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ARTD2116 Critical Reflection of Specialism

Module Overview

This module provides you with the opportunity to broaden your research and develop a deeper critical context related to your own practice. It will allow you to take a structured approach to the documentation of research material, while facilitating a process of reflective engagement with the relationships and connections within your analysis. Reflection within research is a cyclical process and it is important that this reflection feeds back into the actions of your ongoing research.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a critical, cultural context for the positioning of your work within contemporary practices;
  • key theoretical and contextual themes relevant to your ideas;
  • how different facets of your work inter-connect: the relationship between context, concepts, materials and techniques.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on, research and develop ideas in context;
  • find links between your contextual sources;
  • identify a range of working methods relevant to your discipline.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate organisational skills and time-management;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of visual, printed and electronic sources;
  • demonstrate academic integrity appropriate for this level of study.


Indicative content for this module normally includes: • This module will allow you to demonstrate your awareness and considerations of the context in which you are researching, and how this context informs and challenges your studio practice. Making notes from critical readings, contextual references will document the clear development of your research. • Reflect on your practice and identify ideas that will inform a more critical approach to your work. A self-reflective, critical approach to research is essential for the success of this module. • Analyse feedback: A series of weekly tasks will afford you the opportunity to analyse verbal and written feedback given in weekly tutorial sessions. • Action on feedback: Your tutor will recommend further reading and discuss writing skills which will be followed up in 1:1 tutorial sessions. • Understanding the effectiveness of critical reflection for future projects and the next stage of the programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • seminars; • tutorials; • online tutorials via; • introduction to the module (In Semester 1 for those taking the Student Exchange Module); • face-to-face and/or online electronic support if you are studying the Student Exchange module; Learning activities include: • reflective blog posts; • 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.); • Study Skills Hub.

Follow-up work8
Preparation for scheduled sessions26
Completion of assessment task62
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list


Mason, M. (2009). The Pirate’s Dilemma. 

Tapscott, D. and Williams, A. D. (2008). Wikinomics. 

Stallman. Boston (2009). MA: GNU Press. 

Shirky, C. (2009). Here Comes Everybody. 

Poynor, R. (2007). Obey the Giant: Life in Image World. 

Panopto via Blackboard.

Rushkoff, D. (2009). Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. 

Lessig, L. (2004). Free Culture. 



Blog Post


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Blog Post 100%


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Blog Post 100%


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Blog Post 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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