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Capstone Project Meeting

Develop systems and methodologies for solving real-world problems

Description

Once you have completed coursework both in and out of the classroom, it is time to put your skills to the test.  In the Capstone Project class, you will be assigned a real-world project. Working closely with your instructor, you will need to design everything from start to finish.  Your instructor is there to guide you all along the way.

Whether beginning in a new field or continuing at your existing job, the goal of the Capstone Project is to prepare you for the next step in your career. The specific project will vary according to the program or bootcamp, your goals, and instructor.

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Capstone Project Guidelines

Graphic & Video Design
  • Examples of Capstone design projects would be composite graphics, content for marketing, logo or branding design, brochures,  complex layouts (print and/or web), web mockup layouts for multiple devices, short pamphlets, books with multiple chapters, video content and similar. 
  • It is expected that more than 1 design asset will be assigned to complete the Capstone Project.
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their portfolio and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivert, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. 
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using design tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade
Web Design
  • Examples of Capstone web projects would be a fully functioning website designed using the latest authoring tools and practices.  It is expected that a student would create a responsive website in its entirety, demonstrating techniques that would lead to employment in this field.
  • It is expected that a complex website will include a minimum of 5 pages of content and custom HTML/CSS/JS to complete the Capstone Project.
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their portfolio and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivery, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. 
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern web design tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade
Digital Marketing
  • Unlike other Capstones where the final deliverable is tangible (e.g. create a logo/branding package, brochure, etc), in digital marketing the focus is on all of the marketing skills to deliver a comprehensive marketing plan on behalf of a business, non-profit or similar.
  • The final deliverable would be a combination of the student presentation to you (as if in a real-world client meeting) and a professional, printed report (as if handed into a potential client) that shows the planning and research for a marketing plan.  The finished product is something a student could show in an interview and that they comprehend all strategies/concepts from their program. 
  • A professional marketing plan includes:
  • – Explain customer/audience//target demographics in detail
    – SWOT analysis
    – Competitive Advantage
    – Mission / Vision
    – Customer Lifetime Value
    – Customer Voice
    – Keyword research for SEO
    – Landing page examples with solid content showing keyword strategy and on-page SEO
    (which program to use to design this depends on the student)
    – Define custom audiences for Social Media
    – Write several social media ads and highlight the audience for each
    – Traffic predictions and insights for social media advertising campaign
    – Design an email marketing campaign
    – Keyword research to draft Google Ads
    – Incorporate ideas around how Google Analytics will be used to track efforts
    – Content marketing / Write an initial blog post using solid keyword research / Create some graphics for digital campaigns

  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their portfolio and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivery, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. 
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern web design tools to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade
Blueprint
  • Examples of Blueprint Program Capstone project assets would be a professional letter/document in Word, a budget in Excel, creating appointments/events in Outlook, and a short presentation in PowerPoint.
  • Consider projects that will help a student to build their productivity tools and ultimately be better prepared to land a job in their respective industry/field.
  • The instructor is available during the Capstone to act as a mentor through the project delivery, while the student does all of the actual design work independently.
  • The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. 
  • Upon completion, students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work using modern tools as taught in the Blueprint program to be able to demonstrate to the instructor for a passing grade
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Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Capstone Project, students:

  • Discuss the requirements and design a project that will help move forward in career goals
  • Understand that self-motivated projects strengthen individual processes and problem-solving capabilities
  • Identify a company, organization or non-profit to create “assets” in their behalf.  Or research a related company for a use case if necessary.
  • Work closely with an instructor meet project deadlines
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Capstone Includes:

  • 4 hours of 1-on-1 meeting time (four 1-hour meetings), plus additional time to independently complete the project
  • One month of technical support
  • Certificate of Completion
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Meeting Objectives

  • Capstone Meeting 1:
    Discuss project scope and next steps
  • Capstone Meeting 2:
    Progress check-in
  • Capstone Meeting 3:
    Progress check-in
  • Capstone Meeting 4:
    Present finished project
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Pre-requisites:

  • All coursework for a certificate program must be completed prior to registering for Capstone Project.  See program details for more information.
Training Type

Student, self-paced work with instructor mentoring.  Delivered in a one-on-one learning model.

Financial Aid

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Certificate Programs & Bootcamps

All programs end in a Capstone Project. Learn more about our Certification Programs and Bootcamps.

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