AET Senior Design Project

A student competes in the VJ battle. Photo by Lawerence Peart.
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AET 372 Senior Design Project I & AET 373 Senior Design Project II

Fall and spring semesters, 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: completion of all core AET coursework

Students will work on a project in teams of four to six people, bringing to it the skills they have acquired in previous years. Each team proposes the project in writing and is responsible for the concept, design, testing and physical presentation of the project. Occasionally, faculty members may propose an idea for the project. Some projects may be sponsored by industry professionals and represent current areas of concern to the sponsors.

This experience is meant to prepare students for workplace challenges and to serve as a calling card to future employers or graduate schools.

The course thus sets the following learning goals for each student:

  • Build on your experience and knowledge to solve real-world problems
  • Exercise and gain proficiency in the design process from start to finish
  • Manage a complex project
  • Collaborate with team partners
  • Gain practice in project communications
  • Learn to learn on your own

Senior Design Project FAQ

Who can take this class?
Senior students only. Completion of all or most core AET coursework is required.

How is it different from the Senior Thesis?
The Senior Thesis is only for students wishing to pursue research on an AET topic. This course is team-based production.

Can I do one of these and a Game Development Capstone or Thesis?
Yes, any combination of two of these senior level capstone courses may be taken. You will need to complete two with a satisfactory grade to graduate.

Do I need to take Senior Project I in order to take Senior Project II?
No, these are two separate projects, independent from each other.

Do I have to take Senior Project II after taking Senior Project I?
No, these are two separate projects, independent from each other.

Can I continue working on the project I started in Senior Project I in Senior Project II?
Continuation of the same project can only happen if approved by the instructor.

Can I work in teams? How many in a team?
This class is only team based. No solo work will be allowed. The Thesis course is for solo work. There will be up to five teams with around five students per team.

Where do I create the project? Can I use the Foundry? The DFA A/V studio? Other?
Most projects will be undertaken in suitable spaces and facilities within AET.

What kinds of projects will be acceptable?
Students will work on a project in teams of four to six people, bringing the skills they have acquired in previous years. Each team proposes the project in writing and is responsible for the concept, design, testing and physical presentation of the project. Each project has to be approved by the instructor.

What are some examples of projects?
Anything that fits the AET ethos, which is creating audio-visual (and touch) experiences using technology.

Who will mentor these?
The instructor will be your primary advisor. In addition, each group is required to find a secondary mentor for their project with whom they would meet at least twice a semester. The secondary mentor should be either an industry professional or a faculty member from a corresponding area. Some projects may be sponsored by industry professionals and represent current areas of concern to the sponsors.

Are there funds for materials?
Teams can apply to the Chair for funding up to $250.00 per project – it is competitive and only five will be funded.

Will there be a public presentation?
Yes, there will be a public presentation at the end of the semester. Location TBA.