Programs in Integrated Design & Media | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Programs in Integrated Design & Media

Explore the world of augmented reality and create immersive experiences through these exciting digital media courses.


Student using VR headset

Update:

XR Through Virtual Worlds and User Experience Design will be offered in-person for Summer 2022. We will remain flexible in our response to developments related to COVID-19 and plans can of course change. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our visitors is NYU's first priority, and you can read about the University's responses and reopening. If we are unable to conduct these programs on campus as planned, changes to program format will be communicated promptly.

The total cost for tuition is $2,100 for approximately 50 instructional hours (scholarships and financial aid are not available.)

Summer 2022 Applications Coming Soon!


XR for Virtual Worlds

person testing AR techNYU Tandon's Summer Program for Extending Reality Through Virtual Worlds is a two-week summer program that introduces high-school students to the fundamentals of designing and developing augmented reality (AR) based video games that focus on telling choice-driven stories. Over the course, students will learn to create narrative-based games with engaging and interactive stories driven by rich stories that unfold in the real world via AR, and that emphasize players making choices and driving the narrative through blurring the boundaries between the virtual and real.

Students will learn essential skills for becoming a great storyteller through interactive technologies through a series of individual and collaborative projects. This course builds up the skills necessary for world-building and scripting necessary to create visual interactive narratives and AR-based virtual worlds through a variety of software tools and platforms.


Students will begin with designing simple non-linear narratives for the web using open-source tools like Twine, where they will develop skills in developing characters and worlds, and scripting plots and stories where players will have choices that open up new avenues of gameplay. They will also be exposed to practices and skills in creating visual storyboards and moodboards, and developing 2D and 3D art and sound assets for their games in Adobe Creative Suite and Blender.

computer showing vr tech

Later, students will progress to developing more complex game worlds and narratives with dynamic variables and conditions and learning how to code for platform-specific (iOS and Android) tools like ARKit, ARCore and Blippar. They will learn how to create games as an AR experience, allowing for greater flexibility and player choice in gameplay, by turning real objects into virtual, in-game objects, allowing users to tie the game experience to real world locations, giving them multiple options that unlock different parts of the story, interact with AR characters, and embed media and online content. An understanding of programming or 2D art asset creation is not necessary for this course.


Choose one of the following sessions when you apply *

  • Session 1: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022 (exclusively online)
  • Session 2: August 1, 2022 - August 12, 2022 (on campus)

*Orientation for all sessions will be the Thursday before at 3pm.

Applications accepted on rolling basis, preferred May 16th deadline. 

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $2,000 + $100 Program Fee (special events and activities) per two-week session.
  • Housing is available at an additional cost of $506 for 2 weeks (You will need to complete a separate application for housing after you apply to the program. This will be sent to you in an email.)
    • Note: A $500 deposit is required to hold your placement in housing.
  • Meal plan is available at additional cost of $360 (10 meals/week for two weeks) and is required with housing.

Materials

Augmented reality is a relatively cheap and easy way to make tangible games: we recommend that students have on hand scissors, glue, and access to a printer and paper. All software tools are free and downloadable online.

Refund Policy

Tuition deposit is non-refundable. 

Questions? Check out our Tandon Summer Program Informational Page, our FAQs, or contact us at k12.stem@nyu.edu or 646.997.3524 


User Experience Design

NYU Tandon's Summer Program for User Experience Design is a two-week online summer program that introduces high-school students to the fundamentals of using design research to develop innovative and creative design interventions in the form of digital products and services. Designers employ a large variety of creative frameworks, tools, and methods in order to understand the world we live in. 

 


In this course, students will learn how to develop and execute a variety of creative methods from user experience and service design, including methods where they co-ideate and co-create using different materials with stakeholders, better frame and understand the problem they’re working with, and develop a product, service, or experience that addresses the needs of their stakeholders. They will also learn technical skills using UX design software like Adobe CC and Figma, and learn to design and develop prototypes and interfaces that show how their solutions will work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this semester, students should:

1. Have a handy grasp of a large variety of methods geared at understanding different types of people, situations and practices;

2. Do research with potential users, collect information, and be able to analyze that information for findings and insights;

3. Have developed technical skills in basic low-fidelity prototyping using both physical and digital materials and tools (paper and foam-core prototyping, wireframing tools, UI tools etc.);

4. Develop high fidelity prototypes that provide a proof-of-concept for a product, service, or experience that addresses some of the research findings, as well as video sketches that communicate how their solution will be used.


Choose one of the following sessions when you apply *

  • Session 1: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022 (exclusively online)
  • Session 2: August 1, 2022 - August 12, 2022 (on campus)

*Orientation for all sessions will be the Thursday before at 3pm.

Applications accepted on rolling basis, preferred May 16th deadline. 

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $2,000 + $100 Program Fee (special events and activities) per two-week session.
  • Housing is available at an additional cost of $506 for 2 weeks (You will need to complete a separate application for housing after you apply to the program. This will be sent to you in an email.)
    • Note: A $500 deposit is required to hold your placement in housing.
  • Meal plan is available at additional cost of $360 (10 meals/week for two weeks) and is required with housing.

Materials

Information coming soon!

Refund Policy

Tuition deposit is non-refundable. 

Questions? Check out our Tandon Summer Program Informational Page, our FAQs, or contact us at k12.stem@nyu.edu or 646.997.3524 



Who Can Apply?

  • Rising 9th through 12th grade students interested in learning at the intersection of art, design, and technology
  • Highly motivated, curious, and passionate students who are willing to work on collaborative projects
  • Students with a passion for learning software and hardware skills and tools and applying them to developing creative expression

*International students are welcome to apply but should be aware they are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. For more information, check our Informational Page.  


FAQs

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; preferred May 31st deadline.


Our programs are overseen by Tandon faculty, and we recruit current engineering and computer science students to serve alongside these experts as teachers and mentors.  Every classroom will have a minimum of one graduate student instructor, and at least one additional instructor will be assigned to each class of (maximum) 24 students.   


For additional information, check out our helpful Tandon Summer Programs Informational Page, contact us at k12.stem@nyu.edu or call us at (646) 997-3524.


Summer 2022 Application Coming Soon!

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