Media/Culture: Advanced Practices


Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

media arts, media and film, experimental media


In order to succeed in this program, students must be able to demonstrate that they have the academic breadth and depth to do advanced work in the arts. In order to demonstrate breadth , students should have completed a minimum of two quarters (32 credits) of interdisciplinary liberal arts studies, ideally in an 8-16 credit program. In order to demonstrate depth, students should have completed at least two quarters (32 credits) of studies in the history, theory and practice of one or more creative discipline such as media, sculpture, photography, music, theater, painting or drawing, ideally in an 8-16 credit program. Students with a significant background in art history and/or media studies who have not completed studies within a creative discipline, but who wish to expand their work into creative practice are also welcome. All students must be prepared to commit to significant work outside of class (at least 20-30 hours per week) to collaborative and individual creative projects and to academic research and writing. This program is also designed for students who have successfully completed multiple critical and academic writing projects, including long form (10-15 page) academic papers.

This program is an opportunity for advanced students to study the theory and practice of contemporary media (as a visual art, site of political engagement, and way of thinking) with the support of a learning community. Students in this program will have a chance to develop independent research and creative projects in film, video, performance and installation art that centers on issues of import to contemporary cultural studies including critical race studies, queer theory, post-colonial/de-colonial art practices, feminist studies, intersections of technology/science and art, and more. Students will be asked to think critically and creatively about how their artistic practices are informed by and respond to issues of power, privilege, and accountability.

In fall students will create shared visual and critical vocabulary through readings, screenings, short papers and workshops in film, video, performance art and installation. Students will also work in research and practice cohorts that will be driven by student interests. By the end of fall quarter students will develop a project proposal and outline of work to be done during winter and spring including a detailed syllabus and week by week schedule of work practices.

In winter students will have the opportunity to work in a largely independent framework, including time to travel off campus for filming and research purposes. Students will have bi-weekly conferences with peers and faculty where work progress will be assessed. Students will also have the option to enroll for reduced credit in order to take classes to support skill development in language, visual art, writing, music, etc.

In spring we will reconvene as a full group and work together to develop a theme and approach to a group showing of creative and research projects for the campus community. The primary work of quarter will include in depth critiques and peer review of creative and research projects.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

media studies, media production, visual arts, art history, cultural studies, and education. 

Academic Website

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning (FS), Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online (W):

Required Fees

$100 in fall for an overnight field trip; $50 in winter and spring for art supplies.


Date Revision
August 21st, 2014 Signature requirement has been removed.
June 11th, 2014 Fees added.
June 4th, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 12, 16 (Fall); 12, 16 (Winter); 12, 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 13




Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 10344
Jr - Sr (16 credits): 10411

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students must demonstrate that they have the necessary background to join the learning community by submitting four items:1) A cover page that includes full name (as it appears for registration), any alternate name used, A-Number, and projected class standing at the start of Fall of 2014. 2) A brief (1 page) letter of introduction to the faculty describing the skills and coursework that demonstrates preparation for the program based on the criterion listed in the  prerequisites . 3) A faculty evaluation from an interdisciplinary program. 4) A student evaluation from the same interdisciplinary program. Transfer students who do not have faculty and student evaluations, may submit the letter of introduction,  transcripts and a letter of reference from a faculty member at their previous institution who can speak to the student's skills and preparation based on the criterion listed in the  prerequisites . Please submit well organized, labeled and thoughtfully written materials via email attachments (.pdf preferred) to  as soon as possible.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the program fills.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 20191
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 20260

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Enrollment Closed

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 30143
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 30173

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