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The following courses are being held in the Granoff Center during the fall 2018 semester:

Advanced Screenwriting (Laura Colella, Literary Arts 1010E)
This course engages students in writing short screenplays or a longer work in progress in regular installments, along with a body of exercises, workshop conversations and conferences.

Advanced Studio Techniques (Jim Moses, Music 1260)
This course focuses on developing and reinforcing technical skills, musical concepts and critical listening abilities associated with the practice of composition in an electronic music studio. These studies are tied to a broad range of aesthetic approaches and discussions of sound synthesis and processing, spatialization and recording techniques. Through a series of projects and focused study, students expand their knowledge and craft and provide each other with a forum for exploring their creative studio work.

Artists & Scientists as Partners (Julie Strandberg & Rachel Balaban, Theatre Arts & Performance Studies 1281W)
This course examines current research on and practices in arts and healing, with an emphasis on dance and music for persons with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and Autism (ASD). It includes guest lecturers, readings, field trips and site placements.

Building Musical Instruments (Kristina Warren, Music 1240I)
This course studies and creates expressive musical sound by building acoustic, analog and digital instruments. Using sonic goals as inspiration for design features, students build handheld acoustic instruments, contact microphones, basic synthesizers and digital controllers, and consider the ways in which these distinct objects can work together to form a musical performance system. Topics include: musical listening and design, resonance of different materials, soldering, breadboarding, reading a basic schematic diagram, creating an enclosure and expressive interaction with instruments.

Computers and Music (Erik DeLuca, Music 0200)
This course examines the history, literature, production and theory of music technology. It tracks the development of musical inventions and their impact on musical thought, production and culture. It also develops theoretical and practical knowledge of computer music based on first-hand experience in the Multimedia Lab, using computer music software and hardware to complete creative assignments. Students gain an appreciation for the pioneering work done in previous decades, both in research and composition. And they become familiar with the literature of electronic music and learn about the impact of technology on popular and experimental genres.

Exploration in Video Art (Ed Osborn, Visual Art 1730)
This studio course provides an overview of contemporary video art and video installation practices, facilitates the development of video work in expanded space, and encourages a critical approach to interactive moving image practice. Students develop a set of video installation pieces for particular spaces and situations beyond the standard single-screen video format. Basic video production and post-production techniques are covered and complemented by readings and screenings.

Inventing Directing (Spencer Golub, Theatre Arts & Performance Studies 1510)
This course  deals with how a director gets thought into stage space via different emphases communicated to actors; attention to the life of objects; exploration of the languages of stage space; and accessing personal experience to deepen point of view. It draws upon film, the practical application of theory and literature, vertical thinking and spatializing time. The course involves practical exercises and work on both scenes from plays and on material drawn from other sources.

Real Time Systems (Butch Rovan, Music 1210)

Seminar in Electronic Music is a study of music employing electronic media, including real-time digital signal processing, multimedia and live performance. Technical aspects of the course focus on programming using Max/MSP to create interactive projects and algorithmic compositions.

Screenwriting I (Laura Colella, Literary Arts 0110E)
This workshop introduces the fundamentals of screenwriting through a variety of readings, exercises and assignments. Its main focus is on students’ writing, with particular emphasis on exploring the cinematic potential of  stories and themes, and on developing structures that best suit the writer's material and intentions.

Stage Lighting (Tim Hett, Theatre Arts & Performance Studies 0260)
This course is an introduction to theatrical stage lighting.

Stage Lighting II (Time Hett, Theatre Arts & Performance Studies 1280C)
This course focuses on the implementation of lighting techniques learned in the introductory course. It emphasizes work in a studio environment with other theater designers, implementing CAD and vector works techniques, as well as scale models. It culminates in a full lighting design for a production.

User Interfaces & User Experience (Jeff Huang, Computer Science 1300)
This course is explores the process behind building a user interface and gaining hands-on experience designing a user interface. Topics include understanding when to use different interfaces, modeling and representing user interaction, principles of user experience design, eliciting requirements and feedback from users, methods for designing and prototyping interfaces, and user interface evaluation.

Writing 3D (John Cayley, Literary Arts 1010G)
An advanced experimental workshop for writing in immersive 3D, introducing text, sound, spatial poetics and narrative movement into Brown's Legacy Cave (now house in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts) with links to the YURT (Yurt Ultimate Reality Theater in the Center for Computation and Vixualization). An easy-to-learn and easy-to-use application allows non-programmers to create projects on laptops and then to run them in immersive 3D audiovisuality without the necessity for specialist support. Broadly interdisciplinary, the course encourages collaboration between students with different skills in different media, who work together to discover a literary aesthetic in artificially rendered space.


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