Weekly Readings and Participation (30%)
On a weekly basis you will be asked to provide questions related to the week’s assigned reading. We will be using these questions to guide class conversations, so please remember to include a page number or other form of reference for web sites, etc. for each question. Participation in class discussion is of the utmost importance and students will be expected to engage with the readings and their fellow classmates. An important part of your participation grade will be the presentation of your work at different stages to the class.
This course is built around three major types of projects: object studies, thematic studies, and exhibition interaction prototypes.
- The first two projects — ten object studies and three thematic essays — will be selected by students from a list predetermined by the Freer|Sackler curatorial staff based on the work done previously in developing this exhibition.
- The exhibition interaction prototypes will be student experimentations in design for digital media that will be initial blueprints for the shape of the final digital exhibition. After creating these initial prototypes, students will work in conversation with professional web developers to progress the design of the digital exhibition.
See more specific details and dates of delivery below.
Theme Selection Proposal (500+ words) (2.5%)
This brief proposal will describe which themes you have chosen from the list provided by the Freer|Sackler-provided list. You will be asked to provide a list of themes, a narrative rationale as to why you chose each theme, and some sources from the course bibliography that you used to guide your decision.
- DUE MARCH 1
- Theme Proposals
Object Selection Proposal (500+ words) (2.5%)
This brief proposal will describe which objects you have chosen from the checklist of proposed objects. You will be asked to provide a list of objects, a narrative rationale describing their relationship to your proposed themes, and some sources from the course bibliography that you used to guide your decision.
- DUE MARCH 15
Six Object Studies (400-600 words each) (25%)
You will be researching six objects of your choice from the checklist of proposed objects for the exhibitions. Your study will include text and images of the object and where possible/relevant, supplementary images, video, maps, etc. to add to the visual richness of your content. Research will require at least three sources per object. All material will be uploaded to the course’s Omeka site.
- DRAFT DUE MARCH 29
Three Thematic Essays (1000+ words each) (25%)
You will be researching and writing essays about three themes of your choice from a Freer|Sackler-provided list. Where possible your essay should include images, video, maps, etc. to add to the visual richness of your content. Research will require at least five sources. All material will be uploaded to the course’s Omeka site and designed using either the Exhibit Builder plugin for modular essays or the Neatline plugin for geospatial essays. Alternative formats are acceptable as well.
- DRAFT DUE MARCH 29
Exhibition Interaction Prototype (15%)
Your exhibition prototype will include the following:
- Object view for one object that includes text, media, and navigation features to other parts of the site
- Essay view for one essay topic that includes text, media, and navigation features to other parts of the site, especially to relevant objects
- Design for the front page of the site that provides navigation for the site in a way that integrates museum design history, theories of visualization, and relevant visual material from the history of Sogdiana
These are first stage prototypes, and it is more important to represent how aspects of your design are laid out, spaced, and sized rather than details such as font, color, etc.
- DRAFT DUE APRIL 5
- REVISION DUE APRIL 26
All BGC students’ work due by midnight May 6, 2016.
All NYU students’ work due by midnight May 15, 2016.