A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Ways of Futuring

Toroidal Colonies, Space Colony Art from the 1970s, NASA Ames Research Center. Art work by Rick Guidice. Inspiration for recent dystopian sci-fi flick Elysium, 2013 directed by Neil Blomkamp.

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Faculty: Jessica Charlesworth

Futuring is understanding ways we can use our creative skills to debate and discuss what might happen next, whether that future is tomorrow or 50 years from now. As creative people, we all think about the future. How can we harness that to propose new ways to speculate on how things might be? This class examines futuring as a creative and speculative tool and will teach ways of futuring applicable to students in art, design, fashion, film and other creative genres. Students will be introduced to a wide range of cutting edge, avant-garde and traditional research methods and forecasting techniques that can be applied to creative projects, from the crafting or things, to the crafting of ideas.