Art

Tom P. Matney

Visiting Instructor of Fine Arts
Administration Bldg. - Room 409
Academic: 
  • B.A. Notre Dame College
Phone: 
216.373.6377
Email: 
tmatney@ndc.edu

Senior Collaborative Projects

Course Prefix: 
AR
Course Number: 
450
Course Credits: 
3

As a capstone course to the interactive entertainment media concentration, this course focuses on projects which explore what students can create while partnered with other students with different skill sets and backgrounds from their own. The idea is to create something that could not be achieved by one’s individual talent. Students will use their previously learned skills to collaboratively attack specific challenges presented with the goal to create short rapid experiences. The best experiences created during the term and voted on by faculty, will be showcased in an end of term campus...

Art of Improvisation

Course Prefix: 
CA
Course Number: 
260
Course Credits: 
3

An introduction to the basic elements and techniques of “improv,” this course will focus on performance, writing and communication skills used in creating sketch comedy. This course applies to many disciplines as it emphasizes the value of collaboration, listening and analytical thinking from a perspective of generosity.

Introduction to Game Production

Course Prefix: 
AR
Course Number: 
215
Course Credits: 
3

Open communication is vital for a team’s success. While understanding that each person communicates an receives communication in different fashions, the producer will learn to inspire, protect and motivate the group they are responsible for. The producer will foster trust and open communication throughout all levels of the team by being aware of the strengths and weaknesses specific to the team. The producer will also learn to focus on the requirements of a successful project while remaining aware of the needs of the team. No prerequisite.

Fundamentals of Game Design

Course Prefix: 
AR
Course Number: 
225
Course Credits: 
3

There are many types and formats of games. This course is meant to introduce the processes and mechanics of game design through both reading about games and individually developing them. Offering best practices towards various game formats and also the opportunity to utilize those practices, the course allows students to design, iterate upon, play test and see designs through to completion. Prerequisite: AR 221 Basic Design or AR 114 Introduction to Graphic Design.

Graphic Design Major Gaming Concentration

Game Design Concentration: 21 additional credits

Program Outcomes:

In keeping with the mission and the purposes of Notre Dame College, the Graphic Design program offers students a liberal education that enables them to think critically, observe analytically and form interpretations in dealing with issues of visual communication and the culture and purposes that it serves. The course content provides students with the tools to develop professional visual communication

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