What is IAT 499?

'IAT 499 Graduation Project– Spring 2021’ is an opportunity for you to complete one large detailed project over an entire term.

What kind of project can you do?  Anything as long as it relates to what we do at SIAT and is of significant depth. This might include:

a game or immersive experience
a documentary film
an animation
a user experience design
a web site or service with front and backend infrastructure
the creation and study of a new user interaction technique
and more!

The point is, it’s a project representing a high degree of proficiency.

IAT 499 will be offered in Spring 2021, with a cap of 20 students.  You must apply with a proposal that is due in the fall; only the best will get admitted.  The course is aimed at senior IAT students, and the prerequisite is 90 units complete, including 18 upper division IAT units, plus IAT 309W. 

The course is worth 6 credits so more work is expected, but now is the time to dive deep into a project!  You can work as an individual or in a small team.

IAT 499 is not a Directed Study; you’ll dig far deeper into your own project and bring together a variety of skills that you have already learned within your degree.

IAT 499 is led by Dr. Kate Hennessy, who will coordinate and guide students through their projects with their mentors over the course of the semester. 

Interested?  Talk with SIAT Advising to put it into your degree plan!

How do I apply for IAT 499?

The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, November 10th at noon.

An application form can be found here and should be completed by both the student and a faculty mentor.  Completed applications should be emailed to: siat_advising@sfu.ca

You should find a faculty mentor by talking with various professors and teaching faculty at SIAT.  Let them know what types of projects you are interested in doing and see if they would be willing to mentor you during the term.

If you are having troubles finding a faculty mentor, email advising and we can try to help. 

Past Projects

BioSpaceVR - an IAT 499 project from Spring 2020

Spring 2019 IAT 499 projects

Faculty Proposed Projects 

Dr. Phillipe Pasquier would be interested in mentoring a team on web-based interface design for computer-assisted composition.

In this project, students would use one of our generative algorithms and and develop the interface and work flow with which users can access the system. 

The mmm model would be used: https://jeffreyjohnens.github.io/MMM/

If you are interested in pursuing this project in IAT 499, please contact advising. 

Senior Lecturer Eric Yang would be interested in mentoring a student or team on a gaming-related project.