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ARTD1120 Specialist Principles

Module Overview

This module initiates the process of specialisms within your study on the Graphic Arts programme, it builds upon your first studio module and introduces you to work within one of the following specialisms: Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Design or Photography. The structure of projects and workshops have been considered carefully by the pathway leaders to introduce you to the basic skills, processes and techniques within these areas. Your output will reflect the media and approaches of the specific specialisms, allowing you to make an informed choice of pathway before entering Part two

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 methods, materials, techniques and skills specific to the pathways
  • how practice within the specialisms connects to the broader professional context of the graphic arts.
  • 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 enquiry to begin to manifest your ideas using forms relevant to specialist pathways.
  • begin to research and evaluate specialist concepts and methods in relation to contemporary practice covered by the scope of your workshops and projects
  • evaluate 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:

  • identify, apply and evaluate a wide range of resources
  • study independently and organise your time to produce work to set deadlines
  • demonstrate interpersonal skills and the ability to work with your peers
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • select and explore graphic art techniques, materials and processes
  • apply practical skills effectively in the development of your work


Indicative content for this module normally includes: An engagement with specialist teaching staff associated with a pathway who will set a series of projects designed to facilitate the development of specialist knowledge related to your chosen pathway. Studio workshops will help you unpack key working methods and relevant techniques. To support this process, you will be introduced to specialist ways of working and contextual understanding of your chosen specialism. In addition, workshop inductions will increase your discipline specific skills and enable you to deploy these in future projects. Critique and peer group discussion will allow you to evaluate your progress and adapt your outcomes through critical reflection.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • project briefings • lectures • tutorials • group critiques • workshop inductions Learning activities include: • proactive engagement and understanding of guidance provided. • critical reflection on peer group discussion. • critique • proactive engagement with tutorials • peer group discussion • evaluation and reflection. • Study skills hub 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 substructure of relevant skills and working methods but we will expect you to explore your creativity to produce exciting and informed responses to your project ideas. 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 two. 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.

Practical classes and workshops100
Follow-up work20
Preparation for scheduled sessions80
Wider reading or practice50
Supervised time in studio/workshop40
Completion of assessment task100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list



Ongoing reading. Preparatory and on-going reading suggested by your tutors will enable you to situate your work within existing literature and contemporary critical frameworks. Your increasing ability to effectively engage with relevant texts is a distinguishing aspect of this module and extends your overall skills development in Part 1.



Project Brief


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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