In this module you will develop research, communication and study skills that will underpin your progress through the course. As an artist and/or designer you will need to understand the history and traditions of the subject and develop the skills to critically reflect on this information in forming your own practice. This module will give you an introduction to some of the important ideas and practices that have informed contemporary art and design and allow you to respond to these ideas in relation to current and potentially more personal issues that might include: race, gender, social and economic status. You will be encouraged to undertake research into artists and designers who reflect these issues, visit exhibitions and attend online talks and lectures to support your learning. You will be set a range of short research and writing tasks during the module to develop your communication skills and ability to discuss complex ideas.
In this module you will be learning and developing studio based art and design methodologies linked to broad thematic brief(s). This module will introduce you to core Art and Design studio practice skills and give you the opportunity to experience a range of art & design specialisms. You will be introduced to relevant workshops within the college and be able to practice and hone technical and material skills essential to the production of successful Art and Design outputs. You will have the opportunity to specialise and extend your ideas and skills within a chosen pathway as you progress through the course.
This module will enable you to research and consider your emerging field of practice by looking at the wider contextual and professional frameworks that inform it. During the module you will look at different models of art and design practice and how they emerge in relation to a variety of social, political and aesthetic debates, how theory, context and practice can be seen to inform new styles and approaches and how the work is represented and debated. You will have the opportunity to research and present your own work within the context of an exhibition proposal, research poster, magazine article or design pitch.
In this module you will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge and experience in one of the specialist pathways offered at this college. You will undertake a self- directed /brief led practice based project through negotiation with subject staff and learn to test, reflect and develop ideas relevant to your emerging specialist field of art and design practice. This module will enable the further development of key Art and Design studio practice skills and knowledge through the process of design and production and use research methods to explore the historical and contemporary context of your work. At the end of the module you will have the opportunity to present your outcomes in an exhibition environment and consider appropriate presentational strategies for your work.
This module will introduce you to the range of subject specialist skills required for Art and Design practice. You will work independently and/or collaboratively to produce work which responds to a self directed brief, employer focused assignments, public competitions, commissions or open calls for exhibition. You will utilise skills acquired from semester 1 to create professional and/or industry standard outcomes in your selected subject specialist area. You may submit the final work for an external opportunity if appropriate.
This module concentrates on drawing as a means of visual analysis. You will explore a range of concepts through the process of drawing in the broadest sense. Drawing will include traditional and digital forms, to explore colour, composition, structure and form. Other considerations will include rhythm, dynamics, touch, scale, the body, digital difference and the purposes and role of drawing in the breadth of practice, careers and specialisms taught.
This module will enable you to research and explore the subject specific knowledge and requirements that will prepare you for your future employment and/or top-up to BA (hons) level at the University of Wolverhampton. You will be supported to submit a research report that examines the contemporary practice and context of your identified area of employment or study. You will need to ensure that your report is fully referenced and demonstrates how you have accessed a range of appropriate sources to formulate your position.
In this module you will have the opportunity to learn how to propose and develop an off- site project (exhibition/ residency/ public art work/ commission work placement) with an external agent. You will be encouraged to analyse your individual skill sets and how they might be useful in project management roles and developing external relationships. You will also consider your individual contribution to the project as an artist/designer in relation to context. You will be expected to document, reflect and report on your individual experiences as part of your personal development planning.
In this module you will undertake a specialist project of your own making or respond to a live project/competition set by industry or the wider art & design sector. The work will be assessed against professional standards of production, presentation and subject knowledge. This module is likely to provide a public forum for presenting the finished work such as an end of year college show.
In this module you will have the opportunity to identify and develop your subject specialist learning by proposing a self- directed art project or work on a number of design/ client led briefs based on your art and design specialism as appropriate. You will be expected to test, reflect and develop your ideas through to professional outcomes. You will also be expected to keep a research journal during this module in which you track/ map the relationship between your work and external and professional influences (other artists and designers etc). At formative review points during this module you will be expected to present the development of your project and show how research has informed and supported you to make important decisions about the development of your practice. This module also aims to provide opportunities for you to document and present your work to a professional standard. On completion of this module you will have produced an academic or an industry standard portfolio and have demonstrated the ability to select and present a piece of resolved work for exhibition/ production/publication.
This module will allow you to focus and develop your knowledge and experience of working with specialist skills and techniques giving you the opportunity to achieve greater depth and understanding. Through this module you will be able to concentrate on your chosen Art & Design discipline/s defined through previous study and apply them to appropriate outputs.
This module aims to provide you with the time, space and tutorial support to develop a sustained and independent art or design practice leading to the completion of a significant body of studio work. Your development will be further supported by encouraging you to explore a range of concepts and practices relevant to your chosen field and to produce an extended academic essay or industry report. This research project aims to equip you with critical and theoretical knowledge and language, drawn from contextual frameworks relevant to your practice, to engage in a professional and/or academic environments on graduation. Specialist lectures, workshops and tutorials will support you to identify, understand and reflect on the connections between intention, process, outcome and context in your work. In addition, at this level, you will be expected to increasingly plan and use the studios, resources and facilities appropriately in your independent study time and identify external opportunities (talks/exhibitions/reading) to develop your subject knowledge and expertise.
In this module you will build on your previous experiences and progress your work towards external audiences. To do this, you will be encouraged to resolve your ongoing studio work to a professional standard and address appropriate personal and career objectives, in order to develop new strategies for disseminating your work in the public sphere. You will explore a range of concepts and contemporary strategies of display, dissemination, promotion and publication for your work leading to the completion and exhibition of a significant body of work. This module will also offer you opportunities to demonstrate and expand on the practical, critical and contextual dimensions of your practice and present it through a variety of platforms. You will focus on professional ways of situating your practice in a specialised context and work towards professional opportunities and collaborations with key cultural institutions/ community organisations and industry partners appropriate to your practice.