New Media Certificate
4110 New Media Production
4510 New Media Capstone
Capstone was my New Media trial by fire. The class was divided into teams of students, and each team was assigned a semester-long project that utilized cutting edge technology to solve some type of problem. My group was tasked with developing an online training program for the University of Georgia Police Department that teaches officers how to treat sexual assault survivors with empathy. With help from the police and the UGA School of Social Work, we set up a module based training system that can be accessed from anywhere and be perpetually updated based on a software called Adapt Learning.
The Capstone project really tested the skills I’ve learned in previous classes. Building the project website forced me to dig deep into HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap. It was my first time designing a site that I actually expected people outside of my class to look at, and it taught me a great deal about design philosophy and user experience. Putting together the project trailer was also a fun and challenging experience that had me opening Premiere windows I never even knew existed.
In terms of soft skills, the project gave me a taste of the real new media workplace experience. Working as part of a team of indivduals with diverse skillsets and interests was a fantastic experience. I learned a great deal about cooperation and communication, and by the end of the project we established a group dynamic that significantly enhanced the smoothness of workflow and quality of work. Experiencing working directly with real clients was also invaluable. Getting to work with the School of Social Work and UGA Police was a unique opportunity that helped me gain a better understanding of the dynamic of professional working relationships.
Capstone really felt like the stepping stone I needed to transition from the end of my college experience to the beginning of my professional career. I’ll look back fondly on my final semester at the New Media Institute, and I’m grateful for the valuable skills and experiences I gained along the way.