Media and Meaning - ART301

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

This module introduces students to the ways in which meaning is created and communicated across various media. The primary focus will be upon a range of key concepts, such as narrative, narration, form, genre, style, and how the understanding of these across various media helps to explain how meaning is created and embodied within a medium. Media are therefore studied in this module as a means for the transmission of meaning that shape and constrain what can be communicated and how.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 48
Private study hours: 252
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Critical Essay (2000 words) (40%)
Digital Portfolio (30%)
Examination, 2 hour (30%).

Indicative reading

Carroll, N. (1998). A Philosophy of Mass Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Bordwell, D. (1991). Making Meaning, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Dubrow, H. (1982) Genre, London: Methuen
Lang, B. (1990). The Concept of Style, 2nd edition, Ithaca: Cornell University Press
Levinson, J. (2002) The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Walton, K. (1990). Mimesis as Make-Believe, Cambridge: Harvard University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of how narrative processes, generic forms, and modes of representation at work in a wide variety of media forms.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the ways in which specific media and their technologies make different kinds of aesthetic effects and forms possible.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of some major thinkers, debates and key texts relevant to how meaning is communicated through various media forms.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of how aesthetic and formal qualities contribute to the creation and communication of meaning.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of key concepts of how meaning is created and communicated, including narrative, genre, style, form and rhetoric.

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