Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Digital Media Arts

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Digital Media Arts
DipHE Digital Media Arts
CertHE Digital Media Arts

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time URD13001 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY URD13001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code

W212

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Art and design

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Music and Media

Programme Leader

WEINBREN J Mr (Music & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

Equip students for employment in the Digital and Media Arts industries by providing a dynamic and challenging programme of study leading to the development of informed, reflective, innovative and collaborative practitioners.

Provide students with integrated practical and theoretical knowledge of contemporary digital arts practices and related technologies; contemporary creative industries; and socio-cultural contexts.

Enable students to develop intellectual and practical skills to inform and articulate self-reflection and critical awareness.

Develop critical and independent practitioners imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit via a commitment to professional and personal development

FHEQ Level Four focuses on skills development and is principally tutor-directed, with students responding to set briefs. In addition, FHEQ Level Four aims for fundamental skills and practices

Critical understanding of basic concepts/ideas/approaches in both studio and academic components

Development of studentship skills such as time management, organisation and ability to assimilate information in briefs to produce work relating to aim of unit

FHEQ Level Five: Builds on level Four, while focusing less on skills development and more on application of skills in an informed manner. The discrete technical skills introduced in level Four are combined in interdisciplinary manners. In addition, FHEQ Level Five aims for greater depth of understanding of skills and connections between components including production skills, studio practice, and academic (i.e. historical/cultural)

Ability to combine a range of skills/techniques as required to fulfill project briefs

Evidence of making relevant interconnections/greater conceptual understanding

More risk-taking in practice, with an awareness of the results and implications

Practice deriving from a mixture of tutor- and self-initiated ideas;

Development of studentship skills such as self-motivation and thinking/acting for oneself

FHEQ Level Six, builds on levels Four and Five but focuses on developing reflective and critically informed work with increasingly less input from tutors. In addition, FHEQ Level Six aims for historically/conceptually–embedded understanding in both studio and academic components

Independently-directed, sustained activity; depth; critical engagement with specialist practice

Resolution of ideas in reflective, critically informed manner

Ability to position oneself in relevant debates/traditions

Sophisticated understanding of discipline; including ability to discern nuances of differences in relation to broader examples of practice

Depth of skill/techniques level appropriate to student's aims and type of practice

Demonstration of studentship skills such as independent learning and self-direction

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Generate ideas independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity
Demonstrate proficiency in observation, investigation, enquiry, and visualisation
Develop ideas through to outcomes by selecting and using a range of digital media production skills, equipment, materials, processes and environments
Make intelligent connections between intention, process, outcome, context, and methods of dissemination
Demonstrate a broad critical and contextual dimensions of digital media arts
Understand issues arising from an artist's relationship with audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers, and/or participants
Engagement intelligently with major developments in current and emerging media and technologies
Show an awareness of the significance of the work of other practitioners in digital media arts
Understand critical, contextual, historical, conceptual and ethical dimensions of Digital Media Arts in particular, and art and design in general. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Articulate the artist's relationship with audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers, participants, co-workers and co- creators. K DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)
Comprehend implications and potential for Digital Media Arts presented by the key developments in current and emerging media and technologies, and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in art and design. K CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation and/or making. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)
Critically evaluate one's knowledge and understanding of Digital Media Arts. C Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)
Manage and make appropriate use of the interaction between intention, process, outcome, context, and the methods of dissemination. C Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 6)
Analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements, and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation. C DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)
Source and research relevant material, assimilating and articulating relevant findings. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Identify personal strengths and needs, and reflect on personal development. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Select, test and make appropriate use of software, materials, processes and environments. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Develop ideas through to outcomes. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Demonstrate skills in communication and expression through a range of media forms. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Utilise visual languages to investigate, analyse, interpret and articulate ideas and information. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Demonstrate competence with specialist digital arts and media technologies. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations. P DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)
Use the views of others in the development or enhancement of their work. P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Interact effectively with others through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Study independently, set goals, manage their own workloads and meet deadlines. T DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)
Anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity. T Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 6)
Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Select and employ communication and information technologies. T CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 4, 5, 6)
Demonstrate resourcefulness and entrepreneurship. T DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons) (FHEQ 5, 6)

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Students must complete the 4 compulsory/core modules and either:
Dissertation A (30 credits) or Dissertation B (15 credits) plus one of the other 15 credit optional modules offered in semester 2

Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Students must complete the 4 compulsory/core modules and either:
Dissertation A (30 credits) or Dissertation B (15 credits) plus one of the other 15 credit optional modules offered in semester 2

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
DMAP004 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) Compulsory 120 Year-long

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

All modules are compulsory.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes (module placement)
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) Y
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) Y Yes
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

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.