Parsons Bootcamp: Day 1 of Teaching Design

My role as Design Instructor for the three-week summer “Bootcamp” program at Parsons MFA Design & Technology began last week. I introduced concepts of technology and design with other instructors from Code and Web. We wanted to challenge the incoming class of new students for MFA DT: How would students think about technology? How do students use elements of design with programming? My class­ was a mix of interdisciplinary group of students with background ranging from biology to elderly government policy. Surprisingly, there was a large interest in psychology from the incoming class. The students were curious about topics that related to psychology theories regarding cognitive behavior and the mind.

We started with a "domain mapping" exercise to organize each student's topic of interest. The exercise was intended to encourage students to start thinking about process and documentation methods for their projects.