Masters Proposal – Initial Document

“I am an illustrator who has worked across a number of disciplines and markets over the last 20 years, for the most part my illustration has not been seen in storybooks or on book covers, but instead has been used to augment information of the type typically found in Museums, and other visitor attractions.

Recently I have completed my PGCE qualification, this, along with my interest in such organisations as:* and …has led me to look at the way information is conveyed to students, particularly in a Art School setting where the students have a bias toward the visually stimulating.

I am interested in researching methodologies and stylistic considerations that could be taken in order to clearly visualise academic information to art students.

I am interested not so much in looking at the “subject specific” information as the additional, sometimes pastoral and more holistic concepts and other information that students are asked to grasp and understand, from timetables to course content and flow and ultimately there place within the college and how that fits into the wider picture of life beyond academia.

For example how to visualise “Why CATS is important and how does it relate to your studio practice?” or “How do the different modules on the Games design course relate to real world Games Studio practice?”

Looking at how visually augmented, enhanced or solely visual information effects understanding amongst primarily visual and non-visual learners.

I have already begun to research and experiment with information such as Schemes of Work, course calendars, and project briefs etc.

My proposal is to deepen my research into this area and look at developing and testing visualisations that deal with some of these wider educational concepts, while in particular looking at art schools (due to the visual bias of many of the students).

I intend to deepen my knowledge of the science of semiotics, plus areas of design involving info-graphics and graphic communication and contemporary education theory and practice.

I also hope to research and test ideas amongst specialised learning groups (I have already made contacts and started informal discussions) such as Deaf and Hearing Impaired learners, as well as creative and non creative within and beyond the college campus.

My intention would be to not only extend my understanding of this area for my own benefit – expanding my range and abilities as a communicator and illustrator – but to perhaps add to the teaching and learning knowledge of the institution in which I work.

*TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less)… RSA Animate are a series of animated lectures designed to help engage viewers with difficult but important contemporary thinking and subject matter…

~ by hesir on October 14, 2011.

2 Responses to “Masters Proposal – Initial Document”

  1. That sounds like a great, and worthwhile proposal! There’s another teacher I follow, who creates interesting, funny, hand painted lesson plans and help sheets for his students- you may find his stuff interesting?

    Good luck with the masters!

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