|| AR30920 |
|| PORTFOLIO 2: PHOTO-DIRECTED PRACTICE |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Mr Christopher P Webster |
|| Semester 1 |
|| AR10120 , AR10220 , AR20720 , AR21620 , AR20830 |
|| AR30620 |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 5 x 0.5 hr tutorial |
|| Practical || 11 x 17.5 hrs |
|| Practical || 132 Hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Portfolio: ||100%|
The module stands in relation to AR30130 Exhibition 1 and AR30620 Research in Practice. AR30130 emphasises the production of a body of related and resolved works for public display and AR30620 focuses on the ideational aspects of art making ? the processes, systems, frameworks, and precedents governing practical activity. This module concentrates on developing an experimental approach to production through lens-based media. In contrast to AR30130, the works do not necessarily have to be resolved or brought into a condition suitable for exhibition. More importantly, you should seek to manifest inquiry, the application and testing of an hypothesis (be that conceptual and/or technical), demonstrate the your knowledge of cognate practice and their ability to adopt or adapt such to your work, an improvement of acquired skills, and evidence of a willingness to risk failure. In the context of the module:
Portfolio is understood as a) a body of related course work that is not primarily intended for exhibition but, nevertheless, accessible for external audit. The quantity of work is not stipulated. Of greater importance is the quality of conception and execution. However, the portfolio should reflect an intensity and commitment to work identifiable with the hours assigned for practicals and reading. The work should personal, individual, systematic, experimental, boundary-challenging response to subject matter; and b) accompanied by evidence of a self-directed reading program (bibliography). The reading programme must genuinely inform your understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts for your work, and how your work relates to such.
Photography is understood as either the exclusive, or predominant, or co-extensive medium of articulation (for example, either in a pure form or in combination with other manipulative processes). The activity may be addressed to either a flat-plane or a structured configuration by way of either conventional or innovative methods, materials, and supports. In short, you must define what photography is in the context of your work.
Experimentation is understood as the act of testing hypotheses and making trial of conjecture. It may involve following hunches, making mistakes, being audacious, imitating an existing technique or style with the view of learning from it, and discovering the limits of medium, supports, tools, and methods. Most important is that you develop an experimental attitude, and learn from the outcomes of your experiment (in order to avoid or repeat such outcomes).
These approaches are not peculiar to this module but underline all critical artistic activity. The module simply makes you very self-conscious of these approaches, so that you may improve them. Ultimately, quality is the paramount consideration. No amount of self-awareness, conceptualisation, and good working methodology will make up for deficiencies in the artwork.
A. Develop a productive, individual, and imaginative interpretation of subject matter within a defined framework
B. Develop methodological and diagnostic approach to image making
C. Acquire the requisite conceptual, technical, and methodological coherence, and stylistic sophistication
D. Acquire the requisite cognisance and research of practical, theoretical, and historical debates relevant to the work
E. Take risks, push boundaries, and experiment
F. Work within self-imposed deadlines
The syllabus represents a suggested programme of work. It is given as a general guide for student and tutor. It need not be maintained rigidly; indeed, it may be superseded by a very different programme agreed between the two parties. What is important is that some form of schedule is developed so that a body of work that fulfils the aims and Outcomes of the module is produced within the allotted time.
Tutorial 1 (Weeks 1-2)
Stage 1: Defining the area of study in terms of subject matter, materials, skills, approach (stylistic and/or theoretical), and relevant sources.
Tutorial 2 (Weeks 3-4)
Stage 2: Testing and development of the above and, if appropriate, devising alternative subject matter and operational strategies.
Tutorial 3 (Weeks 5-7)
Stage 3: Development of the successful subject matter and operational strategies.
Tutorial 4 (Weeks 8-10)
Group Tutorial with second year students
Stage 4: Consolidation of the successful subject matter and operational strategies.
Tutorial 5 (Week 11)
Stage 5: Consolidation of the successful subject matter and operational strategies, and reflection on achievement.
Stage 6: Implementation of outcome of reflection and preparation of portfolio for presentation.
Self-directed study - through the production and submission of a completed portfolio or work (inclduing preparatory)
IT and information handling - N/A
Writing in an academic context - N/A
Oral skills - in the context of individual and assessment tutorials
Careers Awareness - N/A
Self-management - through a series of one-to-one tutorials in which the principles of matching a program of work to a fixed period of time are imparted. The student's success in this respect is measured by the extent to which the program of work was completed within the prescribed time.
Group activity - in the context of studio seminars
You are expected to read books and journals relevant to their field of study
This module is at CQFW Level 6