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ARTD2121 Studio Practice 2A (Experimentation and Reflection)

Module Overview

Transmission of energy. The module is designed to encourage continued experimentation, to continue the development of your technical knowledge, raise the level of your research and critical reflection, and enable you to start to define the particular nature of your own practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a relevant range of technical methods and concepts to support the development of your studio work;
  • ways of broadening the scope of your studio work through sustained experimentation;
  • the application of critical and contextual thinking in the development of your practice.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • take full responsibility for your experimentation and outcomes;
  • consistently critique your experimentation and outcomes;
  • locate the concepts and methods of your practice in relation to contemporary art.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct broad research including library research;
  • work independently and collaboratively;
  • articulate your creative decisions with increasing confidence.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work towards an innovative studio practice through open-ended, non-linear, or serial production.


This module marks the point in the programme at which you move from the Part 1 Studio to a studio of your choice, either Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture or New Media. There is no requirement that this choice be reflected in an exclusive commitment to particular techniques or media, and you continue to have access to any and all workshops for which you have received the relevant training. You continue to develop your own ideas, test materials and techniques, and build up a portfolio of experimental material and outcomes through which you start to define your creative ‘voice’. Workshop training in a range of skills is available. On two occasions the module encompasses participation in a Shared Drive project - typically a remaking project – working alongside Part 1 and 3 students towards a collective outcome. A number of visiting artists deliver lectures on their practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • module briefing; • lectures; • tutorials; • group critiques. Learning activities include: • module briefing; • lectures; • library research; • Shared Drive projects; • 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 ongoing research for relevant antecedents for the work in hand, from current practice and art history, as well as theoretical considerations, 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
Completion of assessment task130
Wider reading or practice100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Macey, D. (2001). The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory. 

Smith, P. (2008). Cultural Theory: An Introduction. 

McNiff, J. and Whitehead, J. (2010). You and Your Action Research Project. 

Academic Skills ( including AI).

Study Skills.

Kafka, F. (1926). The Castle. 


Steyerl, H. (2012). The Wretched of the Screen. 

Dawson, I. (2012). Making Contemporary Sculpture. 

Pearce, E. (1992). Artists Materials; Which, Why and How. 

Kholeif, O. (2014). You Are Here: Art after the Internet. 

McNiff, J. and Whitehead, J. (2009). Doing and Writing Action Research. 

Doherty, C. (2009). Situation (Documents of Contemporary Art). 

Hiller, S. (1996). Thinking About Art - Conversations with Susan Hiller. 

Graham, B. and Cook, S. (eds) (2010). Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media. 

Blackboard (E:learning).

Viola, B. (1995). Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House: Writings 1973-1994. 

Derrida, J. (2017). The Truth in Painting. 

Sontag, S. (2009). Against Interpretation and Other Essays. 



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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