"Digital Futures": A Case Study in a Faculty of Art & Design
Module AVP202: Specification
Art & Design
Course / Course Cluster
Departmental Elective, Visual & Performing Arts
Module title Digital futures: from tools to robots and aliens
Credit points 10
Status Departmental Elective
To provide introductions and insights into a range of IT
applications, which might currently inform the students' own experience and
practice in the visual and performing arts.
To develop students understanding of the current and future opportunities
offered by 'information technology' (IT) and digital invention with particular
emphasis upon arts practice, research, current achievements and potential.
To explore predictions of future developments.
Current applications of IT (Communication: e-mail,
video-conferencing; Internet, databases etc) offer the artist new if complex
tools: the course will initially address the advantages and complications of
the artist using such facilities. However predictions abound that such
applications are pedestrian compared to likely future developments: the course
will then address and assess some predictions around the themes "As machines
become more complex, they become more life-like" and "by 2005 humans will no
longer be the most intelligent life form on earth!"
Indicative Reading List
Out of Control: the new biology of machines, K
Contact Time 10
Directed Learning Time 20
Independent Learning Time 70
Formal Assessment Time 0
Total Workload Time 100