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ARTD2112 Framing Your Practice

Module Overview

Locating your adventure. This module enables you to look outwards from your developing studio practice to consider critically and analytically your own selection of other relevant cultural or creative outputs and to reflect on how they bear upon the direction of your work.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• provide a framework for researching the creative context for your studio practice; • promote critical analysis of visual and written material relevant to your studio practice; • enable you to reflect on the relationship between your work and other cultural outputs.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • theoretical and critical themes relevant to your studio practice;
  • the relationships in your work between contexts, concepts, content and methods.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • advance a set of ideas which locate your studio practice;
  • evaluate visual and textual information relevant to your ideas;
  • articulate connections between contextual data to further the development of your studio practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • draw upon a wide range of research sources, printed, electronic and actual;
  • organise your material for clarity of thought and communication, observing academic convention;
  • draw conclusions from reflection to further the development of your ideas.


The module leads to the production of a 2000-word illustrated essay, discussing an identified range of references, the work of artists and authors other than yourself. These items, and the links you articulate between them, should describe an intellectual territory in which your practice is located. Lectures will offer guidance by example on addressing art-historical material; material from current art practice; material from other creative disciplines; and theoretical or commentative literature. In each of these areas, the essay might discuss a range of material or a single item. It should include a brief introduction explaining the current nature of your practice, and a conclusion outlining any changes of direction which the research on the module may have occasioned.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • sign-up tutorials; • on-line support if you are studying the Student Exchange module. Learning activities include: • lectures; • sign-up tutorials; • library research; • on-line research; • Study Skills Hub. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module is intended to be self-directed and independent, supported by a framework of lectures and tutorials. The module is an opportunity to reflect on your practice in a contemporary context of other artists’ and writers’ work, and to build an argument to support your ideas. If you are studying the Student Exchange module you will receive support via Panopto, Blackboard and by email. The assessed outcome of this module is the essay, which will be marked against the Learning Outcomes of the module.

Wider reading or practice30
Independent Study20
Completion of assessment task80
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

White, M. and Schwoch, J. (eds) (2006). Questions of Method in Cultural Studies. 

Blackboard (E:learning).

Brett Davis, M. (2007). Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods. 

Panopto via Blackboard.

Kocur, Z and Leung, S. eds. (2012). Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985. 

Rose, G. (2011). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. 


Schon, D. (1991). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. 

Hickey, D. (1997). Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy. 

Foster, H. (2017). Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency. 

Polanyi, M. (2009). The Tacit Dimension. 

Academic Skills ( including AI).

Study Skills.

Calvino, I. (1974). Invisible Cities. 

Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K. (2007). Research Methods in Education. 



Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2000 words) 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:


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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