Digital Media Contexts

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Term 1
SCQF Level
Design and Informatics


This module is designed to enhance students- ability to identify current and historical issues and debates around artistic practice and creative industries.


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 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.

4 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.

5 Literature and Critical Arguments

Explore related literature and its role in supporting academic critique.

6 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.

Teaching and Learning MethodHours
Supervised Practical Activity12
Unsupervised Practical Activity0

Guidance Notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2023/4, and may be subject to change for future years.