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ARTD6163 Professional and Academic Skills (Practice)

Module Overview

This module is one of the compulsory modules taken by all students in the studio programmes at WSA. While the learning outcomes are the same across programmes, the content will be delivered with reference to your subject specialism and your output from this module will reflect your discipline. The module is informed by developments and the future outlook of UK policies on the creative industries, directing the emphasis on a commitment to creativity that supports you in pursuing a career in the creative industries

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the ability to use a range of academic approaches and techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in the subject;
  • how to develop your practice informed by scholarship and research;
  • the complexities and parameters of your professional field.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate and apply a variety of academic approaches to contextualise your practice;
  • analyse, question and articulate the research methods that constitute or support your practice;
  • conceptualise your practice within professional contexts and situations.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with peers and wider audiences in a variety of media;
  • solve problems independently and collaboratively in creative and innovative ways;
  • take responsibility for continuing to develop your own academic and professional skills.


Indicative content for this module covers: Academic Study Skills • Academic Writing workshop • Academic Integrity • Critical analysis of primary and secondary sources • Identifying and selecting Library resources Research methods and planning • Generating and applying new ideas • The role of practice in action/ research • Making full use of information and communication technologies Professional Skills • Digital/creative content • Building a CV • Networking and the professional use of social media • Presentation skills ( preparation, presentation style and practice) • Time management and project planning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Academic study skills sessions • Tutor-led seminars • Tutorials • Case study analysis • Visiting lecturers Learning activities include • Independent learning, including reflection and evaluation of feedback • Group projects and formative collaborative tasks • Problem-based learning • Study visits • Independent research • Online reference material and tutorial notes • Peer group learning • Class discussions

Independent Study174
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Michael Polanyi. The Tacit Dimension. 

Donald A Schon (22 Aug 1991 new edition). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action (Arena). 

Cottrell, S (2015). Skills For Success : Personal Development And Employability. 

Gray, C, & Malins, J (2004).  Visualizing Research: A Guide To The Research Process In Art And Design. 


Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead ( (22 April 2009)). Doing and Writing Action Research. 

Working Papers in Art and Design. An on-line refereed Journal_x000D_ (This journal can be accessed through the TDNet Journals Gateway on the WSA Library Webcat)

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead. You and Your Action Research Project. 

Cottrell, S (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison (39128). Research Methods in Education (6th edition). 



Findings presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1500 words) 50%
Critical Reflection  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (1500 words) 50%
Text analysis 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (1500 words) 50%
Text analysis 50%

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:


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.

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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