Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

Art – Digital Arts

Description

Spring semester 2007 the Digital Media Art Center will have moved to a new location in the new Digital Arts Building. The new Digital Media Art Center will be an efficient computer laboratory with an adjacent small art studio space for students pursuing a course of study in the digital fine-arts. The lab, for the first semester, will utilize the present 21 eMacs purchased in 2004 with 1 GHz, G4s, operating with OS 10.4. Nine student workstation computers and the instructor station were upgraded to 1Gig of memory in 2006, the rest of the machines remain at 512 Megs of memory. The lab also has 5 iMacs purchased in 2001 with 600 MHz, G3s and 256 Megs of memory operating with OS10.4. The five iMacs are used for a variety of purposes including the scan stations.

There are six scan stations. Two of the scanners are Epson Perfection 2450 Photo film and flatbed scanners purchased in 2002/2003; they will be utilized for lower resolution object scanning. There is one Epson Expression 1640 XL which is a larger format scanner purchased in 2004 for larger document scanning and for object scanning. The Epson 4870 film scanner purchased in 2004 and the Epson V750-MPro planned for purchase in 2006 will be used for student high resolution film scanning.

The lab in the new building will be equipped initially with ten printers for student image output. There are four small color Epson 820 Stylus Photo printers and two small color Epson C80 Stylus printers which were purchased in 2002/2003. There is a Hewlett Packard, black and white, Laser Jet 4300 printer that was purchased in 2003 which is used extensively by students for proofing images before color printing. There is one Epson Stylus Photo 2200, 13” X 17” format, archival, color printer that was purchased in 2004. There is one Epson Stylus Photo 4000, 17” x 100’, archival color printer purchased in 2005, which is the first professional size printer to be purchased. An Epson Stylus Photo Pro 4800 network printer is scheduled to be purchased in 2006 for the new classroom. The larger format, professional printers will in the near future become the only printers utilized in the classroom as they are more efficient than the older, smaller printers which will be phased out as they wear out.

The Digital Media Art Center has 4 digital cameras for student use; there are two Canon G3s and two Nikon 885s purchased in 2003, there are four Panasonic DMC-LX2K requested for purchase in 2006 in preparation for the move to the new building. The two old, early vintage, digital Mavica cameras will be phased out. 

We are anticipating the installation of an efficient network system for the classroom in the new Digital Arts building in 2007 to allow for a more current and effective teaching and learning environment.

The lighting in the new classroom will consist of lights purchased based on artistic needs for balance and the replication of daylight for art image production. There will be two track lights for illumination of still life set ups for digital drawing and digital painting courses.

 A new high quality digital projector and document camera will be purchased in 2006 in preparation of the move to the new classroom for enhanced classroom instruction.

The new small studio area adjacent to the computer lab will allow for exploration beyond the confines of the strictly computer generated digital image. This studio space will be furnished with finished image mounting and matting equipment such as; mat knives, self-healing mat cutting boards, rulers, a straight edge and a professional mat cutter which have all been purchased. The studio space will also be furnished with traditional dry and water-based media as well as an artist’s etching press to be purchased in 2006/2007 to allow students to explore the additional possibilities of combining traditional fine-art media with the computer generated imagery.

The new Digital Media Art Center office will be equipped with all new furnishings and an updated PC computer along with a printer/copier for the seven to ten adjunct instructors and the manager utilizing the office.

The Digital Media Art Center has been able to renew the maintenance contracts and maintain current versions of the software applications used in the classroom for the past several years solely due to the many generous donations contributed by; the Communication and Fine Arts Council of Chairs block grant funds, support from Instructional and Technology Resources, the one-time equipment fund provided by Dean Debra Fitzsimons and funds from the Dean of Communication and Fine Arts. The above listed fund contributions as well as a one-time purchase provided by the Art Department Chairman in conjunction with the limited DMAC budget have allowed the lab to be maintained at the required level for quality educational purposes.

The Digital Media Art Center in 2006 was granted an increase in the annual budget which will assist in reaching the essential goal of acquiring a sufficient independent budget to allow the Digital Media Art Center to maintain the necessary standards for a technically advanced computer lab without requiring financial support from other areas on campus.

The goals for the Fall semester 2007 are to have the scan stations, the student work stations and print stations all using the same computers, operating system and software versions which will create a more fluid transition throughout the classroom. This will occur with the Instructional Computing Systems rollover that will be implemented in June 2007. The 26 new Macintosh Pro computers with Apple 20” flat panel monitors will have CD/DVD burning capabilities which will aid in the student’s ability to store their work quickly and efficiently at the end of each class session.

The various software upgrades and maintenance packages will need to be renewed in 2007/2008.

The Epson Photo Stylus 4000 printer and Epson Stylus Pro 4800 printers will be established as the two main output devices for the new classroom.

The future plans include the reintroduction of 3-D rendering courses which will require the purchase in 2007/2008 of ‘Autodesk Maya’ software. The reintroduction of animation courses are being considered as well for the spring 2008 semester.

Goals for 2009/2010 will include the standard three year rollover of the twenty six Digital Media Lab computers as well as the purchase of ten additional computers if necessary to accommodate the predicted increase in enrollment. The new computer purchase will reflect the latest version of Macintosh computers available and the current needs of the courses offered along with the appropriate new monitors for each of the classroom computer stations. We also may be interested in pursuing wireless possibilities depending on the current trends and funding. The printing needs will increase and require the purchase of an additional or replacement large-format printer. Future technology trends will most likely dictate the need for an updated digital projector, document camera, scanners and digital cameras for instructional use by 2010. The electronic drawing tablets will need to be replaced. A new operating system and new or upgraded software will need to be purchased.

Curriculum Impact

The Digital Media, Area of Emphasis, for the AA Degree in Art was approved by the State in 2003. The Digital Media courses presently taught in the Digital Media Art Center encompass; the introduction to Macintosh computers, digital fine-art imaging, digital graphics including typography and page-layout, and digital web design. In the near future the 3D rendering and animation courses will be reintroduced to the curriculum. Students are in line to achieve the Digital Media, Area of Emphasis, AA Degree. Enrollment has increased in the courses offered in the Digital Media Art Center and we anticipate a more pronounced increase with the move to the new Digital Arts building. Technology along with proficient instruction is the foundation for this area of emphasis. The courses are all taught using the computer as the primary artistic tool. The current industry and educational standards of hardware, software and peripheral equipment must be maintained to allow for the students to graduate prepared to be successful in their future endeavor of higher education or for their subsequent employment.

Approximate Number of Students Served

The Digital Media Art Center offers classes six days a week and in the evenings. At the present time there are approximately 400 to 600 students taking Digital Media Art Center courses each year. There will be an initial reduction in students served the first few semesters in the new building due to the addition of a second computer lab in the Photography area of the Art Department. The predicted expansion of the course offerings in the Digital Media Art Center in the near future will provide for increased enrollment.

Support Impact

The lack of a full-time faculty position remains the major support issue. The Digital Media Art Center is presently managed by an adjunct instructor/manager funded by the Chairman of the Art Department .2 reassigned time. There are also two non-academic employees with 5 hours per week time allotted for technical assistance. It is imperative that a full-time faculty member be hired to; maintain the lab equipment and supplies on a daily basis, coordinate and interface with the growing number of student’s and adjunct instructor’s needs, expand the out reach efforts between the college and the local high schools, pursue transfer options for higher levels of education, provide for continuity and consistency within the curriculum, mentor new adjunct instructors and research and maintain the latest technology possible for the lab.
  
The many new and expanded Macintosh labs in the new Digital Arts building will increase the number of Macintosh computers on campus and will require full time Macintosh technical support on campus.

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

Our objective continues to be as stated in the past tech plans: To provide access to computer tools common in the contemporary artist’s studio, graphic and communication industry workplace as well as to create a working environment similar to the various transfer institutions throughout the state that recognizes the importance of digital media within the visual arts. Maintenance of the software library and timely upgrades of the hardware is imperative to meet these objectives.

Action to Meet Objective

·        Hire a full time faculty member to manage the area due to the new Digital Media Area of Emphasis; the increased enrollment, the interface required with other departments, the nearly daily monitoring of technical issues with the Instructional Technology Resources, the input and output of the laboratory for approximately a dozen instructors and over 400 students, the mentoring of the adjunct instructors and the maintenance of a consistent and superior curriculum.

·        Hire a full time Macintosh technician for the new Digital Arts building.

·        Purchase 26 Mac Pro computers funded in part by the ICS planned rollover and the remaining to be funded by the FF&E new equipment fund for the new building.

·        Update as necessary all operating systems and software which are being used for instruction.

·        Purchase Autodesk Maya software for the 3-D rendering courses.

·        Purchase ‘Remote Desktop’ or similar software for instructor control of the student computer workstations.

·         Purchase ‘ColorVision - Data Color’ color calibration software for all classroom monitors and printers.

·        Purchase up-to-date AV equipment recommended for instruction by Val Eskridge to include a digital projector and a document camera

·        Purchase one Epson V750-Mpro scanner to allow for instruction in current technology and higher resolution film scanning.

·        Purchase one Epson Stylus Pro 4800 printer and stand for archival, large format printing and to replace old, smaller and less efficient printers.

·        Purchase a print drying rack to allow student work to dry completely before being taken from the classroom.

·        Purchase up-to-date instructional DVDs for educational purposes.

·        Purchase an artist’s press and the necessary supplies to allow students to explore the use of traditional media in conjunction with the computer generated imagery.

·        Purchase a variety of traditional water-base and dry media to include; paints, inks, pastels, brushes, linoleum sheets and water-base, photo-etching plates.

·        Upgrade the office PC to a more current computer.

·        Purchase an office copier-printer for instructor and manager use.

Year 2 (2008-2009)

 Objective

Our objective continues to be as stated in the past tech plans: To provide access to computer tools common in the contemporary artist’s studio, graphic and communication industry workplace as well as to create a working environment similar to the various transfer institutions throughout the state that recognizes the importance of digital media within the visual arts. Maintenance of the software library and timely upgrades of the hardware is imperative to meet these objectives.

 Action to Meet Objective

·        Any actions that have not been achieved from the list above to meet the Objectives of the Year 2007-2008 plan.

·        Update as necessary all operating systems and software which are being used for instruction.

·        Purchase new up-to-date electronic drawing tablets by 2009.

·        Expand the curriculum as deemed appropriate and purchase all necessary equipment to provide for the expanded course offerings.

Year 3 (2009-2010)

 Objective

Our objective continues to be as stated in the past tech plans: To provide access to computer tools common in the contemporary artist’s studio, graphic and communication industry workplace as well as to create a working environment similar to the various transfer institutions throughout the state that recognizes the importance of digital media within the visual arts. Maintenance of the software library and timely upgrades of the hardware is imperative to meet these objectives.

 Action to Meet Objective

·        Any actions that have not been achieved from the list above to meet the Objectives of the Year for 2007-2008 or 2008-2009 plan.

·        Rollover of all computers in 2010.

·        Update as necessary all operating systems and software which are being used for instruction.

·        Purchase additional or replacement printers as needed for student output.

·        Purchase up-to-date film and flatbed scanners for student use.

·        Purchase up-to-date digital projector for instructional purposes.

·        Purchase up-to-date document camera for instructional purposes.

·        Purchase up-to-date digital cameras for student use.

·        Up date all other peripheral equipment as necessary.

·        Expand the curriculum as deemed appropriate and purchase all necessary new equipment to provide for the expanded course offerings.

 


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