BMABT306 – Contemporary Art Project 2

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Module title
Contemporary Art Project 2
In this module is intended for those students who wish to develop a single body of work through in-depth study. Students will negotiate studio projects which extend their existing knowledge of particular aspects of contemporary art practice. The self-directed nature of this course requires students to determine the particular focus the project will have and the relationship it has to other concurrent projects. Through applied research, students will advance, refine and synthesise ideas they have identified from previous work. Students will establish the aims, objectives and methodologies for the project consistent with the forms of practice they are engaging with and will participate in the development of the criteria that will be used to assess their performances.
  • 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
2.1Understand 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
2.2Acquire knowledge in developing a studio project that examines a specialist area of contemporary art practice
develop a written project description which isolates the issues from previous work and how they will be extended
successfully perform the tasks and criteria set out in the project description
advance procedural knowledge, skills and techniques particular to a selected field of practice
produce a body of work consistent with current norms in practice and discourse of its domain

2.3 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 methodology 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

2.4Understand 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 ongoing 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 Project description developed to account for the following:
General aim and rationale
Context or artistic domains which are engaged with and the significance of project to that environment
Proposed methodology for the exploration, testing and refinement of work
A timeline which lays out project tasks and when they will be undertaken
The type and volume of works to be produced
Exhibition/publication/performance proposal
Individualised assessment criteria
Assessment procedure and submission requirements

3.2Selected case studies
Texts, precedents, own work
Analysis, discussion, application, synthesis
Critical reflection on interpretation, value and genre

3.3Conventional exhibition/publication/performance of final work(s)

Learning and Teaching Resource
Lecturer prescribes 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.
Assessment Criteria
Student negotiated project descriptions will define the weighting and emphasis for assessment of two required assignments.
Submission of all work: preliminary, developmental, and final work(s) in exhibition.
Criterion referenced assessment employing self, peer and tutor assessment methods.

To pass this course, students must complete all assignments and accumulate
an overall course mark of no less than 50