Research in Digital Arts and Humanities

What is Digital Arts & Humanities?

The DAH is a course that looks to engage with culture and society. The MA introduces Arts and Humanities graduates to digital tools that can solve real world problems while graduates will be able to reimagine and recreate cultural objects in digital form, and to develop new kinds of analytic and creative questions.

Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC is an interdisciplinary course which uses new methods for teaching and research. Graduates from the programme will be able to make valuable critical and creative contributions to Irish society and to build the digital intellectual infrastructure of the future.

MA Digital Arts & Humanities

The MA encourages a multidisciplinary approach to digital arts and humanities in a creative and scholarly atmosphere. The course will give you an introduction into how digital tools and methods can be used in arts and humanities research, combining theory and practice.

Course Details

The course will give you a grounding in how information and communications technology (ICT) tools can be used to capture humanities data sources in digital form to frame research questions, collaborate on research using social networking tools, and present results, both in print and online. You will be encouraged and facilitated in the creation of digital artefacts individually and in teams.

The MA Digital Arts and Humanities is a one-year full-time MA. Face-to-face teaching is delivered by discussion-based seminar. The course also features elements of blended learning using online forums and social networking tools. Some modules will be offered wholly or partly as workshops.

Further details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar

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PhD Digital Arts & Humanities

DAH is a four-year structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies.The ever-evolving developments in computing and their performative and analytical implications have brought about a quantum leap in arts and humanities research and practice. Digital Arts and Humanities is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention at the intersection of computing and information management with the arts and humanities. The DAH Structured PhD programme will create the research platform, the structures, partnerships and innovation models by which fourth-level researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide, as participants and as leaders. The programme will promote advanced practical and academic research in applying innovative models of arts practice and theory, humanities research, archiving, and pedagogy. DAH will provide coherent exposure to transferable skills in digital content creation that will be enabling, academically rigorous and commercially viable. DAH will do so by promoting advanced practical and academic research in the application of new media and computer technologies, and will work with industry partners and cultural institutions to ensure knowledge exchange and career development.

Candidates will choose to enter the program within either the ARTS or the HUMANITIES strands. In both strands they are required to complete core, training and career development modules, including main modules shared across the consortium and others institutionally-based. The overall aim of the taught modules are threefold:

  1. to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities;

  2. to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research;

  3. to provide an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to carry out their final research projects/dissertations.

The aim of the research is to enable students to develop and synthesise a PhD dissertation.

  • Year 1 of the four-year programme includes core and optional graduate education modules delivered in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Maynooth. These modules provide grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics. In years 1 and 2 work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules.

  • Year 3 features practical placements in industry, academic research environments or cultural institutions.

Year 4 is fully dedicated to writing up the thesis.

Link to UCC Calendar:

Digital Arts & Humanities

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