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ARTD3074 External Projects

Module Overview

The External Projects module builds on your experiences at Part 2 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. You will undertake group tutorials, work presentations and final critiques, Input from Industry professionals will also aid your development of your work. This studio based module is one of the major practice module of semester one of the final year of the programme and develops pervious learning experiences and begins to professionalise working practices.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary and historical critical debates and developments within your discipline;
  • the conceptual grounding of your approach to your discipline;
  • the justification of selected technical approach to your discipline.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify approaches to your discipline that are appropriate to realise your ideas;
  • recognise and reflect on innovation and originality in your discipline;
  • develop research methodologies relevant to your pathway discipline.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply professional standards to communication and documentation;
  • connect with increasing sophistication your research activity and studio practice;
  • demonstrate how to solve problems effectively and efficiently.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use advanced pathway technical skills with informed judgment;
  • apply intellectual rigor and technical sophistication to pathway related practice.


The module offers the opportunity to engage with specialist staff at the forefront of your discipline. You will be encouraged to be 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 communicate qualities of originality, coherence and a detailed understanding of how to apply specific media and techniques, appropriate to your discipline and subject area. Although the work undertaken in this module may resemble output produced in previous levels, the quality and depth of discipline contextual awareness will be markedly higher. The work and outcomes of this module can inform and influence the focus and thinking of the Final Major Project. External Projects is built around project briefs and competitions that are set by individuals, partners or organisations outside the environment of the Graphic Arts course. In this context students are given the opportunity to begin to measure themselves against their peers locally, nationally and in some cases internationally. The module requires students to consolidate all elements of their practice into a professionalised process by understanding more about the efficiencies of thought and process required in a professional work environment. In addition, the module asks the student to employ critical, conceptual and contextual thinking to their approach to research in their discipline. The intellectual scrutiny that this module requires will prepare students for further study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • project briefings; • seminars; • group critiques; • lectures; • tutorials. Learning activities include: • proactive engagement with project briefings; • independent research initiated by seminars; • reflection from group critiques; • reflection and independent activity initiated by peer group discussion; • study skills hub. 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 tutorial and 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 which creatively address the concerns of your project.

Completion of assessment task90
Wider reading or practice60
Supervised time in studio/workshop50
Follow-up work20
Practical classes and workshops55
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list


Panopto via Blackboard.





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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