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ARTD1104 Specialist Practice and Research 1b [Dalian]

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the University of Southampton undergraduate programmes taught at Dalian Polytechnic University. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Extend your creative practice through awareness of a specific concept • Apply the subject specific skills introduced in Year One to create a practice based using a range of processes • Present your interpretation of a contextual theme or topic through a variety of appropriate methods • Enable you to begin to make informed choices using a range of research methodologies to inform the direction of your practice.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a range of methods, materials, techniques and skills
  • how to explore a themed project through research, experimentation and application of processes
  • contemporary concepts and practice associated within your specialist subject
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct a range of research methodologies relevant to your studies
  • gather information and analyse and evaluate to make informed decisions
  • complete an assignment to a deadline
  • communicate your ideas using a variety of media demonstrating awareness of global contexts
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply an appropriate range of techniques
  • apply a variety of processes independently to extend your practice
  • reflect on and extend your practice to solve a problem
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply critical thinking and different working methods in order to manifest your ideas
  • evaluate international concepts and perceptions in relation to contemporary practice
  • organise, select and apply information gained through research to make sound judgements

Syllabus

This module continues the work of the year one and year two modules. It is similarly contextualised by a theme and you will be set a subject specific project, which will help you focus your creative practice. In this module you will be expected to apply your research skills to develop your understanding of the context of your subject. An important feature of this module is the way in which your involvement with a specialist subject, relevant to your programme of study, focuses your thinking towards a more individual understanding of specialist practice. To support this process you will be exposed to international concepts and perceptions particular to your chosen subject. Specialist workshops will increase your skills applicable to your subject and enable you to explore your ideas through self-initiated experimentation. If you are studying BA (Hons) Graphic Arts you will engage further with themes around layout and type, such as the “Type Specimen Book”. You create your own typography through workshops, which will extend your knowledge of layout through the application and development of the grid utilising current design software and address your project informed by insights drawn from innovative examples of current graphic design. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design themes can include “Masculine and Feminine look: the unisex denim project”; you will have the opportunity to observe and create denim clothing through workshops which will introduce you to textiles processes and pattern making and address your project informed by insights drawn from leading practice in fashion and textiles and related creative industries. These theme examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They may vary each academic year.

Special Features

The special feature of this module is the integration of the workshops and studio practice supported with independent research to support the practical outcomes. Opportunities for study trips may be available to support learning in this module

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • project briefings • tutorials • seminars • group critiques • practical workshops Learning activities include: • project briefings • seminars • group critiques • tutorials • peer group learning • practical workshops • self-assessment Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: This module continues the work of the year one and year two modules. It is similarly contextualised by a theme and you will be set a subject specific project, which will help you focus your creative practice. In this module you will be expected to apply your research skills to develop your understanding of the context of your subject. An important feature of this module is the way in which your involvement with a specialist subject, relevant to your programme of study, focuses your thinking towards a more individual understanding of specialist practice. To support this process you will be exposed to international concepts and perceptions particular to your chosen subject. Specialist workshops will increase your skills applicable to your subject and enable you to explore your ideas through self-initiated experimentation.

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops27
Project supervision15
Wider reading or practice28
Completion of assessment task200
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Seminar10
Lecture20
Follow-up work50
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the visual: translating art and design into words. 

Papanek, V. (1984). Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change. 

Sorger, R. & Udale, J. (2006). The Fundamentals of Fashion Design.. 

Cheney, N. & McAllister, H. (2013). Textile Surface Manipulation. 

Dabner, D., & Stewart, S. Graphic design school: A foundation course for graphic designers working in print, moving image and digital media. 

Sudjic, D. (2009). The language of things. 

Entwistle, J. (2000). The fashioned body : fashion, dress, and modern social theory. 

Chunman Lo, D. (2011). Patternmaking. 

Rawsthorn, A.. Hello world: Where design meets life. 

Saunders, J & Fogg, M. (2011). The Fashion Design Directory. 

Vogel, S. (2007). Street Wear The insider’s Guide. 

Aldrich, W. (2013). Fabrics and Pattern Cutting. 

Lupton, E., & Miller, J. (1999). Design Writing Research: Writing on graphic design. 

Dingemans, J. (1999). Mastering fashion styling. 

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the Visual, Translating art & design into words. 

Benjamin, W. (2008). The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. 

Armstrong, H. (2009). Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the field. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment of this module will be assessed through a portfolio of work. A portfolio of work is a collection of developmental work appropriate to your subject, for example sketchbooks, drawings, photographic references, digital media, samples, material manipulations, visual experiments and where appropriate, finished work. For the duration of this module, you will be taught in sessions timetabled across the week. You will be timetabled to take workshops and when taught time is not scheduled to take place you are expected to work independently in the studio on work for your project and your assessment. Independent study is crucial to your development and positive achievement in this module. The work and outcomes of your independent study will be discussed in tutorials and group critiques.

Formative

Coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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:

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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