Module UXS-2201:
Practice and Contexts

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Ms Wanda Zyborska

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to direct students towards the level of independent study which will enable students to achieve the requirements of the concluding ‘exhibition’ modules (Practice & Presentation I and Practice & Presentation II), and will equip students for continuing artistic practice and/or higher levels of study.

To this end each students will prepare a Learning Plan for the module. However, as artistic progress is not predictable, students will be encouraged to review and develop the Learning Plan as the module progresses and will also produce an evaluation of the module (1 side A4, 2 copies).

Weekly studio sessions will be supervised by tutors. These will be underpinned by regular lectures, seminars and criticisms emphasising the relationship between theory and practice in historical and contemporary contexts. Students are actively encouraged to engage with the wider contemporary art world, for example galleries, and develop their personal practice outside of the weekly studio session and develop home based study.

The ethos of the course is one of sustainable practice and as part of this students will begin to develop an increasingly independent method of working.

Where possible access to printmaking, 3D and digital media equipment will be available either through freestanding modules or studio equipment depending on location and programme availability. Tutors will advise throughout on the development of sustainable working practices.

As with all degree programme modules students are required to compile a journal for this module. In this module there are no set essay topics; instead students are required to produce, as part of the journal, a review (equivalent approx 1500 to 3000 words) of critical, contextual, historical or theoretical analysis associated with a set project brief.

Course content

In this module of the HE Diploma course in Fine Art the emphasis is on preparing students for a level of independent study.

Students are expected to choose their own direction of progress (with tutorial advice) and to prepare a Learning Plan for the module.

Weekly studio sessions will be underpinned by regular lectures, seminars and criticisms. Students are required to produce, as part of the journal, a review (equivalent approx 1500 to 3000 words) of critical, contextual, historical or theoretical analysis associated with a set project brief.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D– to D+: Threshold You will be able to demonstrate a general level of competence in the Learning Outcomes as above.

good

C– to C+: Good: You will demonstrate competence throughout, with indications of promise and achievement in some if not all aspects of the module.

B– to B+: Very Good: You will demonstrate good Levels of achievement in most elements, with evidence of coherent working practices and appropriate Levels of theoretical support.

excellent

A– to A: Excellent: To achieve this grade you must be able to demonstrate substantial achievement in most if not all aspects of the module, excellence in some, and an appropriate infrastructure of coherent working practices and self-motivated theoretical support.

Learning outcomes

  1. At the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate: Progression towards greater independence of study by means of a Learning Plan

  2. A developing understanding of working practices and technical understanding appropriate to their chosen aims

  3. The ability to engage in constructive and informed critical debate

  4. A growing awareness of the demands of professional practice in the wider world of the arts.

  5. The ability to engage in documentary and visual research relevant to their developing direction of study

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Portfolio 70
Journal 30

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Tutorial

Individual Tutorials (15 x 4 hour)

60
Group Project

Group Criticisms (5 x 1 hour)

5
Private study 210
Seminar

Seminars (10 x 1 hour)

10
Lecture

Lectures (5 x 1 hour)

5
Practical classes and workshops

Practical instruction (10 x 1 hour)

10

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: