ED2SA1-Subject Specialism 2 : Modern and Contemporary Art and Art Practice

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: A Level Art or equivalent
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Suzy Tutchell

Email: s.tutchell@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
In this part practical module, students will work individually in the studios developing personal art practice using traditional and non-traditional art materials, and digital technology as appropriate. Through a period of sustained and shared independent practice, students will articulate intentions and elaborate personal meanings as indicated within their developing work.

The accompanying theory programme will introduce students to specific issues in art (including gender and cultural), and highlight post second world war social changes and events which have underpinned trends in art and continue to inform and influence art practice and art education today.

•To enable students to focus specifically on the independent development of their art practice
•To facilitate the communication and expression of personal ideas through art practice
•To further develop understanding and use of the formal languages of art
•To develop an awareness and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of Modernist, Postmodernist and contemporary practices and principles in art
•To further develop and consolidate oral communication skills through individual presentations and group discussions
•To identify the potential of students’ personal practice to inform classroom practice
•To further 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 concepts through sustained and independent art practice in a variety of mediums and using a range of techniques
•Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of Modernist and Postmodernist practices and principles in Art,
•Demonstrate an increased breadth and knowledge of the issues and debates within the fields of contemporary art
•Demonstrate the ability to draw upon contemporary art practice to inform their role as artist teacher

Additional outcomes:
The module provides the opportunity for students to continue to develop and inform their own art practice through an engagement with contemporary issues in art.

Outline content:
This module will continue to facilitate the students’ developing art practices as artist teachers. It will also introduce students to a range of issues and developments which have influenced the course of contemporary art from the mid twentieth century to the present day.

In this context feminism, cultural identity and notions of postmodernism and the avant-garde
will be introduced and debated.

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 lead lectures and seminars, directed reading and guided independent research and individual and group tutorials with tutors. Students will also undertake independent research visits to galleries and museums.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Tutorials 20
Supervised time in studio/workshop 92
Guided independent study 64
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Other information on summative assessment:
•Art practice exhibition

Formative assessment methods:
•Student presentations of art practice at group tutorials
•Guided Independent Study and research tasks

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:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission during the summer resit period by a date specified by Exam Board

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: •Archer, M. (2015) Art Since 1960 (World Art). Thames and Hudson. ISBN-13: 978-0500204245
    •Paperback £12.05
    •Chambers, E. (2014) Black Artists in British Art. A history since the 1950s.I.B.Tauris &Co. Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-78076-272-2
    Paperback £16.99

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: Traditional art materials (e.g. paint, paper and canvas) are supplied. Additional costs will vary according to the choice of materials you use as your work progresses.
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Copies of handouts will be provided for teaching sessions and lectures, however occasional printing may be required for additional material.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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