20 credits at level HE6
This module provides a theoretical and critical framework to practice based studies at level 3;
Enabling you to undertake critical and contextual research and identify potential areas for personal in depth study, enabling a depth and breadth of scholarship within a self initiated field or topic resulting in a focused argument. The module enables you to undertake sound critical and contextual based research which will support practical developments made in Independent research and practice based modules at level 3.
You will engage in contextual / critical research towards a formal written essay based upon a negotiated essay title and supported by a research journal. The essay will link to the area of proposed practical study within textile/surface design and as such should relate to current issues such as economic, social, ecological or political etc. and will also refer to contemporary and/or historical practice in the chosen area.
There are a series of seminar topics which are generic to all subject areas and will include: research strategies, developing research into critical enquiry, use of quotation in forming an argument, analysis and evaluation of texts and imagery, structuring a journal and presentation of research, planning and writing an extended essay.
Ongoing tutorial support, alongside visiting speakers, will form the basis of student learning with additional seminar sessions. Students are expected to work independently for this module.
Individual tutorials will focus on negotiating research titles in relation to the practice based area of study for Independent research and practice.
Students will be able to seek support and advice from their chosen practical project supervisor/s via tutorials at key stages throughout the module. Small group tutorials based on subject areas will take place on a weekly basis.
Feedback at an interim stage will also be available. Students 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 written essay of 3,000 – 5,000 words and a supportive research journal. All written work must employ the correct conventions as noted in your module handbook
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Provide an appropriate topic for independent contextual and critical research in relation to practical textile practice.||Provide an appropriate topic area for in-depth research in relation to textile/surface design practice.|
|2.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical, conceptual and analytical issues appropriate to the chosen subject area.||Demonstrate in-depth research on, and critical and informed understanding of, a specific field or topic.|
|3.||Utilise the research effectively to form a sustained, well organised and coherent argument.||Present a well written scholarly essay, which demonstrates the impact of the field or topic on contemporary textile/surface design practice.|
|4.||Produce an essay which is well organised and presented to an appropriate level.||Produce an essay which uses the conventions of academic writing and referencing, and is presented to an appropriate standard.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Research Journal||3,000-5,000 word essay|
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.
Critical Theory into Textile/Surface Design Practice Handbook - this is essential reading for students undertaking this module.
Allison, B Research Skills for Students, London, Kogan Page 1996
Blaxter, L How to Research, Buckingham: Open University Press 1996
Brown, S, 500 Tips for Research Students, London, Kogan Page 1995
Howe, D, Making Your Case: a practical guide to essay writing, London Pearson 2001
Rudd, D, Cite me I’m yours – Harvard, University of Bolton 2005
|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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