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Digital Arts and Culture

7AAVMART Digital Arts and Culture

20 credits module, Autumn Term (NB This module replaces 7AAV7003: Art History)

Educational aims:

The module provides grounding in the interaction between digital technologies and the study and practice of art. It draws on the established methods of art analysis and interpretation and demonstrates the effects of digital techniques and tools on Art History. The module includes an overview of the field to date, and an introduction to a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the perception, production, representation, analysis and interpretation of visual material. The classes include case studies representative of current applications of digital technologies in art practice, preservation and scholarship. The aim of the suggested preparation work and gallery visits is to enhance students’ visual perception and appreciation of real artefacts, while the lectures, recommended reading and assignments will engage further with contemporary digital culture and the virtual object. 

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will have:

  • An understanding of knowledge across the specialised areas of the histories and theories of arts computing and digital media genres frequently working with theoretical and research-based knowledge at the forefront of the academic disciplines involved.;
  • Understanding of key concepts in digital culture and familiarity with applications of select digital technologies to art conservation and scholarship, as opposed to art practice and art criticism;
  • Be able to apply a high level of conceptual and practical understanding to critically evaluate selected research projects and electronic resources in the arts;
  • A critical awareness of computer-based disciplinary research methodology and techniques that will help in widening their own research interests and skills;
  • Hands-on experience of digital research tools and techniques which will allow them to identify and understand problems pertinent to complexity of arts computing and propose solutions;
  • Critical understanding of the benefits and limitations of digital technology, and the opportunity to conduct independent research in order to communicate and justify this critique;
  • Awareness and ability to manage the implications of ethics in digital research and interpretation of virtual heritage;
  • Skills which will allow them to analyse complex areas of knowledge drawn from diverse disciplines and communicate the outcome effectively to others;
  • Developed their ability to gather data in a systematic way; to choose technology which is apt to the goals of research and use it with confidence; to write a reflective, critical analysis of these data, showing how conclusions are related to other reflective academic work in the discipline area all with minimum guidance;
  • Be able to make use of a variety of learning resources centred on the specialised disciplines discussed here with a minimum of supervision;
  • Be able to engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently.


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