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ARTD3035 Digital Practices and Theory

Module Overview

This module is one of the common option modules that can be taken by students from all of the programmes. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, it is likely that your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your programme’s disciplines and subject areas. This module is liable to bring together students from all the programmes and pathways giving you the opportunity to engage with analysis of your own and others’ ideas in a challenging and creative environment.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • key critical debates prevailing in moving image production and position your ideas and work in relation to an intended context/target audience;
  • the technical application and use of soundtrack within your practice;
  • contemporary publishing distribution strategies.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • question, test and evaluate your own work;
  • identify approaches within your discipline that are necessary to manifest your ideas;
  • identify skills and techniques and methodologies relevant to the honing of your ideas and work;
  • relate individual practice to an awareness of your subject area and to a defined context.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • perform complex skills with confidence;
  • evaluate your work;
  • develop your ideas from conception to conclusion.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use a range of technical workshop and academic skills, appropriate to your programme of study, with confidence in the realisation of your ideas;
  • be increasingly sophisticated in your use of sound within moving image;
  • recruit appropriate means to publish and distribute creative outcomes.


This module builds on key aspects of digital visual practice and develops a sophisticated understanding of sound in relation to moving image. Through a series of lectures, tutorials, screenings and workshops, students will also explore theoretical and practical issues of publishing and distribution within the context of contemporary communication.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Theory elements and historical contexts are introduced through lectures relating to set texts both to support the underpinning of the creative assignment but also develop students’ confidence in articulating their ideas through a written assignment. The assessed practical project will be the culmination of a series of technical workshops where key sound editing, output and distribution skills are introduced. Tutor led tutorials will support creative ideas and production in which you will be able to develop your own interests and ideas leading to completion of a practical project. The module is inter-disciplinary in its approach to theory which will be delivered and introduced through lectures and relevant texts involving a broad range of theoretical areas, which include film, communication, culture, and aesthetics. You will be encouraged to develop some of your ideas and practical skills into your studio practice outside this module.

Practical classes and workshops10
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Wider reading or practice6
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list


Chion, Michel (1994). Audio Vision: Sound On Screen. 

Charles Leadbeater (2009). We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production: Mass Innovation Not Mass Production,. 


Lawrence Lessig (2008). Remix - Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. 



Self-evaluation form


MethodPercentage contribution
Digital project  (0.5 minutes) 70%
Essay  (500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Digital project  (0.5 minutes) 70%
Essay  (500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Digital project 70%
Essay  (500 words) 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ARTD2039


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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