FA1CMA-Critical Collaborative Methods

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

Module Convenor: Dr Pil Kollectiv

Email: p.kollectiv@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to provide students with a practical and critical understanding of the role of the presentation and curation of art and the contemporary discourses contextualising it, and to encourage and facilitate the development of appropriate methods of research. This module promotes the development of group work, and presentation skills in an environment of formal and informal critical discussion between students

- provide students with a practical and critical understanding of the role of the presentation and curation of art
- examine the contemporary discourses and contexts of contemporary art
- encourage and facilitate the development of appropriate methods of research
- promote the development of group work and collaborative practice
- develop presentation skills in an environment of formal and informal critical discussion between students
- foster awareness of historical and theoretical precedents for the exhibition and staging of contemporary art

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

- work effectively in collaboration through group work
- identify a central critical question or subject to explore both in practice and in writing
- plan and to produce a curatorial project with attention to audience, site and dissemination
- articulate the main issues of their research effectively in oral and written forms
- lead and facilitate peer group discussion
- locate and assemble relevant research material from appropriate resources

Additional outcomes:
The practical work encourages interpersonal skills and the development of the student's participation in group situations, dealing with curation, publicity and promotion, including the ability to take initiative and to accept real-life risks and benefits, and students will also develop their research skills in the relevant use of art works, books, catalogues, magazine articles, reviews and their IT skills by use of web resources and databases.

Outline content:
Within the context of a broad range of issues relevant to contemporary curation and staging of art, students will be encouraged to reflect on the way art is presented in a public context and to develop a critical understanding of various methods of presentation, such as exhibitions and events and to articulate in a group situation questions about a specific subject or topic in consultation with module convenor. Each group will develop and produce a curatorial project in a chosen context.

Global context:
The module introduces themes, methods and approaches prevalent within the international field of contemporary art. Through the course of the module students are made aware of the global context of biennials, fairs and international curatorial programmes. In addition, the scheduled Study Visits introduce students to international exhibitions, museums and collections.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The seminar is structured as a series of lectures, group seminars, practicals and tutorials. Student groups will prepare content in consultation with the convenor. The content and delivery of the topic will be presented in the form of an argument or set of questions in order to promote discussion. The topic will be orally presented in a seminar group practically delivered in a curated situation, but the student will be asked to write up an individual account of the ensuing group discussion, identifying key points raised and their responses to them. This will include an element of reflective self assessment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 30
External visits 10
Guided independent study 130
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:

- Collaborative presentation of group work, staged in appropriate form of exhibition, curated event, intervention or publicly sited project
- In advance of the seminar, a written statement of 500 words outlining a proposed seminar questions and announcement of the project to be presented for discussion before the seminar
- A seminar that discusses the project and its context
- After the seminar, a reflective written account in 2000 words analysing the main points of the project and discussion, responding critically to the questions raised and referencing historical and theoretical precedents

Cancellations: Where possible those with extenuating circumstances will have their seminars rescheduled. In every other case students will have to submit a 2000 word seminar paper accompanied by extended project documentation

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

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:
    Not Applicable

    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 proejct by specificed date during the re-examination period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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