FMX 463 T Syllabus PDF (143 kb)


FMX 463-T • FALL 2018 / CREDITS: 4.00
LOCATION: CASS 126, 611 UT University Drive. FRIDAY 10:00AM-1:50PM

INSTRUCTOR: Erica Isringhaus
OFFICE: Cass Annex
OFFICE HOURS: Fri 2:00-3:00 PM or by appointment




Multi-Media and Installation Art is a studio course that introduces students to contemporary multi-media and installation art through both the study of the cutting edge practitioners within the field, and through the production of artwork. More specifically, the course provides students with an in-depth study of the development of multi-media art and also teaches the tools for the production of such works. Modes of production covered include mapping and live mixing of video, audio installations, electronic performance and hybrid combinations of the above modes incorporating sculpture and other media.

Structure and Objectives

This course will explore:

  • Non-linear, fragmented narrative
  • Interactive installation or performance
  • Video mapping using MadMapper and other available tools
  • pre-composing and compositing videos in Premiere/After Effects
  • Real time video mixing
  • Installation art, space, time, scale, altering space through video
  • Using video projection to investigate and manipulate space
  • Students will be encouraged to explore topics, themes, concepts and theories that relate to their art practice and the class. Students will also be challenged to explore new techniques and concepts outside of their comfort zone
  • Students will complete 4 projectsThis course is an experimental workshop, in which students will use the history and situation of installation art, art theory, and research to better inform their art practice. This multimedia class engages with video, sound, space, time, and narrative to create three main projects and a final comprehensive installation. Each project will begin with a project proposal, presented to the class and posted on their class blog. Each project will also be informed by an artist research assignment and an artist statement to help engage students with the professional practices of a multimedia artist.



The course schedule is located at:
The schedule is subject to change and should be checked regularly.


Student’s materials will largely depend on their proposed projects, however a few things we will be using are:

  • Laptop
  • Adobe Suite: Premier, After Effects etc. MadMapper
  • An audio editor (Audacity)
  • Camera and Mic / recording devices
  • A sketchbook
  • A blog
  • Flash drive/ external hard drive
  • Some programs are provided by the school, use your resources!


All students are required to create a blog (host site of their choosing) or site which will be linked to the class site at Student blogs must be updated at a minimum weekly with process and research along with posts responding to reading assignments or artist research. Students will also use this space to link any relevant information for themselves or others in the class. Students may post anything they want on the blog, however be aware that these sites/blogs are public and accessible to everyone in the class and world.


Readings will be assigned throughout the semester and provided by the professor through the class site which may be found online, through library resources. We will also be reading from a required text: Installation Art: A Critical History by Claire Bishop


This is a performance-based class, and interaction with peers and the professor cannot be duplicated outside of class. Regular class participation and continuous faculty evaluation are crucial elements of the learning process. One cannot participate, or receive feedback on one’s work, if one is absent. Attendance is mandatory. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to acquire any material that you have missed, not the professor’s responsibility. Coming to class late (after roll call), leaving early, failing to be prepared for class, or failing to fully participate in class, will count as an absence.


• 1-3 absences: 0 points subtracted from final course grade
• 4 absences: 10 points subtracted from final course grade
• 5 absences: 20 points subtracted from final course grade
• 6 absences: 30 points subtracted from final course grade
• 7 absences or more: failure in the course, despite assignments average

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate and maintain communication with the professor in case of an unusual circumstance.

Excused Absences
There are two categories of excused absences for which accommodations will be made by the faculty: scheduled and unscheduled.

Scheduled absences involve time conflicts that are known in advance, for which students have notified their instructors. Acceptable reasons for scheduled absences include:

  1. Court-imposed legal obligations (e.g., jury duty and subpoenas)
  2. Medical procedure
  3. Required participation in University-sponsored events (e.g.,performances, athletic events, academic research presentations)
  4. Observation of religious holy days
  5. Requirements of military service

Court Imposed Legal Obligations
The University respects the need for all citizens to serve on a jury when called to duty. If a student serves as a juror, class absences will be considered excused when the student provides advance notice to the instructor, the instructor acknowledges the request and the student provides written verification of jury selection and proof of service. Any potential student juror may notify the court of conflicts or undue hardship and request an excuse from service. The individual student must make the decision as to whether jury service will present an undue hardship and then take the affirmative action to request to be excused from service, and may need to provide a written explanation to the court. If a student does not request to be excused and is selected to serve, the student may miss a prolonged period of time resulting in the inability to complete the academic requirements of classes.

Unscheduled absences involve unforeseen emergencies such as illness, injury, hospitalization, deaths in the immediate family, consequences of severe weather and other crises. Students should contact instructors as soon as possible in these cases. Instructors may require documentation or verification to excuse unscheduled absences.

Documented Medical Attention for Illness
Students are excused for absences due to documented illnesses or injury that require

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medical attention. Documentation must be provided from a licensed health care provider and clearly indicate that the student is unable to attend class. While students should not attend class with infectious conditions, even if medical attention is not sought, the decision to excuse absences from undocumented illnesses is at the discretion of the individual instructor. Extended illnesses may interfere with the successful completion of courses, and in such cases a student may want to withdraw from the course. After the withdrawal deadline, students may submit an academic petition with proper documentation to withdraw from courses.

Employment schedules, athletic conditioning and practice schedules and personal appointments are not valid reasons for scheduled absences.

Procedures for Excused Absences and Make-up Work

Students must give notification to their instructors of scheduled absences in advance as soon as they are aware of it (for approved reasons as noted above). In the event of an emergency unscheduled absence (as described above), students must contact their instructors as soon as possible and provide documentation if required.

If an absence qualifies as an excused absence as defined above, the instructor will accommodate the excused absences in a fair manner. Instructors will provide an alternative opportunity to replace missed work or assignments; however, arranging to replace missed work is the responsibility of the student.

If an excused absence coincides with other graded work (e.g., homework collection, in- class activities, quizzes, presentations, activities, etc.), the student shall be given an opportunity to replace such work or shall not have that work averaged into the student’s grade, at the discretion of the instructor, provided it is not identical to the course’s stated accommodation for an unexcused absence. An instructor may determine that missing a certain amount of participation-dependent activities (whether excused or not) precludes successful accomplishment of learning outcomes. In cases like this, the instructor may advise students to withdraw from such courses.

Making up work for unexcused absences may be allowed or declined entirely at the discretion of the instructor.


Participation, support, and respect in all phases of this course are imperative. The class dynamic depends on your energy, initiative, attitude, productivity, and willingness to get involved in group discussion and critiques. Participate in a responsive manner during critique, class discussion, and blogging. Be safe and thoughtful with equipment and facilities. Being in class is your opportunity to get feedback from the instructor and your classmates. Take advantage of it! Ask questions and contribute answers. Offer constructive criticism during group discussions, class workdays, and critiques. Reflect on the comments you receive to gauge the effectiveness of your work. Examine the way your ideas change, evolve, and influence formal and conceptual choices in your work. Your development as an artist hinges on your ability to make effective choices and express ideas clearly.


Silence your phones and put them away at the beginning of class. No browsing Facebook during class! During critiques, absolutely no phones are allowed out. If a phone goes off during critique or you are caught on your phone during critique, you are required to write a one page essay on an installation or multimedia artist approved by the professor or bring food (i.e. donuts) to the next class.


Critique is a critical component of the course and work will not be graded if it is not presented at critique.You must arrive on time to critique and be prepared to present, with your work already finished and installed. If you are not prepared for critique the assignment will be counted as late.


To be qualified to submit late work, you must give notice at the beginning of the class that the work is due.

Late work will be accepted within a 24 hours of the due date and subsequently graded, however, after determining the grade, said grade will be reduced by 50%.

Emergencies as defined above may be deemed sufficient cause to permit the submission of late work.



Breakdown of grades:

Grading Scale










Very Good












Below Average












Failure (students who stopped participating before the last withdrawal date)









Project 1


Project 2


Project 3


Final / Project 4


Homework Assignments







All the text/images/audio/video/CODE/clips you will use in any of your projects will have to be credited correctly. EVERY single text/image/video/audio/CODE/clip you use should be yours and/or copyright free. If you use the code from somebody else, it needs to be recontextualized according to your needs with sufficient differences between the source and your application.

There are sites such as that provide copyright free material. If you ever use their clips you MUST give proper credit.


Academic Integrity Statement: Cheating, plagiarism, copying and any other behavior that is contrary to University standards of behavior will not be tolerated.

Students caught violating any aspect of the University of Tampa’s Academic Integrity Policy will be penalized in all cases. Penalty ranges from “0” on an assignment to “F” for the course without regard to a student’s accumulated points. Students may also face expulsion. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies of the university regarding academic integrity and to avoid violating such policies. Policy information is found at Academic Integrity Policy1.

You must properly document all sources used both in bibliographic format and through proper citation within the text itself. Failure to provide proper citations within the text of any assignment that you submit is plagiarism and will be reported. This DOES NOT JUST APPLY to research papers. It also means that you need to identify where data was obtained when it is presented.


Disruption policy: Every student has the right to a comfortable learning environment where the open and honest exchange of ideas may freely occur. Each student is expected to do his or her part to ensure that the classroom (and anywhere else the class may meet) remains conducive to learning. This includes respectful and courteous treatment of all in the classroom. According to the terms of the University of Tampa Disruption Policy, the professor will take immediate action when inappropriate behavior occurs. Details of the policy may be found at Disruption of the Academic Process2.

1 Policy

2 Academic-Process



The University of Tampa is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence. UT Faculty are required to report any reported or perceived instances of sexual harassment/misconduct to the Dean of Students. Students should also be encouraged to report alleged misconduct to either the Dean of Students or the Office of Conduct and Orientation. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.


Sexual violence includes nonconsensual sexual contact and nonconsensual sexual intercourse (which is any type of sexual contact without your explicit consent, including rape), dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and stalking. You may reach out for confidential help (see contact info below) or report an incident for investigation.

If you choose to write or speak about an incident of sexual violence and disclose that this violence occurred while you were a UT student, the instructor is obligated to report the incident to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students. The purpose of this report is to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. The Deputy Coordinator or his or her designee will contact you to let you know about the resources, accommodations, and support services at UT and possibilities for holding the perpetrator accountable. If you do not want the Title IX Coordinator notified, instead of disclosing this information to your instructor, you can speak confidentially with the individuals listed below. They can connect you with support services and discuss options for holding the perpetrator accountable.

There is an exception to this required reporting for preventative education programs and public awareness events or forums. While the instructor is not required to report disclosures during these instances, unless you make or initiate a complaint, during these programs or events, the instructor or another University official will ensure that the students are aware of the available resources at UT, such as counseling, health, and mental health services, and it will provide information about Title IX, how to file a Title IX complaint, how to make a confidential report, and the procedure for reporting sexual violence.

For more information, see The University of Tampa’s Title IX3 webpage and the 3


Student Services Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Procedures4 webpage. To make a confidential report of sexual violence, please contact:

The Victim’s Advocacy Hotline: ( (813) 257-3900. Dickey Health & Wellness Center ( (813) 257-1877. Health and Counseling Center ( (813) 253-6250


Students with disabilities: If there is a student who requires accommodations because of any disability, please go to the Academic Success Center in North Walker Hall for information regarding registering as a student with a disability. You may also call (813) 257- 5757 or email Please feel free to discuss this issue with me, in private, if you need more information.


Course interruption due to adverse conditions: In case of any adverse condition or situation which could interrupt the schedule of classes, each student is asked to access UT Homepage5 for information about the status of the campus and class meetings. In addition, please refer to UT Blackboard6 for announcements and other important information. You are responsible for accessing this information.

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The Cass Building is 611 UT University Drive.
The Cass Annex is 607 UT McNeel Court

Campus Safety Phone Numbers:

On Campus: x7777
Off Campus or by cell phone: (813) 257-7777

Life-Threatening Situations:

Call 911 and then call Campus Safety

Safety Alerts

Tropical Weather

Safe Escort Service (LASER TEAM)

On campus x4515
Off Campus or cell phone: (813) 257-4515

Campus Safety Office

Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building (first floor, right behind the Thomas parking garage)

General Disclaimer

Note: The professor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus and schedule as necessary.