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
  • Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Exhibition Design
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 spring 2015.

QuadC: Students will join international creative coding competition openFrameworks Open, learning to program using the openFrameworks creative coding toolkit, while developing projects with collaborators from six other universities. The course will meet over 4 weekends during the spring semester. Participation in QuadC will be required to join the annual AMT China trip.

Future Lab: Students will work with mobile experts from Rakuten to re-imagine our future life with the latest Internet of Things microcontroller from Intel. This collab is a production studio with in-class workshops on the tiny yet powerful Edison development platform.

Exhibit Design: This course will develop a series of design prototypes for a national, collaboratively produced traveling exhibit on incarceration, coordinated from The New School’s Humanities Action Lab's Global Dialogues project. The exhibit will be created collaboratively by teams of students and community stakeholders, working with a common set of guidelines, goals and design framework.

The Future of Instrument Design: In this course, expanded and modified instrument designs as well as electronic sensor, gesture systems and pickup systems will be prototyped and tested. Miami New World Symphony will host a performance featuring student work. Strandberg guitars has donated three instruments to the collaboration; prototype instruments and technology will be featured in additional concerts and workshops.

Interactive Spaces: This class will function as a primer and a workshop around creating site-specific, architectural, technology-based interventions. We will cover conceptual approaches, pragmatic concerns, and precedents in art and architecture. Our major focus will be around developing and prototyping concepts, which will include a range of technical and non-technical methodologies.

Playful Explorations: This course will explore playful technologies in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. It will begin with a shared introduction to the research at the Media Lab and at Parsons and will evolve into a set of small group projects based on student interest. These might include work involved in playful systems, biohacking, wearable technology, magic and perception and urban sustainability.

Siggraph & World Maker Faire: This course will focus on developing a Maker-themed installation that can be exhibited at both Siggraph and Maker Faire. Siggraph will be held in Los Angeles, CA in August 2015 and will for the first time include a Maker Space. World Maker Faire in NYC will be held in late September 2015. The class will design and implement an experience that can be deployed in both venues.

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.