Fall

Wintersession

Spring

1st year

2nd year

D+M's core curriculum includes a three semester studio/seminar sequence, two seminars on the theory and history of media art and a thesis project at the end of the second year.

Core Studio + Seminar

Studio Seminar 1, 2, 3

Fall, Spring
  • Shona Kitchen
  • Mariela Yeregui
  • Adela Goldbard
  • Stephen Cooke

This combined studio and seminar forum supports Digital + Media students as they research and develop the theoretical, social, material, technical, and contextual aspects of their emergent arts practices.

Thesis Project

Spring
  • Shona Kitchen
  • Mariela Yeregui
  • Stephen Cooke

This course supports the practical, conceptual, theoretical and historical development of the MFA thesis exhibition.

Media Perspectives

Fall
  • TBA

In this historical survey, we analyze the aesthetic conventions, narratives, and formats of works in new media.

Critical Theory + Artistic Research in Context

Spring
  • Erik DeLuca

This seminar course develops student’s ability to contextualize and interrogate their own work and practice within a larger cultural lineage.

Writing

Fall
  • TBA

This studio course is comprised of intensive writing sessions, group critiques, and one-on-one meetings designed to support each student in assembling a comprehensive written work.

Electives offered within Digital + Media typically take the form of studio courses that support the development of technical skills and conceptual integrity. Electives may be run solely through Digital + Media or may be cross-listed with another collaborating program at RISD.

Electives

Ambient Interfaces: Activated Objects

Fall
  • Fletcher Bach

This course is a practical and conceptual exploration into electronic sensors, processors and actuators in the context of interactive art and design.

Code as Medium

Fall
  • Fletcher Bach

This course will explore the technical and conceptual fundamentals of computer programming in the broader context of a sustained studio practice.

Fembots and Cyborgs: Computational Feminist Creation

Fall
  • Theo Ellin Ballew

This course will explore how technology may liberate or fortify women and gender-nonconforming bodies via art—especially by forging and/or imagining feminist hybrid human forms

Immersive Spaces

Fall
  • Mattia Casalegno

Using technologies ranging from the intimacy of handheld devices to the monumental scale of a building façade, in this class we will learn to activate the space through multimedia content and relational strategies.

Of Sound and Vision

Wintersession
  • Mark Cetilia

This intensive studio course investigates computational approaches to generating sound and image in real time.

Programming Sound: Performance Systems

Spring
  • Shawn Greenlee

This course focuses on programming and designing computer-based systems for sound art and music performance.

Research Studio: Technological Landscapes

Fall, Spring
  • Shona Kitchen

Participants in the Technological Landscapes research group are passionate but critical observers of today's living environment in relation to ubiquitous, integrated, and emerging technologies.

Seeing Machines

Fall
  • Clement Valla

This class will explore how artists intervene and subvert Seeing Machines' tools-scripts, programs, automation and other technologies- to systematize, classify and distribute images.

Sonic Practices

Fall, Spring
  • Shawn Greenlee

Sonic Practices is a graduate-level research group focused on acoustic, electronic, and/or computer-based means of sound production and reception.

Sound Synthesis: Analog/Digital Hybrids

Spring
  • Mark Cetilia

In this intensive studio course, students will focus on the creation of experimental sound works utilizing hybrid analog / digital systems.

Spatial Audio

Fall
  • Shawn Greenlee

In this course, students analyze and explore how the sensation of space is activated in the listener by making works using spatial audio techniques.

Web Art as Site

Spring
  • Theo Ellin Ballew

This course addresses the history and practice of art/literature made for and inseparable from the web, while teaching basic coding (in HTML, CSS, and jQuery), web-VR frameworks, and AI collaboration tools.

During wintersession, D+M graduate students are invited to design studio electives open to the entire student body in which “the digital” is both the means and the ends of inquiry. These are the student taught courses for Wintersession 2021:

Wintersession (student taught)

Digital Ecology

Wintersession
  • Kathrine Jarvinen

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital imaging/video, creative coding, and theory using ecology as a theme.

Literacy_in_3-D.obj

Wintersession
  • Zongxian Huang
  • Nicola DiFusco

This course approaches computer-generated images and three-dimensional models from both a technical and conceptual perspective.

Remix Digital

Wintersession
  • Meghan Surges
  • Ollie Rosario

In this course, we will develop techniques for remixing digital materials within the public domain.

Speculating Systems

Wintersession
  • Mariana Ramos Ortiz
  • Emily Bright

In your pocket lies money. Printed money. A system of control. Above the drinking fountain is a flyer. Event tonight. A system of control...