Modules

Module Overview of (Full Time*) modules starting September 2017

*Part Time Studio Practice modules follow the same pattern and content but run over two semesters. Practice and Exhibition in part rime is split into two modules across two years.

Year 1

40 Credit modules and one 20 Credit module per semester.
Semester 1

Studio Practice 1
FAA 805
Module Co-ordinator: Dan Shipsides
Credits: 40
Delivery: Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Practice, Critiques, Tutorials

Overview
This module provides a supportive working environment within which you can make the exploration and experimentation necessary to establish a challenging art practice, which demonstrates clear potential for development.

As the first module in the programme it places an emphasis on risk taking and experimentation to afford you the time and space necessary to critically explore your practice anew without the pressures of reaching full resolution at this stage in your development. It allows freedom for a radical reinvention of your practice alongside the possibility of a close critical and creative examination of an existing approach.

It will also provides a platform for critical engagement with the current and historical debates surrounding contemporary art, with specific relevance to your own practice.

The module will enable you to establish and develop the practical and critical skills necessary for the future expansion and evaluation of you practice.

 

Art and Theory
AAD 710
Module Co-ordinator: Dr. Suzanna Chan
Credits: 20
Delivery: Screenings, Seminars, Workshops, Peer presentation.

Overview
The relationship between art and thought, art and language, art and interpretation – historical, theoretical and critical – is central to contemporary debates about what art is and what art means. Theory can offer explanations about art, and recent developments in cultural analysis have acknowledged that art making in itself can be a ‘theoretical practice’.

The proposition is that the artwork can produce theory, rather than being an object to which theory is applied. This module will provide you with a thematic introduction to current issues at the intersection of critical theory and artistic practice in the Visual Arts, in its contemporary settings.

It is designed to encourage you to understand and evaluate established and emerging theoretical resources across a range of key cultural domains and media, enabling you to develop the level of historical and cultural awareness and critical skills necessary to support your creative engagement and sustained professional practice in an inter/national environment.

 

Semester 2


Studio Practice 2
FAA 808
Module Co-ordinator: Dan Shipsides
Credits: 40
Delivery: Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Practice, Critiques, Tutorials

Overview
This module will provide a supportive working environment, which will allow you to continue to develop and build upon the advances made in Studio Practice 1.

Whilst ambition, risk and experimentation remain central to this module, progressively it asks for increased levels of complexity, resolution and professionalism. To this end the module culminates in the exhibition of your work in a professional environment, providing valuable experience in Work Based Learning, which will further facilitate the development of the critical and plastic skills necessary for the self-evaluation and exhibition of your artwork.

Based upon studio practice and its trajectory to exhibition, the module will facilitate a sustained practical and intellectual enquiry and will continue to foster an extended level of creative development, combined with critical engagement with current debates in contemporary art.

 

Strategies for Professional Development
AAD 714
Module Co-ordinator: Dan Shipsides
Credits: 20
Delivery: Lectures and Seminars

Overview
This module provides a supportive working environment within which you can make the exploration and experimentation necessary to establish a challenging art practice, which demonstrates clear potential for development.

As the first module in the programme it places an emphasis on risk taking and experimentation to afford you the time and space necessary to critically explore your practice anew without the pressures of reaching full resolution at this stage in your development. It allows freedom for a radical reinvention of your practice alongside the possibility of a close critical and creative examination of an existing approach.

It also provides a platform for critical engagement with the current and historical debates surrounding contemporary art, with specific relevance to your own practice.

The module will enable you to establish and develop the practical and critical skills necessary for the future expansion and evaluation of you practice.

 

Year 2 (Full Time) semester 1 and 2

Practice and Exhibition
FAA 811
Module Co-ordinator: Mary McIntyre
120 credits
Delivery: Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Practice, Critiques, Tutorials

Overview
This module provides a continuous and concentrated period of focused experimentation through practice, leading to the production of a highly resolved body of artwork and its appropriate public exhibition. It facilitates the ambitious and mature development of a professional art practice underpinned by an in-depth and critically informed theoretical and historical knowledge and understanding of contemporary art.

The module aims to deepen the level of sophistication and rigour in your practice, to enable you to reflect upon and articulate the critical, conceptual and contextual frameworks within contemporary art, as relevant to your practice.

The module focuses on studio practice in a studio environment and is closely supported through an intensive process of critiques, tutorials, workshops, lectures and seminars. In its key and final phases, it shifts focus towards the development of of professional exhibition.

As the final module of the programme, Practice & Exhibition culminates in an exhibition of artwork which demonstrates a high level of ambition, complexity, resolution and professionalism. This exhibition is configured as and embodies a real-world professional opportunity. In this it is designed for and usually acts, as the most significant presentation of your work to date, or for those with an already well defined existing exhibition profile, it constitutes a radically developed and transformed body of work.

This presentation of work for exhibition, draws from and contributes to the legacy of the MFA Fine Art Course and as such, attracts a high level of public attention and professional scrutiny, which will be a significant opportunity and benefit to your career.

Advertisements