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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Florian Roithmayr

Email: f.roithmayr@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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 support students in the transition from their previous diverse art experiences to the academic learning environment of Art at University. It aims to:

  • provide an introduction to contemporary art and independent practice;

  • introduce a range of practical and professional skills;

  • Induct good codes of practice through the studio and workshop environment;

  • enable student to identify subject matter and working methods appropriate to individual interests;

  • foster critical thinking through informed debate, shared experience and studio work;

  • facilitate students in the analysis, production and presentation of art within the wider field of contemporary art and its histories

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • evidence varied process and material based experimentation 

  • demonstrate sustained and engaged independent enquiry within wider contexts

  • show focused application of appropriate skills learned through studio practice

  • present studio practice with full consideration of selection, modes of display and exhibition ?

  • collect, edit and present coherent documentation of studio practice and related research

  • review, assess and critically reflect upon studio practice and related research in writing

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 print, conceptual art, painting, film, objects as forms, assembled and found; environments to installations; sculpture 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 body of work and an exhibition.

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Summative assessment will take place at the end of the module. Studio work that represents sustained participation in the course will be assessed by:

  • Presentation of practice, with consideration of selection, modes of display and exhibition

  • Documentation of experimental and exploratory work

  • A reflective written statement and documentation presented online. 

Formative assessment methods:

Peer-reviewed formative assessment will take place at the end of the first term. Studio work that represents sustained participation in the course will be assessed by:

  • Presentation of practice, with consideration of selection, modes of display and exhibition

  • Documentation of experimental and exploratory work

  • A reflective written statement and documentation presented online. 

Additionally, the seminars and group tutorials provide an important channel for feedback on the development and progress of practice.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% must be achieved in the assessed coursework

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Students will submit an additional practical project by a specified date during the August 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: 20 April 2018


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