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ARTD2100 Specialist Practice and Research 2b (Dalian)

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 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:

  • how to apply knowledge gained from a range of sources and contexts to advance your project specific to your subject;
  • ways of developing work which evidences sustained engagement and critical awareness of your ideas;
  • the approaches adopted by others working in your subject;
  • how to test, experiment and take risks with a range of methods to realise your 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 concepts in your project;
  • recognise opportunities for the development of your ideas in the practical output of your experimentation;
  • evaluate your work in relation to contemporary artistic, social and cultural contexts.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate increasing confidence in articulating your ideas;
  • develop and manage a project motivated by your ideas and ensuring that it refers to the contemporary context and deploys core techniques;
  • work effectively as part of a team including virtual communities;
  • communicate with increasing confidence across media demonstrating awareness of global contexts.
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 ideas;
  • select and deploy an increasingly sophisticated use of media and techniques appropriate to the development of your work;
  • test your ideas and skills through experiential approaches informed by your learning during Parts 1 and 2;
  • further advance a range of working methodologies and develop your creative independence.


This module represents the next step in the development of your independent learning. In this module you will develop a project, based on an external brief that will demonstrate your professional abilities. Your growing knowledge of the contemporary context of your subject will enable you to tackle your project in a way which encourages you to be increasingly sensitive to the design environment and critical context in which you are working. You will be encouraged to focus your ideas but experiment widely, in the studios and workshops. 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 to enable you to advance increasingly confident, independent experimentation based on focused thinking that will prepare you for Part 3. If you are studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design past projects have included: “NIKE”, exploring relationships between brand, product and customer. If you are studying BA (Hons) Graphic Arts past projects have included: “live” brief to design a book cover for the Penguin Design awards. You will assemble a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, professional awareness and an outcome of work which creatively address the aims and ambitions of your project. These will take into consideration the perceptions, culture and audience or consumer of your creative practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • seminars • group critiques • tutorials • lectures Learning activities include • seminars • self-selected workshops • peer group learning • self-reflection connected to 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. Lectures and 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 subject to, challenge known solutions and encourage unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and feedback on ideas informed by contemporary practice in your subject, you will create increasingly personal work, informed by independent research, analysis and reflective practice.

Wider reading or practice28
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Practical classes and workshops27
Follow-up work50
Project supervision15
Completion of assessment task200
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Seymour, S. (2008). Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology. 

Breward, C. and Evans, C. (2005). Fashion and modernity. 

Elam, K. (2004). Grid systems: Principles of organizing type. 

Dingemans, J. (1999). Mastering fashion styling. 

Sorger, R. & Udale, J. (2006). The Fundamentals of Fashion Design. 

Papanek, V. (1984). Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change. 

Brockmann, J. (1996). Grid systems in graphic design: A visual communication manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers. 

Aldrich, W. (2013). Fabrics and Pattern Cutting. 

Tufte, E. (1994). Envisioning information. 

Vogel, S. (2007). Street Wear The insider’s Guide. 

Fletcher, A. (2001). The Art of Looking Sideways. 

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

Hochuli, J. (2008). Detail in Typography (New ed.). 

Bringhurst, R. (2012). The elements of typographic style. 

Gray, C & Malins, J. (2004). Visualizing Research: A guide to the research Process in Art and Design. 

Frings, G. S. (2008). Fashion: from concept to consumer. 

Woodward, S. (2007). Why women wear what they wear. 

Lunt, PK, Livingstone, S. (1992). Mass Consumption and Personal Identity. 

Samara, T. (2005). Making and Breaking the Grid: A graphic design layout workshop. 

Kunz, W. (2000). Typography: macro and microaesthetics (Rev., expanded ed., English language ed.).. 

Entwistle, J. (2000). The fashioned body: fashion, dress, and modern social theory. 

Polhemus, T. (1994). Streetstyle: From Sidewalk to Catwalk. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 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

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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