Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

HSS8120 : Creative Digital Practice (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Content summary aims
• To introduce students to creative, practice based research;
• To introduce students to a set of non-linear technologies and tools;
• To encourage students to adopt methods from Research through Art and Design;
• To illuminate the professional and creative contexts of digital culture and practice;
• To encourage students to locate their digital practice within a wider theoretical and critical
framework;
• To develop students’ familiarity with critical arguments concerning the intersection of culture and
technology.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides an introduction into contemporary computational technologies and theories of creative digital practice, and investigates their interconnection. It introduces new technologies and their creative potentials. The module provides background for a critically informed creative digital practice and explicitly aligns this criticality with a set of relevant fields and influences, including: Science and Technology Studies, the philosophy study of ‘thingness’, critical design, ethnographic studies of people and technology, approaches from the Digital Humanities and Interaction Design. In particular it emphasises methods from Research through Art and Design as a way of building an enquiring, research-oriented and experimental modality into creative practice. The module integrates these approaches thematically and provides context for students on how the same problem is examined differently among them. This module is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops.

The module covers various aspects of creative digital practice:
• The history of art and computational technology
• Engagement with and appropriation of emerging technologies
• Practice-based research
• Research through Art and Design
• The generation of new work grounded in theory
• Understanding design processes through written reflection and literature review

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture24:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture33:009:00mixture of lecture and seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00mixture of lecture and seminar
Guided Independent StudyProject work1175:30175:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision20:451:30N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The combination of lectures, workshops and seminars allow the presentation of key theoretical concepts and basic technological techniques. The lectures will be used as a vehicle for presenting and contextualising theoretical ideas and debates. The workshops will present variety of digital media and allow students to engage with the basics of prototyping techniques. This helps students to identify their technological strength and choose the most relevant technologies for their practices. The seminar will introduce students to ways of thinking critically about the interrelationship of digital culture and their practice, and the transdisciplinary nature of their research. Seminars will be used for critical analysis of the primary and secondary reading, for student presentations and for research and writing workshops. The tutorial will allow for a Q&A session regarding the assessment of the module. This combination of teaching and learning methods may facilitate students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to become familiar with complex concepts.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M60Public exhibition of creative project
Essay1A40Critically explore an aspect of presented lecture topics (less than 2000 words) using course blog or similar to present docs
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Creative project
Students will work to produce a creative piece, responding to a brief set at near the end of semester one. The project will allow them to explore their new technical skills and relate them to their existing practice while being challenged to consider new themes and theories.

Online Critical Essay
This will ensure students have engaged with appropriate resources (bodies of literature, catalogues, humanities-related research methodologies). The essay will allow students to explore theoretical concepts, which will inform and ground hands-on experimentation in practical modules. The format will include documentation of their projects and make use of the chosen online platform to showcase their work.

Reading Lists

Timetable