Members of the DCRC network work throughout the university, both in the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education and the Faculty of Environment and Technology, to engage students with teaching directly informed by research. Within the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, DCRC researchers teach across a number of programmes located within the Departments of Arts and Creative Industries, including Film Studies and Media Culture and Practice. As a research centre affiliated with the Digital Cultures subject group within the Department of Creative Industries, the research centre actively engages with teaching and curriculum development. In particular, core members of the DCRC are proactively engaged in the development and delivery of the Media Culture and Practice programme.
BA Media Culture & Practice
In critical practice modules at all levels, DCRC researchers teach towards the creative and critical production of digital media (photo, video and web) that reflects on technological change and the relationships between everyday consumption and production. For example: The Video Media module at level 2 addresses video production within the context of YouTube and user generated content as well as art video and the popular moving image. Web Media at level 2 tackles Web 2.0 ideas and software, games and mapping. Level 3 students are currently making web media projects that explore identity and privacy in social media.
The compulsory module Media Culture I includes the requirement to undertake quantitative research into lived digital culture and introduces students to qualitative research through expertise in ethnographic and ethological methods derived from DCRC-based research.
The second semester of the level 2 Screen Media module is based on DCRC research on a diverse range of themes, such as game play, participatory & pervasive media and user generated content, and is taught by staff actively researching in the DCRC.
At Level 3 the Games, Simulation and Media module is taught by two DCRC researchers. It draws directly on DCRC research in games technocultures as well as offering contemporary insights into ongoing research through guest seminars with other researchers from the DCRC network.
The Media Culture and Practice team blog provides timely updates of teaching and learning activities associated with the BA programme and offers further insights into how DCRC research is translated into classroom activities.