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Clark, Pat Ryan

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research overview

  • Mr. Clark's research and creative interests have grown beyond traditional documentary practice to incorporate new modes of content delivery and experiential storytelling. Virtual reality, projection mapping, photogrammetry, full dome planetarium production workflow and experiential design have constituted the majority of his research and creative efforts during his time at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is interested in new methods of interactive storytelling and how they can be combined with traditional documentary practice. Using these ideas, he is working to redefine how artists, designers and audiences understand their world.


  • documentary, film, journalism, virtual reality, 360 video, video instillation, experimental film, interactive media, media production



courses taught

  • CMCI 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023
  • CMDP 2010 - Information, Media and Technology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Surveys the history of information technologies and modern techniques of information production, storage, transmission and retrieval. Equips students with an understanding of technological transformations in interpersonal, organizational and mass communication. Emphasis is on the technological, social and political changes that underlie the movement toward a digital society.
  • CMDP 2500 - Introduction to Media Practices
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Working in design groups, students will explore the expressive potential of media through the production of short projects, discussions, readings, formal analysis, and critique. Provide a basic introduction to media practices as an extension of "visual thinking" and through approaches to storytelling, and hybrid media forms.
  • CMDP 3210 - Interactive Digital Cultures
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Examines how the uses of interactive media have changed the classical dynamics of human communication, allowing multidirectional, non-linear and multimedia practices. In this course, students will study the various aesthetic, narrative, emotional and cultural elements of the interface in areas such as non-linear video, the web, games and hypermedia.
  • CMDP 3510 - Critical Media Practices Workshop II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2023
    Training in narrow topics of media practices. Open to CMCI students and by permission of the instructor. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • CMDP 3600 - Creative Media Making
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Focus on developing an understanding of the principles, forms and aesthetics of media production. Working in design groups on small-scale media preproduction and production exercises, screenings and critiques, students learn creative solutions to problems in realizing expressive media projects. Formerly CMDP 2600.
  • CMDP 3750 - Introduction to Extended Realities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Introduces concepts and practices associated with immersive media production, specifically as it applies to extended reality. Emphasizing hands-on experience, students will gain knowledge about basic 3D modeling, creating fully-immersive virtual reality experiences, and building augmented reality applications.
  • CMDP 4750 - Advanced Virtual Reality
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    This course provides advanced technical training in the arena of virtual reality (VR), as well as an in-depth perspective on the history of VR, its practical and artistic applications as well as its societal implications. Throughout the semester students also engage in discussions centered around best practices for immersive storytelling and user experience.
  • CMDP 4900 - Concepts and Practices of Contemporary Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Explores the application of new media technologies in depth and engages students in an ongoing dialogue about the cultural context of new media technologies and their own work. Students will produce a major media project that synthesizes methods of media making into modes of communication and expression. This is the capstone course for undergraduates in Media Production.
  • CMDP 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
  • JRNL 2001 - Fundamentals of Reporting Technologies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Develops news-gathering skills for work in news enterprises. Students learn skills for working with technologies used in news reporting and in storytelling for various media formats. Students are introduced to a range of technologies for recording, editing and producing. Students encouraged to take concurrently with JRNL 2000.
  • JRNL 4874 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Special Topics
  • JRNL 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021
  • JRNL 5001 - Media Technology Boot Camp
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020
    Offers a foundation in the technologies of journalistic storytelling across a variety of established and emerging media platforms, such as print, television, radio, online publications, blogs, social media and emerging forms of communication. Students will emerge from the course with basic competence in the technical tools they will need as journalists.
  • JRNL 5851 - Graduate Professional Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Summer 2021
  • JRNL 5931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018


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