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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2040 Studio Work

60 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Mr Richard Bell

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To build upon and critically apply skills learned in the previous studio module
- To engage further with the complex nature of contemporary art practices, in a variety of media, and to develop critical and analytical skills on these;
- To continue to examine the histories and traditions of this practice to assist in situating themselves within the contemporary art world;
- To develop personal studio work, monitor the development of this work and apply critical skills in the appropriate modes of distribution and presentation

Learning outcomes
On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to demonstrate:
- A broad understanding of developing key concepts and formal approaches to art making in relation to individual responses to concerns identified within the complex nature of contemporary art practices
- A continued examination of the histories (social and cultural) and traditions that further assist in locating the individuals practice within the historical continuum and the contextual framework, both within and beyond, an expanded definition of fine art practice.
- A developing understanding of how this critical discourse informs the productive fusion of theoretical rigour and expressive speculation in refined resolved practice based studio work.
- A growing ability to identify and evaluate the most appropriate use of different materials, processes and environments in approaches to problem solving, independently and /or collaboratively, associated with an emerging individual practice.
- An ability to effectively communicate critical reflection on their work and locate this in a contextual framework of fine art contemporary practice.
- An understanding of the principles of 'a deep approach to learning' and to adopt strategies and methodologies to engage with these principles.
- An ability to structure a coherent critically informed argument in oral and written forms.
- An ability to develop skills and strategies as independent learners
- An ability to interact effectively with others.
- An ability to show initiative and resourcefulness in the planning and resolution of self-initiated projects.

Skills outcomes
Developing proficiency and confidence in the use of chosen media for the production and dissemination of practical work
Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument.
Use of audio visual aids
Participation in group discussions
Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
Using bibliographies and databases
Practical making skills appropriate to relevant studio practice.
Use of appropriate equipment relevant to studio practice.
Engaging participation in group discussions and projects
Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
Appropriate and effective research skills.


Self directed studio work as negotiated with studio tutors. Students must also engage with a series of seminars, tutorials (individual and group), group crits and visiting artist lectures throughout the module which contributes to the discussions around contemporary art practice.
Students will be expected to proactively engage with contemporary art programmes, galleries, institutes and their online platforms.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Discussion forum41.004.00
Studio Crit122.0024.00
Private study hours507.00
Total Contact hours93.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Developing personal studio and group project work and research as appropriate, in the studios/workshops

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Mid year review
- Exhibition/display of practical work during module 3 presentations
- Exhibition/display of practical work at the end of Semester 2

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioSummative work carried out during module + supporting material for exhibition100.00
PracticalExhibition/display of practical work at the end of semester 20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

While coursework might include aspects of some or all of the following, these will vary across the cohort in according to different modes and pathways of practice pursued by students: Project report, Group project, Verbal presentation, Poster presentation, Practical, Reflective log, Tutorial performance

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/01/2023


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