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New Media Institute

 Capstone Client Proposal & Agreement

NEW MEDIA INSTITUTE

The New Media Institute (NMI) is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to exploring the critical, commercial and creative dimensions of emerging technologies. The NMI is committed to the teaching and training of new media professionals and to providing non-technical students with technical skills and knowledge. Curriculum focuses on critical investigations into the constantly changing media landscape, the development of skills to build commercial products, and the creation of projects that use new media solutions to address real-world problems. 

NEW MEDIA CERTIFICATE

The New Media Institute houses the University of Georgia's largest certificate program. The New Media Certificate supplements any undergraduate or graduate degree and is a credential that demonstrates that a student is technowledgable: the understanding of new media technologies and their application in a chosen field. Certificate students have access to hands-on classroom environments, innovative technologies, and networking opportunities that lead to jobs.

NEW MEDIA CAPSTONE

In New Media Capstone, students call upon all of the skills gained throughout their certificate journey to develop, design, and debut projects. These projects are built by teams of Capstone students and address specific client problems, explore emerging technologies, or both.

CAPSTONE CLIENT PROJECTS

Each semester, the NMI partners with an array of campus and community clients, providing students with valuable real world experience and clients with opportunities to pursue beneficial new media solutions within their organization. These project typically employ an innovative use of emerging technology and/or a compelling application of an interactive digital product.

Client projects generally run the length of a semester (August to December or January to April) but have the potential to be extended if the project possesses an opportunity for continued growth and as long as the partnership remains effective.

EXPECTATIONS 

Expectations have been outlined to ensure that partnerships are mutually beneficial.

CLIENT EXPECTATIONS

Strong client-student relationships with a healthy level of communication and accessibility are key to a project's success. However, project outcomes ultimately depend on the complexity of the project, the time and resources required, and the capabilities of the students who develop the project. These constraints largely determine the level of product development within the given semester. Final deliverables can range from an interactive prototype with product plan to a further developed, ready-to-ship product, with most projects landing somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. No specific outcome is guaranteed.

1. A project proposal must be submitted to be considered as a client for the upcoming semester.

2. Once the project proposal is developed and accepted before the start of the semester, it must be adhered to for the remainder of the semester. While project iteration is understandable and expected, a significant change in scope will not be allowed.

3. Over the course of the semester, there are four checkpoints, one at the end of each month, for instructors and clients to evaluate student progress:

Month 1: Students will conduct research and develop a general plan for project development including an outline of expected deliverables.

Month 2: Capstone teams will develop a wireframe and/or prototype of the final product to assist with user testing and product demonstration.

Month 3: Each team will develop a beta version of the final product as a rough draft of the final deliverable.

Month 4: Students will present their final product(s) at SLAM, either on stage or as a booth presentation.

At each checkpoint, clients will receive a brief form from the NMI instructors to evaluate student progress and share any discrepancies in expectations. Clients should expect a phone call from an capstone instructor halfway through the semester to discuss student progress in more detail.

4. Clients must identify a single individual to serve as a point of contact. Except for in an extenuating circumstances, this client representative should remain consistent throughout the entirety of the semester. The client point of contact is responsible for being accessible to the team weekly via email or phone and available for a monthly in-person or video meeting.

 

5. At least one client representative is required to attend SLAM at the end of the semester. Date and location will be provided upon start of the semester.

What is SLAM? SLAM is an end-of-semester showcase that celebrates student projects and certificate recipients. This celebration is an incredible opportunity for students to demonstrate how “technowledgeable” they have become during their certificate journey and to show off a semester of hard work. A host of industry guests and NMI alumni from near and far attend for a day of showcasing, networking, and interviewing job-seeking certificate students.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

1. Capstone student groups are small, usually 4 or 5 students. Students are assigned to teams, and teams are assigned to clients by NMI faculty. Each team works together for the duration of one academic semester on a single project with the goal of producing a solution for their client’s problem.

2. Project teams will conduct and provide research, build a product prototype, engage in early stage development, be responsive in communication, and present the project at SLAM.  Students will work to meet all client requests but must prioritize their academic requirements.

Previous capstone project examples can be found at mynmi.net/category/examples.

CAPSTONE CLIENT PARTNER AGREEMENT

Interested in partnering with a group of motivated, creative students who are looking to harness emerging technologies to produce innovative solutions that address real-world problems? Please prepare a project proposal that addresses the following:

Proposals should be uploaded to: mynmi.net/clientproposals (Note: If the link does not open, right click the link, and select to open in a new tab or window.)

Proposals for Fall Projects are due: August 1st

Proposals for Spring Projects are due: December 15th

Notifications regarding project acceptance will be sent by the start of each semester.

By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to the following: I have carefully read the Capstone Client Agreement. I understand and agree to the terms of the Capstone Client Agreement. I understand that submitting a proposal does not guarantee acceptance.

All communication regarding Capstone Client partnerships should be directed to Chris Gerlach at chrisgerlach@uga.edu.