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Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design Reflection

Posted on: May 26, 2010

There were three main assessment pieces for this subject.

A research report on a cross-disciplinary project (credit)

A Comparitive analysis of each group member’s assignment/project (Distinction)

This reflection.

To say I learnt a lot during this course, would be an understament. I really had no formal idea of what cross-discplinary meant, only ideas, thoughts, preceptions and opinions. I really have a much more involved idea of what is involved in cross-disciplinary art and design now, and how it is applicable to my creative endeavours.

The processes that I went through with the first two assignments were fairly different. For the first I took a very structured approach- where I researched the project, and wrote it in a very formal format. I also had specific times allocated to working on the assignment, which helped me to stay focused and dedicate large chunks of time to it (a preferred way or working for me). With the group assignment it was a much more drawn out process, and one where the different areas kept being revisted and reworked. Being a collaborative project we delt with similar issues to the ones we were studying. When/how to communicate, how to remain on task and to a timeline (how to get things done by the due date), etc. I definitely enjoyed the group task more, for a few reasons.

1. I didn’t have to be good at everything. Lets face it, I’m NOT good at everything. I have my strengths, and my weaknesses. I was fortunate enough to be in a group where everyone complimented each other really, really well.

2. If I wasn’t sure about something, I could ask. I guess I could have done this with the forums in the previous assignment, but it’s different when people have a vested interest in you doing well…

3. Motivation. It wasn’t so much that I was accountable (though that did help motivation), it was that we were all doing it together. We all shared the same goal, and were working as a team. This really helped to motivate me because I had other people to ‘push off’ so to speak.

The formal feedback I received for each of these assignments was, as you would expect, a combination of things I did well, and things I missed. With no disrespet meant to Simon AT ALL, I have to say that the formal feedback was only a small part of my learning process. I definitely appreciated it, and learnt from it, but I think the actual process of creating the assignments was a big learning opportunity, as well as the discussions in the forums.

For me, the last lecture, by Weina Ha has been the most beneficial for me. This has been because of the really practical way in which Weina explained the process. I also particularly enjoyed the lecture by Jennifer New.

The reflections that I made on each lecture in the forums, and the discussions that arrised from those, were also really informative. At times I had to justify what I thought, like in the Jennifer New Talking Points message board where I justified putting my visual journals online. There were also great discussions in there on things like, “is personal necessarily private”, and there were quite a few issues raised here that I hadn’t thought of. I found this to be true in all of the talking point message boards from the lectures.

Ony of my ‘things’ that I talk about a lot to people, is seeing things from other people’s perspective. I really belive that this can be such a powerful way to learn. When we see things from other people’s perspectives we can really start to get a more wholistic view on the thing you’re discussing. The message boards were an excellent way to see things from those other persepctives, and indeed to discover prespectives you didn’t know existed!

When my group got together and we read and reflected on each other’s assignments, I found that our group was very ‘nice’. By that I mean that no one said negative things about the other people’s projects, and everyone worked really well as a team. This in itself I think is amazing, as I truely enjoyed working with other motivated, inspired individuals who strived to achieve a good assignment together. The cross-disciplinary process that we went through was very informative (even from the perspective that it helped me understand better the process that the people in my project might have gone through), but I felt like people’s ‘specialities’ weren’t detailed enough at the beginning.

I think one of the reasons our team worked well was beacause we had a clear leader. Yvonne took charge, and helped direct all of us. This was a great relief, as I felt like I was doing this in other group assignments in other subjects, and it was very helpful to have someone else take the more demanding role. On that note, managing the four different courses (not to mention full time work, and full time life), was a bit of a cross-disciplinary juggle in itself. Looking at the needs, restraints and outcomes of each of the courses was sometimes difficult, but my end project- this Graduate Certificate, is happening, and needed all those parts to happen.

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Just finished my Graduate Certificate in Cross Disciplinary Art and Design with UNSW.

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