ART07050 2019 Work in Context (Identifying the Future)

General Details

Full Title
Work in Context (Identifying the Future)
Transcript Title
Work in Context (Identifying t
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Subject Area
ART - Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ronnie Hughes, Lizzie Kinsella
Programme Membership
SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

Student initiated projects connect studio based art with a larger public sphere. Students identify, research, engage with and respond to an organisation, site or audience that pertains to their interests. The contextualisation and evaluation of these work based projects and experiences and the resulting creative responses and projects aim to broaden understanding of the role that art can play in contemporary society.

Learning Outcomes

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


Organise and manage a relevant and significant self directed activity in the context of contemporary practices. 


Engage with practical issues pertaining to visual art in the public domain. 

(Gain knowledge and experience about the visual arts sector and best practices in arts and cultural management.)



Consider the role of visual, verbal and written ways of engaging with their own practice outside of the studio. 

(Explore ways of communicating learning in an effective and independent manner through presentations to staff, peers and/or other audiences.)


Critically appraise and reflect on their findings by documenting their experience through the keeping of a learning journal.  

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module initially takes the form of seminars, as students establish their projects there will be group discussion and presentation of updates. This is allied to presentations and keeping of a learning journal. 

Field trips to galleries, artists studios and related areas and the visiting artist/lecturer programme play an important part in the module.


Module Assessment Strategies

Work within this module will be assessed at 3 separate points. Students will present research at week four, here they will be expected to outline their chosen project and to present their initial research. 

The second assessment will be based on the evaluation of a body of work. The student will be expected to provide evidence of the project undertaken through documentation of the project, a photographic and/or video record and a critical/contextual learning journal/logbook.  Students will present a set of professional documents in support their chosen activity, this will include c.v. and biography, any correspondence and minutes/notes from meetings, project proposals.

The final assessment will take the form of an illustrated presentation (with questions and answers) to staff and peers. This presentation should reflect on all stages of the project and all of the learning outcomes will be considered. 

Repeat Assessments

Late submission of proposal, professional documents and logbook without valid reason will be subject to penalties. Late submission of presentation may be be accepted on disk if appropriate documentation fo absence is presented.

Indicative Syllabus

The syllabus for this module focuses on the facilitation of self directed student projects where the student identifies, researches and engages with an artist, organisation, site or audience. This process allows them to define and explore pathways to further knowledge and experiences. Students may work individually or in groups or may engage in interdisciplinary activity with designers/makers in a related field. The range of areas for the project is set by the student in consultation with the lecturer and may be drawn from  activities such as 

Shadowing/interviewing Artists, Curators Designers 
Studio Residency/workshop
Catalogue Collections
Exhibition Curation 
Delivering workshops to community groups
Reporting on work based learning experiences Community, School, Art institution
Interdisciplinary activity with related fields 

As part of this process student addresses the following elements: 
Researching setting their own brief, outlining a proposal.
Writing professional documents such as covering letters, C.V. and biography
Organising a relevant Visual Art industry related experience 
Giving updates on progress

Documenting the experience visually through photographs and or video.
Keeping of a reflective learning journal, this may take the form of a written journal or may take the form of an online blog, the emphasis within the journal or e-journal is on documenting both in writing and visually and reflecting on the learning experience.

Final presentation.

This element should take the form of an illustrated talk to the peer group and lecturer on the learners experience of undertaking the project.

Outlining the project from inception through to outcome and reflecting on the overall knowledge gained.

The talk should be illustrated with a series of approx 10 to 15 digital images (and video where appropriate) and will be followed by questions and answers. Total time of presentation to be approx. ten minutes.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Proposal and professional documents Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 4 1,2
2 Logbook or e-journal Continuous Assessment Project 40 % Week 10 1,2,3,4
3 Final Presentation Continuous Assessment Project 30 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Seminar 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
14/10/2014 Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else Pluto Press

Required Reading
24/03/2009 Art Work; everything you need to know (and do) as you pursue your Art Career Revised and updated. Free Press

Recommended Reading
18/06/2007 Taking The Matter Into Common Hands: Contemporary Art and Collaborative Practices Black Dog Publishing

Recommended Reading
15/11/2011 Making It In The Art World: New Approaches To Galleries, Shows And Raising Money . Allworth Press

Required Reading
08/01/2019 Sell Online Like a Creative Genius: A Guide for Artists, Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Kindred Spirits Allworth Press

Recommended Reading
19/09/2014 Community Art: Creative Approaches To Practice Common Ground Publishing

Recommended Reading
28/04/2015 Public Art (Now): Out Of Time, Out Of Place Art/Books

Recommended Reading
01/10/2006 New Creative Community: The Art Of Cultural Development New Village Press

Recommended Reading
01/12/2014 Engaging Classrooms And Communities Through Art: The Guide To Designing And Implementing Community Based Art Education Knowledge Media

Recommended Reading
01/01/2010 The Practical Handbook for Emerging Artists, 2nd edition Centage Learning

Recommended Reading
02/08/2018 Management of Art Galleries Phaidon

Required Reading
31/07/2010 Searching For Art's New Publics Intellect

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Artist Newsletter,

Visual Artist Ireland 

URL Resources

Bamberger, A. How to Survive As An Artist

Other Resources

Sligo Art Gallery Collection located in IT Sligo  

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to spend time during the module making visits to galleries, museums and art centres and to make visits to artists studios or other related locations.