Instructor: Bonnie Mitchell
Office: 109 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours:
Wed 3 - 6:00pm

ARTC 4700
Spring 2016
Independent Study
M 2:30-4:00pm


This independent study course will focus on artistic interactive multimedia web development for mobile devices. We will explore a variety of topics related to the changing web standards, how mobile devices are changing cultural practices, art's role in this new environment, personal interactive experience as art. The course will take an indepth look at web programming to create artistic works. The class will create a series of projects using a variety of mobile web development languages especially HTML5, Javascript and CSS. We will be creating these art projects by focusing on the integration of interaction, visual aesthetics and content in a mobile environment. Class lectures will include demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to mobile media. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course.


Firewire External Drive (formatted for both Mac and PC) or Flash Drive highly recommended. You will be expected to back up your data a minimum of once a week.

Reading Materials

There will be assigned reading from the web.

Highly Recommended:
Programming the Mobile Web by Maximliano Firtman, O'Reilly Press
Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and Javascript by Jonathan Stark, O'Reilly Press

Beginning Smartphone Web Development
by Gail Rahn Frederick, APress
Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll
Mobile Web Development by Nirav Mehta, Packt Publishing
iPhone User Interface Design Projects edited by Dave Marks, APress
iPhone 3 Development, Exploring the iPhone SDK by Dave Mark & Jeff LaMarche, APress
Mobile Design and Development by Brian Fling, O'Reilly Press
Tapworthy, Designing Great iPhone Apps by Josh Clark, O'Reiily


Each student is expected to complete all projects, exercises, in-class exercises, the required readings, and the final project. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class. By the end of the semester, all projects should be part of your web portfolio.

Students are expected to know basic HTML, CSS and Javascript prior to enrollment in this class.

During class time, students are expected to engage in meaningful classroom participation.


Attendance is mandatory. We will be meeting once a week so you will miss out on a lot if you miss a session.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one unexcused absence.

Assignments and Critiques

Turning in Projects
Projects are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class.

Revised projects are due exactly one week from the critique date, I do not accept late revised projects and you will receive a zero on the revised project if it is NOT turned in on time.

If you miss a regular critique, the project for that critique will be lowered by one letter grade.

Final Critique
Attendance at the Final critique is mandatory. Missing the final critique will result in an F for the Final Project. NO late Final Projects will be accepted!

Grades / Evaluation

A (100-90)
Excellent - Above and beyond, artistically AND technically

B (89-80)
Very Good - Beyond requirements, artistically OR technically

C (79-70)
Average - Met the basic requirements

D (69-60)
Did not meet requirements

F (59-0)
Project not turned in or completely insufficient

Digital Arts Department Rules

Student Projects

Projects created in any Digital Arts course may be used by the ART department for the purpose of promoting the student, the department and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used by the ART department for instructional purposes in future courses. Please inform the instructor if you do not want your projects used.


Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability, please come talk to me after class or during office hours. The goal of the Disability Services for Students Office is to help provide equal access and reasonable accommodations to BGSU students with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss their eligibility for such accommodations are encouraged to contact their office at 372-8495 (413 South Hall).