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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF5553M MA Exhibition

50 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Prof Chris Taylor

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Aug (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

A good honours degree or equivalent qualification/professional experience.


ARTF5101MAdvanced Research Skills 1
ARTF5552MStudio Practice


ARTF5102MAdvanced Research Skills 2
ARTF5217MMA Fine Art Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 1.5 days in the studio developing critical and analytical skills through a revised Project Plan (PFP), attending studio seminars and group crits, tutorials, Visiting Artists’ Talks series and field trips, evidenced through a curated exhibition of their work (or equivalent public output) and supported by related documentation and Personal Statement (PFP).


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
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- engage with and resolve practical and theoretical concerns in the production, distribution and criticism of art work;
- develop critical and analytic skills and be able to integrate those skills in the production of works of art;
- integrate those skills/competencies attained in Year 1 within the production of artwork;
- build on group learning skills and responsiveness to group criticism and discussion seminars;
- demonstrate raised awareness of the contemporary art world and its centres of gravity and modes of distribution;
- produce a body of work for assessment at the completion of the semester together with related documentation in relevant media;
- organise, prepare, curate, mount, and document an exhibition of that body of work with appropriate documentary support;
- develop organisational skills, and where applicable, fund-raising, publicity, curatorial and other professional skills related to the mounting of an exhibition;
- organise and implement the variety of practical and professional skills required to mount such an exhibition;
- liaise with internal/external bodies for publicity, space allocation and related matters for the successful mounting of such an exhibition.

Skills outcomes
- Skills necessary to undertake higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice.
- Participation in group discussions.
- Evaluating own achievement and that of others.
- Self-direction and effective decision-making.
- Independent learning.
- Use of methodologies and practical resources.


Students develop the critical and analytical skills through a revised Project Plan, studio seminars, Visiting Artists' Talks series and field trips that will be evidenced through a curated assessment exhibition of their work (or equivalent public output) and supported by related documentation.
In preparation for the MA Exhibition module assessment, practical work/projects are brought to final stages of completion and issues of professional display, curation, publicity and exhibition resolved; the production and preparation of an appropriate catalogue and/or website for the final exhibition produced utilising the neccessary IT support within and outside of the School.
The presentation of final work to a professional standard is the responsibility of the student in consultation with studio staff, and represents part of their professional development furnishing the student with the skills necessary for a developing/continuing art practice.

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
Group learning53.0015.00
Private study hours512.00
Total Contact hours88.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

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.
- The students will be expected to convene regularly as a group to discuss, plan and take on an equal share of the workload in realising the final exhibition.

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
PracticalExhibition of artefacts and supporting documentation of studio work developed during Year 2100.00
AssignmentRevised Project Plan. 750 - 1000 words0.00
Personal StatementMax 1000 words0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Course work resit: Presentation of a portfolio of work developed in the period leading up to the resit deadline which responds to the Aims and Objectives of the module. In consolation with the module leader, this may be a further development of work previously submitted. Presentation space to be organised by the module leader.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:04:50


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