VA4003 - Introduction to Art School Culture

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to the Art School and support you in undertaking a dynamic learning experience through contemporary fine art practice. You will learn to develop and produce a range of experimental collaborative and individual artworks under the direction of academic staff through directed and self-directed approaches within studio, workshop and project space areas. You will learn to understand and recognise the range of views and the breadth of subject knowledge offered to you by the academic team, and you will learn how to use the studio confidently and independently with your peer-group, identifying and sharing interests, and expressing your ideas and critical observations freely and openly. Your learning is orientated towards you developing critical and reflective approaches to the production and display of practical outputs. Production is predicated on risk-taking, speculative enquiry, and curiosity, and is supported by a range of teaching approaches, through peer group working, individual tutorials, group critiques, seminars, lectures, studio and exhibition tours, and directed learning tasks. Through these you will be introduced to recent histories of the Art School, creative research strategies, contemporary artists, their practices, motivations and approaches, and the writings of artists, critics, curators and commentators. You will be instructed in theoretical and practical frameworks of contemporary art practice through painting, sculpture, photography, moving image and performance. You will also be introduced to a range of materials and technical processes through specialist instruction in elective workshops that support you in acquiring new skills and technical knowledge. Workshops are integrated into your studio practice enabling you to apply and test processes of making and to gain critical feedback from this.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn through a range of peer, group, and individual teaching approaches. Each of these helps you to gain a wider understanding of the subject and establish your individual position within the year group. The teaching supports you in developing social, organisational, intellectual and professional skills, enhancing your learning in areas of communication, decision-making, negotiation and critical reflection. Peer and experiential learning (learning through experience and making) is central to the module. You will start by working experimentally in a peer group to test ideas collectively, explore new materials, develop collaborative processes, and share critical reflection. You will be supported by academic staff (practicing artists) throughout the module, through regular studio contact, group feedback sessions, and directed learning resources. You will be introduced to core resource areas, including the equipment stores and workshops, and you will elect into weekly technical workshops on the basis of your interests and academic guidance, learning through instruction in areas including analogue and digital photography, moving image, painting, print and sculpture. You will learn through individual tutorials, one-to-one teaching, that widens your subject knowledge and helps you establish an awareness of contextual social, historical and cultural perspectives. You will learn through group critiques that provide you with detailed teaching and feedback from academic staff on your works in-progress. These are small group forums led by academic staff that also allow you to safely and freely exchange views and ideas with your peers. Your learning is accelerated by academic staff expertise.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported with studio provision and access to specialist technical facilities, materials, and resource areas. Technical facilities include the wood metal and casting workshops, the print studio, the mac lab and digital print facility, and the darkrooms and digital photographic studios. You have access to specialist materials in all workshop areas, and our resource areas include our equipment stores, galleries, and project spaces. You have twenty-four hour access to the University Library.

You are supported by an academic team, and by a module lead and co-lead who will introduce the module at the start of each semester and offer advice and guidance throughout. At the start of the module you will be supported in safe working practices through training and instruction in health and safety and in ethics. This ensures that you are fully supported to safely use the studio, workshops and resource areas. You can apply for late working to maximise your studio time. Academic support is provided by four individual tutorials per year, three group critiques, a weekly study skills programme (semester 1), a seminar programme (semester 1 & 2), a screening programme (semester 2), and weekly Electives in technical workshop areas (semester 1 & 2) where you are supported by specialist technicians. Your learning is mapped out for you in a programme guide given to you at the start of each semester 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 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 noticeboards in your studio. 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.

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 a range of technically proficient practical outputs relevant to contemporary fine art practice through use of the studio, workshops and resource areas.

2. Awareness of how on-going practical experimentation, peer interaction, and risk-taking supports visual enquiry.

3. The demonstration of informed connections between individual interests, creative research and practical outputs.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. The evidencing of emerging critical decision-making in relation to creative research, production, material-led enquiry and display.

5. The acquisition and evidencing of new transferable technical and intellectual skills in areas of personal organisation, oral and written communication, intellectual curiosity, and technical proficiency.

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

6. The acquisition and application of new transferable skills linked to self-organisation, art world experiences, and individual curiosity.

7. The appreciation of safe and ethical working practices in the studio.

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 – Summative 50%
(MLO’s 1-7)
Semester 1

The Mid Point Review carries a weighting of 50% of your final mark and takes place at the end of semester 1. You will present all work produced from the semester, alongside your sketchbooks and notebooks and documentation, and a folder of your creative research that includes your tutorial and group critique report forms. This progress review is a crucial point in your progression through the year. It enables you to reflect on your achievements so far and to respond to feedback, whilst also encouraging you to continue to test your ideas and to take risks before the Summative Assessment point. Following review and internal moderation from the academic team you will receive verbal feedback along with a final mark in the form of a percentage grading. 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 – Summative 50%
(MLO’s 1-7)
Semester 2

The Summative Assessment carries a weighting of 50% of your final mark and takes place at the end of semester 2. It follows the structure of the Mid Point Review and you will present a considered display of work that demonstrates an emerging independence and evidences critically informed approaches relevant to contemporary fine art practice. Alongside this you will present all work produced from the semester, with your sketchbooks and notebooks and documentation, and a folder of your creative research that includes your tutorial and group critique report forms from semester 1 & 2 and your Mid Point Review report. The work presented will demonstrate a clear progression and development from Mid-Point Review. Following review and internal moderation from the academic team you will receive verbal feedback directed towards preparing you for study at Level 5, along with a final mark in the form of a percentage grading.

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)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

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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 Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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