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ARTF1051 Studio Work 2

30 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Jo McGonigal

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


ARTF1050Introduction to Studio Work

Module replaces

ARTF1035 Studio Work

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be 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;
- develop personal studio work, monitor the development of this work and understand their role in its dissemination.
- take responsibility for 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:
- An enhanced 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. A deeper understanding of how this informs their own and others’ practice.
- Proficiency and confidence in the use of chosen media for the production and dissemination of practical work
- An ability to communicate critical reflection on their work and locate this in a contextual framework of fine art contemporary practice.
- An ability to show initiative and resourcefulness in the planning and resolution of, set projects individually and as part of a team.
- Enhanced and improving 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.


For the remainder of the year students will work on briefs determined individually and/or in small groups in consultation with tutors. Students will work in groups to realise some form of exhibition or equivalent public presentation of their work for a final assessment at the end of semester 2.
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Technical Training92.5022.50
Discussion forum21.002.00
Private study hours240.50
Total Contact hours59.50
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.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student-led and participatory group critiques and reviews will take place regularly in (partly self-determined) 'research clusters.' Students will have at least 2 one-to-one tutorials with participating tutors. There will be verbal feedback as part of the final assessment at the end of the semester; written feedback will also be given but as a secondary confirmation and summery of points explored in verbal feedback. 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

One summative practical assessment will take place at the end of the module. This will consist of an exhibition (or equivalent format) of work made in semester 2 accompanied by a statement and supporting information. This will be marked by at least 2 members of staff – concise written feedback will be returned with a 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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