ED2SA1-Subject Specialism 2 : Modern and Contemporary Art and Art Practice

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: A Level Art or equivalent
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Ms Suzy Tutchell
Email: s.tutchell@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

In this part practical module, students will work individually in the studios developing personal art practice using traditional and non-traditional art materials, and digital technology as appropriate. Through a period of sustained independent and shared practice, students will articulate intentions and elaborate personal meanings as indicated within their developing work.

The accompanying theory programme will introduce students to specific issues in art (including gender and cultural), and highlight post second world war social changes and events which have underpinned trends in art and continue to inform and influence art practice and art education today. 


  • To enable students to focus specifically on the independent development of their art practice 

  • To facilitate the communication and expression of personal ideas through art practice

  • To further develop understanding and use of the formal languages of art 

  • To develop an awareness and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of Modernist, Postmodernist and contemporary practices and principles in art

  • To further develop and consolidate oral communication skills through individual presentations and group discussions

  • To identify the potential of students’ personal practice to inform classroom practice

  • To further develop the students’ understanding of their potential role as artist teacher 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Communicate and express concepts through sustained and independent art practice in a variety of mediums and using a range of techniques

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of Modernist and Postmodernist practices and principles in Art, 

  • Demonstrate an increased breadth and knowledge of the issues and debates within the fields o f contemporary art 

  • Demonstrate the ability to draw upon contemporary art practice to inform their role as artist teacher

Additional outcomes:

The module provides the opportunity for students to continue to develop and inform their own art practice through an engagement with contemporary issues in art.

Outline content:

This module will continue to facilitate the students’ developing art practices as artist teachers. It will also introduce students to a range of issues and developments which have influenced the course of contemporary art from the mid twentieth century to the present day. In this context feminism, cultural identity and notions of postmodernism and the avant-garde will be introduced and debated. 

Global context:
There will be some research into the international practice of art and artists

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The part practical programme will incorporate lead lectures and seminars, directed reading and guided independent research and individual and group tutorials with tutors. Students will also undertake independent research visits to galleries and museums.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22
Seminars 22
Fieldwork 14
Guided independent study: 142
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Art Practice Exhibition Online portfolio

Formative assessment methods:

• Student presentations of art practice at group tutorials

• Guided Independent Study and research tasks

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission during the summer resit period. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions. Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:  Gallery entry maximum: £10.00

Last updated: 25 August 2021


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