FIN2013 : Studio Practice I

Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


1. To build upon the foundation of understanding and skills established in Stage 1.
2. To encourage the student to consider the implications of working in particular media and studio specialisms.
3. To enable the student to identify subject matter and and working methods appropriate to individual interests.
4. To introduce students to a range of approaches to Fine Art practice.
5. To develop the students' ability to critically assess and direct studio work.
6. To encourage students to relate their individual practice to wider frameworks of reference.

This is a Fine Art studio-based module designed to provide a framework for the development of a self-directed, informed and well-supported studio practice.
In this module students determine the particular focus of their studio activity within the broad range of Fine Art practice (painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital and time-based media). In addition to their principal area/areas of studio activity students will select a complementary practice strand designed to introduce additional and/or less familiar media and ways of working, for example: collaborative practice, sound art, multiples, and site-specific practice.

Tutorials, crits, peer review, optional workshops, gallery visits and the Visiting Speaker's Programme provide a structure to support the students in developing their individual practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students attend a schedule of studio-based tutorials, group crits and peer review.
Students participate in a complementary practice strand.
Students attend weekly lectures in the Visiting Speakers programme.
Students can further support their studio-based learning through optional workshops.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Visiting speaker programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:2020:00Strand
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Forums/teaching fellows/life class/professional practice opps.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:301:30Group Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching40:302:00Individual Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching18:008:00Strand exhibition and crit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching40:302:00Briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Visiting L. Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Cross year studio Crits
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00LWA seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching20:301:00Surgery tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops115:0015:00Optional workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Assessment presentation workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1321:30321:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures through the visiting speaker programme provide an introduction to the contemporary art context, professional practice and present a range of practical, conceptual and theoretical approaches to Fine Art practice.
Complementary practice strands provide an introduction to specific media, concepts and methods of working and offer opportunities to work collaboratively.
Tutorials and group crits allow students to discuss their work with a tutor and/or peers and to critically reflect on their work and progress. Tutorials also provide feedback from tutors and peers.
Peer reviews allow students to familiarise themselves with the assessment criteria and to critically reflect on their own work and that of their peers. It provides them with written feedback from their peers.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A100Strand assessment 12.5% and Self Directed studio practice assessment 87.5%
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Presentation of studio and strand work allows students to provide evidence of sound research and development methods; exploration of technical processes and materials; identification of subject matter; formal and conceptual considerations and the capacity to manage and direct their practice with an increasing degree of independence 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.

In addition peer review of work in progress provides formative assessment and feedback half way through the semester.

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