Fachmodul als Blockmodul / Subject Module as Block Module
R&D: Advanced Prototype Research and Development Lab
Instructor: Jason Reizner
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Capacity: max. 8 students
Language: English
Date: 14-18 January 2019, 10:00-16:00
Location: To be announced
First Meeting: 14 January 2019


R&D: Advanced Prototype Research and Development Lab is an intensive hands-on workshop supporting the realization of interactive functional prototypes within the context of the Interface Design and MediaArchitecture Project Modules. Candidates will be tasked with transforming mature semester project proposals into real-world proofs-of-concept using contemporary methods and processes for additive/subtractive manufacturing, printed electronics, physical/embedded/pervasive computing, as well as mixed reality and tangible interfaces.

Admission requirements

- Concurrent enrollment in the Interface Design or MediaArchitecture Project Modules, or instructor permission
- A mature semester project concept and production roadmap is a prerequisite to participate in this module
- Some technical experience with the technologies and processes necessary for the realization of the prototype is required

Application and registration procedure

Due to limited capacity, enrollment in this module will be conducted through a selective application process.
The application period is open between 19 November and 7 December 2018.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents in PDF format from a university email account to jason.reizner [ät] uni-weimar [punkt] de:

- one-page motivation and practitioner statement
- one-page CV1. [[Tracking Motion Detection|Computer Vision]], 2. [[wikipedia:Curriculum vitae]] and catalog of relevant technical skills
- one-page abstract and production roadmap describing the semester project concept to be realized

Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Candidates will be informed of a decision by 17 December 2018 by email.


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments and delivery of a relevant semester prototype. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.

Eligible participants

Qualified MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture candidates who are currently enrolled in the Interface Design or MediaArchitecture Project Modules

Syllabus (subject to change)

Monday, 14 January 2019
Course Organization
Administrative Housekeeping
Candidate Project Briefings

Workplace Health & Safety
Facilities Introduction
Production Roadmap Roundtable

Tuesday, 15 January 2019
3D Workflows for Rapid Prototyping

Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing

Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Interaction Architectures
Embedded Systems
Microcontrollers and Support Electronics

Sensors & Actors
Computer Vision & Mixed Realities

Thursday, 17 January 2019
Open Lab

Friday, 18 January 2019
Debriefing Roundtable
Debugging & Troubleshooting

Future Directions

Further Reading

Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction
Brian David Johnson
ISBN: 978-1-60845-655-0

Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design
Mike Ashby and Kara Johnson
ISBN: 978-1-85617-497-8

Moholy-Nagy: Experiment in Totality
Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
New York: Harper