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dynamic media institute

The Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a 60-credit MFA graduate program in communication design. To accommodate various individual schedules and allow working professionals to participate in the program, DMI offers students three tracks: full-time in four semesters and part-time in five or six semesters. The only difference between tracks is the distribution of elective credits. DMI also offers a one-year fellowship — non-matriculating track — to which candidates are accepted based on specific project proposals.

First Year (or completion of 30 credits)

The first year of study is devoted to developing the intellectual foundation and creative processes for dynamic media design. Students gain expertise in interface and experience design through individual or team projects, and through research in design history and theory, structured within required design studio and seminar courses. It may take a student a minimum 2 (full-time) or maximum 4 semesters (part-time) to reach 30 credit benchmark which is, together with the approved preliminary thesis proposal, a prerequisite to proceed with MFA thesis development.

Second (or third year) / MFA thesis

All students in their second (or third year) of study in the Dynamic Media Institute MFA program are required to develop a substantive thesis that identifies, researches, and solves a communication problem using dynamic media. The majority of work toward the MFA thesis is structured within thesis project courses by individual agreement between the student and faculty advisor, who guides the program of study, and provides ongoing feedback and evaluation. A comprehensive written thesis document is developed within thesis seminar courses. The final thesis document becomes a part of the graduate design archives.


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mit media lab

“The Media Lab is a community of inventors—a community where faculty members and students from numerous, seemingly unrelated disciplines work together, “atelier style,” as members of research teams, doing the things that conventional wisdom says can’t or shouldn’t be done.
Students come to the Media Lab through the Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS), based within MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning. Each year, the program accepts approximately 30-40 master’s and PhD candidates. Their backgrounds range from computer science to psychology, music to graphic design, architecture to mechanical engineering.
Once here, they work on:

  • tools for learning and expression
  • human adaptation and augmentation
  • ways to interface with information and each other
  • community and communication in both the virtual and physical worlds”


MAS 551 (G)
Design Without Boundaries (Arranged) R 10-1pm in NE18-4th floor
MAS 672 (H) Maes/Ishii New Paradigms for Human-Computer Interaction (2-8-2) R 3-5pm in E15-209
MAS 690 (H) Davenport Special Topics: The Guest Book Project (0-9-0) M 6-8pm in E15-443
MAS 731J (H) Minsky The Society of Mind (2-0-10) W 7-9pm in 32-155
MAS 771 (H) Picard/Breazeal Autism Theory and Technology (2-0-10) M 10-12pm in E15-443
MAS 790 (H) Resnick/Brennan Special Topics: Qualitative Approaches to Research (0-6-0) MR 5:30-7pm in E15-020
MAS 826 (H) Machover Projects in Media and Music (3-3-6) W 2-4:30pm in E15-443
MAS 882 (H) Boyden Applications for Neuroengineering (1-8-3), T 3:30-4:30pm in E15-443
MAS 960 (H) Small Special Topics: Spatial Information Design (0-12-0) TR 10:30-12pm in E15-135
MAS 961 (H)
Special Topics: How to Make Something That Makes (almost) Anything (3-9-0) M 1-4pm in E15-135
MAS 962 (H) Holtzman Special Topics: Social TV: Creating New Connected Media Experiences (0-12-0), Lecture T 10:30am-12:30pm in E15-443, Recitation R 10:30am-11:30am in E15-443
MAS 963 (H)
Special Topics: New Media Storytelling (0-12-0) R 1-3pm in E15-443
MAS 964 (H) Raskar/Bonsen Special Topics: Imaging Ventures: Cameras, Display and Visual Computing (0-9-0) W 7-8:30pm in in E15-209
MAS 965 (H) Herr Special Topics: Human 2.0 (0-9-0) T 2-4:30pm in E15-135
MAS 966 (H) Raskar Special Topics: Camera Culture (0-9-0) W 3-5pm in E15-135
MAS 967 (H) Rotberg Special Topics: NextLab II: Launching Mobile Ventures for the Next Billion Consumers (3-1-8) TR 2:30-4pm in 56-154
MAS 967 (H) Mitchell Special Topics: Design Workshop: Smart Bicycles and Mobility on Demand Systems (12-21 units to be arranged) W 2-5pm in E15-001
MAS 968 (H) Csikszenthmihalyi Special Topics: Call For Action (0-12-0) T 3:30-6pm in E15-209
MAS 968 (H) Greenslit Special Topics: Finance: Culture, Technologies and Markets (0-12-0) MW 9:30-11am in 4-253
MAS 969 (H) Paradiso Special Topics: Building Cross Reality Environments (0-12-0) T 12:30-3:30pm in E15-235

Each Media Laboratory faculty member and senior research scientist leads a research group that includes a number of graduate student researchers and often involves undergraduate researchers.

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MFA Illustration as Visual Essay

vis essayThe Illustration as Visual Essay program has been created to help students refine and define their personal vision. The program is difficult and demanding. We structure our curriculum to broaden students’ opportunities as figurative artists far beyond the conventional gallery wall to creating within the full range of 21st-century multimedia. We do this by focusing on intense, personalized teaching with two basic goals: 1) to fuse the development of creative thinking, technical and communication skills in order to express a personal vision, 2) to understand how and where to apply the work produced and give students the confidence to choose making art as a way of life and not simply a career option.

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designated blogs

Subject specific reading lists and links could be accessed via a (password enabled?) designated blog. is the one I have been collaborating with Dan on, it is a very general and wide ranging collection of inspiration and advice stemming from studio based projects for the illustration students at nwsad.

more ‘academic’ orientated thematic blogs – with links to articles and open versions of texts etc might be a good idea, as it would allow students (for example who are working on a similar dissertation topic) to share their research and discuss key ideas online.

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using the trial version of ishowu was interesting. It is very easy to use, but less easy to control. I am not sure how editable the movies are.

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diy lecture

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ppt movie option

character design fda.ppt-posterthis is a tryout using quicktime pro to save an existing ppt to a web compatible slideshow.

found out that you need the wordpress blog to be upgraded to import directly.

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Educating Designers in a connected world

AIGA conference 2008

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picturing texts

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Writing in a Visual Age

seeing and writing

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