Call for applications: Media Design Practices/Lab+Field interdisciplinary design and emerging technology MFA

Call for applications: Media Design Practices/Lab+Field interdisciplinary design and emerging technology MFA

ArtCenter College of Design

Clockwise: RJ Sakai (Field 2017), Souvenir Pendants. Nan Tsai (Lab 2018), Leftover Storage. Erika Barbosa (Field 2016), Policing Bodies. Godiva Reisenbichler (Lab 2018), Global Positioning Helmet. Kristina Ortega + Jenny Rodenhouse (Lab 2015), Wearable Services. Lee Cody (Lab 2017), Income Estates. Media + dimension variable. All works courtesy of designers.
December 13, 2016
Call for applications: Media Design Practices/Lab+Field interdisciplinary design and emerging technology MFA

Priority application deadline: January 15, 2017

ArtCenter College of Design
950 South Raymond
Pasadena, CA 91105

[email protected]

Design Futures
Join an interdisciplinary MFA grounded in design—graphic, visual, interactive, spatial, experiential, research—and emerging technologies. We explore and author design + technology through new ideas around people, science, culture, social impact as well as global systems in diverse international contexts. This grounding gives our graduates desirable skills applicable in a broad range of work environments, from Google Creative Lab to the United Nations. Faculty with deep expertise in interaction design, media design, architecture, anthropology, social impact design, computer science, graphic design, film, art, critical theory, and more guide students with a precise mix of structure and open-endedness. Each cohort of students is hand-picked from a wide range of backgrounds to encourage peer-to-peer learning and team building. Upon graduation, each student will have brought their own mix of interests together as a cohesive, future-oriented design practice ready to take on a world of perpetual change.

Media Design Practices seeks designers who are up for the challenge of the unknown. Our program’s award-winning curriculum prepares graduates to tackle the urgent issues of our time. Through project-based coursework and external partnerships, students ask and answer: what is the role of design in complex global systems? How can design influence the development of emerging technologies? How might design affect change where it is needed most? How can designers address hard and fast realities by imagining alternative futures?

The curriculum offers two tracks—Lab and Field—each oriented toward careers in different contexts. Lab-track students use design to explore the cultural impact of new ideas from science and technology and go on to work in tech industry R&D, start-ups, or independent practice. Field-track students use design to tackle social issues in a global context and are prepared to bring inventive design and technology approaches to domains such as international development, urban planning, or social activism. The productive friction between the tracks leads to new ideas and approaches, as students take on complex problems from a mix of critical perspectives.

The curriculum provides immersive experiential learning through projects and knowledge partnerships distinct to each track. Coursework is punctuated by formal exchanges timed to maximize cross-pollination between tracks. The shared studio—a voluminous former supersonic jet testing facility at the heart of ArtCenter’s south campus—provides casual, daily interaction amongst students. It is this intertwining that led a Core 77 Design Awards jury to call the program “the future of design education.”

Apply here.

Anne Burdick, designer, editor, critic

Core Faculty
Elizabeth Chin, anthropologist
Sean Donahue, media designer, design researcher
Tim Durfee, architect, editor
Ben Hooker, media designer, media artist
Phil van Allen, interaction designer, technologist

Adjuncts and Guest Critics 2016–17
Mariana Amatullo, Shaowen Bardzell, Benjamin Bratton, Stuart Candy, Scott Cazan, Elise Co, Carl DiSalvo, Anthony Dunne, Keller Easterling, Claire Evans, Christopher Fabian, Laura Forlano, Shannon Herbert, Elizabeth Goodman, Maya Gurantz, Luke Johnson, Geoff Kaplan, Kathi Kitner, Norman M. Klein, Jesse Kriss, Alan Koch, Jeff Maki, Mike Manalo, Jane McFadden, Joanne McNeil, Shannon McMullen, Metahaven (Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk), Mike Milley, Ryan Murray, Chelina Odbert, Glenn Phillips, Cher Potter, Jenny Rodenhouse, Sara Rich, Jennifer Rider, Tim Schwartz, Edward Shanken, Rhazes Spell, Molly Wright Steenson, Arden Stern, John Szot, Janet Vertesi, Richard Wheeler, Fabian Winkler, Rosten Woo, Mimi Zeiger

Degree offered: Master of Fine Arts in Media Design
Students: 42–55
Core Faculty: 5
Adjunct Thesis Advisors: 10
Adjunct Faculty: 18
Guest lecturers per year: 26+
January Average Highs/Lows: 68/48 degrees F

Wind Tunnel Studio: 15,000 square feet
Making Lab: laser and 3D digital fabrication + electronics library
Individual studio spaces with 24/7 access
Graduate Center for Critical Practice Wind Tunnel Gallery: 2,000 square feet

More info
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