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DMA Project Guidelines


The DMA project is an exercise of a practical nature with a practical result. This is in contrast to the DMA document, which is a scholarly paper. The DMA project does require a written component, which is usually a detailed description of the carrying out of the project chronologically from initial idea to completion. The paper should also have a retrospective, describing what did or did not go according to plan, how successful the project was, reactions of others to the project, etc. The paper must be well written, but it does not require footnotes or bibliography.

Some DMA projects may involve writing only, such as those dealing with pedagogy. Such projects must be intended for publication, so there is a practical result. Simply writing a paper is not enough.

Other types of DMA projects have included: a professionally produced and marketed CD recording, and organizing a substantial off-campus concert series, conference presentations, or similar event. Other types of projects are possible, subject to approval.

DMA projects are supervised by an advisor and two additional committee members. The studio teacher is the default advisor, unless another faculty member is willing to serve as advisor.

Submission of Proposals

The CCM College Office has DMA Project Proposal forms, as well as Project Conclusion forms. DMA project proposals are to be thorough and clear, but concise, no more than a few pages. The proposal should include what the written component will be. The proposal does not need footnotes or bibliography, since it is not a scholarly endeavor.

In contrast to DMA document proposals, which are submitted to the Thesis Committee, DMA project proposals are submitted to

  1. the advisor and two committee members,
  2. the department chair,
  3. the appropriate division head, and
  4. the Associate Dean / Director of Graduate Studies.

Approval is indicated by signatures on the proposal form. The proposal may be sent back to the student from any of these levels for revisions or modifications.  Final approval is given by the Associate Dean /Director of Graduate Studies, who notifies the student. When submitting to the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies, please make sure to have

  1. the signed approval form and
  2. the proposal itself, which should be submitted electronically in PDF format. (The signed proposal form may be submitted in person, but the proposal should be in PDF.)

Project Completion

Once the project is complete, the written component and any other relevant documentation pertaining to the project are submitted to the three committee members. They indicate approval by signing the completion form.  Once approved, please take the following steps:

  1. Submit the signed completion form to the CCM College Office.
  2. Submit all project documentation to the CCM College Office for the purposes of graduation verification.  As much as possible, given the nature of the project, the final submission should also be digital/electronic and sent to the Associate Dean/Director of Graduate Studies. Written documentation should be prepared in Adobe PDF-A format (if possible). PDF-A is a more secure, archival version of a traditional PDF file, and some word processing programs will allow you to convert immediately to PDF-A. If this is not possible, written material should be submitted in simple PDF format.
  3. Plans are underway for projects to be archived in the UC Digital Commons. Once this is established (target Spring 2015), your signature will be required on a release form at the time you submit your completion form.