MATX 604 (Schedule #17499)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2012
Tues 4-6:40pm :: 330 Hibbs Hall
Prof. David Golumbia
324D Hibbs Hall
Spring 2012 Office Hours: Tues 12:30-3:00pm

MATX Core Curriculum
Production and Application Workshop

This course, exclusively for first-year MATX PhD students, provides opportunities for students to focus in on the technologies and media that they intend to learn in greater detail, and for students to work individually and in groups to develop the specific areas in which they plan to do doctoral research. Projects and topics will be chosen collaboratively, but will in general apply new media and creative technologies to interdisciplinary reserach topics. Some attention will be paid to preparing for, planning, and even executing part of the portfolio that is required in the 1st semester of your second year, as well as the definition of the main area of doctoral study. The class is graded on a pass/fail basis via participation and engagement with projects.

Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation is based on participation (40%) and final projects defined by and with the instructor. This class is taught collaboratively with the students to help shape and focus the ongoing doctoral work of each of the MATX students, and as such the specific assignments, work, technologies, tools, and methods taught are determined in real-time by the instructor and students working collaboratively.



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Week-by-Week Syllabus

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Week Nine. Spring Break

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Final paper due in my English Dept mailbox (Hibbs Hall), or in Blackboard or via email during the final exam period for this course. There is no other final exam for the course.

Last updated  March 21, 2012.