Interactive Media is a ground-breaking course that delivers graduates who have the production, creative and intellectual skills to undertake and develop careers in the creative digital medias. The course centres on creative approaches and responses to new media technologies. This course has a focus on emerging media forms and creative and artistic media practices and offers students training in the latest industry standard software. The course is aimed at the mixture and integration of theory and practice within the dynamic and ever changing landscape of digital and interactive medias.
University Of Ulster, BT52 1SA
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Course Content The central emphasis of this course is on exploring the creative, technical and aesthetic possibilities of digital media. This involves principally the use of computer-based technologies to manipulate video, audio, musical, photographic and textual material. At the same time, the course offers students an opportunity to examine a range of issues associated with the contemporary screen and sound-based industries. This course is especially suited to those who want to undertake intensive, individual, project-based work with computer-based media and to explore a narrower range of approaches to studying the media. So the course content is based on a strong core of modules and does not range so widely across the interdisciplinary terrain of Media Studies. Instead the focus is on the techniques and aesthetics of interactive media arts, on interactive applications, Web authoring, digital imaging and on emerging media and technology forms.
Students will undertake a wide range of creative modules with an emphasis of the links between theory and practice. During the first year students study a series of media theory modules spread across the two semesters and work with Digital Imaging and Motion Graphics in a practical context. Within the second year of study students engage with modules which cover new media theory, delve deeper into some of the theories explored in their first year, expanding on ideas of representation and media and media and cultural pollitics and through practice explorehow narrative has been influenced by new media, explore notions of a post-cinematic practice, and have the opertunity to engage with industrial briefs both through their practice but also through a placement scheme. During their final year of study students explore how aesthetic and the mass media have influenced specific media practices, work in teams of industrial briefs for clients and undertake a theory led practical project influenced by the topics of their dissertation.