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This is a full academic year course of intensive studio-based learning. This course focuses on the student’s ability to individually propose, frame, develop and execute a year-long practice-led research project. The student’s area of interest, intended body of work, and proposed methodologies are framed and articulated in the form of a Directed Research Proposal (DRP). A template for this will be provided to students and the depth, scope, and relevance of the proposal must be worked out under the direction of the supervising lecturer. Students of this course will engage in critiques and workshops, alongside reading groups and ad hoc studio-based conversations. While the times and formats for these are prescribed by the supervising lecturer, the content will be driven by the direction of the various students’ individual research projects. The focus is on the development of the student’s body-of-work alongside a comprehensive historical and contextual awareness for the practice with which they are engaged.
Students of this course will learn:– A specialised understanding of practice-led research, its complexities and implications within the studio discipline of sculpture,– A developed understanding of relevant precedents—both historical and contemporary—for the type of project/practice they are engaged in,– How to successfully propose, frame, manage and complete a year-long, self-initiated studio based research project.– Have a specialised understanding of selected materials, processes and techniques and how these inform the making of sculpture.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
MID YEAR ASSESSMENT (End of first semester) = 30%, made up of:20% Submission of any completed work and/or work-in-progress to date, along with a DRP, workbook and any relevant documentation (containing all explorative and experimental forays). 5% One post-critique reflection (700-words)5% One reading review/abstract (700-words). END of YEAR ASSESSMENT (End of second semester) = 70%, made up of:60% Completed body-of-work, workbook, and any relevant documentation, including the final revised DRP, 5% One post-critique reflection (700-words) 5% One reading review/abstract (700-words).
Domestic fee $6,658.00
International fee $30,450.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 12
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