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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1035 Studio Work

60 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Simon Lewandowski

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications


Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of the module students will able to:
- engage with the complex nature of contemporary art practices, in a variety of media, and to bring to bear their critical and analytical skills on these;
- examine the histories and traditions of this practice to assist in situating themselves within the contemporary art world;
- develop personal studio work, monitor the development of this work and understand their role in its dissemination.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to demonstrate:
- An understanding of key concepts and formal approaches to art making so that individual entry points into the complex nature of contemporary art practices are identified.
- An awareness of the critical appraisal of fine art practices within contemporary discourse and its historical precedents.
- An understanding of how this critical discourse informs the productive fusion of theoretical rigour and expressive speculation in resolved practice based studio work.
- An ability to identify and evaluate the appropriate use of different materials, processes and environments in approaches to problem solving, independently and /or collaboratively, associated with fine art practices.
- An ability to communicate critical reflection on their work and locate this in a contextual framework of fine art contemporary practice.
- An ability to structure a coherent, simple and critically- informed argument in oral and written forms.
- An appreciation of strengths and weaknesses as independent learners
- An ability to show initiative and resourcefulness in the planning and resolution of, set and/or self-initiated, projects.
- Proficiency and confidence in the use of chosen media for the production and dissemination of practical work
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Participation in group discussions
- Coordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Appropriate and effective research skills

Skills outcomes
- Practical making skills and use of equipment and materials appropriate to their chosen areas of studio practice.
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information.
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- The skills necessary to function effectively in group enterprises.


Studio work; students on the module are divided into groups, each working in a dedicated studio space. For the first 16 weeks the core module tutors work with each group in turn on a series of projects determined by the tutors in response to the module objectives and to the particular needs and development of the student cohort.
Tutors will meet with students at least twice weekly as a group and, occasionally, individually; tutors will also deliver occasional workshop teaching in their own specialist research and professional areas; the latter form part of a rolling programme of medium-specific workshop teaching which will be delivered throughout the year, with core tutors joined by other School Staff and outside specialists where appropriate. Formative assessments take place at the end of project rotations (see below “Methods of Assessment”).
For the remainder of the year students will work on briefs determined individually and/or in small groups in consultation with tutors. Students will work in groups to realise some form of exhibition or equivalent public presentation of their work for a final assessment at the end of semester 2.
Students must also engage with a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and visiting speakers throughout the programme which contributes to the discussions around contemporary art practice. Field trips, as determined by the studio staff, to attend exhibitions, galleries, or fine art fairs will regularly form part of the syllabus.

Teaching Methods
- Studio time incorporates a range of delivery methods including: module meetings/seminars/presentations/studio critiques/reviews/project work/tutorials and practical workshops.
- Lectures are represented by visiting artist talks.
- Studio and Practical hours are represented by total contact hours for number of staff x number of groups

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Studio Time205.00100.00
Private study hours400.00
Total Contact hours200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Students have access to the studios and to specialist workshops facilities during School opening hours and some evenings. Project briefs set by group tutors will require appropriate blocks of studio and workshop application by the students and deadlines are calculated in relation to students’ overall workload. Longer and more demanding medium-specific workshop teaching will be scheduled for periods where there is no timetabled teaching for this or co-requisite modules.
(see, also, Outline Syllabus)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored continuously through regular group reviews and individual and group tutorials. Attendance registers for seminars, tutorials and workshop inductions are kept. The assessments which take place end of each of the first project blocks are formative and, as much as possible, student-led; they are designed to encourage students to monitor their own progress as well as providing staff with information on which to draw when delivering the module programme.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPresentation of practice in appropriate form100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Formative assessments in the form of presentation of practice in appropriate form: Set: 1/1, 1/5 2/2, 2/6 Due: 1/4, 1/9 2/5, 2/10 One summative practical assessment will take place at the end of the module. This will be based on work made as part of the first 4 project rotations and on a final presentation of work in the form of an exhibition (or equivalent), portfolio of work and assessment tutorial. *Formative assessments will take place at the end of each project rotation and will be primarily student-led ad participatory- marks will be given as part of feedback but these will be provisional until the final assessment in semester 2.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 31/03/2016


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