Knowledge Media Design

Knowledge Media Design: Introduction

Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Information

Participating Degree Programs

Architecture — MArch
Computer Science — MSc, PhD
Curriculum and Pedagogy — MA, MEd, PhD
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies — MA, PhD
Information — MI, PhD
Landscape Architecture — MLA
Language and Literacies Education — MA, MEd, PhD
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering — MASc, MEng, PhD
Medical Science — MSc, PhD
Museum Studies — MMSt
Religion — MA, PhD
Urban Design — MUD

Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Knowledge Media Design (KMD) was launched in 2002 as the teaching arm of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI). KMD provides a specialization for graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds to engage in the design, prototyping, evaluation, and use of knowledge media. In keeping with KMDI's human-centred approach, students explore the design and use of new media in the context of real-world practices of individuals and communities. Access to an intensely collaborative and cross-disciplinary faculty encourages students to take a broader view of technological and social change and to be constructively critical of technological utopian and dystopian visions alike. The goal is for students to take into account heritage and history, to understand the realities of today, and to design for tomorrow.

Students have access to a community of scholars and the network of relationships that the institute coordinates. They gain first-hand experience of a living network of innovation, an environment in which the resources are people and knowledge, and the social capital and value that are generated through collaboration.

The collaborative specialization is open to master's and PhD students in the participating graduate programs listed above. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Knowledge Media Design” on their transcript.

Contact and Address

Web: kmdi.utoronto.ca
Email: admin.kmdi@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-5634

Collaborative Specialization in Knowledge Media Design
Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto
Faculty of Information
John P. Robarts Library Building, 7023A
130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5
Canada

Mailing address:
Faculty of Information
Knowledge Media Design Institute
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G6
Canada

Knowledge Media Design: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students wanting to apply to the collaborative specialization must be enrolled, or anticipate being enrolled, in a participating degree program. They must apply separately to the collaborative specialization and the home graduate unit.

  • Please consult the KMDI website for application guidelines. Admission will be subject to the approval of the graduate unit concerned and the collaborative specialization committee.

Specialization Requirements

Master of Architecture; MSc in Computer Science; MA in Curriculum and Pedagogy; MA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MASc; MEng Project Option), Master of Landscape Architecture, MA in Language and Literacies Education; Master of Museum Studies; MSc in Medical Science; MA in Religion; Master of Urban Design

  • Students must meet all the requirements of their home program.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE):

    • KMD1001H (0.5 FCE);

    • 0.5 elective FCE related to knowledge media and design. Courses are subject to availability.

  • Students must attend two KMDI Speaker Series Lectures during one academic year of their degree program. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • The thesis or major research project in the participating degree program should be relevant to the area of knowledge media design, as approved by the home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization committee.

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student coursework and research in knowledge media design. The collaborative specialization committee will review all portfolios for their quality and contribution to the area of knowledge media design. Students' thesis or major research project will be a component of their portfolios.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

Specialization Requirements

MEd in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development; MEd in Language and Literacies Education; MEng in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Coursework-Only Option)

  • Students must meet all the requirements of their home program.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs):

    • KMD1001H (0.5 FCE);

    • 1.0 elective FCE related to knowledge media and design. Courses are subject to availability.

  • Students must attend two KMDI Speaker Series Lectures during one academic year of their degree program. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student coursework in knowledge media design. The collaborative specialization committee will review all portfolios for their quality and contribution to the area of knowledge media design.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

Specialization Requirements

Master of Information (Coursework-Only Option)

  • Students must meet all the requirements of their home program.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs):

    • KMD1001H (0.5 FCE);

    • 2.0 elective FCEs related to knowledge media and design. Courses are subject to availability.

  • Students must attend two KMDI Speaker Series Lectures during one academic year of their degree program. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student coursework in knowledge media design. The collaborative specialization committee will review all portfolios for their quality and contribution to the area of knowledge media design.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

Specialization Requirements

Master of Information (Thesis Option)

  • Students must meet all the requirements of their home program.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE):

    • KMD1001H (0.5 FCE);

    • 0.5 elective FCE related to knowledge media and design. Courses are subject to availability.

  • Students must attend two KMDI Speaker Series Lectures during one academic year of their degree program. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student coursework and research in knowledge media design. The collaborative specialization committee will review all portfolios for their quality and contribution to the area of knowledge media design. Students' thesis will be a component of their portfolios.

  • The thesis in the participating degree program should be relevant to the area of knowledge media design, as approved by the home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization committee.

  • Collaborative specialization courses may be taken as electives for the purpose of satisfying home program requirements.

Knowledge Media Design: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students wanting to apply to the collaborative specialization must be enrolled, or anticipate being enrolled, in a participating degree program. They must apply separately to the collaborative specialization and the home graduate unit.

  • Please consult the KMDI website for application guidelines. Admission will be subject to the approval of the graduate unit concerned and the collaborative specialization committee.

Specialization Requirements

  • Students must meet all the requirements of their home program.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs):

    • KMD1001H and KMD1002H if not already taken in the master's program, and

    • 0.5 FCE from the KMD series or a list of recognized affiliate courses.

  • Students must attend four KMDI Speaker Series Lectures during one academic year of their degree program. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD2200Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student coursework and research in knowledge media design. The collaborative specialization committee will review all portfolios for their quality and contribution to the area of knowledge media design. Students' portfolios will most often be connected with one or more chapters of their dissertation.

  • The dissertation topic must be in the area of knowledge media design. The thesis advisor and at least one other committee member must be from participating graduate units.

  • The home graduate unit and the student's supervising committee will determine further requirements. The participating graduate units cooperate in jointly developing a program that is tailored to meet the needs of each student.

Knowledge Media Design: Courses

For courses offered in a particular year, check the KMD website.

Knowledge Media Design

Required

KMD1001H
Theory and Methods in Knowledge Media Design
(Required for master's and PhD students.)
KMD1002H
Applications in Knowledge Media
(Credit/No Credit. Required for PhD students only; elective for master's students. Offered once every two years.)
KMD2100Y
Master's Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
KMD2200Y
Doctoral Seminar (Credit/No Credit)

Electives

KMD2002H
Technologies for Knowledge Media
KMD3000H
Readings in Knowledge Media Design
KMD3001H Readings in Knowledge Media Design
KMD4000H ​Knowledge Media Design: Special Topics
(Prerequisite: KMD1001H.)

Participating Graduate Unit Electives

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the KMD website for a full list of eligible electives that meet the KMD collaborative specialization requirements. Courses that are mandatory for a student's degree from the home graduate unit cannot normally be counted. Some of the elective courses may require a significant amount of background knowledge and experience. Enrolment in such courses may require the permission of the instructor.

Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Urban Design; Visual Studies

LAN1021H
Visual Communication 1
LAN1022H
Visual Communication 2
LAN1031H
History, Theory, Criticism 1
LAN1032H
History, Theory, Criticism 2
URD1031H
The History of Toronto Urban Form
URD1041H
Introduction to Urban Design Theory
VIS1010H
Contemporary Art Since 1960
VIS1020H
Contemporary Art: Theory and Criticism
VIS1101H
Paradigmatic Exhibitions: History, Theory, Criticism

Computer Science

CSC2514H
Human-Computer Interaction
CSC2526H
HCI: Topics in Ubiquitous Computing
CSC2537H
Information Visualization
CSC2552H
Topics in Computational Social Science
CSC2556H
Algorithms for Collective Decision Making
CSC2720H
Systems Thinking for Global Problems

Curriculum and Pedagogy; Language and Literacies Education

CTL1602H Introduction to Computers in Education
CTL1608H Constructive Learning and Design of Online Environments
CTL1609H Educational Applications of Computer-Mediated Communication
CTL1617H Social Media and Education
CTL1926H
Knowledge Media and Learning

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

DRA3904H
Topics in Theatre, Drama, and Performance
DRA3908H Topics in Theatre, Drama, and Performance

Information

INF1602H Fundamentals of User Experience
INF2122H
Digital Preservation and Curation
INF2169H
User-Centred Information Systems Development
INF2170H
Information Architecture
INF2191H
User Interface Design
INF2192H
Representing UX
INF2197H Special Topics in Information
(Topics may vary each year and may not be applicable.)
INF2241H
Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing
INF2242H
Studying Information and Knowledge Practice
INF2243H
Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies
INF2300H
Special Topics in Information
(Topics may vary each year and may not be applicable.)
INF2303H Special Topics in Information
(Topics may vary each year and may not be applicable.)
INF2306H
Special Topics in Information
(Topics may vary each year and may not be applicable.)
INF2320H Remix Culture
INF2330H
Information Ethnography
INF2331H
The Future of the Book

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

MIE1401H
Human Factors Engineering
MIE1402H
Experimental Methods in Human Factors Research

Museum Studies

MSL2000H
Curatorial Practice
MSL2325H
Museums and New Media Practice
MSL2330H
Interpretation and Meaning Making in Museums
MSL2500H
Constructing and Curating Digital Heritage

Religion

RLG2023H
Religion, Media, and Culture