MMVP1570 Introduction to Programming for Designers

This course is a hands-on introduction to computer programming for artists, designers, and others who want to work in a visual context. Students will create images, animations, and interactive experiences. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming and object-oriented techniques to create engaging visual projects and designs. The open source programming language, Processing, will be used in this course.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Use variables to store and track information
Develop array structures to store variables, objects, and other information
Create programs to make decisions and use branching logic
Create programs that control event flow
Demonstrate the use of functions
Demonstrate object-oriented programming techniques
Create interactive programs that manipulate images and pixels
Create programs that use video input
Design using arcs, spline curves, and bezier curves
Develop programmatic animation simulations
Demonstrate debugging methods to remove syntax and logic errors

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details