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ARTD2098 Reflective Journal (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the University of Southampton 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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • key theoretical and contextual themes relevant to your ideas;
  • the value of critically reflecting upon the development and context of your work and processes of decision making;
  • the practices and methods which you can utilise to communicate your ideas within a context informed by specialist practice and related research.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make decisions so as to realise your ideas within a theoretical framework;
  • identify and select different working methods so as to advance your ideas;
  • recognise, explore, reflect on and evaluate your practical skills in the context of visual and textual information relevant to your ideas through a reflective journal;
  • develop your understanding of and respond critically to complex relationships between practical, technical and contextually informed design processes.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate organisational skills;
  • communicate your ideas in a variety of verbal, written, technological and visual formats, demonstrating awareness of global contexts;
  • reflect on your ideas and draw conclusions to assist the development of a specialist practice project;
  • work to set deadlines and manage time effectively.


The Reflective Journal documents your experience of the development of your ideas in the Specialist Practice and Research 2b module. It will contain notes on reference material collected and analysed and document the development of a range of practice and research techniques and methods utilised in a project. Your understanding 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 Reflective Journal is the equivalent of a 3000-word essay.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Introduction to the module • Introduction to methods and techniques of a reflective journal • Group critiques tutorials 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 promotes independent study and is supported by tutorials. You will be encouraged to reflect on the development of your specialist skills and the decision making processes in the context of specialist practice. Self-reflection is critical. This means analysing your ideas, methods chosen to develop your work and the skills selected to realise your ideas within a project. 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. The assessed outcome of this module is the Reflective Journal itself.

Supervised time in studio/workshop6
Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task50
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sudjic, D. (2009). The language of things. 

Rawsthorn, A. (n.d.). (2013). Hello world: Where design meets life. 

Potter, N. (2002). What is a designer: Things, places, messages.. 

Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the Judgement of Taste. 

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the visual: translating art and design into words. 

McCarthy, S., & Venezky, M. (n.d.). (2013). The designer as author, producer, activist, entrepreneur, curator & collaborator: New models for communicating. 

Collins, H. (2010). Creative Research: The theory and practice of research for the creative industries. 

Jackson, P, Lowe, M, Millar, D, Mort, F (2000). Commercial Cultures: Economies, Practices, Spaces. 

Lury, C. (2011). Consumer Culture. 

Black, S. (2012). Eco Fashion- the Fashion Paradox. 

Armstrong, H. (2009). Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the field. 

Grady, J., & Grady, K. (2006).  A designer's research manual: Succeed in design by knowing your clients and what they really need. 

Tschichold, J. (2006). The New Typography (New ed.).. 

Davis, M. (2012). Graphic design theory (Graphic Design in Context). 

Lupton, E., & Miller, J. (1999). Design Writing Research: Writing on graphic design. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no identifiable additional costs associated with this module other than printing. Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate.


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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