Collaboration Studio
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 5550
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
These are unique types of studio courses, pairing teams of students with industry partners to undertake real-world projects. The following will be offered in fall 2014. Full descriptions are available at

ORIGINATE Web Dev: This studio partners with gadgITERATION, an open source program designed for underserved teenagers, funded by the Mozilla and MacArthur Foundations, which uses DT-designed hardware for rapid prototyping and creativity generation. This Collab will begin the development of an extensible online platform to engender low-cost replication and widespread implementation of the program.

Red Bull Gamify:Full description pending; this course will not be opened until the first week of the fall 2014 semester and enrollment will be by permission only.

Tactical Urbanism, Mapping NY Surreal Estate: Working with two housing advocacy organizations, NYC Community Land Initiative and Picture the Homeless, this course will explore how representing and disseminating information about housing needs, availability and rights in NYC can change the civic conversation about housing access.

Devices for Inquiry: This course will work with community labs such as Genspace to learn investigative techniques that provide access to citizen science research. This collaboration will generate novel approaches to device design by sharing creative agency, and together developing new tools for scientific inquiry that are easily replicable and effective.

Design for UNICEF: Students will work closely with the UNICEF Innovation Unit and selected country offices to design and develop solutions for local challenges that embrace the appropriate use of technology. The work with country offices will be leveraged to gain valuable insight into real-world contexts and challenges, and to field-test solutions as part of an iterative design process.

Humanities Action Lab: This course will develop public engagement strategies and digital platforms that inspire civic participation in contested social issues for the Humanities Action Lab's upcoming series of traveling exhibits. These will facilitate and challenge ideas of public engagement, civic engagement, and dialogue to explore new ways for people to connect with the issues.

Future Gadgets: In this course we will examine what it means to activate, repurpose, and re-imagine the objects around us to make them into future gadgets. We will delve into science fiction prophecies, mechanics, and traditional and computational craft to uncover the techniques needed to design for the future.

Museum API {Paris Campus}: Museums struggle to keep up with the needs of the many types of museum users. What if museums were more like an open platform, more like the web? What kind of plugin would you want to build?

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All School of Art, Media & Technology graduate and upper-level undergraduate degree students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Paris students.