Mostyn Jones (MSc, BSc Hons) is a doctoral candidate researching technology, craftsmanship and constructions of craft identity. Mostyn also lectures on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and is a Web Development Officer for the College of Arts and Humanities.

Teaching areas:

Internet Authoring & E-Commerce
Multimedia & Computer Aided Animation (2D & 3D)
Audio-Visual Production
Visual Studies & Design Fundamentals
Contextual Studies - Word & Image
User Interface
Computer Based Training
Media & Mass Communication
Digital Image Manipulation
AV Acquisition , Manipulation & Streaming Technologies
WWW Technologies
Trends in Computer Technology.

Teaching

  • MS-100 Introduction to Media Communication

    The module will consider approaches to the study of media and communication which focus variously on institutions, technologies, texts, audiences and policy issues. It will also introduce discussion of what power or powers are wielded through use of media in our culture The module builds to an examination of the effects of new media technologies on 'co-present' and interpersonal communication. The module provides a detailed consideration of media institutions, media 'texts' and media audiences. Here it will focus on issues surrounding the analysis of the power of media institutions; the interpreting or 'reading' of media 'texts'; the study of how media are used and interpreted by audiences/consumers; and attempts by the state and other policy agencies to use, control and censor the media. Finally, basic issues in the implications of the 'new media'/media convergence will be addressed. Please note, students are also expected to attend four film screenings.

  • MS-221 Creative Media Practice

    Ms-221 is a broad-based practical media skills module. The module will encourage students to use the computer `as a tool¿ not perhaps purely as a typewriter or communication device. Practical endeavors include: digital graphical design, image manipulation; HTML, web design; and desktop publishing. Along with covering these valuable applied skills, we will reflect and study on what being `creative¿ means and some ways of cultivating a more creative outlook and enhancing innovative production. Part of the assessment is group based for this module ¿ and working as a team is to also be considered where professional processes are utilised in order to formalise our methods of working efficiently together. A larger proportion of the assessment is individual and reflexive in nature, theories of usability and design are researched and academically critiqued to help inform and lead to best practice in our digital `hands-on¿ undertakings.

  • MS-307 Practical Web Technologies

    MS-307 Practical Web Technologies follows on from the MS-221 Media Practice Skills module. This UG final year module equips the students with further technological knowledge which when allied with the communication and design skills from MS-221 will enable the students to produce fully functioning websites. Consideration is given to media platforms, and in designing and adapting designs and their implementation to these differing media channels. Skills learnt in this module will provide the student with a good grasp of many of the underlying aspects of what technologies are used on the Internet and in delivering usable and accessible web content to an intended audience.

  • MS-M09 Visual Communication and Media Design

    The MS-M09 module investigates many aspects of how to effectively communicate visually in regards to marketing, promotion, advertising, branding and PR. Design principles (inc, colour theory, typography, usability, accessibility etc, etc,) are investigated and practically applied in individual student led promotional and branding exercises. These ventures are carried out considering the wide range of media channels now available to businesses and organisations and consequently, due consideration needs to be applied on how best to visually communicate using these channels and differing technological platforms.Media design is not just about creating `eye candy¿, we must consider sensitively the message we communicate and hopefully deliver it in an appropriate style. Additionally we at times also have to deal with complex, large and diverse amounts of information, that need to be communicated following techniques that best convey this material. Assessment for this module is equally weighted between a theoretical reflexive investigation and the practical application of these theories.

  • MS-M10 Dissertation

    An innovative practice-based alternative to a Masters dissertation. Students are encouraged to develop projects across more than one area of media practice and to do so with dual supervision that embraces both theory and practice. Work produced should be at a professional level, accompanied by a reflective essay and presentation exploring the contextual, theoretical and practical issues raised by the project.

  • MS-M11 MA Project and Dissertation Preparation

    This core module comprehensively prepares students for their Master¿s project or dissertation, which is an integral part of the requirements for the degree. It incorporates several key themes and issues across the communications, media practice and PR industries. It is a challenging, and stimulating module ¿ both for professional practitioners and those new to communications and media practice. The module encourages students to unite theory and practice in productive ways. It introduces students to a number of important research and project management methods essential for undertaking a successful project or dissertation.