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Postgraduate course

Digital Media Aesthetics

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeDIKULT303
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Master and PhD

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course focuses on rhetoric, aesthetics and hermeneutics in the new digital medium through cultural artifacts and practices such as hypertext, simulation systems, computer games, multi-user forums, and digital artworks. Through exploration and analysis of new media and digital works, the students should develop theoretical and critical perspective on media development, the idea of a digital media evolution, and on the roles that technology plays in the media's cultural development. Topics such as network art, digital literature, virtual reality and computer games are considered from a theoretical and practical perspective. Technological visions and practices will be investigated and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

After taking the course the students should have knowledge of:- rhetoric, aesthetics and hermeneutics in the new digital medium- aesthetic and historical aspects of new digital cultural phenomena- theoretical and critical perspectives on new media and media developmentStudents will after the course be able to:- analyze different aesthetic and cultural aspects of new media- have an independent scientific basis to perform analyses of digital cultural phenomena

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study in the master's program in Digital Culture at UiB.

Students enrolled in other master's programs at UiB may apply to LLE for permission to enroll in the course.

Teaching and learning methods

The learning activities extend throughout the semester of 15 weeks, while 10 of these are taught. In the weeks of teaching there will be a two hour seminar. It is expected that students take active part in class discussion. 

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on "My page". Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semesterregistration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student will deliver two short written assignments and a draft of term paper. The theme and research question for the term paper must be approved by the course leader.In order to take the exam it is required that the student has participated in at least 75 percent of the teaching and in the activities of the teaching covers. Course participation is approved by the course leader.

Forms of Assessment

The course concludes a home exam (7 days) about 5000-7000 words.

Grading Scale

Grade scale A-F.

PhD students grade scale Pass/Fail.

Assessment Semester


It is also possible to take the exam early in the spring semester for those who have valid compulsory activities from the teaching semester.

Reading List

About 1000 pages of assigned reading.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies. E-post: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    15.11.2022, 13:00
    Submission deadline
    22.11.2022, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam