Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FAO CAA Year 1: Space & Environment - Audio Available On myUCA + Your "Do's & Don'ts" & Creative Partnerships!

I hope you're all suitably revved up and ready to wow the CAA community with your first explorations of those Invisible Cities!  Just letting you know that the audio recording of today's briefing presentation is now available on myUCA/Space&Environment/Invisible Cities/Brief&Presentation.

See below - your creative partnerships for the duration of Project 1: Invisible Cities:

Becky Patterson @ http://rebeccalpatterson.blogspot.com

Dan Harrington @ http://dan-harrington.blogspot.co.uk

Abdulhagh Majeh Makwar @ http://majeh-makwar.blogspot.co.uk

(Josh & Ridge... still awaiting your urls...)

Remember, isolationism is counter-productive on CAA (and 'out there' too). You need to get comfortable working collaboratively and receiving feedback routinely, for it is a principle characteristic of professionalism and the expectation from industry of graduates.

I want you to use your creative partners as sounding boards, constructive critics, proof readers, quality controllers, mentors and creative allies. Work with one other to come up with ideas for your respective creative projects. Follow each other's progress and get each other up-to-speed with course info. Meet up, draw, discuss the movies you watch, reflect on each other's development, support each other technically, trade expertise and scaffold your weaknesses. Use each other for life-drawing practice! Take part in mini-crits, in which you present your work to one another and reflect critically on its strengths and weaknesses. Why not use these 'mini-crits' as smaller, weekly deadlines, as ways of structuring your workload?

Chances are some of you are still playing catch-up, still unsure of where to find course resources or how to blog confidently or what the brief is asking of you, so pool your knowledge, share ideas and save yourselves valuable time.

Remember: the brief asks you to archive your creative partnerships as part of your ultimate assessment; so, if you get together for a 'sketch jam' or brainstorming session, identify creative, visual and dynamic ways to capture it for your blog. People love to see how 'stuff gets done' and how ideas develop so engage your audience effectively. Again - let me be clear: effective collaboration and creative partnership associates with your assessment criteria.  You need to work at these collaborations and find effective ways of communicating.

Obviously, you've got the whole CAA community to work with, but consider your creative partners as your 'inner circle of influence'. I very much look forward to seeing how these collaborative relationships develop over the next 5 weeks. Have fun and "Be Amazing!"

Jackie Hagan very kindly left these pearls of wisdom on the group blog today in readiness for your debut reviews.  Jackie cites a 'do's and don'ts' guide available on myUCA, written by me after years of correcting undergraduate written assignments and reviews.  For your convenience, I've uploaded the document here too for more immediate access.  It really is worth reading through this advice before embarking on your first reviews; lots of advice re. developing your academic style and avoiding some typical school-boy errors.

I know not everyone will be used to following the group blog, so those of you who are, please ensure your classmates are aware of this content.  Spread the word!

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