COM 323: Mobile Media Making

Course Summary

As cell phones have increased in capability and flexibility, essentially becoming mini-computers, their use as creative tools for communication, writing, and art making has become ubiquitous. Students are guided through a study of emerging uses of the cellphone in media production and provided with a theoretical framework from which they can be evaluated. This course explores the myriad functions of the smartphone through lectures on the history of technology, photography, and visual art as well as by initiating exploratory research projects and philosophical debate. This is primarily a workshop course with an emphasis on the production of creative projects. Throughout the course students will experiment with new tools with which to make their work, learn how to offer constructive critique, collaborate in small groups, practice oral presentation, and engage in mini assignments intended to strengthen technological competence.