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Discursive Design Seminar: 21st Century Critical Practice

ARTDES 393.001


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: $0
Instructor(s): Tharp, Bruce
Schedule: Thu 8:30a-11:30am
Location: 2430


Winter 2023

Prerequisites: No Prerequisites.

Description: This is a Stamps academic course and will not fulfill studio requirements. This *seminar* is directed at students pursuing an emphasis in product‑, graphic‑, and interaction-design; others pursuing critical and engaged art practices (“cousins” of discursive design) will also benefit as the end goals are often quite similar. Broadly, this course covers the history, theory, and criticism of 21st Century discursive design, which is an umbrella category that includes critical design, speculative design, and design fiction, among others. After exposure to new frameworks and language, students will examine contemporary designers and systematically analyze and criticize a variety of existing works — their creation, dissemination, and reception. In addition to in-class exercises and a final project, students will also re-formulate existing projects, altering and improving upon various dimensions of their production and dissemination. While Stamps also offers a discursive design *studio* that emphasizes making, this seminar allows for a broader understanding of strategies and approaches intended to be subsequently applied to students’ critical art and design practices. The two courses complement one another, but neither is a prerequisite of the other.

Frequency: This course is typically offered in the winter term of every academic year, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.