VA4002 - Professional Practice 1

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn how to demonstrate an appreciation of the breadth of contemporary art practice, through an understanding of artists’ methodologies, production and exhibition. This will provide you with a foundational framework for establishing your professional development. You will learn to express and articulate, verbally and through written form, a reflective appreciation of contemporary artworks, art practices and professional opportunities. Through the Contemporary Art Guest Lecture programme (CAGL) you will be introduced to a wide range of professional practicing contemporary artists, writers and curators, enabling you to understand and appreciate your position in the Art School and within formal arts education against their varied and multiple histories and trajectories through education into the artworld. Each guest offers you a personal narration of their career development and working methods, providing you with valuable insights into how careers in the artworld are forged. In semester 2 you will undertake an internal placement where you will learn directly from your peers, the final year Level 6 students. This provides you with first hand practical and intellectual learning around exhibition preparation and delivery and the transfer of work from the studio to the gallery. Through this you will learn and demonstrate good, safe working practice at professional levels and demonstrate practical and intellectual problem solving skills. The experience prepares you up for exhibition practice learning at Level 5 and is core instruction for your degree show exhibition at Level 6. This learning is also provides you with foundational practical and intellectual skills that will support you after graduation in your professional work.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through the weekly CAGL Guest Lecture programme, through weekly post CAGL peer discussions facilitated by academics, through the formative feedback you receive on your written CAGL report following the Mid Point Review at the end of semester 1, and through your professional support of Level 6 students during the installation of their Degree Show exhibition at the end of semester 2. Introduction to the module and a small number of workshop seminars provide you with core learning objectives and give you practical guidance in relation to writing and identifying professional career contexts connected to the artworld. The central learning occurs through the CAGL Guest Lecture programme, weekly lectures delivered by invited guest artists, writers and curators who are all respected professionals operating within the contemporary art world. These lectures introduce you to a diversity of first hand professional working contexts and experiences. You will also learn by witnessing and contributing to the questions and answers session at the end of each CAGL Guest Lecture, this learning is enhanced by your peer community, you are joined by all undergraduate levels, our postgraduate school and often by PhD students. The other central strand of learning on the module is the internal placement you undertake at the end of semester 2. You are mentored and work directly with Level 6 students to support and contribute to all aspects of installing and presenting their work for public exhibition. You present your learning through documentation and an evaluative account of the work undertaken. In addition you will learn and develop fundamental subject knowledge through independent gallery visits and through attendance at talks, performances and events, both internally through our galleries and externally through the network of galleries in the North East and nationally.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutor who will introduce the module and the work to you, complete workshop seminars with you and provide guidance on your Mid Point Review and Summative Assessment submissions. You are supported by peer and cross-programme attendance of the CAGL Guest Lecture programme, through continuous formative feedback in the post CAGL Guest Lecture discussion, sessions and through peer and academic mentoring on your internal placement. You are supported by your electronic reading list, and all teaching materials are made available to you on BLACKBOARD, our electronic learning portal. We communicate with you through your Northumbria email and post core information on the studio noticeboard. 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.

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. Demonstrate an awareness and reflective appreciation of a wide range of contemporary art practices.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Demonstrate practical skills relevant to the installation and documentation of a public exhibition.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. Evidence an evolving independent knowledge and appreciation of national and regional contemporary art infrastructure and culture.

How will I be assessed?

Mid-Point Review –Formative
(MLO’s 1,3)
Semester 1:
You will submit a written reflective summary relating to the Contemporary Art Guest Lecture Programme (CAGL) including references and example images of work. Following the Mid-Point Review, you will receive a banding position that will enable you to reflect on your achievement and to respond to feedback, offering you guidance ahead of the Summative Assessment point.

Mid-Point Review Feedback
Individually focused feedback will be provided within 20 working days of the Mid-Point Review submission deadline for the module. You will receive written feedback. All feedback will be provided in the context of the module learning outcomes and module assessment criteria.



Summative Assessment
(MLO’s 1,2,3)
Semester 2:
You will submit a written reflective summary relating to the Contemporary Art Guest Lecture Programme (CAGL) including references and example images of work. The weighting of this is 40% of your final module mark.

You will submit a reflective summary of your professional internal work placement undertaken during preparation of the Level 6 Degree Show exhibition. This will have appropriate visual documentation and include written feedback on your work provided by a Level 6 student you have supported. The weighting of this assessment is 60%.

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

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code W100

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 2020

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