GRADUATE STUDIES

Contemporary Art, Design & New Media Art Histories
CADN 6B09 MRP/Thesis Proposal
CADN 6D01 Major Research Paper Writing

Criticism & Curatorial Practice
CRCP 6B04 Thesis Proposal
CRCP 6E01 Thesis: Exhibition & Critical Essay

Digital Futures
DIGF 6B10 Mobile And Social Media [updated 2012-05-14]
DIGF 6C01 Intensive: Project & Prototyping Spring Institute with the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab [updated 2012-04-09]

Art, Media & Design
IAMD 6A01 Thesis Proposal [added 2012-05-01]
IAMD 6E01 Thesis: MFA or MDes
IAMD 6E02 Thesis: MA

Inclusive Design
INCD 6B01 Unlearning & Questioning
INCD 6B07 Inclusive Art, Design & Communication

Strategic Foresight and Innovation
SFIN 6B08 Major Project Proposal
SFIN 6D01 Major Project
SFIN 6E01 Major Project [added 2012-05-07]

CADN 6B09
MRP/Thesis Proposal
3.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

Under the guidance of the Principal Advisor, students will work on and complete their proposals for a major research paper or thesis.

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CADN 6D01
Major Research Paper Writing
9.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

Under the guidance of the Principal Advisor, students will work on and complete their major research paper.

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CRCP 6B04
Thesis Proposal
3.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

This course will support the research and formulation of thesis proposals and finalize the direction of students into either the Criticism or the Curatorial stream. Thesis proposals are formulated over the summer term in consultation with the student's Principal Advisor, and are due Sept 1st. Once they have determined their stream, students will clarify their thesis topic, research questions, objectives, theoretical frameworks and methodologies. If students are developing a Thesis Exhibition they will also begin to work on developing the context, budget and location of their Thesis exhibition plans. The evaluation for the course will focus on the final approval of thesis proposal and will be a pass/fail evaluation.

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CRCP 6E01
Thesis: Exhibition & Critical Essay
12.0 Credit-hours | Thesis
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

Students in the curatorial stream will be required to conceptualize and curate a public project and write a curatorial essay, which should be of publishable quality, and complete an internal exhibition report. The curatorial project may be in the form of an exhibition, a public installation, a public event, a performance, a website, etc. In addition, students may wish to produce a catalogue that includes the curatorial essay, list of works, illustrations, etc. to accompany the curatorial project.

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DIGF 6B10
Mobile And Social Media
3.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 2:
May 14 to June 25, Mondays and Wednesdays, 18:30 to 21:30 [updated 2012-04-09]
Instructor: Green, David [updated 2012-05-14]

This course explores the rise of mobile, locative and social media and communication, for a variety of mobile platforms and diverse audiences, through a series of contemporary case studies and analysis of media, platform, location, message, audience reception, the interrelationships between interface, device, networks and applications, and emerging technical and social issues that will influence the future of mobile design. Students will engage in research, conceptualization, user interaction studies, prototype development and testing to prepare for commercialization. Design for ubiquitous, networked, mobile/social applications, devices, and experiences are explored through collaborative culminating mobile projects.

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DIGF 6C01
Intensive: Project & Prototyping Spring Institute with the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab
6.0 Credit-hours | Studio
Duration 2:
May 14 to June 25, Tuesdays, 10:00 to 15:00 [updated 2012-04-09]
Instructor: Nuwame, Jacqueline

Working in small teams, students will develop a collaborative capstone digital project, or prototype in their chosen specialty area of digital media focus, with analytical and practical feedback from faculty and industry mentors at OCAD U and the CFC Media Lab. The outcome of this intensive residential course will be the development of a digital media concept throughout an entire production cycle from ideation, concept, research, project planning, design, iterative prototyping and final working prototype through to audience identification, competitive landscape that culminates with a public presentation.

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IAMD 6A01 [added 2012-05-01]
Thesis Proposal
1.5 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Rauch, Barbara

This course will support the research process and the formulation of the thesis proposal. Thesis proposals are formulated over the summer term in consultation with the student's Principal Advisor, and are due September 1. The workshops over the summer will focus on the coming together of practice and theory. Particular emphasis will be given to the interdisciplinary nature of the work in progress.

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IAMD 6E01
Thesis: MFA or MDes
12.0 Credit-hours | Thesis
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

This is the culminating work of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Art, Media and Design. The Master’s thesis for the MFA or MDes is comprised of two important components. The central component is a body of visual work that clearly demonstrates the student’s advanced ability to integrate elements of two disciplines toward the achievement of a stated goal or solution. The supporting paper or written thesis: a) elaborates in some depth the theoretical underpinnings of the project; b) articulates clearly and lucidly the objectives (problem to be solved) and the process undertaken (including false starts, unproductive tangents, and lessons learned); and c) explains in detail the end result or creative solution.

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IAMD 6E02
Thesis: MA
12.0 Credit-hours | Thesis
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

This is the culminating work of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Art, Media and Design. The Master’s thesis for the MA degree comprises the same two important elements as for the MFA or MDes degrees, but in reverse order of importance. The central element of the MA thesis is the written thesis that demonstrates substantial research and explication of an original creative idea or solution. The thesis is based on a strong, well-articulated theoretical perspective or methodology that highlights the interdisciplinary of the project (this should also include some discussion of the process involved in developing the critical framework or methodology, challenges and benefits). An original creative work accompanies and supports or illustrates the written thesis.

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INCD 6B01
Unlearning & Questioning
3.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 3:
July 9 to July 20
Instructor: Treviranus, Jutta

This resident intensive will orient incoming students to the intellectual framing and approach to be employed in the Inclusive Design program. Students will: engage in critical analysis of prior learning and established assumptions regarding foundational knowledge and skills in design, development, policy, education, assessment, research and evaluation; critically examine explicit and implicit values and assumptions; practice educational engagement that encourages divergent thinking, constructive critique and attention to the full range of human diversity through a variety of learning experiences; engage in collaborative projects that develop inclusive practices and provide opportunities to reflect on common conventions that support or undermine inclusion and inclusive design; and meet mentors within a number of stakeholder groups.

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INCD 6B07
Inclusive Art, Design & Communication
3.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 4:
July 16 to July 27
Instructor: TBA

This resident seminar and studio will serve to synthesize and explore the interrelationships of inclusive design theory and methods with art, design and communication; how the fields of art, design and communications inform and contribute to inclusive design especially as it relates to the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology. Students will also examine how traditional art, design and communication notions and theoretical framings either support or undermine inclusion, and will be engaged in proposing inclusive art, design and communication methods by addressing specific ‘real world’ design challenges. The synthesized findings will be presented in a critical analysis of the intersecting fields, illustrated through a designed ‘real world’ example of inclusive practice.

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SFIN 6B08
Major Project Proposal
3.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

Students will work with their Principal Advisor to develop their major project proposals. Their proposals will include a project/topic overview, research questions, objectives, project plan, methodology, outcomes, annotated bibliography and required resources. The outcome will be the development of a concise and articulate proposal outlining a convincing project rationale based on a thorough literature review.

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SFIN 6D01
Major Project
9.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

This is the culminating work of the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. It synthesizes the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program and applies them in the development of a major project. Students will develop innovative and anticipatory strategies, solutions and/or implementation plans for defined challenges in the private, public or voluntary sectors. Solutions may take the form of strategic roadmaps, communications programs, products and services, or policy frameworks. The final deliverable will include a concise written document. Students will be mentored by a Principal Advisor and critiqued and evaluated by the Principal Advisor plus one additional committee member.  

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SFIN 6E01 [added 2012-05-07]
Major Project
12.0 Credit-hours | Seminar
Duration 1:
May 14 to August 10
Instructor: Principal Advisor

This is the culminating work of the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. It synthesizes the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program and applies them in the development of a major project. Students will develop innovative and anticipatory strategies, solutions and/or implementation plans for defined challenges in the private, public or voluntary sectors. Solutions may take the form of strategic roadmaps, communications programs, products and services, or policy frameworks. The final deliverable will include a concise written document. Students will be mentored by a Principal Advisor and critiqued and evaluated by the Principal Advisor plus one additional committee member.

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