End of year essay | Term 3

The 2500 word Constellation essay, due in for the 14th of May, was the one thing that I wasn’t looking forward to doing in the final term. And although it was an incredibly daunting experience, it ended up being very rewarding and I felt like I learnt a lot.

For the essay, my Constellation lecturer gave us a set of questions that we had to choose from. I chose the question based around Dadaism and Surrealism, as out of all the movements we had studied, those two interested me the most. In my first tutorial with my lecturer Andy, he helped me to figure out a more specific subject point for my essay. I decided to choose collage as my subject point, mainly because it is so heavily used in both of the movements that I new that I would have a lot of artwork to write about.

It took me a while, but I finally got down to writing my essay. By doing it in chunks of 600 words per session, I was able to get it done in no less that a week. Using this method really helped me to not get burnt out, and especially made the essay a lot less daunting. When it came to the structure of the essay, I kind of made it up as I went a long. I started by introducing collage, Dadaism and Surrealism, which took up about one third of my essay. Then going on to the similarities of Dada and Surrealism (which was the essay question), then after that I focused on works of collage in both of the movements. I feel as if I could have tried to create more arguments in the essay, rather than just analysing peoples work. Although I think that the quality of the essay is still quite rich.

In conclusion the 2500 essay has definitely been a learning experience, and although quite scary at first, I really started to enjoy the experience once I got some momentum. I am proud with what I have done, but I would have really like to have another go at improving the essay and adding in more argumentative paragraphs that are challenging the theories and not just praising them.

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