Module Title:Visual Studies
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 30
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures / Tutorials / Practicals/ Group Crits/ Group Discussion/ Student Presentations. Primarily this core subject assumes that the student will have only limited experience in 2D and 3D visual form. Each project starts with a detailed brief and introduction session and is followed by workshops and class discussion. The strategy is characterized as “learning through doing” in that the student is guided and supported through the process of skills acquisition and creative conceptualization both as individual students and as a class.
Module Aim: The module aims to stress the importance of the dynamics of visual form in Art and Design through studio drawing & life drawing, 3D design & fabrication, image-making & print processes and their multi-disciplinary role in the development of the student’s creative practice. Emphasis is on observation and recording as well as visual and analytical investigation/curiosity. The projects are tutor led. Students are expected to attend and participate in all the formal timetabled sessions for the subject. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent study in support of the subject and project aims. In effect students will be present in their studio spaces for a minimum of 18 hours a week. Subject aims: • To explore a wide variety of drawing, observational and recording processes as a means of visual creative thinking. • To introduce the student to the link between intention and technical applications in diverse creative practices. • To investigate and develop the basic principles and skills of Art and Design through drawing, image making, print processes and colour theory & practice. • To explore the link between drawing and brainstorming. • To gain an understanding of developing a series of works in relation to each other and their reception by an audience. • To introduce the student to basic understanding and use of 3D form through studies in wood, plaster and metal and other 3D materials. • To instill an attitude of experimentation, risk taking and investigation, enabling students to understand the possibilities and the limitations of the materials and processes at their disposal. • To equip students with the confidence and the ability to respond to problem solving and visual investigation • To express themselves creatively through visual form. • To develop a technical proficiency in the safe use and practise of the materials, processes and machinery at the students disposal.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge across a variety of technical applications of creative visual practices and the potential of these media for communicating abstract ideas, feelings and theories through (a) Presenting research notebooks with examples of artist’s and designer’s work with personal notes accompanying the research (b) Explaining the development of their creative skills and ideas at a classroom review of their work (c) Reflecting on skills demonstrated in workshop and combing those key skills. (d) Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of health and safety concerns with tools, machinery, materials and processes encountered
LO2 Be able to identify and compare a variety of 2D media techniques for image making and describe the relationships between ideas/ intentions and formal translation (a) Presentation of reflective writing accompanied by examples/ illustrations. (b) Presentation of workbook containing their own visual experiments which contains critical evaluations of successful and less successful exercises
LO3 Be able to demonstrate how objects behave in space considering balance, proportion, scale and materials through (a) Creating 3D constructions (b) Working with trial and error (c) Demonstrating inventiveness and experimentation
LO4 To creatively link intention and the technical means of realisation through (a) Critically reflecting on questions of form and content (b) Anticipating the realisation of a work through drawing and modelling
LO5 Be able to produce a body of work of that demonstrates a variety of practical exercises in technical skills in 2D visual media, including (a) Studio drawing and life drawing: Blind drawing, contour drawing, tonal drawing, negative & positive space, pictorial composition, scale, perspective, mark making using charcoal, graphite, pencil, pen & ink, brush & ink. (b) Print Media: including monoprint, woodblock, lino and screenprint (c) Project exercises in additive and subtractive colour theory, through colour wheel and colour analysis, secondary and tertiary colours, complimentary colours, discordant colours, colour perception.
LO6 Be able to initiate ideas and design their own short personal projects that build on their skills and creative and critical thinking and present completed projects that deliver (a) Works that consider the audience (b) Inter-linked exploration of ideas (c) Thematic development and innovative thinking and making (d) Documentation, research and reflective writing relevant to their projects (e) Notebook work that shows comprehensive compiling of visual research in drawing, recording and collecting.
LO7 Devise, design and present completed project work that demonstrates a variety of technical skills in 3D form including (a) Mixing, casting and modeling of plaster over support structures (b) Cutting, fixing/welding and fabrication of a variety of 3D materials including Wood and Metal.
LO8 Demonstrate the process of translating ideas/concepts/ experiences into three dimensions through (a) Creating 3-D models (b) Making illusionistic drawings of 3D qualities surfaces and depth (d) Demonstrating an awareness of how to read a 3D form in the round at a critique or presentation
LO9 Have an understanding of the relationship of ideas to image by (a) Integrating their skills and ideas and showing this in their project work (b) Quoting research and art & design theory in their project work (c) Using materials in a strategic manner to communicate abstract ideas (d) Identifying themes and art & design movements and being able to explain their intention
LO10 Be able to exercise autonomy and engagement with others (a) Designing their own short project plans at the end of each project (b) Initiating their own research subjects (c) Participating in peer discussions (d) Participating in visits to exhibitions including an international field trip (e) Participating in group work-shops
LO11 Be able to express a reflective and personal world view by (a) Communicating their ideas in a tutorial (b) Making various presentation strategies of their work for assessment (c) Discussing their work in a group (d) Participating in self-assessment (e) Producing work that meets requirements of a project brief and matches students own personal interests
LO12 Be able to learn to identify learning needs and assist others in the shared learning environment by (a) Participating in self-assessment (b) Demonstrating problem-solving skills (c) Identifying learning gaps and seeking tutor support (d) Sharing research material, pooling information, forming discussion groups
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
DURATION: 1 WEEK; ASSESSMENT: FORMATIVE;Students will work in teams of 10 on a collaborative project to construct large scale images using a variety of materials for a themed video news recording. This project will introduce students to materials and processes used on their course and help foster a sense of community and identity to the year. The project culminates with the screening of 3 minute news reels.
DURATION: 3 WEEK; ASSESSMENT: SUMMATIVE; Introducing the student to a variety of tutor initiated and student discovered drawing processes; using drawing as a means of visual research / exploration. Student will be able to identify and employ strategic drawing techniques and be able to analyze, plan and build their work. Their learning should include a thorough interaction between the drawing tools and materials and how they impact on the image making process. Studio Drawing and Life Drawing: Blind drawing, contour drawing, tonal drawing, negative & positive space, pictorial composition, scale, perspective, mark making using charcoal, graphite, pencil, brush & ink. Silhouettes, tracing, transfers, rubbings, masking and stencils, printing and photo copying.
DURATION: 3 WEEKS; ASSESSMENT: SUMMATIVE; Introducing the student to the principles of additive and subtractive colour theory and its application to achieve both its instructed and desired intentions. The student will develop a confidence in the analysing, application and use of colour in analogue and digital media. Project exercises in additive and subtractive colour theory, through colour wheel and colour analysis, colour systems, primary, secondary and tertiary colours, complimentary colours, discordant colours, contrasts and harmonies, colour perception.
DURATION 3 WEEKS; ASSESSMENT: SUMMATIVE; An introduction to the understanding of 3D form using wood, metal, plaster and other 3D materials in a themed project. Introducing the student to 3D concepts, such as proportion, balance and narrative, this project will also ask the students to consider how scale informs our understanding of 3 dimensions. This will be informed by technical and creative workshops.
DURATION: 8 WEEKS; ASSESSMENT: SUMMATIVE; Delivered in two weekly stages. The student will expand upon and deepen the technical skills acquired in the previous projects to develop a series of works based on a specific theme or research. Further 3D and 2D image making media are introduced including monoprint, woodblock, lino and screenprint, scanning and Digital print and other associated print processes. The link between various thinking processes and technical realisation will be encouraged as an integral part of the project. A public exhibition is presented as a real world experience for the student in collaboration with Wexford General Hospital.
DURATION 20 WEEKS; ASSESSMENT: SUMMATIVE. Delivered during one day per week throughout Visual Studies. Problem solving and visual investigative briefs are set to engage, visual research, visual experiments, personal reflection, recording & collecting as well as visual & analytical aids to developing ideas, investigation and curiosity. Brainstorming, mind maps and café style group discussion are used to support the development of the student’s creative practice. Students present their research notebooks with examples of artist’s and designer’s work with personal notes accompanying their research visual experiments.
Links Between History of Art and Design/Cultural Studies & Visual Studies:
Where possible during the VISUAL STUDIES blocks, the history of art and design and cultural studies courses will compliment the studio briefs, relating each studio project to an historical and critical discussion. Suggested topics: • The invention of perspective. • The role of the European Avant Garde. • Modernism and Modernity. • Image and Text • The Bauhaus • Semiotics
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment25.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Each student will have a formal review interview a semester and a report and mark will be filed by the lecturer. The two reports and marks will be the basis for a summative continuous assessment mark. The review reports will be available for the students to see and the aim of the continuous assessment is to support students and identify any weak areas that could be improved on for their project briefs. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 25.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Each Project is assessed within the brief’s timeframe. Project 1 GROUP PROJECT will be a formative assessment to familiarise all students with the process of self assessment. Support material of notebooks, reflective writing, research material will be presented for assessment. Each assessment will be an opportunity for the student to focus on their work and evaluate their own progress and development. Each student must undertake an assessment of their work. Where a divergence of more than 20% between the tutors and the students notional assessment occurs, it is mandatory that a negotiated assessment mark is reached. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 75.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 12.00
Independent Learning Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 18.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWVCD_D Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and Design 1 Mandatory
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 1 Mandatory
CW_HWVCD_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications and Design 1 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 1 Mandatory