Module Title:Visual Methodologies and Research Proposal
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Blended and E-Learning /Lectures /Class discussion/ screenings, class based learning research activities. Blended learning strategies will entail the use of electronic platforms such as Blackboard to provide on- line learning materials and interactive question and answer sessions. Lectures will outline key concepts and theories relating contemporary art using audio visual and interactive methods as appropriate. Class discussions will encourage students to further develop their communication skills. In support of discussion students will be encouraged to reflect on set readings, podcasts and viewings for each class.
Module Aim: This module aims to develop learner knowledge of how critical theory and philosophical ideas are developed and used to discuss contemporary art and visual culture. The module expands the learners’ critical vocabulary around the interpretation of contemporary art and culture. Learners’ will examine different interpretative strategies such as semiotics, psychoanalytic theory, discourse analysis and audience studies. The module shows how artists are often in conversation with cultural theories such as concepts of the gaze, spectatorship, the politics of representation, embodied knowledges, feminist and queer art studies, race and postcolonialism. A central aim of the module is to develop and encourage learners' confidence in interpreting contemporary art. The module expands learner knowledge by concentrating on a range of reading and writing skills in preparation for thesis module in stage 4.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify and describe various interpretative strategies used to understand Contemporary art and culture.
LO2 Develop and demonstrate a confident engagement with critical writing and reading strategies.
LO3 Construct a writing project which analyzes, evaluates and creates a critical and insightful research proposal.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the field of Aesthetics. Aesthetics as a field of enquiry in relation to sensory perception
'The Good Eye'
looking at images- interpreting composition
Content Analysis
What do you see/hear in the work
how do signs make meaning
The image and the unconscious
Discourse Analysis
Intertextuality and context
The Gaze
Concepts of the gaze
Power and Knowledge
Images and Ideology
Theories of Embodiment
Art and embodiment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Weekly journal reflecting on learners' engagement in assessing different theoretical approaches to contemporary art related to learners' specific interests. 1,2 20.00 n/a
Project Write a critical research proposal based on a self initiated topic related to contemporary art or culture. Research proposal will include an annotated bibliography. 1,2,3 80.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 6 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 6 Mandatory