Fall 2015 Courses

The Wired! Lab offers courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses cover a range of art historical and historical topics, as well as methods and theories of digital humanities and digital art history. Each course integrates the use of one or more digital tools into its syllabus. These tools enhance students’ understandings of course materials while also adding to their digital skill sets.

Read the brief synopses below to learn more about the lab’s Fall 2015 courses, and check out our list of recommended courses covering related topics offered in other departments at Duke and at other area universities. Read more about all courses Wired! offers here.

ARTHIST 225-01 Gothic Cathedrals

In this course, students work in teams of 3 to create a fictional cathedral. The “master builders” in this class learn a computer-design program (AutoCad) to produce their cathedral plans and drawings appropriate in style and structure to the date and place chosen by the group. Projects are presented to a jury at the end of the semester and prizes are awarded for teamwork, project quality, and originality. Read more.

Cross-listings: MEDREN 215-01

Time & Location: MW 10:05-11:20am | Smith Warehouse, Bay 9 2nd Floor, Rm A290

Digital Tools & Techniques: 2D architectural drawing (AutoCad)

ARTHIST 255-01 Art in Renaissance Italy

course-f2015-renaissance-thumbThis course introduces the development of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Rome from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries, focusing on the patronage of the Popes and Papal court. As part of their coursework, students will trace with digital mapping the development of a style, practice, or specific object. Read more.

Cross-listings: MEDREN 225-01 | ITALIAN 386-01

Time & Location: MW 1:25-2:40pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 10 2nd Floor, Rm A266

Digital Tools & Techniques: digital mapping, web content management (Omeka/Neatline)

ARTHIST 305L Virtual Museums: Theories and Methods of 21st Century Museums

course-f2015-virtualmuseums-thumbThe transformation of museums in more dynamic, flexible and open institutions is a challenge of this century and, more importantly, this trend generates new job positions and different professional profiles at the level of cultural resource management, museum communication and technological research. The core of the course will be in digital lab sessions which will be focused on the virtual reconstruction on lost heritage and, more specifically, on museums and sites destroyed and damaged by ISIS and other conflicts in Iraq and in the Middle East such as Hatra, Nineveh, Nimrud, Baghdad. Read more.

Cross-listings: ARTSVIS 305L |CLST 240L | ISIS 305L | VMS 332L

Time & Location: W 3:05-4:20pm & 4:40-5:55pm | Smith Warehouse, Bay 12 2nd Floor, Rm 228

Digital Tools & Techniques: 3D modling, 3D scanning, virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive environments

HCVIS 580S-01 Historical & Cultural Visualization Proseminar 1

course-f2014-hcvisproseminar-thumbThis graduate proseminar, along with the HCVIS Proseminar 2 taught in the Spring semester, focuses on a survey of historical and cultural visualization production techniques, along with discussion of their various affordances within a theoretical and critical context. Final projects will consist of a digitally mediated presentation of your own work, along with a written explication of your media choices and their effects. Read more.

Cross-listings: ISIS 580S-01 | VMS 580S-01

Time & Location: F 9:00-11:30am | Wired! Lab (Smith, Bay 11 2nd Floor, Rm A233)

Digital Tools & Techniques: web design, content management systems, digital mapping, data visualization, 3D visualization, augmented reality

ISIS 317S NC Jukebox

course-f2015-ncjukebox-thumbIn this class, you will work with Victoria Szabo and Trudi Abel to transform an inaccessible audio archive of historic North Carolina folk music into a vital, publicly accessible digital archive and museum exhibition. Nearly 97 years ago and into the 1930s, Frank C. Brown, a Duke scholar, began recording North Carolina folk music and archiving it for posterity. Most of those recordings are still housed on glass disks in Rubenstein Library, but we already have about 400 songs for which we have digitized audio and handwritten metadata with which we can work on the initial version of what we are calling the proof-of-concept NC Jukebox project. Read more.

Cross-listings: HIST 317S | MUS 317S

Time & Location: TH 10:05am-12:35pm | Rubenstein Library

Digital Tools & Techniques: audio digitization, data management, database development, content management systems, curation