Lewis & Clark College

Video Essay Assignment: The Production Code

Designed for Queer Film & Television.

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For the first project, you will create a 5-8min video essay about queer visibility during the Production Code era, accompanied by a 1,500-2,000-word statement that relates your video essay to our readings.

Sample student projects: Do We Really Know All About Eve? by Johanna Cameron and Some Like It Hot: Challenging Heteronormativity Through Comedy by Brendan Nagle

Video Essay Assignment: Formal Analysis

Designed for Media Design and Criticism. Students completed three workshops on video editing and created three videographic exercises before this assignments.

For this project, you will create a 5min video essay about one stylistic element in a film, e.g. editing, camerawork, staging, sound, lighting, costume design, narrative structure, genre, etc. You also need to incorporate what you have learned about videographic criticism into the design of your video essay.

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Critical Reading Response Assignment

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Designed for Media Theory.

Reading and understanding theory is a marathon, not a sprint. Consequently, you will continuously engage with theory through written responses. While each response is short, the accumulative value of the responses makes them the most important assignment of the course. Do not underestimate them.

Sample response paper included in assignment guidelines.

Comics Research Project

Designed for Introduction to Rhetoric & Media Studies (Spring 2019 version).

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As a way to wrap up the course, you will give a short (8min) formal presentation to the class. Your presentation introduces your research and analysis of one comic. You also need to design a visual aid (Google slides is easiest to access and share). Your presentation should draw on the research you have done; you should also draw on concepts and theories we have studied.

New York University

Tumblr Assignment

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Originally created for Introduction to Digital Media. Adapted for Media & Cultural Analysis.

We will use Tumblr to share news, art, and activism about and involving digital media. Everyone shares the same username and password—this means everyone also takes responsibility for curating the posts and reblogs that appear on our Tumblr account.

Example: http://mcanyu.tumblr.com/

Locate Yourself

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One of the goals of this class is to interrogate the claim that the user is in charge of the web in our current era of digital media. Over the first weeks of the semester, students read and discussed various layers of digital media that support or disrupt this claim of user sovereignty.

In order to deepen students’ understanding of the various layers and infrastructures that make up digital media, this midterm develops a cohesive picture of a student’s location within the micro and macro structures of digital media. Students present their analyses in a creative digital format featuring text, images, and videos.

Annotated Clip and Case Study

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Each week, one or more of you will present an additional film or TV program that corresponds to the topic of the week. In addition to the in-class presentation, you will curate a clip in the style of In Media Res. That is, you select a scene from a film or TV program and analyze it in 450 words. The clip and analysis will become part of our class archive on our NYU Stream channel.

Transmedia Storytelling Assignment

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The goal of this assignment is the creation of your own transmedia storytelling experience. You can create this experience either for a current or past TV show or for a TV show that you design. This assignment has three stages: a draft, a pitch, and the submission of the final project.

Sample Student Projects: Boy Meets World | Parks and Recreation

Global TV Research Assignment

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The goal of your research project is to carry out an independent research project on global television. In terms of topics, you could work on the international distribution of American TV, on a local case study in a country of your choice, or on the adaptation or broadcasting of international programming in the United States. You can also come up with another topic not covered by these suggestions. Your project can take the form of a traditional essay or a video, photography, remix, website, online exhibit, etc.

Sample student project: Survival Reality TV: Korean Wave Edition

Georgia Institute of Technology


Originally designed for Web 2.0: Consumption / Collaboration / Creativity

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The goal of this assignment is create a remix out of pre-existing media sources including print, audio and visual materials. Your remix should make an argument about the cultural practice of remixing and the various challenges it faces in terms of legal and corporate restrictions. In short, you will create a remix about remixing.

Sample student project: A Nameless PMV about Remixing

The Visual Essay

Originally designed for Media/Technology/Everyday/Life

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The goal of this assignment is to construct a sequence of ten images as a visual essay that explores a media/technology theme of the student’s choice (for example, old vs. new media; individuality and choice; information overload; storage and access; indexes; materiality; networks). Students explain their essays’ themes and conceptualizations in 1,000-word project statements.

Sample Student Project: Information Overload

Transmedia TV Prezi

Originally designed for Transmedia Television
For this assignment, students created a collective overview of readings and discussions during the “TV Studies Bootcamp” weeks of my Transmedia TV course. Students worked in groups to review key ideas and terms in television studies and present them in the form of a Prezi to the class.

Sample Student Prezi: Screening America

Critical Reading Response

I frequently assign critical reading responses in the form of writing journals and blog posts. For my course Media/Technology/Everyday Life, I reinvisioned the traditional reading response as an intervention in form and content.

This paper has the following parameters: the response cannot be longer than one page; there are no restrictions in terms of font, line spacing, or margins, etc., but the paper must be legible; the response must make a connection between form and content: students use typography to draw attention to the materiality of their writing.

Sample Student Project: “Mechanical Hypertext”


by Jerome Choo | Fall 2009

Jerome’s design concept: In designing this essay, I focused primarily on the emphasis [N. Katherine] Hayles’ placed on material metaphors and media-specific analysis in hypertext [in her book Writing Machines].The conventional method of reading an essay is to read it from top to bottom, where the bottom represents the end of the essay. This layout requires the reader to shift the middle sheet down slightly to accommodate a new line of text, thereby reintroducing a hidden section of the essay.

Essentially I call this method  of distributing my essay mechanical hypertext because a movement of the sheet immediately brings forth new content. As Hayles argues herself, hypertext should not be strictly limited to the digital and the material metaphor of a piece of content will determine and alter your interactions with it.