Undergraduate Course: Screen Cultures (DESI10060)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Screen Cultures aims to investigate the development of screen technology and content through the 20th Century and look into the future of this ubiquitous form. This course introduces students to the extensive nature of screen cultures by examining key texts in both historic and contemporary culture and to enable students to think about the connection between screens and material design practice in a critically engaged way. As this pervasive technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, Screen Cultures will be of importance to students from a variety of disciplines including art and design, visual culture, music, digital media studies and film studies.
Screen Cultures is designed to critically engage with the wider screen world (within and outside the design disciplines) and consider how these screens can reflect, represent and interrogate different disciplines. Core contemporary critical debates in screen cultures focuses on mainstream film and television, and the course will examine these, however we will also look beyond this to consider emerging areas such as alternative distribution, gaming and immersive technologies.
The course will be divided into two main thematic areas; the analogue and the digital. Each of these will in turn be broken down to examine the following broad areas including: Film, Animation, television, material culture on screens, identity, digital shift, augmented realities, exhibition space, music & screen.
You will be introduced to a range of key textual sources on screen cultures as well as screen-based materials. The primary mode of delivery is lecture-based and you will have the opportunity to actively participate in debate through seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 9,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Students will be required to submit a 500-word written proposal and plan for the final assessment, including an indicative bibliography. This will be submitted in week 6.
Students will be required to submit a 3000-word essay based on their 500-word proposal. This will be submitted in week 11.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
The Summative Assessment takes the form of one 3000 word written submission (essay), which will be graded against the three Learning Outcomes. Each outcome will be weighted equally.
||Written feedback and indicative grades for the formative assessment will be released on the VLE within 15 working days of the submission date. Written feedback and grades will also be given for the summative assessment. This will also be released on the course VLE within 15 working days of the submission date.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Use a variety of appropriate research approaches to show an understanding and awareness of the subject area of screen cultures.
- Undertake a critical analysis and evaluation of selected examples to demonstrate the relationship between screen cultures and design practices.
- Convey research findings in an articulate and appropriately illustrated essay which communicates your understanding of screen cultures.
|The television will be revolutionized - Amanda D. Lotz 2014 (electronic resource) |
The language of new media - Lev Manovich 2002 (electronic resource)
Moving innovation: a history of computer animation - Tom Sito 2013
Show sold separately: promos, spoilers, and other media paratexts - Jonathan Gray 2010
Paratexts: thresholds of interpretation - Gerard Genette 1997
Convergence culture: where old and new media collide - Henry Jenkins 2008
Screen studies and industrial 'theorizing' - J. T. Caldwell 01/03/2009
Welcome to the Viral Future of Cinema (Television) - John T. Caldwell 2005
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Upon completion of the course students will:
1) Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them and be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge;
2) Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking;
3) Make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding;
4) Be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another; understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues.
|Keywords||Screen cultures,performance,promotion,installation,digital worlds,identity,material culture
|Course organiser||Dr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
|Course secretary||Ms Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713