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ARTD1110 Studio Practice 1A: Materials and Techniques

Module Overview

Hitting the technical ground running. The module is designed to give you an early practical grasp of the scope and possibilities of contemporary fine art, the use of materials and techniques in the development of ideas, and the role of intellectual engagement in creative practice. A field trip is core to this module and will be funded by the programme. A typical trip will be to London by train

Aims and Objectives

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;
  • some of the basic concepts and methodologies of contemporary art.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • approach ideas of practice with an open mind;
  • reflect on experimental outcomes;
  • recognise key concepts, methods and techniques, in relation to contemporary art
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct basic research including library research;
  • work collaboratively;
  • manage and complete projects to deadlines .
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • test materials and experiment with techniques: thinking through making.


This module offers workshop training in a range of skills fundamental to painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital and lens-based media, and performance. Separately and in parallel, it offers a number of set projects, the subject of introductory briefings, which provide parameters within which to develop your own ideas, test materials and techniques, and make work to given deadlines. On two occasions the module encompasses participation in a Shared Drive project - typically a remaking project – working alongside Part 2 and 3 students towards a collective outcome. A number of visiting artists deliver lectures on their practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • project briefings • tutorials • group critiques • workshop inductions • Field trip Learning activities include: • project briefings • tutorials • library research • Shared Drive projects • group critiques • workshop inductions • peer-group learning • self-evaluation • Study Skills Hub Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes. Outcomes and work in progress are discussed individually with tutors, and in group critiques and project reviews. The module introduces the use of the library for research of relevant current practice and art history. The advice you receive and what you learn should all be documented in your sketchbooks and research folders and will be manifest in the work you produce. Taken together, these items are your ‘portfolio’, which will be assessed at the end of the semester against the learning outcomes for the module.

Completion of assessment task130
Supervised time in studio/workshop175
Wider reading or practice100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Stallabrass, J. (2004). Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction.. 

The library provides comprehensive advice on researching and referencing material;.

Kalb, P. R. (2013). Art since 1980: Charting the Contemporary. 


panopto via blackboard. 

Hopkins, D. (2000). After Modern Art: 1945-2000. 

Craig-Martin (2015). On Being An Artist. 

Elkins, J. (2000). How to use your eyes. 

Academic Skills ( including AI) :

Graham, R. and Newberry, C. (2010). Winchester: Look Up!. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
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:

Equipment and Materials

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, studio related materials, sketchbooks, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico. REQUIRED Sketchbooks Implements for drawing / writing Credit for printing and photocopying Tape Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of the final work USB Memory stick OPTIONAL Hard Drive Laptop Camera PROVIDED Paper and support media for certain workshops


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