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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction - digitisation & convergence
    • Television
    • Cinema
    • Music
    • Games
    • Photography
    • Creating reflective web media
    • Remixes & mashups (& copyright)
    • YouTube creativity & participatory culture
    • Mobile media & apps
    • Spreadability
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. present arguments that explore the cultural and social dynamics of converging and participatory media
  2. critically analyse how communications and media are encoded for the Internet
  3. create web content that practically explores emerging media and communications forms
  4. explore the new media affordances of web applications and services.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - The Pitch (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Web media creation (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

For at least 20 years, we have seen a trend towards 'convergence' in the media, as new social understandings and new business models emerge that break down the distinction between traditional media forms (print and broadcast news, films and games and so on). We have also seen the development of social or participatory media, without rigid boundaries between consumers, creators and producers. The internet has played a critical role in these processes, becoming the key frame of reference for discussions of the future of converging and participatory media. In particular, the World Wide Web enables the production, distribution, remixing and remediation of an extraordinary array of digital media content and the linking together of otherwise separate media forms. In this subject, you will investigate why and how media are transforming in the era of convergence and participation, and then put these insights into practice by creating web-based media content.

Further Information: List of topics is indicative and subject to minor change prior to the start of each Study Period.

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