Module Information

Module Identifier
AR24120
Module Title
Interdisciplinary Thinking 2
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Professor Peter Lloyd (Professor - Southampton Solent University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1) Essay proposal presentation.  5 minute presentation via powerpoint or other medium  20%
Semester Assessment 2) Essay proposal.  1,000 words  20%
Semester Assessment 3) Essay proposal presentation.  5 minute presentation via powerpoint or other medium (semester 2). Continuation and development of 1 and 2 above  20%
Semester Assessment 4) Final essay.  3,000 words (continuation and development of all the above)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resit semester 1 elements.  1 x 2,000 words essay proposal  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resit semester 2 elements.  1 x 4,000 words essay  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify a viable research topic, and systematically develop and present the case study via 2 x presentations and 2 x essays (utilizing a range of presentation methods e.g. images, media clips, artifacts, and academic sources).

Conduct research into the conception and realization of an interdisciplinary curated project, event, publication etc., via library, internet, gallery archives, interviews, field study, site visits etc.

Clearly articulate research processes and findings.

Reflect on, evaluate, and constructively critique a curated interdisciplinary project.

Understand what motivates a curator and organization, institution, funding body etc to invest in a project by enquiring into how and why does it develops, and expand upon the creative programme or portfolio of the individual or organization.

Brief description

This second-year core module for the Creative Arts degree scheme, and a second-year option for BA Fine Art students, provides an opportunity for students taking a variety of modules within the schemes to work together as a group. Guest lecturers will introduce students to the same or similar project case studies as in Interdisciplinary Thinking 1, again looking at them from the various discipline perspectives offered within the Creative Arts scheme: Fine Art, Theatre and Performance, Scenography, Writing and Film. This time, however, students will gain a ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight into the work of the curator, director, publisher, editor, the organization/institution etc., and the mechanisms supporting and facilitating the case studies from the conception of a project to its realization.

It continues to encourage the student to ‘join up’ elements of their optional and chosen taught modules offered within the scheme towards a greater understanding of how their multi/inter-disciplinary learning can fit and work together.

The module encourages the students’ understanding of the development of a project from its conception to its realization, including consideration of audiences, by carrying out primary research into their case study via interviews, studio and site visits, and field research.

Through a deeper and broader understanding of the case studies, students will learn how to more thoroughly contextualise their learning within a wider contemporary interdisciplinary critical discourse, and develop research that directly connects and informs their developing self-directed creative practice.

An example of an interdisciplinary exhibition from a Fine Art perspective could be Glasgow international 2016 ; Festival of Contemporary Art Directed by Sarah McCroy. An example from a film perspective could be Amalgams at the New Room/John Wesley Chapel, Bristol, co- curated by Kim Knowles.

Content

Learning about and acquiring professional and employability skills are central to this module. The students are asked to identify, extract and process intelligent, innovative and critical theoretical frameworks. This framework will provide them with a context for their practice i.e. the practice they will be developing simultaneously in the sister core module Interdisciplinary Making 1. The module will give them an understanding of how to curate, manage and host their individual self-directed creative projects in the events/exhibitions at the Arts Centre that conclude Interdisciplinary Making 1 & 2.

Semester 1:

Week 2: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Fine Art (Lecture 1)
Week 4: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Fine Art (Student-led seminar 1)
Week 6: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Film (Lecture 2)
Week 8: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Film (Student-led seminar 2)
Week 10: Student presentations of essay proposal in progress (formal assessment, Assignment 1)

Semester 2

Week 2: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Theatre (Lecture 3)
Week 4: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Theatre (Student-led seminar 3)
Week 6: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Creative Writing (Lecture 4)
Week 8: Interdisciplinary curatorial practice from the perspective of Creative Writing (Student-led seminar 4)
Week 10: Student presentations of Essay in progress (formal assessment, Assignment 3)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Where appropriate students will engage with number in relation to developing their projects.
Communication During group discussions, student led seminars and presentations. In both essays and both presentations, assignments 1- 4. Students learn communication skills by carrying out secondary research via interviews, studio and site visits to meet with curators, directors, publishers, editors, audience members etc
Improving own Learning and Performance This will take place throughout the developmental lectures and seminars and independent primary research in the field.
Information Technology Practically in relation to completing the assessment tasks 1 - 4 (written and oral). And using audio and video equipment to recording, documenting and collate research.
Personal Development and Career planning Ongoing throughout the module.
Problem solving Creative approaches to problem solving including identifying personal/professional strengths and weaknesses, project management, tailoring self-evaluation to a given specification.
Research skills In preparation for the essay presentations digital media will be used as part of all presentations. Collating and archiving research material.
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain specific knowledge of their practice and the context for their practice.
Team work Student led seminars and engaging critically with student presentation, providing informal oral feedback

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5