Course Title: Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM6277

Course Title: Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julia Powles  julia.powles@rmit.edu.au

Steve Cox steve.cox@rmit.edu.au

Ruth Fleishman ruth.fleishman@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to research and critically analyse historical and theoretical concepts for application to own artistic and design practice. The course includes the need for critical analysis of information and own work and the challenging of different points of view to inform own personal work and philosophy.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU011 Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice

Element:

1 Conduct research to inform artistic/design practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 identify relevant sources of information on history and theory
1.2 identify and explore potential new and aternative sources which are relevant to own practice
1.3 Use Advanced formal and informal research techniques appropriately to access information
1.4 Organise research materials and findings for current and future use
1.5 identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of history and theory

Element:

2 Apply research to artistic/design practice

Performance Criteria:

21. Critically evaluate research/information in the context of own artistic practice and the work of others
2.2 Explore, investigate and experiment with new technologies in own work
2.4 Incorporate sociological/historical/theoretical themes, motifs or styles into own work
2.5 Articulate and discuss reasons for incorporation of historical/theoretical themes, motifs or styles in own work using appropriate and accurate terminology

Element:

3 Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

31. Seek and apply constructive criticism from others in order to extend own practice
3.2 evaluate own work against planned strategy for own art practice
3.3 Evaluate own work in the context of work by others in order to extend own practice
3.4 Adjust work processes and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Conduct research to inform artistic/design practice
  • Apply research to artistic/design practice
  • Evaluate own work.

You will also have an understanding of:
  • Cultural, sociological and scientific theories, philosophies and issues and how they relate to own work and the work of others
  • The influences of philosophical concerns upon contemporary art and design both internationally and within Australia e.g. feminism, identity, post modernism, post colonialism, gender, Marxism, land and place, cultures, sub-cultures etc
  • Understanding and use of appropriate terminology as related to theories, philosophies and contemporary art and design
  • Histories including world, art, craft and design, film, the web and multimedia, religion, spirituality, aesthetics, politics
  • Role of art criticism including aesthetics, technique, social context and philosophical foundations
  • Understanding of new technologies and contemporary practices.


Details of Learning Activities

There is a range of learning activities including:
•    Attendance at lectures with question and answer sessions
•    Viewing and analysis of films
•    Presentations from practising artists
•    Visiting exhibitions
•    Research
•    Application and evaluation activities
•    Keeping a journal which contains evidence of understanding of history and theory in relation to own work and work of others


Teaching Schedule

Art and Culture 1: Art History

Week 1: Abstract Expressionism
Week 2: Abstract Expressionism
Week 3: Birth of the Beats
Week 4: Birth of the Beats
Week 5: UK Pop
Week 6: US Pop
Week 7: Claes Oldenberg
Week 8: Andy Warhol
Week 9: Francis Bacon and the London School
Week 10: Francis Bacon and the London School
Week 11: RB Kitaj
Week 12: Paula Rego
Week 13: Luoise Bourgeois
Week 14: Film
Week 15: Film
Week 16: Documentary
Week 17-18: Assessment



Art and Culture 2: Art Theory

Week 1: Virtual and Constructed Realities
Week 2: Architecture
Week 3: Architecture
Week 4: Moving Image
Week 5: Interactive works
Week 6: Excursion
Week 7: Process Driven Practices
Week 8: Play
Week 9: Text in Art
Week 10: Text in Art
Week 11: Design and Art
Week 12: Art and Society
Week 13: Art and Society
Week 14: Excursion
Week 15: Model Makers
Week 16: Excursion
Week 17 - 18: Assessment


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

As advised during the semester


Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following evidence of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. On completion of this course, you will receive graded assessment.
Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • case studies
  • oral questioning/interview
  • projects/reports
  • portfolios of evidence.

Assessment must take place over a period of time in order to determine competence in the ongoing implementation and monitoring aspects of this unit. Assessment for this course is on going throughout the year.You will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress, within class time. 


Assessment Tasks

•    The completion of  2 Art History Essays (one each semester)
•    The completion of  2 Theory assignments (one each semester)
•    Students are required to submit a Theory Journal demonstrating an understanding of the topics discussed in the Unit and their application to their own work and the work of others


Assessment Matrix

Assessment evidenceElementEssential skillsEssential knowledgeCritical aspects of assessment
Theory Journal3.Evaluate own work

• literacy skills sufficient to communicate ideas and opinions
- organise information
- identify, explore and access potential new and alternative sources of information in a
culturally appropriate way
• plan for self development including updating and expanding own knowledge of history and
theory

• research skills including ability to:
- analyse and interpret complex information and the work of others
- use advanced formal and informal research techniques
- organise information
- explore and analyse conventions, practices and customs in art/design practice
• literacy skills sufficient to communicate ideas and opinions
• communication skills sufficient to develop and articulate own position in relation to history
and theory and how position relates to ones artistic/design practice

• cultural, sociological and scientific theories, philosophies and issues and how they relate to own work and the work of others
• understanding and use of appropriate terminology as related to theories, philosophies and
contemporary art and design
• histories including world, art, craft and design, film, the web and multi media, religion, spirituality, aesthetics, politics
• understanding of new technologies and contemporary practices
• apply research to own and others artistic/design
practice
• evaluate own work
Two History essays1. Conduct research to inform artistic/design practice 

2. Apply research to artistic/design practice
• research skills including ability to:
- analyse and interpret complex information and the work of others
- use advanced formal and informal research techniques
- organise information
- explore and analyse conventions, practices and customs in art/design practice
• literacy skills sufficient to communicate ideas and opinions
• communication skills sufficient to develop and articulate own position in relation to history
and theory and how position relates to ones artistic/design practice

• role of art criticism including aesthetics, technique, social context and philosophical
foundations
philosophical concerns upon
• understanding and use of appropriate terminology as related to theories, philosophies and
contemporary art and design


• role of art criticism including aesthetics, technique, social context and philosophical
foundations
philosophical concerns upon
• understanding and use of appropriate terminology as related to theories, philosophies and
contemporary art and design


Three Theory Assignments1 Conduct research to
inform artistic/design
practice

2 Apply research to
artistic/design practice

3 Evaluate own work
• research skills including ability to:
- analyse and interpret complex information and the work of others
- use advanced formal and informal research techniques
- organise information
- explore and analyse conventions, practices and customs in art/design practice
• literacy skills sufficient to communicate ideas and opinions
• role of art criticism including aesthetics, technique, social context and philosophical
foundations
• understanding of new technologies and contemporary practices
• cultural, sociological and scientific theories, philosophies and issues and how they relate to
own work and the work of others
• understanding and use of appropriate terminology as related to theories, philosophies and
contemporary art and design

• the influences of philosophical concerns upon contemporary art and design both internationally and within Australia e.g. feminism, identity, post modernism, post
colonialism, gender, Marxism, land and place, cultures, sub-cultures etc

• awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues


• research and critically analyse history and theory

• apply research to own and others artistic/design
practice

• evaluate own work

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