Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

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 focused 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. This module is taught through semesters one and two following a pattern of lecture, creative workshop (at which a brief will be set) finishing with a crit 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Non-synchronous online. Pre-recorded intro to each of the topics. Will set a reading for the seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:309:00Synchronous online seminars. Discuss reading and present outcome of creative tasks.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:309:00PiP - continues from lecture giving opportunity for idea sharing. Creative tasks set
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1570:00570:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision20:451:30Mix online & PiP. Supervisions will take place in sem 3 and will support development of the show
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:454:30Mix online & PiP. Supervisions will take place in sem 3 and will support development of the show
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The combination of lectures, seminars and workshops allow student to exchange ideas and facilitates peer review processes. These build across weeks in the same sequence beginning with a lecture introducing the topic and setting some reading; continuing with a workshop exploring the ideas in practice, allowing for peer to peer interaction and setting a creative task; and culminating in a seminar/crit led by students but facilitated by staff, exploring the readings and the results from the task.

The learning outcomes of this module combine to equip students to undertake major pieces of practice based research by understanding its context, improving their capacity to discuss it with others, developing appropriate methods for its execution, reflecting on what they’ve done, documenting it properly and communicating it to others. The three-part (lecture/workshop/seminar) structure of semesters 1 and 2 focus on these elements individually. They are first explored through a lecture before students put it into practice first with peers in the workshop and then alone as they complete the tasks set there in guided independent learning. The seminars will provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion developing students’ critical skills. Each student will have an appointed studio tutor with whom they will have regular tutorials in semester 3, focused on the development of their major project. Finally they will have two shorter dissertation based tutorials with their allocated dissertation tutor

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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) and exhibition documentation
Design/Creative proj3M60Major piece of creative work in exhibition format
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable