Module code: DMA1001

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

STEWART G Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 30
Coursework ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment

An individual presentation made be delivered as an alternative for the group presentation.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Because of the specific forms of work, social interaction, and artistic practice they facilitate, digital technologies pose a unique set of problems to the practices of social, cultural, and philosophical analysis. This module introduces students to the major critical debates that have emerged around digital culture, providing them with a contextual framework with which they can situate past and present art practices.

Module aims

Introduce students to key issues in Digital Cultures

Give students access to core theoretical arguments relating to Digital Cultures from which to draw in subsquent studies.

Present relevant historical and theoretical arguments from Digital Cultures in order to contextualise subsequent studies of Digital Media Arts.

Explore the different contexts and styles of theoretical writing and expression.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand of the place of Digital Media Arts in a wider context of theoretical knowledge and issues KC
2 Describe interactions between intention, process, outcome, context, and the methods of dissemination, via the topics studied in relation to Digital Media Arts and Digital Cultures. KC
3 Demonstrate an appreciation of the critical, contextual, historical and transmedial relevance of Digital Cultures within a Digital Media Arts and Art and Design Framework KC
4 Demonstrate an awareness of key implications and potential for Digital Media Arts as presented by key developments in current and emerging media and technologies, and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in art and design. KC
5 Working effectively in groups PT
6 Articulating ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms PT
7 Presenting ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Relevant theoretical perspectives will be presented alongside current and important historical events in Digital Media Arts, in order to give them context. Students will be introduced to core theoertical ideas in Digital Culture including but not limited to:


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: give students a solid background in Digital Culture, which they can then use in subsequent studies, developing them as appropriate. Providing an overview of core theories and activities within digital culture is also intended to expose students to the multiplicity of potential approaches available to them in later studies.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lecture 1 hour x 11 weeks.
Seminar 1 hour x 11 weeks.
Student lead lecture and seminar  (group presentation) 2 hours x 3 weeks.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate application of the theoretical concepts that they have learned (essay), and to express these through a group presentation in which they will be asked to address a core topic in Digital Cultures and engage with this in some critical depth.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Written assessment (essay – 70%, 2000 words, week 10)

·         Group Presentation (30%, 15 min, week 13) Student-led lecture and seminar; each group to have a 15 mins in which they must present their research findings and lead group discussion accordingly.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be expected to submit a short presentation in which they discuss one of the core concepts of the coruse in it’s preliminary stages. Feedback will be provided on both the content and aptitude of this presentaition. (week 6), as well as receiving direct feedback during seminars

Tutorials will be available as required.

Reading list

Reading list for DIGITAL CULTURES :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.