Art now: contemporary theories for artists

Course Dates: 06/06/19 - 04/07/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Ian Tucknott

Explore and debate the latest theories of art to help build the creative and critical context of your own art or design work. This course is ideal for art students, or working practitioners wanting to update their critical knowledge.


What is the course about?

This course explores contemporary theories related to art and design, including post-internet art theories, hypermodernism, altermodernism and metamodernism, post-humanism and art, and more. The course will draw on the latest theories of art, and help you in grappling with some of the current thinking around art and creative practice today. The course is ideal for those studying art or a creative subject, or those engaged within creative work.

What will we cover?

This course will explore thoeries and practices within the areas of:

- Post-internet and post-digital art theory
- Post-modernism
- Metamodernism
- Altermodernism
- Art & technology
- Post-humanism.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Read, understand and discuss with confidence a wide range of critical and theoretical ideas and texts related to contemporary art
- Recognise and analyse creative practices in relation to contemporary art;
- Draw on critical and theoretical ideas and texts to enhance your own creative, critical and artistic thinking.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for intermediate and experienced art, design, craft, creative writing, performing arts students and practitioners, and those working in the creative sectors such as art teachers, curators or arts professionals. Ideally, you will have relevant experience in one of these areas, or be actively involved in producing creative work through study or independently with a desire to extend the theoretical basis of your work. The course is ideal for supporting study on Build courses such as the Fine Art Course, Build Sculpture Course, Developing Fine Art Practice or any equivalent creative art or design courses.

You will need a good handling of written and spoken English necessary to engage with set readings and for participation in paired and group discussion, as well as produce and present basic written or creative exercises. Some experience in reading theoretical texts about art and culture would be beneficial, but a willingness to read and engage with theory and build your skills is essential.

A basic ability in using the internet is required to access online reading materials provided by the course, although a demonstration and guidance on how to access the materials from Build's Virtual Learning Environment will be provided at the start of the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Each week there will be a set reading for your to complete between sessions, and this will guide discussions within each class. Classes will consist of paired and group discussion, teacher presentations, activities and where appropriate the sharing and exchange of your own work and critical thinking. Galleries and exhibitions will be recommended that relate to course themes that you may wish to visit between classes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen to record notes from talks and discussions. You may wish to buy some of the books or journals on any reading list given out in class. You will also need access to a computer, and will be expected to access or download readings from the course website. All readings will be available digitally, however if you intend on printing the readings you will need to consider the printing costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in other Cultural Studies courses, looking in depth a key cultural and theoretical themes in the context of creative arts such as VB645 Self and Identity, VB647 Society, Politics and Utopia, VB648 Communication and Perception, or VB653 Time and Memory. You may also be interested in art history courses, or certain courses within the humanities department.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VB877

Thu, eve, 06 Jun - 04 Jul '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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