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ARTD1118 An Introduction to Graphic Arts

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the the principles of the Graphic Arts programme and gives you the opportunity to understand and examine the key skills and working methods required for your studies at Higher Education. As well as engaging in practical activity you will learn how the things you create are enhanced by critical thinking and contextual knowledge. You will be introduced to the techniques and processes associated to the four specialisms within the programme and develop knowledge and understanding that will inform your choice of pathway later in the programme. You are likely to develop new and exciting skills in areas to which you may not have worked previously, this module will also give you the opportunity to gain confidence within a specialism and experience new ways of thinking and making.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are: • to introduce you to a range of research, study and practical skills to support successful transition to Higher Education • to introduce you to a range of practical and technical skills relevant to Graphic Arts • to promote the use of critical and contextual thinking in the practice of Graphic Arts • to enable you to communicate your ideas through a variety of approaches and experimentation

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a range of technical skills and processes specific to Graphic Arts
  • the key principles defining the pathways within the Graphic Arts programme
  • how contextual influences inform Graphic Arts practice
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply creative thinking to utilise different working methods within your discipline
  • make decisions regarding the use of basic techniques and processes in the making of your work
  • apply reflective and evaluative processes to make informed practical choices regarding the direction of your work.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • employ appropriate digital skills needed to realise your ideas
  • organise and manage your time to complete assignments to set deadlines
  • locate and utilise a range of source material to inform your practical work.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore and select graphic art techniques, materials and processes
  • use machines, processes and equipment competently and safely in the studios and workshops

Syllabus

Indicative content for this module normally includes: An introduction to the module so you will have the opportunity to explore recognised methodologies for developing and validating visual ideas. You will learn to utilise iterative cycles of making, testing and adaptation alongside critical and contextual research to enhance and refine your work. An engagment with a series of short projects that will introduce key skills, techniques and processes related to each of the pathways you will be asked to specialise in later in the programme. A series of inductions will introduce the specialist workshop areas that you will be able to access to during your study and you will learn how to synthesize activities within these workshops into the practical development of your final outcomes

Special Features

Field trip Induction to specialist workshops

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • project briefings • tutorials • group critiques • workshops inductions Learning activities include • proactive engagement and understanding of guidance provided. • critical reflection on peer group discussion. • critique • proactive engagement with tutorials • peer group discussion • evaluation and reflection. • guided research using the University learning resources • independent research using University learning resources. • reflection, review and revision of activities from lectures and workshops. • independent exploration utilising materials and processes. • guided exploration utilising materials and processes. • Study skills hub • Field trip Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Briefings, lectures and workshops will guide the practical activities that will inform the development of knowledge and understanding related to the creation and validation of visual ideas. Subject specific research skills will be examined in the use iterative cycles of making, testing and adaptation alongside critical and contextual investigation. Within each short project initial input from specialist tutors will provide stimulus and guidence; workshops will support the development of practical skills; tutorials will help the development of transferrable skills related to time management and organisation. Critiques, seminars and tutorials will encourage reflection, review and revision allowing you to refine and improve what you are producing as the module develops. Over the course of the module you will, through reflection, start to develop the ability to synthesize practical skills alongside critical investigation and contextual research. Intellectual and research skills will also be supported and enhanced through the use of resources distributed via virtual learning environments such as Blackboard, Panopto and Lynda.com.

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops100
Fieldwork5
Follow-up work40
Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task90
Supervised time in studio/workshop40
Tutorial45
Seminar10
Preparation for scheduled sessions80
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard.

Panopto.

Assessment

Formative

Project Brief

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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:

Art Equipment and Materials: Fabric, Thread, Wool

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, studio related materials, sketchbooks, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico.

Design equipment and materials

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, studio related materials, sketchbooks, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico. REQUIRED Sketchbooks Implements for drawing / writing Credit for printing and photocopying Tape Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of the final work USB Memory stick OPTIONAL Hard Drive Laptop Camera PROVIDED Paper and support media for certain workshops

Field Trips

A field trip is core to this module and will be funded by the programme. A typical trip will be to London by train (off peak).

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional text as appropriate

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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