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Robin R Oppenheimer
B CUSP 120
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course explores the cultural and technological issues, ideas, and creative practices around diverse media forms of autobiography found in experimental film, video art, documentary, and, more recently, social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. Works by media artists are viewed and analyzed to reveal a wide range of styles and approaches to telling a personís life story through digital images, sounds, and texts. Students will also read literary and media autobiography theorists as they learn to create written and/or short media forms for their portfolios based on a personal journal. They will integrate their CUSP writings and autobiographical creations into a final class presentation and their DCIII e-portfolio.

Student learning goals

Learn and practice communication skills sufficient for university-level coursework, including critical reading and written/online/visual/oral presentation.

Learn and practice media literacy skills sufficient for university-level coursework, including how media are constructed, interpreted, and critiqued.

Learn and practice media production, including planning, gathering, shooting, and editing electronic images and/or sound.

Learn and practice collaboration, including active listening, peer review, and working together as a team to produce media.

Learn about autobiography as a heterogeneous form of self-expression that includes both written and digital images and/or sound.

Learn and practice self-reflection that includes keeping a written journal, collecting and editing images and/or sounds that represent autobiographical stories, and creating an autobiographical essay.

General method of instruction

Viewing media artists' works, close reading of written and media texts, class discussion, basic media production. Staff from the UWB Digital Media Lab will also work with instructor and students.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Quizzes, readings, short essays, final project that includes basic media production and essay.

Points are assigned to all classwork for a total of 400 points for the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robin R Oppenheimer
Date: 01/13/2012