Digital Media Concepts | Abertay University

Digital Media Concepts


This module will focus on developing the student’s ability to define contextual domain and map discourse in relation to the field of computer arts.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: an understanding of the current thinking, issues and tensions within the field of Computer Arts and to be able to identify and evaluate the work of practitioners which serve as creative responses to these issues.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify important trends in the emergence of digital media through sustained research of practice and practitioners

2.  Undertake discourse mapping to understand and evaluate identified trends

3.  Understand the relationship between different modes of digital production and their shared origins.

4.  Evaluate and communicate research findings

Indicative Content

1 Lecture Series:

Lectures relating to current thinking, history and trends within their specialist area of practice

2 Set Domain:

Develop an understanding of the field of digital media and its roles and domains of practice

3 Discourse Mapping:

Become familiar with the issues, debates, and tensions in digital arts and media

4 Critique Techniques:

Within class, participate in tutor-led debate around identified issues within digital arts and media

5 Dissemination Techniques:

Explore techniques for dissemination of research finding and apply appropriate techniques to meet the needs of the project brief.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will attend a series of lectures that explore specialist field of study in relation to trends and current thinking. These lecture sessions are complemented by group tutorials where staff and students discuss issues surrounding the topic of the week and also explore academic practices which can be utilised to evaluate and enhance understanding of these trends and the domain more broadly. Students will present work in progress research in the form of a visual or video essay to receive feedback during a structured feedback session mid-semester. Final dissemination of the outcomes of the research process will be presented and/or submitted at the end of the semester to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 88
Independent 88

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.