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ARTD1072 Specialist Practice Skills

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on 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. This module brings together students from all undergraduate programmes to give you the opportunity to engage in analysis of your own and others’ ideas in a challenging and creative environment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to introduce you to a range of study skills to enable you to develop your thinking and practice relevant to your programme of study • to introduce you to basic concepts, techniques and methods appropriate for your programme of study through a range of specialised workshop inductions • to introduce you to a contemporary theme of interest so as to enable you to contextualise your thinking in your area of study and help you engage with your discipline • to provide you with a basic experience of skills so as to enable you to make choices regarding the direction of your practice within your discipline

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • an introductory range of core skills specific to your programme
  • some of the basic concepts and methodologies particular to your chosen discipline
  • how an awareness of a contextual theme can influence your work in relation to your programme of study
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply creative thinking to utilise different working methods within your discipline
  • make decisions regarding the use of basic techniques and processes in the making of your work
  • recognise basic concepts, methods and techniques, in relation to contemporary practice and a contextual theme
  • make practical, informed choices regarding the direction of your work
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make choices about the appropriate skills needed to manifest your ideas
  • manage and complete an assignment to a deadline
  • communicate your ideas visually at a basic level


This module provides you with an opportunity to engage with a creative discipline relevant to your programme of study and to develop, to a basic level, your understanding of some its practices, techniques, methodologies and skills. Depending on your choice of discipline you will have the opportunity to experience a range of different subjects through workshop inductions, as well as experiment with a range of skill sets designed to help you decide which subject area or approach is best suited to you. The projects and content of this module are themed so as to provide a focused context to the development of your practical skills and conceptual awareness of your discipline. Through theme-informed introductions to content and critical thinking pertinent to your chosen discipline, you will explore your ideas and develop an understanding of how different subject areas offer interesting ways of making work. An important feature of this module is the way in which your involvement with the practices, techniques and content of the subjects of your discipline can begin to direct and focus your thinking towards an individual understanding of specialist practice. You will be encouraged to make links between your experiences of the different workshop inductions and be supported by specialists who will introduce you to some of the background and current thinking particular to their subjects. Here are some examples of how, depending on your discipline, you will differently experience this module. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fine Art you may have workshops which will introduce you to painting materials, 3D construction and relief printing; and address your project informed by insights drawn from the contemporary art scene. If you are studying BA (Hons) Graphic Arts you will have workshops which may introduce you to typographic selection and hierarchy, digital image manipulation, visual narratives; and address your project informed by insights drawn from innovative examples of current graphic design. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They may vary each academic year. The Specialist Practice and Research module, in semester 2, offers a variety of specialist subjects from which to choose based on your experiences toward the end of this module you will be asked to choose which Programme specific specialist subject, you want to pursue in Specialist Practice and Research. You will be guided on your choice through your Personal Tutor. Your choice of a specialist practice in this module will help you to consider the different study routes available to you in level two, when you choose to follow one of your programme’s specialist pathways. Your choice of specialist subject from your programme in Specialist Practice and Research does not mean that you must study this subject in level two. You can decide to study your discipline differently in level two. However, once you have chosen a specialist subject for level two, you will study your pathway to the end of your programme. By way of illustration, if you choose to study Fine Art (Painting) at level two, you will study this subject through level three to the completion of your degree studies.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • project briefings • tutorials • group critiques • workshops inductions Learning activities include • lectures • seminars • project briefings • group critiques • tutorials • peer group learning • self-assessment 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 develop study skills through which you can explore a set project specific to your programme of study. You will experience a variety of workshop inductions which are designed to both give you an introduction to the specialist areas of your discipline and offer you tools through which to experiment and explore your project. Lectures and project briefings will introduce you to the project theme and contextualise your thinking. Seminars and group critiques will allow you to reflect on and discuss the theme, how it bears on your practical work and that of others. You will have tutorials with specialist staff who will help you review your progress and, along with your Personal Tutor, advise you on your choice of subject specialism, within the scope of your programme, in the Specialist Practice and Research, semester two. Feedback on your general progress and development will be given through group discussion in the group critiques and tutorials. Informal feedback in a studio setting will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation.

Completion of assessment task52
Supervised time in studio/workshop30
Wider reading or practice52
Practical classes and workshops100
Preparation for scheduled sessions52
Follow-up work52
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list


Other. You will be guided by your tutors to preparatory and ongoing relevant texts whether in print or available online. These will enable you to gain an appreciation of the contemporary theoretical and practical framework in which you are working and promote discipline-specific critical thinking.





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


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Portfolio 100%


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Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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