Like other secondary fields at Harvard, Critical Media Practice allows PhD students to broaden their course of study and enhance the competitiveness and professional reach of their degree programs. Students must meet all degree milestones and deadlines in their home PhD programs and at GSAS in addition to the CMP requirements below.

The secondary field will appear on students’ transcript but not on their degree. Please be sure to speak with your primary advisor before applying to CMP.

The following are the requirements to successfully complete the CMP secondary field:

Students must receive grades of B+ or above in four courses related to Critical Media Practice.  At least three of these classes must be drawn from the Core list of CMP courses or from the Visual and Environmental Studies studio, photo, or film/video production course list. The fourth class may be an outside Elective, but only if the student gets the instructor’s written approval to submit an original work of media in partial satisfaction of the course requirements.

CMP students produce a capstone media project that complements their doctoral dissertation. It may consist of a film or video, a sound work, a series of photographs, an internet or hypermedia project, or an installation or performance in which media play a key role. The capstone may grow out of a class project but must be approved by CMP as having made substantial progress beyond the form it took in the class. Alternatively, the capstone can be an entirely original project independent of coursework but connected to the student’s dissertation.

Students are required to submit a CMP capstone application, signed by a CMP Faculty Advisor , to the CMP Program Coordinator at least two semesters prior to graduation.

Students select a faculty committee of two to evaluate their capstone projects: one member drawn from the list of CMP Faculty Affiliates and one from the student’s dissertation committee. Work-in-progress reviews of capstone projects are required at least six months before students’ anticipated graduation.  Final capstone defenses typically take place in the two months before graduation.

CMP students must provide a transcript of their course work to the CMP Program Coordinator at the end of each semester in which they fulfill CMP curricular requirements.  At the end of their studies, students must submit the PHD Secondary Field Application to both the registrar’s office and the CMP Program Coordinator and an archival copy of their capstone project (including 2-3 high resolution stills). Once the CMP Director of Graduate Studies approves this documentation, CMP will notify the registrar of the student’s successful completion of CMP secondary field requirements.


The following courses meet the Core requirements for CMP, as do all Visual and Environmental Studies  photo or film/video production courses and some studio courses subject to approval by CMP.

Fall 2018
Advanced Critical Media Practice VES 355R Lucien Castaing-Taylor MW 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Sonic Ethnography ANTHRO 2722 or VES 252 Ernst Karel TUE 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Directors Directing VES 138D Karthik Pandian & David Levine WED 12:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Nonfiction Video Projects VES 151BR Alfred Guzzetti FRI 1-5:30 pm
Artistic Research Workshop VES 251 Sohin Hwang  THUR 3:00pm – 5:45pm
Immersive Storytelling Using Mixed Media TDM 169L Young Joo Lee MON 9:00 am – 11:45 am

Spring 2019
Introduction to Critical Media Practice VES 255 Julie Mallozzi WED 12:00 pm – 5:45 pm 
Moving Images: Advanced Projects in Film and Video VES 163R  Karthik Pandian THUR 1:30 pm – 5:45 pm 
Scientific Sites VES 154G or HISTSCI 194 Peter Galison MW 12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
Documentary Fictions VES 155 Joana Pimenta TTH 12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
Intermediate Video Workshop VES 152R Robb Moss F 12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Algorithmic Performance VES 161 Sohin Hwang THUR 12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Tools for Virtual and Real Perceptions TDM 168L Young Joo Lee WED 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Material Research: The Bauhaus Studio VES 119 Katarina Burin & Laura Frahm MW 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Administrative Director and Lecturer of Visual and Environmental Studies Julie Mallozzi leads an informal bi-weekly critique group on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 pm in Vanserg 108/111. While this is not an official course and therefore non-credit, it is an opportunity for CMP students to get inspiration and feedback on their media-based work. Attendance is voluntary. If you would like to present your work, please email Julie at least two weeks in advance.

Spring 2019 critique group meetings will be held February 12, February 26, March 12, March 26, and April 9.


Production Equipment
While media production courses at Harvard are generally supported by other equipment pools, CMP has a limited amount of equipment available for CMP work created outside of courses, including capstone projects. All equipment is managed by the Film Study Center and shared among its fellows and CMP students.

Equipment requests should be sent to Film and Video Technician Stefan Grabowski at least two weeks prior to the desired checkout date. As our demand often outstrips supply, we cannot guarantee access to desired equipment at any given time. Check-out and check-in of equipment is by appointment only with borrower in person to review the condition of equipment and its proper use and handling.

Borrowers must acknowledge that use of this equipment is a privilege which can be revoked at any time in the event of perceived misuse or abuse. The borrower assumes full liability for repairing or replacing any equipment that is damaged or lost while in their care. Students are strongly encouraged to take out personal renter’s insurance such as that found at

A complete list of equipment is available on the Film Study Center website.

CMP students may request access to our digital editing facilities located in Vanserg Hall. We have several Mac-based editing stations with a range of software and excellent video and audio monitors, including a 5.1 audio mixing station. You may request access from Stefan Grabowski. Priority will be given to students working on capstone projects.

CMP Mellon Fellowships
Critical Media Practice students are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in support of their media-based work, especially that related to their capstone project, through the Mellon Fellowship. The Mellon Fellowship is available for two more cycles, for AY2018-19 and AY2019-20. There is no limit on how many times a student can apply for this fellowship and the funding granted can be used over multiple years. Apply here by October 22, 2018 or email Cozette Russell with any questions. Grant awards will be announced in December 2018.

The Film Study Center offers regular workshops and master classes for FSC fellows and CMP students. See Events page for information.

Film Studies Library
CMP students have access to the Film Studies Library, a collection of DVDs, books, CDs, and periodicals that is managed by the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

Additional Resources
As members of the Harvard community, CMP students have access to many other useful resources, including:

lyndaCampus offers thousands of online courses and video tutorials, including on media production and post-production.

Kanopy provides free online streaming of an extensive library of films and videos, including many works produced by Film Study Center fellows throughout its history.


Applications for admission to the Critical Media Practice secondary field may be submitted to the CMP Program Coordinator twice a year at November 1 and April 1 deadlines. Students must have successfully completed at least one Core CMP course before applying and must submit a link to a media project they created. The CMP admissions committee will review the applications and the Directors of Graduate Studies in CMP will confirm admission with all applicants before the end of the semester in which they apply.


CMP Application for admission into the secondary field (due November 1 or April 1)

Capstone Application for approval of your capstone project by CMP (due at least two semesters before graduation)

CMP Mellon Fellowship Application to receive support (due October 22, 2018)

GSAS Secondary Field Graduation Petition to submit to the Office of the Registrar (due no later than the degree application deadline)