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      Interaction Design Summer Intensive in New York

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      July 9, 2012 - August 2, 2012

      Monday   6:00 PM - Thursday 9:00 PM

      209 E 23
      New York, New York 10010-3901

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      Interaction Design Summer Intensive

      Spend your evenings in a deep exploration of interaction design at the School of Visual Arts.

      This July, spend your evenings in a deep exploration of interaction design at the School of Visual Arts. In addition to evening courses, the Summer Intensive includes tours of the most energized New York studios. Bringing together designers and doers through hands-on work and theory-based lectures, the intensive allows flexibility for students to focus on one track or all three by unifying the program with a single theme.

      Not everyone can afford the time and the cost of a full graduate program. In fact, it’s not for everyone. Some of us seek collaboration with those we wouldn’t meet otherwise. You'll find yourself in a surprising collaboration with those you wouldn’t normally work with, design with, brainstorm with, or learn from otherwise. You find yourself, side by side with doers and makers, deep in subjects you’d only been deep under or poring over.



      Courses take place July 9 - August 2 in the evenings, 6-9PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays over the course of one month. In addition to evening classes, the summer program includes access to the studio and optional once-per-week tours to New York design studios. Note that these courses are not for credit.



      The Summer Intensive exists as a combined series of three courses that can be registered for as a group or individually.  They include:


      Practice of Interaction Design

      Instructor: Carla Diana

      Mondays, July 9-30, 6-9PM

      This course will explore the relationship among people, objects, and information through the field of interaction design. Beginning with an examination of case studies, students will gain a sense of the breadth of interaction design practice. In a series of hands-on, studio-based exercises, students will gain exposure to critical parts of the design process while learning specific methods for human-centered concept exploration and the development of product behaviors. The course will culminate in a final project that incorporates major principles of interaction design and fits within the context of a larger, track-independent theme.


      Leaving the Screen: Introduction to Programming for Interactive/Reactive Systems

      Instructor: TBA

      Wednesdays, July 11- August 1, 6-9PM

      This course will be a gentle but thorough introduction to code, and how students can use computation to build new systems for interaction that move away from the screen and into physical space. It is taught using openFrameworks (, a cross-platform c++ library for creative coding, but also looks at other toolkits and frameworks that helps the creative process and how different systems are connected. We’ll cover the building blocks of code, computational logic, and object-orientated programming, then start putting those pieces to work with systems of computer vision, signal processing, and interfacing with physical devices. In the latter half of the course, participants work to code creative and expressive prototypes based on these approaches.

      In addition to the technical side, students weave through examples of the aesthetic and practical applications of the medium, looking for sources of inspiration and challenging our notion of what is possible. Students are recommended to have some familiarity with code (i.e., know what a variable and a function is), but beginners, who are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, are totally welcome.


      Research Methods

      Instructor: Nate Bolt

      Thursdays, July 12 - August 2, 6-9PM

      A review of critical movements in design from the second half of the 20th century to the present is the focus of this course. We will consider how much of the craft that designers have valued historically is important for what we do today. Using insights grounded in history, students will evaluate what separates good design from “other” design in digital media, and review case studies of why certain products and companies have risen triumphant over others.



      Situated on its own floor of a light-filled building in the Flatiron District, the MFA Interaction Design space has the workflow of interaction designers in mind. Students work individually or collaboratively in a loft-like space where they have access to a personal studio area during the course of the program.



      You can register for one course, a combination, or all three. The cost of each course is $1,200.  Students who register for the full Summer Intensive receive a $600 discount on all three courses ($3,000).


      International Students

      The Interaction Design Summer Intensive seminar is a non-credit program, and does not meet the requirements for the F-1 student visa.  A letter of invitation will be issued in support of entry to the U.S. as a visitor participating in an educational seminar.  For more information about the U.S. entry requirements as a B-1/B-2 visitor or the Visa Waiver Program, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your home country.  For information regarding the F-1 student visa for degree programs, please contact the International Student Office at



      The School of Visual Arts has several affordable and comfortable housing options for visiting students coming to work, live and experience New York City this summer. SVA offers MFA Interaction Design Summer Program students single rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioning in our George Washington Residence Hall.  Housing is available for the duration of the program from July 8th - August 5th at a flat rate of $840. For details and further assistance visit Summer Housing for Special Programs.


      Registration and Payment 

      Registration will remain open until all sessions are full. To be added to a waitlist for any individual course that is sold out, send an email to  

      Payment may be made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. 



      To withdraw from a non-credit Summer Intensive course in interaction design, you may do so by emailing your request to Failure to complete a course does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notification to the instructor, nor does lack of attendance, nor does dissatisfaction with a course. A written notice of withdrawal must be received before the first class session for the student to receive 100% tuition refund. There will be no refunds after the start of the first class session.

      All refunds for payment made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa will be credited to the appropriate credit card account.

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