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HSS8123 : Creative Practice Project

Semesters
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

• To develop, bring together and consolidate a range of new skills and knowledge from students’
various module choices
• To gain experience of practice-based research
• To develop students’ engagement with research and scholarly activity
• To encourage the development of informed and literate professional practitioners, who are adaptable
to change and able to bring to bear their originality, insight and reflective abilities in
individual projects or collaborative environments as appropriate.
• To help students develop a characteristic making practice with clear, describable methods
• To help students develop project management skills
• To help students develop skills for describing their work for presentation in professional contexts
(e.g. to funders) and to document it professionally
• To demonstrate professional scholarly practice and develop skills in writing and presentation
appropriate to the chosen medium
• To encourage teamwork, where appropriate, through collaborative projects

Outline Of Syllabus

This module facilitates the development of a major practice-based project which will incorporate and further develop the new skills and knowledge acquired throughout their spread of modules. The Creative Project allows students to reflect and build upon the work they have done all year and to complete a lengthy and advanced piece of written work, professional portfolio or a fully realised project.

We emphasise that this work should develop significantly throughout the year including exploration, research, experiment and iteration as well as adoption of new methods. This will be supported by a series of focussed creative briefs and feedback at workshop sessions throughout the year. Students will be assigned a supervisor who will offer guidance and monitor progress throughout the year. At the end of the year, students will be required to give an oral presentation, as well as submit written documentation in support of their project. This module is taught through a series of seminars where students can present and exchange their ideas and progress of work.

Although many projects incorporate elements of digital technology, this is not a requirement. Some projects may involve collaboration with another student/s, and this is encouraged, although it will be important that each individual's input is clearly identified and assessable.

Students will build on the new knowledge, skills and methodologies that they have developed in other modules, exploring the applications of these further. Students will be expected to describe this in their reflective report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops63:0018:00Group tutorials and workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1582:00582:00N/A
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The combination of seminars and workshops allow student to exchange ideas and facilitates peer review processes. The Creative Project provides the students with the opportunity to show that they have gained an advanced understanding of transdisciplinary practice including pathways of practice-based and practice-led research; and that they can independently pursue a course of research in the field. The documentation and presentation encourage students to articulate and publicly defend their research. The presentation is also expected to promote self-reflection. Personal tutorials are the main vehicle to provide individual advice and guidance. Each students will have an appointed supervisor.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M40Accompanying related dissertation(around 5000 words)
Design/Creative proj3M60Major piece of creative work in exhibition format and accompanying documentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Option 1: Major piece of creative work in exhibition format and accompanying documentation 60%
Dissertation, around 5000 words 40%

Option 2: Documentation of creative work 40%
Dissertation, around 8000 words 60%

If the research includes a major physical piece of creative work (option 1), the dissertation should be a critical text between 4000-5000 words. The creative work should lead the focus of the dissertation rather than being seen as a result of it. The dissertation should explore a related area of critical, philosophical or other research concern. It should include description of relevant aspects of the creative work including, for instance, methods employed, tests with users or audiences, accounts of making process.

If the research does not include a major physical piece of creative work (option 2), the dissertation should be a critical text of around 8000 words. This should explore an area of critical, philosophical or other research concern relevant to the student’s practice and development over the year. It should include description of relevant aspects of this including, for instance, methods employed, tests with users or audiences, accounts of making.

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