NYU Abu Dhabi
Communications Lab
IM-UH 1011
Spring 2019
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Sarah Fay Krom
Email: sfk3@nyu.edu
Office Hours: Open Door or By Appointment
Class Time: Mon 9:00AM - 10:15AM & Wed 9:00AM - 11:40AM
Classroom: Art Center Rm 153
Instructor: Craig Protzel
Email: craig.protzel@nyu.edu
Office Hours: Tues 4-5pm, Wed 4-5pm, or By Appointment
Class Time: Tues 2:40PM - 3:55PM & Thur 2:40PM - 5:20PM
Classroom: Art Center Rm 153
NYUAD IM Comm Lab Code - Google Drive Code Repository
NYUAD Arts Booking - Equipment Center Checkout
Course Description
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. Students will gain fundamental experience thinking, writing, and producing across a variety of media. 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 major assignment will have a written and practical component. In sum, students will be expected to complete weekly readings, homework exercises, four major group assignments, and one final web portfolio project.
Learning Outcomes
Teaching Methodology
This course takes a project-based active learning approach with the intention of providing students with as much hands ­on experience as possible. Classes 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. The overall intention is not mastery in any one domain, but meaningful and tangible exposure to a range of processes, technologies, and media.
Course Mission - L.E.G.S.
Wednesday Screenings @7:30pm
(In the Arts Center B101 Film Screening Room)
Academic Integrity
NYU Abu Dhabi expects its students to adhere to the highest possible standards of scholarship and academic conduct. Students should be aware that engaging in behaviors that violate the standards of academic integrity will be subject to review and may face the imposition of penalties in accordance with the procedures set out in the NYUAD policy