FIN3012 : Studio Practice III

Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0


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.

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 media, 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 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.
The module proceeds by means of a schedule of tutorials with the student’s studio tutor, Life Work Art tutorials, 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, 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 ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Visiting Speaker Programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching30:301:30LWA Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching44:0016:00LWA Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:153:45Briefings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Forums/teaching fellows/life class/professional practice opps.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00Individual tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Small group tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Visiting Speaker Programme Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Cross Year Critiques
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops115:0015:00Optional workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00Gallery visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00Surgery tutorial
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1489:45489:45N/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.

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