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ARTD3075 Final Major Project (Graphic Arts)

Module Overview

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/professional negotiated project and subject area.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a range of methods and creative strategies for project development;
  • the principles and practices necessary to work at a professional level in your discipline;
  • the creative, social and cultural contexts related to your pathway.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply a critical approach to your work and its relationship to contemporary contexts and practices;
  • select and refine materials, media and processes to realise your ideas to a sophisticated level;
  • critically evaluate key methods and decisions to develop your final major project from conception to final outcomes.
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;
  • bring together new and previously acquired skills in the realisation of your project;
  • identify and resolve practical and theoretical problems.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • select appropriate media and materials within a professional subject context;
  • select and communicate ambitious ideas through appropriate visual means.


This module represents the culmination of your three years of study. It enables you to develop your work from experimentation to the production of consolidated outcomes. You will direct and realise your ideas through the concepts and practical requirements of your professionally planned project. In helping you evaluate a selection of your work for exposure to an audience, this module focuses on planning and producing a pathway specific body of work that is critically informed with regard to the ideas that you wish to communicate. Students will present their final submission, supported by a professionally presented portfolio, in a format that reflects current practice in the graphic industries.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • seminars; • tutorials; • group critiques. Learning activities include: • seminars; • group critiques; • tutorials; • peer group learning; • 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 bring your ideas and practice to synthesis and conclusion. You will address preparation and management of your project toward its exposure to an audience, for example, curators, employers and clients. Alongside this module, you will keep a detailed Reflective Journal, which will enable you to understand the parameters of your specialist practice and focus your thinking. It will assist you in applying insights drawn from enquiry into your practice in the development of work for this module. The Reflective Journal will be assessed separately. Feedback on your progress and development will be given in group critiques, tutorials or informal feedback in a studio setting. The formal assessment will be based on the presentation of an exhibition of practical work.

Preparation for scheduled sessions80
Wider reading or practice60
Supervised time in studio/workshop105
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task110
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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