Over the next week, we’re going to feature a couple of colleges in the Vermont area that are teaching courses this upcoming Spring Semester that stuck out as we looked through the course lists. There’s a lot of variety to the courses here, ranging from new digital technologies, to looking at speculative fiction as a genre to foreign policy for other countries around the world. There’s a facinating range of things to learn.
Obviously, admission to these courses are going to depend on your student status, but if you’re looking for an excuse to go back to school, it’s worth talking with their respective admissions departments and seeing what you have to do to sign up.
We’re going to start off this week with Champlain College. Located in Burlington, Vermont, Champlain is known for their online and residential programs, particularly in the realm of digital gaming. Here’s a couple of courses that we’d sign up for:
SWE 346-81, .Net Architecture II With C#
From their course catalog: Students study advanced topics in Microsofts .NET technology framework using C#, ASP.NET and other related technologies. This course concentrates on .NET as it relates to distributed application development, and includes topics such as testing, error handling web security, deployment, web controls, web services, attributes, reflection, and more.
EGD 235-02, 3D Modeling
From their course catalog: As a 3D art student youve covered the breadth of 3D territory but now it’s time to dive deeper and polish your modeling skills. In this class you will become a solid 3D modeler and texture artist. Sculpt believable models using primitives, polygons, Nurbs and subdivisions. Fully developed 3D computer models with realistic textures will be your final products.
WRT 325-01, Adv Creative Writing: Fiction
From their course catalog: This course is an intensive exploration of fiction writing. Presented as a seminar and writing workshop, the class reads and discusses short stories, novels, and essays on the art and craft of fiction writing. Writing three short stories (or the equivalent in chapters of a novel/novella) leads students to integrate theory and practice as they produce work informed by a detailed understanding of such common fictional elements as character, plot, setting, and conflict as well as more advanced concepts that foster finely wrought creative work. Students submit at least one original work for publication.
FOR 270-45, Anti-Forensics & Net Forensics
From their course catalog: Students will study several specialized areas of digital forensics, namely, information hiding, anti-forensics, and network forensics. The broad field of data hiding and anti-forensics will be explored with a specific concentration on cryptography (secret writing) and steganography (hidden writing). Basic principles of digital media will be studied in order to understand how digital images, audio, and video can be manipulated and how such manipulation can be detected. Finally, introductory concepts about computer network investigations will be presented.
SEC 250-51, Computer & Network Security
From their course catalog: This course provides an introduction to computer and data network security. Students will examine the rationale and necessity for securing computer systems and data networks, as well as methodologies for implementing security, security policies, best current practices, testing security, and incident response.
COR 330-16, ICS: Science & Society in China
From their course catalog: The world of the 21st century is exciting, complex, and important. COR 330 offers a chance to immerse yourself in an important global community, exploring its culture, society, institutions, people, and history. Taught by faculty with extensive interest and experience in the regional focal area of the course, these classes delve into the vital issues of the contemporary world, such as development, globalization, gender relations, religion, security, the environment, and more. Regions and areas covered each semester will vary, depending on faculty experience.
EGD 110-03, Introduction to Game Design
From their course catalog: Whats the difference between an FPS and an RPG? Are discovery and exploration important in every style of game, or can they detract from a cool game concept? We answer these questions by examining genres in games and analyzing some of the gameplay styles associated with them. Then, once we’ve discovered strengths and weaknesses inherent to particular game styles, we’ll develop skills necessary to formulate and evauluate our own original gameplay ideas.