Media Design and Use
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5530
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Projects of media design and media use are embedded in ever-evolving historical predicaments and complex social contexts of meaning production. Creative and practical questions of how to design a media project, and social-economic-political dilemmas of staging about how media-based environments and events, are never settled once and for all. As a result, key concepts in the field of Media Studies have remained active sites of creative engagement, contention, invention, and revision across decades. These concepts include: “audience,” fiction/nonfiction, the role of aesthetic experience in media design and use, the “agency” of media in human affairs and social change, media and “reality,” media ethics. We will use a production-based approach to trace historical trajectories and staying power of these issues. Students will choose one of these issues and use it to (re)consider an existing or new production project and/or theoretical interests in media studies. They will produce experimental iterations and test sites that directly engage and address their chosen issue, and explore its power to shape and strengthen their project—and the power of their project to set the issue in motion once again.
Open to Graduate students.