Time for the second update. This time let’s focus on the “big stars” I’m reaching for -- the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. When I’ve announced the news, I received all kinds of feedback: people being excited for me, people congratulating me and being honest that they feel I’m kind of living their dream, people telling me I’m brave for doing this, and people asking me… what the heck ITP program is.
After giving them the link to the program, most of the times the question stayed the same: what the heck IS it?
So here you go.
Official version. Just as ITP describes on their homepage, it is the center of “the recently possible”. The center where you explore the imaginative use of the newest communication technologies. The class list includes 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication, Interaction Technologies, Cyberscience, DIY Health, Robotics, Hacking, Interspecies, Paper Engineering, Surveillance Documentary among many other.
Since ITP is experimental program, no one knows what new class may be added next semester, but be sure, when something new is introduced to the industry, it will most probably be added to the class list.
Some of the classes I’d be taking the first semester (since all graduates are coming from completely different career paths and professional fields, these classes are introductory to get everyone more or less on the same page for the rest of the studies): Visual Language Class: typography, color, composition, branding, logo and information design Animation Class: the course to explore the fundamentals of storytelling through animation, including video editing & sound design Sound and Video Class: the course to explore the fundamentals of sound and video, including production of both an audio art soundscape and a documentary or narrative video piece Basics of programming, web and physical computing.
My version. Just as I wrote in the “official version”, the accent at ITP studies falls on “explore”: ITP is different from any other master (and not only) program in a way that you don’t sit and listen about the “newest things”, you sit and try them with your own hands. This is what I am passionate about: I’m passionate about diving into “trying the future” and exploring how can it be the best use for everyone around us.
I had no idea that reading Cory Doctorow’s Makers in the metro in Brussels or being part of TEDxKids@Brussels “Maker Kids” back in 2011 will spark such a big passion and interest in me for the use of technologies and how can it affect our daily lives everywhere and every day. I am especially passionate about the future of education and technologies role in it, and since most people, organizations and governments still only talk how the future education will look like, I want to be part of creating it.
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