Digital Media & Information Studies MA

Digital Creativity INFOST4004

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will allow participants to analyse how the digital turn has affected creative practice, reuse, and reception across a range of multimedia creative outputs. In it, we will examine various multimedia texts in order to illuminate how new forms of creativity are enabled and influenced by the shifting legal, social and technological contexts of digital media. Students will have the opportunity to create a small digital media text, and to reflect upon how their own work fits into key critical frameworks for understanding digital creativity.


10x2hr integrated lecture/seminar sessions; over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Information Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

INFOSTUD4016 - Digital Creativity 




Essay (3,500 words) -70%

Oral presentation (5-10 minutes) 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

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. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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:

■ Critically evaluate a range of multimedia creative outputs in light of key academic readings.

■ Enhance students' knowledge of legal, ethical and practical frameworks that influence digital creativity.

■ Explore the extent to which the digital turn is disrupting working practices in the creative industries.

■ Examine how digital creative practices relate to wider social, economic, and theoretical contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Define and explain key concepts in creativity and digital media.

■ Recognise how digital technologies challenge concepts of the personal archive, and the "archival".

■ Apply relevant critical and cultural theories to the creation and interpretation of digital media texts.

■ Develop, plan and pitch a creative project using a range of digital archival sources.

■ Critically appraise their own creative outputs through the application of key theoretical and practical 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.