The final project class CT 401 requires that you submit a proposal for approval before you may register for the class. This proposal should serve as a blueprint for how you plan to complete your project by the end of the semester in which you register for final project.
Why do you need to do this? Why bother with a detailed plan? There are really two answers to this actually. The obvious one is that if you have a good plan, it shows you’re prepared and ready to do the work it will take to complete your final project. But the more important reason to have a good plan is that it will allow you to be more creative. How?
Good plans are ones that show tremendous amounts of preparation. But as the old saying goes, ‘the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray,’ and it is for this reason that I would argue being well prepared allows you to work through the problems with your plan that will inevitably arise. Your ability to adapt a plan is developed by working very diligently on the original plan itself. In making a detailed plan you are likely to discover gaps that need to be filled before you even start your project. So when the unexpected gaps are revealed during the project, you’ve already had practice filling them.
We approach your proposal by thinking about the following:
- A precise description of the scope of the project. (For example if you plan to make a film, a treatment must be attached)
- A description of the relevance of the project. (Who is your audience? Why make this project?)
- A timeline for completion of the project (production schedule) including dates for meeting various “milestones.”
- Resources you will need for this project and how you will get them.
- Places you plan to exhibit the project. (Online, in the small theater, etc.)
As you start your proposal, you will need to create your own syllabus for the class. Effectively detailing what you will make, how, resources, timeline, and even how you wish for your project to be evaluated for a final grade. Use this skeleton syllabus which explains each part to be completed.