Map & the Territory

Every map is someone’s way of getting you to look at the world in his or her way.

For this assignment you are required to create a map, or a series of related maps, that reflect/s your individual experience as a new student at the University of Greenwich. You are further required to document the research and design process that has informed the creation of my map/s.

Maps, as we have seen so far, can:

– be formed around ideas, used for example to develop thought and design processes;

– be used to represent interests in routes, time, geographical locations, political configurations, place and space, virtual spaces;

– incorporate a narrative element, for example in relation to personal experience, senses and perceptions (feelings / sight / smell / touch / distance), etc.

It is up to you to decide how to map your experience as a new student, but you might want to think about your new everyday experiences as a student, your relationship to your own area of design practice and the way that you interact with the space/s that surround you.

You may use any medium, software or format that you find useful in order to create your map/s – physical or digital forms, 2D or 3D, video, found (existing) materials, collages, photographs, GPS, mind-mapping software, Google maps (or similar), etc.

You will be expected to post your progress and evidence of your investigations on your blogs. It is up to you how you structure your blog, but the blog should be easy to navigate through. The blog should contain elements such as:

  • notes from sessions (seminars, lectures, discussions, group work, etc)
  • reflections on artists and designers, readings and contextual & historical research related to the theme (analysis and evaluation)
  • evidence of completed independent study tasks (analysis and evaluation)
  • personal reflections on the theme and the map making process

Though you will be producing an individual map, you are encouraged to use class exercises and debates as parts of the process of making your map, to carry out research and discuss design decisions with others.

The sessions are seminar and workshop based and will:

  • Introduce you to histories of art and design processes related to the theme of the brief
  • Introduce you to methods of analysis and evaluation via individual tasks as well as group work (to be carried out through independent studies, and in group tasks during the sessions)

At the end of this project, you will have:

  • A good understanding of related strands of art and design history, practices and processes
  • Knowledge of a specialised area of art and design
  • Developed initial skills in design literacy, critical analysis and comment

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