Course Title: The Artist and the Contemporary Media Sphere

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Artist and the Contemporary Media Sphere

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2377

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Ian Haig

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253827

Course Coordinator Email:i.haig@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HUSO2186 Art History and Theory 1 or HUSO2213 Art History & Theory 2 or equivalent.
Pre & Co-requisites
Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course will provide a broad overview and critical understanding of the contemporary media sphere and the role of technology in art practice. You will discuss and explore the origins of the computer in art practice, gender and art & technology, utopianism and art & technology, the de-materialisation of the art object, technology and perversity, the body and technology, and post-internet art practice. You will also consider the ways in which technology has fundamentally changed the role of the artist and how one can consider the changing definitions of contemporary art practice through the lens of the emerging technological media landscape.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
•Research and synthesise the critical discourse and theories underpinning art and technology and the contemporary media sphere
•Critically reflect on and discuss the role of art & technology
•Consider how emerging technologies can potentially modify and transform contemporary art practice
•Apply your research on the role of art and technology to your own art practice

 

Program Capabilities
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
•Discuss and critically analyse a range of art practices which utilise art & technology
•Critique, synthesise and reflect on the theories of art & technology and media art
•Engage in independent research and appropriately cite your writing and presentations
•Apply appropriate terminology in discussion and written presentations in relation to the culture of art & technology
 


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Fine Art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/cat.php?cid=29908
The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian grazyna.rosinska@rmit.edu.au.
In addition extensive use of Blackboard and online resources will be utilised, with examples of works, texts, essay writing guides and referencing, online videos, and art works. A course bibliography will be distributed at the start of the course


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in a blended mode,
In this course you will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as: lectures, (online and face to face) reading and discussion of texts, tutorials, group discussion and critical and analytical thinking. In lecturers and tutorials you will discuss and explore a range of ideas around art & technology and the contemporary media sphere; the origins of the computer in art practice, gender and art & technology, utopianism and art & technology, the de-materialisation of the art object, technology and perversity, the body and technology, post –internet art practice.


Overview of Learning Resources

Use the following standard text:
‘RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.’
The University Library has extensive resources for [insert discipline area here] students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies [insert URL for specific subject guide] (See below)

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott gwen.scott@rmit.edu.au

In addition extensive use of Blackboard and online resources will be utilised, with examples of works, texts, essay writing guides and referencing, online videos, and art works. A course bibliography will be distributed at the start of the course


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment will include a range of written, oral and online presentations.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
The work resulting from your investigations will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of presentations and written tasks that either respond to a project outline or that are self directed and will be assessed by academic staff.
Assessment will include:
1. Essay or Visual Presentation: 50%
3. Media Art Proposal: 40%
4. Critical Reflection: 10%
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment