Courses

Required Courses for SIM Majors Only

MPSM276/286, MPSM376/386, MPSM476/496 Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio
THUR 1:30 – 6:30 pm E. Buckholtz, D. Moser,
N. Sturiale
This is a studio class in which individuals and groups present and discuss work in media of their choice such as audio, video, computer, performance, publishing, and production of events that interrelate media. Each week, student presentations of work are organized into performances, discussions, workshops, and exhibitions produced by students who select, schedule and technically support the presentation. This course repeats every semester and is required for all SIM Majors.  It is not available to non SIM Majors.

Every Semester SIM offers a variety of Open Electives that are open to any MassArt student from any department. See below for the current offerings.


FA22 Electives Open to All (in order of day)

MPSM-402 Art, Life and Money CANCELLED
MON 8:00am – 1:00 pm   Nita Sturiale
This course is targeted towards soon-to-graduate art students who are thinking about the practicalities of continuing life as an independent artist after college. Throughout the semester students will meet MassArt Alum as well as others pursuing unconventional artistic paths. Through discussion, presentations and field trips, issues surrounding the realistic struggles of maintaining life as an independent artist alongside the celebration of such a choice will be explored. The course will attempt to demystify copyright law, basic finance skills, resilience strategies, and professional networking. Students will interview artists as well as explore methods for balancing art, life and money after school. Students will also practice writing their artist statement and resume, giving an artist talk, and creating a personal five year plan.

MPSM-337 Electronic Projects for Artists I
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm   Dana Moser 
The purpose of this studio course is to provide skills and information that will be useful for artists who use electrical devices in their artworks. Examples will be shown to help students in incorporating/integrating electrical circuits and sensors in a variety of media including sculpture, installation and performance. This intro course covers AC/DC electrical current and how to work with it safely. We show how to use components like breadboards, resistors, capacitors and transistors, Integrated Circuits, read schematics and build electrical circuits. The ultimate goal is for artists to incorporate this knowledge in the production of projects of their own design.

MPSM-405 Publications: Print & Digital
MON 1:30 am – 6:30 pm  TBD
The rise of digital publishing, online media platforms, and mobile devices has radically altered the way we look at information, art and culture, while inspiring new uses and interpretations of print media. Artists and cultural producers everywhere are actively experimenting with alternative print and publishing practices that evoke analogue memories, critically document the present, or reformulate the future of the medium. These contemporary practices examine media sustainability, propose mediated participation and configure new social spaces for the dissemination and interchange of ideas. In this context we will initiate our studies. This class proposes a collaborative studio environment in which we will investigate various printmaking techniques, examine the history of the medium, observe and critique its current state, and experiment with the different forms that compose the expanded field of contemporary print. Through studio and post-studio projects students are asked to propose and discover alternative approaches to printmaking, cultural production and social engagement, while discussing issues of authorship, piracy, reproduction, dissemination, interchange, and participation.

MPSM-224 Live Performance
TUES 1:30 – 6:30 pm  Elaine Buckholtz
Students develop performance skills in a wide variety of disciplines including the sound arts, music, poetry, live VJing, DJing, dance, and performance arts. In relation to performance we investigate and experiment with space, sound, light, somatic aspects of performance, and developing a director’s eye for image. This is an opportunity to incite collaborative works that investigate human involvement with the natural, manufactured, and imagined world. Original artworks will be created and presented throughout the semester.

MPSM-273 Intro to Sound Studio
TUE  1:30 – 6:30 pm  Eric Freeman
Students study principles of electroacoustic and digital sound processing, including audio recording, editing, mixing, and signal processing techniques. Students are required to present “live” or recorded sound pieces. Sound studio includes analog and digital synthesis, analog and digital recording and editing systems, signal processors. Weekly assignments. No prerequisite. (fall term only)

MPSM-363 Interrelated Media Practice
WED 8:00am – 1:00 pm  TBD
This is a critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and/or in final form. The course is closely modeled after the Studio for Interrelated Media Major Studio course, but with a smaller class size. Additionally, rotating faculty also present emerging topics related to interrelated media for discussion and exploration. For SIM Majors, this course provides a more intimate setting to work through artworks in progress. For Non-majors, it is an opportunity to expand one’s artistic practice, interact with artists from other disciplines, and refine public speaking skills. There is no prerequisite and it is an open elective.

MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3:00 – 8:00pm Max Azanow
This course aims to demystify basic lighting, rigging, sound and staging practices. Technical workshops will be conducted during class time where students work in teams to complete assignments. Demonstrations and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace. For credit the students will prepare and present their own personal projects using the class as crew and SIM’s technology.

MPSM-207 Interdisciplinary Video
WED 3:00 – 8:00 pm  Antony Flackett 
This is a studio course in which students learn the basics of video production – from shooting to editing to the use of effects and finally publishing/screening final works. The class explores the inclusion of video in installations, live performance, and other experimental applications. The contemporary practice of video production is presented within the historical context of the moving image from silent films up to the modern Youtube era. Additionally, introductory video mapping technologies and video sound techniques are presented. The course combines lectures, demonstrations, workshops, visiting artists, and both collaborative and individual assignments.

MPSM-336 Events and Exhibitions Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  Nita Sturiale 
This is the spring segment of a year-long course designed for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing ambitious events and exhibitions throughout the year. Open to any student that is actively producing on or off campus events. Required for Eventworks executive producers and Godine Family Gallery Managers. Registration is by permission of instructor. 


SP22 Electives Open to All (in order of day)

MPSM-311 Electronic Project For Artists 2 – Programming
MON 1:30-6:30 pm   D. Moser 
This course introduces students to computer interfaces for connecting interactive sculpture, performance and installation with software. Course content includes micro-controllers, electrical sensors, custom-made circuits and programming. No previous programming experience is necessary. Pre-req: MPSM337 suggested, but none required.

MPSM-320 Projects in Sound
MON 1:30 – 6:30 pm   E. Buckholtz 
To explore sound as an element in art making practices including sound and kinetic sculpture, site-specific sound installation, sound walks, experimental radio works and pod casts, graphic scores, sound poetry, video art, and acoustic ecology. Students will acquire knowledge of the conceptual and historical background of sound art through short lectures and readings of related research topics. Students will develop individual and collaborative projects and receive useful feedback in a respectful productive environment. Some basic knowledge of sound recording recommended.

MPSM-211 Interrelated Media Practice
TUES 1:30 – 6:30 pm E. Buckholtz
This is an introductory critique studio course where students produce and present interrelated media artworks in progress and/or in final form in order to expand their artistic practice, interact with artists from other disciplines, and refine public speaking skills. Great option for non-SIM majors to explore interdisciplinary art practice.

MPSM-410 Immersive Experience Design – Virtual Worlds
TUE 1:30-6:30 pm   E. Freeman 
This course cultivates students’ ability to create immersive multi-sensory experiences through the lens of play, story-telling and world building. It explores the potential power innate in each of our senses and provides a framework upon which immersive artistic environments can be envisioned. The course presents examples of contemporary and historical immersive experience design as well as introduces interactivity, virtual and augmented reality technologies. Students are invited to do their own research, design and modeling of original immersive experience designs. The course prioritizes an experimental approach to the discipline and emphasizes the connections between the real and the virtual.

MPSM-205 Stagecraft and Technical Production
WED 3:00 – 8:00pm M. Azanow
This course aims to demystify basic lighting, rigging, sound and staging practices. Technical workshops will be conducted during class time where students work in teams to complete assignments. Demonstrations and lectures also include site planning, power distribution, and safety in the workspace. For credit the students will prepare and present their own personal projects using the class as crew and SIM’s technology.

MPSM-207 Beat Research
WED 3:00-8:00 pm  A. Flackett
This is a studio course in which students will produce work that is influenced by the cultures of hip-hop and electronic music. Students will learn the techniques of sampling, sequencing, and drum programming using Ableton Live and other music-making software. Most assignments will involve the creation of music, but we will also go over the production of video and live performance.

MPSM-336 Event Planning and Production
THUR 9:00 am-1:00 pm  N. Sturiale
This is the spring segment of a year-long course designed for those that are actively involved in organizing and producing ambitious events and exhibitions throughout the year. Open to any student that is actively producing on or off campus events. Required for Eventworks producers and Godine Family Gallery Managers. Registration is by permission of instructor. 


Questions?  email nsturiale@massart.edu

Studio for Interrelated Media 2021-2022