History and Theory of New Media 1 (MMDE6001)


The aim of this unit of study is to provide you with a theoretical understanding of New Media forms. The concept of New Media is explored in relation to interactivity, narrative, networked space and, more specifically, the Internet. The unit provides both an historical overview and critical perspective to a range of approaches and forms that have emerged in direct relationship to the possibilities of digital technology and networked space. A range of digital, interactive and internet-based art and design projects will be examined and discussed in relation to key concepts surrounding new media. This unit will allow you to conceptualise and situate your practice both in terms of media-specific debates and the broader context of contemporary art and media discourses.

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1x1hour lecture and 1x2 hour tutorial/week


1 x 2000 word essay (50%) and 1 x tutorial seminar (30%) and participation in class exercises (20%)

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