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LO1 Discuss the social, historical and cultural context of key art and design movements, theories and practices.

HNC Art and Design – Contextual Studies Pathway

Unit 2: Contextual Studies

Unit Learning Outcomes:

Grading Criteria

Learning Outcomes

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Task No.

Evidence

LO1 Discuss the social, historical and cultural context of key art and design movements, theories and practices.

P1 Discuss how key social, historical and cultural contexts relate to art and design movements, theories and practices.

M1 Evaluate how social, historical and cultural contexts influence specific works of art and design.

D1 Analyse the way in which the work of an artist or designer is influenced by broader cultural and social contexts.

Tasks 1&2

Research question, lecture notes, development file and presentation

LO2 Analyse a specific work of art or design related to own area of specialism.

P2 Discuss the context of a work of art and design.

 

P3 Explain how the work of an artist or designer may comment on issues in society.

M2 Compare the work of an artist or designer with others, in relation to society and culture.

D1 Analyse the way in which the work of an artist or designer is influenced by broader cultural and social contexts.

Task 2

Lecture notes, development file and presentation 

LO3 Use primary and secondary research methods to investigate an area of practice, with consideration of research ethics.

P4 Identify an area of art or design practice for research.

 

P5 Explain the importance of research ethics in art and design.

 

P6 Explore an area of art and design practice through different forms of research.

M3 Assess different forms of research in relation to their potential value for art and design practice.

D2 Present research findings that show an analysis of different sources to arrive at a synthesised position, relating diverse contexts with art and design practice.

Tasks 1, 2 & 3

Research question, lecture notes, development file, presentation and evaluative essay 

LO4 Present research findings, through written work, visually and orally.

P7 Communicate research findings through different forms of output.

 

P8 Use appropriate forms of citation and referencing.

M4 Justify research findings through the use of evidence and argument.

D2 Present research findings that show an analysis of different sources to arrive at a synthesised position, relating diverse contexts with art and design practice.

Tasks 2 & 3

Lecture notes, development file, presentation and evaluative essay 

 

Task 1

1. Write a Research Question

Write a question with clear social, historical and cultural parameters that allows you to develop a research project within your subject specialism, informed by an area of theoretical enquiry that has been covered within the Contextual Studies unit.

Your research question must be agreed with your tutor. This provides evidence for [P1 and P4] Research question

Task 2

2. Research (Lecture Notes and Development file)

Use primary and secondary research methods to investigate your defined research question.

Through this research gain a strong understanding of the different social, historical and cultural contexts of art and design movements, theories and practices as defined by your research question.

Choose and analyse a specific work(s) of art or design and demonstrate an understanding its broader social, historical and cultural context. Undertake critical analysis that will enable you to address your research question.

All research undertaken must demonstrate an understanding and consideration of research ethics.

Note: You must write and submit a bibliography and reference list alongside your presentation. All information sources and resources, including websites used to complete this assignment, must be stated and correctly referenced. No credit will be given for wholesale copying from information sources and checks for plagiarism may be made on your submitted report.

This provides evidence for [P1, P2, P3, P6, M1, M2, D1]

Development file and Presentation

Task 3

3. Presentation and Evaluative Essay

Through a 15 minute oral presentation with accompanying slides present research findings that show an analysis of different sources to arrive at a synthesised position, relating diverse contexts with art and design practice.

The 500 word evaluative essay should reflect upon and evaluate the merit of your chosen research methods and should justify your research findings in relation to your defined research question.

The essay is also an opportunity to reflect upon your learning, where you feel you have been successful and where you feel you can still improve.

Note: Word counts should be within 10% of the given number. If you wish to add further commentary in must be in an appendix only.

This provides evidence for [P5, P7, P8, M3, M4, D2]

Evaluative essay

Instructions and guidance to candidates

You are tasked with undertaking a research project that allows you to investigate within a social, cultural and historic context a research question associated with practice in your area of subject specialism.

Additional Guidance:

Research:

Examples of Primary research

  • Going to an exhibition, workshop, lecture, artist talk etc and writing a review
  • Writing a film review
  • Object/artefact/artwork analysis (for example sketching, photographing and critically writing about a work you have seen at a gallery)
  • Interviews/questionnaires

Examples of Secondary research

  • Books
  • Magazines, academic journals, zines
  • Sources taken from the internet including videos

Presentation:

Within the presentation you are expected to cover the following:

  • Explain your research question, what is your interest in this area and what has led you to asking this question
  • Provide the context to your question: what is the historical timeframe, the social context and the cultural context? Is there anything of significance the audience needs to know about in terms of social, political, geographical or cultural events that relate to the question?
  • Give an overview of your research, including the methods you used. All students should begin with a literature review – discuss the key texts that you read and explain what you learned
  • Primary research: what methods did you use? This might include a film or exhibition review, a focus group, interview or questionnaire. Explain why you used the chosen method and what your research uncovered
  • Primary research: object/artwork analysis. Explain your analysis of a chosen art or design object that has been part of your investigation (this might be a piece of design, a painting, film, photograph, garment or fashion collection). What were the questions you asked and why were you asking them? What did you find out and did it help you to answer your research question?
  • Summarise the work you did and the steps you undertook in your investigation. Draw conclusions; one or two is enough

When combining written analysis with visual references in your presentation; you should aim to be succinct in the written information you provide on the slides as these should support your oral presentation, rather than be slides you read directly from.

Note: Word counts should be within 10% of the given number. If you wish to add further commentary in must be in an appendix only.

Note: All information sources and resources, including websites used to complete this assignment, must be stated and correctly referenced. No credit will be given for wholesale copying from information sources and checks for plagiarism may be made on your submitted report.

*Please access HN Global for additional resources support and reading for this unit. For further guidance and support on report writing please refer to the Study Skills Unit on HN Global. www.highernationals.com


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