Digital Media Design Capstone

Jen Kramer. "This is your moment, as a student, to put together all of the pieces from past courses and create something unique. My job is to believe in you and your project as you grow and stretch through the term. By the end, you are amazed at how much you accomplished, and I am proud of your growth and learning." Jen Kramer, Instructor
Allyson Sherlock

"I love getting the chance to work with students as they go through this capstone process. While it's an opportunity for each of them to finally put their acquired knowledge and creative energy into one defining project, it's important they don't feel as though they're creating this work in a vacuum. The structure of our class provides a substantial amount of support, feedback, and encouragement to ensure everyone can cross the finish line with the best possible outcome."  Allyson Sherlock, Instructor


The capstone course, DGMD E-599 (fall term) or DGMD E-599 (spring term), provides you with the preparation for and the opportunity to complete a capstone project related to your professional interests. Past capstone projects include web design and development; user experience and user interface; web applications; instructional design or a video production.


Jennifer A. Kramer, MS, Lecturer in Web Technologies

Allyson Sherlock, MFA, Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Capstone Proposal Tutorial and Capstone Sequencing

The semester prior to capstone enrollment (no earlier), you register for DGMD E-598 Digital Media Design Capstone Tutorial. The tutorial is a course and you need to register for this course. You submit your proposal draft to your research advisor and schedule individual appointments to receive guidance and feedback.  You need to make independent progress on the proposal without special prompting from the research advisor.  

You register in summer, if you plan to take the capstone in fall, or in fall, if you plan to take the capstone in the spring.  See Crafting the Proposal for specific proposal requirements and see Timeline for mandatory proposal submission deadlines.

Ordinarily, you enroll in the capstone as your final course. Due to the heavy demands of the capstone is considered a full-time course and it is not recommend that you be enrolled in other courses.  Also, it is strongly recommended that all other degree requirements be fulfilled so you can draw upon your entire ALM training to produce a final project worthy of a Harvard degree.

The course is offered online only in the fall and via web conference in the spring. Online only requires you to log in every week, but not at a specific day or time. Web conference requires you to log in every week at a particular day and time. Both courses offer an optional capstone fair event, which takes place each May on the Saturday before graduation.