Senior Projects provides a capstone experience for the major, culminating in the Senior Show in June. You will work closely with the faculty to focus on a project defined by the your individual skills and professional interests. Each project will employ a process of research, conceptual development, prototype development, refinement, and production. You will also engage in critical analyses by reviewing and critiquing othersʼ works.
Thought 159B focuses on Video and Animation, Senior Projects is primarily directed by each studentʼs individual goals, interests and skills. This means that you are free to explore any of the skills and interests deveoped in your time and DMA in the creation of your final project. Works in all mediums are considered. You are encouraged to work with media that allow you to hone in on your conceptual and visual sensibilities, and with which you already have proficiency.
60% – Final Project
20% – Engagement throughout the course (active participation and substantive contribution to the weekly critiques and discussions)
20% – Process and project documentation
Participation & Attendance
Attendance is mandatory. Absences require instructor notification and permission. Classes start at 9:00 AM. If you are 15 minutes late, you will receive a tardy. 3 tardies will turn into 1 absence. Every unexcused (before the class time) absence equals 1 full grade down (A to B), 3 unexcused absences result in a failing grade.
If there is an emergency and you will be late or absent from the class, please email me.
Punctuality, focus, articulation of concepts, and contribution to class discussions are all part of class participation.
Commitment to Diversity and Plurality
We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. This means that we will use preferred pronouns, respect self-identifications, and be mindful of special needs. Disagreement is encouraged and supported, however our differences affect our conceptualization and experience of reality, and it is extremely important to remember that certain gender, race, sex, and class identities are more privileged while others are undermined and marginalized. Consequently, this makes some people feel more protected or vulnerable during debates and discussions. A collaborative effort between the students, TA, and instructor is needed to create a supportive learning environment. While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. Alternatively if you feel that something said in discussion or included in a piece of work is harmful, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor or TA.