Theorising Media Practice (P4091)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

With a view to helping you refine your skills in presenting your own creative media projects to galleries, festivals, competitions and in shows, interviews and graduate applications, we will engage with three substantial critical discourses in the context of creative media practice: representation and identity, narrative and interactivity, and materiality and politics. This study will also provide you with an advanced set of critical tools that should enhance the production of your current and future creative media projects.

As there is overlap between these broad discourses, media artists seldom limit themselves to just one debate. We will study individual critically savvy artists working across the media strands taught in our department: photography, audio, screen drama/animation, documentary and interactive digital media. We 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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: