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ARTD3069 Framing your Project

Module Overview

This module paves the way for the concluding development stage of your Final Major Project, through the identification of key points of reference and focused critical reflection which inform a conceptual framework for the project.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a cultural context for your Final Major Project;
  • theoretical and critical themes relevant to your Final Major Project;
  • the relationships in your project between contexts, concepts, content and methods.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct advanced research of relevant sources to locate your Final Major Project;
  • combine evaluation of visual and literary evidence in the development of your ideas;
  • articulate connections between contextual data to advance the proposal for your Final Major Project.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply academic rigour in the efficient and communicative organisation of your material;
  • draw sophisticated and specific conclusions from reflection in the development of a project.


The module leads to the production of a 3500-word illustrated essay, discussing an identified range of references, the work of artists and authors other than yourself. These items, and the links you articulate between them, should identify the intellectual territory in which your Final Major Project is to be located. You should explain the current nature of your practice and outline any changes of direction which the research on the module may have occasioned. You are encouraged to include art-historical material, current art practice, material from other creative disciplines and theoretical or commentative literature. The lectures on the module offer in-depth discussion in these areas, based on case studies, as well as guidance on relevant modes of research and the construction of the essay.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • sign-up tutorials. Learning activities include: • lectures; • sign-up tutorials; • library research; • on-line research. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module is intended to be self-directed and independent, supported by a framework of lectures and tutorials. The module is an opportunity to focus and organise your reflection on the context for your Final Major Project. The assessed outcome of the module is the essay, which will be marked against the Learning Outcomes of the module.

Wider reading or practice30
External visits20
Completion of assessment task80
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Hoffmann, J. (2014). Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art. 

Pickering, M. (ed) (2008). Research Methods for Cultural Studies. 

Texte Zur Kunst (2012). Special Issue: The Curators. 

Study Skills.

Hoffmann, J. (2013). Ten Fundamental Questions of Curating. 

Dezeuze, A. (2016). Almost Nothing: Observations on Precarious Practices in Contemporary Art. 

Blackboard (E:learning).


O’Doherty, B. (1999). Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space. 

Academic Skills ( including AI).



Illustrated essay


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3000 words) 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:


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.

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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