NMED01H3S – Course Description

Welcome back. As you know, this is a capstone course for students majoring in New Media. As such, it is intended as a culminating experience, a space where you will develop your area(s) of special interest by integrating knowledge and skills you have gained in your academic majors. To that end, you will complete a major project of your own that demonstrates your ability to extend, critique, and apply your knowledge and skills.

Our work together will involve an iterative development and production process, discussions, presentations and formal and informal critique (in fine arts slang, ‘crits’). I believe you have all the skills and knowledge you must have in order to conceptualize, materialize and present a successful, meaningful and effective senior project. The knowledge and skills you do not have, you know how to get. So, my role will be that of a facilitator (I support), mentor (I guide), supervisor (I demand), critic (I evaluate).

On your part, success in this course requires a great deal of self-directedness, self-motivation and dedication to your work: In other words, a passion for your project and the commitment to working in class and, most prominently, outside class. As a capstone, this course also functions as a space for transitioning from an educational paradigm to a professional paradigm; therefore your commitment to keep up with the work is of utmost importance. The key factors for a productive experience remain your intellectual openness and curiosity, active participation, genuine effort and, this term more than ever, time management and organization. As part of our work, we will discuss strategies for project planning, structuring and management.

The assignments and grading are structured along two lines: senior project and seminar participation. You will have some time to revise and elaborate the proposal you submitted last term. You will submit periodic progress reports (2) and make a formal work-in-progress presentation prior to submitting your finished project. Your seminar participation requires that you actively engage in class discussions, critique your peers’ work formally (2) and informally, as well as participate in supporting your peers (in class and outside).

IMPORTANT: As our work progresses, it may be necessary to make changes to this outline, in particular to the schedule. Changes will be announced in class and on course website.

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