Archive for August 23rd, 2014

South Africa Photography class returns

The students who took the Summer 2014 Art485 Digital Photography in South Africa class returned to the states last week.  The group of students and their professor, Chris Ireland, will have be spending the next few days downloading the thousands of photos taken during the trip.  The students spent a couple days in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they saw Nelson Mandela’s home in the Soweto Township.  Among other sites visited was the 2010 World Cup Stadium, the Aparthied Museum, and Nelson Mandela Square.  The students then traveled to Kruger National Park where they spent 10 days in the field photographing the wildlife and the landscape.  Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves at over 7,000 square miles.  There students saw the big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) among many other types of plant and animal wildlife native to Africa.  The students were taught basic to advanced camera functions and professional image producing software.  There will be an exhibition this Fall of the student’s work in the TSU Student Center.

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester

Hello and welcome all TSU Digital Media and Art students to the Fall 2014 semester!  The digital media went through a growth spurt over the last few months. This year we have seen student enrollment jump to 90 art/digital media majors!  Just 5 years ago we had 25 majors with no digital media area.  Here are a couple of other new things to look forward to this year….

  • The Digital Media Motion Capture lab is now up and running.  Over the summer we installed a Vicon Bonita motion capture system in the newly renovated Grant building.
  • The Mocap lab also has a giant green screen and will be fitted with lights for photo/video studio production.
  • The Grant Building also has video/audio production booths that students can use for recording.
  • We have a new full time Assistant Professor of Art, Tim Harding.  Check out his work here..
  • We will be taking a class field trip to New York City during Spring Break in 2015.  More details to come.
  • The FA Computer lab was renovated with new floors, and will also be receiving a Mac update along with the Autodesk suite of 3d animation software.

We are looking forward to a busy and productive semester!

Here is a song from our fabulous art/music/theater faculty (props to Knut Hybinette)