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ARTD2033 Specialist Practice Exchange

Module Overview

This module is an alternative core module taken by students on all the undergraduate programmes. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme. Your overall mark for part two makes up 33% of your final degree mark.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to promote recognition of the impact of a cultural context by working in a foreign location • to provide you with the opportunity to focus your ideas and increase your ability to practically select and utilise in an increasingly creative way, materials, techniques and methods suited to the development of ambitious work specific to your discipline • if you have chosen to follow a pathway in your discipline, to further explore the practices, techniques, methods and critical context of your chosen specialism, paying particular attention to the relevant specialist traditions of your foreign location • to focus your ideas and produce a portfolio of work which demonstrates increasing ambition • to enable you to develop greater creative independence by drawing on the context in which you find yourself • in readiness for level 3 working, develop an increasingly individualised awareness of the discipline-specific critical context of your work and ideas

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the cultural context of the location you are visiting, with particular attention to its contemporary artistic or design trends
  • how to apply knowledge gained from a range of sources and contexts to advance your self-initiated project
  • ways of developing work which evidences, awareness of your location, sustained engagement and critical awareness of your ideas in a practical and critical context appropriate to your discipline
  • the approaches adopted by others working in your discipline
  • how to test, experiment and take risks with a range of methods to manifest your ideas
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • structure and organise your thoughts effectively and have increasing confidence in articulating your ideas in an unfamiliar environment
  • communicate to a basic level in an appropriate language and idiom for your host location regarding the areas encompassed by your study
  • to work with confidence developing your ideas whether in the UK or in the host country
  • refer to the contemporary context and deploy core techniques to further your project
  • develop and manage a project driven by your ideas
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • confidently use a range of skills whilst in an unfamiliar setting to realise your discipline-specific ideas
  • select and deploy increasingly sophisticated use of media and techniques appropriate to the resolution of your work informed by the experience of a different culture
  • test out your ideas and skills through experiential approaches
  • informed by your learning during Levels 1 and 2 hone a range of working methodologies and your creative independence appropriate to your discipline
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate your work in relation to the social, historical and cultural context of the location you are visiting
  • when working in a new environment, identify subject-specific issues that you intend to explore
  • analyse and interpret your practical work to sustain and develop your ideas
  • extend your thinking and research about an idea or motivating concept into a self-designed project
  • evaluate your work in relation to its contemporary artistic, social and cultural contexts appropriate to your programme
  • reflect on your experience and recognise in the practical outcomes of your time abroad, opportunities for the development of your ideas


The Student Exchange module will allow you not only to develop your programme-specific practice in a different environment, but will also challenge you to engage fully with the cultural context in which you will find yourself. The context encompasses both what you experience by being in that country and the input that you receive whilst studying in the host institution. It encourages you to analyse critically the nature of your exchange location and to address how its culture may influence your work and promote experimentation. Your project may not necessarily reflect the culture to which you have been exposed rather it may be shaped by your reactions to the stimulus you have received. With regard to the development of your project, you are encouraged to focus your ideas but experiment widely. We will expect you to self-select and engage with methods and techniques which will allow you to challenge your thinking and test your discipline-specific ideas thoroughly. You are encouraged to utilise available working practices that challenge known solutions in favour of more unexpected but potentially ambitious conclusions. The aim of this module is not to produce highly resolved pieces of work but instead advance increasingly confident, independent experimentation based on focused, context informed, thinking in readiness for level 3. You will assemble a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work which creatively address the concerns and ambitions of your project. Alongside this module you will keep a detailed Reflective Journal to make notes, map ideas, record examples of experimentation, comment on your work as it progresses and reflect on how you gain information about the contemporary cultural, historical and critical context of your project. The Reflective Journal for the basis of another module and will be assessed separately. You will be expected to outline your self-designed project before the exchange begins, and on your return, to demonstrate what impact working in an unfamiliar context had on your work. The experience will develop your cultural and contextual awareness, your abilities to study independently, particularly drawing on your imagination and resourcefulness and it may naturally improve your language skills. The experience of going on exchange will better prepare you to tackle future work in new environments.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods will vary depending on which partner institution your exchange takes you to and tutorials may be delivered in the language of the host country. Prior to applying to study a Student Exchange module, you are highly recommended to thoroughly research the environment and learning and teaching practices of your favoured institution. Guidance will be provided by your tutors and in the booklet on exchanges. As with modules hosted at WSA learning and teaching activities are likely to include: Teaching activities may include: • lectures • project briefings • seminars • face-to-face tutorials • online electronic support Learning activities may include • lectures • project briefings • seminars • tutorials • workshops • peer group learning • self-reflection manifested in your Reflective Journal. The Reflective Journal forms part of a separate module and thus is assessed separately. However, it is an essential aspect of your study before, during and after your student exchange. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to explore and investigate your work and ideas in a culturally-specific context. You will receive formative face-to-face feedback from staff at your host institution and support electronically from WSA academics. You will be able to log on to online Blackboard support for the Student Exchange module which will enable you to keep in contact, pose questions and seek advice on your module. Depending on your host institution lectures, project briefings, seminars, and self-selected workshop inductions will help you increasingly locate your ideas with reference to historical and contemporary thinking, writing and art and design practice of the culture you are encountering. Such input will develop your confidence in your ability to experiment with ideas, challenge comfortable solutions and encourage unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and self-reflection in your Reflective Journal you will create increasingly analysis-informed discipline-specific personal work. You are encouraged to reflect in your Reflective Journal on your progress during taught and independent study time to allow you to develop an understanding of your ideas and methods and how you have been influenced by your student exchange. The formal assessment will be through a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work which creatively address the concerns of your discipline-specific project. Assessment of your portfolio and Reflective Journal will take place on your return to WSA and they will be judged using WSA’s criteria, not those of the host institution.

Independent Study400
Placement Hours50
Total study time450





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%
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