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New Media & New Technologies

Course
2019-2020

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree (completed)

Description

In media technology one trend, technology or fad quickly follows the next. For anyone with an interest in media technology and creative science it is important to be up to date with the latest and greatest, from augmented reality to creative use of AI, and from fabrication to responsive environments. However it is equally important to be able to critically reflect on these trends, to connect these to classical discussions, and to identify what is really novel and what is merely a hype. Only then we will truly be able to research and imagineer for the future in non incremental ways.
This course explores the latest media, creative research and creative coding technologies and concepts, organized by more timeless themes such as new media history, social relationships, space and intelligent perception and action, so that these technologies can be placed into perspective and context. The course follows a tinkering approach and is a mix of lectures and practical assignments, and students are asked to create works that incorporate a new technology or concept and motivate why it is not just a gimmick or hype. Prototypes and end results will be presented at an exposition open to the general public.

Course Objectives

To understand and get practical experience with media technology concepts and technologies, and to critically reflect on them.

Time Table

The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, practical projects, self study and exhibition

Assessment Method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages, weighted average):

  • Two smaller practical assignments/projects (25% of grade each)

  • One exhibition project (50%).

Retaking projects or submitting projects later only possible with approval from and at discretion of the lecturer.

Blackboard

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Reading List

Study materials will be provided by the lecturer during the course on the course website. Project results (portfolio) will be published on the course web site by the students.

Registration

  • You have to sign up for courses and exams (including retakes) in uSis.

  • Please also register for the course in [Blackboard].

  • Due to limited capacity, non-Media Technology students (external and exchange) can only register after consultation with and approval of the programme coordinator/study advisor (mailto:mediatechnology@leiden.edu). Non-Media Technology students need to have some limited programming experience (Processing or other platforms).

Contact

Barbara Visscher-van Grinsven, programme coordinator/study advisor for the Media Technology MSc programme (mailto:mediatechnology@leiden.edu).

Remarks

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