Overall this class made me become more in tune with media and technology, and its affects on this day and age. The course started with the basics; each new project lead to a higher level of learning. The map project was interesting, and gave one a new look at how maps are used and can be used, especially in the design aspect. Maps are not only used to find places, organize locations, but they also have creative aesthetics. The next project explored sound. A podcast was something I was familiar with, but I had never actually made one. It was interesting playing with sounds, interviewing, and editing sound to make the content come alive. I favored this project the most, due to the fact that the audience only uses their ears to fully take in the podcast’s material. I also found that 4-5 minutes was also a sufficient amount of time alloted for the audio, even though I went overboard and had 7 minutes of material. The next project was the video project. I’ve never been a fan of filmography in all honestly, so producing my project was not necessarily how I wanted to spend my entire weekend. The filming and acting was probably the hardest, while the editing took the longest. I effectively chose an interesting topic to work with, which was how music interacts daily with students lives and is greatly necessary. I enjoyed interviewing multiple sources. Overall this project was the hardest, because I did everything by myself with a small time frame to accomplish the project. This was not the case for the final interactive project. I could not have finished it without my fellow group mates, Ryan and Hope. They were terrific to work with. We spent as much class time as possible to get our material sorted out for our assigned Theory, which was Genre. We chose to work with Wix, which is an interactive website that our group created. We had to do a lot of research based on the material Amber supplied us with. We did a lot of work in a short amount of time. I had never worked with anything interactive before, so it was a great experience.
All of this material and knowledge that I have acquired will be helpful in the future. I plan on working as a graphic designer for an advertising agency. Things such as podcasts, videos, and other such media will surely be used in this area of work. This type of class is great for a general education requirement, because of the fact that media is a large part of our culture and society. The work field cannot be without media. Advertising is everywhere. The internet is becoming more dominant and technology is continuously evolving. That’s why this course is so relevant to have as a college course. Many students will benefit from this knowledge and be able to apply it to their future careers.