Curriculum Development

Integrative Design, Arts and Technology undergraduate concentrations (2014)

Eight cross-CMU interdisciplinary concentrations and minors in Animation and Special Effects, Entrepreneurship for Creative IndustriesGame DesignIntelligent EnvironmentsLearning MediaMedia DesignPhysical Computing, and Sound Design. The concentrations are available to students in any major and are embedded in relevant degrees across the participating colleges. The minors are completed alongside a primary major

Emerging Media Master’s degree (2014)

A collaborative degree offered out of the College of Fine Arts (CFA), School of Computer Science (SCS), and the College of Engineering (CIT). EM2 is based in Pittsburgh with semester/year residency opportunities in New York City and Silicon Valley. The Emerging Media Master’s (EM2) degree prepares graduates for careers in the development of new digital media systems. The degree combines:

  • a first year where the students increase their specialized knowledge in a core component area of emerging media: Visual Computing, Robotics and Intelligent Agents, Multimedia Data Science, Interactions in Media, Sound and Music Computing, Mobility, Sensor Networks and Multimodal Signals, Mechatronics and Controls, Narrative, Composition and Experience, Participatory Culture and Digital Humanities, Enactive Technologies and Interfaces
  • with a second year focused on knowledge fusion studios in four core areas of strength of CMU: Responsive Environments and Human Centered Adaptation, Media for Daily Living, Mediated Performance and New Content Systems, Game Design

Digital Culture Undergraduate Curriculum (BA in Digital Culture) (2008)

Curriculum combines 40 courses taught by faculty from 12 different disciplines. Courses are connected through a common list of proficiencies (outcomes). Proficiencies are diverse - they range from "modeling and inference" to "visualization and sonification", and from "form and composition" to "social mechanisms and understanding".  Students plan their own education paths using the Course Map: an online tool for exploring different routes to gaining specific proficiencies and consequent access to related courses and capstones.  I developed the concept, created the partnerships with the participating units and led the interdisciplinary team that created and implemented the degree.  The degree had enrolled 250 majors and 50 minors by August 2013.

PhD in Media Arts and Sciences (2005)

The PhD in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS), is jointly conferred by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  MAS PhD students learn to translate, transport and combine knowledge across disciplines as they develop innovative experiential media systems and accompanying theoretical models. The degree structure includes transdisciplinary media courses (through the School of Arts, Media and Engineering) in sensing, modeling, perception and cognition, feedback and interaction, and experiential construction. It also includes elective course credits that complement the student's research interests and substantial research and dissertation hours devoted to collaborative research.  I wrote the degree proposal and led the team that implemented the degree.

Digital Media Concentrations in arts, design, engineering and science Masters and PhD Degrees (2003)

The Arts, Media and Engineering concentrations provide an experience that combines solid discipline-specific knowledge with interdisciplinary education and research in experiential media. Concentrations are available in the following degree paths: Design, Environment, and the Arts (PhD), Design (MSD), Dance (MFA), Music (MM, DMA), Theatre and Film (MFA), Art (MFA), Computer Science and Engineering (MS, PhD), Electrical Engineering (MS, PhD), Bioengineering (PhD specialization), Psychology (PhD), Educational Technology (PhD).  I worked with faculty members and administrators of each of the collaborating units to develop and implement the proposals.