graduate media design program Call for Proposals
2010 Ideas-in-the-Making
Summer Research Residency
Submission Deadline: CLOSED

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what is "made up"?
residency details
project proposal / application
We are looking for projects motivated by research questions that use design/making as a mode of inquiry. (see the MDP's Research Agenda.) While we are specifically looking for projects related to the 2010 Ideas-in-the-Making theme, “made up,” we will consider projects that deal with other subjects related to media design. We define “media” broadly and are open to projects from industrial design, art, architecture, information science, computer science, social sciences, and the Digital Humanities that address some aspect of interaction, digital culture, pervasive computing, communication technology, screen culture, or social media – as part of the subject or process of the work.

Given the modest budget and time frame, we consider this an opportunity to explore a discrete question as part of a larger investigation and/or an opportunity to test a new idea. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to successfully document and disseminate experimental design and research projects.

We cannot fund commercial projects – projects for which the researcher is being paid by a client – however we are not averse to projects that have potential commercial applications.


Application Procedure
Applications should be submitted electronically as a single pdf according to the following directions:
  • Do not put your name on any pages other than the cover sheet and curriculum vitae
  • Send everything within a single pdf document
  • Name your pdf file: lastname_2010research.pdf
  • Send your pdf by e-mail to
  • If your file is larger than 1 MB, upload it to a server and submit a link by e-mail

Application Contents
For complete instructions, download the cover sheet and project form.

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Project form; no name
  4. Samples of related work (3 projects, max. URLs are acceptable); no name
  5. Two-page project proposal; no name:
  • Describe the main research questions, ideas, concepts and/or concerns in your work.
  • Give a short outline of the project you propose for the MDP Summer Research Residency.
  • How does the project you propose relate to your ongoing research?
  • Describe all technical aspects of your project, including equipment and facilities requirements.
  • Project stages with a proposed time-line. (can be rough)
  • Expected outcomes and plans for dissemination.
Proposals due: March 23, 2010
Notification: March 30, 2010

Applicants must submit the entire application as a pdf or link by e-mail by midnight, March 23, 2010.

Submit materials to:
kevin.wingate (at)

Students are not eligible but we encourage recent graduates from Masters and Doctoral Programs to apply. Faculty from Art Center College of Design as well as other colleges and universities are encouraged to apply, as are practitioners. Full-time MDP Faculty are not eligible, however part-time faculty are. We invite applications from outside the United States, however the researcher must already be eligible to work within the United States between May 1 and September 30, 2010.

Applications will be blind reviewed by a jury of MDP Core Faculty and external reviewers. Applications will be evaluated on the merits and fit of the proposal.

For more information:
Tim Durfee: tim.durfee (at)
or Kevin Wingate: kevin.wingate (at)

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