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ARTD6155 Experimental Publishing

Module Overview

The consideration of what publishing actual means today remains a relevant question for any creative practitioner. Over the past few years we have seen a huge rise in self publishing, print on-demand services, tweeting and social media, from post-digital to post broadcasting, and the act of making things public (publishing) has become a vibrant mix of old and new technologies. This module examines some of these technologies from a multidisciplinary perspective and allows students to explore these within the context of their own practice. The module will focus on three themes (1) Paper. The book as technology, (2) Pixel. Post digital publishing, (3) The network. Distribution and connecting. Students focus on one aspect to write a reflective essay and consider a way to publish a component of the essay.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To promote a critical understanding of major theoretical concepts relating to publishing - To provide a historical context for contemporary publishing strategies

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Current theories and practices arising from your in-depth research, and enquiry
  • Systematic insight of contemporary publishing processes relevant to professional practice
  • Contemporary debates in the creative industries and how they inform your practice
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Engage in advanced research and critical analysis of theoretical discourses about aspects of publishing
  • Critically evaluate how publishing principles relate to your own field of study or practice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Articualte an understanding of the module’s content in a writen format
  • Produce work fully aware of ethical considerations and conforming to academic integrity guidelines

Syllabus

This module aims to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of publishing as creative practice. Using three thematic points of departure (outlined in the above module overview), students will attend two lectures for each theme that pinpoint key debates, ideas and practices. As a starting point students will look at the evolution of publishing through print and the mutation of immaterial publishing then go on to explore alternative forms of publishing by looking at case studies and through practice based workshops. Attendance to all lectures, workshops and seminars is compulsory. Students are encouraged to link their own practice into debates and discussion.

Special Features

There will be practice-based workshops, which are compulsory for all students to attend. In addition the module will feature occasional guest speakers and field trips.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Lectures - Seminars - Tutorials - Workshops Learning activities include - Lectures - Tutorials - Contributions to group discussions - Online research and reading - Peer group learning - Workshops

TypeHours
Independent Study174
Teaching26
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Aldred, D., Waeckerle,E. (2015). Code-X: Paper, Ink, Pixel and Screen. 

The Blue Note Book. The Blue Note Book. ,0 , pp. 0.

Blackboard.

Ludovico, A. Camer. (2012). Post-digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894. 

Journal of Popular Culture. Journal of Popular Culture. ,0 , pp. 0.

Assessment

Formative

Peer Group Feedback

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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:

Textbooks

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. Key reading for each week will be made available through Blackboard.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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