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All Media Arts & Culture students develop, realize, and publicly present a senior comprehensives project over the course of their senior year.

FORM

Media Arts & Culture comprehensives projects are realized through one of our two concentrations: Media Production or Critical Media.

Critical Media Concentration:

Students pursuing the Critical Media concentration can produce scholarly projects that take a range of forms including research papers, websites, video essays, or other hybrid forms of research creation. Projects are typically either a 25-page essay or a 7-10 minute scholarly video essay and 5-page written supplement.

These projects can address aspects of film and media history, visual culture, digital culture, topics in representation, or narrative analysis. We ask that those pursuing the Critical Media concentration think creatively about approach, archival research strategies, and methodology, building on skills developed in prior coursework.

Please note that creative approaches to critical media projects are focused on archival/editorial/web-based/virtual practices and not screenwriting or live action media production.

Critical Media students must have taken at least two critical or historical media studies courses at the 200- or 300- level by the end of junior year (these are in addition to the Junior Seminar). It is also recommended that students take as many additional critical or hybrid MAC courses as possible before senior year, and relevant coursework from other 新澳彩开奖 departments may be counted towards the major upon approval of the faculty advisor.

The MAC 490 Senior Seminar in Critical Media is a 4-unit fall course in which students develop and complete a draft of their senior comprehensives project. In the spring of senior year, students will enroll in a 2-unit MAC 493 Directed Research course with their primary faculty project advisor in order to meet completion assessment benchmarks and complete rewrites or any multimodal component by the late March submission date. Students publicly present work during Senior Comprehensives Week in April.

Media Production Concentration:

Students pursuing the Media Production concentration produce 7-10 minute video works across a range of fictional, experimental, or documentary-based forms, or can also write a feature-length screenplay with an accompanying lookbook and pitch video or TV pilot script with an accompanying series treatment and pitch video 聽 Site-specific,聽 web-based, or interactive media projects are also possible with proper planning and approval. For those pursuing Media Production, we expect theoretical, cultural, and historical contextualization of the project鈥檚 form and function.

Media Production students must have completed MAC 240, MAC 355, and if producing fiction, MAC 220, by the end of junior year.

In the fall of senior year, Media Production seniors enroll in a 4-unit MAC 491 Production Senior Seminar. In the spring of senior year, students are then required to enroll in the 2-unit MAC 492 Advanced Editing class and the 2-unit MAC 493 Directed Research course. MAC 492 supports the post-production of their projects by the late March submission date. MAC 493 scaffolds the three required benchmark assessments with the primary faculty project advisor--First Assembly, Picture Lock, and Final Assessment. Students publicly exhibit work during Senior Comprehensives Week in April.

The 10-minute maximum time limit for media production projects will be vigilantly enforced regardless of form (even if a project loops, is broken up into several separate media segments or vignettes, or is presented in site specific or interactive forms). This is to ensure that all media contained therein is developed, pre-produced and planned, shot, and completed with satisfactory depth and rigor.

With this openness to form and content, remember there are some practical realities to consider. Those producing media components should review the Student Production Handbook policies as well as the specific information on Senior Media Production Comps guidelines before developing a project to ensure your project is in line with budgetary, logistical, and safety regulations.

EVALUATION

Students will receive a letter grade in the MAC 490 and MAC 491 Senior Seminar(s) based on course expectations set by the instructor. MAC 492 is also letter-graded, and MAC 493 is graded CR/NC. Additionally, student comprehensives projects will be assessed in late March/early April by the primary faculty advisor and will be given a 鈥淧ass" or 鈥淔ail" designation that is provided to the Registrar as indication of whether or not the College Comprehensives Requirement has been fulfilled. Projects are evaluated on the following criteria:

For Critical Media Projects:

  • Does the work have an original central thesis or argument?
  • Does the work exhibit a mastery of scholarly research?
  • Does the work use film/media studies methodologies with depth, clarity, and skill?
  • Does the work articulate the cultural, historical, formal, and/or narrative significance of the research project and clearly identify its significance within the field?
  • Is the work well written, well organized, and grammatically flawless?
  • Does the work seek to explore or push notions of 鈥渨riting" in relation to audiovisual media in some fashion?
  • Does the project directly address a vital issue鈥攚hether personal, theoretical, social, or political?聽
  • Has the student fully engaged with mentoring, collaborative opportunities, and met deadlines in the senior year while realizing the project?

For Media Production Projects:

  • Does the project express a compelling and original central idea or question and demonstrate a personal voice/vision?
  • Does the project exhibit distinct and evocative use of the formal, narrative, and rhetorical strategies of audiovisual language to convey its meaning?
  • Does the project demonstrate strong technical capacities, or in the case of feature and TV writing, screencraft capacities, in the service of its story or central idea?聽
  • Does the project engage real-world issues and concerns鈥攚hether personal, social, or political?
  • Has the student fully engaged with mentoring, collaborative opportunities, and met deadlines in the senior year while realizing the project?

DISTINCTION

A designation of 鈥淧ass with Distinction" may occasionally be granted to projects that departmental faculty agree surpass the standard expectations for the evaluative criteria above. This is completely separate from the 鈥渉onors" process described below. 鈥淒istinction" accolades are not given every year and are granted only when clearly merited.

HONORS

A student with an overall GPA of at least 3.5 overall and 3.6 in the major who has demonstrated excellence in departmental courses can submit a proposal for an honors project in the fall of senior year for completion in the spring of senior year.

Honors is an optional route of greater critical rigor, in which a student works with a faculty committee of two members (one primary advisor from within the student鈥檚 emphasis and one secondary advisor from either another department on campus or within MAC with whom the student has taken or will take at least one course before the spring of senior year) and conducts a deeper level of research, writing, and presentation which extends their senior comprehensives project.

Students should self-identify to a primary MAC faculty advisor to discuss their honors project ideas. A formal proposal and application are developed with the primary faculty advisor in the fall of senior year and submitted for departmental assessment and approval/denial by end of the fall semester. If the proposal is accepted, students should enroll in 2 units of MAC 499 (Honors Directed Research) in the spring to complete the Honors project, which will be publicly presented to the College Community in April during Senior Comps Week.

Consult with your faculty advisor for specific application materials and guidelines.

Contact Media Arts & Culture
Weingart 109
Katarzyna Marciniak
Department Chair