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ARTD3042 Final Major Project: Fine Art

Module Overview

BA (Hons) Fine Art students will present their Final Major Project in an exhibition format that reflects current trends in contemporary art practice. They will work throughout the semester to realize and resolve their work into a coherent body of work to a professional standard.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the complexities of your creative work;
  • ways in which ideas and issues can be communicated through your chosen media;
  • appropriate critiquing of contemporaries in your subject area;
  • issues concerning the selection of work for your final project;
  • the principles and practices necessary to work at a professional level in your discipline.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be self-critical with regard to your work;
  • conceptualise intended outcomes;
  • independently recognise and plan resolutions to practical and theoretical problems;
  • appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of creativity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • select, plan, organise and realise your major project to a professional standard;
  • bring together new and previously acquired skills in the realisation of your work;
  • solve problems;
  • manage your own learning and work independently with confidence.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use a range of technical workshops and academic skills with confidence and in a way appropriate to the realisation of your ideas at this level within your programme of study;
  • be sophisticated in the selection and use of your media;
  • choose appropriate methods and responses, using complex skills consistently;
  • select and communicate ambitious ideas through visual means.


This module enables you to develop your work from experimentation to the production of synthesised outcomes. You will direct and realise your ideas through forms of visual presentation and structure that are relevant to the concepts and practical requirements of your professionally negotiated project and subject area. In helping you evaluate and propose a selection of your work for exposure to an audience, this module focuses on planning and producing work that is critically informed with regard to the ideas that you wish to communicate, and is focused in the realisation of content. The module represents the culmination of your study. Accordingly you will be guided to combine and apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in all elements of the programme, in particular, the Specialist Practice modules, towards the completion of your submission for final assessment. BA (Hons) Fine Art students may present their Final Major Project in an exhibition format, that reflects current practice in contemporary art practice. Although the work undertaken may resemble output produced in previous levels the quality, level of appropriate finish and depth of discipline contextual awareness.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • seminars • tutorials • group critiques Learning activities include • seminars • group critiques • tutorials • peer group learning Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to bring your ideas and practice to synthesis and conclusion. You will address preparation and management of your project toward its exposure to an audience, for example, curators, employers and clients. Alongside this module you will keep a detailed Reflective Journal which will enable you to understand the parameters of your specialist practice and focus your thinking. It will assist you in applying insights drawn from enquiry into your practice in the development of work for this module. The Reflective Journal will be assessed separately. Feedback on your progress and development will be given in group critiques, tutorials or informal feedback in a studio setting. The formal assessment will be based on the presentation of an exhibition of practical work.

Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice120
Completion of assessment task90
Supervised time in studio/workshop53
Project supervision27
External visits48
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Your module tutors will give guidance for reading related to your specific project.. 




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:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading 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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