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ARTD2111 Study Exchange for Fine Art

Module Overview

This module is an alternative core module. It offers you an opportunity to study abroad as part of your programme of study. This may also be understood as an opportunity to enrich your academic learning by experiencing a different academic environment in a vibrant cultural context. You will have the opportunity to gain new experiences that can heighten your self-awareness by adapting to new situations, taking the initiative and communicating with new teaching staff and students. Studying overseas is widely seen as enhancing your career prospects in addition to developing confidence and providing rewarding memories and life skills experiences.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the broader cultural context of your practice with particular reference to your chosen location;
  • how to employ a range of materials, methods and technologies to advance your individual practice with an understanding of critical debates in contemporary art.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate your work with reference to a range of social and cultural contexts relevant to your chosen location;
  • extend your intellectual enquiry through research-informed approaches to advance your practice;
  • reflect on your work and exchange experiences to enable the development of your practice as an artist.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate your ideas effectively using an appropriate range of formats and presentations;
  • develop and manage your workload to set goals and meet deadlines.
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.


This Exchange module will allow you to develop your specific practice in a different environment. It is intended to challenge you to engage fully with the cultural context in which you will find yourself. While syllabus content will be determined by your host institution it should be discussed with your WSA exchange tutor before you depart and relate to your exchange application. You will be expected to critically engage with your study exchange through the production of a portfolio of work that encourages you to utilise available learning resources at the partner institution and apply working practices to test and challenge known solutions in favour of more uncertain and potentially ambitious outcomes. The experience will develop your cultural and contextual awareness, your abilities to study independently and to advance your practice and subject focus in readiness for Part 3 of your programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods may include: • lectures; • project briefings; • seminars; • tutorials; • online tutor support. Learning activities may include: • lectures; • project briefings; • seminars; • tutorials; • workshops; • peer group learning; • self-reflection on your exchange.

Placement Hours450
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Batchelor, D. (2000). Chromophobia. 

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

Groys, B. (2016). In the Flow. 

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

Vonnegut, K. (1987). Bluebeard. 

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


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:

Accommodation and Travel

Cost implications associated with studying abroad will vary depending on your chosen destination and will be outlined by your exchange tutor prior to your departure.

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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