basic syntax (HTML) for publishing word and image on the World Wide Web. Advanced programming techniques in javascript and java will be introduced. The course will also present a basic history of the WWW as well as analyze and test contemporary tools for research, collaboration, and production online.

About SAIC Wired

This required 1.5 credit hour course is intended to enhance the first year program curriculum by providing structured, targeted tutorials that introduce students to basic and intermediate imaging and web authoring techniques in an academic context that is both critical and celebratory of the new media tools —both proprietary and open source. The tutorials are also designed to assist first year core faculty in encouraging students to document and share their research and studio projects online with their peers via either a website or blog. The web is a medium that now must be understood and managed by artists from any field; for this reason, the curriculum is focused on imaging and authoring for the web.

Optional Texts

Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montforts (eds.)  New Media Reader (NMR), MIT Press, 2003.
Elizabeth Castro, HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition (Visual Quickstart Guide), 2006.

Curriculum contact for SAIC Wired: Tiffany Holmes, Associate Professor
Department of Art and Technology Studies
Email: tholme (at) saic (dot) edu