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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5441M Interdisciplinary Art and Design

40 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Judith Tucker

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Interdisciplinary Art and Design offers flexible and innovative approaches to visual and social issues and develops creative practice to a professional standard. The module introduces a theoretical framework for this and then engages with the possibilities and advantages inherent in a hybrid practice of Art and Design. Practice that operates at this interface in contemporary culture often provokes diverse audiences to speak out and think critically and creatively.Examples of these integrated/hybrid Art and Design practices might include participatory and community arts/design projects, digital and physical mapping projects, artist books, publication as practice, interpretation of archival and historical materials, speculative design projects, environmental, landscape and place-based work.


This module gives students the opportunity to:
• Employ theoretical and practical perspectives in relation to an integrated Art and Design brief.
• Explore the creative potential of interdisciplinary Art and Design approaches and critical design methodologies and interrogate the boundaries of the two disciplines.
• Investigate the potential of hybrid Art and Design artefacts in a range of contexts: creative industries, exhibition, museum, community, educational, public arena.
• Engage with the needs of audiences/users of integrated Art and Design practices in the specific context of experimental, critical, and creative approaches.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Analyse and interpret current trends and theories and principles of interdisciplinary Art and Design in order to develop a creative project.
2. Access and critically analyse literature and plan appropriate research methods for the successful development of this creative art and design project
3. Undertake an up-to-date survey and analysis of contemporary Art and Design practices
4. Design, develop and fabricate effective and visually stimulating creative art and design outputs.
5. Contribute to the implementation, coordination and successful execution of an Art and Design project to a professional standard.


This module will deliver a combination of lectures and practical sessions. Lectures will engage students with the theory, research and professional approaches to contemporary issues in interdisciplinary Art and Design. The lecture content will be built around (and inform) each stage of the research, design and fabrication process. In addition to research the opportunities afforded by developing a flexible creative project will give students the chance to put their knowledge and theory into practice by planning, designing, developing and evaluating their creative project, both aesthetically and in terms of impact, this will enhance their professional portfolio.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours359.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Each lecture and practical class are supported by material that is available on Minerva. This material provides links to appropriate journal papers, books, videos and websites. Digital copies of the lectures will be also available on the VLE so that students can follow up in a systematic and structured manner.

To gain confidence to develop and articulate their own ideas, students will engage in private study.
• Literature search and reading: 80 hours
• Independent research and practical preparation: 80 hours
• Preparation and evaluation of assessed outcomes: 199 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
• Regular attendance at lectures and practical classes (absences dealt with through the usual School channels).
• Participation in lectures and practical classes.
• Feedback will be given in all practical sessions.
• Interim presentation/exhibition of work with feedback around week 21 (with feedback from industry/stakeholders if a live brief).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio comprising: development pieces, resolved art/design outputs developed to a professional level, a visual research journal and a 2,000-2,500 word report.100.00
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: 09/07/2021 15:01:04


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