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This is the page for the Graduate Research Seminar 2015-201 run by Steve Rushton

The outcome of the seminar is a Graduate Project Proposal (1500 words) and a Thesis (8000 words).

The seminar will comprise individual tuition and occasional group sessions on specific methods (including peer to peer commentary, editing and proofing)

This page will be used to upload information on your Project Proposal and Thesis.

7 Oct

The AIM of this weeks seminar is to focus particularly on the description of the proposed project:

10:00 Meet and Steve will give intro

10:30 Split into studio groups

Read each other's drafts and give feedback

Each writer will remain silent whilst they listen to the readers' feedback

Make sure your reader gets the answer to these questions:

1) What is the project? (give as concrete a description as possible)

2) What are the practical steps needed to make it?

13:00 Work on your proposal, dealing with the pointers your peers have made.

16:00 Meet as group to chart progress and set achievable aims for the next session (for your proposal AND your practical work)


You may be asking yourself:

Question: “What do I need to do ahead of the next Graduate Research seminar?”

Answer: “Two things: write a concrete proposal and make a prototype or experiment relating to said proposal”.

Recap: you are all pretty strong on analyzing the method you use and all of you have something interesting to read and write about, so now you need to A] write very practically about what you could make and how you would make it and place that at the beginning of your proposal (don't begin with abstract, theoretical things, the people assessing your proposal will first want to know what the project will be before they find out why it exists and the ideas behind it) B] make something (a model or a small prototype) ahead of the next session (October 7).

The deadline is the 16 November, which will fly by, so apply yourself to the task of writing as practical proposal as possible and making real work to test the proposal(s) you make.

When we meet next week I want to see material progress since the draft you made during the last session.


  1. Proposal: Tinder Aesthetics 16-11-15
  2. Proposal: Nr. 39 with Rice 16-11-15


  • Benjamin:
  1. Proposal: Tinder Aesthetics (11-11-15)---> needs minor edits
  1. Proposal: Nr. 39 with Rice (16-11-15) ---> adjustment are still made, framework stands

+ arantxa https://pzwiki.wdka.nl/mediadesign/PROPOSAL

Thesis preamble 9-12-15

Today. Thesis: making a start

-- gathering stuff together for thesis

1) gather research material (remember your proposal is a very valuable document and could provide the basis for your thesis)

2) gather annotations

3) compile bibliography (then choose five key texts from your list)

4) thesis outline (abstract)

Get as much done as you can today, aim to get it all together for the first session (8 Jan 2016)


The task this week is to work on the above, with the aim of having a good thesis outline in time with your thesis tutor (after 18 January)

Read this:

A Guide to Essay Writing

These are the key dates:

Thesis outline (January 18)

Chapter one (February 15)

First Draft: review progress of thesis (February 29)

Second Draft reviewed (May 9)


You will work out tutorials with your writing tutor, they will be orientated around the above dates.



Steve’s group

Make link to latest version of thesis here and log aims for next meeting

Lucas Initial Thesis Outline - 18th Janaury

Lucas Chapter 1 draft (February 2016)

Lucas-Aims for next meeting

Sol Thesis Outline

Sol Thesis First Draft

Sol-Aims for next meeting

Yuzhen Thesis Outline here

Yuzan Aims for next meeting

Cihad Thesis outline

Cihan-Aims for next meeting

Benjamin Thesis Outline

Benjamin-Aims for next meeting

Thomas Outline 18.01.16

Thomas- Aims for next meeting

Thesis 20.03.16

Marloes de Valk’s group

This group will meet with Marloes on the 21st January

Manetta (outline)

Cristina outline

Ruben - Thesis Outline

Annet’s group

Arantxa [| Thesis outline]



Allyson https://pzwiki.wdka.nl/mediadesign/Thesis_Outline_-_Due_Jan_18 https://pzwiki.wdka.nl/mediadesign/Structured_Outline



Joana: https://pzwiki.wdka.nl/mediadesign/Joana%27s_Draft_Thesis

Second readers

> Simon = Benjamin - Cihad

> Steve = Ruben

> Aymeric = Joana - Manetta

> Marloes = - Thomas

> Michael= Cristina - Jules

> Annet = Lucas

> David = Arantxa - Allyson

> Barend = Solange - Yuzhen

general tips:

1) Communication - Think of the reader. It is not safe to assume they have knowledge of what you are writing about. Even if they do have knowledge this needs to be contextualized. Generally people appreciate clarity.

2) Description - Remember to describe the texts you are citing (synopsis of relevant arguments) and the things you are discussing (your own work, the work of others).

3) Citation - give appropriate acknowledgment of the text/work you are citing. Do not leave it to the end of the process to place citations, as your texts grow more complex and longer this becomes a tedious task so give citations as you go. Use the Harvard method.

4) Notation - always take notes and log your sources.

5) Identify and eliminate bad habits as you go - this saves time. Examples: its/it's / i/I

6) Bibliography

n) stop wiki sloppiness - this is the page through which we communicate so always make a link to the latest version on this page