Description of Capstone AY2019/2020 – ARTS AND HUMANITIES


Identification of project and supervisor:

Students are encouraged to begin thinking about their capstone project in the second Semester of their third year. Students will make an initial brief proposal of their thesis or area of focus by mid-April for review by the Arts and Humanities faculty. Students who are abroad can contact the HoS with a short paragraph outline. Feedback will be provided and a supervisor will be indicated. A proposal will be completed in week 2 of Semester 1 of their fourth year in consultation with college faculty.

Range of topics and formats:

The Arts and Humanities Capstone will involve the development of a complete body of individual work. This project may involve the creation of texts, a portfolio of artworks, a performance event, a portfolio of musical compositions, a project involving original research, or comparative and analytical work, including findings from a fresh approach to a specific topic or area of study in the arts.

Activities as part of project:

The project will begin with a sustained and rigorous period of research, creative inspiration and conceptualizing of the work. Students must demonstrate a thorough contextual knowledge of their developing project. There will be concept notes, first drafts, prototypes, rough edits, drawings, compositions, or production plans. Students will use analysis, comparison, creative methodologies and focused work. Students will maintain a portfolio/notebook to record their self-reflexive insights and assessment of the developing project.

Work in Progress Seminar September/October/November – There will be a bi-weekly Seminar for discussion and presentation of work-in-progress, in which students will outline the process and progress intrinsic to their own developing project and contribute to the critical discussion of the work of others. There will be relevant thematic presentations by faculty and external speakers. There will be a strong student involvement in the facilitation of the biweekly seminar including peer writing and creation sessions as well as independent research to be conducted on their topics.

Week 6 Proposal – In Week 6 a more detailed proposal will be submitted containing an abstract, a question, a topic, a theme, a timeline, an indication of collaborative aspects, resource dependencies, and significant targets. A practice presentation will also be held in this session.

Seminar January/February/March – There will be thematic groups relevant to the completion of capstone projects. Students will continue to maintain a Portfolio/Notebook of reflexive insights and self-assessment recording their process while focusing on editing, refining and producing their final works. Students will meet regularly for discussion of their developing works and the work of others. These will be student led discussions, focusing on the creative process and issues of preparing a senior project, as well as any themes, events, prototypes, rehearsals and activities that are relevant to the group of students in the major as they move towards completion of their projects.

Expectations for student/supervisor interactions and work on the project:

All students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least twice per month, with the student providing a summary of recent activities and progress to the supervisor at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Students are expected to work on their projects for at least 10 hours each week.

Format(s) of final product:

Scholarly projects should result in a thesis of 6,000-10,000 words that includes (as appropriate) an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and an annotated Bibliography. Practical projects should result in a finished body of work and a reflective piece of 2000-3000 words, which should include evidence of the creative process and contextual factors that have influenced the work of the student. Capstones in the Creative Writing Track may request for a more flexible range (not exceeding 15,000 words for creative prose, and permitted to be below 10k for poetry capstones), provided this request is supported by the capstone supervisor(s), the Head of Study, and the Humanities Division Director.


At the end of the first semester, the students Week six proposal, portfolio/notebook, seminar participation, and body of research will be assessed and a grade will be given which will be worth 20% of the overall Capstone project grade. An IP-in progress is entered if satisfactory progress is being made in the capstone project overall. As part of the midpoint assessment students will complete a self-assessment sheet for discussion. The final assessment of the students’ scholarly or practice-based project will be conducted by the supervisor and another faculty. This combined with their reflective piece is worth 80% of the final grade.