FA1ART-Art Studio

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FA1RW Reading Objects, Writing Images
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Ciara Healy-Musson

Email: c.healy@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This is a studio-based Art module designed to introduce key methods and approaches towards the development of a self-directed and informed studio practice

This module aims to enable students to identify individual interests and concerns, to become aware of the range of current art practice and to develop a critical position through informed debate. It is also intended to allow students to make the transition between their previous diverse art experiences and the BA degree. The module aims to:

•provide an introduction to contemporary art practice;
•enable students to identify subject matter and working methods appropriate to individual interests;
•introduce students to a range of approaches within creative enquiry;
•foster critical thinking through informed debate, shared experience and studio work;
•facilitate students in the examination of their individual practice within the wider field of contemporary art and its histories;
•identify and organise research that informs individual practice;
•develop practical skills and an understanding of working in particular media;
•induct students into good practice through the studio and workshop environment

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

•demonstrate the ability to develop an individual creative enquiry
•research and investigate intentions and concepts within individual practice
•develop practical skills within the context of studio practice
•evidence experimentation through process, research and material investigation
•engage, organise and assemble relevant precedents of historical and current art practice
•structure coherent visual and written documentation of practice
•present practice with full consideration of selection, modes of display and exhibition
•review, assess and reflect upon studio practice in writing

Additional outcomes:
Additional outcomes
The module plays a significant role in the development of other skills and competencies which are central to the programme: oral communication, argument and collaboration required for effective individual and group work; management and communication skills required to satisfactorily carry out studio practice; practice-based research skills using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument, both individually and collectively; identifying and addressing problems in the analysis, evaluation and development of art practice.

Outline content:
The module will typically consist of a number of projects that cover a range of practice-based methods, forms and media. The module will explore images from painting, film and photography; objects as forms, assembled and found; environments to installations; performance and exhibition. Students will become immersed in the Department of Art's studio community as they are introduced and inducted into a range of approaches to studio work via the workshops. Each term an explorative approach to contemporary art is introduced via a project idea from which independent work is initiated. The module will integrate methods of making associated with art practice, including the use of appropriate tools, materials and techniques for research and presentation. Students will be guided and supported by a team of staff in producing a portfolio of work and an exhibition.

Global context:
Global context
This module draws on artists, exhibitions and events within the global context and network of international contemporary art.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students attend weekly studio-based tutorials and peer review that facilitate discussion and critical reflection on the progress of practice. Practical studio projects typically consist of a briefing session, where each project is described and working methods discussed; and contextual lectures that frame the theoretical and historical references. At each stage practical work is followed by critical analysis (oral and written) requiring students to reflect on the effects of their decision-making and to relate their own work to wider practices and critical concepts. Motivations, precedents, and methodologies of contemporary art will be explored in the lectures, reading seminars, group tutorials, collaborative projects, and ultimately by independent explorative practice in a dedicated studio area. Each project inducts students into the department workshops and is supported by members of the teaching team as well as our experienced teaching fellows and teaching assistants.

The department provides core materials for each of the projects undertaken as part of this module. There may be additional material costs to students in developing their work, subject to individual practices; however, the department further subsidises expenses for studio materials through the Art Shop.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6 2
Seminars 12 12 3
Tutorials 6 6 2
Project Supervision 15 15 5
Demonstration 10 10 4
Practicals classes and workshops 15 15 10
Supervised time in studio/workshop 36 36 24
Guided independent study 60 60 30
Total hours by term 160.00 160.00 80.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Summative assessment will take place at the end of the module. Studio work that represents full participation in the course will be assessed at this point by:

•Presentation of practice, with full consideration of selection, modes of display and exhibition
•Documentation of experimental and exploratory work
•A reflective written statement.

Formative assessment methods:
The module is punctuated with a number of presentation points that allow for both oral and written feedback. The seminars and group tutorials provide an important channel for feedback on the development and progress of practice.

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:
    A mark of 40% must be achieved in the assessed coursework

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/ September. Students will submit an additional practical project by a specified date during the re-examination period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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