This unit extends your experience into the professional sphere, either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry. Projects and placements take place in a set network of art, design and media organisations in the region, but can also be arranged by individual students if based on similar frameworks of professional development and experience. The PDP also takes place in this unit.
The unit is designed to support work towards the development and production of a piece of work that provides a central focus on to the practice (and related histories, of curating or Visual Culture.? The work will provide a synthesis and application of the research into visual or curatorial experiences from the earlier stages, in order to develop a substantial project which reflects on the theoretical, conceptual, contextual and practical elements necessary for contemporary cultural interpretation through written, curatorial or other practice.
Curatorial Models and Themes
Curatorial Models and Themes builds on to the work of the Curatorial Frameworks unit, as it moves from a consideration of frameworks and structures of museum/gallery operation, towards a more applied understanding of exhibition practice. In order to do this, part of the research/discussion will take place in the museum/gallery environment. The unit considers a range of approaches which might be useful in establishing an individual methodology. This will form the basis of the Exhibition/Project Outline and Literature Review.
The Curatorial Frameworks unit sets the foundation for curatorial studies at postgraduate level. It consider the development of the museum/gallery from its modern origins through to its more contemporary manifestations, exploring how the museum/gallery is structured and how curatorial roles work in relation to institutional and independent practices. After looking at collections and the archive, exhibition histories will then form a key element of the unit. There will be a consideration of the role they play in defining the work of contemporary artists, as well as an analysis of the curatorial process involved in developing thematic ideas.
Likely Optional Units
Health and Wellbeing
This unit focuses on public health and wellbeing with an emphasis on Inequalities; Prevention; Promotion and Protection. By building on the strong legacy of art/design in clinical environments, this unit will expand your understanding of theory and practice in the emerging public health agenda and through real-life research opportunities, will offer exploration of individual practice in diverse contexts: eg mental health, long-term conditions, healthy ageing and proactive wellbeing.
Object and Context
This unit will introduce you to notions, ideas, principles and practices concerning objects. A series of delivered lectures, seminars and workshops will discuss and explore the role of objects in design. It will enable the location of these ideas into individual or collaborative practice and give experience of individual and collaborative practice.
The Museum and the City - The City as a Museum
The unit explores the relationship between the museum and the city and the city as museum. Attention shifts between theoretical and historical models, as well as making use of specific locations and institutions within the city.
This unit offers you an individual focused opportunity to extend and enhance your practice by including a self-negotiated study. This will enable students to:
- Extend ideas and proposals developed in Practice 1
- Facilitate a deeper level of learning in a particular workshop or subject discipline, or conceptual paradigm
- Pursue an external project or competition brief appropriate to your practice.
Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts and Sustainable Design
This unit will address the future conceptually, tangibly and critically through ecological arts and sustainable design practices. Adopting a 'question-based learning' approach to 'real world' challenges, students will consider the potential to intervene into and re-invent social and cultural lifestyles, economics, technologies, and their impact on Climate Change, species extinction, natural resources depletion and diminishing civic services. How will we make our futures? How can arts and design promote resilience for adaptation?
Writing Research and Funding Proposals
An introduction to writing proposals to funding bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Arts Council England (ACE). This unit will cover such topics as: generating fundable ideas; developing critical and conceptual frameworks; establishing credible methodologies and approaches; awareness of the the parameters of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, AHRC and ACE; the importance of collaboration; working in groups, public engagement and impact; presenting ideas to the group, giving and receiving informed criticism; developing an effective writing style; structuring proposals and writing to length; writing a budget and the importance of cost-effectiveness and match-funding; time management; familiarity with Je-S.
Images and Archives
This unit explores theoretical, critical and practical perspectives on art, photography and the archive.
You will learn about the interdisciplinary field of SciArt by developing a body of personal work that is technically proficient and intellectually resolved.
This unit offers focused opportunity for students to extend and enhance their practice by including, exploring and developing digital content in a wider research community.
This unit will address the contested nature of the conceptual and material territories upon which human identities and cultures are developed.
Commercial Aspects of Design
This unit includes topics such as market research and service design; consumer behaviour – needs and attitudes; diffusion of innovation; commercial aspects of product design including bringing product to market eg production and distribution channels, costing and pricing, and advertising and promotion.