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Creative Arts 1: Creative Arts Today

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8 hrs/week

This Open course is a broad-based introduction to a range of contemporary creative arts for students new to the creative arts. It’s a compulsory for all students who select the creative arts Open degree, and can be studied as your first, second or third Open course at level one (HE4). We advise you to study it first though, because you’ll effectively get a taster of several arts subjects as you work through the programme of study. It explores some ways in which two key themes (place/space and time/journey) are explored in the fields of art (painting and drawing), creative writing, textiles, visual communications (illustration, graphic design) and photography and looks at how different creative disciplines interact. It introduces basic research tools and techniques in the creative arts; students will therefore need access to the internet. Students are made aware of the theoretical underpinning to the creative arts in preparation for more detailed study at Level 2. Exercises and assignments will require students to research, evaluate and write about artworks in a range of disciplines; practical exercises are optional.

Doug Burton on Creative Arts Today

Aims

The course aims to

  • A1 introduce a broad range of contemporary practice in the creative arts
  • A2 explore the scope and interrelationship of a range of creative disciplines through the use of themes
  • A3 develop research skills and familiarity with key research tools and an awareness of the theoretical background to the creative arts
  • A4 develop critical thinking and reflective skills.

Outcomes

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 Demonstrate awareness of a broad range of contemporary practice in the creative arts. (A1)
  • LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and interrelationship of a range of creative disciplines. (A2)
  • LO3 Demonstrate a knowledge of basic research tools and research skills and an awareness of the theoretical background to the creative arts. (A3)
  • LO4 Demonstrate an ability to think critically and to reflect upon your own learning experience. (A4)

Course content

  • an awareness and basic knowledge of a broad range of creative arts, including art, creative writing, textiles, visual communications and photography
  • experience in exploring two key themes through the creative arts and some interrelationships between creative disciplines studied
  • an awareness of a theoretical underpinning to the creative arts
  • experience in using key research tools to explore and investigate the creative arts and application of critical thinking to research material.

Unit Leader

Russell Squires

Unit Leader for Creative Arts 1: Creative Arts Today

“Photographically I have a very eclectic style and approach and I will utilise any camera format albeit analogue or digital to accomplish my aims and objectives. I’m a multi faceted artist who primarily uses photography within a fine art and conceptual based context; a child of the 80s I’m based in Portsmouth along the south coast of England and I love all aspects of photography…”

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