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 a students’ transcript but not on their degree. Please be sure to speak with your primary advisor before applying to CMP. These are the requirements to successfully complete the CMP secondary field (see suggested timeline or CMP handbook):

COURSES 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 Department of Art, Film, and Visual 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.

CAPSTONE PROJECT 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 project; or a series of objects, an installation, or a 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 proposal, signed by their CMP Faculty Advisor and their Departmental Advisor, to the CMP Program Coordinator at least three semesters prior to graduation.

CAPSTONE FACULTY COMMITTEE Students select a faculty committee of two to evaluate their capstone projects: one member drawn from the list of CMP Affiliated Faculty and one from the student’s dissertation committee in their home department. Capstone defenses ideally occur at least a semester before graduation. Students are required to present their capstone work-in-progress at the CMP critique twice a year starting in the Spring semester of their G3 year.

Students are encouraged to exhibit their CMP works on and off campus. View the 2019 CMP Exhibition program booklet here.

DOCUMENTATION Each semester in which students complete a class they must update their CMP academic progress form, which will be assigned to them when they are accepted into the program. 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 count for CMP credit, as do all Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies film/video production and studio courses.

Spring 2021

Shopping Week will take place before classes start, from January 15–21, 2021. Please note that live Early Shopping events will not be scheduled on Saturday, January 16; Sunday, January 17; or Monday, January 18. You can meet with your adviser before Early Shopping begins to plan for the semester. More information can be found on the Shopping and Course Registration page of the Registrar’s Office.

CMP Core Credit Courses:
CMP Projects: Production and Publication AFVS 352 Joana Pimenta TBA
Marginal Images: cinematography for filmmakers AFVS 159J Joana Pimenta TuTh 3:00-5:45
Immersive Experience as Art AFVS 157L Young Joo Lee Tu 3:00-5:45
Sonic Ethnography AFVS 252 Ernst Karel MW 6:00-7:15
Audio in Multimodal Practice AFVS 254/ANTHRO 1839 Ernst Karel TBD
Enter the Mediaverse: Studio Course AFVS 161L Lex Brown M 6:00-8:45
This is a show tune, but the show hasn’t been written for it yet. TDM 169SC M 12:00-2:45
Directed Research: Studio Course AFVS 196R Stephen Prina W 6:00-9:00
Studio Language AFVS 231 Adrian Williams Thu 9:00-1:00
Intermediate Photography AFVS 147F Carissa Rodriguez M 1:30-5:45
Intermediate Video Workshop: Studio Course AFVS 152R Robb Moss TBD
Film Direction: From Script to Screen AFVS 150B Dominga Sotomayor TuTh 1:30-4:15

CMP Elective Credit Courses (for CMP credit, a media-based final project must be approved by the professor)
Songwriting Workshop MUSIC 170R Esperanza Spalding TBA
Soundscape Composition and Social Justice MUSIC 284R Yvette Jackson Th 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM


Past Courses:

Fall 2020

CMP Core Credit Courses:
Advanced Critical Media Practice AFVS 355R Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Joana Pimenta W 3:00-5:45 pm
CMP Projects: Production and Publication AFVS 352 Joana Pimenta Tu 3:00-5:45 pm
Sensory Ethnography 3 AFVS 158CR Verena Paravel MWF 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sensory Ethnography 4 AFVS 158DR Verena Paravel & Lucien Casting-Taylor MWF 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Social Justice Filmmaking AFVS 154M Julie Mallozzi WF 12:00-2:45 pm
Making Mischief: Making Mischief: A Studio Based Seminar AFVS 141BR Sharon Harper MW 3:00-5:45pm
Sun and Shadow, Sculpture Studio AFVS 133 Nora Schultz TuTh 9:00-11:45am
Nah; or, gestures of resistance: Performance, Technology, and Refusal AFVS134s SCRAAATCH WF 3:00-4:45pm
Directed Research: Studio Course AFVS 196R Stephen Prina W 6:00-8:00 pm
Studio Language AFVS 231 Nora Schultz MW 9:00-11:45 am
Non-Fiction Video Projects AFVS 151BR Ross McElwee ThTh 9:00-11:00 am
Experimental Animation AFVS 153AR Young Joo Lee W 1:30-5:45 pm (Start time 2pm)
Theater 000 TDM 169B Lex Brown M 6:00-8:45 pm
The Garden ARTS 20 Claire Chase, Jill Johnson, Karthik Pandian Tu 12:00 – 2:45 pm

CMP Elective Credit Courses (for CMP credit, a media-based final project must be approved by the professor)
Un cine para hoy: Remapping Latin American Cinema AFVS 169S Haden Guest & Dominga Sotomayor W 12-2:45 2pm
From Biopolitics to Care of the Self AFVS 293 David Joselit W 3:00-5:00
Get Real: The Art of Community-Based Film ENGLISH CACF Musa Syeed Tu 12:00 – 2:45 pm* 
Futurisms (a comparative history) COMPLIT 188/ROM-STD 168 Jeffrey Schnapp W 12:00 – 2:45 pm
Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry Seminar MUSIC 266r Vijay Iyer

*An application for this course must be submitted by August 19th at 11:59pm to the Creative Writing Program, see website for more details.

Spring 2020
Sensory Ethnography 1 AFVS 158AR Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel TUE and THUR 6:00pm-7:30pm
Sensory Ethnography 2 AFVS 158BR Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel TUE and THUR 7:30pm-10:00pm
Advanced Critical Media Practice AFVS 355R Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Joana Pimenta WED 3:00pm-5:45pm
Artistic Research Workshop AFVS 251 Sohin Hwang MON 3:00pm-7:15pm
Intermediate Animation: Making an Animated Film: Studio Course AFVS 153AR Timothy Szetela MON 1:30pm-5:45pm
Intermediate Video Workshop: Studio Course AFVS 152R Robb Moss FRI 12:00pm-4:15pm
Sound and Image as Equal Partners AFVS 157G Alfred Guzzetti THUR 1:30pm-6:00pm Prerequisite: Students must have taken an AFVS (VES) video production course that uses Media Composer.
Introduction to Electroacoustic Music MUSIC 167 Hans Tutschku MON 3:00pm-5:30pm
Electronic Music Composition: Seminar MUSIC 264R Hans Tutschku DATE TBA
Sounding Identity MUSIC 284R Yvette Jackson WED 3:00-5:00pm
Digital Media Performance TDM 167L Young Joo Lee DATE TBAFall 2019

Fall 2019
Introduction to Critical Media Practice AFVS 255 Julie Mallozzi WED 12:00pm-5:45pm
Critical Printing AFVS 215 Matt Saunders and Jennifer Roberts TUE & THUR 12:00pm-2:45pm
Algorithmic Performance AFVS 161 Sohin Hwang THUR 3:00pm-7:15pm
Studio Language AFVS 231 Nora Schultz TUE 12:00pm-2:45pm & THUR 12:00pm-4:15pm
Documentary Fictions AFVS 155 Joana Pimenta FRI 12:00pm-5:45pm & WED 7:15pm-10pm
Malleable Forms (A Studio of the Political) AFVS 81R Xaviera Simmons WED 12-5pm
Making Mischief: Using Photography to Break Expectations AFVS 141BR Sharon Harper MON & WED 1:00pm-4:14pm
Intermediate Animation: Making an Animated Film: Studio Course AFVS 153AR Timothy Szetela MON 12:00pm-5:45pm
Analog Synthesizer and the Digital Age MUSIC 168 Hans Tutschku MON & WED 3:00pm-5:30pm
Immersive Storytelling Using Mixed Media TDM 169L Young Joo Lee WED 3:00pm-5:45pm
At MIT: Making Virtual Reality and Immersive Experiences 2.S972 Instructors: Ken Zolot, with visiting co-instructors Chris Boebel (MIT), Rob Jaczko (Berklee), and Rus Gant (Harvard) FRI 1:30pm-4:30pm

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.

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



CMP students are required to show work-in-progress versions of their capstone projects, and other projects related to their capstone, twice a year starting in the Spring semester of their G3 year: at a school-wide peer critique in the fall, to which all CMP students are invited; and at a school-wide faculty critique in the spring, to which CMP students, faculty, guest artists, filmmakers, and curators are invited.

Students’ work should be installed during the week prior to the critiques in the available space that is most suitable for the needs of the work. These critiques will take place during a full weekend (Friday through Sunday) twice per academic year, generally in October and in April.

This new critique program will fully start in Fall 2021, but we will launch it remotely this Spring on the evening of Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9 for the whole day. On Thursday evening we will be joined by two exciting keynote presenters, an artist and a scholar who will be presenting their work and in dialogue about Critical Media Practice, discussing how research and practice pertains to their work and process. On Friday, students will present their work in small groups organized by medium, to which we will invite specific artists, filmmakers, and guest curators. Each student will have 10 minutes to present their work in progress, followed by a 20-minute discussion. Materials (still images, moving image excerpts, full film cuts, writing) can be circulated to participants a week prior to the critiques.



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.

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

Open Call for Collaborative CMP Projects
Responding to students’ desire to foster collaboration across the multiplicity of media and materially-based practices, and between different artist-researchers CMP houses, we are making funding available for non-medium specific interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, for example: exhibitions and/or publications that bring together artists and writers around a theme or question; interdisciplinary and inter-media projects that bring together film, music, sculpture, writing, printing, painting, etc.; or web-based projects that bring together different fields and materials around one particular topic. Projects must involve a collaboration between at least two CMP students from different fields, who will facilitate the project, and can involve artists, filmmakers, and scholars from departments and schools across Harvard as well as from outside the University. Applications are available here and the deadline has been extended until October 9. Selected projects will be notified, and funding made available, in mid to late October.

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 Art, Film, and Visual 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 on November 1 and April 1 or the first weekday following each deadline. Students must have successfully completed at least one core CMP course before applying, have lined up an initial CMP advisor, and submit a link to a media project they created. Students’ departmental advisors must also agree to and sign the application.

Admission to CMP is based on demonstrated ability in media practice; engagement with artistic methods and processes; and appropriateness of media-based approaches for the students’ research interests. Students will be notified of admission before the end of the semester in which they apply.


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

CMP Capstone Proposal for approval of your capstone project (due at least three semesters before graduation)

Open Call for Collaborative CMP Projects (Deadline is extended to October 9, 2021)

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