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Pre-quarter assignment

Make a summary of the Power Point Presentation that you created in Studio I where you describe your Thesis process. Be ready to present this on the screen and discuss it in class.

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Pre-quarter Assignment:

Go to the SCAD Library and make photocopies of at least 3 thesis statements and indexes that you may find useful for kicking off your thesis process. Be ready to discuss it in class.


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Class 1: Mon, January 07, 2019

Introduction to class // 45-Hour Review and M.F.A. Thesis Processes // M.F.A. This week provides a brief refresher and reflection of what was presented in Studio I. It also allows you to take inventory on the progress and current state of your thesis. At this point, you should have a topic, statement, and abstract and have had the opportunity to dive into the early-to-middle stages of both your written and visual components.

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Class 1: Mon, January 07, 2019:

Introduction to the class // Introduction the class // The M.F.A. Thesis GuidelinesThe M.F.A. // The M.F.A. Degree at SCAD The Thesis Requirements and Career Goals // This week provides insight into the requirements of the M.F.A. at SCAD and the requirements for the thesis. You will be introduced to the 45-hour review process and begin the process to select your thesis committee. Finally, you will learn the requirements for the written and visual components of the M.F.A. degree.


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Class 2: Wed, January 09, 2019

Thesis Development Process 45-Hour Review Process // Blog: Thesis Milestones and Timeline // Journal // Each student may very well be at different stages of development. This is acceptable for now, but know Studio II demands two distinct requirements. First, it is expected that you will continue on with and maintain an aggressive pace of research and development toward your final thesis. Second, you must compile your thesis in its current state with samples of your past work in order to participate in the 45-hour candidacy review.

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Class 2: Wed, January 09, 2019

The 45-Hour Review Process // The 45-Hour Review Process // Selecting Your Thesis Committee The Written and Visual Components // Discussion: Personal Goals and Interests in Interactive Design and Game Development // Project A, Part 1: Three Topic Pitches Project A, Part 2: Skills Exposition Project B, Part 1: Start a Blog


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Class 3: Mon, January 14, 2019

Preparing for the 45-Hour Review Staying organized is paramount in order for you to complete your Web site presentation, and the taxing demands and requirements of your thesis. Understanding the scope is the first step in completing a successful thesis. The second is to utilize tools that will help you stay organized and on track. Project A and B are intended to help you stay accountable. Remember, this is a process. Avoid a start-to-finish linear approach as you discover, implement, review, and revise on your thesis journey. // Blog: Thesis Milestones and Timeline. Due Today

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Class 3: Mon, January 14, 2019

Selecting a Thesis Topic // Your Thesis Direction and Career Goals Thesis Selection Approaches The Scope of the Project // The focus of this week is to narrow down the topics for a thesis statement and analyze the three pitches. It is also important to assess the scope of the project that is the visual component of the thesis. Knowing your career goals and skills are important in this unit.


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Class 4: Wed, January 16, 2019
Web Site Presentation Thesis Development Presentation // Blog: Gap Analysis I Journal: Update Project B, Part 1: Web Site Interface, Thesis Topic, and Work Samples

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Class 4: Wed, January 16, 2019

The Thesis Components (Introduction) Creating a Thesis Statement // Critique: Project A, Part 1: Three Topic Pitches // Project A, Part 3: Selection of Thesis Topic Project A, Part 4: Thesis Statement: First Draft Project B, Part 2: Post Thesis Statement


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Class 5: Mon, January 21, 2019

Thesis Considerations Week 3 allows you to reflect on what you have completed with regard to your thesis, and review your plan for completion from a broader perspective. You will examine the scope of your thesis and clarify that scope, which not only includes the focus of your topic, statement, and abstract, but also includes a clear understanding of the breadth of the work needed to accomplish your endeavor // Blog: Gap Analysis I. Due Today Journal: Update. Due Today Project B, Part 1: Web Site Interface, Thesis Topic, and Work Samples. Due Today // Thesis Topic, and Work Samples. Due Today

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Class 5: Mon, January 21, 2019

Research and Documentation // A thesis statement cannot be created without research and documentation. Along with this research, you will be working with your artistic influences and comparing your works with those of other artists and designers. You will also learn about documentation methods, understand the relationship between research and design, and learn correct referencing methods.


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Class 6: Wed, January 23, 2019

Understanding Scope // The Importance of Influences Contributing to Your Field Research // Blog: Artistic and Technology Influences Contributing to Your Field Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project B, Part 1 Journal: Update // Project A, Part 1: Outline, Bibliography, and Low-Fidelity Prototype

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Class 6: Wed, January 23, 2019

Researching and Documentation Methods // The Relationship of Research to Design Your Artistic Influences Referencing Guide // Discussions: Artistic Influence // Peer Critique: Project B, Part 2 Exercise 2: Artistic Influences Paper Project B, Part 3: Research


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Class 7: Mon, January 28, 2019

Progress Assessment // As you enter week 4, your 45-hour review presentation should be shaping up, all the while maintaining systematic progress on the thesis. As you have discovered, you are managing a balancing act. This is not unlike real-world employment obligations where you will be expected to multitask at a high level. Along with balancing progression on the thesis and the Web site, you also have subsets that need the same management and balance. // Blog: Artistic and Technology Influences. Due Today Contributing to Your Field. Due Today Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project B, Part 1. Due Today Journal: Update. Due Today Project A, Part 1: Outline, Bibliography, and Low-Fidelity Prototype. Due Today

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Class 7: Mon, January 28, 2019

The Visual Thesis Component // This is where the course begins to individualize as each student begins to create his or her visual component to the thesis. You will begin to prototype the visual component and become involved in the iterative processes for design.


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Class 8: Wed, January 30, 2019

Balanced Written and Visual Thesis Development Reflection on Review Preparation // Development // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project A, Part 1 Gap Analysis II Journal: Update Project B, Part 2: Thesis Research and Visual Process

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Class 8: Wed, January 30, 2019

Creating a Conceptual Model Balancing the Visual and Written Components // Discussions: Respond to Artist Influences // Critique: Project B, Part 3 Project B, Part 4: Visual Component Project C, Part 1: Short Description and Action Plan


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Class 9: Mon, February 04, 2019
Visual Thesis Development Week 5 will focus on issues that center around the visual component, including prototyping and video documentation. With the amount of possible thesis topics in such a broad department, there is no definitive method to presenting a visual prototype. It will all hinge on your topic and general direction of your thesis. // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project A, Part 1. Due Today Gap Analysis II. Due Today Journal: Update. Due Today Project B, Part 2: Thesis Research and Visual Process. Due Today

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Class 9: Mon, February 04, 2019

The Thesis Abstract // The thesis abstract is a summary of your thesis and is presented at the beginning of the thesis. While the abstract is usually no more than 350 words, it may not be easy to write. Part of this unit is about the different components of the written thesis statement, abstract, and paper. You will also learn about additional visualization techniques and artistic forms.


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Class 10: Wed, February 06, 2019
Visual Prototyping Video Documentation // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project B, Part 2 Journal: Update Project A, Part 2: Rough Draft and High-Fidelity Prototype

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Class 10: Wed, February 06, 2019

Revising the Thesis Statement Creating an Abstract // Critique: Project B, Part 4 // Project B, Part 5: Thesis Abstract Project C, Part 2: Concept Visualization


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Class 11: Mon, February 11, 2019
45-Hour Review Week You should be in the final stages of preparing your 45-Hour Review Web site as you enter week 6. This unit will focus solely on the final preparation of your presentation. You may continue addressing issues with the thesis progress itself, but stay focused on the parts of the thesis that will make an impact in your presentation. // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project B, Part 2. Due Today Journal: Update. Due Today Project A, Part 2: Rough Draft and High-Fidelity Prototype. Due Today

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Class 11: Mon, February 11, 2019

Preparing for the Review // Continue updating your blog with posts of your processes and continue working on your prototype. Along with working on the visual component of your thesis, you will learn about the process to prepare for the 45-hour review.


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Class 12: Wed, February 13, 2019
Review Dos and Don’ts Presentation Flow Preflight, Proofing, and Testing // Blog:Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project A, Part 2 Gap Analysis III Journal: Update Project B, Part 3: Thesis Development

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Class 12: Wed, February 13, 2019

The Review Process // Review Preparation Thesis Idea and the Review Web Site Presentation Judging Criteria for the Review // Critique: Project B, Part 5 Project B, Part 6: General Progress


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Class 13: Mon, February 18, 2019
Revisiting the Written Thesis You have now completed your 45-Hour Review. Your direction from this point forward will depend on the final results of your review. However, you may not have your results, as the committee may need a week or so to evaluate all candidates. Therefore, this interim unit will revisit important elements in the development of the final written thesis. These elements will become high priority upon successful completion of the review. // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project A, Part 2, Due Today Gap Analysis III. Due Today Journal: Update. Due Today Project B, Part 3: Thesis Development. Due Today

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Class 13: Mon, February 18, 2019

Supporting Your Thesis in the Review This week is a combination of work on your Web site, visual prototype, and dos and don’ts for the review presentation. You will study capturing techniques for a presentation, begin to trim unnecessary content from your site, and add to your addendum section.


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Class 14: Wed, February 20, 2019
Written Thesis Writing a Structured and Formal Thesis // Blog: Feedback on Project A, Part 3 Journal: Update

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Class 14: Wed, February 20, 2019

Video Documentations // Capturing Techniques for Presentation Review Dos and Don’ts Evaluating Visuals and Thesis Support // Critique: Project B, Part 6 // Project B, Part 7: Review Blog Project C, Part 3: Prototype Revision Project D, Part 1: Presentation Web Site Wireframe


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Class 15: Mon, February 25, 2019

Reflection and Reevaluation At this point in the course, you should have received the results of your 45-Hour Review. This unit will review issues regarding your efforts in preparation for the review. Unfortunately, some students may not successfully pass the review. This unit will also allow students the opportunity to share their experiences. If you passed, what did you do that proved successful? If you did not pass, what were factors that contributed to your negative results? // Blog: Feedback on Project A, Part 3. Due Today Journal: Update. Due Today

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Class 15: Mon, February 25, 2019

Creating a Written Thesis Outline // This week concentrates on the thesis-paper outline and how the outline is related to the thesis direction. You will learn about creating a structured thesis outline and review the written requirements for the thesis.


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Class 16: Wed, February 27, 2019

45-Hour Review Reflection Reevaluating Scheduling and Planning // Blog: Gap Analysis IV Journal: Unit 8 Update

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Class 16: Wed, February 27, 2019

Written Thesis // Writing a Structured Thesis // Critique: Project D, Part 1 //Exercise 3: Thesis Paper Outline Project D, Part 2: Content


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Class 17: Mon, March 04, 2019
Moving Forward For those who passed the 45-Hour Review, you have two important tasks at this point. First, you must select your thesis committee members. This will include a thesis chairperson, and additional committee consultants. These roles will be discussed in this unit’s topics. Second, you have now qualified and must sign up for the M.F.A. Thesis course. If you did not pass the review, you may consider retaking ITGM Studio II. // Blog: Gap Analysis IV. Due Today Journal: Unit 8 Update. Due Today

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Class 17: Mon, March 04, 2019

Pulling it All Together // All presentations, exercises, and documentation are due. This is the week where the presentation should be complete and the Web site should be as polished as it can be. You will receive feedback on your visual prototypes and presentations as you prepare for your thesis presentation and the next course in this series.


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Class 18: Wed, March 06, 2019

Where to Go From Here Thesis Progression // Blog: Gap Analysis V Journal: Unit 9 Update // Project A, Part 3: Further Development Project B, Part 4: Presentation Revision and Documentation

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Class 18: Wed, March 06, 2019

The Thesis Presentation: Flow // Methods and Clarity of Demonstrations // Critique: Project D, Part 2 // Project B, Part 8: New Updates Project D, Part 3: Final Presentation


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Class 19: Mon, March 11, 2019

Final Thoughts This final week will be primarily dedicated to housecleaning. Two important topics will be discussed: Quality and Relevance, and Preparing for the Homestretch. The Quality and Relevance topic is of particular importance for a student who has failed the review. There are a myriad of reasons why one would fail a review, but regardless of the reasons, the evaluation of quality and relevance can be applied to nearly every thread of the thesis fabric. // Blog: Gap Analysis V. Due Today Journal: Unit 9 Update. Due Today // Project A, Part 3: Further Development. Due Today Project B, Part 4: Presentation Revision and Documentation. Due Today

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Class 19: Mon, March 11, 2019

The Thesis Review: Mock Review. // This week is designed to aid students in knowing the elements the reviewers expect to see in their presentations. The information is approached from a reviewer’s standpoint to help ensure quality and relevance to the thesis statement. There is also work in scheduling and planning for the thesis project.


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Class 20: Wed, March 13, 2019
Quality and Relevance Planning for the Homestretch // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback on Project A, Part 3 and Project B, Part 4. Due Today // Blog: Peer and Instructor Feedback

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Class 20: Wed, March 13, 2019

The Reviewer’s Standpoint // Quality and Relevance Scheduling and Planning for the Thesis Project // Discussion: Final Presentation