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ARTD1100 Introduction to Specialist Practice and Skills (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules that will be taken by you on the University of Southampton undergraduate programmes taught at Dalian Polytechnic University. 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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • application of a range of techniques in your subject;
  • basic concepts and methodologies associated with exemplified artists or designers;
  • how to generate ideas to support your practice;
  • a range of methodologies to extend the context of your practice.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply critical thinking through your application of specialist techniques and processes;
  • begin to evaluate specialist concepts and methods in relation to contemporary practice;
  • make decisions regarding the use of basic techniques and processes in the development of ideas and the making of your work;
  • make informed choices regarding the direction of your work by selecting and applying information acquired.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make choices about the appropriate skills needed to develop your ideas;
  • manage and complete an assignment to a deadline;
  • conduct research for information relevant to your studies;
  • gather information, experiment and analyse your outcomes;
  • communicate your ideas.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate safe working practices when completing practical tasks;
  • complete a range of tasks to demonstrate competency;
  • generate outcomes using appropriate material or media;
  • acknowledge traditional skills within contemporary practice.


This module provides you with an opportunity to engage with a creative subject relevant to your programme of study and begin to develop your understanding of its practices, techniques, methodologies and skills. Depending on your subject you will have the opportunity to experience a range of different processes and concepts through project work and related workshop inductions. The projects of this module are so as to provide a focused context to the development of your practical skills; you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of traditional and current techniques and processes particular to your chosen subject. Through introductions to content and ways of thinking relevant to your chosen subject, you will explore your ideas and develop an understanding of a variety of applications. Through the introduction to relevant artists or designers you will further your understanding of art and design processes. If you are studying BA (Hons) Graphic Arts you will be involved in themed projects such as “Telling a story without words” in Semester 1, exploring Chinese folklore and folktales, storyboarding in images, and typography “Meaning and Making” in Semester 2, using typography to explore meaning in word. You will have workshops, which may include typography, photography, illustration and digital image manipulation. These will enable your outcomes to be informed by insights drawn from innovative examples of current graphic design. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design you will be involved in themed projects such as “The Collector” in Semester 1, where you will learn about yarn, fabric and trimming selection, and the “White project”, in Semester 2, which includes 3-d development and experimentation in garment construction. You will be supported with workshops that will introduce you to garment construction and textile design processes. These will enable your outcome to be informed by insights drawn from leading practice in fashion and related creative industries.

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 outcome specific to your programme of study. You will experience a variety of workshop inductions, which are designed to give you an introduction to techniques and processes through which to experiment and explore further. Lectures will introduce you to the theme and further your awareness of how to contextualise present, record and evaluate your outcomes. Seminars and group critiques will allow you to reflect on and discuss these concepts and their influence on your practical work and that of others. You will have tutorials that will help you review your progress and advise you on, within the scope of your Specialist Practice, Skills and Research module. Feedback on your general progress and development will be given through group critiques and tutorials. Informal feedback in a studio setting will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. You will be taught by a module staff team in sessions timetabled across the week. You will be timetabled to take workshop inductions. When taught time is not scheduled to take place you are expected to work independently in the studio on work for your project and your assessment. Your independent study is crucial to your development and positive achievement in this module. The work and outcomes of your independent study will be discussed in tutorials and group critiques.

Completion of assessment task46
Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Practical classes and workshops16
Follow-up work20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

(Fashion Design) - Fischer, A. (2009). Basic Fashion Design – Construction. 

(Graphic Arts) - Hall, A., & London, E. (2011). Illustration. 

(Fashion Design) - McKelvey, K. Fashion Source Book. 

(Graphic Arts) - Zeegen, L. (2006). The Fundamentals of Illustration. 

(Fashion Design) - Ingledew, J. (2011). The A-Z of Visual Ideas. 

(Fashion Design) - Weston, A. Guide to Textile terms. 

(Graphic Arts) - Schmidt, C. (2010). Print workshop: Hand-printing techniques and truly original projects. 

(Graphic Arts) - Donnell, T (2009). Sketchbook: Conceptual drawings from the world's most influential designers. 

(Fashion Design) - Hallett, C, Johnston, A. Fashion Design reading - A Fabric for Fashion - Tee Swatch Book. 

(Graphic Arts) - Heyne, R (2009). The photograms : Catalogue raisonné. 

(Graphic Arts) - Heller, S., & Talarico, L. (2010). Graphic: Inside the sketchbooks of the world's great graphic designers. 

(Graphic Arts) -Dodis, A. (1974).  A Primer of Visual Literacy. 

(Fashion Design) - Clarke, S. (2011).  Textile Design. 

(Graphic Arts) - Hofmann, A. (2004). Graphic design manual : Principles and practice. 

(Graphic Arts) - Smith, M. (2015). People of Print: Innovative, Independent Design and Illustration. 

(Fashion Design) - Chariall, J. Drawing Fashion. 

(Fashion Design) - Faerm, S.. Fashion Design Course. 

(Graphic Arts) - Leborg, C. (2006). Visual grammar. 

(Graphic Arts) - Ingledew, J. (2005). Photography. 

(Fashion Design) - Davies. H (2013). Fashion Designers’ Sketchbook. 

(Fashion Design) - Jenkyn Jones. S. (2002).  Fashion Design. 

(Fashion Design) - Kiisel, K. & Johnston, A. Fabric For Fashion. 

(Fashion Design) - Hopkins, J. (2012). Fashion design : the complete guide. 

(Graphic Arts) - Webb, J. (2010). Basics Creative Photography 01: Design Principles. 


Assessment Strategy

The summative (marked) assessment of your work will be by a practical portfolio. A portfolio of work is the collection of your work undertaken during this module. The work in your portfolio will demonstrate your experimental engagement with both the topics and specialist subject workshops. Your portfolio must include evidence of workshop inductions and every item must be clearly labelled. It will also include for example sketchbooks, drawings, photographic references, samples, other visual experiments. Formative feedback (not marked) to enable you to progress and evidence your ideas and skills will be given during tutorials, seminars and group discussions.


Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Art Equipment and Materials: Drawing paper; painting materials; sketchbooks

For this module you will be required to buy extra materials to support your development and record your creative and technical skills. For example this may include: sketchbooks, materials and print.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading 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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