Art 107:

Introduction to Digital Forms

with Stephen Hilyard

About this Course

Throughout Introduction to Digital Forms (Art 107), you will be introduced to the basic practices of digital media including:

  • Image acquisition and manipulation
  • Vector illustration
  • 3D design
  • Web/networked technology

Beyond simply acquiring a digital skill set, we will be looking at how contemporary artists, designers, scientists, and engineers are utilizing these tools. We will be examining not only the application of digital techniques but also their implications in the context of contemporary art and in your own work. Critical analysis of your work as well as the work of others will be a focal point of this course.

Course Content

The intellectual, cultural and physical components of the visual arts will be presented as an essential and interrelated whole.

  • Vector illustration and layout (Adobe Illustrator)
  • Raster image manipulation (Adobe Photoshop)
  • 3d/Object design (SketchUp Pro)
  • Linking and implementation with the web (CSS & HTML)
Art 107 Digital Forms: Days & Time


9:00am – 2:00pm
Art 107 Digital Forms: Dates for this course
May 30 –
June 25
Art 107 Digital Forms: Number of Credits
Art 107 Digital Forms: Contact Information


Meet Your Professor

Stephen Hilyard

Stephen Hilyard

Digital Arts

Stephen Hilyard is an artist and Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was born in Britain, where he trained to be an architect. He subsequently supported himself by working as an architect while developing a career as an artist. After traveling and living in Africa for several years he moved to San Francisco, where he continued to make art, specializing in sculpture. During this time he worked as a professional sculptor in a fine art bronze foundry before moving to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California. After receiving his M.F.A. he worked for two years for Peter Carlson & Co., a company that specializes in large scale fine art fabrication, where he helped create work for Jeff Koons and Claes Oldenburg. As a design engineer for the company he started working with digital drafting programs and 3D modeling applications. He began to use computers in his own art practice soon after this. From 1999 to 2004 he taught Sculpture and 3D Digital Media at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 2004 he accepted his current position at the University of Wisconsin Madison where he specializes in teaching 3D digital modeling and animation. Hilyard creates artwork in a wide range of media, both digital and traditional, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, Perth, Sydney and London. Hilyard’s practice has been supported by grants and fellowships from The Huntington Library, The Harpo Foundation, The American Scandinavian Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Wisconsin Arts Board and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Visit his website >

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