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ARTD6076 Design 1 (STUDIO)

Module Overview

This module introduces students to a selection of practical design skills, debates and concepts relevant to contemporary design practice within each pathway. Drawing upon a range of practice workshops and contextual content the module addresses key aspects of the design process and provides students with a grounding in wider discourses.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• enable you to position and debate your ideas and work within a critical context • develop critical thinking about your research. • explore and critically reflect on your work and ideas • establish methodologies and ways of working to advance your work and ideas

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the relevance and importance of the ideas and practices of your discipline.
  • techniques applicable to your own research
  • learning resources and study skills to support your research
  • how to experiment with your ideas through different working methodologies and references
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect critically on your own knowledge and understanding of your subject area
  • question and articulate concepts of contemporary theory relevant to your subject
  • critically advance your ideas
  • analyse your work and derive ways of advancing your ideas
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues relevant to your discipline with structure and creativity
  • critically engage in constructive dialogue and debate relevant to your own work and the academic literature.
  • apply methods of search and retrieval of electronic and text based information

Syllabus

This module establishes your approach to an individual understanding of how to advance your ideas in the broad context of contemporary design and at a finer level, the context of your chosen subject specialism. It aims to develop your awareness of how to refine your thinking and to recognise potential lines of enquiry. You will engage with concepts so as to challenge and advance your thinking and ideas, and initiate work which will form the basis of your engagement with the programme and your pathway.

Special Features

The special features for each pathway are specified in the individual pathway documents provided during the module

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Formal lectures • Tutorials/workshops • Visiting lecturers • Case study analyses • Student led seminar presentations Learning activities include • Peer group learning • Problem solving activities • Class discussion/ critique 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 and analyse your work and ideas. Feedback on your progress and development will be given through seminars and tutorials. Informal feedback in seminar situations will provide opportunities for peer group learning, self-evaluation and discussion of current issues in contemporary design. These sessions additionally allow you to develop your understanding of your ideas, help you to recognise and evaluate your analytical, critical, practical and transferable skills. A 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, i.e. personal commitments or disability. Alternative study visits in the UK are provided for these students (these may be locally or in major UK galleries within daily commutable distance).

TypeHours
Independent Study350
Teaching50
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Tate Modern. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Serpentine Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

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

Arnolfini, Bristol. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Hayward Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Chisenhale Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Smith, H. & Dean, R. T (2009). Introduction: Practice-led research, research- led practice - towards the iterative cyclic web. Practice-Led research, research-led practice in the creative arts.. ,0 , pp. 1--40.

National Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Camden Arts Centre. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Modern Art Oxford. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Saatchi Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Frascara, J., and Winkler, D (2008). On Design Research. Design Research Quarterly. ,3 , pp. 0.

Cross, N (1982). Design Research. Design Studies. ,3 , pp. 221–227.

Wallace Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Courtauld Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Sullivan, G (2010). Art practice as research: Inquiry in visual arts. 

National Portrait Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Scrivener, S. (2004). The practical implications of applying a theory of practice based research: a case study. Working Papers in Art and Design. ,3 , pp. 0.

Tate Britain. leading national galleries and museums to visit

British Museum. leading national galleries and museums to visit

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

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

Whitechapel Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Burgin, V (2006). Thoughts on ‘research’ degrees in visual arts departments. Journal of Media Practice. ,7 , pp. 101-108.

Assessment

Formative

Coursework

Summative

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

Repeat

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

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Cost implications vary depending on the pathway chosen. However, it is unlikely costs will exceed a moderate fee that covers basic materials and transport / food during field trips.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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