Spring 2023 - IAT 499 D100
Graduation Project (6)
Class Number: 4102
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Fri, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
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Prerequisites:Completion of 90 units (ensuring a 4th year equivalent student), including 18 upper division IAT units plus IAT 309W with a minimum grade of C-. Enrollment is competitive - each term we will enroll a maximum of 20 students or team based on the strongest student project ideas and CGPA.
Students will complete a project of significant size and scope that allows them to bring together skills and knowledge learned across a variety of courses in SIAT. They will produce a design, media, or interactive system artifact that is of a high caliber ("portfolio' quality) along with a detailed report of the project activities completed throughout the term, the methods or processes used, the knowledge learned, and a description of the final outcomes. Projects will be presented publicly at an end-of-the-term graduation showcase.
The course is aimed at students interested in completing a ‘capstone’ project’ of significant size and scope that brings together methods and strategies drawn from alternative design practices (critical design, speculative design, narrative environments, discursive design, design futures, etc.) with the skills and knowledge learned across a variety of courses at SIAT. Individually or as a small team, students will produce a project that is of a high caliber (‘portfolio’ quality) along with a detailed portfolio of the project activities completed throughout the term, the methods or processes used, the knowledge learned, and a description of the final outcomes. Projects will be presented publicly at an end-of-term graduation showcase. The course will be organized and overseen by Dr. Gillian Russell (Imaginative Methods Lab) who will provide breadth knowledge to the students on large-scale graduation projects (e.g. project planning, portfolio building, ethics, and effective communication to various audiences). Students will attend a weekly seminar which will range in activities from: Studio-based lectures and creative exercises; supervised student-led studios; weekly crits; and guest crits where students will get the chance to have their work critiqued by internationally recognized designers and researchers. The weekly seminar will be facilitated by the faculty lead. Students are invited to find a faculty mentor or industry partner who will provide depth knowledge on their particular topic focus. This is encouraged, but not required.
Students who choose to work with a faculty mentor are required to plan their participation in the course at the beginning of the term prior to having their draft project proposal approved by the faculty mentor. Students will then work on their project independently throughout the term with weekly consultations with the faculty mentor and weekly seminars with the faculty lead. Grading will be performed on an individual basis by faculty mentors and overseen by the faculty lead.
The IAT499 project proposal application form can be found here:
For IAT 499 team projects, grading will be on the basis of the team's achievements, tempered by an evaluation of each team member's contributions from all members of the team.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will be able to:
- plan and manage a large scale project that moves from an idea’s conception to completed artifact, insallation or research outcome
- apply and follow a detailed project plan iteratively to complete a large scale project
- create, analyze, and evaluate a large project iteratively throughout its undertaking
- apply a range of alternative design processes or methodologies (coming from critical design, speculative design, narrative environmnts, discursive design, design futures etc.)
- document a large-scale project at all stages so it can be understood by collaborators, industry contacts, and the general public
- Project Proposal 10%
- Midterm Portfolio 40%
- Final Project 50%
Only one of IAT 490, 491, or 499 can be included to meet the 30 credit upper division requirement needed to be a SIAT major or minor. IAT 499 can be included to meet the 24 credit upper division requirement for BA or BSc with the approval of the faculty lead. IAT 499 can be included for the required SIAT upper division credits for a SIAT minor. IAT 499 can be included within the 21 SIAT upper division credits for joint majors with Communication and Business.
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