Theorising Media Practice (P4091)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module, you will take part in three critical discourses in:

  • representation and identity
  • narrative and interactivity
  • materiality and politics.

This is done with a view to help you refine your skills in presenting your own creative media projects to galleries, festivals, competitions and in shows, interviews and graduate applications. You will also develop a set of critical tools that will enhance the production of your current and future creative media projects.

You will study individual critically knowledgable artists working across various media taught in our department:

  • photography
  • audio
  • screen drama/animation
  • documentary
  • interactive digital media.

You will analyse how they present themselves in relationship to histories of media, art and critical thinking, and how they enter relationships with their audiences.


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: