Creativity and the Archive INFOSTUD5027

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will allow participants to explore the relationship between archives and the creative industries. Students will be introduced to various aspects of creativity and archives, including: the processes by which artists create archives; how archives can manage, promote and provide access to creative archives; how archives support the creative industries; the significance of the digital turn for creativity and archives; and the legal, technical and practical contexts for managing creative archives. Students will be encouraged to think about how their practices as archivists can support and influence the way in which creativity is represented and promoted in archives.


1 x weekly lecture (1 hour) x 10 weeks, 1 x weekly experiential session (1 hour) x 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Portfolio of blog posts (2,500 words) 50%

Final essay (2,500 words) 50%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enhance their knowledge of the legal, ethical and practical contexts for archives of creative work;

■ Explore the ways in which archivists support, and inform, work in the creative industries;

■ Engage in a critical debate on the implications of the digital turn for creative work;

■ Critically evaluate the relationship between archival practice and a range of creative outputs;

■ Develop their public writing through regular blogging

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Describe the relationship between archives and the creative industries (portfolio);

■ Examine how creative work is, and can become, archival in nature (portfolio);

■ Recognise how new technologies inform creativity and the "archival" (portfolio);

■ Apply relevant knowledge to the appraisal, description and preparation of archival materials for creative purposes (essay);

■ Critically appraise creative outputs through the application of key archival theories (essay).

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.