Study Abroad and Exchanges



FIN3014 : Studio Practice I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


1. to enable the student to carry out sustained individual inquiry
2. to encourage the student to further develop and apply appropriate strategies for researching and progressing, visual ideas and material
3. to develop the student's understanding of professional practice and capacity to work independently
4. to develop the student's ability to rigorously assess studio work and to place it into context
5. to encourage the student's participlation in debate around issues pertinent to Fine Art practice
6. to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of professional practice

In this studio-based module students concentrate on developing a rigorous, well-managed, informed and independent studio practice.
Students develop a body of studio work directed by choices of media, studio discipline and subject/theme. Emphasis is placed both on consolidating knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Stage 2 and on further exploring formal, conceptual and technical aspects of practice.
The module also includes a Life Work Art component in which students propose an external project which would provide first-hand experience of working within a semi-professional and public context.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module proceeds by means of a schedule of tutorials with the student's studio tutor, Life Work Art tutorials, group crits, lectures from the Visiting Speakers Programme and a programme of practice-related seminars.
In addition students may receive tutorials from visiting artists, are encouraged to make use of the surgery tutorial system to request tutorials with specific members of staff, and will carry out and write up a Life Work Art external project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Practice lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Visiting speaker programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Small group Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching30:301:30Individual Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:3010:30Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Visiting speaker programme seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00Cross year Crits
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching30:301:30LWATutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00LWA seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching115:0015:00Guided studio work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Group Breifing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Assessment briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Gallery visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00Surgery tutorial
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1330:30330:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials facilitate the development of the student's understanding and skills in all aspects of their practice: organisational, developmental, formal, conceptual, technical, contextual and professional. They also nurture the student's ability to evaluate and reflect, to articulate their ideas and debate issues relevant to their practice.
Group crits foster the student's ability to reflect critically on their own work and that of others and to formulate reasoned responses to the views of others.
The Visiting Speaker's lectures extend the student's awareness of the spectrum of Fine Art practice and the different ways in wchich theory might relate to and sustain practice. They also provide a wide range of examples of approaches to developing a practice and of presenting and documenting artwork.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100Self-directed studio practice assessment tutorial
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Presentation of studio work allows students to provide evidence of consolidation and further development in relation to: sound research and developmental methods; technical processes and materials; identification of subject matter; formal and conceptual considerations; independent management and direction of their practice and self-reflection. Within the portfolio, tutorial record forms provide evidence of the student's engagement with teaching and ability to reflect, plan and respond.

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