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ARTD6061 Fine Art 2

Module Overview

This module is the second core practice module of the programme. The learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the pathways you are following, your output from this module will reflect the approaches of your chosen pathway. This module provides further opportunity for students from MA Fine Art to engage in the analysis of their own and others’ ideas and to further develop their practice in a challenging and creative environment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Within the context of your ideas, encourage you to challenge accepted assumptions about your work and that of other artists • Develop your ideas and working methods appropriate to the realisation of increasingly ambitious work • Encourage a highly experimental approach to the creative realisation and testing of your ideas • Further develop your awareness of a critical context of a range of appropriate ideas and practices • To provide you with the skills necessary for the pursuit of a career as a professional artist

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • evaluate relevant concepts and working methods and utilise this information to critically advance your own artwork
  • select methods, materials and processes appropriate to the development of your artwork
  • utilise research within a context of practical experimentation
  • situate your art practice in a professional context
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply critical judgement to advance and test your ideas and art practice
  • begin to formulate your ideas in readiness for the final project
  • select media and methods through which to explore your ideas
  • identify and acquire new skills as necessary to manifest your developing art practice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on your own learning
  • communicate your ideas in written and visual forms within a broad cultural context
  • apply practical knowledge in solving problems creatively

Syllabus

This module concentrates on deepening your understanding of your art practice and how to ambitiously advance your ideas in preparation for the Final Project. You will be encouraged to challenge accepted positions regarding your own artwork and that of others, and to adopt a speculative, highly experimental approach to the making and testing of your artwork and ideas. You will have the opportunity to explore the demands of thinking through an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary art and design in order to interact with students studying other disciplines within the context of seminars across the programme. An optional study visit will familiarise you with current practices in international contexts. You will be encouraged to attend, but it is understood that as you will have to self-finance the visit, it may not be possible for all students to attend for financial or other reasons. Alternative study visits in the UK are provided for these students (these may be locally or in major UK galleries within daily commutable distance). Development towards the Final Project is demonstrated by your establishment of working practices appropriate to the realisation of increasingly focused and well informed art practice.

Special Features

This module includes further, staff lead, trips to London and Southampton to view exhibitions of contemporary art, and to visit a range of museums and appropriate institutions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the broader Fine Art course through optional events and projects organised for the BA Fine Art.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • tutorials • group critiques • seminar presentations • lectures Learning activities include: • Tutorials • group critiques • seminar presentations • study visit Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to explore your art practice and ideas. These learning and teaching methods are designed to help you broaden and deepen the scope of your understanding, to explore the creative possibilities of your artwork, and to place it within the context of contemporary art practice. By studying independently you will learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions thereby preparing you for the career as a professional artist. In this module the outcomes of independent study will be discussed through the interaction of tutorials, seminars and group critiques. Tutorials develop your skills in critically analysing and reflecting on your art practice and allow for discussion on aspects of time management and communication. The seminars will enable you to communicate the outcomes of your research to others and allow you to develop your understanding of the ideas and methods you have explored through this module. Group critiques will also help you to evaluate your analytical, critical, practical and transferable skills, by introducing you to the work of your fellow students and receiving their feedback on your work. Building on the writing skills you have developed in the first semester, a written statement will allow you the opportunity to critically reflect on your progress, and to articulate your ideas and the context of your practice. Formal assessment will then focus on a portfolio of work which, whilst encompassing the practical approach you have adopted, both evidences your developing art practice and demonstrates your preparedness for the Final Project. The clarity, contextualisation and definition of your area of research, indicated by your portfolio’s contents, will demonstrate that you are working at a level appropriate for this stage of an MA programme.

TypeHours
Teaching50
Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Wallace Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Whitechapel Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

The Hansard Gallery ICA. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Tate Modern. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Modern Painters. Journal

Arnolfini, Bristol. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Serpentine Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Deleuze, Guattari (1988). A Thousand Plateaus. 

Chisenhale Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Tate Britain. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Artforum. Journal

Kay Larson (2012). Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists. 

Camden Arts Centre. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Saatchi Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Art Monthly. Journal

Frieze. Journal

Modern Art Oxford. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. leading national galleries and museums to visit

National Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

V&A Museum. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Drucker, Johanna (2005). Sweet Dreams. 

Bryson, N (1983). Vision and Painting. 

Hayward Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

British Museum. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Courtauld Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

National Portrait Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Assessment

Formative

Tutorial

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  (500 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%
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