|Delivery length / details
|11 x 1 Hour Tutorials
|11 x 2 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Literature review(15 souces), 2000 words Review of current/ recent literature, including up-to-date bibliography of secondary sources relevant to one of the seminar topics, to be shared with class and used as foundation for research essay
|Powerpoint/prezi presentation, 25 minutes Presentation on one of the seminar topics (during weeks 3-9), initiating class discussion
|Research Essay on one of the seminar topics, 3500 words Essay, 3500 words, plus Works Cited and appendix with captioned figures (illustrations), formatted in accordance with MLA style
|Resit literature review Review of current/ recent literature, including up-to-date bibliography of secondary sources relevant to one of the seminar topics, to be shared with class and used as foundation for research essay
|Resit recorded presentation Presentation on one of the seminar topics, 30 minutes, scripted
|Resit Essay Essay, 3500 words, plus Works Cited and appendix with captioned figures (illustrations), formatted in accordance with MLA style
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. situate the production, curation, distribution and reception of contemporary art in a cultural, political, and socio-economic context.
2. identify, define and debate key concepts of contemporary art discourse.
3. access, review and document a broad range of subject-specific literature in print and on line.
4. establish, sustain, test and support a position on contemporary art practices in a critical essay informed by research and rooted in theory.
5. create case studies to explore contemporary art practices to demonstrate their conceptual foundations and debate their cultural relevance.
6. generate and moderate group discussions through modes of presentations that are developed and debated in weekly workshops
MA Art History students are taught alongside MA Fine Art students, which provides an opportunity to contrast the intentions and concerns of practitioners with the critical reception of their work.
Using a variety of assigned readings (e.g. artist statements, exhibition catalogues, reviews, theoretical/philosophical journal articles and art history essays) as a starting point, seminar members gather primary and secondary sources to explore whether/how a given theme or topic manifests in the practice of contemporary artists. The selection of sample artists and sources is negotiated in individual tutorials.
The research is shared with fellow students during the seminar and subsequently via Blackboard, providing all seminar members with an overview and review of specific aspects of contemporary art, as well as with a foundation for debates on current developments in the artworld. The research also serves as a basis for the final essay.
Key terminology to be defined, tested and contested in the seminars include ‘visual culture,’ ‘material culture,’ ‘new media,’ ‘postmodern,’ ‘altermodern,’ ‘identity politics,’ ‘globalisation,’ ‘trauma discourse,’ ‘institutional critique,’ ‘artivism’ and ‘relational aesthetics.’
MA Art History students actively shape the content and delivery of the module by giving one 30-minute presentation on contemporary artistic practices in relation to history and theory. Each MA Art History student generates and leads one of the seminar discussions.
Modes of presentation and delivery of content are developed, debated, refined and reviewed in weekly workshops in which MA Art History students participate in addition to the seminars.
9) Activism/Relational Aesthetics
10) Practical Theories/Theorised Praxis
|Application of Number
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Personal Development and Career planning
|On completion of this module, students should be able to: 1 situate the practices of contemporary art in wider cultural contexts 2 consider art historical writings in relation to these contexts 3 discuss key ideas in an informed way through an acquaintance with recent and formative literature 4 present images and offer informed arguments and interpretations using Powerpoint and/or other presentational methods 5 formulate discussions about visual art and theory in written texts accompanied by suitable research apparatus
|Subject Specific Skills
This module is at CQFW Level 7