ED3AC1-The Arts, Children and Education 3: Contemporary Art and the primary curriculum

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

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

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module builds upon previous research into contemporary art practice. In consultation with tutors, students will research into the art practices of the 21st century and produce a written study.  Students will also continue to develop personal art practice, informed by the written study research.


• To gain critical insight and knowledge into an area of contemporary art practice through appropriate research

• To provide a coherent synthesis of research findings from a wide range of primary sources

• To articulate research findings clearly and effectively

• To produce a written study and a presentation of practical work in accordance with the course regulations.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will:

• Demonstrate a substantive knowledge of and critical insight into an area of contemporary art practice 

• Demonstrate evidence of a breadth of research and the ability to synthesise research findings 

• Be able to effectively analyse research findings to support critical and aesthetic judgements 

• Demonstrate the ability to organise and present a written study and a presentation of practical work according to the course requirements.

Additional outcomes:

Students will recognise the relevance of their research in terms of its application to their role as artist teacher and its potential to inform classroom practice.

Outline content:

This module will enable students to attain a high level of supervised independent enquiry and research into an area of contemporary art in the 21st century and relate it directly to their personal art practice. It will enable students to identify and discuss the plurality of current art making, and emerging generic characteristics. It will require students to view such work critically   and apply, as appropriate, the formal and critical language of art through reading relevant resea rch material including books and journals on contemporary art; exhibition catalogues and electronic sources.

Global context:

An international context will be considered.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Individual and group tutorials, including guided independent reading and targeted research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 4 6 10
Supervised time in studio/workshop 20
External visits 10
Guided independent study: 66 10 64
Total hours by term 100 16 84
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A Written Assignment of 2,500 words 

Formative assessment methods:

A sample of writing (1,000 words approx) will be used to give formative feedback on writing style, organisation and referencing. 

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:  Required text books: Additional costs will vary according to the choice of texts used. Students should expect to spend in the region of £10.00 in order to complete this module.

2) Specialist equipment or materials:  

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 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: 


Last updated: 25 October 2021


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