AD4201: Ideas / Materials / Skills

AD4201: Ideas / Materials / Skills

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Ideas / Materials / Skills
Module Code AD4201
Module Tutor James Fisher
School School of Arts
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

Through a sequence of thematically arranged workshops and practical technical inductions, this module will introduce students to a range of registers of making in contemporary art practice.

By offering the opportunity to explore underpinning materials, methods/processes and modes of production, spanning 2, 3 and 4D, the module provides a grounding from which to develop wider studio practice.

Bespoke seminars and lectures reinforce principal thematic content in relation to workshops, and students are encouraged to consider the interdependence of skills, materials and ideas in the realisation of coherent visual work.


Indicative Syllabus

The module will enable students to learn a variety of approaches to making through a sequence of thematic workshops.

Technical inductions, with accompanying seminars, will develop students’ ability to select appropriate modes of practice for their ideas and effectively apply them in relation to their wider practice.

Workshops and seminars will introduce students to four thematic aspects of fine art practice, and, through these, provide students with a portfolio of strategies for fine art making:

Time: (e.g. film, soundworks, performance, digital media)

Construction: (e.g. assemblage, casting, excavation, props)

Image: (e.g. photograph, print, painting, screens)

Site: (e.g. site-specific artwork; theatre and scenography; exhibition; event)

The module is divided according to these thematic aspects, with an interim assessed presentation of documented learning through workshops and accompanying seminars; leading to an assessment exhibition of a body of work relating to students’ learning in practical workshops and seminars: e.g. sketchbooks, texts, prints, paintings films, objects, installations, sound works photographic documentation.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Experiment and adapt to demonstrate an awareness of a broad range of methods, materials and processes across 2, 3 and 4D modes of production.

2. Develop a practice-based approach to problem-solving and show critical awareness in framing ideas and proposing responses to new problems.

3. Manage practical projects, within set deadlines, to communicate ideas and information to an audience.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 25% Presentation: Individual: 15 minute presentation
002: 75% Portfolio: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

What are Course Maps and Module Descriptors?

Course Maps

A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.

Module Descriptors

A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.

Course Resources Archive

Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.