Thinking Small: Narratives for Web 2.0 and Mobile Media
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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 5573
Course Format: Studio
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Social Media
  • Design
  • Media Studies
As media become increasingly smaller and more portable, how do designers translate design approaches and aesthetics for traditional screen- and print-based media to these new nano-scale platforms? This project-based production class will ask students to study the relevant historical (e.g., the short bursts of language in a telegraph message, cameo portraits, etc.), theoretical, and artistic (e.g., Goya's "Caprichios," Hemingway's six-word novel form) predecessors to small-scale design to prepare them to develop a specific visual and/or narrative language for each of several production assignments. Students will investigate narrative in many forms, from nano-novels shared through text messages on Twitter to super-short-form episodic video for YouTube. Assignments completed both individually and in small groups will involve prose and verse as well as still images, audio and video.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Prerequisite: Media Practices: Design. Students should be comfortable working with new and beta release applications. Class open to graduate students only.


Open to Graduate students.