Experience Design Lab and Humanitarian, Persuasive and Environmental Experience, required MA/MFA colloquium in Experience Design, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, ISMA 2008-2009 and 2007-2008, 24 credits

The 1st year colloquium provides a foundation of concepts and skills for students in the MA/MFA Experience Design program. It is compulsory for first-years (9-12 students) and co-taught by faculty members of the Experience Design program. It is divided into divided into 5 modules: individual thesis work; a qualifying examination; the Experience Design Lab (7.5 credits); and Humanitarian, Persuasive and Environmental Experience (4.5 credits each).

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Visit to the Woodland Cemetery for 2008-2009 Environmental Experience

My role
– In 2009-2010, I was responsible for the Humanitarian and Environmental Experience modules with Martin Avila, 11 students
– In 2008-2009, I was responsible for the Environmental Experience module, 7 students
– In 2007-2008, I taught in the Experience Design Lab and was responsible for the Persuasive Experience modules, 8 students

2009-2010 Humanitarian and Environmental Experience
This module in the colloquium was themed '[Un]Real Estate', link to a description below.

2008-2009 Environmental Experience
This module in the colloquium introduced students to foundations in Environmental Experience design and also has a project-based component. Students were expected to apply concepts, methods, and techniques introduced in class sessions to the development and communication of their own design project. The project theme this year was ‘Land Marking’. While, typically, a landmark is a static and official symbol, a mark of history and power, this theme considers the design of time-based practices of landmarking. The design brief was to either: locate an existing landmark and recreate it as an (environmental) experience design, or propose a new landmark to memories or narratives of (environmental) experience. Students should decide the purpose of their landmark experience, whether historical, educational, entertaining, or activist. The basic unit of research and design is the composition of time-space encounter between the human body and its surrounding environment. The course consisted of a series of lectures, guided visits to the Woodland Cemetery and the Materials Library in Stockholm, individual and group tutorials, a final critique, portfolio presentation and written reflection. Upon successful completion, students are expected must be able to independently and critically give an account of their design proposal and its significance to Environmental Experience design.

2007-2008 Experience Design Lab and Persuasive Experience
The introductory week established a foundational set of concepts, techniques, and examples for Persuasive Experience design. My premise in teaching the course is that art, design, and craft produce things have a powerful role in human activities and relations, shaping everyday lives and lifestyles in quite fundamental ways. This power is at least in part by intent, as objects embody ideas and (more or less effectively) persuade us to think and act in certain ways. To the extent that any artifact is created in order to shape, reinforce, or change behaviors, feelings, or thoughts, we might consider all designed things to be inherently persuasive. In the course, we explored these concepts through lectures and a required reading. Students collected and analyzed examples in structured workshops. The final assignment was a reflection on one of their own, previous projects, developed as an account of persuasion.

Individual MA Thesis projects
The MA thesis project represents each students’ original contribution to the field. Within the first-year colloquium, faculty members are assigned students to advise, based on their preliminary thesis proposal.

Qualifying Examination
The exam evaluates students’ general knowledge of concepts and methodologies relevant to Experience Design, their creative work and thesis progress in the first year. It consists of: a three hour closed-book written examination; a portfolio of creative work from their first year of study; a written response to a given question, proposition or problem given and prepared in advance; a preliminary proposal for their thesis work; an oral defense of these materials to a faculty panel. I was one of the faculty panel responsible for reviewing and examining the students.

More about 2008-2009 Environmental Experience 'Land Marking'

See also

/ Teaching / MFA Experience Design program

/ Teaching / 2009-2010 Humanitarian and Environmental Experience

/ Teaching / Graduate supervision