VA4006 - Material Enquiry

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to some fundamental principals in artistic production; how materials and methodology contribute to the production of meaning in art. You will develop your practical knowledge of key processes from semester 1 while gaining insight to a range of critical contexts that are informed by material concerns in art making. These concerns will be drawn from the expanded field of contemporary art practice and will include contexts in the use of non-traditional materials such as found material, language, sound, site and situation.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through the development of a ‘parallel practice’ that will sit alongside your independent studio enquiry through the second semester. Lectures and seminars will introduce you to the core ideas of the module’s subject and will facilitate learning through critical reflection and practical experimentation. You will build on this through the production of a range of material enquiries guided by tutorials with academic staff and supported through practical demonstration. Your learning will develop through a blend of individually focused teaching and peer learning. You will be required to engage in critical self-evaluation of your learning and will be guided with formative feedback from academic staff through the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported by an academic team, and by a module lead who will introduce the module at the start of the semester and offer guidance throughout. Academic support is provided by individual tutorials, group seminars, lectures and five weekly sessions of technical demonstration supported by technicians. Your learning is mapped out for you in a module guide given to you at the start of each semester that includes your assessment brief, 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 online both on campus and externally. You will have a University email that we contact you through, and all course timetabling is published on your electronic timetable. You will have twenty-four-hour access to the University Library. To support you we provide you with on-going formative feedback through the teaching you receive and ask you to write and submit a self-evaluation review reflecting on your own progress against the module learning outcomes.

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 4

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. The production of work that evidences an appreciation for the relationship between material specificity and potential meaning.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. The evidence of emerging critical decision-making in relation to material-led enquiry.


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

3. The acquisition and application of new transferable skills linked to academic curiosity for and cultural awareness of materiality.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive on-going verbal feedback (formative review) from academics through individual tutorials, and seminars. This enables you to respond immediately and clarify with academics any points you are unsure of.
At the mid-point of semester 2 you will complete a Self-Evaluation Review form outlining your progress against Module Learning Outcomes. Your studio tutor will also complete a copy. You will meet (in person or online) for a feed-forward tutorial in the following week to identify gaps in understanding against the Learning Outcomes and agree on ways in which you can move forward and develop your work.









Summative Assessment – Summative 100%



The Summative Assessment carries a weighting of 100% of your final mark and takes place at the end of semester 2. You will present an example of work produced through your ‘parallel practice’. This will be accompanied by developmental material and preparatory work with evidence of material testing. You will accompany this with a short 5-minute presentation to your seminar group outlining the material specificity of your work for this module.

Summative Assessment Feedback
You will receive verbal feedback from your Studio Tutor in your studio, alongside your work, 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 semester in the module guide.

Pre-requisite(s)

Co-requisite(s)

Module abstract

In this module you will be introduced to some fundamental principals in artistic production; how materials and methodology contribute to the production of meaning in art. You will develop your practical knowledge of key processes from semester 1 while gaining insight to a range of critical contexts that are informed by material concerns in art making. These concerns will be drawn from the expanded field of contemporary art practice and will include contexts in the use of non-traditional materials such as found material, language, sound, site and situation.
You will learn through the development of a ‘parallel practice’ that will sit alongside your independent studio enquiry through the second semester. Lectures and seminars will introduce you to the core ideas of the module’s subject and will facilitate learning through critical reflection and practical experimentation. You will build on this through the production of a range of material enquiries guided by tutorials with academic staff and supported through practical demonstration. Your learning will develop through a blend of individually focused teaching and peer learning. You will be required to engage in critical self-evaluation of your learning and will be guided with formative feedback from academic staff through the module.

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 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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