Digital Media Design: Capstone Design Studio

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

Karina Lin-Murphy photograph"The Digital Media Capstone is an immersive course designed to support your journey to finishing your capstone through peer review, community, and reflection. We will be doing a lot of designing, building, planning, reflection, rebuilding…and hopefully have fun while we do it. My hope is that you will emerge from the capstone process with a project that can serve you and your aspirations and a community that will nurture those aspirations for years to come."

Karina Lin-Murphy, Instructor

Bakhtiar Mikhak photograph"I appreciate the opportunity to work closely with every student in my capstone course and to support them in realizing the creative and expressive potential of computation in their projects. "

Bakhtiar Mikhak, Instructor


The capstone course provides you with the preparation for and the opportunity to complete a digital media design project related to your professional interests. Your capstone will have a main focus of (1) web and mobile applications (2) animation, film, or virtual reality, (3) instructional design, or (4) emerging media and technology. Whatever focus you choose, you must have at least two courses completed in that area of interest before enrolling in the precapstone tutorial.

Precapstone Tutorial and Capstone Sequencing

The semester prior to capstone enrollment (no earlier), you register for DGMD E-598 Digital Media Design Precapstone Tutorial. You need to submit the required preproposal form and have it approved in order to remain registered for the tutorial. An approved preproposal demonstrates that you have done enough prior reading and research on your topic to begin the capstone process. See Precapstone Tutorial for more information and Timeline for mandatory preproposal submission deadlines.

The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. You submit proposal drafts to your research advisor and schedule individual appointments (ordinarily, during the hours of 9-5) to receive guidance and feedback.  You need to make independent progress on the proposal without special prompting from the research advisor. Successful completion of the tutorial ensures that your project plan is fully operational by the start of the capstone course.

You enroll in the capstone as your final, one-and-only remaining course. Due to the heavy demands of the capstone is considered a full-time course. All other degree requirements must be fulfilled so you can draw upon your entire ALM training to produce a final project worthy of a Harvard degree.


Bakhtiar Mikhak, Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Karina Lin-Murphy, Manager of Faculty Development, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University
EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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

Course Links

Digital Media Design Precapstone Tutorial (DGMD E-598)
Capstone Design Studio (DGMD E-599)