NYU Abu Dhabi
MDMED-AD 102 Communications Lab
Instructor: Pierre Depaz
Office Hours: Open Door Policy
Class Time: Tuesday 11:50AM - 2:30AM + Thursday 11:50AM - 1:05PM
Classroom: Art Center Rm 153
Instructor: Craig Protzel
Office Hours: Open Door Policy
Class Time: Monday 2:40PM - 5:20PM + Wednesday 4:05PM - 5:20PM
Classroom: Art Center Rm 029
Communications Lab is a production based course that surveys various technologies including web development, sound, 2D design, digital imaging, video, effects and animation. The forms and uses of these communications technologies are explored in a laboratory context of experimentation, collaboration, and discussion. Much of class time will be spent introducing and playing with equipment and software essential to media production and contemporary storytelling. Each technology is examined as a tool that can be employed and utilized in a variety of situations and experiences. The world wide web will serve as the primary environment for content delivery and user-interaction. Principles of interpersonal communications and media theory are also introduced with an emphasis on storytelling fundamentals, user-centered design, and interactivity. Outside of the classroom, students will work both individually and in assigned groups on a variety of assignments. Each student will be expected to complete weekly homework exercises, 5 major assignments, and one final web portfolio project.
This course takes an active learning project-oriented with the intention of providing students with as much hands on experience as possible. Classes will move quickly through each technology first providing a theoretical foundation along with technical instruction, and then encouraging students to learn through play, experimentation, collaboration, and exploration. Individual classes will include lectures, discussions, examples, workshops, group work, and presentations. Outside of the class, students will engage in both individual and group work. Group collaboration is a fundamental component of this course.
Course Mission - L.E.G.S.
- Learn - skills, tools, processes, techniques, resources
- Explore - challenges, risks, failures, adventures, dreams
- Grow - advance, empower, progress, reflect, repeat
- Share - describe, document, communicate, contribute, participate
Attendance & Participation
- Attendance is mandatory. Every class builds off the previous one so it is vital to be present for every lesson. Unexcused absences or habitual lateness will negatively impact your final grade for the class. If you are going to be late or absent, please email me in advance. If you have an emergency, please let me know as soon as you can.
- After 1 unexcused event (attendance or excessive tardiness), your attendance grade will go down a percentage point for each infraction. After 4, you fail the class.
- Tech Workshop attendance is absolutely mandatory. If you miss a tech workshop, you will not be allowed to use the equipment. There are no exceptions to this.
- Showing up on time, engaging in class discussions, and offering advice and input during class is a major part of your grade. Participating in class is helpful for me to get to know you as an individual and keep track of your progress, but most importantly, it provides you and your classmates the opportunity to share failures, successes, and insights on the work you are doing.
- All assignments must be turned in on time.
- Be prepared to work in groups on the assignments
- You are expected to present your work in class. Explaining your work to other people is a great way to better understand the material and answer questions for yourself.
- Ask questions. If you do not ask questions, I can only assume you understand the material completely.
Saturday Screenings @7pm
(In the Arts Center B101 Film Screening Room)
- 02/17: Chungking Express - Wong Kar-Wai ***REQUIRED***
- 04/21: Pixar Short Movies ***REQUIRED***
- 04/28: Princess Mononoke - Hayao Miyazaki