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ARTD3067 Studio Practice 3A (Organisation and Connection)

Module Overview

The module is designed to encourage continued experimentation within an increasingly defined practice which is starting to yield ambitious, professionally organised and audience-oriented outcomes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the technical foundation and critical debates that situate your practice within a contemporary context;
  • notions of uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge as applied to contemporary fine art practice;
  • how to advance your ideas to more audience-aware outcomes.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • challenge established boundaries through sustained material experimentation;
  • frame appropriate questions around the nature of your studio practice;
  • critically evaluate the skills, techniques and research methodologies relevant to the development of your work.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of self-organisation to advance your practice;
  • work independently and collaboratively;
  • engage in persuasive communication using appropriate media.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be increasingly sophisticated in the use of site, placement, duration, audience.


On this module, experimentation and the pursuit of dialogue with materials remains prominent, within an increasingly organised and professionalised strategic framework. You continue to develop your own ideas, testing materials and techniques and reflecting on the results. The portfolio of experimental material and outcomes you create demonstrates the increasing individuality of your practice and an awareness of issues of presentation and audience. On two occasions the module encompasses participation in a Shared Drive project - typically a remaking project – working alongside Part 1 and 2 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: • lectures; • 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. 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 highly focused and effective ongoing research for relevant antecedents and theoretical underpinnings for the work in hand, 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.

Completion of assessment task130
Supervised time in studio/workshop180
Wider reading or practice100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Selby, A. & Beech, D. (2009). Art & Text. 

Manghani, S. (2012). Image Studies: Theory and Practice. 

Lippard, L. (1973). Six Years: The Dematerialisation of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972. 


Schavemaker, M. (2007). Right About Now: Art and Theory since the 1990s. 

Blackboard (E:learning).

Morley, S. (2010). The Sublime: Documents of Contemporary Art. 

Academic Skills ( including AI).

Study Skills.

Hudek, A. (2014). The Object: Documents of Contemporary Art. 

Mitchell, W.J.T. (2006). What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images. 

Tartt, D. (2013). The Goldfinch. 





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

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. 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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