NYU Abu Dhabi
Communications Lab
IM-UH 1011
Spring 2023
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 4
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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.
Course Learning Outcomes (Linked Program Learning Outcomes)
  • Develop a fundamental skill set for producing media assets and writing across a variety of media forms (PLOs 5,6)
  • Gain experience and confidence working with media production equipment and software (PLOs 5,6)
  • Learn how to leverage production processes to take an idea and make it come to life (PLOs 5,6,7)
  • Learn how to apply storytelling and user­ centered principles towards media production, writing, interaction design, and web design and development (PLOs 2,3,6)
  • Learn the fundamentals of client-side web development, specifically HTML, CSS and Javascript (PLO 5)
  • Gain ability to design and develop web pages that communicate a story by leveraging media and web-based interactions (PLOs 2,3,5,6,7)
  • Gain experience collaborating with others in both creative and technical processes (PLOs 7,8)
The Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are described below.
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.
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.
Interactive Media Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the major in Interactive Media at NYU Abu Dhabi, all students are expected to have fulfilled the following:
  1. Research and Understanding: IM students will cultivate a substantive understanding of the past, present, and future landscape of Interactive Media.
  2. Analytical Thinking: IM students will be challenged to answer fundamental questions relating to the field of Interactive Media.
  3. Conceptual Thinking: IM students will develop conceptual skills through the use of computational and interactive media tools to create project-based work and project oriented research.
  4. Critical Thinking: IM students will refine their critical thinking skills by analyzing and critiquing work in cultural, social, historical, ethical, and aesthetic contexts.
  5. Technical Implementation: IM students will cultivate technical skills with contemporary media technologies to execute their coursework.
  6. Creative Processes: IM students will gain the ability to explore, innovate, and realize creative ideas in multiple fields of inquiry and interest.
  7. Organization and Communication: IM students will develop professional practices of delivering and sharing their work.
  8. Collaboration: IM Students will gain experience in collaboration through active participation in group and team-based work.