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Postgraduate Course: Digital Playgrounds for the Online Public (ARCH11247)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to allow you to engage with the process of contextualising and creating digital media art projects that explore the Internet as a public sphere and playground for creativity.
Course description The course is directed particularly to the creative aspects of the Internet and digital media. It explores current and emerging artistic practices and theories in the virtual public sphere This course will help to strengthen the academic core of both Digital Design Media and Digital Design Media ODL programmes by supporting the transfer of theoretical aspects of design and digital media into your design practice. The course aims to expose you to discursive frameworks through which your work can be discussed and to enable you to contextualise and reflect on your own creative ideas whilst developing a project.

Indicative topics covered:

Social media art
Art for virtual worlds
Augmented Reality
Creative hacking
Shared creativity online
Artificial Intelligence and creativity
Touch screen creativity
Art apps.

To expose you to discursive frameworks through which your work can be discussed.
To enable you to contextualise and reflect on your own creative ideas whilst developing a project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an understanding of the established and emerging practices and principal theories in digital media art and the Internet as a creative platform
  2. Consider the creative potential of Internet tools and platforms and develop critical approach to their use and misuse
  3. Contextualise and reflect on your own creative practice in an appropriate written / visual form
  4. Successfully communicate ideas and approaches using academic protocols for research and writing
  5. Articulate in a creative and original way ideas through the means of digital production
Reading List
ATKINS, R., FRIELING, R., GROYS, B. & MANOVICH, L. 2008. The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, London, Thames & Hudson.
CHANDLER, A. 2005. At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet Massachusetts, MIT Press.
DIETZ, S. 2009. Public Art 2.0: Media, Technology & Community in the Interactive City. Public Art Review, 11.
GAUNTLETT, D. 2011. Making is Connecting: The Social Meaning of Creativity, from DIY and Knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0, Cambridge, Polity Press.
GERE, C. 2002. Digital Culture, Reaktion Books London.
JENKINS, H. 2006. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide New York, New York University Press.
LIESER, W. 2009. Digital Art. [Konigswinter]: Ullmann/Tandem.
MANOVICH, L. 2009. The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life: From Mass Consumption to Mass Cultural Production? Critical Inquiry 35, 319-331.
SHIRKY, C. 2010. Cognitive surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected age, Penguin.
TRIBE, M. & REESE, J. 2009. New Media Art, Taschen Benedikt Verlag Gmbh.
WANDS, B. 2006. Art of the Digital Age. London: Thames and Hudson
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills It is expected that upon completion of this course you will have gained knowledge of relevant theories and concepts in relation to digital media and acquire an in-depth understanding of a range of specialised tools and applications in this field. You will be able to use of reflection as a tool for supporting and expand your practice and develop original and creative responses through digital means.
KeywordsVirtual,Hacking,Online,Artificial Intelligence,Creativity,Art,Social Media,Augmented Reality,Digital
Course organiserDr Denitsa Petrova
Course secretaryMr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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