ACV212 - Digital Practices and the Visual Arts

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
From 2024:
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Cameron Bishop
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week and 1 x 1-hour practical per week


In this unit, students will investigate the interplay between art and technology. Applying creative practice to build knowledge and skills around the issues and motivations that drive the use of digital technologies in contemporary art students will focus on the link between innovation and production of new technologies, the cultural context of the technologies and the way artists extend, appropriate or critique these technologies as part of their practice. Exploring the intersection of old and new technologies students will frame their work in historical and contemporary, software and hardware contexts.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to apply understandings and interpretations of art's emergence and possibilities in the digital sphere.

Drawing on a range of subject areas including data art, embodiment and technology, subjectivity and aesthetics, the event and spectacle, the unit aims to expand critical knowledge of cultural practices while developing advanced skills making art in, and critically engaging with, the digital sphere.

The key skills third year students require for their move into creative industries are the ability to initiate and sustain enquiry and interpretation through practice-led approach (thinking through making). Students will undertake a number of practical exercises, discussions and writing tasks that critically discuss art's relationship to technology. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Critically engage and analyse with the history of, and contemporary relationship between art and technology through theory and practice

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking


Document and articulate critical reflexivity in multiple contexts including receiving peer feedback, engaging in group discussion, consulting with others and interpreting project requirements

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse the ethical implications of our digital lives by investigating the ways that new and old technologies can intersect to disrupt, subvert and/or create meaning in the world

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Workbook 800 words equivalent 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Folio 1 1600 words equivalent 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Folio 2 1600 words equivalent 40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACV212
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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