Media Design
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5008
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
This course is required for all students to be taken in the first year of study. The course looks at the character of different media forms, the relationship between forms, and guidelines for choosing which combination is best for a given communications project. Concentrating on design thinking, it offers an experiential tour of the creative toolset and critical precepts of media practice and is the foundation course for additional Media Practice and project-based courses. Through a series of short projects, students work with sound, the digital still image and its sequencing, lighting and the moving image and digital post-production and distribution techniques. Using simple digital tools, student designers focus on the important primary concepts of digital media making. Additional major software used professionally and in subsequent Media Practice and project-based courses are introduced, though not explored in depth. Outside-class Saturday lab sessions provide additional instruction in production equipment and software techniques. By semester’s end, each student will have completed a series of individual projects combining media formats on a collaborative project, undertaken in the groups’ choice of medium, to satisy an assigned design problem. The course’s broad goal is to reconnect media designers to their personal sources of creativity and to help orient them to the program’s Media Practice course curriculum.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Documentary Media Studies students.

Open to Environmental Studies students.

Open to Global Studies students.

Open to International Affairs students.

Open to Liberal Arts students.

Open to Media Studies students.

Open to Media Management students.

Open to Media Management students.