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Trimester 1


Trimester 2:

# Trimester 1:


For this year's prototyping, see Prototyping 2015/2016.

Prototyping is about conducting research through an iterative process of making, communicating & testing, and reflection. Prototyping asks you to combine practical technical knowledge with your own research questions linked to the thematic projects, and encourages producing designs that "work" not only in terms of the technology, but on a communicative level to explore particular ideas.

Through prototyping, fundamental concepts of programming will be explored in the context of tools and methods familiar to those with a design background. Graphical interfaces will be contrasted with command-line interfaces as a means of going beyond traditional "iconic" and "user-friendly" ways of working - for example with Graphical User Interfaces and What You See Is What You Get tools - toward the procedural and text-based . Effort will be placed at finding ways to bridge traditional top-down design tools with a code-oriented approach. You do not need to have a particular level of technical experience. What is expected of you is an active engagement with and willingness to explore networked digital media technology. Students of all levels and previous experience will be encouraged to stretch their ways of working and knowledge to hopefully explore previously unknown or uncomfortable territory and broaden their palette of tools.

During the prototyping sessions, you will develop skills in being able to demonstrate and communicate your work to different kinds of audiences and in a variety of situations (online, installation, writing, in-person). To achieve this you will be required to work on different stage of prototyping from proof-of-concepts works to fully functional objects. While the prototyping sessions will allow you to explore the different stage of technical production and communication, you should keep in mind that prototype works are not sufficient to pass a thematic project. See the thematic project section for the requirements.