Narrative & Dynamic Systems

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Narrative & Dynamic Systems

Spring 2020

Taught By: Brad MacDonald

Section: A

CRN: 6047

Credits: 3

How do we tell stories within media that are non-linear: media-like games, hyperfictions, and databases? How can we craft narratives that emerge from the dynamics of interaction, narratives experienced procedurally? What design strategies exist regarding an understanding of character, plot, drama, time, space, and event within interactive fictions? This course will take a close look at the mechanics of storytelling within dynamic media, exploring connections between new media, technology, and narrative experience. The course will examine examples ranging from the design of Live Action Role Playing Games to massively multi-player virtual worlds, from pop-up books to tarot cards, from smart mobs to flash mobs. Content will be delivered through lectures, reading, discussion, case studies, and small studio-based exercises.

Open to: Masters degree in Design & Technology majors; others by permission of Design & Technology program.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 10:31am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm



Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020