Collective creative process using artificial intelligence, tradition conservation, and nuclear energy were some of the central topics for MOME’s autumn Course Week

Date: 2023.11.03
The Course Week is one of MOME’s most exciting platforms for collective learning, with workshop activities spanning programmes and years for a whole week. It allows Master’s and Bachelor’s students to work together and have opportunities for interdisciplinary, in-depth study and professional dialogue. The most recent instalment of the programme in the autumn semester covered a number of current topics with a relevance not just to design.

At the Humanizing Data – Integrating AI and Design, launched jointly by the Design Institute and Schema Design in Seattle, students were able to experiment with artificial intelligence and data analysis methods, and integrating them in the design processes.  

 

The AI Co-Creation course led by Nike’s former head of Generative Design Lysandre Follet introduced Design students to the use of generative artificial intelligence, with a strong focus on critical thinking and highlighting the downsides of the technology. 

 

A joint course by the Design Institute and the Halas Lace Foundation was directed at promoting lace and designing new types of lace. Following a theoretical and practical overview of Halas lace, Textile Design students had the opportunity to master the basic skills required to design lace. 

 

At the Space Dramaturgy course of the Media Institute, Jászai Mari Award-winning set and costume designer Csaba Antal introduced students to the design process of scenography, the art of crafting stage atmospheres.  

 

Academy Award-winning film director Kristóf Deák and Máté Gorka-Focht’s People in Spaces master class covered the practical basics of visual storytelling and film blocking. Students were thrown in the deep end, and by the end of the week, the teams of four created and reviewed real short films. 

 

At the Business development simulation with Eduardo course of the Institute for Theoretical Studies, founder of the globally used EDUardo online business simulation platform Péter Szlávik and university teacher Nóra Szeles showed student how to use the application for online/hybrid/in-person learning, individual e-learning, and competency assessment.  

 

The Innovation Center’s EAT FOR THE FUTURE! course gave participants the opportunity for thinking and working together with students of MATE (Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences) on issues affecting the food industry as a result of the climate crisis, using the tools of speculative design.  

 

The Social Design Hub of the Innovation Center launched a course with the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta to develop a set of tools for improving the creative competencies of children in Zalakomár. This marked only the first step in a long-term collaboration between the two institutions for getting social responsibility-geared design projects in an easy-to-adapt format to children in disadvantaged communities in Hungary.  

 

The Architecture Institute’s FRESH – Contemporary Building Constructions in Budapest course, led by Csaba Kovács and Gergely Barcza, provided insight into the design of major buildings in Budapest recently completed or still under construction. 

 

Photography MA students spent a week in Paks completing the Nuclear Energy Project course involving both fieldwork and lectures. Students studied the production, use, and perception of nuclear energy, exploring in particular the mediating role of photography in the context of the energy future and climate change. 

 

Self-awareness-based learning and understanding our own qualities can lead to better learning effectiveness – that is the premise of MOME psychologist Eszter Lóki’s Self-Mapping course aimed at helping students better understand how they work, and improve the effectiveness of learning for them.  Main course topics included self-awareness, self-regulation, learning motivations, and setting goals. 

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