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Creative Technologies MA/MSc

Course Description

About the course

This is a unique creative technologies course that crosses traditional subject disciplines and enables you to work at the convergence of e-sciences and digital arts and humanities. As part of the diverse and stimulating creative community based around the purpose-built Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT), you will have access to facilities and resources from across the university including the central IOCT Lab, The Virtual Reality Centre, Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre, The Fused Media Lab and the Usability Lab.

At the heart of this course is the vision that you will become fully in tune with contemporary creative technologies. You may be a technologist with a creative dimension, an artist working with technologies, a designer with programming skills, or any one of many more crossovers between the traditional disciplines.

Please visit our website at dmu.ac.uk/creativetechnologies for further information regarding the content of this course.

Visit the Creative Technologies MA/MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Fania Raczinski

610.gif I graduated in 2007 with a First in a BSc in Computer Science (Europe). My major project was centred around a rather uncommon programming language called Haskell, using it to write a Sudoku solver, comparing it to the performance of a SAT (Boolean Satisfiability) Solver and analysing the results. I enjoyed using Haskell to write a complete program including the GUI and working with SAT was very interesting. Before that I attended a European School where I was taught in my first and second language. Even though I did Computer Science in my first degree, I don't consider myself a programmer or a geek. I still feel strongly drawn to arts and culture in general. I used to do lots of extracurricular arts and language classes when I was younger and I am taking language classes even now. Languages in general interest me, be it natural languages or programming languages. I am also quite interested in museums and the way we preserve cultural heritage and knowledge. I decided to do this Masters so I can combine my passion for culture with my educational background in computing. I didn't want to stay in computing but on the other hand I didn't want to lose it either. And I liked the idea of being able to incorporate my interest in creative and cultural things without the need of a previous degree in it. Since starting the course I have been overwhelmed by all the information being thrown at me and we have the most incredible discussions in lectures and I also like the fact that we are taught by so many interesting people which really broadens my views on things. I am really curious about our “Scrap Attack” Group Project – We don't really know how to do what we would like to do but it sounds exciting and fun most of all! I am not sure where I see myself in a year’s time at the moment. There are exciting ideas from a variety of backgrounds being thrown at me every day here and even if I give you and idea of where I'd like to be in the future now, it is likely to change completely by the end of the course!

(Student Profile)

Steve Neale

611.gif I graduated from DMU with a BSc in Media Production BSc in 2007, before working for a year as an online video producer for Nottingham Forest F.C. and then spending another year working in London in film and TV post-production, first as a runner and then as a VT operator and junior Colourist. I’m now looking to broaden my perspective and take on board some new ideas and perspectives.
I chose the IOCT Masters because of the broad range of modules on offer across various disciplines, offering me the perfect chance to stop pigeon-holing myself as simply a ‘video-guy’ and expose myself to other areas that I’ve always been interested in but never explored. The IOCT Masters course is sold on the fact that it transcends the boundaries between the Arts, Technology and Humanities, and it really does do just that, which has given me the opportunity to see media arts and technology from perspectives and viewpoints that wouldn’t in the past have concerned me or been apparent to me. There’s also a range of input from staff across different areas, faculties and expertise, giving the Masters a feel that as well as being part of a wider community within the university we as students can benefit from the wider knowledge base that accompanies that. The varied viewpoints and backgrounds of the students and staff involved in the Masters as well as the inclusion of elements from different disciplines in the teaching and thinking at the Institute are helping me to include these in my own way of thinking and working. For one of my modules I’m currently working on an Interactive Media project for which I’m designing an online video showcase with what will hopefully be an intuitive method of navigation. I’m particularly excited about this work, as it’s the kind of project I’ve never really experienced or attempted before and so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge (hopefully a fruitful one!). I’ve come to the IOCT with a firm idea that I want to follow up my Masters by continuing to pursue my research interests in the form of a PhD, ideally within DMU and the IOCT, before hopefully moving into academia and university lecturing myself in the future. And of course I’d hope to back this up by using what I’ve learned to stay creative in my own time as well!

(Student Profile)

Dominika Dronska

612.jpg My name is Dominika Dronska, currently ex-painter and GM of one small trading company. My educational background is an MFA in Fine Arts (Easel Painting), from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland. Do I see myself as coming from a specific discipline area? If anyone can perceive Arts as specific discipline nowadays… I chose the IOCT Masters as it seemed to be the only inter-multi-trans-disciplinary Masters programme I could find in UK. The programme is really current which feels almost like we would try to comment on the very present (no matter what form of expression we would actually choose). I’m working on the concept of Contemporary Passion installation at the moment, but I’m hoping that IOCT will divert me from this narrative/epic way of thinking about art. To me Art must be always visual which is limiting. I would like to find let’s say another platform/cyberspace/e-world where creation becomes a totally immaterial process.

(Student Profile)

David Soden

613.jpg I am an artist working with moving image, sound design, music composition, song writing and performance. With a background in community art, in-between commissions, I work as a Senior Lecturer in video production. I have worked with a wide range of people – from schools and young people with no experience, to professional musicians, DJs, choreographers, writers, fine artists and film producers.

Since 1985 I have worked on a huge variety of projects from swimming pool pantomimes to interactive Indian classical dance DVDs, from issue based documentaries and dramas about gun crime, disability and sex to soundtracks for film, gallery exhibition and immersive theatre. From commercial TV theme tunes to moving image projections for dance, overwhelmingly my work is collaborative in nature. I like to work within parameters, technical or thematic, and work well with other artists and technicians towards a common goal.

One of the areas I am interested in is expanding the boundaries of documentary, investigating how the relationship between audience and subject changes with the visibility of the artist’s hand and the visibility of new technology. I am hoping this MA will enable me to be able to reflect on my own work and place it within contemporary critical framework.

I want to build upon my existing knowledge and skills in relation to both contemporary and historical multi media communication practise, especially within the context of the increasingly multi/inter/trans disciplinary environments and collaborative digital world. I am hoping to further my performance, composition and moving image production experience, by developing and strengthening my individual creative technologies practice.

I am looking forward to working with people whose understanding of new technology is far beyond my own and to explore possibilities with them.

(Student Profile)

Caroline Jackson

1161.jpg I have a BA in English from Lincoln University which I undertook as a mature student. My background prior to this is diverse including a long stint as a business analyst and project manager in the Public Sector. I am intuitively from the humanities discipline, because I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen, however I’m also a photographer and altered artist so have a sense of coming from the art and design faculty. Although I’m not a techie or a programmer, I’m a passionate lover of IT and its applications so I suppose I’m truly transdisciplinary.I chose this Masters programme because of the transdisciplinary nature of the modules, the opportunity to further two areas of creative interest (Creative Writing and New Media and Modern Lens Media) plus the exposure to modules that I would never have had the opportunity to experience otherwise, in the engineering and the technology faculties. I also liked the relative freedom to tailor my own course from a wide range of modules offered and the fact that it feels as though there will be excellent opportunities arising from the course because of its reputation and the network of people and organisations related to it.

What I have found most exciting about the Masters so far, are the possibilities that are evident both in personal practice, in the modules I’ve chosen, through the network of other transdisciplinary professionals who I have accessed by being on the course. There aren’t enough hours in the day or week to participate in everything, but every day something stimulating and inspiring happens which makes for exciting times.

Since being on the course I’ve been inspired and stimulated to do some of my own projects which may or may not evolve into things I work with on the course. The key to it is that the ideas are coming and that is directly as a result of the course and the people whom we have had lecture us and who share their ideas. In terms of my future creative technologies work, I’m undecided whether to continue on to do a doctorate, if possible, or whether to try and obtain work in the creative technology field. I’m already making plans for a collaboration on an exciting writing/locative project and the prospect of establishing a creative practice appeals enormously. Best case scenario is a combination of both.

(Student Profile)

Zihui Zhao

1163.jpg My background is in Software Engineering (BSc). I chose this Masters programme as it is a very interesting and challenging programme. What I have found most exciting about the Masters so far, is collaborating with people from different backgrounds as well as learning new technical knowledge.

I have learned a new language called ActionScript, which I have never used before and developed a flash game using ActionScript 3. It is a very interesting game and I spent lot of time on this work. I am going to continue develop the Flash game for my Major Project. In the second Semester I am going to learn some new modules, such as Performance Technology and Applied Computational Intelligence whic I am going to apply to my Major Project.


Entry Requirements

• You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a creative technologies-related subject area. We welcome applications from a wide range of subject areas and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered• If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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