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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DESN2447 Creative Practice 2A

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Andrea Thoma

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Creative Practice 1A and 1B

Module replaces

DESN 2440 Studio Practice 2A

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module students are taught how to become more independent in creative practice and how to research, develop and consolidate ideas in order to arrive at an advanced understanding of the relationship between materials, concepts and processes.


The objective of this module is to consolidate and further develop visual research methods to allow for a focused engagement with creative practice through an advanced understanding of ideas, material processes and critical appraisal. This will support the production and development of a consolidated body of original work.
The module expands and strengthens focused development of conceptual and practical skills which are integral to art and design practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have provided evidence of
being able to:
1 demonstrate practical and technical competencies in their chosen art medium/ media.
2 demonstrate a broad understanding of the interrelation between subject, content and process in art practice.
3 identify, articulate and sustain a personal direction of practical study through their art practice(s).
4 undertake research related to art practice and technologies and present this in appropriate form(s) and context(s).

Skills outcomes
Creative practice skills including 3D construction, sound, photography, painting, drawing, film and printmaking. The practice is informed by theory and academic research.


This module builds on and extends the opportunities provided at Level 1 for the effective and appropriate handling of various art media, either singly or in combination, in the realisation of students developing art and design interests. Through self-directed practical work and tutorial guidance, students produce a consolidated body of work.
There is growing emphasis on professional practice in the field of contemporary art and design and students are encouraged to situate their own practice and reflect upon its context and scope with this in mind. Lectures and seminars allow students to continue developing skills in communication and
critical analysis and further understanding of contemporary art and design practice.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours234.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Reading for lectures, tutorials, seminars and reference and analysis file (23 hours)
- Preparation of reference and analysis file (36 hours)
- Preparation of portfolio (175 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' creative practice work will be seen by their studio tutor during the practical sessions and students have opportunity for tutorial guidance.
- Students will have a mid-semester monitoring tutorial with written feedback on practice and a research and analysis file in progress.
- Peer critique: there is a formative opportunity to view and comment on others' work

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioA submission of a digital portfolio of creative practice to be examined in the studio80.00
Reflective logA research and analysis file submitted online20.00
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: 30/06/2021 16:21:15


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