Course Brief

The use of conceptual practices, in art & design, creates challenging forms of work; which see the ideas behind the work as having greater import than the finished work. In some cases, there may be no finished work as the transitory nature of the process or performance becomes an intrinsic part of the concept. While conceptual art can be challenging, the development of a conceptual approach is one that can be applied to many different forms of art & design practice.

This unit aims to develop knowledge and skills for artists, craft makers and designers to apply and communicate conceptual responses across practice and application.

Through this unit, students will engage with cultural, social, economic and political enquiry, to inform the development of a conceptual approach. Students will explore how conceptual art challenges the traditions of the gallery setting, considering performance, criticism, and theoretical approaches. Students will have the opportunity to explore conceptual enquiry to inform their projects.

  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

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

  1. Investigate conceptual approaches in art & design through contextual research.
  2. Develop a conceptual approach within an art & design project through experimentation.
  3. Present a conceptual work of art & design, based on research and experimentation.
  4. Evaluate own work and the work of others in relation to historical and contemporary precedents.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 15

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