The Senior Seminar
A hallmark of the Creative Media & Digital Culture program is its commitment to civic engagement. While this ethos is expressed in all classes in the Program, it is especially pertinent to the Senior Seminar. In this course, taken within the last two semesters before graduation, students create digital media objects like videos, websites, 3D simulations, mobile apps, or write policy for social media and other digital technologies, for local non-profit organizations. This experience enhances students' preparation for either professional jobs or graduate school by providing a learning environment where students can apply theory and practice acquired in their classes and, at the same time, helps to better the community.
The Senior Seminar designated course is DTC 476 Digital Literacies. The course offers three credits toward graduation and results in a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F).
During the semester, students complete an online digital portfolio, which includes a resume, examples of digital works, and biographical details. In addition to creating projects, class time is devoted to the crafting and polishing of professional resumes and learning presentational, negotiation, and interviewing skills. Students are encouraged to participate in WSUV's and the CMDC's Program's career events.
The Senior Seminar is available for DTC majors in good academic standing (GPA 2.5 or higher) at the senior level who have completed at least six hours of DTC 300 or 400 level courses. Students minoring in DTC or pursuing a DTC concentration may also take the Senior Seminar, with permission from the Program Director.
For more information about the Senior Seminar, contact Dr. Dene Grigar at email@example.com.
Senior Seminar Projects: Civic Engagement in Practice
Examples student-created Senior Seminar projects include:
- Videos for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Hough Foundation, Council of the Homeless, Bonneville Lock and Dam, Vida's Ark, and The Boys and Girls Club, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
- Augmented reality, interactive installation for the Oregon Museum for Science & Industry (OMSI)
- Websites for ProCaliber.com, the Battle Ground Public Schools, Clark Skamania Fly Fishers, Walk and Knock Annual Food Drive, The Alexa Dyer Foundation, Columbia River Economic Development Council, At Home At School, The Boys and Girls Club, Living in Southwest Washington, Turkey Trot, Community Choices, the Vancouver Business Journal
- 3D Fly-Through of Downtown Vancouver for the Vancouver's Downtown Association, and 2D animations for the Clark County Fire Department
- Social Media Policy Development and Coordination for The Port of Vancouver; social media training for First Independent Bank's Ready2Give Initiative.
- IT Consulting for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra