This course is for all students in their last semester in the program who are prepared to finish their capstone project. The semester blends bi-weekly class meetings (weekly meetings during summer session), one-on-one consultations with the professor, in-class presentations, readings from various texts, regular structured writing assignments, collaborative peer support, and project presentations. Assignments are designed to be cumulative; tasks completed in one assignment are the foundation for the next. By the end of the semester we will have gone through a series of discussions and assignments that will help you through the process of developing, researching, writing, revising, and finishing your capstone project. We will work to focus and refine your work on the capstone project, finding ways to combine rigorous research practice with media-specific processes to help you craft your scholarship to best fit your project’s form–whether it be a written thesis, exhibition, performance, story, or digital project. In addition to completing and submitting the final version of your capstone project during this class, each student will prepare a presentation on their final work to be given at a symposium at the end of the semester where they will present their work to the program community.
This course will guide you through a series of assignments that will help you plan, organize, and execute the work needed to complete your capstone project. These assignments are expected to be completed in a timely fashion. In addition, students are expected to participate in class conversations and provide helpful critique to their classmates in these conversations and in structured collaborative critiquing exercises.