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BA Fine Art with History of Art

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme 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 contemporary appraisal and understanding of fine art practices within the relevant historical and critical discourses.
- An understanding of how such historical and critical discourses 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 a critical reflection on their work and locate this in the contextual framework of art history and its methodologies.
- An ability to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the discipline;
- 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.
- An awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- Time and management skills
- Effective and appropriate communication skills.
- Team working and negotiation skills
- A working knowledge of health and safety in the workplace.
- An understanding of the mutual, ethical and legal obligations between creative practitioners, audience and institution.
- An understanding of sustainability and their wider social responsibilities as it affects practice.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for
the year/programme and will include:
- Engagement with the complex nature of fine art in a variety of media, and bring to bear their critical and analytic skills on such practices.
- Examination of the historical and critical theories which feed into this practice to assist in situating themselves in the contemporary art world.
- Development of personal studio work, monitor the development of this work and understand their role in its dissemination and display.
This is achieved through:
- The monitoring of their practical work through regular group reviews and individual and group tutorials.
- The monitoring of their written work through regular assignments and presentations.
Feedback on both will enable students to monitor their own progress as well as develop their critical skills in self-evaluation and contextual understanding. It also helps to build self-confidence and effective communication skills.


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