HSS8120 : Creative Digital Practice

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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
• To develop students’ familiarity with critical arguments concerning the intersection of culture and

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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture33:009:00mixture of lecture and seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00mixture of lecture and seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops24:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1176:00176:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision11:001:00N/A
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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation301A1030 minute presentation of work including Q&As
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M50Group work producing a creative piece, on a concept or theory. Project work; a proof of concept, or body of creative work
Essay1A202,000 words reflective report or essay
Written exercise1A20Please upload documentation of your work development, reading materials you engaged with, technologies you looked at.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group Design or creative project
To introduce the potential of transdisciplinary working, students will work in groups to produce a creative piece, responding to one of the concepts or theories covered in this module.

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.

Reflective Log
Documentation and use of discursive on-line tools ( reflective log) will facilitate the assessment of the project development as a process and the student’s ability to communicate theoretical and technical knowledge to a variety of audiences, which is one of the aims of this module

Reading Lists