CTS – Contextual and Theoretical Studies – is the “academic” part of our course (as you might guess from the name). Last term our studio based project (the Zine project) and CTS were linked together: we had to produce a 12 page zine containing a 1500 words essay. The design of the zine (layout. imagery, printing, binding etc) was marked by our studio tutors whereas the essay was graded by our CTS tutors. So basically last term was all about learning how to write academic essays using Harvard Referencing and getting our content down for our zine essay.
This term it is going to be different and we will actually get to know what CTS really is about. We will have a 10 lectures series and every week we will have a different tutor holding a lecture on distinctive themes. After the lecture we will have a seminar session with our CTS tutor Andrew Slatter. Next week we will have our first lecture from Andrew on authorship. We will have to prepare for every lecture by reading a given text which will introduce us to the subject. If we are interested in the topic we can then expand our knowledge with some further reading suggested by the lecturer. At the end of every lecture we will be given three questions which are intended as starting points for writing an essay. To make things clearer: our project is called Cataloguing and the brief requests to hand in a catalogue containing our body of work which will consist of all the 10 lectures – the notes we took, writing exercises etc. Moreover we are asked to hand in a 2000 words essay which will have one of the 30 questions (3 questions for each of the 10 lectures) as a starting point, hence we will have to choose the most interesting lecture to us, read the books recommended by the lecturer and choose one of the three questions and respond to it in our essay and possibly develop our thesis on the subject matter.
So that’s a lot to take in for now but I’m sure we will have some very interesting lectures and some challenging topics to think about and discuss!