Thursday, 26 January 2012

Applying for MoDA's Arthur Silver Award

We ran our first session on Applying for the Arthur Silver Award (Wednesday 25th Jan, 2:00-3:00pm, in the Materials Room of the Sheppard Library).

Final year Art & Design students at Middlesex University met Maggie and Richard from MoDA and me (Peter Thomas, from Academic Writing and Language at Middlesex University).

Together we looked at entries for the competition from the last few years, and discussed what we felt were their strengths and weaknesses.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • the impressive some of the entries look
  • Wow factor!

  • layout...the intriguing ways in which some entries lead you through the processes used in the projects

  • legibility of some entries were easier to read than others, and what helped or hindered this
  • Legibility?

  • innovative use of materials in the MoDA was fascinating to see how differently and cleverly MoDA materials were used

  • great preparation for professional entering competitions like this is excellent practice for writing proposals, applying for funding or making pitches

The student take on the entries was fresh and original, with some very preceptive comments and questions. It looks like this year's competition is going to be as lively as ever!

We all feel that the discussions were really interesting, and that they will be helpful as the students prepare their entries for this year's competition over the next few months.

More preparation sessions will be happening soon, on Wednesdays 29th February and 28th March, same time, same place. So if you're interested in applying and you'd like the chance to talk about it, come along.

We are all really looking forward to the next workshop...see you there!

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