Advanced Media Projects Syllabus

MART 4650, CRN 3079
Advanced Media Projects
Monday & Wednesday
12:00 – 1:50 pm
Trolley Building, Lab 144

Lauren Addario
Instructor Media Arts & Technology
New Mexico Highlands University
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00. Wednesday 10:00-11:00, Thursdays 2:00 -3:00 over Zoom

Email:  Phone: 505-454-3239

Pre-requisites: Completion of tier one and tier two or senior status. BFA student or permission of instructor.


In this capstone course, each graduating media arts student will create a final portfolio, resume, personal statement, and create an online presence. BFA students will budget, plan, execute, and document a final show in preparation for graduation. Together, they will organize, write copy and design an invitation for their show.

General objectives of the course are:

• Students will prepare for portfolio review by selecting their best work to showcase skills and ideational abilities

• BFA students will plan for a professional final show: choose a theme, design invitations, and write a project abstract and artist statement. They will budget, produce, install, document and de-install their show

• Students will create professional documents: resume, cover letter, personal objective statement, project brief, online presence

• And/or: Prepare for post-graduate life, whether in the job market, internships or graduate school

On completion of this course, students should be able to independently:

• Write a strong resume and supporting self-promotional documents
• Create, build/maintain an online presence
• Carefully curate a selection of their own best portfolio quality work
• Practice professional communication skills
• Plan and collaborate with others on an exhibition

Instructional methods/techniques to be used will include:
• Lecture reviews of professional/student portfolios and exhibit examples
• Demonstrations of software and typographic skills (geared towards self-promotional materials)
• Group critique of student work for portfolio quality assessment
• Student presentations geared toward verbal communication skill practice and sharing of research content
• Lectures, demonstrations, and visiting professionals
• Weekly one-on-one review of prepared documents (resumes, letters, personal statements) and project progress

Required Textbooks

Required Text: Online tutorials and examples as needed.  Readings may be posted as the term progresses and relevant ideas/references are formed more clearly. Individualized reading lists may be assigned/suggested for students based on their projects/interests.

Please bring sketchbook to each class and use for all note taking and brainstorming.
8 1/2” x 11” sketchbook & pencils
External drive and cloud backup
Miscl, materials purchased with grant funding(based on each student’s individual project goals)

Cell phones and texting are not permitted. Failure to recognize this policy will result in a grade reduction. If you are sick or have to miss class, you are responsible for finding out the assignment from a classmate or the instructor and you are responsible for coming to the next class with any missed work completed. Students CANNOT miss critique. If final critique is missed you will fail the class.

4 absences = final grade is dropped one full letter grade
5 absences = final grade is dropped two full letter grades
6 absences = final grade is dropped three full letter grades
7 absences = final grade is an F
3 tardies =1 absence
Leaving class early or arriving late will count as a tardy. This applies to not being on task, not having your materials in class, or taking long breaks during class time.


Evaluation will be based upon the following:

30% Weekly homework and attendance

15% Midterm presentation of portfolio

20% Complete portfolio, resume, online presence, 2 letters of recommendation, and personal statement

35% Final Show and show documentation


• Attendance, preparedness, promptness, time management
• Completion of projects by the due date and following directions as given in the syllabus, assignment sheets and lectures
• Timely attendance and consistent participation in the critiquing/one-on-one consultation process
• Brainstorming, organization, planning and neatness
• Creativity, originality and form
• Technical mastery and application of concepts covered in class lectures, readings and demos
• Improvement, attitude and effort
• Make-ups/extensions are contingent upon on having a valid excuse


• Instead of tests, students submit a series of projects and make presentations over the course of the semester
• All physical assignments must be documented digitally/electronically
• Late projects will be accepted but they will not receive full credit
• The final project will consist of a BFA show collaboration and artist presentation, and a self-promotional kit including: abstract, personal statement, final project, resume, cover letter, business card, online presence

Assignments for students in the course will include:
• Creating multiple drafts and improved versions of abstracts (project briefs), resumes, cover letters, and personal statements
• Six presentations of student’s work in preparation for portfolio inclusion
• Planning, designing, promoting and installation of final BFA show
• Two completed job or graduate school applications, or one professional interview / job attempt

 Academic Integrity

This course follows the Highlands Student Academic Integrity Policy as described in the catalog. New Mexico Highlands University students are expected to maintain integrity through honesty and responsibility in all their academic work. Examples of academic dishonesty include: Plagiarism, Cheating, Collusion, Facilitation, Fabrication, Multiple Submissions, and Falsification of Records. Penalties may range from a reduced grade on an individual assignment to a failing grade in the class. Students may also be flagged for major cases of academic dishonesty, and multiple flaggings of academic dishonesty may result in suspension (2 flags) or expulsion (3 flags). For additional information and more detailed definitions of academic dishonesty, please see the Student Academic Integrity Policy in the catalog and/or student handbook.

Accessibility Statement

In accordance with federal law, it is university policy to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe that you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability that requires an academic accommodation, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services by phone at (505) 454-3250, via e-mail at, schedule a Zoom appointment, or visit Room 250 of the Lora Shields building on the Las Vegas campus. If you need the document upon which this notice appears in an alternative format, you may also contact the Coordinator of Disability Service.

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Additional resources available to you include:

  • Student Health Center Main Campus-(Counseling) 505-454-3218
  • HU-CARES After-Hours Crisis Line 505-795-3665 (Available 24/7)
  • Campus Police 505-454-3278
  • NMHU Dean of Students 505-454-3020
  • Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator 505-454-3363; 505-429-6888;
  • NM Crisis & Access Line (Professional Counselors available 24/7) 1-855-662-7474

Center students are encouraged to contact HU-CARES for resources near the center campuses.

In the event of storms, please check your email and the NMHU site for information on closures, as well as alternate instructions on specific class meeting times, and/or make up assignments/submissions. A Zoom link will be provided in the event that we need to meet online.