FA2ATA-Contemporary Art and Theory

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FA2SA Fine Art Studio including CMS
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Robert Garnett

Email: r.garnett@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module examines the relationship between critical ideas and influential artworks in contemporary art.

Aims:
This module examines the relationship between critical ideas and influential artworks in contemporary practice. It builds upon the concepts and the critical terminology from the previous academic year. The module provides students with a more in-depth analysis of the dependence of specific artworks on particular theories. The module encourages students to critically reflect upon the theoretical and political contexts in which contemporary art is produced and the diverse strategies and forms developed by artists in response.

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

- demonstrate awareness and understanding of the diverse range of practices that constitute the field of contemporary art
- display the ability to work with theoretical ideas and apply them in an analysis of contemporary artworks
- demonstrate an awareness of current debates informing contemporary art practice
- structure an essay and develop a focused analysis that reflects an understanding of the ways in which a theory relates to an artwork or is used by an artist
- examine and appraise a broad range of research material including primary text, exhibitions, art journals, periodicals and web based sources
- organize and present a coherent written argument which understands the conventions of referencing and bibliography.

Additional outcomes:
The module encourages students to build up knowledge of contemporary art practice and develop an understanding of the relationships that exist between this work and the art studied on the previous year of the course. The module prepares students for the writing of the art dissertation in their final year by encouraging them to identify and occupy a position in relation to current art practice. The module enables students to develop a more in-depth awareness of art, which should be of use in other areas of the course. The module also encourages students to develop independent research skills including the use of IT.

Outline content:
The module is delivered through a series of lectures and connected seminars examining the diverse practices of contemporary art including relevant historical precedents. The lectures will use a number of key texts and examine their use in relation to art practice. The module examines particular theoretical methodologies and considers the distinct ways in which these overlap with the production of art. The module tests these ideas through critical examination of contemporary art and in this respect the module prioritises study visits to museums and galleries.

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 module will be delivered through a programme of lectures. The series will cover a number of key text in detail and will examine the ways in which they inform the production and interpretation of contemporary art. Each lecture is followed by a seminar. The seminar allows students to raise questions and discuss particular issues from the lecture in greater depth. Students are required to do preparatory reading and may be required to visit exhibitions. Students submit two essays and receive essay tutorials in the Autumn term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Tutorials 2
External visits 5
Guided independent study 171
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Two 3000 word essays. First submitted in the middle part of the Autumn term, second at the end of the term. The essays will be counted for examination subject to scrutiny by a second internal examiner. Both essays must be submitted in order to gain a pass.

Formative assessment methods:
Essay tutorials in advance of writing assignments accompany feedback/ feedforward tutorials that discuss your written feedback and help you plan future essays. This module also employs blog tools to pose questions and respond critically to the exhibitions and events encountered as part of the study visits in addition to supporting writing skills.

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:
    Both essays must be submitted in order to gain a pass and achieve a threshold performance

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of additional essay by August/ September

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

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