FA2SA-Fine Art Studio including CMS

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 80 [40 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: FA1SA Fine Art Studio FA1ATA Contemporary Art and Theory
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 is a studio based module that develops independent art practice within the context of contemporary art and includes career learning.

This module aims
- to provide students with the opportunity to build on the intellectual and technical skills of their first year.
- to extend students capacity for independent and self directed work through the management of a creative practice
- to develop an understanding of the dissemination of art work through projects and exhibitions.
- to provide students with an awareness of creative applications for sustaining an artistic practice
- to foster appropriate skills for developing professional experiences in writing, documentation and oral presentation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate in their studio practice:

- the ability to generate and evaluate work independently
- the ability to develop work to a greater depth with creativity and visual awareness
- evidence of relevant material processes and informed methods for the presentation (exhibition) of work
- evidence of the use of research and a developing understanding of relevant critical contexts
- the ability to critically reflect upon their practice orally and in writing.
- identify assess and articulate their skills, interests and personal values and strengths in the context of career decision making
- develop careers information retrieval, research and decision making skills using a variety of sources including the internet and interviews
- recognise and be able to write an effective application; identify the purpose and processes of recruitment interviews and how to perform effectively.

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to encourage the ability to organise time productively. Studio based work will extend students in collaborative and individual production of exhibitions, their modes of display and curation. Students will be engaged in problem solving, group work, research and technical skills.

Outline content:
Students will have the opportunity to build upon the intellectual and technical skills developed in their second year to pursue, extend and develop a self initiated body of work. They will extend their experience and abilities within an appropriate range of media. They will develop their knowledge of relevant precedents by their own research. Students will further question the relationship of intention to outcome in their work and explore issues of presentation in greater depth, through presentations in studio, bookable spaces or via external projects. In addition students will consider and where appropriate begin to prepare for postgraduate applications.

There is the opportunity for Study Abroad in the first term of the academic year. Each proposal will be examined on an individual basis. In addition students will consider, and where appropriate, begin to prepare for postgraduate applications. This module also contains career learning assignments that relate to the stages in effective career planning.

This module provides further opportunity for students to explore and resolve issues of self-management and project management in relation to creative enquiry through participation in projects, exhibitions and events.

Supported by tutorial advice, the students develop project proposals, and documentation outlining their processes of research, the resources and media they will explore and any associated areas of investigation. Students document and engage in critical evaluation of their practice. The module encourages experimentation towards realising finished projects by the end of the module.

Global context:
The module focuses on individual artistic practice and the global functions of contemporary art. Studio seminars and Study Visits extend experience of international debates and agendas within contemporary art practice and theory. Students will have the opportunity to experience art in an international context by participating in Study Abroad to one of the departments international exchange partner universities in Europe, North America and Australia

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching is directed through project-based workshops, tutorials and studio seminars addressing the principles of practice developing understanding across media. Students receive formative feedback through tutorials and studio seminars. Presentation of work at interim and Part 2I assessment will include a written statement and documentation evaluating their practice. The presentations will followed by summative feedback. Students will attend presentations of their peers, talks by visiting artists, seminars on postgraduate opportunities and professional practice. Directed visits to exhibitions, museums and major collections will take place throughout the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6 6
Tutorials 3 2 1
Demonstration 6 6
Practicals classes and workshops 24 24
Supervised time in studio/workshop 180 180 30
External visits 5 5 2
Work-based learning 10 20
Guided independent study 110 110 70
Total hours by term 344.00 353.00 103.00
Total hours for module 800.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 5
Oral assessment and presentation 95

Other information on summative assessment:
Summative assessment at the end of the module is through appropriate exhibition presentation, statement and documentation. Performances and film screenings are timetabled for assessment

Part Assessment takes place in the Summer term. Students will have a given period of time and be allocated a space in which to present their coursework, documentation of practice, supporting work and research.


1. Presentation in the appropriate form of exhibition, performance or film screening

2. Two statements (c. 750 words each) evaluating the students own practice including reference to relevant precedents

3. Documentation of practice in the form of a reflective journal which evidences and evaluate previous iterations of practice throughout the module

Students will be required to carry out assignments for the career learning component of this module.
These are as follows:

4. Summative Creative Careers (c.700); Find a job/placement, C.V and targeted covering letter

Formative assessment methods:
Interim assessments are formative and take place mid module where a diagnostic mark is achieved alongside self assessment, written and verbal feedback

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:
    One week

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% in assessed coursework

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Individually prescribed work to be presented in August/ September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    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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