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BA Fine Art with Contemporary Cultural Theory

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
-A sound understanding of a coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competency in relation to highly individual responses and engagement within the complex nature of contemporary art practices.
- A consolidated examination of contemporary cultural histories that firmly locate the individuals practice within a broad contextual framework; which includes the expanded definition of fine art as one engaged with a complex series of media and debates.
-An understanding of the historical evolution of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and forms, and of their current characteristics and possible future developments.
- A comprehensive understanding of how this critical discourse informs the productive fusion of theoretical rigour and expressive speculation in ambitious, refined and fully resolved practice based studio work.
-An understanding of the ways in which identities are constructed and contested through engagements with culture and its mediations.
An understanding of the interconnectedness of texts and context, and of the shifting configurations of culture, media and art.
- A refined ability to identify and evaluate the most appropriate use of different materials, processes and environments in approaches to problem solving, independently and /or collaboratively, associated with an emerging individual practice.
- An ability to effectively communicate a highly critical reflection on their work and locate this in an expanded contextual framework of both fine art and contemporary cultural practices.
- An understanding of the principles of `a deep approach to learning┬┐ and to adopt strategies and methodologies to appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity, unfamiliarity and limitations of knowledge in developing new concepts for individual fine art practice.
-An ability to initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms of writing (analytical, creative, aural, visual, electronic, digital etc.).
- An ability to structure a highly coherent critically informed, articulate and reasoned argument in oral and written forms.
- An ability to deploy knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and execute an extended body of work in relation to and interaction between established intentions, processes, outcomes and context(s).
- An ability to display and activate effective interpersonal skills through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation.
- An ability to show initiative and resourcefulness in the planning and resolution of self-initiated projects and be entrepreneurial as independent learners and emerging professional practitioners.
- An ability to formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources for exploring those questions.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- Time and management skills
- Effective and appropriate communication skills.
- Team working and negotiation skills
- A working knowledge of health and safety in the workplace.
- An understanding of the mutual, ethical and legal obligations between creative practitioners, audience and institution.
- An understanding of sustainability and their wider social responsibilities as it affects practice.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
- Engagement with the complex nature of contemporary art practices in a variety of media, and bring to bear their critical and analytic skills on such practices.
- Examination of the cultural and critical theories which feed into this practice to assist in situating themselves in the contemporary art world.
- Development of personal studio work, monitor the development of this work and understand their role in its dissemination and display.
This is achieved through:
- The monitoring of practical work through regular group reviews and individual and group tutorials.
- The monitoring of written work through regular assignments and presentations.
- Feedback on both written and practical work will enable students to monitor their own progress as well as develop their critical skills in self-evaluation and contextual understanding. It also helps to build self-confidence and effective communication skills.


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