FAMS2-Studio and Exhibition

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FAMDA Dissertation
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Christine Ellison

Email: c.ellison@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This is a studio based module that provides a critical and supportive environment in which students develop an art practice informed by the current discourses on contemporary art.

The aim of the module is for students to build upon the work produced in Year 1 MFA and to continue the ongoing development of a practical and critical methodology. A further aim is for students to inform their individual approach with current developments in the field of contemporary art and make a case for the cultural relevance of critical practice. The module aims to foster an independent approach to practice and research through the acquisition of relevant practical and academic skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students should demonstrate the ability to:
- critically reflect on the use of materials and ideas
- consideration and understanding of the relationship between material, form and concept
- investigate different methods of presentation and the role that staging works plays within interpretation
- engage with relevant and current precedents of critical practice
- convey an individual position through practice to debates and discourses within contemporary art
- assemble and present research and documentation of iterations of practice in appropriate form

Additional outcomes:
The module supports students in the development of a critical and specialised vocabulary and encourages them to refine and deploy this through group discussion and criticism. It also encourages students to extend the presentation of ideas through writing in and through their practice. The module supports students in the development of IT skills suitable for the process of documentation and dissemination of work. The module also promotes understanding of the role of curation in the development of work and allows students to manage their own research, practice and time effectively.

Outline content:
In Year 2 of this 21 month programme students are supported in the development of an independent practice-based research through regular meetings and tutorials. At the beginning of the year students are allocated studio space and provided access to workshops. During the year students test their work through tutorials, group criticism, seminars and study visits. Students attend the Contemporary Art & Theory lectures and attend the postgraduate research seminar programme.

Global context:
The global context of contemporary art requires students to reflect and consider their practice within an international perspective which is facilitated through study visits to major international museums, institutions and collections.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Work produced in the studios will be analysed and discussed in one to one tutorials as an ongoing process. Work will be further discussed in peer group seminars. Technicians will be available to give support and advice as appropriate. All staff will be available to teach any student at the request of the postgraduate coordinator who may from time to time invite specialists into the Department. Students will attend talks by visiting artists and take part in directed visits to exhibitions. They are also encouraged to reflect upon the role of presentation through the use of department bookable spaces and gallery.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 2
Seminars 12 12 3
Tutorials 4 4 4
Supervised time in studio/workshop 180 180 165
External visits 10 10 10
Guided independent study 200 200 200
Total hours by term 410.00 408.00 382.00
Total hours for module 1200.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students present work for summative assessment in the summer term. The form of this presentation is dependent on the nature of the practice. The presentation requires that students make judgements in the selection and staging of work. The summative assessment is supported by documentation of work produced over the year and written evaluation of practice.

Formative assessment methods:
Students receive feedback throughout the year that is intended to enable them to make critical judgements and assess different stages of development in their various projects. Students receive feedback both verbally through tutorials and seminars; and in writing following scheduled presentation points.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% in assessed coursework

Reassessment arrangements:
Individually negotiated coursework to be presented and reassessed in August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 June 2018


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