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ARTD3055 Final Major Project (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.

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 effectively in your subject specialism
  • Informed prioritisation of techniques and knowledge for your final project, the principles and practices necessary to work at a professional level in your subject
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Further develop your ideas through reflection and analysis
  • Conceptualise intended outcomes appropriately to the audience
  • 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
  • Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a subject
  • Manage your own learning and work independently with confidence
  • Communicate confidently demonstrating awareness of global contexts.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply technical and academic skills with confidence and in a way appropriate to the realisation of your ideas
  • Be sophisticated in the selection and use of your media or material
  • 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 project and subject area. Through evaluation and selection of your work for exposure to an audience, this module focuses on planning and producing work that is critically informed. 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 assessment. In the subjects encompassed by art and design there is an ever widening diversity of potential interdisciplinary creative outcomes. Consequently the Final Major Project produced by students may increasingly reflect this interdisciplinary nature. BA (Hons) Graphic Arts students may present their Final Major Project in a range of formats that reflects current practice in the graphic arts, which may include an exhibition . BA (Hons) Fashion Design students normally present their Final Major Projects a final exhibition of garments supported by a development portfolio.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Seminars • tutorials • group critiques • workshops Learning activities include • seminars • group critiques • tutorials • peer group learning • Self-evaluation • Exhibition

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

Resources & Reading list

Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the Judgement of Taste. 

Briggs-Goode, A. (2013). Printed Textile Design. 

Dabner, D., & Stewart, S. (n.d.). (2014). Graphic design school: A foundation course for graphic designers working in print, moving image and digital media. 

Aldrich, W. (2013). Fabrics and Pattern Cutting. 

Yates, D., & Price, J. (n.d.). (2015). Communication Design: Insights from the creative industries. 

McCarthy, S., & Venezky, M. (2013). The designer as author, producer, activist, entrepreneur, curator & collaborator: New models for communicating.. 

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the Visual, Translating art & design into words. 

Chunman Lo, D. (2011). Patternmaking. 

Hebdige, D. (1984). Subculture: The Meaning of Style. 

Jones, T. (2007). Fashion Now. 

Rabbalt, N. Solomon, M. (2008). Consumer behavior in Fashion. 

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the Visual, Translating art & design into words. 

Taylor, F. (2010). How to create a portfolio & get hired: A guide for graphic designers and illustrators. 

Kiisel, K. (2013). Draping, The Complete Course. 

Clarke, S. (2011). Textile design. 

Cheney, N. & McAllister, H. (2013). Textile Surface Manipulation. 

Black, S. (2012). Eco Fashion- the Fashion Paradox. 

Gray, C & Malins, J. (2004). Visualizing Research: A guide to the research Process in Art and Design. 

Potter, N. (2002). What is a designer: Things, places, messages. 

Brereton, R. (2011). Cut & Paste 21st Century Collage. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Exhibition 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exhibition 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exhibition 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:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

There will be additional costs for printing and binding your dissertation.

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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