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MA Fine Art Studio Practice (Sept 2010).doc

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE

Programme Specification

This Programme Specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

1. Awarding Institution / Body

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

2. Teaching Institution

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

3. University School/Centre

Art, Design and Fashion

4. External Accreditation

n/a

5. Title of Final Award

MA Fine Art Studio Practice

6. Modes of Attendance offered

Full & Part Time

7. UCAS Code

n/a

8. Relevant Subject Benchmarking Group(s)

Art & Design

9. Other external influences

n/a

10. Date of production/revision of this form

March 2010

11. Aims of the Programme:

To give students the opportunities to:

Design and realise a studio based project that explores the relationships between artists, art processes, location and audience to be presented in the public domain.

Demonstrate a significant creative and contextual studio practice related to appropriate debates in the contemporary, the social and the historical.

Demonstrate creative ambition by the production of an advanced Studio Project & Contextual Report in relation to contemporary debates in Fine Art.

Develop strategies, skills and creative networks to facilitate Professional Practice and employability.

12. Learning Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

A.Knowledge and Understanding

The Modules are taught to:

A1. Demonstrate the application of appropriate research methodologies.

A2. Devise a formal proposal to realise an advanced studio project

A3. Realise a Studio Project and Contextual Report appropriate to issues and debates in contemporary art and culture.

A4. Present and document a significant body of professional work in an exhibition demonstrating creative ambition, innovation in critical, creative and theoretical contexts

Teaching and Learning Methods

The modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, student led seminars and group presentations.

Assessment methods

1. Student seminar presentation and documentation of a research context.

2. Through a submission of a research proposal and seminar presentation.

3. Evidence of creative ambition, application of fine art processes through a critical and contextual study.

4. Public presentation of the finished Project realising the aims of the project proposal through experimentation, critical and contextual study.

B.Subject-specific skills

The Modules are taught to:

B1. Develop research methodologies to propose, execute and realise a studio project related to in debates in contemporary art.

B2. Ability to prepare a formal proposal for studio artwork in a professional context to contextualise and document a post graduate project to facilitate the innovative production of contemporary art.

B3. The ability to demonstrate creative ambition and present an advanced Studio Project in a professional context and to document and display a thematic body of innovative visual work.

B4. The ability to locate, negotiate, resource and manage a studio project within the creative industries and the ability to define and address relevant audiences.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, student led seminars and group presentations.

Assessment methods

1. Through documentation, analysis and synthesis of information from a range of research sources.

2. Evidence of critical analytical, creative and contextual skills.

3. Evidence of the appropriate selection, exploitation and manipulation of media process.

4. Presentation and documentation of a Project Proposal.

5. Evidence of critical and creative evaluation and development of technical and contextual resources in artwork & documentation.

6. Evidence of successful negotiation, meeting deadlines and presentation of the Project.

7. Through the Contextual Report and related studies, visual, verbal and written presentations.

8. Professional Practice and Case Studies, evidence of interaction with audience, public presentation and publicity.

9. Through the significant Project presentation and demonstration of site interventions or exhibition conventions with appropriate contextual documentation and creative ambition.

C.Thinking Skills

The Modules are taught to:

C1. Evaluate research methodologies and processes.

C2. Contextual analysis and synthesis and the application of creative and critical skills in developing the relationships of theory and practice.

C3. Define debate and develop strategies to evaluate approaches to professional practice.

C4. Design and critique a Studio Project and Contextual Report

Teaching and Learning Methods

The modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, student led seminars and group presentations.

Assessment methods

1. Through the location, selection and synthesis of reference material.

2. Presentation of research, development of art works in critical, ambitious and appropriate context.

3. Evidence of analysis and evaluation of the debates and issues of contemporary contextual practice.

4. Demonstration in a appropriate professional context

D.Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

The Modules are taught to:

D1. Plan and organise a personal programme of study work and produce a body of professional work within proposed and agreed deadlines and develop competencies in information technology, word processing and image manipulation and related technological process.

D2. The ability to critique and reflect different approaches to learning to develop professional and employability skills and evaluate and respond to changing needs and develop an appreciation and understanding of audience, constituency and cultural diversity.

D3. The ability to negotiate, manage and resource a studio project and to locate, compile and apply appropriate research methods in the furtherance of performance outcomes.

D4. Create a significant body of professional work with reference to a personal development plan and develop effective communication skills by oral, verbal or visual means.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, student led seminars and group presentations.

Assessment methods

1. Evidence of student resourcefulness and time management by meeting defined deadlines

2. Through the selection of appropriate processes, documentation and the critical demonstration of art practice

3. Evidence of problem solving, critical and contextual study skills and creative production.

4. By creative ambition & project development to strategic presentation and publication deadlines.

5. Evidence of participation in studio discourses, presentations and written assignments.

6. Through the development of social constructs and participation and empowerment of others. Case study and working within a team.

7. Evidence of creative and effective selection, presentation and deployment of I.T. processes.

8. The ability to sustain an advanced post-graduate programme.

9. Evidence through Case study, Project and Contextual Report and evidence of critical analysis and creative ambition

13. Programme Structures*

14.Awards and Credits*

Level

Module Code

Module Title

Credit rating

All Level 7 Modules

FA4001

FA4002 FA4003

FA4004

FA4006

FA4010

FA4008

FA4005

Research Methods in Fine Art

Initiating a studio project

Professional Practice

Studio Practice: Project Development

Tate Gallery Module

Student Initiated Module

MA Contextual Report

MA Fine Art Degree Project

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

80

Post Graduate Certificate

Requires 60 credits at Level 7

Post Graduate Diploma

Requires 120 credits at Level 7

Masters Degree

Requires 180 credits at Level 7

15. Personal Development Planning

Personal development planning is intrinsic to and embedded in this MA Programme in Fine Art. Students make a project proposal as part of the Applications process which is then continually developed and refined throughout the course starting in Semester 1 through the Research Methods and Initiating a Studio Project modules. Students make an initial presentation which includes a skills audit and analysis to develop evaluation and self-critical skills through a reflective synopsis of previous work and a personal reflection of achievement [strengths and weaknesses] which they use as a critical platform for developing the MA Project. Project Development facilitates resourcefulness, organisational ability and initiative. The MA course develops students communication skills both verbally and visually through a rigorous programme of personal and professional presentations which include seminars, studio crits and the tutorial process. These educational discourses focus students personal development planning in short term and long term outcomes and career goals. In addition the Professional Practice Module develops a strategic evaluation of career possibilities within the art world, education and the creative and cultural industries.

16. Admissions criteria

Programme Specifications include minimum entry requirements, including academic qualifications, together with appropriate experience and skills required for entry to study. These criteria may be expressed as a range rather than a specific grade. Amendments to entry requirements may have been made after these documents were published and you should consult the Universitys website for the most up to date information.

Students will be informed of their personal minimum entry criteria in their offer letter.

The course is designed for graduates in fine art, artists, and arts practitioners within the creative industries or other potential applicants from art and design who consider they have established an area of research, which is appropriate and relevant to the MA in Fine Art. In addition, potential students could also include, for example, community-based professionals, activists engaged with location, geographers, anthropologists, historians and applicants with experience of the built or rural environment who seek to develop their social experiences in a fine art context. These applicants will have to demonstrate the potential to develop their ideas within a creative, critical and theoretical framework related to debates in contemporary art. Previous academic or professional experience will be taken into account at interview and credited for admissions to the appropriate pathway or level.

The University of Central Lancashire has a purpose and policy to practice inclusivity and welcomes applications from students with differing educational needs.

Prospective students should have the equivalent of a good honours degree in a recognised area of art and design or appropriate professional experience related to the post-graduate route in Fine Art. Applicants are welcomed and will be considered in relation to their application statement and/or visual submission. Please contact the admissions team if you need advice on application and if you have the potential to benefit from and complete a post-graduate award in fine art. A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.

Students who wish to apply for AHRC Funding must make an MA application before 21 February, to submit the AHRC Application with a research proposal and two referees to the MA Course Leader by 21 March of the given year. Please note the AHRC Awards are based on the quality of the Research Proposal, the Referees Reports and the level of the BA Hons Degree [ normally a good First Class Honours]

17. Key sources of information about the programme

The University of Central Lancashire Website

MA Course Fact Sheet

MA Course Brochures and Exhibition catalogues

Fine Art staff & student website www.uclan.ac.uk/centrecontemporaryart and www.anotherplace.org and www.uclan.ac.uk/edau EDAU [Electronic and Digital Arts Unit] and links to staff individual sites

Contacts: School of Art, Design and Performance 01772 893180 or Pete Clarke, MA Course Leader 01772 893956, Email pclarke2@uclan.ac.uk

18.Curriculum Skills Map: MA Fine Art: Studio Practice

Programme Learning Outcomes

Level

Module Code

Module Title

Core (C), Compulsory (COMP) or Option (O)

Knowledge and understanding

Subject-specific Skills

Thinking Skills

Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

B3

B4

C1

C2

C3

C4

D1

D2

D3

D4

LEVEL 7

FA4001

Research Methods in Fine Art

COMP

FA4002

Initiating a studio project

COMP

FA4003

Professional Practice

O

FA4004

Studio Practice

Project Development

COMP

FA4005

MA Fine Art Degree Project

COMP

FA4008

MA Contextual Report

COMP

FA4006

Tate Gallery Module

O

FA4010

Student Initiated Module

O

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