Critical Making will be offered in Spring 2015 as NWMEDIA 203 and CS294-85 on Tu/Th from 10-noon as a four unit course.

Enrollment: All students will be waitlisted prior to the start of the course. Enrollment from the waitlist for Critical Making is based on an application the instructor will distribute on or before the first day of lecture. Enrollment will not be based on waitlist order but you must be on the waitlist to be admitted to the course. Please put yourself on the waitlist. Do not use Phase 1 TeleBearas as your position on the waitlist will not matter.



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.

Photos from the 2014 course:

Class on


Below is an evolving collection of student work from the Spring 2014 course from each Provocation and Field Activity are showcased below.  Each heading is a link to the assignment design brief.

Provocation 03: 5x5x5x5x15

Provocation 02: Move On

Provocation 01: Counter Culture

Field Activity 02: Sensory Cardboard