Fall 2018

  1. Augmented Spaces

    This course explores the relationships between new  media languages and physical space.

    Building from the history and aesthetics of instal lation art and relational theater, and based on co nceptualizations such as "Relational Architecture"  by Lozano Hemmer and the "Poetics of Augmented Sp ace" by Lev Manovich, we will learn to leverage in teractive and audiovisual elements in order to enh ance and re-contextualize spatial experiences that  are media-rich, relational, and responsive.

    We will use softwares, video-projectors, micro-con trollers, sensors and VR equipment to investigate  various interactive techniques including video-map ping, video-audio design, surround sound systems a nd computer vision. We will learn to deploy not on ly vision, but also hearing, olfaction, and touch  to create true immersive and multi-sensorial envir onments.

    The class comprises of lectures, hands-on workshop s and individual projects. The students will gain  a deep understanding of topics of spatial thinking  and user-generated experiences related to space,  as well as a theoretical and critical understandin g of the history of installation and interactive a rt.

    Also offered as CTC-1536; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  2. Augmented Spaces

    This course explores the relationships between new  media languages and physical space.

    Building from the history and aesthetics of instal lation art and relational theater, and based on co nceptualizations such as "Relational Architecture" by Lozano Hemmer and the "Poetics of Augmented Spa ce" by Lev Manovich, we will learn to leverage int eractive and audiovisual elements in order to enha nce and re-contextualize spatial experiences that  are media-rich, relational, and responsive.

    We will use softwares, video-projectors, micro-con trollers, sensors and VR equipment to investigate  various interactive techniques including video-map ping, video-audio design, surround sound systems a nd computer vision. We will learn to deploy not on ly vision, but also hearing, olfaction, and touch  to create true immersive and multi-sensorial envir onments.

    The class comprises of lectures, hands-on workshop s and individual projects. The students will gain  a deep understanding of topics of spatial thinking  and user-generated experiences related to space,  as well as a theoretical and critical understandin g of the history of installation and interactive a rt.

    Also offered as DM-1536; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  3. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  4. D+M Graduate Studio/seminar 1

    This course supports the exploration of theoretical, social, material, technical and contextual research and concerns in new media arts practice during the first year of the first year of the D + M MFA program. It is a combined studio and seminar forum for Digital + Media first-year students. Participants become familiar with a vocabulary of multiple practices within digital media and, through a rigorous, hands-on approach, develop a thorough understanding of computational media as it applies to her/his individual creative practice. Students are introduced to a core set of methodologies and technologies from basic electronics and programming to interaction design to installation, and are encouraged to break comfort zones and practice through experimentation. Students conceptualize and discuss their studio-based work and their ongoing practice. Readings in critical cultural theory, media art theory, philosophy, semiotics and other areas further ground the conceptual approach of students in the Digital + Media department. The course is a mix of individual meetings, a required lecture and workshop series and group critiques. Some guest lecturers and visiting critics may also become involved with this class in terms of critical/research aspects. With a focus on studio experimentation and production, students will conceptualize and discuss their works-in-progress while beginning to work with new materials and systems in combination with a broad range media. Each student will practice articulating their ongoing studio art process and work, and will contribute to the dialogue concerning the research and work of their classmates.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to first-year graduate students

  5. D+M Graduate Studio/seminar 1

    This course supports the exploration of theoretical, social, material, technical and contextual research and concerns in new media arts practice during the first year of the first year of the D + M MFA program. It is a combined studio and seminar forum for Digital + Media first-year students. Participants become familiar with a vocabulary of multiple practices within digital media and, through a rigorous, hands-on approach, develop a thorough understanding of computational media as it applies to her/his individual creative practice. Students are introduced to a core set of methodologies and technologies from basic electronics and programming to interaction design to installation, and are encouraged to break comfort zones and practice through experimentation. Students conceptualize and discuss their studio-based work and their ongoing practice. Readings in critical cultural theory, media art theory, philosophy, semiotics and other areas further ground the conceptual approach of students in the Digital + Media department. The course is a mix of individual meetings, a required lecture and workshop series and group critiques. Some guest lecturers and visiting critics may also become involved with this class in terms of critical/research aspects. With a focus on studio experimentation and production, students will conceptualize and discuss their works-in-progress while beginning to work with new materials and systems in combination with a broad range media. Each student will practice articulating their ongoing studio art process and work, and will contribute to the dialogue concerning the research and work of their classmates.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to first-year graduate students

  6. D+M Graduate Studio/seminar 3

    This course supports the exploration of theoretical, social, material, technical and contextual research and concerns in new media arts practice during the third semester of the D + M MFA program. Students conceptualize and discuss their studio-based work and their ongoing practice as they begin the thesis process. Working artist bibliographies are developed - both projects and texts. Readings in critical cultural theory, media art theory, philosophy, semiotics and other areas further support the contextualization and grounding of the innovative practical and conceptual approaches of students in the Digital + Media department. The course is a mix of individual meetings, an optional lecture and workshop series and group critiques. Guest lecturers and visiting critics may also become involved with this class in terms of critical/research aspects. Each student will practice articulating their art process and work towards thesis, and will contribute to the dialogue concerning the research and work of their classmates.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00

    Graduate Major requirement: Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. D+M Graduate Studio/seminar 3

    This course supports the exploration of theoretical, social, material, technical and contextual research and concerns in new media arts practice during the third semester of the D + M MFA program. Students conceptualize and discuss their studio-based work and their ongoing practice as they begin the thesis process. Working artist bibliographies are developed - both projects and texts. Readings in critical cultural theory, media art theory, philosophy, semiotics and other areas further support the contextualization and grounding of the innovative practical and conceptual approaches of students in the Digital + Media department. The course is a mix of individual meetings, an optional lecture and workshop series and group critiques. Guest lecturers and visiting critics may also become involved with this class in terms of critical/research aspects. Each student will practice articulating their art process and work towards thesis, and will contribute to the dialogue concerning the research and work of their classmates.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00

    Graduate Major requirement: Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

  8. Digital Media Perspectives: History Of Media Art

    In this historical survey, we analyze the aesthetic conventions, narratives, and formats of works in new media. We examine the impact digital technologies and new media have had on existing media, as well as the ways in which new media function as a unique system of communication. While investigating the aesthetic conventions, economic conditions and infrastructures that affect the production of new media, we address the social and political contexts in which new media are disseminated, interpreted and privileged. We make connections across decades by focusing on the recurring themes of language, futurism, simulation, hyper-reality, transnationality and information.

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to first-year graduate students

  9. Enquire Within Upon Everything

    In this course we will critically inquire into way s artists and thinkers reimagine digital technolog ies as we ourselves work to do the same. We will e xperiment with digital photography, video, nonline ar storytelling, digital networked performance. Th roughout the semester, we will work on a series of  short projects and a final individual or collabor ative piece. We'll cover works by Keith + Mendi Ob adike, Nam June Paik, E.A.T., Meriem Bennani, Laur ie Anderson, MONGREL, VNS Matrix, Madeline Gins, S igne Pierce, Roy Ascott, Lilian Schwartz among man y others!

    Also offered as CTC-1537; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  10. Enquire Within Upon Everything

    In this course we will critically inquire into way s artists and thinkers reimagine digital technolog ies as we ourselves work to do the same. We will e xperiment with digital photography, video, nonline ar storytelling, digital networked performance. Th roughout the semester, we will work on a series of  short projects and a final individual or collabor ative piece. We'll cover works by Keith + Mendi Ob adike, Nam June Paik, E.A.T., Meriem Bennani, Laur ie Anderson, MONGREL, VNS Matrix, Madeline Gins, S igne Pierce, Roy Ascott, Lilian Schwartz among man y others!

    Also offered as DM-1537; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  11. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  12. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  13. Research Studio: Technological Landscapes

    Participants in the Technological Landscapes research group are passionate but critical observers of today's living environment in relation to ubiquitous, integrated, and emerging technologies. It is important that we draw inspiration not necessarily just from art, design, but from real-world events influenced or caused by technological advancement and/or failure.

    This research group will foster a dynamic, and highly collaborative environment through discussions, readings and excursions. Participants are expected to drive and determine the focus and interests of the group through conversations and consensus. In turn this will feed each participant's artistic sensibility and will form the conceptual foundations necessary for building a strong critical art work. Participants will explore research methodologies and various forms of research as material, social, and symbolic creative practice.

    The projects, individual or collaborative, should be thought of on a scale of landscape physical or virtual. One is encouraged to exploit the imaginative, speculate possible near futures and position them where the poetic crosses between science fiction and the built reality.

    Each year the group works together to locate and secure an exhibition space and or develop a site-specific work within the site/topic of study for that year. Each year the site/topic of focus changes, please contact faculty for current information.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $200.00

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

    Please contact the Instructor with any questions and for more details.

    Open to graduate students and upper level undergraduates from both Architecture and Design and Fine Arts Divisions.

  14. Sonic Practices

    Sonic Practices is a graduate-level research group focused on acoustic, electronic, and/or computer-based means of sound production and reception. Participants explore audio culture and technology while developing experimental approaches to composition, performance, recording, and/or listening.

    Areas of investigation include, but are not limited to: audio programming languages, embedded/mobile computing for sound and music, spatial audio, sound synthesis, audio electronics, sonification and auditory display, electroacoustic music composition and improvisation, field recording and soundscape studies, sound installation and performance, and sonic interaction design.

    Each semester, course content changes in response to a new unifying theme upon which students base individual and team-based research projects. Meetings consist of discussions, workshops, critiques, and collaborations that support students' individual inquiries, the exchange of ideas, and the exploration of research methodologies.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $200.00

    Elective

    Open to seniors, graduates.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  15. Writing

    This studio course is comprised of intensive writing sessions, group critiques, and one-on-one meetings designed to support each student in assembling a comprehensive written thesis. Within this class, students will develop a critical, conceptual understanding of their studio work and process. Students will explore strategies for communicating the conceptual underpinnings of their studio practice clearly and effectively within a comprehensive document. To accomplish this we will address: thesis rationale, development of concepts, and an analysis of source material that may include relevant philosophical, aesthetic and theoretical issues as well as working process. Structure, layout, documentation, and the mechanics of formatting will also be explored in depth.

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only.

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to second-year graduate students.

Spring 2019

  1. Alternative Histories Of Computation

    In thinking about how we design our future, it is crucial to look critically at the past. Alternative Histories of Computation is a studio course that situates c reative computation within a critical context. Drawing from science and technology studies, digital media studies, and archival material and ephemera, we will cover various trajectories in computation as they relate to labor, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Students will generate creative projects alongside these topics, allowing the critical discourses to frame and inform their work.

    Also offered as CTC-1545; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  2. Alternative Histories Of Computation

    In thinking about how we design our future, it is crucial to look critically at the past. Alternative Histories of Computation is a studio course that situates c reative computation within a critical context. Drawing from science and technology studies, digital media studies, and archival material and ephemera, we will cover various trajectories in computation as they relate to labor, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Students will generate creative projects alongside these topics, allowing the critical discourses to frame and inform their work.

    Also offered as DM-1535; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  3. Critical Theory + Artistic Research In Context

    This seminar course analyzes the aesthetic conventions, narratives, and formats of works in new media. As a group, we will examine the impact digital technologies and new media have had on existing media, as well as the ways in which new media function as a unique system of communication. While investigating the aesthetic conventions, economic conditions and infrastructures that affect the production of new media, we will address the social and political contexts in which new media are disseminated, interpreted and privileged.

    Within this course, students will be expected to identify, analyze, and critique readings that critically inform and underwrite the foundations of their written thesis and studio practice. Students will contribute to the focus of the course through discussions and writings that contextualize their own work as it relates to critical theory. Class time will be mainly used for discussion of readings and concepts, critique of work and to introduce methods and theory.

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only.

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to first-year graduate students.

  4. D+M Graduate Studio/seminar 2

    This course supports the exploration of theoretical, social, material, technical and contextual research and concerns in new media arts practice during the first year of the first year of the D + M MFA program. It is a combined studio and seminar forum for Digital + Media first-year students. Participants become familiar with a vocabulary of multiple practices within digital media and, through a rigorous, hands-on approach, develop a thorough understanding of computational media as it applies to ones individual creative practice. Students are introduced to a core set of methodologies and technologies from basic electronics and programming to interaction design to installation, and are encouraged to break comfort zones and practice through experimentation. Students conceptualize and discuss their studio-based work and their ongoing practice. Readings in critical cultural theory, media art theory, philosophy, semiotics and other areas further ground the conceptual approach of students in the Digital + Media department. The course is a mix of individual meetings, a required lecture and workshop series and group critiques. Some guest lecturers and visiting critics may also become involved with this class in terms of critical/research aspects. With a focus on studio experimentation and production, students will conceptualize and discuss their works-in-progress while beginning to work with new materials and systems in combination with a broad range media. Each student will practice articulating their ongoing studio art process and work, and will contribute to the dialogue concerning the research and work of their classmates.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to first-year graduate students

  5. D+M Graduate Studio/seminar 2

    This course supports the exploration of theoretical, social, material, technical and contextual research and concerns in new media arts practice during the first year of the first year of the D + M MFA program. It is a combined studio and seminar forum for Digital + Media first-year students. Participants become familiar with a vocabulary of multiple practices within digital media and, through a rigorous, hands-on approach, develop a thorough understanding of computational media as it applies to ones individual creative practice. Students are introduced to a core set of methodologies and technologies from basic electronics and programming to interaction design to installation, and are encouraged to break comfort zones and practice through experimentation. Students conceptualize and discuss their studio-based work and their ongoing practice. Readings in critical cultural theory, media art theory, philosophy, semiotics and other areas further ground the conceptual approach of students in the Digital + Media department. The course is a mix of individual meetings, a required lecture and workshop series and group critiques. Some guest lecturers and visiting critics may also become involved with this class in terms of critical/research aspects. With a focus on studio experimentation and production, students will conceptualize and discuss their works-in-progress while beginning to work with new materials and systems in combination with a broad range media. Each student will practice articulating their ongoing studio art process and work, and will contribute to the dialogue concerning the research and work of their classmates.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00

    Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to first-year graduate students

  6. Research Studio: Technological Landscapes

    Participants in the Technological Landscapes research group are passionate but critical observers of today's living environment in relation to ubiquitous, integrated, and emerging technologies. It is important that we draw inspiration not necessarily just from art, design, but from real-world events influenced or caused by technological advancement and/or failure.

    This research group will foster a dynamic, and highly collaborative environment through discussions, readings and excursions. Participants are expected to drive and determine the focus and interests of the group through conversations and consensus. In turn this will feed each participant's artistic sensibility and will form the conceptual foundations necessary for building a strong critical art work. Participants will explore research methodologies and various forms of research as material, social, and symbolic creative practice.

    The projects, individual or collaborative, should be thought of on a scale of landscape physical or virtual. One is encouraged to exploit the imaginative, speculate possible near futures and position them where the poetic crosses between science fiction and the built reality.

    Each year the group works together to locate and secure an exhibition space and or develop a site-specific work within the site/topic of study for that year. Each year the site/topic of focus changes, please contact faculty for current information.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $200.00

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

    Please contact the Instructor with any questions and for more details.

    Open to graduate students and upper level undergraduates from both Architecture and Design and Fine Arts Divisions.

  7. Sonic Practices

    Sonic Practices is a graduate-level research group focused on acoustic, electronic, and/or computer-based means of sound production and reception. Participants explore audio culture and technology while developing experimental approaches to composition, performance, recording, and/or listening.

    Areas of investigation include, but are not limited to: audio programming languages, embedded/mobile computing for sound and music, spatial audio, sound synthesis, audio electronics, sonification and auditory display, electroacoustic music composition and improvisation, field recording and soundscape studies, sound installation and performance, and sonic interaction design.

    Each semester, course content changes in response to a new unifying theme upon which students base individual and team-based research projects. Meetings consist of discussions, workshops, critiques, and collaborations that support students' individual inquiries, the exchange of ideas, and the exploration of research methodologies.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $200.00

    Elective

    Open to seniors, graduates.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  8. Thesis Project

    This course supports the practical, conceptual, theoretical and historical development of the M.F.A. thesis (exhibition and written document). Students are required to work independently and in individual consultation with their thesis committee to develop and finalize the thesis exhibition and written document for presentation at the end of the year. The exhibition and written thesis should articulate one's personal studio art / design practice in an historically and theoretically informed context. Formal group critiques are required at the midterm and end of the semester. A major final critique with visiting critics is held in the context of the final MFA Exhibition. The accompanying written thesis is expected to be of publishable quality and is also placed within the public sphere through electronic publication and filing with the RISD Library.

    Final submissions for this course include the presentation of a final exhibition, submission of the final written thesis, and timely completion of work for preliminary deadlines throughout the semester (draft theses, exhibition plans and press materials). Please see Digital + Media Thesis Timeline for a clear sequence of required deadlines. Please refer to the Digital + Media Thesis Guidelines and Policies for clarification of the goals and expectations of the RISD D+M MFA.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00 Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to second-year graduate students

  9. Thesis Project

    This course supports the practical, conceptual, theoretical and historical development of the M.F.A. thesis (exhibition and written document). Students are required to work independently and in individual consultation with their thesis committee to develop and finalize the thesis exhibition and written document for presentation at the end of the year. The exhibition and written thesis should articulate one's personal studio art / design practice in an historically and theoretically informed context. Formal group critiques are required at the midterm and end of the semester. A major final critique with visiting critics is held in the context of the final MFA Exhibition. The accompanying written thesis is expected to be of publishable quality and is also placed within the public sphere through electronic publication and filing with the RISD Library.

    Final submissions for this course include the presentation of a final exhibition, submission of the final written thesis, and timely completion of work for preliminary deadlines throughout the semester (draft theses, exhibition plans and press materials). Please see Digital + Media Thesis Timeline for a clear sequence of required deadlines. Please refer to the Digital + Media Thesis Guidelines and Policies for clarification of the goals and expectations of the RISD D+M MFA.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 - $300.00 Graduate major requirement; Digital + Media majors only

    Registration by Digital + Media Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to second-year graduate students

Departments

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