Designing Emerging Technologies

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5 Units

Designing Emerging Technologies (DET) is an intensive, project-based studio course that focuses on the design of interactive artifacts realized through the process of deeply engaging with selected emerging technologies as rich creative material. Students are led through a sequence of projects of varying length. Projects include both individual and team activities, with teams frequently changing in size and composition. DET introduces students to emerging technologies, supports them with expert viewpoints and selected literature, and quickly enables “handles” by which students first encounter a new technology, and then in teams, develop and refine final functional prototypes which are showcased and critiqued. Unlike classes that simply use a new technology as an endpoint, DET is designed to enable students to develop and refine the design skills that will enable them to be creative practitioners when encountering a range of current and future technologies. Engaging with these technologies as creative materials.

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