Module Identifier AR22720  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Miss Miranda Whall  
Semester Available semesters 1 and 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Mr Christopher P Webster  
Pre-Requisite AR10220 , AR10120  
Course delivery Lecture   4 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 x 1 hour seminars / crits, 2 x 30 minute one-to-one tutorials  
  Other   4 x 6-hour workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio consisting of self-directed work  75%
Semester Assessment Research notebook  25%
Supplementary Assessment As above   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
clearly demonstrate
1. the concepts and media investigations of the project;
2. a conceptually-led, investigative approach to research that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas;
3. an experimental and conceptually investigative approach to contemporary fine art, and provide evidence of a thorough and rigorous line of enquiry and research;
4. an ability in visual and media research (through a note book containing all research in the form of written and visual material);
5. an understanding and experimentation in a range of media, taught and introduced on the module, with an acknowledgment and sensitivity toward process and content;
6. and exercise efficient use of the studios, installation space, facilities and time, with regard to health and safety issues.


The purpose of this module is to promote and develop students' ability to follow a conceptually lead investigation into their ideas and concerns, taking their lead, inspiration and ideas from contemporary practice, while recognising and understanding the historical background to an artist's practice. The aim is to develop a range of skills in new media, installation, mixed media, contemporary drawing and painting, printmaking and photography. The module promotes and centres on community, collaboration and communication, therefore meetings will be student centred and student lead, where possible, focussing upon students' work in progress and discussions on relevant contemporary practice.

Brief description

Contemporary Concepts and Practice is offered to second year students who wish to follow a course of study that is conceptually led and focuses on practice and theory within contemporary fine art. They will be taught and encouraged to prioritise and follow lines of enquiry that stem from and develop conceptual investigations. The conceptual exploration will lead, inform and dictate material-, process-, skill- and new media- based investigations. The module will enable students to consolidate and develop their interests in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional subjects, including those already offered at the School: painting, photography, printmaking, and drawing, alongside the introduction of a range of new media skills: video, film, sound, installation, performance and animation. All the new areas of exploration will be introduced using examples from contemporary practice and from a contemporary perspective. The module encourages and allows students to move freely through and across disciplines and boundaries. Students who take the module will be required to exhibit/present both work in progress and final works in the installation space designated to the module. Students will be asked to make a presentation to the group centred on their installation/project and research. Four workshops will be offered throughout the course giving a basic introduction to new media software, students are expected to take one at least one of these workshops and display an understanding and continuation of its possibilities in their work and research. They will be required to develop an initial 'statement of intent' that they will adapt, critique and review as their project evolves. Students will be asked to thoroughly research at least 6 contemporary artists relevant to their research. The module is centred on regular group meetings/seminars/critiques.


Study of contemporary artists' explorations into formats and methods within fine art including: video, mixed media, installation, performance, contemporary drawing, contemporary painting, animation, 8mm and 16mm film, and sound.

Fortnightly one hour group meetings where discussion and critique will be centred on one or more students' work in progress, or final works.

4 x 1 hour seminars where a wide range of examples of contemporary practice will be introduced via a power point presentation, video, or DVD footage etc.

4 x 1 day introductory workshops in animation (e.g. After Affects), sound (e.g. Pro Tools), video (e.g. Final Cut Pro), and 8mm and 16mm film shooting, processing and editing.

Submission for assessment all works, in progress and final, made throughout the module: DVD, video, photographs, text, drawings, notebooks and research.

Module Skills

Problem solving Development of practical skills in software and other media and problem solving in software and other media  
Research skills Development of a programme of research and self-directed project/s that provide evidence of an experimental investigation into the theory, practice, history and technical skills within contemporary practice. Following, adapting and evaluating a 'statement of intent'.  
Communication Strong emphasis on the development and encouragement of communication skills via weekly seminars, discussion, peer critiques and reviews.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Development and encouragement of a self critical approach to creative, conceptual and contemporary thinking and working throughout a self-directed project in the form of any number or variants of contemporary fine art practices that culminates in a body work taking any form or range of media.  
Team work Development and encouragement of team work and student interaction will occur within the studio, installation space, weekly meetings; discussions, critiques, reviews and seminars.  
Information Technology Introduction of new software, see below.  
Application of Number N/A  
Personal Development and Career planning N/A  
Subject Specific Skills 4 x 1 day workshops in various software programmes: After Affects, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools. Students will be introduced less formally to a wide range of other new media software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustration, Dreamweaver etc  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bishop, Claire (2005) Installation Art Routledge, Oxon & New York
Campany, David (2003) Art and Photography: Themes and Movements, Phaidon
Christie, Judie Gough, Richard & Watt, Daniel (2006) A Performance Cosmology: Testimony of the Future, Evidence of the Past Routledge, Oxon & New York
Dexter, Emma (2005) Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing Phaidon Press Ltd, London, New York
Garrels, Gary (2005) Drawing from the Modern 2 Museum of Modern Art, New York
Hauptman, Jodi (2005) Drawing from the Modern 1 Museum of Modern Art, New York
Hoptman, Laura (2002) Drawing Now: Eight Propositions Museum of Modern Art, New York
Kantor, Jordan (2005) Drawing from the Modern 3 Museum of Modern Art, New York
Licht, Alan & O�Rourke, Jim Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories, Rizzoli, New York
Osbourne, Peter (2002) Conceptual Art: Themes and Movements Phaidon Press, New York
Reckitt , Helena& Phelan, Peggy (2001) Art and Feminism: Themes Phaidon Press, New York
Rush, Michael (2007) Video Art Thames and Hudson
Rush, Michael (2003) Video Art Thames and Hudson
Schwabsky, Barry (2002) Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting Phaidon Press Ltd, London, New York
Warr , Tracy & Jones, Amelia (2000) The Artists Body: Themes and Movements Phaidon Press, New York
de Oliveira, Nicholas (1996) Installation Art Thames and Hudson Ltd


This module is at CQFW Level 5