Art in Context II – Media Art Theory


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module ”Art in Context II” examines media art works and their cultural,
aesthetic, social, and technological positions in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Together with Art in Context I, the module introduces the students to the academic and theoretical contexts of the mixed field of Art and Technology. Through different teaching formats such as lectures, workshops, study-trips, and seminars, the students will get acquainted with the methodologies of analyzing media art and digital design artifacts.

In connection with the module, courses may be offered within the following area:

  • Media Art Theory & Analysis

Learning objectives


During this module, students should acquire basic knowledge about

  • media art theories and concepts with special focus on cross-disciplinarity and synergy between art and media technology
  • various methods of analysis of media art product and projects in regard to their cultural, personal, aesthetic and epistemological significance
  • audience and user concepts of media art and the related behavioral and aesthetic preferences


During this module, students should acquire skills in

  • using and applying basic theories and methods in regard to analyses of media art works
  • describing artistic challenges and aesthetic formats of media art
  • identifying target groups and their behavior and aesthetic preferences in relation to experience potentials of media art works


During this module, students should acquire competencies in

  • applying theories and methodologies of media art
  • analyzing and discussing media art works as cultural and aesthetic phenomena
  • applying knowledge about user groups and user behavior in analysis and concept design of media art works.

Type of instruction

Method of working: Individual work in relation to course activities



Name of examArt in Context II – Media Art Theory
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is a 7-day assignment on a set subject. The examiner and an additional
internal examiner according to 7-point scale evaluate the assignment.
Number of pages: the written work must not exceed 10 pages.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKunst i kontekst II – mediekunstteori
Module codeBAART201513
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
4th or 2nd semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities