This module will introduce the working and thinking processes necessary for work in a creative studio context through practical projects backed up by guided research into, and examination of, the practice of other artists, both contemporary and historical. The work will be centered on three core themes in contemporary art and design: Identity and Portraiture; Remix and Appropriation; and Looking and Seeing.  The emphasis will be on the enabling possibilities of these themes in order to gently introduce the student to a way of working which is led by the student’s own interests and concerns and by their developing artistic practice. The student led aspect of the module is supported by regular closely guided tasks that aim to: inculcate basic good working practice; monitor skill development; build confidence; and act as a starting point for student-led work.

The role of the tutor in this process is to advise and support the student and to guide them towards formulating objectives that are both ambitious and achievable and then asking the difficult question of whether they have fulfilled these.