BMA0B300 – Contemporary Strategies

Module code
Module title
Contemporary Strategies
The purpose of this module develops the students practice in contemporary art by focusing on identifiable strategic parameters that can frame artistic production. The student will consider and analyse issues in art that distinguish current practice from historical practice and the strategic methods artists use to negotiate these issues. The student will develop a self initiated project around one or more broadly defined contemporary strategies.
  • BM7000
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand an integrated, reflective process for responding to visual situations

- discuss, identify and evaluate issues relevant to the project
- generate, analyse and integrate negotiated criteria for a self-directed project
- synthesise acquired practical, communication and analytical skills in the process of responding to visual situations
- individualise a self-critical working process for developing and refining ideas
- draw together and apply knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent courses to selected projects
- adopt independent and interdependent methods of working

2.2 Understand a methodology of contemporary practice
- develop and refine a contemporary strategy in your practice
- give an account of the methodology that you have developed through studio research

2.3 Produce work that recognises and articulates a contemporary methodology
- apply a developed methodology to a body of work
- manipulate and control selected materials, techniques, procedures and concepts in a manner consistent with the methodology developed

2.4 Understand the values, methodologies and strategies which inform current professional practice in contemporary art
- compare, analyse, and evaluate selected texts identifying issues relevant to a specific contemporary practice
- analyse a selection of current works and identify the specific methods used in their production
- compare significant changes in methods of practice and strategies for production relevant to a specific contemporary practice
- develop and implement a strategy for the production of work which explicitly applies the analysis of values from a domain
- evaluate self practice using normative criteria derived from a current domain
- plan and implement a conventional presentation of own works
- develop critical synergies between representative texts, examples of work and self practice

2.5 Understand the value of self-evaluation within the context of professional practice
- develop individuated assessment criteria
- reflect critically upon the relationship between an adopted method of production, the final project outcomes and relevant conventions of practice
- continuously self-evaluate performance independent of institutional assessment
- participate in self/peer critiques for on-going formative assessment
- critically consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for regular graded assessment
- actively participate in and facilitate group and class critiques


3.1 Contemporary strategies
- Terms of reference
- Current methodologies
- Context
- Value
- Genre
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Lecturer prescribes industry or professional focus in project brief.
- Students negotiate criteria.
- Lecturer monitors students' progress through the time management of individual projects.
- Students contribute to research of course content.
- Students research briefs to extend and individualise projects.
- Students identify problems with their process and adopt strategies to address those problems.
- Lecturer prescribes issues, students identify specific questions in relation to those issues.
- Students initiate times for critiques.
- Students participate in formal assessed presentations of their work.
- Students contribute to the delivery of course content.
- Students negotiate and define criteria and procedures for graded assessment.
- Graded assessment performed by self, peers and tutor.