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ARTD3076 Final Major Project (Fine Art)

Module Overview

Resolution. The module is designed to enable you to bring together your practical learning in a single, self-directed, fully-resolved exhibition outcome which is well presented and articulate.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to make clear and informed curatorial and technical decisions within a context of continuing experimentation;
  • how to articulate and resolve your thinking in an artwork.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conceptualise and plan intended outcomes;
  • think clearly and laterally in the resolution of technical and theoretical problems;
  • accommodate the unanticipated.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • propose and plan a major project;
  • manage and deliver a public-facing event to a professional standard;
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make work with a view to exhibition;
  • edit, place and present work to a professional standard.


This module is focussed on encompassing the full range of knowledge and skills associated with contemporary art practice in an exhibited outcome, an installation, a single exhibit, or a presentation of multiple exhibits. Issues of presentation and audience are crucial considerations. Experimentation remains a vital part of the work of the module. The continued development of your ideas, through tests and reflection, leads to a project proposal, further discussion and reflection, and eventual realisation of the project. A number of visiting artists deliver lectures on their practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • module briefing; • tutorials; • group critiques. Learning activities include: • module briefing; • lectures; • library research; • tutorials; • group critiques; • peer-group learning; • self-evaluation. Interim outcomes and work in progress are discussed individually with tutors, and in group critiques. Library research is again essential. 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, in particular in the exhibition of your final project. 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

Blackboard (E:learning) .

Storr, A.  (1972). The Dynamics of Creation. 

Williams, R.  (2014). Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. 

Gay, P.  (2008). Modernism: The Lure of Heresy. 

Study Skills.

Nairne, S. et al  (1996). Thinking About Exhibitions. 


Academic Skills (including AI) .

Delillo, D.  (1993). Underworld. 

Rancière, J. (2007). The Future of the Image. 





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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