VMA students can apply for the optional VM491: BA Capstone Project, an advanced production workshop that allows you to produce portfolio work as a Capstone Project during their senior year. Applications must include a detailed description of the proposal for consideration by a faculty panel. The proposal can be for a creative project based in any area of the program, including film, TV, animation, sound design, or digital art and games.
BA Capstone students receive production support for their BA Capstone Projects and have access to specialized professional equipment and facilities. The Department of Visual and Media Arts provides up to $300 in reimbursements per student, per BA Capstone Project. Additional funding opportunities are available.
BA Capstone Requirements
BA Capstone projects must be completed during the student’s senior year. Students are eligible to apply in the second semester of their junior year to start the program the following semester. Qualified applicants must have completed introductory-level production courses in VMA. It is recommended that applicants have completed (or will concurrently take) two related intermediate or advanced production courses.
BA Capstone Project
The BA Capstone Project course welcomes and supports all types of production including, but not limited to, audio projects, animation, new media projects, scripts, documentaries, experimental film or video and narratives.
BA Capstone Projects are expected to be of high caliber and a significant scope that can be realistically completed within a single semester. For single-channel visual media productions, this would mean a final running time of 7 – 15 minutes for a project. For single-channel audio production, this would include presentations between 10 minutes to half an hour in length. For multi-channel or interactive media, overall length is less a factor than architecture, navigation, and the amount of material presented.
All projects must be completed within the semester-long course.
How to Apply
The BA Capstone Program is a competitive, application-based program. (Note: The program application will be available at a later date).
Students must submit a complete application no later than the specified deadline. All applications are reviewed by the BA Capstone Committee, made up of VMA faculty. Students will be notified of committee decisions prior to registration for the relevant semester.
Any student interested in the BA Capstone program is encouraged to meet with the director of the BFA program, Shaun Clarke (shaun_clarke [at] emerson.edu), at least one week in advance of the application deadline.
Fall 2021 Application Deadline: Friday, February 19th, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Fall 2021 Notification Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
BA Capstone information sessions are offered each semester to introduce the program and offer help in the application process. Information sessions cover the basic process and requirements to apply for a BA Capstone in VMA and are for anyone interested in the BA Capstone (whether planning to apply this year or in the future).
Attending an Info Session is not required in order to apply to the BA Capstone Program. They are however useful in addressing the majority of questions and concerns the students have regarding the program, the application, and the committee review process.
Information Sessions for application to the Fall 2021 program will be:
- Thursday, January 28: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 2: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Monday, February 8: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 12: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Info sessions will be held on Zoom, which can be accessed at emerson.zoom.us/j/93560080017 (Note: Students must log in to Zoom using their Emerson credentials to access the meeting).
If unable to attend any of these sessions, contact the BFA Program Director at shaun_clarke [at] emerson.edu to schedule an individual meeting: