Critical Making will operationalize and critique the practice of “making” through both foundational literature and hands on studio culture. As hybrid practitioners, students will develop fluency in readily collaging and incorporating a variety of physical materials and protocols into their practice. With design research as a lens, students will envision and create future computational experiences that critically explore social and culturally relevant technological themes such as community, privacy, environment, education, economics, energy, food, biology, democracy, activism, healthcare, social justice, etc. More information can be found from the links above.

Important Enrollment Info for Spring 2017

Dear prospective Critical Making Spring 2017 students:

** UPDATED on 16 Nov **

(this has been updated to accommodate the Phase 2 Enrollment)
We are all excited to start the upcoming semester in January of Critical Making. Please read this message as it has important information about enrolling in Critical Making. Critical Making is significantly oversubscribed. This unfortunately means that many of you will not get to take the course this semester. We will make enrollment decisions by 12 Dec 2016.
You must complete the enrollment application by 02 Dec at 11:59pm to be considered.
We will not be handling or adding enrollment after that date.  Timeline:
28 Nov  – Email goes out to all waitlisted students with link to online enrollment application
02 Dec  – Online enrollment application period closes at 11:59pm
12 Dec  – Final enrollment decisions sent out all students
To be considered for a slot, you must take the following three steps:
1) Be waitlisted for the course.  If you are not waitlisted we cannot enroll you. If you are an undergrad see below.
2) Fill out the course petition by 11:59PM on 02 Dec 2016
2) Attend the first class meeting on Wed 18 January 2016 10-12pm in 220 Jacobs Hall
How will enrollment proceed?
We will accept online petitions using the URL until 11:59PM 02 Dec 2016
We will use that information to make final decisions about enrollment by 12 Dec 2016
Once enrolled, you MUST attend the first class to hold your enrollment.  If you do not attend the first class you will be dropped. If you know now that you will not be back to start the semester on time please do not enroll in Critical Making.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.
Make sure that you have enough time in your schedule to devote to a project class. If you are no longer planning on taking Critical Making, please let us know by removing yourself from the waiting list. Critical Making is offered every Spring, so you may have additional opportunities to take the class.
A few other points:
The class is NWMEDIA 203.  It is a grad level course.  To be waitlisted as an undergrad you must email Lara Wolfe (
Accepted students must take the full 4 unit course for a letter grade. Note that the majority of the work in this course is conducted in the form of a group projects. Unlike other courses, dropping the course before the end of the semester has negative consequences for your other group members. So please make sure to answer the question about your commitment to staying in the course.
The course is cross listed as MEC ENG 205.  This is only used by a very small number of Mechanical Engineering MEng students.  If you are a MEng students use this this course number.  If you are not an MEng student do not use this course number.  MEng students must also fill out a course petition.
NWMEDIA 203 will not be listed as a CS course.  However, NWMEDIA 203 fulfills does  fulfill CS/EECS technical elective requirements.  That is, even as a NWMEDIA course it fulfills the requirement.
Failure to complete this form will result in you being removed from the waitlist and you will not be considered for this course.
We will not be handling additional enrollment for the course after 02 Dec 2016.
Looking forward to an exciting Critical Making 2017!
You can read more about previous offerings of the course here:
Professor Eric Paulos

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