New Media Aesthetics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The course introduces students to the most fundamental developments, changes and challenges in the aesthetics resulting from the introduction and evolution of digital tools of artistic creation. The course leads them to reflect on the transformation of the principles of traditional aesthetics caused by the evolution of new forms of artistic practice in the field of digital media. It provides them with the overview of the most important aesthetic categories and concepts created to describe and analyse artistic phenomena in the area of new media arts. During the course, students also acquire knowledge of main trends and research positions in the field of new media aesthetics. The course will enable the students to develop theoretical, critical discourses concerning aesthetic theory as well as practice of new media arts.

Learning objectives


  • Advanced knowledge of the evolution of traditional paradigm of aesthetics in relation to the development the use of digital technologies in artistic practice.
  • Advanced knowledge of categories, theories and concepts of new media aesthetics.
  • Advanced knowledge of the history and evolution of new media aesthetics.
  • Knowledge of challenges and discourses of new media aesthetics in relation to evolution of digital and post-digital technologies and tools of artistic creation.


  • Advanced ability to operationalize gained knowledge of new media aesthetics in analysing and interpreting various phenomena of new media arts.
  • Ability to develop critical discourse on new media arts and related cultural phenomena.
  • Advanced ability to write critically on new media arts and new media aesthetics.
  • Understanding and ability to critically analyse challenges and new possibilities resulting from the development of new media technologies.


  • To reflect on various consequences of the development of new media technologies on the evolution of contemporary art and culture.
  • To reflect on challenges for contemporary art and culture resulting from the development of new media technologies
  • To critically investigate the roles, recent possibilities and prospects of new media technology in contemporary art and culture.



Name of examNew Media Aesthetics
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
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 titleÆstetik i New Media
Module codeKAMAC20159
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureOther location
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Arts in Media Arts Cultures
Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities