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MMEDIA 3BB3 New Media Art Practices

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Robert Hamilton

Email: hamiltr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 330

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27955


Office Hours: Thursdays, 1:30 PM – 2:30PM

Course Objectives:

This course offers a critical perspective on theories and practices of contemporary media art through screenings, two production-based projects and a field trip. Students will examine new media work including mediums such as video, animation, photography, audio and Internet based artwork. Students will attend lectures, watch screenings and create a media based artwork that engages with ideas presented in class.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  • “Digital Art Third Addition" Author: Christiane Paul, 2015, ISBN-10: 0500204233

Method of Assessment:



Detailed descriptions of individual assignments will be circulated in class.  There is no final exam in this class, meaning that term work may seem more intense than in courses with a final exam. You are, therefore, encouraged to begin working on assignments well in advance of their due dates.

Assignment #1, due Oct. 6th, 20%

Assignment #2, due November 10th, 20%

2 Quizzes, October20th and November 17th, 20% (10% each)

Test, November 29th, 30%

Participation, 10%

Grading will be based on the student’s demonstrated competence with the software as well as the general quality of the submitted work. The participation grade will be determined by the student’s contribution to a supportive and critical atmosphere during class. Late assignments will be penalized by 5% per day of the week (weekends included).  Extensions will be given if requested before the assignment’s due date and if the instructor considers the reason legitimate.




Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Regular attendance is required to successfully achieve course outcomes.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work done in class.

All work must be submitted in class on the due date.  Do not submit assignments by email or slide them under the instructor’s door. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior consent from the instructor and/or appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Tuesday Lectures

Titles TBA


Thursday   Screenings





Sept. 6


 - Intro to class



Sept. 8






Sept. 13


 - Short History of Technology and Art, Preservation



Sept. 15






Sept. 20


 - Digital Technologies as a Tool: Photography, Print



Sept. 22






Sept. 27


 - Forms of Digital Art, Installation



Sept. 29







Oct. 4


 - Video Art



Oct. 6


 - Assignment 1 due






Oct. 18


 - Immersive Cinema, Internet Art, Networked/shared environments,

- Virtual Reality, Music videos



Oct. 20


 - Quiz 1






Oct. 25


 - TBA



Oct. 27








Nov. 1

  Sound and Music, Artificial Life, Artificial Intelligence, Telepresence and Telerobotics, Surrealism




Nov. 3






Nov. 8

 -Body and Identity

 - Database Aesthetics and Data Visualization

 - Augmented Reality & Mixed Reality



Nov. 10


 - Assignment 2 due






Nov. 15

 - Gaming, Tactical Media, Activism, Hacktivism

 - Redefining Public Space



Nov. 17


 - Quiz 2





Nov. 22


 - Review



Nov. 24







Nov. 29


 - Test



Dec. 1


 - TBA





Dec. 6