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ARTD1112 Studio Practice 1B: Research and Skills

Module Overview

Energising your practice. The module is designed to add to the range of materials and techniques with which you are familiar, introduce the role of contextual research in creative practice, and prepare you for the direction of your own studio work in Part 2.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a range of further introductory methods, materials, techniques and skills;
  • aspects of the critical contextual thinking in the practice of contemporary art.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • begin to direct your experimentation and outcomes;
  • apply reflection and critical engagement to your practice;
  • develop practical and experimental outcomes informed by research processes.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • manage and complete projects to deadlines;
  • communicate your ideas.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • extend your conceptual engagement through material testing and experimentation;
  • the application of practical skills and techniques relevant to contemporary art to inform your practice.


The module offers workshop training in a further range of skills fundamental to painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital and lens-based media, and performance. Separately and in parallel, it offers further set projects, the subject of introductory briefings, which are markedly less constrained than the projects in Studio Practice 1A ( Materials and Techniques). The projects again provide you with the opportunity to develop your own ideas, test materials and techniques, and make work to given deadlines, but within an increasingly self-directed framework. A number of visiting artists deliver lectures on their practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • project briefings • lectures • tutorials • group critiques • workshop inductions   Learning activities include: • project briefings • lectures • library research • tutorials • group critiques • workshop inductions peer-group learning • self-evaluation 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 requires ongoing research for relevant antecedents for the work in hand, from current practice and art history, for which use of the library is essential. 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

Supervised time in studio/workshop180
Wider reading or practice100
Completion of assessment task130
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list


Study Skills.

Evans, J. and Hall, S. (eds) (1999). Visual Culture: The Reader. 

Dewey, J. (1934). Art as Experience.. 

Storey, J. (2012). Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction.. 

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

Walker, J. and Chaplin, S. (1997). Visual Culture: An Introduction.. 

Harrison, C. and Wood, P. eds. (2002). Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas.. 

Benjamin, W. (1992).  Illuminations, London. 

Academic Skills ( including AI).

Barthes, R. (1993). Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. 


Mirzoeff, N. (1999). An Introduction to Visual Culture. 

Panopto via Blackboard. 

Lessing, D. (1962).  The Golden Notebook.. 



Portfolio Development


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:

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

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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