Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Studio Research in Fine Arts

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit gives students the opportunity to develop their studio practice through reflexivity and a systematic approach to creative production.

Hands-on work will characterise most studio sessions. Throughout these sessions students will also engage in critical appreciation discussions, contribute to group work and share personal projects and ideas with fellow students.

Students will each develop a schematic approach to project management in accordance with their individual ideas, abilities and challenges.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at:

i. Introducing students to a variety of methodologies in studio-oriented fine art practices;
ii. Helping students familiarise themselves with a breadth of media;
iii. Leading students to a critical understanding of their media, tools and working methods;
iv. Instilling a project-oriented attitude in the students based on design thinking strategies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- develop a systematic approach to their personal practice whilst also retaining a degree of versatility in their approach to making art works;
- engage with varying methods of artistic production as well as a broad knowledge of the Modern and Contemporary art historical contexts and the conceptual and technological innovations in which they developed.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- develop dexterity in the application of a variety of traditional and new media;
- research, develop and manage creative projects and see them to completion.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Primary texts
- Bonny Pierce Lhotka, Last layer : new methods in digital printing for photography, fine art, and mixed media, New Riders, 2013.
- Mika Hannula, Julia Suoranta, Tere Vaden, Artistic Research – Theories, Methods and Practices, Academy of fine Arts Helsinki and University of Gothenburg, 2005.

Secondary texts
- Shaun McNiff, ed. Art as research : opportunities and challenges, Bristol:Intellect, 2013.
- Michael Wilson, How to read contemporary art, Thames & Hudson, 2013.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary SEM2 Yes 15%
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Gilbert Calleja

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