ART07049 2019 Practice 1: Establishing Direction

General Details

Full Title
Practice 1: Establishing Direction
Transcript Title
Practice 1: Establishing Direc
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Subject Area
ART - Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ronnie Hughes
Programme Membership
SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

This module is open to a range of artistic strategies and disciplines, determined by the student in consultation with their course tutors. It is designed to strengthen a student's individual art/studio practice, to foster critically reflective thinking and to form and develop links between all concurrent realms of study. The student is expected to develop their visual research, to keep personal note books and to contextualise their place within contemporary and historical art practices.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Relate to, and place their practice within, other relevant historical and contemporary Fine Art developments.


Have developed a flexible approach to materials, concepts and processes.


Recognise and respond to learning needs and be able to participate in critical discussion in relation to one's work.


Have moved towards becoming an independent learner who can resolve problems through practical risk taking and reflection.


Have begun to identify and articulate ideas in relation to their practice.


Document and catalogue a body of their own work.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed: The module is delivered by a number of different tutors who monitor and supervise the learner's ongoing research - this is mainly by individual tutorial within a class context. The role of the tutors at this level is to be responsive rather than instructive - tutors will meet with students individually on a regular basis offering a variety of insights to project work and progress made.

In response, the student will have to consider the different viewpoints being offered by the range of tutors. The choices the learner makes in relation to the different critical perspectives is what enables the development of an individual 'voice'.

These tutorials are supplemented by a number of other methods including group critique, peer review, demonstration/workshops, Field trips, Visiting Artist Programme and occasional lecture/seminars.


Module Assessment Strategies

Practical work will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and there will be a formal mid-semester review. Assessment will take pace at the end of the semester. At this point each of the learning outcomes are measured in relation to the art work presented, the supporting portfolio, and accompanying texts and documentation.

Repeat Assessments

This module can be repeated in the summer for consideration at the Autumn exam board meeting.

Indicative Syllabus


The student will be asked to outline a particular project they wish to pursue in a short written proposal. This proposal should form the basis of visual research that leads to more substantial investigation with material, leading to the completion of considered art works.

Development of critical faculties

The student will participate in group critiques and tutorials, involving analysis, interpretation and assessment of their ongoing project and results.

Professional practice elements

Students will write texts on their work and participate in workshops in photographic documentation and digital image editing.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation of a Body of Work Practical Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Studio studio practice 8 Weekly 8.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013-08-30 Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists Intellect
ISBN 9781783200122 ISBN-13 9781783200122

Intellect (UK)

Recommended Reading
2013-10-10 Daybook: The Journal of an Artist Scribner
ISBN 1476740984 ISBN-13 9781476740980

Daybook A classic work for artists about reconciling the call of creative work with the demands of daily life, with a new introduction by Audrey Niffenegger.

Recommended Reading
2002-04-30 Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Image Continuum Press
ISBN 0961454733 ISBN-13 9780961454739

Art & Fear Written by artists, for artists, this survival guide explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.

Recommended Reading
1991-05-30 The Artist's Handbook: Of Materials And Techniques (Reference) Viking
ISBN 9780670837014 ISBN-13 9780670837014

Recommended Reading
2015 33 Artists in 3 Acts W. W. Norton & Company

Recommended Reading
2007 Unmonumental:The Object in the 21st Century Phaidon

Recommended Reading
2003 Making Contemporary Art Gardners Books
ISBN 0500284237 ISBN-13 9780500284230

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Art Forum, Art in America, Artnews, Art on Paper, Flash Art, Irish Arts Review, VAN (Visual Arts Newspaper)

URL Resources