This module encourages you to see your developing expertise in grpahic communication in wider interdisciplinary contexts. Through a group project, you will collaborate with students and / or practitioners from other disciplines or will be set briefs from professional partners in the creative and cultural industries. The theme for this project will be determined by collaborative discussion and will be a combination of a technical and conceptual challenge. For example, a collaboration with Fashion and Textiles, students might lead to projects on wearable computing. Team building and project management will be a key aspect and you will apply and develop your individual interests and skills within the project. This module engages you in research and knowledge exchange projects, using interdisciplinary learning to embed the practice of collaboration within disciplines in WSA. This collaborative project module supports the University’s goal of enabling curiosity, engagement, entrepreneurial and responsible qualities to help you thrive in your future lives and work. The module enables creative collaboration around the concept, design, presentation, promotion and knowledge exchange. The capacity for interdisciplinary, collective work is essential to develop new insights to address shared problems around life quality, sustainability and societal inclusion.
The module equips you to problem-solve and form collaborative ideas confidently and professionally, adopting experimental approaches in the Art School disciplines to realise creative responses and managed solutions. Project briefs will take advantage of the learning opportunities afforded by the campus and the local community, enterprise (WSA Exchange), material and social practices labs and digital environments. Thinking of the WSA diverse communities as a ‘living laboratory’ will engage you with learning about how to negotiate to work with others, build relationships, and communicate visually and verbally across disciplines and how this relates to your own discipline and practice.