Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

New Media Arts: Theory and Practice FTV4099

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Through practical and theoretical studies, students will explore the material qualities of their chosen medium. The exploration will be in the context of contemporary image making processes (e.g. video installations, experimental films, animation/computer generated images, web-based arts). Through video making processes, students will explore practice as a method of investigating and discovering new concepts and approaches.


8 x 1hr seminar; 8 x 2hr studio/workshop delivered as part of a weekly 3hr session. 8 x 2hr screenings delivered weekly over eight weeks, as scheduled in MyCampus. In addition to the eight sessions, students will have two self-directed but supervised sessions.  This is one of the Honours options in Film and Television Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Film and Television Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Essay (1,500 words) - 25%

Individually assessed group presentation (10 minutes duration) - 20%

Visual and Textual Diary (minimum of 3 best experimentations) and 5 minutes refined video work/digital media art - 55%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ engage with the materiality and potentials of diverse forms of moving image construction enabling an exploration of new concepts and cinematic experiences

■ approach practice as a form of research and discovery of ideas from which feasible projects can be developed

■ introduce practical and conceptual skills in digital image production

■ deliver a transferable set of production skills such as image compositing and editing

■ develop critical skills necessary for creative process in moving image making and theoretical investigation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ recognise the physical nature of a medium and explore its potentialities throughout the production process;

■ understand and apply practice as a form of investigation to form concepts and design feasible projects;

■ understand and apply animation/moving image principles and techniques to effectively animate text, still imagery and create videos

■ evaluate and apply appropriate compositing techniques to effectively integrate shot footage, audio, still imagery and animation to create a video sequence

■ apply extensive levels of experimentation to demonstrate a critical and creative engagement with the chosen medium and to produce refine and complex films or media artworks

■ critically reflect on creative making process and theoretical exploration of relevant concepts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.