Course Description

Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice, ART 80T

Introduces the digital tools and mediums available to contemporary art practices. Tools are explored from a historical and theoretical context and from a technical perspective through hands-on tutorials. A variety of artworks that use digital mediums are also examined. Covers photo and vector editors, sound and video editing, basic 3D modeling, and images and interactions generated by code. Students should have basic computer literacy.

Key Information

Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Art

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: AH, VL.

UC Irvine:
General Education: IV - Arts and Humanities

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: ERC - Fine arts; Revelle Fine Arts; Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC/AS; TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major, ; Muir: petition for one course in matching Fine Arts sequence.
Major Requirement: Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) lower division elective credit

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Major Preparation: Likely major prep application toward lower-division Art elective credit after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: PE-T
Major Requirement: satisfies lower division foundation requirement for Art Majors


Students should have basic computer literacy.

Course Fees

There are no course fees or textbooks required for the course. Adobe CC programs are required to complete most course projects - Adobe CC is free to access for UCSC students for the 20 / 21 academic year.

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Course Creators

Kristen Gillette
Ann Altstatt
Kathleen Deck
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