VA5003 - Theory into Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn to independently progress a self-motivated, critically positioned studio-based contemporary art practice. Learning will be underpinned by the acquisition of new creative research skills orientated around contemporary art practice and related theoretical discourse. The module will allow you to develop a deeper critical understanding of the relationship between form and content in your work. You will learn to articulate and evidence your creative research skills in your independent personal studio enquiry. You will learn to independently identify and reflectively assess specific lines of enquiry and your evolving artistic position, and learn how to effectively communicate this to academics and to your peer group. You will learn to confidently present verbally and creatively a range of ideas and positions relevant to contemporary art practice through the module’s weekly seminar programme and its studio-based teaching. You will learn how to develop a professional understanding of appropriate technical and conceptual strategies for the production and presentation of your artworks, and you will learn advanced level technical skills in our workshop areas.

This module enables you to learn through the work of your peers and position your evolving practice against contemporary frameworks and theoretical ideas in current art practice. Through the learning you will develop the intellectual and practical skills required to start to assess your own work and studio position allowing you to take increasing responsibility for the development of your visual enquiry.

All of your learning underpins your studio practice with a strong subject specific knowledge base and the range of strategies aims to engender your confidence in identifying and understanding new knowledge in relation to your practice.
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How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of teaching approaches that are either individual or peer focussed. The studio is the primary location for your work and learning and acts as a place for connecting processes of thinking, making and creative speculation. You will learn through individual tutorials, guest lecturer tutorials, group critiques, a weekly seminar programme, independent study, technical workshops, and independent initiatives. Independent initiatives are enabled through our research studios - Colour-Studio-Northumbria, Paper-Studio-Northumbria and Talk-Studio-Northumbria - forums that you can participate in and lead on.

Tutorials are forty minutes and are individually focussed around your work. These are given to you by academics with subject specialist knowledge in areas including painting, photography, sculpture, print, moving image, social practice, installation and sound. You will also have individual tutorial contact with one of our independent weekly guest lecturers.

Peer learning happens through group critiques. With four to eight of your peers you will collectively present work in progress for open discussion with two academics for three to four hours. Group critiques link you to peer interests and encourage you to consider and explore the intellectual, technical and creative research mechanisms underlying your approaches to production and alert you to audience and spectatorship. Further peer learning happens through the weekly seminar programme, where you learn to develop - in a small group of ten to fifteen- presentation, writing, creative research skills and advanced subject knowledge.

Independent use of the studio for the testing and production of artworks is a crucial part of your learning and is supported by informal conversations and walk-rounds by academics. Central to all your learning is how you process and reflect on your production and experiences through teaching. This happens through on-going formative feedback provided to you verbally during individual tutorials, guest lecture tutorials, group critiques and seminars.

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How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported with the provision of a studio space, and access to specialist technical facilities, materials, resource areas and research studios. Technical facilities include the wood metal and casting workshops, the print studio (including screenprinting, etching, lithography), the mac lab and digital print (including industry standard digital imaging, moving image and audio software), analogue darkrooms (black and white and colour processing and print) and digital photographic studios. You have access to specialist materials in all workshop areas. Resource areas include our equipment stores, galleries, project spaces and our graduate studio, and we have three research studios, Colour Studio Northumbria, Paper Studio Northumbria and Talk Studio Northumbria. You have twenty-four hour access to the University Library.

Your learning will be supported by subject specialist academics and by expert technicians. Academic support is provided by four individual tutorials per year, two group critiques, the weekly seminar programme, and weekly technical workshops that you elect into. Your learning is clearly mapped out to you by a programme guide given to you at the start of each semester. This includes your timetable, guidance notes and key dates for the semester to help you organise and plan your time. Teaching materials, notices and guidance are made available to you through our online electronic learning portal (BLACKBOARD). This is accessible to you on campus or externally through the Internet. You will have a University email that we contact you through, and all course timetabling is published on noticeboards in your studio area. An inter-year mentoring system supports you and student REPs represent you in weekly meetings with the Programme Director.

To support you we provide you with on-going formative feedback through the teaching you receive, and ask you to write and submit electronically summary reports evaluating the key points raised by academics during these sessions. This provides you with an on-going and continuous record of your learning through the year.

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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?

LEVEL 5

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. To produce a range of critically proficient artworks, through an ongoing visual enquiry, that deepens critical understanding between content and method.

2. Independently identify and critically assess their own position and specific lines of enquiry in relation to the context of the seminar programs and wider contemporary fine art practices

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Produce a written and visual statement that articulates and evidences a critical understanding of the relationship between creative research and practice.

4. Evidence a critical understanding of appropriate technical and conceptual strategies for the production and presentation of works.

5. Undertake specific creative research tasks in the seminar program and organise their creative research in a coherent and useful format

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

6. Independently manage their studio and creative research time to participate in the development of a self-established enquiry.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive on-going verbal feedback (formative review) from academics through individual tutorials, group tutorials and seminars. This enables you to respond immediately and clarify with academics any points you are unsure of. Following these sessions you are required to respond reflectively in a written report that you submit electronically. This provides you with an on-going and continuous record of your learning through the year.

Mid-Point Review - Formative
(MLO’s 1-6)
Semester 1

The Mid Point Review is a formative review of your work and takes place at the end of semester 1. For the Mid Point Review you mount a presentation or exhibition of works evidencing that you have evolved your practical and intellectual skills through self-motivated practice, technical development and creative research. Alongside your practical works and presentation you submit all your sketchbooks and notebooks, a creative written statement and a file of personal creative research which includes material covered in the weekly seminars, self-initiated creative research, research from gallery visits, a personal reading list, and tutorial and critique report forms from semester 1. Following review and internal moderation from the academic team you receive verbal feedback. This is a useful, timely and robust evaluation of your progress so far, which enables you to reflect and act upon your performance. We welcome risk-taking and want you to work ambitiously with ideas, materials, processes, production and display. The formative review will highlight strengths and signal to you where works, production, presentation and ideas require further testing and development. It gives you the opportunity to absorb and reflect on all advice given to you and helps you to evaluate your subject knowledge and understand how production, creative research and display collectively contribute to form your practice. The Level 5 External Examiner reviews samples from the submission. If your grading is unsatisfactory you will be placed on a learning contact at the start of semester 2 and provided with a directed learning programme for four to six weeks.

Mid Point Review Feedback
You will receive verbal feedback from two academics in your studio, alongside your presentation, within seven days of the submission deadline. Feedback is individual and provided in the context of the assessment criteria given to you at the start of the academic year in the module guide. You have a note taker and are invited to audio record the session. You are required to electronically submit a written report detailing your feedback within seven days of receiving it.

Summative Assessment
(MLO’s 1-6)
Semester 2

The Summative Assessment provides you with a year mark for your work and carries a 100% weighting. It follows directly the submission structure of the Mid Point Review and this ensures that you are prepared. As with the Mid Point Review you mount a presentation or exhibition of works evidencing that you have evolved your practical and intellectual skills through self-motivated practice, technical development, creative research, and in response to feedback from your Mid Point Review. Alongside your practical works and presentation you will submit all sketchbooks and notebooks, a creative written statement, and a file of personal creative research which includes material covered in the weekly seminars, self-initiated creative research, research from gallery visits, a personal reading list with a critical précis, and tutorial and critique report forms from semester 1 and semester 2.

Following review and internal moderation from the academic team you receive verbal feedback. This provides you with a detailed evaluation of your work through the semester that is aimed at preparing you for study at Level 6. It provides you with the opportunity to reflect objectively on how decisions made through development, production and presentation are working and contributing to your practice. Alongside your feedback from the Mid Point Review, and your tutorial and group critique reports, the feedback provides you with a comprehensive view of your development across of the year. The Level 5 External Examiner reviews samples from the submission, and you have the opportunity to meet them in person to discuss your experiences of the module.


Summative Assessment Feedback
You will receive verbal feedback from two academics in your studio, alongside your presentation, within seven days of the submission deadline. Feedback is individual and provided in the context of the assessment criteria given to you at the start of the academic year in the module guide. You have a note taker and are invited to audio record the session. You are required to electronically submit a written report detailing your feedback within seven days of receiving it.

Pre-requisite(s)

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Co-requisite(s)

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Course info

UCAS Code W100

Credits 80

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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