Media and Meaning - ART301

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







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.


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.

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.