Week 2 (June 28-July 2, 2021)

Computer Art: Merging Programming and Creativity

All of the visual effects we see in films and video games have their basis in math and programming. Everything from abstract fractals in a music video to a stormy ocean in a blockbuster film have been created by teams of programmers who convert real-world concepts into lines of code.
These tools create a unique partnership between man and machine. We provide the basic rules and computers work intelligently and autonomously to create a finished product. Often times the results are completely unexpected and would be impossible to achieve solely by humans.
Students will use tools such as Cinema4D, Mograph, X-Particles and simple programming languages to generate animations and images ranging from realistic to completely abstract.
Students will also pitch ideas and have the option to collaborate with fellow students to create larger, more advanced projects.
At the end of the class students will have a broad understanding of how procedural animation tools work and will have produced several animations and digital compositions based on their ideas.
Students will…
•    Create fractal art with basic programming languages
•    Use sine waves and other equations to generate animation
•    Create effects with 3D particle systems, fluids and other simulations
•    Create abstract art with motion graphics tools
•    Use motion capture for animation

PRE-LAW: LitiGATE, An Intensive Study in Prosecuting and Defending A Criminal Case  

The immediate purpose of the program is to provide students with an introduction to the criminal justice system and criminal litigation. Students will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and demonstrate some of the basic trial skills necessary to be competent and effective trial advocates. The program will conclude with a mock trial where students will have the opportunity to practice the skills they learn during the program.


  • Students will learn to read a case file, a criminal statute, and a criminal complaint.
  • Students will create a case theme, observe skills necessary for opening statements and closing arguments, effective techniques for direct and cross-examination and proper methods for introducing items into evidence. 
  • After observing the tutorials, students will practice what they have learned by performing collaborative and interactive exercises designed to prepare for participating in a mock trial.  Professor Krause-Phelan and other instructors will provide feedback and constructive critiques to help prepare the students for their final mock trial.

Please note: The PRE-LAW: LitiGATE, An Intensive Study in Prosecuting and Defending A Criminal Case is in partnership with Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School. 

Supplies needed: 3-ring binder or some type of organizational notebook with tabbed dividers to prepare trial notebooks. Other useful supplies would include colored highlighters, and post-its.