BMALX273 – After Postmodernism: Issues in Contemporary Art and Design

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Module code
BMALX273
Module title
After Postmodernism: Issues in Contemporary Art and Design
Prescription
This course explores key issues in contemporary art and design. Classes are based around important themes and developments from the 1960s to the present, many of them associated with post-modernism. There is a particular focus on current practice, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand, so some aspects of the content of the course will change year by year in response to the latest developments. Students will discuss and critically analyse a range of theoretical perspectives, relating them to their own practice and assessing the possibilities of particular media and disciplines in the wake of both modernist and post-modernist conceptions of originality, expression, process, materiality, meaning and social/political engagement. The course also investigates issues pertaining to the roles of curators, cultural institutions, critics and theorists.
Programmes
  • BM7000
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
15
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
45
Self directed hours
105
Total learning hours
150
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
2.1Understand theories and issues relevant to contemporary art and design
distinguish relevant points from information presented
apply concepts of contemporary theory and criticism to the analysis of
contemporary visual arts, mass media and other cultural institutions
critically analyse module material
analyse selected texts, identifying relevant issues


2.2Understand relationships between art and design discourses and broader social analysis
Analyse the social relations through which contemporary theory and practice are articulated. e.g. visual arts, mass media, popular culture, art museums, cultural events
examine the impact of political discourses on art and design
discuss the processes of reinforcing and undermining shared cultural norms in the analysis of imagery and texts


2. 3Develop a comprehensive array of analytical skills
describe and analyse relevant examples of art and design
describe and interpret developments and events in recent and contemporary art and design
analyse the distinctive nature of art and design within the broader culture
analyse course material and relate it to current individual practice
develop skill in written academic analysis and argument


2.4Understand assessment within the context of an academic institution
Participate in group and class discussions
develop a vocabulary for describing work
interpret and apply assessment criteria described in schedules to own work
participate in group and class discussions
consider and reflect upon self and peer course work
participate in formative assessment
Content
3CONTENT AND PROCESS
3.1Analytical positions
Deconstruction
Postcolonial theory
Feminism
Relativism


3.2Contexts
Visual arts
Mass culture
Cultural Institutions
Impact of new technologies
Post-modernism
Contemporary
Biculturalism and Multiculturalism


3.3Issues
Identity/The Body
Authorship/Originality
Globalisation
New Zealand cultural identies
Appropriation/Reproduction
Value/Criticism
Curatorial practice
Content/Surface
Medium/Materiality
Interpretation/Meaning

3.4Analytical tools
Discourse
Critical Theory
Visual analysis
Intertextual interpretation
Reinforcing/Undermining cultural norms

3.5Research
Students adopt research methodologies that include: study of prescribed and associated texts, identifying relevant texts and resources, analysis of formal and conceptual qualities of relevant visual material.

Teaching and Learning Strategy
4LEARNING PROCESS
1.Tutor prescribes themes and issues.
2.Tutor prescribes project briefs that examine and art and design practice and theory
3.Tutor constructs models for analysing and discussing imagery and texts.
4.Students participate in dialogue to identify relevant issues in lectures and readings.
5.Students partake in discussions to critically examine and develop issues raised in
lectures and readings.
6.Tutor uses modes of address appropriate to a range of learning styles and cultural backgrounds
7.Students research issues relating to content for presentation

8.Tutor and students collaborate in formative assessment.
9.Tutor provides marking schedule for self-assessment.
10.Tutor monitors students' progress through structured exercises.
11.Tutor identifies any lapses in a student's progress, tutor and student develop strategies for completing process.
12.Graded assessment performed by tutor.
Assessment Criteria
To pass this module students must complete all assignments and accumulate an overall module mark of no less than 50

Note:
1) Attendance requirements of the School of Media Arts must be observed.
2) If you wish to be assessed in te Reo Maori, please inform staff at the beginning of the module so that processes can be put in place to manage this in a timely fashion.