Fall 2020 - IAT 265 D100

Multimedia Programming for Art and Design (3)

Class Number: 8122

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 21 units and IAT 167 and one of MATH 130, MACM 101, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157.



Using cases from topics such as animation, cinema, music and design, this course introduces a variety of programming tools and techniques. Practical use of multimedia scripting languages and authoring environments is covered in the context of a series of composition and design projects. Code libraries and programming techniques for specific media will be introduced. Assessment will be based on both programming and the expressive use of programs in their case context. Quantitative.


This is the third programming course that will enhance students’ programming knowledge and skills in order that they will be able to propose, design, implement and test complete interactive graphics/multimedia programs. These skills will prepare students for the more advanced topics they encounter in upper division courses. Students will explore fundamental programming concepts and techniques related to graphics and animation, and use these skills to develop larger interactive multimedia applications. This course reinforces fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming such as classes, objects and inheritance acquired in IAT 167. Students will work with additional objected-oriented concepts such as Java interfaces and abstract classes. Student will learn to use and apply UML diagrams and design patterns, and learn to write appropriate program documentation. They will learn to use event-driven programming to support interactivity. Students will be introduced to simple data structures and to the use of external libraries to add features to their programs. They will develop individual complete multimedia applications in an industry-standard professional IDE using Java and previously learned skills in Processing. Student will be introduced to simple development tools such as debugging techniques and code refactoring to optimize their code construct. Finally, students will demonstrate proficiency in designing, implementing and testing their own unique interactive graphics/multimedia applications.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.explain the fundamentals of software architecture, OOP (eg. interfaces and abstract classes), and multimedia programming within the context of interactive graphics applications.

2.design and document software making appropriate use of UML diagrams and best practices.

3.implement a complete interactive graphic/multimedia program, starting from a specification, by applying concepts and techniques of object-oriented programming. Such programs should include interaction, graphics, animation, and text.

4.make use of design patterns, appropriate data structures (eg. 1/2/3D arrays, lists, vector and trees), established external libraries and APIs in designing and implementing more complex applications.

5.explain and implement linear search algorithm and classic sorting algorithms such as quicksort.

6.use testing, debugging and refactoring to improve performance, readability, and maintainability of their code.



  • Assignments 40%
  • Lab Challenges and Participation 10%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Lec Participation 5%
  • Final Exam 30%


1. The grading scheme may be updated and announced in the first lecture.
2. Passing marks are required from assignments (i.e. min 20%) and the final exam (i.e. 20%)



Sun's Java tutorial (http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/index.html )
Java class library documents (http://download.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/api/ )
Eclipse IDE tutorial (http://www.vogella.de/articles/Eclipse/article.html )


Readings provided via Canvas

“The Nature of Code” (2012) by Daniel Shiffman; Nature of Code

Electronic edition is accessible for free for online reading or purchased for $10 at: http://natureofcode.com/book/

ISBN: 9780985930806

David Flanagan, Benjamin Evans, Java in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
6th ed, O'Reilly Media,  October 2014 (available online via SFU Library)


“Generative Art” (2011) by Matt Pearson; Manning Publications; E- version is available via SFU library
ISBN: 9781935182627

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).