Unit 1: Orientation
Unit 1 will explore the expanded field of drawing and the boundaries of the practice. Through experimentation, enquiry, speculation and taught drawing sessions you will investigate key themes. These will encourage interrogation and development of drawing skills and understanding.
The unit provides opportunities for making work, coupled with theory and critical reflection through workshops. This will encourage risk taking and promote independent thinking. Through individual and group tutorial support you will be supported in developing self-reflective practice.
This unit begins with a series of staff-led workshops that will introduce you to a variety of approaches and materials. It will build upon your prior skills and experience.
In addition to studio practice, MA Drawing has a critical practice component. This will involve a mix of lectures, seminars and artists talks that result in written work that has specific relevance to your own practice.
You will write a critical practice research paper that begins to articulate the orientation of your drawing practice. The paper can be supported by visual material.
You will begin to develop an online portfolio. This will track your journey through the MA Drawing course and become a core body of work throughout the course.
Unit 2: Navigation
Through the challenging of your ideas in Unit 1 you will begin to define new parameters to take forward into Unit 2.
The unit includes a presentation or mid-year show of your work. By testing your ideas for an audience you will begin to understand how drawing can communicate, explain and propose ideas. This will give you understanding about the role of the viewer and audience within the process of making and communicating. You will run a peer workshop that explores an aspect of your practice with your peer group.
Throughout the unit you will receive tutorial support. This will help you re-orientate your practice. Lectures and seminars will underpin your practical work, and lead you to reflect on wider societal and global issues.
You will complete a critical paper with supporting bibliography. This will include visual material to support your reflections and ideas.
Unit 3. Context in practice
In this unit you will interrogate drawing’s location within a broader field of disciplines, media and networks.
You will extend your knowledge and experience through the exploration of less familiar aspects of your practice and contexts. Collaborations, projects and exchanges, or conducting a specific piece of research into a subject that lies outside your regular line of enquiry could be your response to this unit.
The unit will help you become a sustainable practitioner. You will gain essential skills needed to develop future proposals, bids and partnerships.
Unit 3: Context in practice runs alongside Unit 2: Navigation.
Unit 4: Presentation
This unit will allow you to progress your project final proposal. You will plan, develop and present your work. You will be supported in strengthening your practice. You will define how you will extend your practice beyond the course.
Presentation of your work will include a public exhibition with the wider MA community. Alongside your peers, you will curate your final exhibition to a professional standard.
You will submit a 5000 word critical document, with bibliography. This will articulate the relationship between relevant current theoretical contexts and your practical processes and outcomes.
Your online research presentation or website will present your practice to a wider audience.
Learning and teaching methods
- Artist talks
- Critical practice lectures
- Graduate school events
- Group and individual tutorials
- Group crits
- Independent practice-led research
- Practical workshops and inductions
- Professional practice lectures and seminars
- Studio work
- Written dissertation
- Research folio