Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 80 [40 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FA3DISB Dissertation
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof John Russell

Email: j.a.russell@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Studio-based module that critically examines self-directed study of contemporary art practice and its contexts.

This module aims
- to provide students with the opportunity to build on the intellectual and technical enquiry of their programme
- to enable students in the expansion of independent learning
- to foster development of an individual practice that brings together speculative, intellectual and technical skills
- to enable students to state their position as artists
- to display awareness of how to locate practice both historically and theoretically
- to facilitate informed critical judgement and evaluation of self-directed work
- to prepare students for public exhibition
- to plan future postgraduate opportunities, employment, professional practice as an artist, writer curator, educator and other related employment options that draw on the transferable skills of the programme

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate:
- the ability to independently evaluate and progress self-directed practice, processes and research
- a coherent, creative and speculative synthesis of material processes and ideas
- informed and considered methods for the presentation (exhibition) of work
- evidence of the use of research and a developing perspective on relevant critical contexts
- the ability to convey ideas and to demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary art practice

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to encourage the ability to organize time productively. Problem solving, professional development, and information handling will be addressed. Presentational skills will be developed as well as fostering collaborative curatorial and publishing processes.

Outline content:
Students will have the opportunity to extend and test the intellectual and technical skills established in their third year working with increasing independence on the development and evaluation of their artwork. They will begin to take responsibility for their creative choices, analyse and propose solutions to creative questions raised. Students will research and locate their work within the context of relevant historical and contemporary precedents. They will engage in research and planning - both independently and collectively - for their final show and the future.

Global context:
The studio module is supervised by a diverse group of academic staff with international research practices. Seminars and lectures draw on cultural topics of current relevance. External visits to internationally renowned museums are designed as a resource for students, with which they are encouraged to consider and establish the relationship to students own practice.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will elect a supervisor who will support them through the module and guide them towards degree show exhibition. Students will be involved in tutorials, studio seminars, talks by visiting artists, seminars on professional practice and other post degree opportunities. There are opportunities to rehearse and test work in bookable project spaces and also in the context of an interim exhibition. Students will prepare and deliver a presentation of their work to students and staff using appropriate methods.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 8
Seminars 30 5
Tutorials 5 4 1
Project Supervision 4 4
Demonstration 1 1
Practicals classes and workshops 8 8
Supervised time in studio/workshop 130 170 45
External visits 10 10
Guided independent study 134 174 40
Total hours by term 330.00 384.00 86.00
Total hours for module 800.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:
Assessment takes place in the Summer term and takes the form of a display of work, selected and presented within exam period and as part of the degree show exhibition. Documentation and statement are also submitted for assessment. You will be expected to use your critical judgement to select and present your studio work. Spaces and resources are allocated through proposal, meetings and consultations throughout the year.
Coursework: 1. Presentation in the appropriate form of exhibition, performance or film screening. 2. Statement (c. 750 words) evaluating the student's own practice including reference to relevant precedents. 3. Documentation of practice in the form of a reflective journal which evidences and evaluates previous iterations of practice throughout the module.

Formative assessment methods:
Interim exhibition is formative and takes place mid module and accompanies a number of presentation points within the course of the module where students receive 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:
    The set-up and arrangements for examination take place over a two week period in the Summer term.

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September through presentation of practice and coursework

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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