School of Art Digital Literacy/Semester 1 Weeks 1-6

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The following list provides the content for Semester 1: Weeks 1 - 6 of Digital Literacy as taught by the Electronic Arts section in the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

Timetables and Content

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Week One - Introduction to Otago Polytechnic IT Facilities

IT Services | Week one will introduce participants to the Polytech facilities induction with IT services – 1.30-5.30pm. By the end of this week you should be able to access your School e-mail, log on and off the computers and some of the other facilities available. Access the Student Portal from here

Week Two - Introduction to Digital Literacy

Week 2 will introduce you to the Course Outline (Digital Literacy), the schedule and assignments with an overview of the types of technologies and tools that may be of use to you in your study and art practice.
Lecture: Intro to Digital Literacy
Workshop: Basics – the labs, the school computers, saving and opening files/software, Health & Safety.

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Self-Directed: Familiarise yourself with the school software (specifically, what software does the school have - how many of the programmes do you recognise…). Access your H:/ drive and make a folder called “Digital Literacy” - You will use this to save all your files for this course. Describe two core activities that you should do when working on computers.
Download the Digital Literacy Workbook Pages for Week 2

*Students who have digital cameras to bring them to next week’s workshop – with the relevant USB cables.

Some Links from this week's Lecture:

Download this week's Lecture slides from Blackboard

Week Three - The Digital Image (1)

Week three will look at the digital image as it stands in contemporary art practice, including a short history.

Lecture: Digital Image 1
Workshop: Digital Cameras – taking images/downloading/opening and Photoshop basic edits (opening/saving/re-sizing/cropping/rotating.)

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Mini Project

Self-Directed: Using a digital camera – take pictures (min. 5) of digital items you could not live without and save them for use at a later date. Be as creative as you like – close-up/focus/sequence/naming.
Download the workbook pages for full details on this week's self-directed work

Download this pdf to show you how to make "Contact Sheets" for images, through Adobe Photoshop

Some Links from the Lecture
Patricia Piccinini's Website
Jill Magid's Evidence Locker Website
Sony Bravia Balls on youTube (hint - search for sony bravia and you'll get options to see balls, paint, foam, play-doh...zeotrope!)

Find the Lecture Slides here on Blackboard

Week Four - The Digital Image (2: Does Size Matter?)

Week 4 will look more closely at using images in your study and practice and some of the practicalities such as file formats and sizes.
Lecture: Digital Image 2
Workshop: Scanning

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Self-Directed: Scan something you have done in another class – e.g. a drawing/painting (must be dry!)/photograph/print and save it for use at a later date. Save it as a high resolution TIFF, and save a copy as a lower resolution jpeg.
Download the workbook pages for week 4

Download this pdf that shows you how to Scan using Adobe Photoshop and the School's Canon scanners.

Some Links
The File Extensions Resource
Wikipedia: Graphics File Formats
How to pronounce 'gif'...?
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries' Website
You Tube Cute Otters

This week's Lecture Slides are now available on Blackboard

Week Five - The Write Stuff

Week five will look at individual authorship and the need for rigorous attention to literary skills demanded by various forms of academic, personal and professional publishing.
Lecture: The Write Stuff Word Processing, Referencing & Researching
Workshop: Microsoft Word (2007 version)/tables/formatting/saving(esp. file formats)/converting to pdf’s

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Self-Directed: Develop a CV for yourself in a word document, using the following: at least one table, a header or a footer, two different fonts and font sizes. Consider your layout – write a paragraph (in a new word document) that ‘evaluates’ your layout design. (Feel free to make up stuff for your CV that hasn’t quite happened yet – e.g. exhibition at the Tate, London.) Save as a word document and save as a pdf.

Digital Literacy Workbook for week 5

RESOURCES: The following links may help you with this week's tasks:
On-line Dictionary -
Referencing - Chicago Style manual
NZ arts info - Artlist
Saatchi gallery
Tate Gallery

This week's Lecture Slides are now available on Blackboard

Week Six - Time for a Presentation

Lecture: Time for a Presentation
Workshop: Microsoft powerpoint

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Slide Show

Self-Directed: Using the files you have saved so far in Digital Literacy, put together a short presentation about yourself. Feel free to add more images/text than has been done for this class. The aim of this exercise is to make the most overdone powerpoint you can – experiment with animations and transitions to your heart’s content – the silliest presentation may win a prize…

Digital Literacy Workbook for Week 6

LECTURE CANCELLED: Please note that this weeks lecture has been cancelled (25th March) due to illness. Instead, please look through the following links:
Presentation Zen blog by Garr Reynolds Please look through some of the posts in this blog - Garr points out several do's and don'ts about giving presentations by highlighting talks given across various industries.
Ted Talks Website Garr (above) uses many of the talks on this website to discuss presentation styles - have a look through the arts section and watch a few videos that you find of interest.

If you get stuck work through session 2 - 6 of this tutorial
Microsoft's instructions on how to make your powerpoints look like you work for them
slide share and an example of a very slick powerpoint