MSc Research: Digital Media, Culture, Animation

Content: Digital Media and Culture

Courses and studying

The programme in Digital Media and Culture is a research based degree with some coursework that allows students flexibility in following their own interests. The degree is taken in one year full time, or two years part time.

Semester 1

Postgraduate Research Methods

This course provides a general introduction to postgraduate research, its methodologies, its challenges and its organisation, including in creative practice. You will be introduced to a range of research tools and will be equipped to plan and organise your research, as well as to communicate your findings. The course involves participants from several disciplines and concludes with a lively conference organised by students.

Media and Culture

This is an introduction to the issues that surround the emergence of digital design. Seminar and lecture sessions cover topics that enable students to discuss the impact of digital technology from its immediate practical application to the long term redefinition of the creative professions.

Research Reading Course A

This is a directed reading course for examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to media, culture, computing, visual and interaction design, sound design, music, film, visuality or other areas agreed between the student and a supervisor. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Research Reading Course A may be substituted with an Option Course from list A.

Semester 2

Digital Media and Culture Research Report

This is a supervised programme of self-directed research examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to digital media and culture. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Digital Media and Culture Research Report may be substituted with an Option Course from list B.

Research Review

This is a supervised programme of self-directed research with particular emphasis on surveying contemporary developments in digital media. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Research Review may be substituted with 2 Option Courses from list B.

Research Reading Course B

This is a directed reading course for examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to media, culture, computing, visual and interaction design, sound design, music, film, visuality or other areas agreed between the student and a supervisor. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Final Project: Digital Media and Culture Dissertation

This is a major project involving research into digital media and culture. Work can commence in semester 2, though approval to proceed will depend on the outcome of the Examination Board meeting at the end of semester 2. Work should continue to the August submission date.

Option courses list A

Option courses list B

  • Dynamic Web Design
  • The Digital Marketplace
  • Digital Media Studio Project
  • Interactive Sound Environments
  • Sound and Fixed Media
  • Digital Media Studio Project
  • Film Theory and Criticism (Note that this course is worth 40 credits and runs over two semesters.)

Other postgraduate courses offered by Edinburgh College of Art may be included, subject to approval from the Programme Director.

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