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ARTD2110 Studio Practice 2B (Focus and Ambition)

Module Overview

Finding your voice. The module is designed to encourage sharper focus, greater ambition, and articulation of a well-defined critical context for your practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to refine the definition of your studio practice, its principal concerns and methods; • to escalate the level of technical and conceptual ambition in your practice; • to enable greater creative independence through an increasingly individualised awareness of critical context.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a focused range of technical methods and concepts to support continuing development of your practice;
  • ways of resolving studio work through sustained experimentation;
  • how to apply knowledge gained from a range of sources and contexts to advance your practice.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • focus your thinking and research within a framework of self-directed practice;
  • extend your ideas through practical experimentation;
  • conduct in-depth research including library research;
  • evaluate your work in relation to its creative, social and cultural contexts.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop and manage projects driven by your ideas;
  • communicate ideas confidently and persuasively.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • employ increasingly sophisticated hybridity of technique in the resolution of your work.


On this module, you continue to develop your own ideas, testing materials and techniques and reflecting on the results. You again create a portfolio of experimental material and outcomes, as part of an increasingly strategic approach to your emerging practice as an artist. A number of visiting artists deliver lectures on their practice.

Special Features

The Semester ends with the annual Degree Show of graduating students’ work; you will be assigned to one of the graduating students to assist with preparation of the studios for exhibition purposes and with the display of work; participating in the process in this way provides valuable experience in preparation for your own Final Major Project (Fine Art) in Part 3.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • module briefing; • lectures; • tutorials; • group critiques. Learning activities include: • module briefing; • lectures; • library research; • tutorials; • group critiques; • peer group learning; • self-evaluation; • Study Skills Hub. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: Outcomes and work in progress are discussed individually with tutors, and in group critiques. The module requires increasingly sophisticated research for relevant antecedents and theoretical underpinnings for the work in hand, for which use of the library is essential. The advice you receive and what you learn should all be documented in your sketchbooks and research folders and will be manifest in the work you produce. Taken together, these items are your ‘portfolio’, which will be assessed at the end of the semester against the learning outcomes for the module.

Supervised time in studio/workshop180
Wider reading or practice100
Completion of assessment task130
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Bishop, C. (2012). Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. 

Larson, K. (2013). Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of Artists. 

Ranciere, J. (2011). The Emancipated Spectator. 

Groys, B. (2016). In the Flow. 

Academic Skills ( including AI).


Debord, G. (1967). Society of the Spectacle. 

Blackboard (E:learning).

Batchelor, D. (2000). Chromophobia. 

Study Skills.

Vonnegut, K. (1987). Bluebeard. 

Wake, P. and Malpas, S. (eds) (2013). The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory. 



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:

Art Equipment and Materials: Fabric, Thread, Wool

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, studio related materials, sketchbooks, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico.

Design equipment and materials

REQUIRED Sketchbooks Implements for drawing / writing Credit for printing and photocopying Tape Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of the final work USB Memory stick OPTIONAL Hard Drive Laptop Camera PROVIDED Paper and support media for certain workshops


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional 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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