Precapstone Tutorial

The semester prior to capstone enrollment (no earlier), you register for the noncredit DGMD E-598 Digital Media Design Precapstone Tutorial. The purpose of the tutorial course is to help you craft a high-quality capstone proposal. You'll receive guidelines and mentoring while you iterate on your individual capstone proposal until the proposal reaches a satisfactory quality for acceptance by the Research Advising Committee.

You need to submit the required prework in order to remain registered for the tutorial. The prework demonstrates that you have done enough prior reading and research on your topic to begin the capstone process.

Prework

Create a 6 to 8-page document that answers all the following points, in detail. Do not create a cover page, do not include figures or images in the first 9 sections. Once complete, send the document by email to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu with “Digital Medial Prework” in the subject line. 

Over the course of the tutorial, you'll be revising and rewriting the capstone proposal multiple times. See Timeline for proposal submission deadlines.

Registration in the Capstone Tutorial is limited to digital media design degree candidates with quality prework submissions. If your prework is not approved, you'll need to spend time revising and re-submit for the next offering of the tutorial.

 

Digital Media Design Capstone Prework Template

1. Capstone Track (Choose one)

  • web and mobile applications
  • animation, film, or virtual reality 
  • instructional design
  • emerging media and technology (e.g. AI, IoT, wearables, robotics)

Whatever focus you choose, you must have at least two courses completed in that area of interest before enrolling in the precapstone tutorial.

2. Completed Courses Related to Capstone Track

3. Title and Brief Description

  • title:
  • one-line description

4. Industry Collaborator or Expert User

Identify an independent person not connected with HES who is knowledgeable about the product you are trying to build, and willing to test it and give you feedback (contact Dr. Wang if you have not identified someone yet)

5. Community and Global Impact

  • Need for your product in your community:
  • Need for your product worldwide:
  • Number of people who will use it in your community:
  • Number of people who will use it worldwide:

6. Intended Achievements

Identify at least 3 ground-breaking achievements you plan to accomplish during your capstone. Each achievement needs to require as much work on your part as the assignments you produced for an entire course.

  • Milestone #1:
  • Completion date:
  • One-line description:
  • Milestone #2:
  • Completion date:
  • One-line description:
  • Milestone #3:
  • Completion date:
  • One-line description:

7. Related Work

Describe three projects created by other organizations or individuals that are similar to your capstone. For each work, you need to identify what makes it inferior to your work. You also need to include the citation to an early article about this work.

  • Work #1:
  • Authors:
  • One-line description:
  • Shortcoming of this work:
  • Citation in MLA format:
  • Work #2:
  • Authors:
  • One-line description:
  • Shortcoming of this work:
  • Citation in MLA format:
  • Work #3:
  • Authors:
  • One-line description:
  • Shortcoming of this work:
  • Citation in MLA format:

8. Novelty Compared to the Related Work

Describe the award-winning features of your work compared to the related work you mentioned earlier.

9. Software and Hardware You Plan On Using
For each piece of software and hardware you are planning on using, cite the earliest related article in MLA format.

  • Technology #1:
  • Authors:
  • One-line description:
  • Citation to the earliest article:
  • Technology #2:
  • Authors:
  • One-line description:
  • Citation to the earliest article:
  • Technology #3:
  • Authors:
  • One-line description:
  • Citation to the earliest article:

10. Preparatory Work and Sketches

Describe any work on the proposed project that you have already done. Also describe what your final product will look like using sketches, mockups, or storyboards. You need to draw yourself using a pen and paper, or using a software editor. Do not include images from other sources.