VA5002 - Professional Practice 2

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn to establish a wider independent appreciation, knowledge and understanding of the external professional contexts that frame and position the activities and production of the studio. You will learn to extend your understanding of the range of research-led enquiries that professional artists undertake, the breadth of strategies, approaches and methodologies they employ, the diverse social and geographic contexts of their production, and the scope of mediums and materials that they use. You will also learn to enhance your understanding of professional contexts within the contemporary artworld in relation to career pathways and professional opportunities. You will learn and develop through mentorship new practical, intellectual and technical skills in exhibition making, through the first hand experience of devising, developing, installing, hosting and documenting an experimental public exhibition.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn through collaborative peer work, through group teaching and mentorship, and through our weekly CAGL Guest Lecture programme delivered by leading professional artists, writers and curators. 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 teaching and mentoring supports you in developing transferable professional skills in areas of organisation, enterprise and group working, developing within a peer-framework your confidence and your ability to effectively communicate, make decisions, negotiate, problem solve and reflect critically on your actions and achievements.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be academically supported by the module lead and by an individual academic who will introduce and mentor you through the exhibition-making process. You will receive support from your peers as the exhibition making process takes the form of a group activity. You will be supported by an electronic reading list, the Library, and by additional content posted and made available on the ELP. And you will be supported by a Graduate Fellow, or by a peer from the MFA course, who will offer practical guidance and advice to support your exhibition making. 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 understanding and critical appreciation of a range of contemporary art practices.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Employ documentary and administration skills to independently record and evaluate a group exhibition experience.

3. Evidence the development of transferable skills in critical and reflective writing.


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

4. 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 1,3,4,)
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 – Summative 100%
(MLO’s 1, 2, 3, & 4)
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 an individual Exhibition Notebook. This is your working notebook for your group exhibition and will include individual notes, reports and drawings. It will also include all material (such as posters, press releases) produced for the exhibition, along with documentation and a written reflection of the process. The weighting of this is 60% of your final module mark

Summative Assessment 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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