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:

STOP: Before applying, make sure to fully read through NYU’s policies and COVID 19 safety protocols. The Center for K12 STEM follows the University's safety protocols and vaccination requirements for COVID-19 throughout all programs.

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 $2,100.00 USD for approximately 50 instructional hours (scholarships and financial aid are not available.)

Summer 2022 Applications now open!


XR for Virtual Worlds

person testing AR tech

NYU Tandon's Spring Program, Extending Reality Through Virtual Worlds is a 2-week, 10-class online program that introduces high-school students to the fundamentals of designing and developing augmented reality (AR) based experiences with a focus on developing basic applications and games. 

Over the course, students will learn to create creative, useful, and engaging AR solutions using Aero, Unity as the development platform of choice. Apart from learning how to develop basic AR applications or games, they will also learn core concepts and principles in creating interesting and immersive user experiences (UX), and useful and user-friendly interfaces (UI), as well as be exposed to the different possible applications of AR in our everyday lives, in professional practice and industry, and in research.

By the end of this course, students should be well prepared for a transition into taking undergraduate STEM majors in college – students who are particularly interested in creative, artistic or designerly applications of technology design and development and computer science would really benefit from taking this course. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in UX or UI design, game development, human-computer interaction (HCI), or in digital art practice, will find this course ideal as an introduction to these fields.

 

a 3d rendering of two green aliens on a planet mid squat


Students will start by learning the different ways to do AR, with a focus on marker and markerless (non-location specific) AR, the advantages and disadvantages of different tools and platforms, the applications of AR in software and game development, and work in basic tools for creating some initial AR prototypes like Blippar. They will also learn about where to find, and how to use, free, open-source, pre-designed assets like 3-D models and sound and video content. 

computer showing vr tech

They will then progress to learning how to set up the workspace and developing applications in Unity using ARCore as the SDK, working with pre-designed visual and sound assets, tying their virtual assets to real world objects or locations, giving users options and choices through menus and other forms of interfaces and interactions, embedding online and media content,  and finally, deploying your application or game for mobile devices and the web. 

Students will also be exposed to best practices in user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, exploring how to identify potential gaps or needs in the market and use research to inform their designs, discussing how to make their applications user-friendly, intuitive, and accessible through core design principles, and to how to do user-testing so that they can verify the usability of what they make. An understanding of programming or 2D art asset creation is not necessary for this course.

a 3d rendering of a house superimposed over a park with a gravel path and several trees


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 31st deadline. 

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $2,000 + $100 Program Fee (special events and activities) per two-week session.
  • Additionally, there is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee for each application.
  • Housing is available at an additional cost of $608.00 for 2 weeks ($304.00 per week)
    • 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.
  • A meal plan is available at an 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

 

5 wireframes of an AAPI safety and support mobile application

NYU Tandon's Summer Program for User Experience Design is a 2-week, 10-class 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 users, and then use their insights to develop websites, applications, and platforms to better the way people live. Over this course, students will learn design methods and create detailed and rich prototypes of software applications using Figma and Adobe Creative Suite as the principal design tools. Students will be exposed to principles and practices in UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) design, as well as related fields like visual design and design research.

By the end of this course, students should be well prepared for a transition into taking undergraduate STEM majors in college – students who are particularly interested in creative, artistic, or designerly applications of technology design and development and computer science would really benefit from taking this course. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in UX or UI design and human-computer interaction (HCI) will find this course ideal as an introduction to these fields.


3 wireframes of a drawing mobile application on an orange background

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.


a laptop screen reading "Systems Thinking and Mutual Aid"

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 31st deadline. 

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $2,000 + $100 Program Fee (special events and activities) per two-week session.
  • Additionally, there is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee for each application.
  • Housing is available at an additional cost of $608.00 for 2 weeks ($304.00 per week)
    • 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.
  • A meal plan is available at an 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.


International Student Information

International Students interested in Tandon Summer Programs are required to have...

1. A student visa such as the F-1 of J-1. B-1/B-2 or ESTA visas are not permitted. NYU’s Office of Global Services will be able to assist incoming students with obtaining their visas. (see Visa Information)

2. Proof of English Language Proficiency (see English Testing Requirements)

If English is not your native language, you may be asked to show your proficiency by taking one of the following tests (results must be from the last two years):

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)

  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency)

  • iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency). We will accept results from the in-person or online version. 

  • Duolingo (Duolingo English Test) 

We do not accept results from the IELTS Indicator, the TOEFL ITP Plus for China, TOEFL Essentials, or the PTE Academic Online.

Scores can be self-reported on the application or sent directly from the testing agency. If you are sending scores from the testing agency, follow the below instructions:

For the TOEFL iBT, use NYU's code 2562.

For the IELTS Academic, search for "New York University" and release results to Undergraduate Admissions as opposed to one of our schools or colleges. Similarly, for the PTE Academic, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, select "New York University" as opposed to one of our specific NYU schools or colleges. Searching for "NYU" will not return any results; you must search using our official name.

For the Duolingo English Test, please follow the instructions outlined in Duolingo's "How do I send my Duolingo English Test results to institutions?" documentation to send your score to NYU for free.

 

Who is exempt from English language proficiency testing?

Exemptions will be given in the following circumstances: 

  • English is your first/primary language

  • You already completed (at the time of application submission) three or more consecutive academic years in a curriculum where the only language of instruction was English

If the last option applies to you, you will be able to submit a copy of a transcript that shows at least 3 full years of instruction at a school taught solely in English as part of your application. 

If you are currently residing in the U.S. and attend an English-speaking school, you qualify for the programs, even if you are not a U.S. citizen.

 

Do you have a minimum score requirement? 

We do not have any minimum test score requirements, but competitive applicants will receive:

  • 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT 

  • 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic 

  • 70 and above on the PTE Academic 

  • 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale 

  • 4.5 and above on the iTEP

  • 125 and above on the Duolingo English Test


Please note that NYU advises against a B-1/B-2 visa or Visa Waiver (ESTA) for international students. If you require NYU sponsorship for a visa, only F-1 or J-1 is advised. International students who are admitted will receive further instructions about applying for an I-20 in order to secure their student visa via email after accepting their spot.

Please note that international students currently studying in the US (at NYU or at another academic institution) who currently are in a F-1 or J-1 visa status are not required to submit additional visa documentation in order to participate in an NYU summer program, unless they need to transfer their SEVIS record to NYU.  Please contact OGS at newinternationalstudents@nyu.edu directly if this is the case.


Upon arrival in the United States, all international students must participate in an International Student Check-In with the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS), which may be virtual or in-person, in order to be in compliance. Prior to the start of your program, you will receive information from OGS about the check-in process.  


At NYU, Student Health Insurance is required for F-1 and J-1 students. International students receiving a student visa from NYU are automatically enrolled in and billed for NYU’s health insurance plan. Students participating in a program on the Washington Square campus are enrolled in the comprehensive health insurance plan, but have the option to downgrade to the basic policy if eligible.

To downgrade your Health Insurance plan, students must contact the NYU Student Health Center to see if they are eligible. For more information, they can also visit the Student Health Center website. Please note that the deadline to downgrade coverage for the summer will be June 5, 2022.

Insurance fees are listed below under the additional fees section. 


In addition to tuition and living expenses, international students on an NYU-sponsored visa will also be assessed the following charges.

  • SEVIS Fee: This is a $180-$200 charge assessed by the US government as part of the application process for a I-20 or DS-2019. 

  • International Student Fee: This is a $90 charge assessed per semester or term and is part of the cost of attending NYU. 

  • Health Insurance: All students in F-1 and J-1 status are automatically enrolled in and billed for the NYU-sponsored student health insurance plan. The cost of insurance varies depending on the plan and duration of your program.

Health Insurance Fees for Tandon Programs (Program Duration: Fees)

  • 1 week: $36
  • 2 weeks: $72
  • 3 weeks: $108
  • 4 weeks: $144


Summer 2022 Applications (Now Open!)

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