20 credits at level HE6
The aim of this module is to provide a structured framework to practice based studies at level 3, enabling you to undertake professional research for personal in-depth study. This module is in preparation for the 40 credit Independent Practice module in semester 2, which culminates in the final major degree show exhibition.
The module also enables students to consolidate the knowledge and skills gained in previous modules and to develop confident, independent and original thinking. During this module you will have the opportunity to explore and develop a body of personally relevant practical preparatory work, supported by contextual and critical research in your chosen subject area.
You will embark on initial research relating to the Independent Study module and will be involved in the production of a sketchbook research journal, which investigates potential areas for in depth study. You will also produce a contextual research file outlining important exhibition and independent external visits which relate to your chosen area. This critical and contextual research will underpin the practical developments and you will be required to evaluate this research with the sketchbook journal.
The topic for research will be discussed and negotiated with tutor/s and as such you are expected to put forward ideas in a professional manner, outlining your skills, attributes and qualities in relation to the project and aspirations for the future. You can base this on any area related to textile/surface design which you have had previous experience and can study to an appropriate level and depth at HE6. Examples of suitable project areas will be discussed at the module launch. Whether the project relates to surface design or textile craft/gallery based practice, commercially driven or a reaction to specific issues and debates, it should link to your career aspirations and the final exhibition and portfolio of work will serve as a ‘launch pad’ into future employment, further training or self employment. You are encouraged to be innovative in your approach to problem solving and independent in the development of your project.
Your portfolio at the end of semester one will contain a significant range of design worksheets, drawings, design ideas, computer print outs, textile samples, technical notes /recipes and prototypes etc. in preparation for a visual presentation to staff. This work will serve as the visual research which underpins your developments for your Independent Practice module, in semester 2.
Ongoing tutorial support, alongside visiting speakers, will form the basis of student learning, with additional seminar sessions, as appropriate. You are expected to take personal ownership and be able to show that you can work independently for this module, demonstrating fully your ability to gather, research and analyse information, which you can subsequently process, imaginatively and creatively.
The module involves 200 hours of study time. This module is predominantly tutorial led and as such teaching & learning will involve 2 x group critiques and 2 formal individual tutorials which you are required to record and copy to staff , 1 x interim review and personal development planning; and the remaining time for directed and self-directed learning , with ongoing tutorial discussions with project supervisors.
The module will also include important presentations such as managing an independent project and developing work towards the final major exhibition, and New Designers. At the end of the module, students will write a concise proposal/learning contract for the Independent Practice module.
You are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and to make independent study visits where appropriate (national and international).
Assessment will be based on the production of a visual presentation of work supported by related critical and contextual research and through regular attendance within the studios, workshops and in group and individual tutorials – this will include a completed sketchbook journal, research file, technical note file, a collection of drawings /design development worksheets and/or a collection of practical textile samples.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have the ability to work independently, critically evaluating your own practical research work and performance.||Produce a sketchbook journal that logs your progression throughout the module, critically analysing the research developments made and demonstrating the use of personal initiative, to solve problems and pursue individual ideas.|
|2.||Understand contemporary / historical design context in relation to own practical textile practice.||Produce a sketchbook journal, which demonstrates evidence of significant critical analysis, showing an understanding of relevant contemporary/historical design contexts, in relation to own practical textile practice.|
|3.||Be able to plan and organise a long term body of work (agreed with your tutor) and demonstrate its continued development.||Have regularly attended group and individual tutorials, presenting plans ,ideas and solutions and critically evaluating developments made.|
|4.||Produce a body of personally relevant practical preparatory work, which will form the basis of your Independent Practice module.||Present visual practical research, technical note files and textile samples, which explore a variety of media and techniques, including digital technologies, as appropriate, to the chosen subject matter; demonstrating a high level of originality, skill and competence.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||sketchbook journal||presentation of visual research|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Previous reading lists will serve as a guide, however students will of necessity form their own reading with reference to their chosen area of research. The tutorial structure will provide the student with guidance in this area.
Further to this the students is expected to maintain an awareness of events and issues within contemporary textile/surface design practice by making reference to available press, periodical, magazine and tv coverage available.
Independent Practical Research Handbook - this is essential reading for students undertaking this module.
|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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