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ARTD6080 Design 2 (Studio)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• encourage you to challenge accepted assumptions about your work and that of other artists appropriate to your ideas • develop your ideas and working methods appropriate to the realisation of increasingly ambitious work • encourage a highly experimental approach to the creative realisation and testing of your ideas • further develop your awareness of a critical context of ideas and artists appropriate to your work

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • apply critical judgement to advance and test your ideas and work
  • select and devise methods and resources appropriate to the development of your work
  • utilise research within a context of experimentation
  • situate your ideas and work in a professional context
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate relevant concepts and working methods and utilise this information to critically advance your own work
  • begin to formulate your ideas in readiness for the final project
  • select methods through which to explore your ideas
  • identify and acquire new skills where necessary
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on your own learning
  • communicate your ideas visually and in text
  • Apply knowledge in solving problems creatively


This module concentrates on deepening your understanding of your work and how to ambitiously advance your ideas in preparation for the Final Project. You will be encouraged to challenge accepted positions regarding your own work and that of others, and to adopt a speculative, highly experimental approach to the testing of your ideas. You will have the opportunity to explore the demands of thinking through an interdisciplinary approach to design and to interact with students studying other design pathways and disciplines. Development towards the Final Project is demonstrated by your establishment of working methods appropriate to the realisation of increasingly focused and well informed ideas.

Special Features

The special features for each pathway are specified in the individual pathway documents provided during the module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Formal lectures • Tutorials/workshops • Visiting lecturers • Case study analyses • Student led seminar presentations Learning activities include • Peer group learning • Problem solving activities • Class discussion/ critique 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 your ideas. Learning and teaching methods are designed to help you broaden and deepen the scope of your understanding and explore the creative possibilities of your thinking and work. By studying independently you will learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions. In this module outcomes of independent study will be discussed in tutorials and seminars. These will enable you to communicate the outcomes of your research to others and allow you to develop your understanding of the ideas and methods you have explored through this module. Tutorials develop your skills in critically analysing and reflecting on your practice and allow for discussion on aspects of time management and communication. Discussion about your work in seminar situations will also help you to evaluate your analytical, critical, practical and transferable skills. These assignments evidence the development of your ideas and work, as well as demonstrate your level of preparedness for the Final Project. Preparatory and on-going reading enables you to situate your work within existing literature and frameworks and allow you to speculate on unexpected potentialities for your work.

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Moi, Toril (ed). (1986). The Kristeva Reader. 

Stewart, S. (1993). On Longing. 

Peruga, I. (2003). Gego, the prodigious game of creating. 

Plant, S. (1998). Zeros and Ones. 

Bauman, Z. (2007). Consuming life. 

Harper, C. (2003). Narelle Jubelin. Journal of Cloth and Culture. ,1 , pp. 0.

Lenor Larsen, J. The Art Fabric. 

Bowie, M (1991). Lacan Fontana Modern Masters. 

Wisemann, Bittner M (1989). The Ecstasies of Roland Barthes. 

Greenberg, Reesa,(ed). (1996). Thinking About Exhibitions. 

Barthes, Roland. and Sontag, S (1982). A Barthes Reader. 

Vicuna, C. (1983). Precario/Precarios. 

Bolton-Stroud, M. (2004). New Material as New Media. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  (500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  (500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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