This course, Computational Media Research— the second in the Computational Media core graduate sequence— explores computational media research strategies, and investigates the ways in which successful computational media projects are defined, implemented, and disseminated, with special attention to how interdisciplinary concerns can be meaningfully addressed. Further, it considers the expressive and authorial affordances of different system architecture approaches. Students will read widely from seminal and contemporary writings on computational media. Two smaller projects and a larger group project invite students to articulate and implement interdisciplinary research strategies for contemporary topics in deep learning, procedural content generation, interactive new media, and humanities computing. Grading is based on: (1) the successful completion of these projects (15%/15%/50%); (2) a writing portfolio consisting of thoughtful and engaged responses to assigned reading materials (10%); and (3) class participation (10%). Topics discussed in this course will be included in the First-Year Examination, required of all Computational Media Ph.D. students.
CMPM 202 is taught by Prof. Angus Forbes. His office hours are on Tuesdays at 11:30am-12:30pm in E2-259, or by appointment.
CMPM 202 is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:50am to 11:20am in Kresge College, room 325.
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UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, I would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. I encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089, or by email at