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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF5552M Studio Practice

60 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Chris Taylor

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

A 2:1 degree in Fine Art or other practice-based subject or relevant work experience.


ARTF5101MAdvanced Research Skills 1

This module is not approved as an Elective


- The module will inculcate the integrated study of the practice and theory of visual art understood as comprising a broad range of media and techniques.
- Students elaborate and synthesise their existing skills/competences through the analysis and production of their work.
- The module provides the resources and learning context necessary to assess and critically evaluate theories of visual representations, an integral part of the production of practical work in fine art.
- It aims to provide the basis for future professional art practice, curatorial engagement and/or academic research at a higher level.

Learning outcomes
- To engage with a wide variety of practical and theoretical concerns in the production, distribution and criticism of art work;
- To develop critical and analytic skills and integrate/use these skills in the production of works of art;
- To be encouraged to experiment practically and reflect critically on that practice;
- To engage in the knowing integration of the critical and historical reflection on art with the production of art;
- To produce a body of work for assessment at the completion of semester together with related documentation in relevant media.

Skills outcomes
The module is designed to equip the students with skills appropriate to the sustaining of a critically informed and theoretically underpinned professional Fine Art practice. Appropriate critical and technical skills and methodologies are developed continuously throughout the programme. Students develop abilities to communicate concerns, and define objectives and achievements relative to professional art practice through presentations and a series of short written supporting texts.


Students follow a minimum of 1.5 days in the studios engaged in the development and production of a body of work running in parallel with a series of studio-led seminars on the relationship and development of contemporary art practice, theory and criticism in relation to archives, exhibitions, documentation and presentation. Tutors give specific tuition and monitor progress through group criticism sessions as well as in individual tutorials; practical work can engage in a broad range of media, techniques and concepts within fine art practice. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects in consultation with studio staff supplemented by a programme of seminars, visiting speakers, artists and fine art professionals together with film/video screenings where appropriate. Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions, performances and other related events throughout the period.

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 Crit53.0015.00
Private study hours532.00
Total Contact hours56.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)588.00

Private study

- The majority of private study and independent learning hours will be studio-based, developing ideas and formalising projects.
- Independent learning will also include enrolling for specialist workshop inductions as and when available and appropriate to the individual’s work.
- Students will be expected to make regular visits to galleries and events nationally.
- Students will prepare a Project Plan at the beginning and a Position Statement at the end of the module.
- Students will write a Seminar Review responding to ideas arising from either the studio seminars or the Visiting Artists’ Talks series.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Group crits and tutorials

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
AssignmentProject Plan (500-1000 words)0.00
AssignmentPosition statement (max 1000 words)0.00
Written WorkSeminar review (2000-3000 words)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/08/2021


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