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ARTD2032 Specialist Practice and Research 2b

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 provide you with the opportunity to focus your ideas and improve your ability to practically select and utilise in an increasingly creative way, materials, techniques and methods suited to the development of ambitious work appropriate to your programme; • if you have chosen to follow a pathway in your discipline, to further explore the practices, techniques, methods and critical context of your chosen specialist-subject; • to produce a portfolio of work which demonstrates increasing ambition, that does not accept easy solutions and which tests your discipline-specific ideas thoroughly; • to enable you to develop greater creative independence by drawing on the context in which you find yourself; • in readiness for Level 3 working, develop an increasingly individualised awareness of the critical context of your work and ideas specific to your discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to apply knowledge gained from a range of sources and contexts to advance your self-initiated project specific to your discipline;
  • ways of developing work which evidences sustained engagement and critical awareness of your ideas in a practical and critical context specific to your discipline;
  • the approaches adopted by others working in your discipline;
  • how to test, experiment and take risks with a range of methods to manifest your discipline-specific ideas.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse and interpret your practical work to sustain and develop your ideas;
  • extend your thinking and research about an idea or motivating concept into a self-designed project;
  • recognise opportunities for the development of your ideas in the practical output of your experimentation;
  • evaluate your work in relation to its contemporary creative, social and cultural contexts.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • have increasing confidence in articulating your ideas;
  • develop and manage a project driven by your ideas ensuring that it refers to the contemporary context and uses core techniques.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • confidently use a range of technical workshop skills to realise your discipline- specific ideas;
  • select and deploy an increasingly sophisticated use of media and techniques appropriate to the development of your discipline-specific work;
  • test out your ideas and skills through experiential approaches informed by your learning during Parts 1 and 2;
  • hone a range of working methodologies and develop your creative independence.


This module represents the next step in the development of your independent learning. Rather than be directed to select a suitable discipline-specific projects, in this module you will develop a project, with approval of your tutor, based on a theme of your own choosing. Your growing knowledge of the contemporary context of your discipline, increased by seminars led by the School’s practitioners, will enable You to tackle your project in a way which encourages you to be increasingly sensitive to the creative environment and critical context in which you are working. You will be encouraged to focus your ideas but experiment widely, in the studios, workshops or through other School resources. We will expect you to self-select and engage with methods and techniques which will allow you to challenge your thinking and test your ideas thoroughly. We will promote your utilisation of working practices that challenge known solutions in favour of more unexpected but potentially ambitious conclusions. The aim of this module is not to produce highly resolved pieces of work but instead to advance increasingly confident, independent experimentation based on focused thinking that will prepare you for Level 3. You will assemble a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work, which creatively address the concerns and ambitions of your project. Students working in the BA (Hons) Fine Art may produce a series of paintings that address a topical issue, construct site-specific installations or create an edition of printed photo-montage images. Students working in the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts may produce an animated sequence, a photographic essay or a magazine design. Students working in the BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design may produce fashion garments or textile collections with supporting documentation for an intended market or application, such as fashion or interiors. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They will vary according to student choices in each academic year. Alongside this module you will keep a detailed Reflective Journal to make notes, map ideas, record examples of experimentation, comment on your work as it progresses and reflect on how you gain information about the contemporary context of your project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • seminars • technical demonstrations and workshops • lectures • critical reviews • tutorials Learning activities include • seminars • self-selected workshop School resource-based learning • peer group learning • self-reflection through your reflective journal 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 direct your exploration and investigation of your ideas. Seminars led by School practitioners and self-selected workshops will increase your knowledge of the contemporary context in which you are working and help you develop confidence in your ability to experiment with your discipline-specific ideas, challenge known solutions and encourage unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and seminar feedback on ideas informed by contemporary practice in your discipline, you will create increasingly personal work, shaped by analysis and self-reflection.

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

Resources & Reading list

Artists newsletter.






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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