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ARTD1073 Studio Practice and Research

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to build on the discipline-specific practice-based skills that you encountered in semester one and introduce you to some of the basic concepts, techniques and practices within a chosen specialist subject relevant to your programme of study • to explore a contextual theme or topic through your discipline and specialist subject • to enable you to begin to develop a contextual understanding of a specialist subject

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • an introductory range of methods, materials, techniques and skills specific to a specialist subject
  • how to explore a themed project through the practices and techniques of your discipline and specialist subject
  • some of the contemporary issues, theories and practices maintained by artists or designers associated with a specialist subject
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply critical thinking and different working methods to a range of specialist techniques and processes relevant to your programme of study in order to manifest your ideas
  • begin to evaluate specialist concepts and methods in relation to contemporary practice covered by the scope of your programme of study
  • sift and apply information gained through different research methods including library research
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct appropriate research including library research for information relevant to your studies
  • gather information and analyse and synthesise it to make it applicable to a project
  • manage and complete an assignment to a deadline
  • communicate your ideas


This module continues the work of Specialist Practice and Skills. It is similarly contextualised by a theme and you will be set discipline-specific projects which will help you focus your work. In this module you will also learn research skills which will enable you to develop and be aware of the context of your discipline. The research skills will focus on you finding and sifting relevant information. An important feature of this module is the way in which your involvement with a programme specific specialist subject makes it possible to, direct and focus your thinking towards an individual understanding of specialist practice. For this module you have chosen to study one or more specialist subjects. To support this process you will be involved with specialists who will introduce you to some of the background and current thinking particular to your chosen subject. Specialist workshop inductions will increase your discipline specific skills and enable you to explore your ideas from the perspective of the subject. Here are some examples of how, depending on your discipline, you will experience this module. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fine Art you will have workshops which will introduce you to image construction, use of scale and material choices, paper based print processes; 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 will introduce you to layout through the application and development of the grid, page layout utilising current design software; and address your project informed by insights drawn from innovative examples of current graphic design. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design you may have workshops which will introduce you to screen printing processes woven or knitted textile techniques or basic pattern cutting. Workshops also focus on insights drawn from current practice in the fashion and textile design industry. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They may vary each academic year. During Specialist Practice and Research if you are studying Fashion & Textile Design or Graphic Arts, you will be asked to decide which pathway of your programme you wish to study in Part Two. Your choice of a specialist practice for this module should help you to make this decision. You do not have to study the same subject in Part Two as you did in the Specialist Practice and Research. However, once you have chosen a particular pathway for Part Two, you will study that route through Parts Two and Three to degree level. You can also draw on advice to aid your choice of study in Part Two from your Personal Tutor, Module Convenor or Programme Leader.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • project briefings • tutorials • seminars • group critiques • workshop inductions Learning activities include: • project briefings • seminars • 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 explore a specialist subject relevant to your programme of study. Specific attention will be given to developing an understanding of the particular issues, methodologies and practices of one of your discipline’s specialist subjects. You will explore one or more projects through tutor-led and independent practice in the studio/specialist area and use your experience of workshop inductions to advance your ideas and personalise your work. This level is about establishing a foundation of relevant skills and working methods but we will expect you to explore your creativity and imagination to produce exciting and informed responses to your project ideas. Seminars will allow you to reflect on and develop your understanding of the module, your discipline and subject. Group critiques will help you develop an understanding of your own work and that of your peer group. You will have tutorials with specialist staff who will help you review your progress. This guidance will help those students who have to make an informed choice of pathway in Part 2. Formative feedback in a studio setting will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. There will also be a focus on research and library based study skills in order to equip you for subsequent study.

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
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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