History MA/MA(SocSci)

Archaeology, Games and Interactive Media ARCH4070

  • 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

Digital media are used with increasing frequency across archaeology and cultural heritage, and the skills needed to design, commission and create digital media are in demand. This course will blend practical making and design activities with critical thinking and discussion to provide a rounded introduction to contemporary digital media production. The course does not require any pre-existing digital specialism.


2x1hr workshops per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Archaeology and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (1,500 words) - 40%

Design Portfolio (1,500 words) - 40%

Interactive Media Project (1,000 words) - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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:

■ Introduce students to the design, development and use of interactive digital media within an archaeological and heritage setting

■ Develop critical and creative skills necessary to design and commission a piece of digital media

■ Gain knowledge in developing technical skills in order to complete a simple digital media project

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Design interactive media for specific archaeological and heritage settings

■ Develop a design brief and commission a piece of digital media

■ Create simple digital media projects from scratch

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.