Starting in Fall 2021 we will see an expansion of CMAC-related offerings at the undergraduate level:
The new Interdepartmental Major and Minor in Computational Media will go live in Fall 2021. This program is co-hosted by the Departments of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Computer Science, and will include both theoretical and practical elements. We anticipate many of of the students who would have proposed a Program II or student-initiated IDM in related topics will find a home in these new offerings.
We also have a new Focus cluster for first year students - Virtual Realities, Imagined Worlds, and Games. This cluster will include courses that explore the theories, practices, and cultural implications of computational media forms, their analogues, precedents, and cultural effects. The four related courses include: Games and Culture (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies), Digital Storytelling and Interactive Narrative (Information Science + Studies), Fictionality and Virtuality (English), and Introduction to Programming through Animation and Virtual Worlds (Computer Science).
We anticipate hosting periodic events for the broader community around these topics in coordination with the Interdisciplinary Discussion Course meetings for the cluster. All will be welcome at these and other activities related to CMAC and the Game Lab.