Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 2: Critical Perspectives / Your Two-Part Premise / Ideation Example

So, you've been challenged to come up with a two-part premise for next week's Critical Perspectives session, as we seek to develop some killer enquiries for your proposed dissertations. Easier said than done, you might say - so much to think about, so much choice. Where to start!?

You'll recall I gave you a number of starter-categories to get you thinking, the idea being you identify ideas within these categories that align with stuff you're already interested in, or which you suspect might associate with stuff you're already interested in.  You might have seen this ideation exercise appear on one of your classmate's blogs earlier today: I'm sharing it here because it's really useful and a completely practical example of how you might go about breaking the seal on this 'thinking task' - a list of words under the various categories given above that slowly begin to reveal preoccupations or emphases or natural affinities.  I'm guessing this was done quickly, instinctively and without too much second-guessing.  If you don't know where to start in terms of finding your two-part premise - or how to start - you could do worse than having a go at this...

Get your premise ideation up on your blog with an @Phil and I'll do my best to shine a light here and there.  Don't be afraid or give time to worry - just make lists and watch for any patterns, repeats or affinities; in them, your premise awaits you.  Get busy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FAO CAA Yr 1: Your WIM Proformas @ Your Ucreative Accounts

Your What If Metropolis proformas are now at your Ucreative accounts.  Please read your feedback carefully - and read it a few times over.  There's some tough-love in the mix because in many instances it's the habits around making work (or not making it!) that are impacting your percentages.  Some of you have been given some direct instructions.  Some of you have been given more subtle feedback of a more personal kind.  Remember, my goal in giving feedback is to foster improvement for the next project and give you the benefit of my experience - tough love or otherwise!  Anyone not receive their proforma* email me and I'll investigate.

*@Sam Avery - your proforma is at your personal email - see accompanying message.

FAO CAA Yr 2: Critical Perspectives / Proposal Piñata!

Thank you for a lively and provocative debate yesterday!  As briefed, your next job in readiness for next week's bout of Proposal Piñata is to ready a two-part premise that aligns with an existing area of interest for you in terms of a potential dissertation enquiry.  For us to get where we need to go - a tip-top plan for a tip-top year 3 dissertation - you'll need to actually give this exercise some proper, authentic brain time.  I don't want anyone bringing a premise that isn't truly of interest to them, and I don't want anyone just coming up with something a few minutes before the session. Take a look at the guidance below and come up with some provocative combinations.  Any queries or questions or ideas - just email me at

Monday, January 16, 2017

FAO CAA Year 3: Tutorial Times Correction

To confim: 

Tutorials will take place with Phil on Monday mornings not afternoons as detailed in the briefing presentation (list above). The timetable is correct however.

Apologies to anyone effected by the mistake.