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As UC Santa Cruz continues to lead the way in the evolution of the theory and practice of games development, the Art Department has developed a new B.A. in Games and Playable Media that is launching this coming fall. This cutting edge degree is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that will run concurrently with the Games and Playable Media B.S. in the new Computational Media Department.

From designing elaborate Shakespearean costumes for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to the iconic, sexy leather catsuit worn by Diana Rigg in The Avengers, Jan Rowell’s extraordinary talent could be found in classical productions as well as the hippest television shows. Working for period and costume dramas, children’s educational programs, musicals, and some of the most popular TV programs of her the time, Rowell’s versatility showed a remarkable range.

In his current course History of Design: The Objects of Technology, 1850-Present, Albert Narath, Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC), has a distinctive way of looking at common items that gives a refreshing and insightful view of how we view such ubiquitous things as chairs and iPhones. “In addition to “masterpieces” of modern design, students are encouraged to interrogate a range of issues that go into an almost invisible landscape of everyday life that is constituted by objects,” he says.

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