DXARTS 471 A: Mechatronic Art, Design, and Fabrication I

Meeting Time: 
MW 9:30am - 12:20pm
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Afroditi Psarra
Afroditi Psarra

Syllabus Description:

DXARTS 490B, Winter 2018

MW 9:30AM - 12:20PM

FabLab in Ballard: 4365 6th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107




Afroditi Psarra (apsarra@uw.edu)

Office hours - MW 12:30-2PM

or by appointment at the FabLab



Cameron Fraser (cpfraser@uw.edu)

Office hours - by appointment at the FabLab



Part one of a two-quarter sequence exploring the world of physical computing, creative coding and digital fabrication for art and design projects. Provides hands-on prototyping with digital/analog electronics, experimenting with interface design and programming with Arduino and Processing for the creation and control of interactive objects. The students will engage with the use of smart materials and learn to create their own sensors and actuators through digital crafting tools (such as laser cutters, cnc routers and 3d printers), as well as learn to conceptualize and fabricate responsive environments. Emphasis will be made in the use of mechanics and real-time interaction for multimedia installations and performances that explore surrounding space, movement and the role of the viewer/user in the creation of immersive experiences in the physical world.



  • Attend all classes
  • Participate in class discussions and workshops
  • Complete two mini-assignments
  • Complete a final project and do a live demo



  • Late work is not accepted.
  • If you have a disability that you think may impact your participation in this class, please contact Disabled Student Services. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs.


GRADING (100 points possible)

  • 40 - Assignments (2 assignments, 20 points each)
  • 35 - Final Project
  • 25 - Participation in class



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Catalog Description: 
Part one of three-quarter studio sequence exploring mechatronic art systems. Includes mechanics, electronics, software, advanced fabrication methods and real-time audio/video processing. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
June 19, 2018 - 9:02pm