• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject New Media Arts
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Digital Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Summerhayes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This interdisciplinary later year course consists 2 hours of weekly reading and discussion seminars + in alternating weeks online lectures and screenings. The focus in Digital Cultures is on analysing and critiquing the convergence of cultural practices that are emerging and constantly developing from the use of digital technologies. Discussion topics include:

  • Activism, copyright, privacy
  • Cultural and technological convergence in new media formats, eg personal mobile computers/phones
  • Adaptation between platforms, remediation
  • Performances - both live and virtual in computer gaming, social networks and in theatrical and cinematic formats
  • Transcultural communication and issues of accessibility through digital media
  • Digital art
  • Social websites of Web 2.0: You Tube, Facebook
  • The emergence of new formats in the web and internet

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Course seminars will offer participation group discussions on the development of students' individual research projects and, and in conjunction with the assessment process, will develop a high level of intellectual and practical expertise in research into society's use of digital media.

Upon successful completiong this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the ways in which a range of traditional concepts and media practices are changing in the context of digital technologies and new media art.
  2. Critique the ways in which these changes influence our understanding of both creative artistic practice and broader systems of communication in contemporary society.
  3. Assess the ways in which new media’s cinematic heritage, and its use of remediation in form and content, manipulate memory as emotion and as database.
  4. Evaluate the ways in which computer-generated simulation an immersion technologies integrate live and virtual modes of performance.
  5. Research, select, combine and integrate materials on narrative structures in the new media arts and present them in a coherent fashion.

Indicative Assessment

Reading Presentation (15mins,10% )and written paper (1000 words, 15%) on one weekly prescribed reading [LO's 1, 2, 3]
At least 3 submissions to online discussions (minimum of 100 words each, 15%) [LO's 1, 2, 3, 4]
Research Project Proposal (500 words, 20%) [LO's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Research Project (4000 words, 40%) [LO's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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Students are expected to spend 120 hours on this course, comprising 2 hours of seminar/screening (online and face to face in alternate weeks) and outside of class time, 5-8 hours per week on reading and assessment tasks.

Prescribed Texts

Lister, Martin et al. (2009). New Media: a critical introduction, Second Edition, London and New York: Routledge.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1926
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3288
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4713 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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