FIN3011 : Studio Practice II with Study Abroad

Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 40.0


1. To enable the student to carry out sustained individual enquiry.
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 participation in debate around issues pertinent to Fine Art practice.
6. To develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of professional practice in relation to an international cultural context.

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module students concentrate on developing a rigorous, well-managed, informed and independent studio practice. Students develop a body of work directed by choices of medium, studio discipline and subject or theme. Emphasis is placed both on consolidating knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Stage 2 of the Programme and on further exploring formal, conceptual and technical aspects of practice. Methods employed in the documentation and public presentation of art work are explored. The module also includes a period of study of one semester’s length in an art institution abroad (currently in Europe and Australia). This introduces students to issues relevant to the internationalisation of systems of Fine Art production and ideas of ideological and cultural diversity.
The module proceeds by means of a schedule of tutorials with the student’s studio tutor, group critiques, 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. In addition students are required to write a reflective report on their experience on exchange and its significance for the development of their practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Visiting Speaker Programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00Individual tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Forums/teaching fellows/life class/professional practice opps.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Small Group Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Visiting Speaker Programme Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Cross Year Critiques
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00Professional development Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Professional Development Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00Surgery tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:153:45Group briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops115:0015:00Optional workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00Gallery Visit
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1700:15700:15N/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 critiques 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 Speakers’ Lectures extend the student’s awareness of the spectrum of Fine Art practice and the different ways in which theory might relate to and sustain practice. They also provide a wide range of examples of approaches to developing a practice and presenting and documenting art work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2A50Portfolio of studio work with evidence of consolidation in research and development, technical processes and conceptual development
Portfolio1A50Consisting of studio work, tutorial reports and other reflective material e.g. sketchbooks, journals, etc.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Presentation of a portfolio 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 and other personal documentation showing the process of development towards resolved art work, provide evidence of the student’s engagement with teaching and their ability to reflect, respond and plan.

Where a student is studying at an exchange institution that conducts assessments and awards a mark, we will convert this mark using our mark conversion table. Where a student is studying at an institution that doesn't have assessments or awards a Pass/Fail, we ask for a digital portfolio to be submitted according to specific guidelines. This portfolio will be marked against the Newcastle assessment criteria by studio staff in Newcastle.

Students should select to take only comparable studio modules at their host institution. Where this isn't possible and an additional Art History or Theory module is selected in order to make up the required number of credits, all module marks will be converted to arrive at a comparable overall mark for FIN3011 with the credit weightings of the modules taken in the exchange institution reflected in that overall module mark.

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