Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Alun Rowlands

Email: a.rowlands@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with a good understanding of the nature of art practice. It assists students to develop the ability to produce and reflect on their own independent art making and introduce new processes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of art practice, ideas, concepts and processes
  • generate ideas, develop new ways of looking and experimentation with new methods of making work
  • develop observation, imagination and reflection skills
  • demonstrate effective research in response to current and historical precedents of art making
  • discuss and present your work confidently, concisely and clearly

Additional outcomes:
Students will also extend their skills in communication and problem solving as well as developing a familiarity with appropriate terminology. The module also aims to encourage your awareness of the debates within current art practice, within a wider cultural frame, through knowledge of exhibitions, museums, galleries and relevant contemporary art journals. Students will also develop their IT skills in presenting their work and in searching IT sources for information.

Outline content:
Students will make a series of works that investigate core skills and processes of contemporary art practice. Students explore contemporary technologies ranging from drawing to digital imagery enabling them to turn their ideas into visual statements. They will identify and use vocabulary specific to these processes and will begin to articulate the relationship between process and content.

The Autumn term introduces students to a wide range of drawing and painting processes, providing the opportunity to extend and deepen their understanding of the role of the image in creative development. With an emphasis on drawing as an imaginative tool for the invention and generation of ideas, students will use a wide range of materials and processes to explore abstraction, construction, dimensions and space.
Evolving from the pictorial to the sculptural students will generate work from supplied and found materials. Students are encouraged to experiment and extend their understanding of form and explore the physical, spatial and time-based mediums. The emphasis is on developing students' individual creative approaches, from which they can expect to gain confidence in visual awareness and develop imaginative ambitions for the realisation of their work.
By the Spring term students will have some experience of working independently and will have generated a range of ideas and objects, equipping them to source and prepare materials and to generate and develop their own work. From week five to week ten, the course is based on individual studio-based enquiry. This enquiry enables you to define your work through a self-initiated project and culminates in a final exhibition of a finished body of work with accompanying process notes.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will include practical workshops, one to one tutorials, discussions, guided gallery visits and an introduction to research methods. Each student is allocated studio space and inducted into the workshops and resources of the department as the course progresses. The emphasis is on the need for students to explore personal ideas, sustain an open dialogue with their tutor and experiment with new processes and media.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 20 20 20
Practicals classes and workshops 15 15 15
Supervised time in studio/workshop 100 100 50
External visits 5 5
Guided independent study 15 10 10
Total hours by term 155.00 150.00 95.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Portfolio of practical work and supporting materials.
Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    Not Applicable

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of additional prescribed coursework project

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    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: 31 March 2017

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