VA4011 - Insight & Understanding

What will I learn on this module?

Through this module you will begin to develop a creative and critical research practice that feeds into, and is informed by your studio work. You will learn technical skills that develop your material research.

The module will introduce you to critical voices, key debates, artistic positions, and philosophical contexts relevant to contemporary art. Through tasks and exercises led by the academic team you will gain practical research skills to access this content, and a range of methods to engage with it.

Following your own lines of enquiry, as well as those directed to you by lecturers you will learn how to find and use online and library-based resources including books, e-books, journals, gallery press-releases and examples of artist self-publishing. You will learn how to discern critically between the voices and opinions you encounter within digital and print resources, and engage with them through discussion with peers and staff, and through writing. Gaining these research skills will equip you to widen your subject knowledge and offer ways of working through your own thinking and making. They will build a foundation for you to develop your own artistic and philosophical positions as you move forward through the programme.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of group and individual teaching approaches offered through a series of seminars. Group discussion forms a key part of learning within these sessions. Conversations with peers facilitated by academic staff will allow you to gain a sense of your position within key debates in contemporary art practice, and give you transferrable communication skills applicable to a range of professional contexts.

Seminars offer a lively space of discussion and participation centred around research tasks and exercises given to you by the academic team. Your tutors will use directed tasks to support you to explore material independently and by working as a group. These tasks will involve live participation, writing experiments, presenting, collective reading and group discussion. You will learn practical skills of note taking and annotation through demonstration, peer feedback and feedback from tutors. Specific research case studies will draw from galleries, including material from archives and live exhibitions. You will be given independent research tasks to be carried in the library and online. Tutors will encourage you to follow self-directed lines of enquiry.

You will embed this experiential learning through a reflective presentation, and a written task to evaluate a chosen artwork.

Your material research will be developed through technical demonstration in the resource areas led by skilled and experienced staff.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported by a module lead and wider academic team who will introduce the module at the start of each semester and offer advice and guidance throughout.

You have twenty-four-hour access to the University Library. You are supported through access to online research resources and databases through the library. The library offers elective training in research skills.

In the seminar series academic staff will support your learning by directing you to key resources for contemporary art led informed by their knowledge and experience within the subject. These sessions will support you to develop the skills required to find high quality resources and engage with them critically.

Your learning is mapped out for you in a module guide that includes your timetable, guidance notes and key dates for the semester to help you organise and plan your time. Teaching materials, notices and guidance and the module guide are made available to you through BLACKBOARD, our online electronic learning portal, which is accessible online both on and off campus. You will have a university email that we contact you through. Up to date module information is displayed on noticeboards in your studio. An inter-year mentoring system supports you and student REPs represent you in weekly meetings with the Programme Leader.

You will receive on-going formative feedback through the seminar series from academic staff and from peers.

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?

By the end of the module you will be able to:

LEVEL 4

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate informed connections between your individual interests and creative research that are relevant to contemporary art.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Evidence emerging creative research skills including accessing high quality material and evaluation of critical voices.

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

3. Show you have acquired and applied new transferable skills around self-organisation, art world experiences, and individual curiosity.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive on-going verbal feedback (formative review) from academics through seminars. This enables you to respond immediately and clarify with academics any points you are unsure of.

Summative Assessment - Pass/referral
Semester 1

Presentation
You will make a short 5-minute presentation to your seminar group (online or in person) that reveals the research processes you followed to discover a new artist or artwork. You will share the stages of your enquiry including reference to at least 3 sources and telling the group how one source led you to the next.

Creative Research Folder (physical or digital) & 300 word Written Task
You will present a folder containing evidence of your insights and understanding in relation to research material you have been signposted towards via briefs and tutorials. Within the folder you will include a 300 word example of objective writing engaging with a single artwork which you have seen first-hand.

Written feedback for both tasks will be delivered via Blackboard within 20 working days of their deadlines. 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.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Through this module you will begin to develop a creative and critical research practice that feeds into, and is informed by your studio work. You will learn technical skills that develop your material research.

The module will introduce you to critical voices, key debates, artistic positions, and philosophical contexts relevant to contemporary art. Through tasks and exercises led by the academic team you will gain practical research skills to access this content, and a range of methods to engage with it.
Following your own lines of enquiry, as well as those directed to you by lecturers you will learn how to find and use online and library-based resources including books, e-books, journals, gallery press-releases and examples of artist self-publishing. You will learn how to discern critically between the voices and opinions you encounter within digital and print resources, and engage with them through discussion with peers and staff, and through writing. Gaining these research skills will equip you to widen your subject knowledge and offer ways of working through your own thinking and making. They will build a foundation for you to develop your own artistic and philosophical positions as you move forward through the programme. You will be taught by active professional practitioners in the field of contemporary art practice - artists, writers, curators.

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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