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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

 

PAT 100 Research and Scholarship I (1-3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. The course is for freshman and sophomore PAT majors. Students will learn the fundamentals of dissemination of research and scholarship through recording, editing, mastering and encoding of mixed media content such as lectures, recitals, and performances.

PAT 101 Freshman Seminar in Media Arts (3 credit hours)
This seminar presents perspectives in the performing and media arts from the early twentieth century to the present. Students develop critical analytical skills contextualized by the historical, cultural and technological underpinnings that have influenced the media arts. Students complete readings, writings, viewings and listening assignments as well as participate in group discussions.

PAT 102 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics (3 credit hours)
An introduction to the principles of acoustics and psychoacoustics that are relevant to the recording engineer, music technologist, and composer. Topics include introduction to sound, human hearing, perception and measurement of sound, room acoustics, and the acoustics of musical instruments and the human voice.

PAT 201 Introduction to Computer Music (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to electronic musical instruments, MIDI, and digital audio systems. Students create several original compositions for presentation and discussion. The aesthetics of electroacoustic composition are discussed through study of selected repertoire.

PAT 202 Computer Music Composition and Arranging (3 credit hours)
This course is a continuation of PAT 201 with an emphasis on composition and arranging using MIDI, software samplers, and digital audio systems. Compositional issues are explored by classroom discussion, critiques, and lectures.

PAT 280 Sound Reinforcement (1 credit hour) (for PAT-D majors only)
Prerequisite: PAT 331. Students will assist with live sound reinforcement and production for music, opera, and musical theatre productions.

PAT 300 Research and Scholarship II (1-3 credit hours)
This course is for junior and senior PAT majors. Students will learn the fundamentals of dissemination of research and scholarship through recording, editing, mastering and encoding of mixed media content such as lectures, recitals, and performances. Electing this course at the 300 level requires more leadership and responsibility from the student.

PAT 313 Special Topics (3 credit hours)
Fall 2012: Detroit: The Birthplace of Techno

PAT 331 Sound Recording and Production I (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT101, PAT102, PAT201, PAT202, and introductory Calculus. Students receive instruction on the theory and practice of sound recording. Topics include microphones, microphone techniques, equalization, preparing for a recording session, recording consoles, digital audio workstations, loudspeakers, and critical listening. The course includes a required lab section for hands-on experience in a recording studio.

PAT 332 Sound Recording and Production II (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: PAT331. This course is a continuation of PAT 331. The course explores philosophies and techniques in sound recording theory and practice, including microphone techniques, dynamics processing, equalization, reverberation, mixing in stereo and surround, critical listening, and selected topics in audio electronics. The course includes a required lab section for hands-on experience in a recording studio.

PAT 380 Sound for Theatre (2 credit hours) (for PAT-D majors only)
Prerequisite: PAT 280. Students work as a member of a theatre production team with emphasis on sound effects and sound design for theatre.

PAT 407 Directed Individual Studies (1–3 credit hours)
Permission of instructor. Students receive individual instruction, consultation, and guidance from the instructor. Course emphasis is on developing individual research skills that culminates in a final project or paper.

PAT 412 Digital Music Ensemble (1-2 credit hours)
Digital Music Ensemble (DME) is a technology-based interdisciplinary performance troupe that collaborates in the creation and performance of new works of art or performs historically innovative works. DME uses methods of open-ended critical inquiry to challenge meaning in the creation, realization and performance of art. The fall semester is usually focused on readings concerning the Labyrinth tradition in many cultures, culminating in the recurring work “Gypsy Pond Music,” a sonic, site-specific installation involving sculpture and algorithmic computer music.

PAT 413 Electronic Chamber Music (1-2 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT202. Small ensembles of musicians are formed to create and perform contemporary chamber music. Various approaches to composition and group collaboration are explored through the integration of various categories of instruments including acoustic, electronic, electro-acoustic hybrids, performance controllers, and computers.

PAT 422 Technical Ear Training and Critical Listening (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: PAT 331, PAT 332. This course is an introduction to the concept of translating between timbres and frequency resonances produced by parametric equalization. Students learn to aurally identify different timbres through their corresponding spectral envelopes. Critical listening exercises will also be explored with a focus on dynamics processing, spatial characteristics, spectral balance, and recording, mixing, and production techniques.

PAT 431 Contemporary Practices in Studio Production I (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 331 and 332. The advanced study of theory and practice of recording techniques, mixing, and production for multi-channel audio systems through guided projects.

PAT 432 Contemporary Practices in Studio Production II (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: PAT 431. This course focuses on the development of the producer’s role as techno-artistic interpreter and creative collaborator. Critical listening and discussion investigate the evolution from the “illusion of reality” aesthetic to the “reality of illusion” point of view. Producers studied include Gaisberg, Spector, Martin, Eno, Reznor and Dr. Dre. Students sharpen their creative, technical, and production skills through the realization of complex recordings.

PAT 441 Image, Sound, and Story (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: Screen Arts & Cultures 200, music composition. This course investigates the relationship among music, sound design, moving image and narrative. Students create original audio-visual compositions using digital video, animation techniques, and digital audio tools. A range of aesthetic and technical approaches to combining music, sound, and the moving image are considered. Readings, screenings, and critiques accompany studio work.

PAT 442 Practicum in Music and Sound for Film (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 331, SAC 290, SAC 400, music composition, or permission of instructor. Students work on original film and animation projects, in roles such as composers, sound designers, dialog editors, mix engineers, or production audio crew on advanced student productions. Class sessions include script analysis, screenings, discussion of readings, and in-class critiques of works-in-progress. The emphasis is on developing an awareness of the multiple ways that music and sound can interact with the moving image to create meaning. While this is an advanced course that assumes a familiarity with computers and audio production tools, it does include some direct instruction in relevant techniques such as syncing to picture, spotting music, dialog editing, and on- set recording.

PAT 451 Interactive Media Design I (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 202 and one semester of computer programming. This course introduces the technological and theoretical foundations of designing physically interactive media experiences. Students develop interactive sensing systems and program embedded computing devices as well as real-time auditory, visual and tangible displays. Through exercises that draw on theory and techniques of interaction design, students create technological sketches and prototypes for novel devices and artworks.

PAT 452 Interactive Media Design II (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 451 and one semester of music composition.
The course focuses on the application of skills and techniques developed in Interactive Media Design I to design and implement physically interactive performance systems and media installations. Incorporating advanced sensing and interaction techniques, students create fully realized works that are exhibited before a public audience. Seminal works of interactive art and interactive performance are discussed and critiqued.

PAT 461 Performance Systems (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 202 and computer programming. This course explores contemporary technologies that support musical performance. Topics include the goals of technologyenhanced performance, instrument interfacing, system design, programmable systems, and sound reinforcement design for playback of electronic and acoustic ensembles. Students create original compositions using performance systems that they have designed and built and direct performances that use these systems.

PAT 462 Digital Sound Synthesis (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 202, computer programming, introductory calculus, music composition. An introduction to digital sound synthesis and signal processing theory with an emphasis on sound design and compositional applications. Topics include additive synthesis, amplitude modulation, ring modulation, frequency modulation, subtractive synthesis, granular synthesis, physical modeling synthesis, heterodyne filter analysis/resynthesis, linear predictive coding, and phase vocoding.

PAT 471 Contemporary Practices in Research & Scholarship (3 credit hours)
This course presents contemporary practices in research and scholarship including aesthetics, pedagogy, system design and development, and media encoding and delivery.

PAT 472 Business of Music (3 credit hours)
This course discusses the essential aspects of the music business including performing rights agencies, copyright, licensing, music publishing, contracts, royalties, and distribution. Selected readings will include case studies from a variety of musical genres.

PAT 481 Independent Study (1–4 credit hours)
Permission of instructor. Students receive individual instruction, consultation and guidance from the instructor. Course emphasis is on developing individual research skills that culminates in a final project or paper.

PAT 490 Senior Thesis Seminar (1-3 credit hours)
This capstone course introduces students the fundamentals of creative and/or scholarly research. Students will formulate a thesis topic accompanied by objectives and methodologies, requires resources, and a timeline and/or production schedule. Weekly seminars promote sharing among students. Each student is required to complete a thesis that may be a research paper, recordings, website, or DVD.

Graduate Course Descriptions

 

PAT 507 Directed Individual Study (1-3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Students receive individual instruction, consultation and guidance from the instructor. Course emphasis is on developing individual research skills that culminates in a final project or paper.

PAT 510 Media Arts: Immersion and Enculturation (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Media Arts graduate student or permission of instructor. The course details the theory and practice of music technology, interactive art forms that use technology, models of human computer interaction, and digital video and animation. Students will perform analyses of contemporary works in the media arts from aesthetic, production, technological, and artistic points of view. Students will examine the roles in the collaborative process.

PAT 511 Engineering Applications of Media Technology (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Media Arts graduate student or permission of instructor. Algorithm design and analysis with applications in the sonic and visual arts; fundamental knowledge representation, formal reasoning, and search algorithms. An emphasis on fundamental computational problems in the media arts and a discussion of the introductory issues in encoding and processing style.

PAT 512 Interdisciplinary Collaboration I (3 credit hours)

Meets with PAT 412 Digital Music Ensemble Prerequisite: Media Arts graduate student or permission of instructor. Students form teams to realize computer-based multimedia works that integrate technology, music, sound, art, and moving image. Students analyze the work as an individual, as well as a member of a group. The analysis details aspects of the design, role development, collaboration, aesthetic goal, artistic statement, production values, and the role of technology in the creative process.

PAT 513 Interdisciplinary Collaboration II (3 credit hours)

Meets with PAT 412 Digital Music Ensemble Prerequisite: Media Arts graduate student or permission of instructor. A continuation of Interdisciplinary Collaboration I with an emphasis on large-scale multimedia interactive installations.

PAT 522 Technical Ear Training and Critical Listening (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course is an introduction to the concept of translating between timbres and frequency resonances produced by parametric equalization. Students learn to aurally identify different timbres through their corresponding spectral envelopes. Critical listening exercises will also be explored with a focus on dynamics processing, spatial characteristics, spectral balance, and recording, mixing, and production techniques.

PAT 531 Contemporary Practices in Studio Production I (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: PAT 332. The advanced study of theory and practice of recording techniques, mixing, and production for multi-channel audio systems through guided projects.

PAT 532 Contemporary Practices in Studio Production II (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: PAT 531. This course focuses on the development of the producer’s role as techno-artistic interpreter and creative collaborator. Critical listening and discussion investigate the evolution from the “illusion of reality” aesthetic to the “reality of illusion” point of view. Producers studied include Gaisberg, Spector, Martin, Eno, Reznor, and Dr. Dre. Students sharpen their creative, technical, and production skills through the realization of complex recordings.

PAT 541 Image, Sound, and Story (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course investigates the relationship among music, sound design, moving image and narrative. Students create original audio-visual compositions using digital video, animation techniques, and digital audio tools. A range of aesthetic and technical approaches to combining music, sound, and the moving image are considered. Readings, screenings, and critiques accompany studio work.

PAT 542 Practicum in Music and Sound for Film (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Students work on original film and animation projects, in roles such as composers, sound designers, dialog editors, mix engineers, or production audio crew on advanced student productions. Class sessions include script analysis, screenings, discussion of readings, and in-class critiques of works-in-progress. The emphasis is on developing an awareness of the multiple ways that music and sound can interact with the moving image to create meaning. While this is an advanced course that assumes a familiarity with computers and audio production tools, it does include some direct instruction in relevant techniques such as syncing to picture, spotting music, dialog editing, and onset recording.

PAT 551 Interactive Media Design I (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 202 and one semester of computer programming, or permission of instructor. This course introduces the technological and theoretical foundations of designing physically interactive media experiences. Students develop interactive sensing systems and program embedded computing devices as well as real-time auditory, visual and tangible displays. Through exercises that draw on theory and techniques of interaction design, students create technological sketches and prototypes for novel devices and artworks.

PAT 552 Interactive Media Design II (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: PAT 551 and one semester of music composition, or permission of instructor. The course focuses on the application of skills and techniques developed in Interactive Media Design I to design and implement physically interactive performance systems and media installations. Incorporating advanced sensing and interaction techniques, students create fully realized works that are exhibited before a public audience. Seminal works of interactive art and interactive performance are discussed and critiqued.

PAT 561 Performance Systems (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Math 115, PAT 201 and one semester of computer programming. This course explores contemporary technologies that support musical performance. Topics include the goals of technology-enhanced performance, instrument interfacing, system design, programmable systems, and sound reinforcement design for playback of electronic and acoustic ensembles. Students create original compositions using performance systems that they have designed and built and direct performances that use these systems.

PAT 562 Digital Synthesis (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: PAT 561. An introduction to digital sound synthesis and signal processing theory with an emphasis on sound design and compositional applications. Topics include additive synthesis, amplitude modulation, ring modulation, frequency modulation, subtractive synthesis, granular synthesis, physical modeling synthesis, heterodyne filter analysis/resynthesis, linear predictive coding, and phase vocoding.

PAT 572 Business of Music (3 credit hours)
This course discusses the essential aspects of the music business including performing rights agencies, copyright, licensing, music publishing, contracts, royalties, and distribution. Selected readings will include case studies from a variety of musical genres.

PAT 581 Independent Study (1 - 4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Students receive individual instruction, consultation, and guidance from the instructor. Course emphasis is on developing individual research skills that culminates in a final project or paper.

PAT 590 Thesis (1 - 9 credit hours)
Prerequisite: Media Arts graduate students only. Supervised work on a research topic in the Media Arts approved by the student’s thesis committee.

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