Experimental Digital Media / IDESN 4490-01 
AIB Design - Fall 2011

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

T/Th 03:20PM - 06:05PM,
AIB / 700 Beacon, Room 313

Benjamin Gaydos -


Kawandeep Virdee

Matthew White

Workshop Facilitators

Course Description
Students will experiment with a variety of advanced digital tools to create and produce original work such as interactive environments, dynamic media experiences, data visualizations and experimental art installations.

A survey of digital power tools to include
AfterEffects, Processing2.0, PhoneGap, and Cinema4D and digital audio and video production will permit the student to explore and select the means to work closely with expert digital media practitioners and innovators in the realm of digital arts, motion graphics and design to produce individual and collaborative projects.

The course is based upon the premise that EDM will be a laboratory for creative experimentation, and with that is based on a workshop model. Students will dive into projects with myself and other workshop leaders. We'll play, build and share in 3-4 week sessions, resurface and then dive back in again.

As the field of design expands to employ more and varied digital tools to produce the designer must become conversant and competent with these tools and their possibilities for creative expression and experience design. Collaboration with technical experts and resources is common practice in the field and this course will equip the student with the experience and language for this work.

Required Technology

Digital Still/SLR Camera
External Hard Drive

Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc)
Adobe AfterEffects
FinalCut Pro or Adobe Premiere

Suggested Technology:

HD Video Camera (Flip/SLR/Etc)

Cinema 4D

Online Resources
Attendance is not optional and absences will seriously impact your grade. More than 3 unexcused absences will effect your ability to pass this course. Students arriving after roll are officially late. Students arriving 30 minutes after of the class are officially absent. Each late arrival beyond three will count as an absence. Two tardies (of 10 minutes of more) count as an absence. All absences are not excused, except for religious holidays and legitimate illnesses. In such cases, the student must notify me at the beginning of the semester for religious holidays and submit a copy of a doctor’s note for illnesses. 

If you know you are going to miss a class, or be late, e-mail me.

Methods of Evaluation and Grading

The primary method of evaluation will be periodic individual and group critiques of performance and projects. Oral presentations of work in progress will be required. Mandatory individual critiques will occur at midterm and finals. A short paper and presentation documenting student research of an appropriate issue will be expected. Student performance will be evaluated with regard to process, realization, and professionalism.

Late assignments will result in a loss of one full letter grade on the assignment per day it is late.

Design Department Evaluation Criteria

The following makes up a list of seven intellectual habits and evaluation criteria created by your Design faculty:

  1. Understand and Practice Design as a Process and Mode of Action
  2. Create, Evaluate, Develop and Present an Effective Visual Argument
  3. Understand and Employ the Basic Principles of Design Methods
  4. Recognize, Categorize and Articulate Patterns
  5. Concept and Content Development and Realization
  6. Possess Craft and Technical Skills in a Wide Range of Media
  7. Pursue Professional, Commercial and Ethical Practices

Design Department Matriculation Policy

All students in a B.F.A., Diploma, or Certificate Program in Design are required to receive a C- or higher in Core Design Sequence courses. Design students receiving a D+ or lower will need to repeat this course if they wish to matriculate in the design program.

Projects and Expectations

Students can expect to have 3 long term and multiple in-class projects.


Projects: 25% (x3)

Assignments: 10%

Participation: 15% (5% Attendance, 10% Daily Discussion/Contribution)

Personal Technology
Unless they are directly related to your work, cell phones, texting and other forms of digital distraction are prohibited during lab and lecture. Turn your phone off. Laptop use should be restricted to your work for this class and project research. 

Art Institute of Boston Library & Sherrill Library (main Lesley University library):
Students are encouraged to use library collections and services for both academic research and studio art inspiration. 

Art & Design Research Guides -

  • Books, exhibition catalogs and videos are listed in the FLO library catalog.

  • Articles from journals, magazines and entire e-books are online in the library databases (myLesley login required).

  • High quality museum images, including contemporary art, are online in the library databases books.

  • Interlibrary Loan service delivers items not available from Lesley or FLO. 

  • Research strategies, MLA citation help, library tutorials and personalized research help by email, IM or phone.

Lesley University Disability Statement

Lesley University is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from its programs and services. To receive accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008, and provide documentation of the disability. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations will be based on the documentation provided.

Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders 
Maureen K. Riley 
23 Mellen Street, 5th Floor, Of. 504 
Phone: 617.349.8464

Fax: 617.349.8558

Physical, Sensory and Psychiatric Disabilities 
Laura J. Patey 23 Mellen Street, 3rd Floor, Of. 313 
Phone (Voice): 617.349.8194

(TTY): 617.349.8544 
Fax: 617.349.8558

The contact persons play the role of facilitator between the student’s needs, faculty requirements, and administrative guidelines of the University. Disability related information is not shared without the permission of the student.