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Knowledge Media Design

Knowledge Media Design: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Information

Participating Degree ​Programs

Architecture—MArch
Computer Science—MSc, PhD
Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development—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 huma​n-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 receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Knowledge Media Design” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: http://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
Claude T. Bissell Building, Room 713
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
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: MA, MArch, MASc, MEng (Project Option), MHSc, MLA, MMSt, MSc, MUD, and MVS

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

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

    • KMD 1001H (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. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD 2100Y (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 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 be a component of their thesis or major research project.

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

 

Specialization Requirements: MEd, MEng (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):

    • KMD 1001H (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. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD 2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student 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.

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

 

Specialization Requirements: MI (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):

    • KMD 1001H (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. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD 2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student 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.

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

 

Specialization Requirements: MI (Thesis Option)

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

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

    • KMD 1001H (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. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD 2100Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student 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 be a component of their thesis. 

  • 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):

    • ​​​​KMD 1001H and KMD 1002H 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. Attendance will be monitored and appear on the transcript as KMD 2200Y (Credit/No Credit).

  • ​Students must submit a portfolio that includes completed student 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 their dissertation proposal.

  • 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​

​KMD 1001H​
Theory and Methods in Knowledge Media Design​​ (required for master's and PhD students)
​KMD 1002H
​Applications in Knowledge Media (required for PhD students only; elective for master's students)
​KMD 2100Y
Master's Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
​KMD 2200Y
​Doctoral Seminar (Credit/No Credit)

Electives

​​KMD 2002H
Technologies for Knowledge Media
​​KMD 2004H
Knowledge Media, Culture, and Society​
KMD 2005H+ Modules in Knowledge Media Design (Credit/No Credit) (prerequisite: KMD 1001H)
KMD 3000H, 3001H Readings in Knowledge Media Design 
​KMD 4000H
​Knowledge Media Design: Special Topics (prerequisite: KMD 1001H)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

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

LAN 1021H​ Visual Communication 1
​LAN 1022H ​Visual Communication 2
​LAN 1031H History Theory Criticism 1
​LAN 1032H ​History Theory Criticism 2
URD 1031H The History of Toronto Urban Form
URD 1033H Urban Design Culture and Media
URD 1041H Introduction to Urban Design Theory
VIS 1010H Contemporary Art Since 1960
VIS 1020H Contemporary Art: Theory and Criticism
VIS 1101H Paradigmatic Exhibitions: History, Theory, Criticism

Computer Science

CSC 2514H​ Human-Computer Interaction
​CSC 2526H ​HCI: Topics in Ubiquitous Computing
​CSC 2537H Information Visualization
​CSC 2552H ​Topics in Computational Social Science
CSC 2556H Algorithms for Collective Decision Making
CSC 2720H Systems Thinking for Global Problems

Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development; Language and Literacies Education

CTL 1926H​ Knowledge Media and Learning
​CTL 5015H ​Special Topics in Curriculum: Master's Level

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

DRA 3904H​ Topics in Theatre, Drama, and Performance

Information

INF 2122H​ Digital Preservation and Curation
​INF 2169H ​User-Centred Information Systems Development
​INF 2170H Information Architecture
​INF 2191H ​User Interface Design
INF 2192H Representing UX
INF 2241H Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing
INF 2242H Studying Information and Knowledge Practice
INF 2243H Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies
INF 2300H Special Topics in Information Studies
INF 2306H Special Topics in Information Studies
INF 2330H Information Ethnography
INF 2331H The Future of the Book

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

MIE 1401H​ Human Factors Engineering
​MIE 1402H​ ​Experimental Methods in Human Factors Research

Medical Science

MSC 1002H​ Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts
​MSC 1003H ​Rhetoric of Science

Museum Studies

MSL 2000H​ Curatorial Practice
​MSL 2325H ​Museums and New Media Practice
​MSL 2330H Interpretation and Meaning-Making in Cultural Institutions
​MSL 2500H ​Constructing and Curating Digital Heritage

Religion

RLG 2023H​ Religion, Media, and Culture