Production Techniques Seminar

This omnibus course will provide students with training in advanced fabrication equipment – the arms and legs of creative expression – and will help them acquire the practical skills that are its eyes and ears. This knowledge will serve them when they participate in the Project courses and in their individual work. Students practice identifying problems in contemporary society and thinking of ways to solve them. Through this, they will learn to build theories that will help them cultivate a multidisciplinary perspective and the ability to formulate theories based on practical experience.

We also aim to teach students specific research methods to be used throughout the process of writing a report: research skills, the ability to use facts to support knowledge which forms the basis of those skills, basic theories, and data collection/analysis for writing papers and conducting investigations. By diligently proceeding along this research path and summarizing each step as ‘mini research’ we will engage in academic training, considering how to reconfigure our theories about these skills and practices which researchers in any field need to possess. The purpose of this training is to grasp the matters before us from multiple perspectives and convey the results of our findings in an academic paper.

Course Format

Lecture, presentation, workshop

Course Plan/Overview

  • Information engineering:

We will learn ways of implementing programming, focusing in particular on information processing.

  • Workshop design:

We will learn theories and systems pertaining to workshops and acquire techniques to implement them.

  • Documentary research:

We will learn how to efficiently read papers and how to investigate documents to incorporate into their research papers.

  • Organizing content:

We will learn the role of and rules pertaining to the writing of articles.

  • Behavior analysis:

Students will learning qualitative research methods, analyzing people’s behavior by observing or interviewing them. By identifying people’s needs and the problems they face, this technique can be used to determine whether or not the concept one is working with is valuable.

  • Statistical analysis:

We will be exposed to the statistical processing mindset through methods such as numerical analysis. They will learn methods such as statistical hypothesis testing.

  • Using equipment:

This section will introduce basic audio and video equipment and explain various important points to keep in mind when using them.

  • Sound studio:

We will learn how to use the sound studio for recording and mixing.

  • Design studio:

We will learn how to use the design studio’s equipment. This includes large-scale printers, cutting plotters, and cutting machines.

  • Visual studio:

Students will learn to use the studio along with basic lighting techniques.

  • Woodworking room:

We will learn to use woodworking equipment light the circular saw, drill press, and saw bench.

  • Metalworking room:

We will be introduced to metalworking techniques such as hole punching, tapping, cutting, and filing.

  • Laser cutter (innovation studio):

We will how to operate equipment that uses lasers to cut and engrave material.

  • 3D printer (innovation studio):

We will learn how to perform Computer Aided Design and how to use a 3D printer.

Any students who wish to use the sound studio, design studio, visual studio, woodworking room, metalworking room, laser cutter, or 3D printer must first acquire a license by taking the relevant training session.

Textbooks /
Reference Materials

To be distributed in class as necessary.

Information from IAMAS