Graduate Programs and Classes

Graduate Programs and Classes

Description: 

The MASTER OF FINE ARTS (MFA) in Creative Technologies at Virginia Tech is a professional degree program that prepares students to use digital and interactive technologies to create, present, communicate, and shape information and imagery. The program is cross-disciplinary and inter- media, enabling talented and engaged students to design a challenging plan of study uniquely tailored to their interests and goals. The program promotes innovation at the intersection of art, design, and technology.

Description: 

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) in Human Centered Design (HCD) offers students at Virginia Tech a graduate certificate or an individualized PhD.

HCD is a field of design research that insists that the needs, wants, and limitations of end-users are integrated at every stage of the design process. HCD involves artists, designers, educators, engineers, computer scientists, learning scientists, humanists, and technology specialists working together to meet the needs of clients as varied as multinational corporations and rural villagers.

Course Number: 
CS 6724
Term: 
Spring-2014
Instructor: 
Dr. Scott McCrickard
Days: 
Wednesday
Time: 
9:05 -11:35 am (First meeting: Jan 14 in McBryde 110)
Description: 

This special topics course will examine how theories in the relatively new
field of human-computer interaction influence things we build.

The course will be largely discussion based, with a focus on enabling
students (and others who wish to attend) to examine how a technology
initiative that they are part of (e.g., thesis/dissertation work, or some
project they craft for the class) leverages and extends theories of HCI.
We spend the early class sessions discussing the state of HCI theory and
highlighting some major efforts (dissertations, books, journal papers)
from Virginia Tech that exercise the theories.

The bulk of the class sessions will focus on student presentations and
in-class activities.  Each student will work with the professor to craft
presentations and hands-on activities that will advance the understanding
of all class participants with regard to the state and directions of HCI
theory, and how theory can be applied in design.

Course Number: 
GRAD 5984 (CRN 19085)
Term: 
Spring-2014
Instructor: 
Patricia Raun
Days: 
Tuesday
Time: 
6:00 - 8:50 pm (from 2/25 through 4/29)
Description: 

There are still seats available in GRAD 5984 (CRN 19085).

The 2-credit participatory course will be taught by Professor Patricia Raun, and was inspired by her work with the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University (http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/) and the belief that  "scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making. In addition, the ability to communicate directly and vividly can enhance scientists’ career prospects, helping them secure funding, collaborate across disciplines, compete for positions, and serve as effective teachers."