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ARTD2034 Reflective Journal 2

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 a means for broad contextual research within the scope of your programme of study; • to promote the development of critical and reflective abilities through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to your discipline; • to enable you to reflect on your self-designed project in Specialist Practice 2B or Student Exchange module, your ideas, a critical and cultural context for your work, and prepare you for working at level 3; • to propose new approaches and use of different techniques and materials through which you might develop your practical work specific to your programme.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a critical, cultural context for the work of your project;
  • key theoretical and contextual themes relevant to your ideas and the discipline in which you are working;
  • how different facets of your work inter-connect: the relationship between context, concepts, materials and techniques;
  • different opportunities through which you might advance your ideas.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • formulate and develop an idea and broadly research its context, e.g. through the library, web searches and abstract association;
  • find links between your contextual data to develop new ways of moving your ideas forward;
  • identify different and personal methods relevant to your discipline with which to develop your work;
  • recognise, explore, reflect on and evaluate visual and textual information relevant to your ideas.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate organisational skills;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of visual, printed and electronic sources;
  • reflect on your ideas and draw conclusions to assist in the development of your work.


Notes from critical readings, contextual references and document the clear development of your critical research. Your awareness and consideration of the context in which you are practicing, as well as an articulation of how this context informs and/or challenges your practice, should be evident. It is a requirement that the 1000 word critical summary must be typed. The ongoing journal supported with annotated images can be handwritten but it should be legible. This is accompanied by a bibliography with a minimum of 10 academic references. At this level, your Reflective Journal should act as a tool to record the critical context of your studio practice in the Specialist Practice module 2B or the Student Exchange module. The Reflective Journal is the equivalent of a 3000-word essay.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Introduction to the module (In Semester 1 for those taking the Student Exchange Module) • Face-to-face and/or online electronic support if you are studying the Student Exchange module Learning activities include: • Reflective Journal • Self-reflection (i.e., what have I experienced?) • Independent analysis (i.e., what have I learnt from looking at the work of other artists’ artefacts etc.) Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by a framework of face-to-face and/or electronic tutorials as appropriate. The Reflective Journal encourages you to reflect on your specialist skills in a contemporary context. You will reflect on your practical work and self-designed projects and identify ideas that will inform a more considered and creative approach to your work. A self-reflective critical approach is critical. This means putting your ideas into a context of other artists and writers work and building a supporting argument for your ideas in the summary. The critical work of the Journal will be mostly evidenced in your 1000 word summary but should also be evidenced by way of critical comments and reflective text inserted into your Journal. If you are studying the Student Exchange module or are undertaking professional experience you may receive formative face-to-face feedback from staff where you are located and will receive support electronically from WSA academics. If you are studying outside the UK, face-to-face tutorials may be delivered in the language of the host country. The assessed outcome of this module is the Reflective Journal itself. The Reflective Journal will lay foundations for your work and research at level 3.

Preparation for scheduled sessions16
Follow-up work8
Completion of assessment task82
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

WSA Reflective Journal material and documentation. available via Blackboard



Reflective Journal


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  (3000 words) 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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