VA4017 - Understanding Engagement

What will I learn on this module?

The Understanding Engagement module involves work with an external institutional partner to extend your network as artists and practitioners with a live brief co-produced with that partner. It supports the development of your technical and creative skills and combines reflections on studio practice with a sustained analysis of the worlds of contemporary art. Working in peer groups, you will develop a sustained, innovative practice, and this will be within the context of an understanding of contemporary artists, some of whom you will meet during the module. You will learn about the role of studios which will feed into your level 5 studio practice, as well as questions of networking, marketing, branding, audience-building, project management, ethics, and creative skills. This is situated in the wider context of these issues in the creative sector. Working to a live brief with your institution/organisation, you will work within them on creative sites and spaces, on pitching and on networking. These relationships will develop all kinds of soft skills and activities which mutually support the artist and the organisation, and you will be assessed on how you respond to the live brief in creative ways. Understanding the relationship of place to community will enhance your pathways through your degree and beyond.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you learn by engaging with an applied range of creative experiences. Your learning experience takes place on and off campus at your institutional/organisational site/place and within the context of co-production and community practice. Your learning is facilitated through scheduled teaching activities including weekly one-hour lectures and seminars in the studio spaces, alongside workshops, a group project, external visits, and project supervision. Learning about diverse ways contemporary art can engage different audiences you will be introduced to creative practitioners and professionals working in the cultural sector.
The module guides you to work on a live brief. This invites you to learn collaboratively with peers by devising and facilitating creative responses and activities that respond to a set thematic enquiry. Working in teams, you will present your learning to peers and cultural partners. You will embed your experiential learning through reflective report writing, evaluating your experience and detailing how you applied the transferable skills gained across the semester.

These approaches will help you to gain a wider understanding of the subject and start to position your practice within it. They support you to develop social, organisational, intellectual and professional skills. They enhance your learning in areas of communication, taking initiative, decision-making, problem solving, negotiation, critical reflection and independent working. This module will support you into your Level 5 studio practice and develop your networking and co-production with organisations, places and communities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported by the module leader; they will introduce the module at the start of the semester and offer advice and guidance throughout. At the start you are supported in safe working practices through training and instruction in health and safety, safeguarding and in ethics. This equips you for your group project and live brief activities. Your learning is mapped out in a module guide and in the live brief; this includes project timelines, guidance notes and key dates to help you organise and plan your time. Teaching materials, notices and guidance, including the module guide are available to you through the Northumbria University online electronic learning portal; this is accessible online on and off campus. You will have a university email that we contact you through.

We support your learning by providing on-going feedback (formative and summative) through the range of teaching and learning approaches offered. We ask you to electronically submit your group presentation, reflective account and placement report so you have an ongoing record of your learning. Written feedback at the end of each assessment point supports your academic progress by assisting your reflection on and awareness of your achievements and potential as a learner.

Where appropriate, you may also be directed to engage with our Skills Plus or other resources offered through the University Student Support Services such as Dyslexia Support. Guidance tutorials also provide opportunities for students to discuss, in confidence, their academic progress on the programme. You will develop your networking guided by the module lead and tutors and in conjunction with your developing relationships with organisations, places and communities.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will demonstrate an awareness of key professional considerations for contemporary art practice, including a reflective understanding of the roles of artists and audiences.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. You will understand the concept of transferable skills and apply them to real situations, demonstrating the ability to prioritise, meet deadlines, act appropriately and accept responsibility, either individually or as part of a team.

3. You will demonstrate the ability to write reflectively, including presentation, structure, layout and referencing.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. You will identify and evidence applied understanding of participation and engagement in the context of contemporary art practice, including cultural awareness, ethics and safeguarding.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:

1. Group presentation (following live brief) (40%)

Working with peers, you will make a reflective group presentation that evaluates your creative response to the live brief. Group presentations will be digital and can be submitted as a film or recorded PowerPoint. Each presentation should last between 8 and 10 minutes.

2. Individual written, reflective report following the live brief and group presentation (60%)

You will submit a 1000-word individual reflective writing that appraises your role in the group project, you will assess your performance against the module learning outcomes. The weighting of this assessment is 60%.

Summative Feedback: Individually focused feedback will be provided within 20 working days of each Summative Assessment submission deadline for this module. You will receive written feedback. All feedback will be provided in the context of the module learning outcomes and module assessment criteria.

Formative Feedback:
To prepare you successfully to undertake the summative assessment(s) on this module, formative assessments will be set by the module team. These may take the form of in-class tasks or projects, developmental activities undertaken between classes, or learning exercises/activities set over a longer period. Feedback (written and/or oral) will be provided to help you learn from, reflect on, and develop in light of these formative assessments.

MLOs: The assessment tasks test all MLOS

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The Understanding Engagement module involves work with an external institutional partner to extend your network as artists and practitioners with a live brief co-produced with that partner. It supports the development of your technical and creative skills and combines reflections on studio practice with a sustained analysis of the worlds of contemporary art. On this module you learn by engaging with an applied range of creative experiences. Your learning experience takes place on and off campus at your institutional/organisational site/place and within the context of co-production and community practice. Your learning is facilitated through scheduled teaching activities including weekly one-hour lectures and seminars in the studio spaces, alongside workshops, a group project, external visits, and project supervision. Learning about diverse ways contemporary art can engage different audiences you will be introduced to creative practitioners and professionals working in the cultural sector.

Course info

UCAS Code W105

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Module Information

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