Accessible Media Production Field Placement

Students in the Accessible Media Production graduate certificate program at Mohawk College have the opportunity to put into practice the theoretical knowledge they gain from their academic courses. During the Capstone 2 course, students will have the opportunity to participate and contribute to the accessible media field, network and interact with industry professionals, all while gaining valuable professional work experience.

Capstone 2 and Field Placement gives students the chance to learn in a real life situation.

The primary focus of placement is:

  • To expose students to industry professionals, agencies, and businesses.
  • To enable the student to integrate classroom theories, field placement experiences and techniques used in the field.
  • To offer the student challenge and stimulus to learn, investigate, and apply theories and skills.
  • To bring the student into contact with professionals and to facilitate his/her professional growth.
  • To identify strengths and goal areas which may be developed through the educational program.
  • To offer graduated entry into the field of accessible media production.
  • To provide an opportunity to evaluate his/her vocational choice.
  • To enable the student to assess his/her own performance in the field.

Information for Students

Capstone 2 Project

During the second semester, students will continue to collaborate with stakeholders in the disability community, a disability-focused industry, or an organization seeking to enhance their accessibility to produce focussed scholarly and project work from an accessibility media perspective with a faculty advisor. This project work will link to the student’s field placement experience and be supported through seminars and discussions to produce a final accessible media project that will be presented to the accessible media and disability community.

Field Placement Requirements

Students may be required to provide documentation at the request of an agency (i.e. Medical forms, first aid, police clearance, etc.). All costs associated with obtaining the required documentation are the responsibility of the student.

The complete package of signed forms (which includes the Student Declaration Form, Employer Declaration Form and the Student Safety Checklist) must be returned to the Accessible Media Production Coordinator or submitted to the Capstone 2 drop box before a student can begin placement.

Field Placement Prerequisites

Prerequisite and co-requisite courses to the Capstone 2 course provide important knowledge and essential skills as students begin their placements. Prior to Capstone 2, the student is required to successfully complete all semester 1 classes. Please refer to the Capstone 2 course outline and learning plan for further details.

Field Placement Selection

The field work placement prepares the student for work in the field and should represent as much as possible the actual work the students will be called upon to do after graduation. The agency itself facilitates the integration of the student’s classroom learning within the field practicum experience, but students are supported through their Capstone 2 course work and faculty advisor to apply the essentials of accessible media production.

All placements are facilitated and approved by the Capstone 2 faculty member and Accessible Media Production Coordinator. As soon as placement has been approved, students must contact the placement agency and arrange an initial meeting/interview with the agency supervisor at the placement. Obtaining an interview with a prospective agency does not guarantee a placement. This must take place before the starting date of placement.

Students are encouraged to work with their Capstone 2 faculty member and the Accessible Media Production Coordinator to arrange for a placement experience that best meets their individual goals and schedule. Each field placement experience will be unique to the individual student.

Field Placement Hours

Capstone 2: 84 hours = 70 hours of field placement & 14 hours of project work

Students are to complete the hours in the second semester of the program. Each field placement experience will be unique to the individual student and placement agency. Each student will work with their industry supervisor and faculty member to arrange the field placement opportunity.

Individual agencies may have particular expectations (stated or un-stated) for additional investment and commitment of time and energy to agency goals; however, these may not reflect the standard of the field in general. Notwithstanding this, the student is expected to have the flexibility to adapt to agency standards and policies.

 

Information for Employers