AHSE 1130 Seeing and Hearing: Communicating with Photographs, Video, and Sound

Seeing and Hearing, a semester length course, is an Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHS) foundation course normally taken by first year students during the fall semester. The course concerns the communication of ideas developed by research, reflection, and evolving thought, using as a vehicle for expression contemporary digital media tools. In this project-based course, students will have opportunities for hands-on learning in audio recording and editing, photography and printing, and video recording and editing. Science and engineering content are integrated in order to provide a reasonably comprehensive understanding of the devices we use to gather sound and images and in order to understand more fully the properties of seeing and hearing. A major goal is to enlarge our awareness of the environment we inhabit and to respond to the perceived environment by producing original visual and sonic artwork. Students will complete projects including a self-portrait, a soundpiece, a staged-narrative, and a short documentary. One of the latter two projects will be developed on the theme of concern for the environment and sustainability. Since AHSE 1130 is an AHS foundation course, students will engage with written communication in a variety of assignments including one substantial writing project. Our process is to share work through discussion sessions as we follow projects from their initial stages to completion and final presentation. Additional context for Seeing and Hearing is provided by selected readings, visits by guest lecturers, additional faculty and staff participation and by viewing work of other professional practitioners. This course does not require prior experience with image/sound gathering or editing. Specific learning objectives include the following: 1) Learn how to make art that reflects enlarging of one’s awareness and communicates one’s intent, 2) Learn how to use digital tools for art making and learn how the tools work, 3) improve critical and contextual thinking ability, 4) improve written communication.

Credits: 4 AHS

Hours: 2 x week, ~2 hrs per class meeting

Usually Offered: Fall

Also see the following publication:

Donis-Keller, H. (2009). A Course in Communication and Creativity for Undergraduates in Engineering: Seeing and Hearing: Communicating with Photographs, Video and Sound. 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting, June 14-17, Austin, TX, DVD meeting publication.

Syllabi, example assignments, rubrics and additional information for each of the courses is available upon request.