The University of Southampton

ARTD6142 Critical Media Practice

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the creative practices, technical skills and conceptual frameworks required to produce critical media projects in a range of media (for example, video, photography, web) in a digital environment. It will explore the ways in which contemporary media production, participation and consumption are shaped by their historical, technological and everyday contexts. Through practice workshops, exploring key examples from alternative and experimental media, you will be encouraged to produce work that is analytical and critical of established media conventions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Understand and explore issues and contemporary debates on media practice • Develop creative media skills

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Concepts, debates and case studies related to media practice
  • Application of media skill techniques in different socio-cultural settings
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking in relation to media practice
  • Critically evaluate complex problems and apply reasoned thinking and ideas
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Articulate complex ideas at an advanced level through a variety of media formats
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills of working with your tutors and peers


This module will help you develop core media practice skills and about creative ways in which media is used in different social, cultural and political contexts. This will be underpinned through an awareness of contemporary contexts and the socio-cultural implications of your work. The course will include practical workshops alongside critical understanding of media practice choices. You will be encouraged to develop your media practice in areas including: • photography • social media • curation • blogging • digital writing

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Seminars • Tutorials • Practice-research workshops Learning activities can include: • Reflection on verbal or written feedback: this may be verbal or written offered during seminars, tutorials, group activities • Evaluation of feedback: this may take the form of reflective formative tasks • Group and collaborative projects and tasks • Independent research and investigation • Online reference material research • Peer group learning and peer assessment tasks • Problem-solving activities • Class discussion/critiques • Student presentations

Independent Study174
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Bennett, P. and McDougall, J. (2016). Doing Text: Media after the Subject. 

Hargreaves, I. and Hartley, J. (2016). The Creative Citizen Unbound. 

Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.  Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. ,0 , pp. 0.

General Resource. 

Dewdney, A. and Ride, P. (2013). The Digital Media Handbook. 

Ratto, M. and Boler, M. (2014). DIY Citizenship. 

Media, Culture and Society.  Media, Culture and Society. ,0 , pp. 0.

General Resource. 

Photomediations Machine. Photomediations Machine. ,0 , pp. 0.

Ott, B.L. and Mack, R.L. (2014). Critical Media Studies: An introduction. 

General Resource. 

Journal of Media Practice. Journal of Media Practice. ,0 , pp. 0.

Cultural Studies.  Cultural Studies. ,0 , pp. 0.

Gauntlett, D. (2011). Making is Connecting: The Social Meaning of Creativity, from DIY and Knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0. 

Fibreculture.  Fibreculture. ,0 , pp. 0.

Barker, C. and Jane, E. (2016). Cultural Studies. 

Digital Culture and Education.  Digital Culture and Education. ,0 , pp. 0.

Gauntlett, D. (2007). Creative Explorations:  New Approaches to Identities and Audiences. 

Culture Machine.  Culture Machine. ,0 , pp. 0.

Gauntlett, D. (2012). Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context. 

Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry. ,0 , pp. 0.

Flow Journal. Flow Journal. ,0 , pp. 0.

Gauntlett, D. (2015). Making Media Studies: The Creativity Turn in Media and Communications Studies. 



Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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 core/recommended 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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