About the Course
The Contextual Studies Open course underpins and strengthens your skills, knowledge and understanding and is an opportunity to synthesise theory and practice through a self-initiated research project. The Open course encourages a high degree of self-motivation and autonomy. The written work prepared for assignments is used to support you to develop of self-reflection, critique, time/project management and academic rigour.
With tutorial support, this self-directed course will support you to undertake substantial textual and written research, with the aim of developing contextual and conceptual awareness of your own practice and the practice of others.
In consultation with your tutor you’ll prepare a proposal (1000 words) for research that will culminate in an extended written project or dissertation (5000 words). This complements the programme of practical work from the other two courses within Painting 3.
The assignments will provide a structure to support your proposal, research process, writing and presentation. You’ll use a properly referenced research journal to support your academic development.
The aim of Major Project is to introduce you to the rigour of study at this level, and as such demands commitment and self-motivation in the production of a collection of ambitious paintings (in scale, material, method and concept) which are experimental, accomplished and contemporary.
The Open course is designed to enable you to put into practice and demonstrate your learning during this and previous courses. The focus is on the development of your practice leading to a confident body of work for this level, to work independently, and to instil a critical awareness in relation to your own practice and the practices of others.
The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.
All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.
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