Progress Towards Learning Outcomes

In my previous post I had said that before summarising my research and producing a body of work, I must first address the learning outcomes to identify other tasks that need to be completed.

Looking at my objectives for the satisfying the learning outcomes below, I have had a new icon. The exclamation shows objectives that will not be addressed as part of this project. This was either because there is not sufficient time, or because they were found to be unnecessary.

Learning Outcome 1

“Plan, structure and develop a project proposal making reflective evaluation of the project with regard to critical contexts influencing its direction.”

Objective Achieved?
Produce a plan  
Consider key dates  
Produce a brain storm  
Product a Gantt chart  
Develop a logical approach to the project  
Plan what working methods will be adopted  
Plan what deliverables will be produced for assessment  
Plan what research materials to consult  
Prioritise which objectives are achievable within the allocated time  
Adopt reflective practice  
Reflect on findings to date as milestones are achieved  
Produce interim plans  
Reflect on creative practice to date and allow this to inform a proposal  
Write a proposal that includes all of these points  
Produce a learning contract  
Refer to the plans (plan, Gantt chart, proposal, brain storm, contract etc) at regular intervals to ensure the project remains focussed and learning outcomes are being satisfied within the given timeframe.  
Negotiate the proposal  

Learning Outcome 2

“Demonstrate informed personal insight and creative imagination through critical analysis of studio practice using appropriate media, materials, techniques and process.”

Objective Achieved?
Conduct my own experiments  
Make observations  
Observe how light acts in the real world  
Develop the above as primary modes of practice in order to facilitate the development of personal insight  
Study the mechanisms and biology that allow the human brain to interpret instructions received from the eye  exclamation
Study photography and how a digital image is captured  exclamation
Produce 3D CGI renders and compare them to photographs  
Reflect on own practice  
Evaluate studio work  
Conduct a survey  exclamation
Trial and Error  
Compare results of own findings to research done by other practitioners  
Attempt to further this research and innovate new research  
Ensure the modes of study are appropriate  
Demonstrate personal insight by sharing own working methods in the public domain  

Learning Outcome 3

“Apply and justify research methods to investigate new directions, concepts and problems and elements of risk in specialist practice.”

Objective Achieved?
Perform research in many areas, as has been identified in this brain storm.  exclamation
Attend workshops  
Justify which research materials will be consulted and when  
Promote or seek input from other practitioners  
Ensure research helps to give the project a new direction  
Ensure research helps the projects to tackle new concepts and problems  
Ensure the research carries an element of risk  
Compare results of own findings to research done by other practitioners  
Attempt to further this research and innovate new research  

Outcome

Looking at my progress to date I can see that I now need to summarise my research, plan how I can further this research, and produce a body of work that demonstrates the results.

Another Progress Update

Looking at the Gantt Chart below, it’s pleasing to see that I haven’t fallen too far behind following the long break.

Progress Update

Progress Update

Although one can see that I do need to finish summarising my research and producing a body of work, my poster presentation has already been prepared so this will free up time for getting back on track. Although before completing these two tasks, I must first address the learning outcomes to see if this identifies other tasks that need to be completed.

Research Plan

I order to compile a research plan the brainstorm that was generated at the start of this project was consulted in order to identify areas of research that would support this project. Regrettably, the course deadlines dictate that only avenues of research are priorities in order of importance and many of the subjects will not be included in research.

I’d said earlier in my observations that I needed to study Sub Surface Scattering but have not as yet achieved this. As I have begun modelling the cats for my animation, sub surface scattering will be an important part of making them look real. In addition to this, I have no experience of using specular maps but currently believe that specular maps will play an important role in achieving realism in the primary characters of the animation. In account of this, Sub Surface Scattering and Specular Maps will be researched.

I have already spent time exploring reflections but have not as yet begun experimenting with transparencies and refraction. Unfortunately, as the animated project doesn’t immediately require transparency, this area of study is not a priority.

In my original hypothesis, It’s suggest that the study of digital photography might hold the key to achieving realism. However, many of the artefacts that are created as a by-product of digital imaging have already been generated so the study of photography is not a priority either. It would be useful to explore depth of field and how a shallow depth of field can be replicated in the 3D environment, although this will only occur once the primary topics of research have been exhausted.

One area of priority should be Gamma, Linear Workflow and Colour Profiles as they enable better support for HDR Imaging and colour replication. I have studied these areas previously in my MA, but don’t feel that I have as yet achieved sufficient understanding to effectively incorporate these methods into my practice.

The primary goal of the research should be studying what has been done by other practitioners in order to achieve photorealism so that I can compare their findings to my own and attempt to improve upon what has already been discovered.

I will need to give some attention to finding some focussed research materials that will most likely be in the form of online articles, blogs, portfolios and videos, as well as books and magazines.

One artist in particular who seems to have an excellent grasp of photorealism is Alex Roman. His work will be consulted in order to identify areas of good practice.

Progress Towards Learning Outcomes

As was previously mentioned, I am going to address my objectives for satisfying the learning outcomes to ensure that they are all being achieved.

Learning Outcome 1

“Plan, structure and develop a project proposal making reflective evaluation of the project with regard to critical contexts influencing its direction.”

Objective Achieved?
Produce a plan  
Consider key dates  
Produce a brain storm  
Product a Gantt chart  
Develop a logical approach to the project  
Plan what working methods will be adopted  
Plan what deliverables will be produced for assessment  
Plan what research materials to consult  
Prioritise which objectives are achievable within the allocated time  
Adopt reflective practice  
Reflect on findings to date as milestones are achieved  
Produce interim plans  
Reflect on creative practice to date and allow this to inform a proposal  
Write a proposal that includes all of these points  
Produce a learning contract  
Refer to the plans (plan, Gantt chart, proposal, brain storm, contract etc) at regular intervals to ensure the project remains focussed and learning outcomes are being satisfied within the given timeframe.  
Negotiate the proposal  

Learning Outcome 2

“Demonstrate informed personal insight and creative imagination through critical analysis of studio practice using appropriate media, materials, techniques and process.”

Objective Achieved?
Conduct my own experiments  
Make observations  
Observe how light acts in the real world  
Develop the above as primary modes of practice in order to facilitate the development of personal insight  
Study the mechanisms and biology that allow the human brain to interpret instructions received from the eye  
Study photography and how a digital image is captured  
Produce 3D CGI renders and compare them to photographs  
Reflect on own practice  
Evaluate studio work  
Conduct a survey  
Trial and Error  
Compare results of own findings to research done by other practitioners  
Attempt to further this research and innovate new research  
Ensure the modes of study are appropriate  
Demonstrate personal insight by sharing own working methods in the public domain  

Learning Outcome 3

“Apply and justify research methods to investigate new directions, concepts and problems and elements of risk in specialist practice.”

Objective Achieved?
Perform research in many areas, as has been identified in this brain storm.  
Attend workshops  
Justify which research materials will be consulted and when  
Promote or seek input from other practitioners  
Ensure research helps to give the project a new direction  
Ensure research helps the projects to tackle new concepts and problems  
Ensure the research carries an element of risk  
Compare results of own findings to research done by other practitioners  
Attempt to further this research and innovate new research  

Outcome

Measuring my progress towards the learning outcomes has been a useful task as it has identified that by adhering to my plan to objectives are being met and that I should now begin my research.

It has identified that I should begin researching biology and how the human eye works and the digital imaging process and how a photograph is captured. However, it has also identified that any research conducted should help the project to take new directions. As I have already replicated artefacts created by the digital imaging process, it seems that I no longer need to perform research in this area, that my own observations are research enough.

My next tasks are to produce a research plan, conduct my research, compare the research of others to my own, evaluate my findings, and finally produce a body of work that demonstrates what this project has been about.

Progress Update

When assessing my progress towards my stated objectives I was pleased to find that my worries of falling behind were a little misplaced. As can be seen in the Gantt Chart below, the project is progressing according to plan.

Progress Update

Progress Update

Whilst on the whole, things are progressing as planned, there are some issues:

The film language objective remains unfulfilled as the university timetable was changed and the workshop got cancelled as a result.

Observations of photorealism have fallen a little behind as I’ve been side tracked with developing the animation.

According to my plan, I should today be summarizing my findings to date. Time for another post…

Important Dates

Below is a list of important dates that will influence the project.

Task Name Duration Start Finish
Module launch 81 days 01/10/12 21/01/13
Write a proposal 2 days 01/10/12 02/10/12
Reflect on practice to date 2 days 08/10/12 09/10/12
Lighting workshop 1 day 08/10/12 08/10/12
Produce a plan 2 days 14/10/12 15/10/12
Studio Work 32 days 15/10/12 27/11/12
Revaluate learning outcomes 1 day 17/10/12 17/10/12
Produce a brain storm 1 day 21/10/12 21/10/12
Camera workshop 1 day 22/10/12 22/10/12
Write a structured plan to satisfy learning outcomes 2 days 24/10/12 25/10/12
Produce a Gantt chart 1 day 28/10/12 28/10/12
F-Stops, ISO and Shutter speed workshop 1 day 29/10/12 29/10/12
Tutorial booked 1 day 29/10/12 29/10/12
Learning contract review 1 day 29/10/12 29/10/12
Film language workshop 1 day 05/11/12 05/11/12
Study trip 7 days 12/11/12 20/11/12
Research application module begins 1 day 19/11/12 19/11/12
Summarise findings to date 3 days 22/11/12 25/11/12
Learning contract review 1 day 26/11/12 26/11/12
Produce a research plan 1 day 27/11/12 27/11/12
Research 8 days 28/11/12 07/12/12
Prepare for formative assessment 2 days 07/12/12 09/12/12
Summarise research 6 days 07/12/12 14/12/12
Formative assessment 1 day 10/12/12 10/12/12
Apply research to practice and produce a body of work 21 days 10/12/12 06/01/13
Produce a poster 6 days 07/01/13 13/01/13
Poster presentation 1 day 14/01/13 14/01/13
Mop up 5 days 15/01/13 20/01/13
Summative assessment 1 day 21/01/13 21/01/13

A Gantt chart has been produced to show progression against these dates. This is available here: Project Management Gantt Chart

The source file that produced the Gantt chart above is also available as a Microsoft Project Download.

Learning Outcomes

As has been previously mentioned this blog is being used as an assessment tool for my MA in Creative Media. In accordance with this there are a number of learning outcomes which I must satisfy.

Although these have already been considered in depth, I felt that now is an appropriate time to put pen to paper and plan exactly what will be done to satisfy each of the learning outcomes.

Learning Outcome 1

“Plan, structure and develop a project proposal making reflective evaluation of the project with regard to critical contexts influencing its direction.”

To satisfy this learning outcome I will:

  • Produce a plan
  • Consider key dates
  • Produce a brain storm
  • Product a Gantt chart
  • Develop a logical approach to the project
  • Plan what working methods will be adopted
  • Plan what deliverables will be produced for assessment
  • Plan what research materials to consult
  • Prioritise which objectives are achievable within the allocated time
  • Adopt reflective practice
  • Reflect on findings to date as milestones are achieved
  • Produce interim plans
  • Reflect on creative practice to date and allow this to inform a proposal
  • Write a proposal that includes all of these points
  • Produce a learning contract
  • Refer to the plans (plan, Gantt chart, proposal, brain storm, contract etc) at regular intervals to ensure the project remains focussed and learning outcomes are being satisfied within the given timeframe.
  • Negotiate the proposal

 

Learning Outcome 2

“Demonstrate informed personal insight and creative imagination through critical analysis of studio practice using appropriate media, materials, techniques and process.”

To satisfy this learning outcome I will:

  • Conduct my own experiments
  • Make observations
  • Observe how light acts in the real world
  • Develop the above as primary modes of practice in order to facilitate the development of personal insight
  • Study the mechanisms and biology that allow the human brain to interpret instructions received from the eye
  • Study photography and how a digital image is captured
  • Produce 3D CGI renders and compare them to photographs
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Evaluate studio work
  • Conduct a survey
  • Trial and Error
  • Compare results of own findings to research done by other practitioners
  • Attempt to further this research and innovate new research
  • Ensure the modes of study are appropriate
  • Demonstrate personal insight by sharing own working methods in the public domain

Learning Outcome 3

“Apply and justify research methods to investigate new directions, concepts and problems and elements of risk in specialist practice.”

To satisfy this learning outcome I will:

  • Perform research in many areas, as has been identified in this brain storm.
  • Attend workshops
  • Justify which research materials will be consulted and when
  • Promote or seek input from other practitioners
  • Ensure research helps to give the project a new direction
  • Ensure research helps the projects to tackle new concepts and problems
  • Ensure the research carries an element of risk
  • These risks might include:
  • Is the task achievable in the allocated time?
  • Lack of support
  • Do I have the ability?
  • Can I compete with large studios with equally large budgets?
  • Can I improve on the research already conducted?
  • Compare results of own findings to research done by other practitioners
  • Attempt to further this research and innovate new research

Having considered the learning outcomes the next logical step would appear to be identifying important dates and deadlines.