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ARTD6134 Contemporary Fine Art 2

Module Overview

This module is the second core practice module of the programme. Through it you will develop your art at a more advanced and in depth level, in theory and in practice, within the wider context of your growing knowledge and experience of the global context of contemporary fine art. Your chosen mode of art practice, in whatever medium you employ, will demonstrate increasing sophistication of execution and reflection. The module supports all art activity, regardless of medium. It provides you with a context, and support, to consolidate your exploration of new dimensions of your art work while establishing a deeper understanding of the relation of that work to the larger context of contemporary fine art. The ambitious intellectual consideration of your own and others’ art ideas takes place within a challenging and creative environment that values the diversity of practices that constitute art today.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary fine art processes relevant to your developing professional practice;
  • the critical debates in art today and how they inform your art, in theory and in practice, in an increasingly ambitious manner.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • think in a critically reflective and creative manner, applying advanced critical judgement to your research and intellectual knowledge of contemporary fine art;
  • explore and engage ideas and concepts of contemporary fine art, at an increasingly advanced level, as applicable to your practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • take increasing responsibility for your own learning development, academic integrity and art practice;
  • demonstrate your ability to create art work effectively, in an innovative and responsive manner, at an increasingly ambitious level.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate complex visual and conceptual ideas effectively, and apply critical judgements to all levels of your work at an increasingly advanced level;
  • appreciate, evaluate and incorporate influences from the art practice and ideas of others.


This module concentrates on deepening your understanding of your contemporary fine art practice and how to ambitiously advance it in preparation for the Final Project. Through this module you will learn, at an increasingly advanced level, how to develop your art practice to pursue its realisation at a professional level. It aims to develop your awareness of how to refine your thinking and its practical applications, in a more sophisticated and coherent manner. Seminars and lectures will provide you with a context to test your art practice related ideas and propose new directions for your professional practice. Tutorials will continue to support the ambitious development of your art, in theory and in practice. Guest artist lectures will provide benchmark standards for art practice today. Study trips will continue to provide real world experience of art now. You will also have the opportunity to explore an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary fine art with students studying other disciplines. An optional study visit will familiarise you with current practices in an international context. But it is understood that as this visit is self-funded, it may not be possible for all to attend. Alternative study visits in the UK are provided for these students (these may be locally or in major UK galleries within daily commutable distance).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Staff-led seminar presentations • Group critiques • Tutorials • Advanced workshop options • Artist lectures- • Film screenings Learning activities include: • Peer-group learning • Exhibition creation • Independent practice and research • Gallery/exhibition visits • Critical reading in relation to your knowledge and understanding of art and your work

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list


Frieze Art Magazine. An extensive range of other contemporary art magazines is available in the library.

Studio Computers. Computers installed in the studios provide you with an easily accessed research facility.



Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual critical reflection  (1000 words) 20%
Portfolio 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual critical reflection  (1000 words) 20%
Portfolio  (1000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  (1000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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

Generic art and design materials, such as wood, clay, paint, drawing pads and canvas, are available from the School shop at competitive prices. You will develop your art practice in a medium or mediums of your choice. These may or may not be traditional ones and, as such, constitute a wide range of possible material processes engaged in you and others on the course. Costs associated with these are your responsibility and decisions about their utilisation are a part of the professional practice of your development.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Travel Costs for placements

The optional study trips are funded by you though group subsidies are organised from relevant transport companies in advance of such trips.

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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