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ARTD2031 Specialist Practice and Research 2a

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the undergraduate programmes. 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. Your overall mark for Level Two makes up 33% of your final degree mark.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to encourage you to recognise the complexity of your discipline and practically explore its methods and techniques from a more individual perspective; • if you choose to study a pathway, to focus your experimentation through the practices and contemporary thinking associated with the specialist subject of your choice; • to facilitate the development of experimental approaches through a programme of optional technical workshops; • to develop a more critical and contextual understanding of your ideas.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a range of practical methods and concepts specific to your discipline which can support the contextualization of your ideas and influence the development of your work;
  • a range of specialist skills and concepts appropriate to your pathway;
  • how to apply knowledge gained from a range of sources toward the development of a personal project;
  • ways of resolving work which evidences sustained engagement and critical awareness of your ideas.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • manifest your ideas through self-selected techniques and processes appropriate to your programme of study;
  • begin to evaluate some of the concepts and methods of your discipline in relation to contemporary practice;
  • develop an individual interpretation of your own practice and that of others within your discipline.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • have increasing confidence in articulating the decisions you make to create your work;
  • refer to an appropriate critical context and deploy core techniques to further your work;
  • develop and manage a project driven by your decisions.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • confidently use a range of appropriate technical workshop skills to realise your ideas;
  • select and deploy an increasingly sophisticated use of media and techniques appropriate to the resolution of your work;
  • test out your choices and skills through experiential approaches within the scope of your discipline;
  • hone a range of working methodologies and develop your creative independence informed by your learning during Part 1.


This module marks the next steps in acquiring and developing practical skills. If you are studying BA (Hons) Graphic Arts you will work more autonomously by selecting a project from a list provided. In BA (Hons) Fine Art you will be setting your own projects and developing a Fine Art practice in consultation with your personal tutor. You will find suitable materials and working methods to realise your ideas and attend appropriate technical demonstrations. This module is therefore a stepping stone between working within the more defined parameters of Level 1 and the independent initiatives expected at Level 3. Your growing knowledge of the context of your ideas will be augmented by group discussions which focus on issues specific to contemporary practice which you can apply to work within the scope of your programme of study. You will be encouraged to experiment with methods and techniques which will allow you to develop your ideas. By working in the School’s studios and workshops or utilising the School’s central resources, you will be led to further develop and increasingly apply your practical knowledge of techniques and processes in the development of your ideas. Here are some examples of how your discipline specific growing knowledge of the context of your ideas may develop. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fine Art you will experience professional practice teaching which will address such issues as the presentation of your work and exhibitions. Your interdisciplinary seminars will deepen your understanding of aspects of the contemporary art scene which will particularly inform your self- selected project. If you are studying BA (Hons) Graphic Arts you will experience workshops which will include interactive design utilising digital media, corporate identity and branding. Your seminars will deepen your understanding of aspects of the contemporary graphic design scene which will particularly inform your self- selected project. You will assemble a portfolio of work that demonstrates the development of your ideas and which contains pieces of work that, in your opinion, best exemplify your chosen project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • technical demonstrations • lectures • seminars • tutorials • critical reviews Learning activities include • technical demonstrations • seminars • workshop-based learning • peer group learning 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 and investigate your ideas through studio-based or related activities. Seminars led by practitioners and optional technical demonstrations/workshops will increase your knowledge of the contemporary discipline context in which you are working and help you develop confidence in the selection and use of practical skills. The module will help you to develop an increasingly informed and skilled individual approach to the realisation of a project.

Wider reading or practice65
Practical classes and workshops55
Completion of assessment task65
Supervised time in studio/workshop50
Follow-up work65
Preparation for scheduled sessions65
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list




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:


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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