Project Description

Designing and Creating Transformative Media Experiences for Self, Other and World

“No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”

– Ingmar Bergman

Duration: 13 weeks Faculty: Mark Allan Kaplan
Start: last week of September, 2019 Contributing faculty: Jonathan Steigman

The moving image has a unique capacity for affecting multiple aspects of our being. Movies can make us think and feel deeply. They can give us new perspectives on self, other and world. They can immerse us in other realities and give us rich and deep embodied experiences. In fact, recent research has revealed that immersive and virtual moving image experiences can produce the same neurological and biological responses in our brains and bodies as actual lived experiences. The moving image can also have an impact collectively, affecting cultural and social change, and has been used successfully for both revolutionary and evolutionary purposes.

Transformative Media Creation and Reception is a course for people, who want to learn how to use media for supporting transformation in self, others and the world. It will illuminate the comprehensive toolkit for designing media to catalyze healing, personal growth and the evolution of consciousness on an individual and collective level.

We will learn about the co-evolutionary relationship between moving-image-based communication mediums, consciousness, media, culture and society, and how these mediums can be used as a driving force for individual and collective healing, growth, and revolutionary and evolutionary change and transformation. We will also be exploring how to consciously create and receive moving image works as a transformative practice for self, other and world through the development of both individual and group projects. No previous media-making experience required.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Know how to use media to communicate complex ideas through media-assisted embodied learning 
  • Understand how to use moving image media for personal and collective transformation, both as a creator and receiver of media, and to conceive, design, create, share and receive media in ways that can potentially cause it to act as a change agent on the individual and collective level
  • Have created your own short transformative video experiment and gotten feedback from your research and support team, and from the whole class

The course offers a blended individual and collaborative learning experience:

  • Collaborative learning, working with your peers to widen your experience and sharpen your skills, is a vital part of the course and will take place in online discussions threads and in small, self-directed assignment teams which will prepare material to share with their peers in reverse classroom sessions. Participating in the reverse classroom and presenting the content generated collaboratively by your assignment teams is designed to enhance your own learning and the knowledge and practice of your peers.
  • This collaborative learning approach is combined with a learning-by-doing approach. This includes applying your learning to your own individual projects with continual feedback and support from your assignment teams, and establishing or developing a community of practice with your team and with the greater learning community in the course.
  • Each module contains a live virtual class, assignment team meetings and a reverse classroom session where assignment teams will present what they learned as individuals and a team, exploring both unique and universal patterns of experience discovered.

After completing this course you will have the option to join our on-going transformative media community of practice, where together we will be exploring the further reaches of collaborative transformative approaches to all forms of media.

The Campus operates in the gift economy, with donations instead of set tuition fees. The recommended level of donation for this course is £950.


Mark Allan Kaplan
Mark Allan Kaplan

Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D. is an independent award-winning filmmaker and the pre-eminent theorist and practitioner of the application of Integral Theory to the cinematic arts.  Mark has a B.A. in Motion Picture and Television Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Directing from the American Film Institute, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and a Certificate in Integral Studies from Fielding Graduate University. He has worked professionally in the entertainment industry as a producer, writer, director, editor, researcher, and consultant and his creative works have been shown on television, in theaters, schools, and colleges, as well as at film festivals around the world. 

Mark has also conducted seminal research in Integral, transpersonal, transformative, and transdisciplinary approaches to film, video, and multimedia at Interval Research Corporation, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and as the Founder and Executive Director of the Integral Cinema Project (, an independent research, production and educational initiative sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society. Mark received Integral Institute’s 2008 Integral Life Award in recognition of his continuing groundbreaking research into the application of Integral Theory to cinematic media theory and practice.


Jonathan Steigman
Jonathan Steigman

Jonathan Steigman is a Bay Area activist, filmmaker, communication consultant and independent researcher. While attending the University of Chicago (BA in Art & Design) this lifelong cinephile was co-chairman of Doc Films, the oldest continuous film society in the United States. Jonathan has worked in film production and post-production in Los Angeles, New York and Prague, and also has extensive experience in sales, marketing, writing and editing. 

A childhood spent in France, Nigeria and Gabon gave him a broad appreciation of our essential global interconnectedness, while occasional stints in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco have helped him to understand different cross-cultural communication patterns. Adept in many domains of communication, Jonathan is a film and social media activist and host of the The Emperor Has No Clothes Podcast (, where he applies his knowledge to help bring awareness to the hidden structural foundations of inequality and injustice. 

Jonathan is the Director of Communications at the Integral Cinema Project and he works closely with founder Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D. to help bring the Project’s transformational media practices to a broader audience.