VM604 Production Seminar in New Media

Fall 2013

PROFESSOR: John Craig Freeman

SECTION 02: Ansin 112, MW 4:00 – 5:45 pm.

PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

VM604 Production Seminar in New Media Blog

DESCRIPTION: Provides an opportunity for graduate students, working in computer animation, interactive media, motion graphics, digital photography, networked performance, audio, or other forms of new media, to create advanced production work. Projects, both collaborative and individual, will be developed in the context of peer-based critique and analysis. The focus will be on using new technologies for creative self-expression.

Class time is spent in discussion and critique. Each student will present progress on projects twice during the semester, one presentation per class meeting. We will set the schedule during the first week of class. Presentations must cover the aesthetic, conceptual and technical aspects of the work.

In addition to the scheduled critique, each class meeting will conclude with a preview of the next critique, conducted by the student who is scheduled to present at the next meeting. Critique previews will include a short presentation of an artist’s work that the student is inspired by or otherwise identifies with. Additionally, the student will introduce and distribute a short theoretical reading, in PDF or online format, that informs the student’s work in progress. Critique previews will be allocated no more than 15 minutes of class time.

If we conclude our business for the day, remaining time will be spent in open lab production.

The semester will culminate with a one evening exhibition of all completed projects at some, yet to be determined, location. Although I will advise and guide the process, students will be responsible for all aspects of exhibition planning, execution and publicity.


  • To develop students’ skills in the production of thesis level new media work
  • To introduce students to artists that shaped and continue to shape new media art
  • To assist students in further developing their visual literacy, critical thinking and communication skills
  • To apply these skills to express themselves creatively


  • Attend every class meeting
  • Come to class prepared and engaged
  • Present work in progress twice
  • Prepare two critique previews
  • Complete all required reading and browsing
  • If possible, attend off campus exhibitions and openings as announced
  • Exhibit an original final project
  • Present final project during scheduled exam

READING: Students are required to read the following.

  • Readings will be assigned as needed.

SOFTWARE TRAINING: Students are encouraged to complete software training as needed.



  • Portable hard drive. Minimum requirement is 40GB of storage space. 7200 (RPM) speed is preferable. Thumb/flash drives are not recommended for this course.
  • CD-R or DVD-Rs as needed

GRADING: The final grade will be determined according to the following criteria based on the corresponding percentages.

  • Presentation One: 20%
  • Presentation Two: 20%
  • Critique Previews: 10%
  • Participation and Attendance: 10%
  • Final Project: 40%

POLICIES: An Incomplete will only be issued if there are extenuating circumstances related to illness or critical personal emergency and only after administrative notice has been received.

Attendance and punctuality is required at all class meetings and will be reflected in the final grade. According to College policy, unexcused absences beyond five will result in a failing grade. Everyone must come to class prepared and engaged and everyone must participate in discussions and critiques. Your undivided attention is required during all discussions and critiques. No email, web browsing or other computer work will be allowed during these times if it does not support the discussion at hand.

Students should be aware of the College policies regarding creative and academic dishonesty and the penalties for plagiarism and software piracy. While it is accepted that there may be occasion for stylistic or historical inspiration, influence and reference, the student will be asked to produce original work from ones own study and investigation.

If you have a disability that warrants accommodations in this course, please register with the Disability Service Coordinator at 216 Tremont Street, 5th Floor, (617) 824-8415.

Every student in this class will be honored and respected as an individual with distinct experiences, talents, and backgrounds. Students will be treated fairly regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, disability, socio-economic status, or national identity. Issues of diversity may be a part of class discussion, assigned material, and projects. The instructor will make every effort to ensure that an inclusive environment exists for all students. If you have any concerns or suggestions for improving the classroom climate, please do not hesitate to speak with the course instructor or to contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 617-824-8528 or by email at diversity_inclusion@emerson.edu.

Safety is always a concern in any form of media production. Emerson College supports safety measures and requires safety training through seminars and the VMA Student Production Safety Manual, which is required reading for all students participating in any Emerson College field media production.

Students with questions or concerns should contact the Director of Production and Safety, Lenny Manzo at (617) 824-8126 or email leonard_manzo@emerson.edu.

In case of a safety emergency, call the PRODUCTION SAFETY HOTLINE at (617) 939-1311.


Subject to changes as necessary

Monday September 2, 2013

  • Labor Day: (no classes)

Wednesday September 4, 2013

Monday September 9, 2013

Wednesday September 11, 2013

  • Loudon

Monday September 16, 2013

  • Emily

Wednesday September 18, 2013

Monday September 23, 2013

  • Hannah

Wednesday September 25, 2013

  • Asher

Monday September 30, 2013

  • Danilo

Wednesday October 2, 2013

  • J

Monday October 7, 2013

  • Wade

Wednesday October 9, 2013

  • Nick

Monday October 14, 2013

  • Columbus Day: (no classes)

Tuesday October 15, 2013

  • Monday: class schedule observed
  • Chris

Wednesday October 16, 2013

  • Samira

Monday October 21, 2013

  • Open

Wednesday October 23, 2013

  • Brandon

Monday October 28, 2013

  • Loudon

Wednesday October 30, 2013

  • Emily

Monday November 4, 2013

  • Black Box tour
  • Hannah

Wednesday November 6, 2013

  • Asher

Monday November 11, 2013

  • Veterans Day: (no classes)

Wednesday November 13, 2013

  • Danilo

Monday November 18, 2013

  • J

Wednesday November 20, 2013

  • Wade

Monday November 25, 2013

  • Nick

Wednesday November 27, 2013

  • Thanksgiving Vacation: (no classes)

Monday December 2, 2013

  • Chris

Wednesday December 4, 2013

  • Samira

Monday December 9, 2013

  • Open

Monday December 16, 2013, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.


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