Teaching (With) Videographic Criticism


The Video Essay Thesis Project

In my Television & American Culture capstone seminar {download syllabus}, students have the opportunity to create their thesis in the form of a video essay. I use the following assignment sequence to structure their work on the project:

Download the thesis project assignment guidelines here (link opens PDF).

Student Work

The following list highlights work done by my students over the last few years. I often include these video essays in my classes to introduce a specific concept or to provide supplementary content.

I also use these video essays as examples for students who are creating their own video essays.

Some Key Concepts in Media Theory:

Video Essays on TV and Film:


Five-minute analyses:
Fifteen-minute Analyses:



Reality TV:



Five-minute Analyses:
15min Analyses:

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