ED1SA1-Subject Specialism 1 : Art and Practice in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr John Mitchell

Email: j.mitchell@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
In this part practical module, students’ project-based studio work will focus on the exploration and use of a variety of mediums, materials and techniques, and will stimulate the intuitive and conceptual response to materials through imagination, observation, recollection and visual research. The students’ understanding of the formal language of art will also be broadened.
The lecture programme will extend and strengthen students’ knowledge and understanding of styles, trends and issues in 20th and 21st century art.

• To enable students to focus specifically on the development of their art practice
• To facilitate the communication and expression of personal ideas through art practice
• To provide opportunities for independent and collaborative work
• To develop understanding and use of the formal languages of art
• To provide insight into 20th and 21st Century art practices
• To develop critical and contextual understanding of 20th and 21st Century art practices
• To develop oral communication skills through individual presentations and group discussions
• To engage students in critical discussion about their own and others’ art practice
• To identify the potential of the practical projects for development as activities for children in the classroom
• To begin to develop the students’ understanding of their potential role as artist teacher

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module, students will:
•Communicate and express ideas through personal art practice in a variety of mediums and using a range of techniques
•Demonstrate the ability to use the formal language of art and engage in critical discussion about their own and others’ art practice
•Demonstrate an increased depth and breadth of knowledge relating to 20th and 21st century styles, trends and issues in art practice
•Demonstrate the ability to develop personal ideas and art practice in the context of classroom practice

Additional outcomes:
Successful candidates will:

•Demonstrate the ability to study independently and collaboratively in order to assimilate and communicate sound knowledge and understanding and draw upon that knowledge to inform their personal art practice
•Reflect critically upon the development of their own art practice including their ability to make art from an informed perspective
•Undertake focused research and achieve greater critical awareness through the use of literature, e learning and gallery/museum research

Outline content:
This module enables students to develop their own art practice using a broad range of mediums, materials and techniques under the guidance of tutors. Related directed independent research into the work of a range of relevant artists will extend students’ knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary art and how to draw upon that knowledge to develop personal practice.

The lecture and seminar programme and independent research requirements will extend students’ knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary art in the 20th and 21st centuries. Individual artists will be studied in the context of avant-gardism and the various related movements, which have characterised developments in 20th and 21st century art practice.

Styles, trends and issues in 20th and 21st century art practice will be discussed and debated within the context of the students’ own art practice.

The module also requires students to spend additional hours in the studio developing their personal art practice.

Global context:
There will be some research into the international practice of art and artists.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The part practical programme will incorporate a range of tutor-led introductory theory and practice-based sessions, directed reading and guided independent research. There will be individual and group tutorials with tutors. Students will undertake independent research visits to galleries and museums. The module will use a range of blended learning techniques.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 25 5
Tutorials 15
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Supervised time in studio/workshop 110
Guided independent study 25
Total hours by term 195.00 5.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
•One 2500 word essay

Formative assessment methods:
•Student presentations of art practice at group tutorials
•Guided research tasks
•Research visits to galleries and exhibitions involve making notes and discussing the work in relation to students' own development as artists in a group tutorial

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An aggregate mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment during the summer resit period by a date specified by the Exam Board.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: : Dempsey, A. (2002). Styles, schools and movements: the essential encyclopaedic guide to modern art. Thames &Hudson. London. ISBN 9780500283769 £18.95
    2) Specialist equipment or materials: A1 portfolio £15
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: No specific clothing is required for this module.
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: No specific computer equipment is required for this module.
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Student return travel to London by train £25. Entry fee for one public gallery visit £14.50.

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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