Design for Media: Nurturing the Transition of Media Arts Students from Consumers to Producers Through Deliberate Practice
This chapter reviews the fall 2007 implementation of a sophomore design course in the Media Arts department at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The course, Design for Media, applies Schank’s Story-Centered Curriculum to Digital Arts Education. Students learn how to leverage new techniques, enjoy failure, and promote documentation through blogging. By mimicking the production processes of Animation, Cinematic Arts, and Photography, sophomores enter the junior year with a clear understanding of what it takes to start and more importantly, complete a comprehensive project. Students maintain a weekly process blog, meet weekly as critique groups, and take ownership of process and revision.
I graciously acknowledge the administrative support of CCAD colleagues Ric Petry, Director of Graduate Studies and Ron Saks, Dean of Media Arts and the instructional development support of CCAD colleague Julie Abijanac, Assistant Professor, Foundation Studies in the development of D4M. However, the opinions and findings expressed in this chapter are my own.
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