Course Brief

Art is part of our everyday lives; we view and experience art practices in different ways, in studios and workshops, and in many different contexts, locations and environments. While there remains a strong tradition of ‘studio-based’ art, there is also a tradition of challenging the context and methods of art production and the environments in which we may experience art.

This unit aims to extend students’ awareness and engagement with art practices, and provide an overview of different approaches whilst challenging students to consider different contexts, environments and means of communication.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to understand the use of art practices created for and in different contexts and environments. Students will be able to apply their understanding of art practices, functions and aesthetics to produce art as a means of visual communication.

This unit is intended to provide centres with a framework to support students to develop in-depth knowledge and skills associated with the specialist subject. As a 30 credit unit, delivered over an extended period, centres will have the option to provide consideration of broad areas of the subject followed by greater specialisation, based on either local needs or student areas of interest.

  • This course is offered in 120 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the use of art practices as a means of communication through contextual research.
  2. Develop an individual approach to art practice, through an iterative process of experimentation.
  3. Present work as a means of communication aimed at engaging a specific audience.
  4. Evaluate art practices as a means of socio-political critique or commercial promotion.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 30

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