In order to help 3rd Semester Master Students become better prepared for their upcoming thesis semester, this block module is designed to facilitate students to become aware of what is to be expected before and during their thesis projects, particularly when it comes to critical and theoretical writing. During this course students shall understand what the overall criteria is required within a contextual thesis, and shall learn to develop and finalize an extended Abstract text / Proposal, that is able to indicate the important analysis of their given work / subject matter in question. It is where master-students shall importantly learn how to expand contexts attached to their interested thesis perspectives, into given subjects that can be fundamentally narrowed into a particular set of researched topics, and achieve an overall connecting narrative. Where in these lectures, students will be able to openly develop their given arguments and arrangement of counter-arguments, while learning to maintain a decent level of primary and secondary research, as well as forming important questions and concerns that could become attached to their final thesis. In addition, students shall be taught the goal of keeping a high level of narrative-telling and tension building, when it comes to writing artistically / theoretically, as well as knowing the importance of structural flow of introduction, body of work and conclusions. While always maintaining the fundamental approaches, that are needed when the students shall enter their final thesis semester, including: quality of evidence attached to the student’s argument: placing such supporting material for and against the argument, and what is the claim for making such an overall argument of importance. In this course, which is open to all 3rd Semester Master Students from an art-related program, shall give students the opportunity to openly express, discuss, and debate their interests and initial ideas attached to their upcoming thesis. In these series of intense lessons it will be within presentations and writing assignments, of which the focus becomes on supporting students to gain a further confidence and insight when it comes to writing theoretically, and to gain a wider perspective when it comes to critically being able to place given contexts in a greater social, political, philosophical, artistic, etc.. field of significance. As such helping Master-students become highly prepared and focused when entering their final thesis semester.
For media architects and architects, to be able to refine, articulate and confidently support and exchange their own personal and artistic project concepts within their thesis, is to be able to expand their knowledge of developing and applying a critical perspective, in theory and in the practical part, with the ability to communicate verbally, and importantly textually. To be able to support and advance their own unique artistic views, is too apply their perspectives in influential as well as different contexts, in and out of the Artistic/Architectural-sphere. I have designed course to cater to any master-student addressing artistic contexts, albeit Contemporary Art, Architecture, Media Art etc…. Specifically, and importantly in facilitating students whose native language might not be English, these lectures / workshops are designed to make theoretical and artistic writing / thinking better understood, and importantly less intimidating. Which is then able to fundamentally help improve a student’s ability, in being able to confidently, and precisely prepare and create a current critical, social, political etc.. discussion within their own upcoming thesis project and overall text.
All Master students interested in taking the course, please email Matthew Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org