Undergraduate Projects in Critical and Creative Practices

Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Spring 2017 quarters

Taught by

media arts, media and film, experimental media
visual arts, painting, drawing
Jolie Sandoz
community studies, writing, analog game design, women's studies
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This is an opportunity for students to work on faculty-driven scholarly and creative projects. By working with faculty in a studio and research “apprentice” model, students will gain hands-on experience in visual arts studio practices, film/media production practices, the creative writing workshop focused on craft, critical research and writing, library and archival research practices, and much more.

Naima Lowe (experimental media and performance art) creates films, videos, performances, and written works that explore issues of race, gender, and embodiment. The majority of her work includes an archival research element that explores historical social relationships and mythic identities. She is currently working on a series of short films and performances that explore racial identity in rural settings. Students working with Naima will have opportunities to learn media production and post-production skills (including storyboarding, scripting, 16 mm and HD video shooting, location scouting, audio recording, audio/video editing, etc.) through working with a small crew comprised of students and professional artists. Students would also have opportunities to do archival and historical research on African-Americans living in rural settings, and on literature, film, and visual art that deals with similar themes. Students are generally best equipped for this option if they have taken at least one full year of studies in Media or Visual Arts in a program such as MediaWorks, NonFiction Media, or its equivalent.

Shaw Osha (visual art) works in painting, photography, drawing, writing, and video. She explores issues of visual representation, affect as a desire, social relationship, and the conditions that surround us. She is currently working on a project based on questions of soul in artwork. Students working with Shaw will have opportunities to learn about artistic research, critique, grant and statement writing, website design, studio work, and concerns in contemporary art making.

Joli Sandoz (creative nonfiction) directs scholarly research focused on critique and/or the writing of creative nonfiction, or critique and/or design of analog games.  This opportunity is open to people nearing the end of their Evergreen education, who may wish to pursue a major research project, senior thesis, or capstone project in their particular relevant interest. Projects of this type bring together theory and application in the critical and creative pursuit of knowledge new to the researcher.  Outstanding creative and critical projects add value to graduate school and job applications, and can enhance skills in synthesis, analysis, and creative thinking and practice. Sandoz specializes in personal and lyric essays, and in board and card games; she does not sponsor projects centered on autobiography, memoir, or computer games (interesting as those topics are).

Program Details

Fields of Study

african american studies art history communication cultural studies gender and women's studies literature media arts media studies visual arts writing

Preparatory For

creative writing, writing, education, editing, media studies, media production, visual arts, film studies, web development, and the humanities.


Fall Signature Winter Signature Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Day, Evening, and Weekend

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning