RMeS RMa Course: Corpus and curation (practise-based)

When: Five Friday afternoons (13-17.00) in Semester 2 2024-25 (to be confirmed)
Of the five afternoons, four will be seminar sessions and one will be a final ‘pitch’ presentation day. Deadline final assignment: half April (retake end of May)
Coordinator: TBD – possible Dr Maryn Wilkinson (UvA)
Guest lectures by: To be announced
Organisation: RMeS
For: First and second year RMa students in Media Studies, who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). Students who are members of RMeS will have first access. RMeS staff and PhD researchers are welcome to sit in on specific sessions; please send an e-mail to RMeS if you intend to attend one or more seminar sessions: rmes@rug.nl.

Registration will open Fall 2024 via THIS LINK.

Course outline:

The RMeS RMa course ‘Corpus and Curation’ introduces students to different practices and methodologies involved with the curation and production of media objects across the creative industries – from content creation for advertising, to the curation of exhibitions in museums, galleries and festivals, to media making within public and commercial practise, and media activism. The course is designed to bridge the gap between advanced media studies (history, theory, analysis) and creative media work, empowering students to influence public discourse and cultural appreciation through innovative media usage outside the realm of academia.

The course will present four different content sessions with guest lecturers that each cover a different topic:

1) The media corpus and its curation:

  • Introduction to corpus theory, the value and significance of (different) media collections, and ethical considerations.
  • Strategies for engaging different audiences.
  • A closer look at a few case studies.

2) Innovative media creation – narrative techniques:

  • Introduction to effective (media) storytelling techniques in, for instance, architecture, journalism, and advertising.
  • Strategies for engaging different audiences across the cultural industries.

3)  Media and activism:

  • Introduction to different media forms in social movements and artistic activism, and ethical
    considerations (especially related to social media use).
  • A closer look at a few specific case-studies, including student-led media campaigns

4) Collaboration – effective communication and co-creation in larger media projects:

  • Introduction to the different practises and methodologies involved with collaborative and interdisciplinary projects (for instance, integrating technical skills with a creative vision in multimedia installation design).
  • Strategies for engaging different audiences and (funding) parties, ethical and aesthetic considerations.
  • A closer look at a few case studies (including the UvA’s placemaking intitiative)

The four content sessions will be structured as presentation followed by an extended Q&A run by the student participants. Alongside the preparation of required reading materials and the organisation of the content sessions (10% grade), the course will be assessed with a final project ‘pitch’ presentation (30% grade) and a practise-based final assignment (individual, duo or trio) accompanied by an academic written rationale (60% grade).