Independent studies are self-guided research projects based on a student's area of interest. Students must be aware that projects are independent - the instructor's role is guidance and evaluation, but an instructor may not be an expert in the topic at hand.
The student, in consultation with a mentor, must submit an Independent Study contract.
The contract must identify specific readings and assignment schedules. The contact must be submitted to the chair of the department, who may or may not, approve the independent study.
In the description section, the student must define measurable goals. "Learn Premiere" is vague and unmeasurable, while "Produce a video piece of at least three minutes in length, containing superimposed lower thirds graphics, narration and background audio and music, and transition effects on the topic of campus printing costs" is more measurable.
If approved, students must meet with the instructor according to a predefined schedule set by the instructor.
Students are reminded that accepting an independent study proposal from a student is at the instructor of that topic's discretion.
Students may take no more than 6 credits of independent study within the program, and an independent study may not be taken on a topic if a course pertaining to that topic will be taught in that academic year.