Spring 2022 - IAT 443 D100

Interactive Video (3)

Class Number: 2288

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 60 units, including IAT 344 with a minimum grade of C-.



An intermediate level investigation of interactivity explored through media, in the context of current display technologies relevant to Interactive Arts and Design. Examines recombinant, computational and compositional structures related to image, sound and video. Students explore video within technologies ranging from cell phones and mobile locative media, and hand held and wearable devices, to 3D immersive virtual and/or networked environments, video art installations, multiple scales of display technology, and responsive spaces. Students will design, produce and critically appraise work.


An investigation of interactivity explored through media, in the context of current display technologies relevant to Interactive Arts and Design. Examines the computational and compositional structures related to image, sound and video, in the context of interactivity. Students explore real-time interaction and representation within a range of display scales ranging from cell phone and tablet to larger scale displays. Students will design, produce and critically appraise works within responsive interactive environments. Project context could vary from mobile locative media to immersive VR spaces.

The course includes the following topics:

History and aesthetics of relevant moving image forms: experimental cinema, video art, video installation, interactive video, and other emergent video forms

History and aesthetics of the role of sound in relationship to the above forms

Creative and technical manipulation of video image and sound, while working in the forms listed above.

Review of the current state of the video screen in current media culture: from large HD projection and flat- panel display to smaller mobile personal screens


Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, students will have the ability to:

Use appropriate terminology and concepts to describe and analyze a wide range of interactive video media across the range of display scales

Produce audiovisual works using interactive and generative design strategies.

Successfully complete major individual and team projects using the concepts and skills of this course


  • Quiz 1 20%
  • Quiz 2 20%
  • Project 1: Audio Reactive Visuals 25%
  • Project 2: Installation 25%
  • Exercises 10%


The coursework is a mix of individual and team-based projects. Lectures are online (on Canvas) and labs are in person (on campus). The final team project, an interactive video installation, will be presented on campus on a weekend around Week 14 for room availability and access reasons.


Students should already have taken iat202 New Media Images and iat344 Moving Images.



Online Readings

Registrar Notes:


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