Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Studio Inquiry 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION Students are guided by a team of lecturers in the development of individual art-making practices and ideas and in the employment of a variety of techniques. Drawing and artistic research provides students with the basis for exploration of concepts, sketches for development in other media and the planning and communication of ideas to others.

While students are expected to explore and produce work in different media, particularly in three-dimensions, they also need to generate a specific direction for their individual work and present their final ideas in a portfolio. Hence, while work in all media contributes to the investigation of themes, ideas, techniques and processes, the final project is expected to be more concentrated and to show evidence of a researched and individual approach to art-making as well as a critical awareness of the wider contexts of their works. The project sums up and develops in depth a selected area that is relevant to each student's personal artistic ideas.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Develop new art work in a range of processes and techniques pertinent to ceramics, sculpture and mixed media;
- Investigate ideas through a variety of drawing processes;
- Make use of drawing as a basis for development of work in three-dimensional and mixed media;
- Consolidate practical research by working on a final project that includes written and visual reflection.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- examine and identify techniques and materials used in the production of ceramics, sculpture, drawing and mixed media;
- demonstrate knowledge of 3D form and the synthesis of technical, formal and conceptual aspects of art works;
- summarise and discuss sources of inspiration and historical and conceptual aspects of artistic practice, by using appropriate terminology;
- identify different methods of conducting artistic research;
- demonstrate knowledge of materials, equipment and safety hazards.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- create new artistic work in a range of three-dimensional media and drawing processes;
- isolate and apply the most appropriate methods and processes in the realisation of artistic work and concepts;
- respond to various philosophical, social, environmental, historical and other stimuli in sketches, models and the final project;
- organise documentation of personal work in a portfolio;
- relate personal work to that of other artists and critical theory.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Balkema, A.W, & Slager, H. (2004) (eds) Artistic Research, Editions Rodopi.
- Macleod, K. & Holdridge, L. (2006) (eds) Thinking through Art: reflections on art as research, Routledge.
- Duff, L. & Sawdon, P. (2008) (eds) Drawing: the purpose, Intellect.
- Harper, G & Moyer, T. (2006) (eds) A sculpture reader: Contemporary Sculpture since 1980, University of Washington Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 20%
Practical SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Savio Deguara
Mark Anthony Lughermo
Paul Scerri
Robert Zahra

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