ED3SA1-Subject Specialism 3 : Contemporary Art And Personal Practice

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

Module Convenor: Dr Gill Hopper

Email: g.w.hopper@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module builds upon previous research into contemporary art practice. In consultation with tutors, students will research into the art practices of the 21st century and produce a written study.
Students will also continue to develop personal art practice, informed by the written study research.

• To gain critical insight and knowledge into an area of contemporary art practice through appropriate research
• To provide a coherent synthesis of research findings from a wide range of primary sources
• To articulate research findings clearly and effectively
• To produce a written study and a presentation of practical work in accordance with the course regulations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module, students will:

• Demonstrate a substantive knowledge of and critical insight into an area of contemporary art practice
• Demonstrate evidence of a breadth of research and the ability to synthesise research findings
• Be able to effectively analyse research findings to support critical and aesthetic judgements
• Demonstrate the ability to organise and present a written study and a presentation of practical work according to the course requirements.

Additional outcomes:
Students will recognise the relevance of their research in terms of its application to their role as artist teacher and its potential to inform classroom practice.

Outline content:
This module will enable students to attain a high level of supervised independent enquiry and research into an area of contemporary art in the 21st century and relate it directly to their personal art practice. It will enable students to identify and discuss the plurality of current art making, and emerging generic characteristics. It will require students to view such work critically and apply, as appropriate, the formal and critical language of art through reading relevant research material including books and journals on contemporary art; exhibition catalogues and electronic sources.

Global context:
An international context will be considered.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Individual and group tutorials, including guided independent reading and targeted research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 10 6 4
Supervised time in studio/workshop 40
External visits 20 10
Guided independent study 80 10 20
Total hours by term 150.00 16.00 34.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will produce a 2,500 word essay.

Formative assessment methods:
Individual tutorials
Group seminars

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:
    A similar assignment submitted during the summer resit period by a date decided by the Examinations Board.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: This module links to ED1AC1 and ED2AC1, therefore books purchased for those modules will continue to be useful. Other books can be borrowed from the library.
    2) Specialist equipment or materials: No art supplies are required for this module
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of handouts may be requested, although copies of papers will be provided for teaching sessions and lectures.

    An essay of 2500 words with a reference list, printed at 12 font, double line spacing, double-sided will amount to 25 pages at a cost of £3.75. Students should be expected to pay for binding in the region of £1.

    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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