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ARTD3049 Specialist Practice 3 (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the University of Southampton undergraduate programmes taught at Dalian Polytechnic University. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme. Your final Part 3 degree mark will be made up of 33% from your overall Part 2 mark and 67% from your overall Part 3 mark.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Begin to synthesise your ideas and practical experimentation undertaken in Part two • Question and evaluate how best to develop ambitious ideas and practices into more formulated creative outcomes • Begin to develop more focused and resolved approaches to the manifestation of your ideas considering potential audiences • Develop a professional and organisational approach, relevant to your discipline, and your practice • Test and evaluate ideas and discipline-specific practice which may form the basis of the Final Major Project

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the critical debates prevailing in your discipline, subject area and your understanding of the positioning of your ideas and work in relation to an intended context
  • the technical and conceptual foundation of your practice and how it is situated within a contemporary context falling within the scope of your programme of study
  • the scope of ideas and skills required to advance your work toward outcomes that are more focused on an intended audience and appropriate to your discipline
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • question, test and evaluate your own work
  • identify approaches, appropriate to your discipline, that are necessary to manifest your ideas
  • search for and recognise innovation and originality in the use of media in which you work in your subject area
  • identify skills and techniques and methodologies relevant to the honing of your ideas and work
  • relate individual practice to an understanding of your subject area and to a defined context
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • perform complex skills with confidence
  • evaluate your work
  • develop your ideas from conception to conclusion


Specialist Practice 3 builds on your experiences at Parts one and two by providing a focus through which you can begin to synthesise your skills, ideas and working methods into ambitious outcomes appropriate to your discipline. Emphasis will be on analysis and the evaluation of your ideas and practice so that you can acquire the specific skills necessary to further your work. You will become aware of the importance of the detail of your work. An increasingly thorough understanding of critical thinking will help you recognise the strengths of what you are producing. The module offers the opportunity to engage with specialist staff at the forefront of your discipline. You will be encouraged to be highly independent and self-motivated, and to strive for ambition and confidence in the presentation of your work. You will continuously question and evaluate your work to arrive at increasingly focused creative outcomes which demonstrate/communicate/convey qualities of originality, coherence and detailed understanding of how to apply specific media and techniques, appropriate to your discipline and subject area, in producing complex pieces of work. Students working in the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts may produce a photographic installation, an advertising campaign or a corporate identity. Students working in the BA (Hons) Fashion Design may produce fashion collections and textile related accessories. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They will vary according to student choices in each academic year. Although the work undertaken in this module may resemble output produced in previous Parts the quality and depth of discipline contextual awareness will be markedly higher. The work and outcomes of this module inform and influence the focus and thinking of the Final Major Project.

Special Features

It is likely that there will be an optional study trip to a major city that offers research opportunities relevant to this module. If for any reason you are unable to participate in such a visit, an alternative arrangement will be made, enabling you to benefit from an equivalent experience. Specific arrangements for a study visit will be made in order to ensure that it is accessible to all students.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • project briefings • seminars • group critiques Learning activities include: • project briefings • seminars • group critiques • 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 explore and investigate ideas, methods and techniques particular to your discipline-specific practice. As in the preceding practice modules you will be encouraged to make links between methods, skills and practices, within your programme of study that you have explored and developed. To support this process you will be involved with specialist staff who will help you to advance your work in relation to current discipline-specific thinking and practices. Increasingly this will involve anticipating the issues connected to the effective completion of art and design work and its interaction with and reception by an audience. Critical contexts will be outlined through briefings and seminars. Discussion in seminars will help you to become increasingly sophisticated in your ability to communicate the processes and outcomes of your work as well as help you to evaluate your thinking and skills, whether specialist or transferable. In periods of independent study you will be guided to learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions. Feedback on your progress and development will be given during group critiques. The formal assessment of your work will include a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work that creatively address the concerns of your project.

Project supervision15
Completion of assessment task200
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Wider reading or practice50
Follow-up work28
Practical classes and workshops27
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Other. Reading at this level is selected independently and guided by staff with the aim of providing you with a conceptual and contextual framework in which to produce your work and to present it.





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Travel Costs for placements

If you choose to participate in a possible study trip, there would be an additional cost. That is, a cost that is not covered within the programme costs. You will be informed of the cost of a study visit well in advance of when it takes place.

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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