Digital Arts: Histories and Theories THEATRE5037

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with current debates, practices and research methods in the study of digital arts. Students will study digital arts practice, theory and history, and will explore contemporary discussions about the place of aesthetics in the digital era. The course also involves students undertaking intensive research and critical writing tasks concerning the position of the digital in the arts and creative practice.


10x2 hour sessions as scheduled on MyCampus.(1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar) 

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Project Output: Portfolio. Throughout the semester students are asked to complete EITHER short writing assignments (500 words) or practical exercises (c.2 minutes) every two weeks that critically examines one of the examples of digital artworks that they have been exposed to in the course, either in lectures or in their self-directed fieldwork. At the end of the semester student will choose 3 of their strongest pieces to submit as a portfolio.


Final Essay:  Students will complete a final essay of 3,500 words based on one of the weekly topics, to be agreed with the course tutor.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Explore and evaluate key texts and debates in the contemporary field of digital arts

■ Examine the historical conditions for digital arts practice in the fields of visual art, performance and music

■ Facilitate historically and theoretically informed practice in the digital arts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate key theoretical texts in the field of digital arts

■ Analyse and develop critiques of digital artworks based on the development of a chosen theoretical framework 

■ Examine and evaluate historical approaches to the study of digital arts practice

■ Utilise skills in forward planning, time management and self-evaluation

■ Utilise information retrieval and research skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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