Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Studio Inquiry 2

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION Students attending this team-taught study-unit will achieve advanced competence in professional artistic practice by developing individual work and ideas and by employing a variety of two-dimensional and digital media. They will engage in drawing, painting, printmaking, digital art and photography and pursue their individual ideas in a more defined final project.

The study-unit contributes to a strong awareness of the students' identities as artist teachers by placing an emphasis on a breadth of skills as well as concentrated research in an independent field of study leading to the final project.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Assist students in developing new work in a range of processes and techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, digital art and photography;
- Assist students in consolidating practical work by researching a final project that includes written and visual reflection;
- Encourage students to draw on the work of other artists and contemporary artistic practices;
- Encourage students to engage in creative practices and experiences that will complement their studies in art education and teaching practicum.

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 drawing, painting, digital art, printmaking and photography;
- critically discuss artistic and social sources of inspiration and analyse one's artistic processes, intentions and decisions;
- identify different methods of conducting artistic research;
- define a self-directed artistic position in the context of contemporary artistic practices and art education.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- make new work that demonstrates fluency in the use of a range of 2D and digital media;
- isolate and apply the most appropriate methods and processes in the realisation of a body of artistic work;
- initiate, complete and communicate the final project;
- explain artistic, contextual and other stimuli evident in work in different 2D media and the final project;
- relate personal work to that of other artists' and critical theory.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bright, S. (2005) Art photography now, Thames and Hudson.
- Leavy, P. (2009) Method meets Art: Art-based research practice, Guilford Publications.
- Macleod, K. & Holdridge, L. (2006) (eds) Thinking through Art: reflections on art as research, Routledge.
- Sullivan, G. (2005) Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts, Sage.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 No 20%
Practical SEM2 No 80%

LECTURER/S Patrick Fenech
Peter Portelli
Jesmond Vassallo
Robert Zahra

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.