AET 304 to be offered online this spring

Jack Stamps' textbook "Pixels, Samples, Lumens Illusion"

The Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies (AET) is partnering with Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) and Project 2021 to offer AET 304: Foundations of Arts and Entertainment Technologies as a simultaneous massive online course (SMOC) this spring. The class will be taught by AET Lecturer Jack Stamps.

AET 304 presents a broad overview of digital media technologies, software and applications along with the fundamental concepts of digital representations of images and signals. The intro course is required for all undergraduates in the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, and the class is open to all UT undergraduates and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) core curriculum requirement.

SMOC courses are taught in real-time, so students can sign in from anywhere during the class hours to participate in the class. The format also allows students to ask questions live.

“We’re modeling the course, aesthetically and conceptually, after the Johnny Carson ‘Tonight Show’ of the early 1980s,” said Stamps. “It is an ideal format that suits the needs of the course perfectly—guest lecturers, guest performers, demonstrations, prerecorded segments, features and interviews off campus and much, much more.”

AET 304 is the fourth course in the College of Fine Arts to be offered as a SMOC. Art History Senior Distinguished Lecturer Ann Johns has taught two semesters of Art History courses, Professor Jeff Hellmer has taught his popular Jazz Appreciation course, and Professor Charlotte Canning is currently teaching TD 301: Introduction to Theatre this fall.