Digital Media Contexts


This module is designed to enhance students’ ability to identify and form a critical argument in relation to issues within their domain of practice.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with a set of academic tools with which they can analyse, and evaluate issues, trends and work which sits within their area of practice in order to be able to form and disseminate a critical argument

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand art media histories and their impact upon traditions of creative practice.

2.  Interpret the political, social, and economic context of chosen practice and practitioners.

3.  Form strategies of understanding and apply tools for critique of the chosen domain.

4.  Disseminate critical argument appropriate to the subject domain.

Indicative Content

1 Historical Traditions of Creative Practice

Through a series of presentations, historical snapshots will be analysed which discuss the traditions of fields of practice, identifying key practitioners of the time and key works.

2 Creative Work in Context

The study of creative works and the ways in which the environmental, political, social and economic context within which it was created can be seen to influence the final form and its reception

3 Histories of Related Problems

Through the identification of a specific area of interest, problems surrounding a historical practitioner will be explored and used as a tool to understand the practice and final work of the individual.

4 Art Media History and Current Practices

In relation to a specific area of interest, connections will be built between historical practices and current trends in art and media production.

5 Forming Critical Arguments

Analysis of academic writing around the field of practice will form a case study to allow students to enhance their understanding of critical argument creation.

6 Literature and Critical Arguments

Explore related literature and its role in supporting academic critique.

7 Dissemination Practices

Traditions and new forms of academic practice will be explored to not only inform research but also the final form of students’ coursework.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

A series of historical art lectures will form a basis from which students will be expected to build a foundation for a critical argument positioned in an art history context. Tutorial sessions will expand students’ understanding of the issues surrounding artistic practice and will equip them with critical techniques to build their own portfolio of related research and an academic argument. Students will create ‘chunks’ or written analysis in relation to historical contexts surrounding chosen key moments in art media history which will be presented as a work-in-progress portfolio for feedback in mid-semester structured feedback week. Students will develop their portfolio of research into a form of interactive dissemination (i.e. Wiki page) and will formalise a critical argument in the form of a short academic paper.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 12
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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.