GTSC2045: Seeing the World from Artistic & Scientific Perspectives (3 units)

GTSC2045: Seeing the World from Artistic & Scientific Perspectives

Course Aims:

Throughout the centuries and across civilisations, art and science have complemented each other in helping mankind understand our world. Historical figures, most notably Renaissance men such as Leonardo da Vinci in the West and the ancient Chinese philosopher Mozi in the East, but also a good number of contemporary artists whose practice blends art and science, have left a legacy to both disciplines while at the same time demonstrating the intellectual promise of the merging of the two fields. 

This course is intended for students interested in the transcendence of disciplinary boundaries.  It will cover a range of technological innovations and discoveries relating to light, and how they have changed the course of human civilisations, and especially their effects upon values, culture, and how one perceives the world. Topics covered include the intersection between the art and science of light across time and culture, light and colour, image-making, motion pictures, virtual reality, vision and other senses, as well as the use of contemporary media. Students will acquire a broader understanding of the world from wider angles, and gain trans-disciplinary perspectives for future research projects in the arts or the sciences. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:


Discuss how ideas about nature (especially about light) and the development of technological innovations relating to light in last two centuries have changed the human civilisations, their cultural activities and technological developments;


Critically reflect on how technological innovations relating to light have far-reaching effects upon values, cultures, and how one perceives the world.


Develop creative works that are informed by new approaches beyond one’s own field of study.


Comply to standards of professional practice and ethos.

Course Content:


Introduction to Light


From the Renaissance to contemporary art – the arts and their relationship to science


Light and colour – From Impressionism to Light Art


Light and image – The making of images through scientific and artistic processes


Light and motion – From motion pictures to virtual reality


Light and sound – From vision to other senses


Light and contemporary media – Advanced topics such as smart lighting for good health and energy saving, displays for application in mobile appliances and flat panel displays





Study Journal (20%)
Practical Experiments (20%)
Group Presentation (25%)

Final Examination (25%)

Professional Attitude (10%)