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ARTD2122 Specialist Practice and Skills

Module Overview

This module is the first to be taken on your specialist pathway on the Graphic Arts programme. Within this studio based module you will develop further knowledge of your own creative processes and understand ways to critically evaluate your own reponses to project briefs, by undertaking tutorials, group critiques and presentations. During the module, your pathway specific project brief will allow you to discover some of the more specialist ways of creating work within your chosen discipline. It will entail a development of technical skills as well as your conceptual thinking skills, all of which will conclude in constructing a final portfolio of work.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • identify key technical and craft skills to underpin specialist practice;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the practical methods and concepts specific to your pathway discipline;
  • evidence a critical contextual engagement with your subject discipline.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically interrogate ideas through research and identify potential creative approaches;
  • demonstrate contextual knowledge to inform idea development and problem solving;
  • develop an experimental approach to specialist practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • visually communicate decision making processes;
  • document how contextual research informs idea development;
  • develop and manage a project through to a resolved final outcome.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use appropriate specialist technical and craft skills to develop your work;
  • apply increasingly sophisticated and experimental methods to idea development;
  • resolve final outcomes with higher production values.


Indicative content for this module normally includes: • Builds upon the introduction to technical and craft skills from Part 1 of the programme and extends these within your chosen specialist pathway. • The development of increasingly sophisticated working methods, that facilitate the transition from the more defined parameters of Part one to the independent initiatives expected in the second semester of Part two. • An independent critical engagement with specialist industry practice through contextual research and studio discussion. Your growing contextual subject knowledge will inform the progression of your work and begin to develop a more self-critical, analytical approach to your decision making processes. • A development of your key skill set through a series of specialist projects, supported by relevant technical workshops, that build towards a coherent set of methods relevant to your chosen pathway. You will draw together these skills and working methods, and begin to visually articulate ideas through specialist media. Alongside the consolidation of this skill set, you will also be encouraged to challenge established conventions with experimentation and innovation within your emerging creative strategies. • You will assemble a portfolio of work that evidences an engagement with the full range of specialist projects and demonstrates how you integrate these skills and working methods, and begin to visually articulate ideas through specialist media.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • technical demonstrations; • lectures; • seminars; • tutorials; • critical reviews. Learning activities include: • technical demonstrations; • seminars; • workshop-based learning; • peer group learning; • Study Skills Hub.

Practical classes and workshops55
Wider reading or practice60
Follow-up work20
Supervised time in studio/workshop50
Completion of assessment task80
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Panopto via Blackboard.






MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


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:

Design equipment and materials

REQUIRED Sketchbooks Implements for drawing / writing Credit for printing and photocoping 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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