Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Multimedia Approaches to Fine Art Practice

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This practice-based study-unit will guide students through an exploratory process of the material and expressive qualities of different media and their application in contemporary fine art practice. Emphasising multi-sensory methodologies students will be led to critically engage with multimedia environments as rich multi-layered forms of meaning making.

Engaging with interdisciplinary readings focusing on theories of affect and discourses around multimodal communication, students will be encouraged to critically re-examine traditional methods of artistic production as well as the proliferation of new media in contemporary artistic contexts. The study-unit aims to promote student reflexivity through a thinking-by-making approach based on a series of practical exercises carried out in the studio.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at:

- Broadening the students’ understanding of fine arts practice by exploring interdisciplinary approaches to making art
- Helping students contextualise their creative work and critically engage with contemporary issues and artistic practices
- Develop students’ ability to strategically engage the public with their work
- Address methodological challenges in developing multimodal exhibition environments

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Examine the relationship between interdisciplinary methodologies and multimedia environments as essential to contemporary artistic sensibilities and creative practice.
- Analyze varying methods of artistic production.
- Discuss 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 a critical ability to appreciate and evaluate the expressive qualities of different media and presentation formats.
- Explore, develop and realise personal creative projects combining a wide array of traditional and new media.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Kathryn J Brown, ed. Interactive contemporary art : participation in practice, I.B. Tauris, 2016.
- Kyung An & Jessica Cerasi, Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?, Thames & Hudson, 2017.
- Anne D’Alleva, Methods and theories of art history, Laurence King, 2nd ed., 2012.
- Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, The Extensions of Man, MIT Press edition, 1994.

Supplementary Readings:

- John A. Bateman, Triangulating transmediality: A multimodal semiotic framework relating media, modes and genres, in Discourse, Context & Media, December 2017, Vol.20, pp.160-174.
- Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media, Harvard University Press, 2008.
- Will Gompertz, What are you looking at?: The surprising, shocking, and sometimes strange story of 150 years of Modern Art, Plume, 2013.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary SEM2 Yes 15%
Essay SEM2 Yes 35%
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Gilbert Calleja

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