DTC 491: Advanced Multimedia Production Spring 2021

You can access the Class Schedule here.


Class Section

Ruth Gregory
Instructor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Digital Technology & Culture Program
Office Hours: Thursdays 9:30am – 12:30pm
Zoom Link for Office Hours
Days: Tuesday/Thursday

Times: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
SLN: 2283
Microsoft Teams link for Class Meetings
Blackboard Learn will be our LMS

Course Description

Exploration of advanced techniques, theories, and aesthetic strategies of cinema in the age of digital media, including video remix, mobile cinema, webisodes, cinematic games, hyperlinked video, and database cinema.

Course Prerequisite

DTC 201 or DTC 208 or instructor’s permission.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course focuses on Outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 5 from the Digital Technology and Culture Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).  The full list of SLOs for DTC are below.
  1. Demonstrate competency with technology for designing and distributing digital works in various mediums.
  2. Demonstrate competency with design principles through both the production and analysis of media objects.
  3. Demonstrate and articulate an understanding of the way digital media and information function and circulate in multiple cultural contexts.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technological development, from local to global perspectives, and its implications for a variety of mediums.
  5. Utilize an interdisciplinary perspective in order to understand the global changes brought about by digital media.
  6. Effectively communicate through writing and speech why and how digital media texts make meaning.

Required Materials/Costs

  • Computer that can run Adobe Premiere Pro. Computer specs for Adobe Premiere Pro are here;
  • At least 250G free on your computer’s hard drive or an external hard drive (suggestions here). There are a few external hard drives that you can check out from DTC. Please let me know if you may need one.;
  • Headphones (earbuds are OK);
  • The book “Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” by Blake Snyder ISBN#978-1932907001 (in any format that you want); and
  • A cell phone lens kit OR a DSLR with multiple lenses, including at least one prime lens.

Graded Assignments & Weights

More information on each assignment and assessment will be available on our Blackboard course site.

Your final grade for this class is based on weighted percentages.  Here is how much each portion of the course will contribute to your final grade:

  • Class Participation or Worksheets – 20%
  • Screenplay Coverage or Script – 20%
  • Mixed Media Project – 30%
  • Project #2 – 30%

Grade Scale

GradePercentageGrade Point GradePercentageGrade Point
A94% – 100%4.0 C+77% – 79%2.3
A –90% – 93%3.7 C74% – 76%2.0
B+87% – 89%3.3 C-70% – 73%1.7
B84% – 86%3.0 D+67% – 69%1.3
B –80% – 83%2.7 D60% – 66%1.0

 Note: There is no curve in this class.

Out-of-Class Workload

For each hour of lecture equivalent, students should expect to spend an average of two hours outside of class on work for this class.

We will meet formally as a whole class on Tuesdays on Microsoft Teams. Thursdays are reserved for individual and small group work. Students should keep Thursday class times open for collaborative projects.

Some course work will require collaborating with other students and, possibly, external partners in different time zones on projects.

Late Work & Other Grading Policies

Because of this unusual moment we are collectively living through in history, my late work policy is very different than during a normal semester in order to allow for more flexibility. Please read all the way to the bottom for all the details:

  • Work that is turned in before the due date will earn up to 105% of the points available;
  • Work that is turned in after the due date can only be resubmitted and earn up to 85% of the original points available;
  • This is true for all assignments except Drafts, the Final Draft of the Prague Collaboration Project, and the Optional Resubmission of Work. None of those assignments may be submitted after their due dates have passed;
  • Drafts of assignments are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Receiving full credit for completing a draft of an assignment does not mean that your project is perfect. Please refer to your instructor comments and peer comments for suggested improvements before you complete your final draft;
  • Skill workshops can be completed through attendance or by completing the cooresponding worksheets;
  • The only extra credit opportunities for the semester will be the early/on-time submission bonus point options throughout the semester and the Optional Resubmission assignment option at the end of the semester.

Incomplete Grade Policy (Academic Rule 90h)

Incompletes are granted only with permission of the instructor and are subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Students must request an incomplete in writing or by e-mail from the instructor before the end of the semester.
  2. The request must be signed and dated by the student (or identified by student’s e-mail address), and must explain the reasons behind the request for the incomplete.
  3. In order to be considered for an incomplete, there are two main conditions:
    1. A student must complete a minimum amount of the assigned course work. Specifically, a student must complete 75 percent of the course work.
    2. A student must have a mathematical possibility of passing the class. A passing grade is 60 percent or above for the entire course.
  4. If extraordinary circumstances (e.g., family emergency, serious illness) are involved and are documented to the instructor’s satisfaction, the professor/ instructor retains the discretion to grant an incomplete even if the minimum conditions outlined in item 3 above are not met.

If an incomplete is granted, the standard WSU policy applies (i.e., ALL work must be completed within one full year from the end of the enrollment semester at issue, unless a shorter time is specified by the instructor. Otherwise, an automatic grade of “F,” or failing, will be entered on the student’s transcript).

Credit Hour Equivalent

Academic credit is a measure of the total minimum time commitment required of a typical student in a specific course. For the WSU semester system, one semester credit is assigned for a minimum of 45 hours of student effort. See Academic regulation 27.

Students should expect to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week for each 3-credit course engaged in the following types of activities; reading, listening to/viewing media, discussion conversation in the LMS or other academic technology, conducting research, completing assignments and reviewing instructor feedback, studying for and completing assessments, etc.

COVID-19 Policy

Students are expected to abide by all current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives, which could include wearing a cloth face covering, physically distancing, self-attestations, and sanitizing common use spaces. All current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives are located at https://wsu.edu/covid-19/. Students who do not comply with these directives may be required to leave the classroom; in egregious or repetitive cases, students may be referred to the Center for Community Standards for university disciplinary action.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Violation of WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) may result in penalties up to and including failing the assignment, exam, quiz, course requirement, or the course itself and students will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating. If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding.

If you wish to appeal a faculty member’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at Center for Community Standards.


Any course-related materials, presentations, lectures, etc. are the instructor’s intellectual property and may be protected by copyright. The use of University electronic resources for commercial purposes, including advertising to other students to buy notes, is a violation of WSU’s computer abuses and theft policy (WAC 504-26-218). Selling class notes through commercial note taking services without written advance permission from the faculty, could be viewed as be as copyright infringement and/or academic integrity violation, WAC 504-26-010 (3)(a,b,c,i).

Academic Regulations

Students enrolled in online courses are subject to the same University academic regulations as on-campus students. For the most accurate and up to date information go to Academic Regulations .

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) and WSU Standards of Conduct for Students ( Chapter 504-26 WAC).

If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation (CRCI) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator. at 509-335-8288 to discuss resources, including confidential resources, and reporting options. (Visit Compliance and Civil Rights Site for more information).

Most WSU employees, including faculty, who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to CRCI or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison. (Visit Reporting Requirements for more info).

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call your campus Access Center (see contact information listed below) to schedule an appointment. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center of your campus. For more information contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus:

Accommodations for Religious Observances or Activities

Washington State University reasonably accommodates absences allowing for students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Reasonable accommodation requires the student to coordinate with instructor on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for course completion. Students requesting accommodation must provide written notification within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course and include specific dates for absences. Approved accommodations for absences will not adversely impact student grades. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence.

Safety and Emergency Notification

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act,” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able).

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the WSU safety portal.

Full details including campus-specific safety information can be found at the Provost’s Site for Classroom Safety.

Online Collaboration

The essence of education is exposure to diverse viewpoints. In your discussion posts you’ll meet students with vastly different opinions and backgrounds. You’re encouraged to disagree with the substance of others’ ideas and opinions but do so with an active sense of respect for one another, and without losing focus on the topic at hand. Personal attacks, inflammatory statements, flaming, trolling, and disruption of the discussion do not have a place in academic discourse. Postings must comply with University policy on use of computing resources, including those regarding harassment and discrimination, as well as conform to the WSU Community Standards.

Your instructors will promote high-quality academic discussions by removing any posts they view as disruptive of the educational process and alerting students whose posts have been removed that they have violated course expectations. Students who continue to misuse the discussion boards after a warning may be subject to removal of access rights, course failure, and referral to the Office of Community Standards.

Visit the Core Rules of Netiquette.

Technical Support

If you need technical assistance, please see Technology Support and Resources.

Library Support

All students enrolled in Washington State University courses can use the WSU Libraries online databases and receive reference and research assistance from their home campus. Students can also borrow books and other circulating material as well as access full-text journal articles.

General Library Links by Campus

Online Tutoring

Tutoring is available through the Digital Technology and Culture program. Information about how to access tutoring services and when they are available will be posted in Blackboard.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Students are encouraged to refer to the academic calendar often to be aware of critical deadlines throughout the semester.

Class Cancellation

In the event of a class cancellation, you will receive a notification via email through Blackboard. If class is cancelled, please check your WSU email carefully for a message from your instructor regarding what you should complete for the following class.