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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1050 Introduction to Studio Work

30 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Jo McGonigal

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

ARTF1035 Studio Work

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of the module students will able to:
- engage with the complex nature of contemporary art practices, in a variety of media, and to bring to bear their critical and analytical skills on these;
- examine the histories and traditions of this practice to assist in situating themselves within the contemporary art world;
- start to develop personal studio work, monitor the development of this work and understand their role in its dissemination.
- develop an informed awareness of Health and Safety issues and procedures in particular those related to the specialisms of their chosen media

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should have provided evidence of being able to demonstrate:
- A basic 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 critical appraisal of fine art practices within contemporary discourse and its historical precedents and how this critical discourse informs practice based studio work.
- An ability to identify and evaluate the appropriate use of different materials, processes and environments with some proficiency and confidence in the use of chosen media for the production of work
- An ability to communicate critical reflection on their work and locate this in a contextual framework of fine art contemporary practice and an appreciation of potential strengths and weaknesses as independent learners-
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Appropriate and effective research skills

Skills outcomes
- Practical making skills and use of equipment and materials appropriate to their chosen areas of studio practice.
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information.
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument.
- The skills necessary to function in group enterprises.


Studio work; students on the module are divided into groups, each working in a dedicated studio space. The core module tutors work with each group in turn on a series of 'engagements'* determined by the tutors in response to the module objectives and to the particular needs and development of the student cohort.
Tutors will meet with students at least twice weekly as a group and, occasionally, individually; tutors will also deliver occasional workshop teaching in their own specialist research and professional areas; the latter form part of a rolling programme of medium-specific workshop teaching which will be delivered throughout the year, with core tutors joined by other School Staff and outside specialists where appropriate. Formative student self-assessments take place at the end of project rotations. At the end of the semester there will be a formal assessment. (see below 'Methods of Assessment')
Students must also engage with a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and visiting speakers throughout the programme which contributes to the discussions around contemporary art practice. Field trips, as determined by the studio staff, to attend exhibitions, galleries, or fine art fairs will regularly form part of the syllabus.

*This term is used to differentiate the relationship with a lead tutor from models of project-based small-group learning used in A-level and Foundation studies. There will between 4 and 6 of these, subject in part to the timetable of outside cultural events which form part of the research involved (for instance major touring exhibitions or site-specific activities.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Technical Training152.5030.00
Discussion forum21.002.00
Private study hours214.00
Total Contact hours86.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students have access to the studios and to specialist workshops facilities during School opening hours and some evenings. Project briefs set by group tutors will require appropriate blocks of studio and workshop application by the students and deadlines are calculated in relation to students’ overall workload. Longer and more demanding medium-specific workshop teaching will be scheduled for periods where there is no timetabled teaching for this or co-requisite modules. (see, also, Outline Syllabus).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative assessments will take place at the end of each project rotation and will be primarily student-led and participatory. Marks will be given as part of feedback but these will be provisional until the final assessment at the end of the semester. Less than 70% attendance at seminars, workshops and lectures may affect students' overall grade. Registers will be taken at lectures/seminars/tutorials in order to monitor student engagement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPresentation of practice in appropriate form100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Continuous formative feedback as part of crits and reviews of practice presentations in small project groups. One summative practical assessment will take place at the end of the module during exam week. This will comprise a portfolio of work made a part of the first project rotations and a presentation of work made in response to an assessment brief issued before the Christmas break. The assessment will be conducted as a one-to one tutorial meeting with verbal feedback (which students are expected to make notes of) and a short written precis of points returned with the grade. Resit will be in the form of a portfolio submission, the content agreed with the Module Tutor.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:22:36


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