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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3205 Studio Work

60 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Julia McKinlay

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

Year running 2022/23


ARTF2040Studio Work



Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


- Continue to build upon, consolidate and be able to critically apply skills learned in the previous module (ARTF 2040).
- Continue to engage further with the complex nature of contemporary art practices, in a variety of media, and highly develop critical and analytical skills.
- Critically examine the histories and traditions of practice in order to locate this within the historical and contemporary continuum.
- To establish a body of personal studio work and apply critical skills in the presentation of this as an exhibition.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the year / programme students should have provided evidence of being able to demonstrate:
- A sound understanding of a coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competency in relation to highly individual responses and engagement within the complex nature of contemporary art practices.
- A consolidated examination of the histories (social and cultural) and traditions that firmly locate the individuals practice within a historical continuum and broad contextual framework, which includes the expanded definition of fine art practice.
- A comprehensive understanding of how this critical discourse informs the productive fusion of theoretical rigour and expressive speculation in ambitious, refined and fully resolved practice based studio work.
- A refined 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 a highly critical reflection on their work and locate this in an expanded 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 appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity, unfamiliarity and limitations of knowledge in developing new concepts for individual fine art practice.
- An ability to structure a highly coherent critically informed, articulate and reasoned argument in oral and written forms.
- An ability to deploy knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and execute and extended body of work in relation to and interaction between established intentions, processes, outcomes and context(s).
- An ability to display and activate effective interpersonal skills through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation.
- An ability to show initiative and resourcefulness in the planning and resolution of self-initiated projects and be entrepreneurial as independent learners and emerging professional practitioners.

Skills outcomes
Highly proficient and confident use of chosen media for the production and dissemination of practical work. Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument. Participation and negotiation in group discussions and projects. Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information. Appropriate and effective research skills and methods development.


Studio work as negotiated with studio tutors. Students 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 and debates centred around professional art practice. Study trips, attending exhibitions and art fairs may, where appropriate, form part of the syllabus.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Discussion forum41.004.00
Studio Crit122.0024.00
Private study hours509.00
Total Contact hours91.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Development of personal studio and group project (public exhibition) work as appropriate, in studios / workshops.
Students have access to the studios and to specialist workshop facilities during School opening hours. Access to the studios and select facilities are available to those who apply for independent access and complete the necessary training programme.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- studio progress is monitored continuously and attendance registers for seminars, tutorials and workshop inductions kept;
- mid year review;
- exhibition/presentation of practical work at the end of Semester 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalExhibition/presentation of practical work at the end of semester 2100.00
PortfolioSummative work carried out during module + supporting material for degree exhibition0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

While coursework might include aspects of some or all of the above, these will vary across the cohort in according to different modes and pathways of practice pursued by students.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 08/08/2022


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