FIN1011 : Studio Practice I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


1. This module offers a programme of studio projects organised around the exploration of aspects of painting, performance, sculpture, video and printmaking strands. Each project strand begins with a briefing outlining the nature of the project strand and concludes with a studio crit in which each student's work is discussed. A high degree of individual response is invited within the broad framework of each constituent project strand; the course also includes a collaborative project. Aspects of professional development are covered in the Life Work Art programme strand.

2. This course is designed to optimise the development of students from diverse art backgrounds (e.g. school, foundation colleges and mature students) with a view to preparing them for independent activity. The course also aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of professional practice.

The module offers a studio-based course, which introduces students to the making of fine art across most of the main disciplines. The module is structured around a series of strands (students will be allotted to one of four groups) and a complementary programme, LifeWorkArt that looks at aspects of professional practice: exhibitions, artist’s organisations, opportunities and career paths. There is also a weekly visiting lecturer programme on Wednesday lunchtimes that is compulsory for all first year students to attend.

Outline Of Syllabus

In semester 1 each student completes four studio based project strands of two and a half weeks duration within the media areas of painting, print, sculpture and film/performance. The semester ends with a workshop week where students sign up for artist led workshops.

Students also attend weekly lectures in the Visiting Lecturer Programme and participate in a programme of Life Work Art 'fieldtrips'.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Visiting lecture programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:0010:00Skills Workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Intro to Workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical272:0054:00Technical induction
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching70:303:30Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Intro to Project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Group Crits at end of project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork101:0010:00LWA
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1298:30298:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, Life Work Art seminars and fieldwork introduce students to the range of fine art practice and attendant issues including those of context and professional practice. Project briefings, tutorials, individual studio teaching, technical demonstrations, workshop inductions, health and safety inductions and end of project crits provide a framework for the development of technical skills, formal and conceptual understanding, and the capacity to appraise their own work and that of others.

Students are expected to support their practice by visiting important national exhibitions and gallery collections: National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, London. They are expected to regularly attend exhibitions at the principal exhibition venues in the city: BALTIC and Baltic 39, Hatton Gallery, Newbridge Projects, the Northern Charter, Globe, Northumbria University Gallery, Laing Art Gallery.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100Portfolio inspection and interview. 4 strands in total which students must pass.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Tutorial assessment and end of project crits provide opportunities to gauge the student's ability to appraise their own work and that of others, their knowledge of form, content and context, and awareness of professional practice. Submission of studio work provides evidence of the student's technical skills and ability to apply effective strategies and attitudes to the investigation and development of their visual ideas. Assessment occurs at the end of the semester and takes the form of an individual assessment tutorial with the presentation of a portfolio of studio work produced as a response to the set briefs. These forms of assessment also allow appraisal of the student's key skills of planning, organising and problem solving.

Each project must be of a passable standard in order to pass the module.

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