PSAM

5600

Currents

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Currents:Bad Design

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: D

CRN: 7705

Credits: 3

Open to: All University grad students, and upperlevel undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 2

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022

Currents: CD Workshop

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: G

CRN: 8835

Credits: 3

This course consists of a series of three workshops, which explore contemporary positions in Communication Design, taught by specialists / working professionals from industry. Each workshop is 5 weeks long and examines a specific topic in detail. Topics include (but are not limited to) type in space; digital typography and prototyping; and design systems. Further details of the individual workshops will be posted soon. Students are expected to engage in all three workshops and must be present for the duration of the semester.

Open to: All University grad students. Some seats have been reserved for MPS CD students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 6

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/28/2022 - 5/13/2022

Currents: CD Workshop

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: H

CRN: 6368

Credits: 3

This course consists of a series of three workshops, which explore contemporary positions in Communication Design, taught by specialists / working professionals from industry. Each workshop is 5 weeks long and examines a specific topic in detail. Topics include (but are not limited to) type in space; digital typography and prototyping; and design systems. Further details of the individual workshops will be posted soon. Students are expected to engage in all three workshops and must be present for the duration of the semester.

Open to: All University grad students. Some seats have been reserved for MPS CD students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 6

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/28/2022 - 5/13/2022

Currents: Digital Dialect

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faiyaz Jafri

Section: A

CRN: 3606

Credits: 3

Open to: All University grad students, and upperlevel undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT and MPS CD students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022

Currents: Playful Prototypes

Spring 2022

Taught By: Jason Li

Section: B

CRN: 7288

Credits: 3

They say practice makes perfect, so come practice making interactive media! In Playful Prototyping, every student is tasked to create one interactive prototype for every week in the semester. In the style of game jams, each week features a unique mystery theme, aesthetic, or constraint that will serve as a creative brief. Students will learn strategies to make and experiment with their ideas to discover the fun within—developing their efficiency and taste as interactive designers. In this class, students will create play… fast. Students should be at least familiar with one experience development tool (Unity, Unreal, Godot, Processing, Figma, or similar)).

Open to: All University grad students, and upperlevel undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT and MPS CD students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022

Currents: multiplayer p5.party

Spring 2022

Taught By: Justin Bakse

Section: C

CRN: 3568

Credits: 3

In this ONLINE course, students will design and prototype online multiplayer games and experiences using p5.js and p5.party. Study topics will include UX/UI for multiple user software, multiplayer game design and playtesting, sketching and prototyping, client/server architectures, and team coding tools and workflows. p5.party is an _unfinished_ library for easily prototyping multiuser experiences with p5.js created by the course instructor and still under development. Students will have the opportunity to work with and contribute to the library. For more information about p5.party see github.com/jbakse/p5.party This course will include a mid-semester weekend game jam. Game jam participation can be online or in-person. This is an intermediate coding course. Students should have successfully completed an introductory programming course, have some knowledge of p5.js, and have a strong interest in coding and javascript.

Open to: All University grad students, and upper level undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT and MPS CD students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022

Currents: TouchDesigner

Spring 2022

Taught By: Torin Blankensmith

Section: E

CRN: 5035

Credits: 3

This class will focus on creating interactive and immersive environments, covering concepts in real-time graphics programming and interaction design, as well as techniques on body-tracking, networking, midi integration, audio-reactive visuals, and projection mapping. Students will learn these techniques using a tool called TouchDesigner, which is a node-based visual programming language for real-time interactive multimedia content. It's been used by artists, programmers, creative coders, and software designers to create performances, installations, and mixed media works. Throughout this course, students will build their conceptual and technical skills using TouchDesigner as a tool for rapid prototyping, creative, critical, aesthetic exploration, and expression. We will explore these concepts through case studies that include large-scale environments for medical professionals to alleviate stress/burnout, for patients in clinical studies aiding in neuroscience research on brain recovery, interventions in public spaces, and commercial applications.

Open to: DT students only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022

Currents: CD Workshop

Fall 2021

Taught By: Kevin Cadena

Section: A

CRN: 9312

Credits: 3

This course consists of a series of three workshops, which explore contemporary positions in Communication Design, taught by specialists / working professionals from industry. Each workshop is 5 weeks long and examines a specific topic in detail. Topics include (but are not limited to) type in space; digital typography and prototyping; and design systems. Further details of the individual workshops will be posted soon. Students are expected to engage in all three workshops and must be present for the duration of the semester.

Open to: MPS Communication Design students only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 12/6/2021 EST

Currents:Emigrant Food Futures

Fall 2021

Taught By: Alonso Castro

Section: B

CRN: 4333

Credits: 3

How would we use technology to imagine new ways of preserving potatoes? Or, if the spicy chili pepper goes extinct, how would technology remind us of the textures and tastes of a Sichuanese hotpot kitchen? Could you even imagine tacos in a world without corn? Emigrant Food Futures, a unifying evolution of gastronomy, aims to bring together cultural perspectives of how we can prototype new ideas behind the way we produce, package, transport, plate, cook, consume and dispose of food. In this course, students will understand the context and realities of immigrants and their food in the United States. Students will learn from topics like food extinction, climate change, agriculture, farmers knowledge and the current socio-political environment. Students will put into practice expressive points of view about the past, present and future of society in relation to food. In this course, students will be given short readings, podcasts, articles, documentaries and recipes as weekly assignments. There will be discussions, guest lectures, online cooking workshops and constant critique to inspire student concepts while improving their technical skills and design practice. Students will be expected to work on prototyping, development and deployment of their concepts.

Open to: All University graduate students, and undergraduate juniors and seniors. Some seats have been reserved for MFA Design & Technology students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 12/6/2021 EST

Currents: Physicality of ML

Fall 2021

Taught By: Shirley Leung

Section: C

CRN: 9318

Credits: 3

The Physicality of Machine Learning focuses on utilizing the systematic study of algorithms and turning them into a functioning model that can be implemented and actualized in the “real” – physical world. This course will be focusing on introducing students to different types of machine learning models, learning various algorithms and models that can uncover complex patterns, utilizing ready-made software, and learning how to implement them into a physical production method. Students will work in a variety of media depending on their own backgrounds and interests. In this course, students will learn how to interact with text, images, and 3D-based machine learning models and subsequently bring these created work into the physical world.

Open to: All University graduate students, and undergraduate juniors and seniors. Some seats have been reserved for MFA Design & Technology students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 12/6/2021 EST

Currents: Comp Portraiture (M)

Fall 2021

Taught By: Susie Fu

Section: D

CRN: 7675

Credits: 3

This course investigates the expanding definition of portraiture in the age of virtual communication. No longer bound to a painting on the wall, modern portraits are ever more omnipresent: from selfies and filters to video conferencing and avatars, we hang up new representations of ourselves on countless digital walls. This course will guide students to challenge these new symbols of identity through creating their own generative portraits. We will explore the boundaries of computational imagery through critical questions: How do we artificially mirror our faces, actions, emotions, or thoughts in a digital portrait? How do the creators of these portraits own and incentivize our participation? How do deepfakes and other advances in fake image technology affect how we see others and ourselves? Using a combination of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and data processing, students will create static and moving portraits in weekly projects. They will use their own data as the starting canvas and progress to interactive portraits that respond to the audience, culminating in a class portrait gallery as a final project. The course will use Python, OpenCV and other Python-based machine learning libraries. Familiarity with Python and basic programming concepts is required.

Open to: All University grad students, and upperlevel undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 12/6/2021 EST

Currents: A Portable Nature

Fall 2021

Taught By: June Lee

Section: E

CRN: 5791

Credits: 3

"In a world where access to speed is access to transcendence, point of view is particularly a narrative gesture. The point of view of landscape is no longer still, is instead a matter of practice and transformation." — Susan Stewart A Portable Nature is a collaborative course between students from Parsons School of Design and Bennington College. It begins with the notion that nature is a constantly evolving and negotiated experience between humans and their environments. What we consider to be ‘natural’ is cultural, simultaneously managed and imagined, idealistic and antagonistic in turns. A ‘portable nature’ expands upon this idea to explore how a multitude of natures can be transported and transformed, or communicated to be experienced and cared for by someone from a different place. In this course, we will study these mutable aspects of nature. The pairing of Bennington and New York City presents two distinct natures -- neither more natural than the other. Through observation and small design interventions, students will explore the ‘nature’ of their respective locations and experiment with how this can become ‘portable’. Through narrative gestures, students will try to understand and encounter the malleability of space, time, and place.

Open to: All University graduate students, and undergraduate juniors and seniors. Some seats have been reserved for MFA Design & Technology students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 12/6/2021 EST

Currents: xFab

Fall 2021

Taught By: Harpreet Sareen

Section: F

CRN: 7676

Credits: 3

The industrial revolution with its focus on efficiency and quantity took the craft workers out of the equation. While much of the world's economy had relied on artisans before this, 'making' has returned to individuals and communities now with an extension of technology. xFab introduces fundamentals of making through electronics and fabrication for students to produce a wide range of creative work. The lectures will focus on materials and tools as used across cultures, geographies and timelines. We will critically analyze the making histories within which many groups are marginalized, missing representations of grassroots makers in current narratives and infusion of for-profit ethos in open movements. The course will introduce current tools and techniques charted through multiple historical and social perspectives. The class adopts a hands-on approach to modern fabrication methods, electronic circuit modeling and design. The students will use the lecture materials as background paired with foundational knowledge of machines that they will access at the Making Center. At the end of the class, the students will develop fluency in readily incorporating a variety of materials and fabrication techniques into their practice, and create projects under various socially and culturally relevant themes.

Open to: All University graduate students, and undergraduate juniors and seniors. Some seats have been reserved for MFA Design & Technology students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17pm 12/6/2021 EST