module specification

AA3001 - Project (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Project
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
108 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
192 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Friday Morning
Year City Tuesday Morning
Year City Thursday Morning
Year City Monday Morning

Module summary

The Project module provides a broad, varied, stimulating experience of a range of creative practices that allows for self-assessment of individual interests and aptitudes towards developing a specialism. It enables the development of a productive, disciplined and critical approach to visual and practical enquiry; and to individual independent thinking, making and communicating. It develops the individual’s portfolio of work in a distinctive and ambitious way as evidence of a personal creative practice in the context of a specific subject area. Assignments and study trips will open up London as a source of limitless research potential and creativity.

A project develops ideas through conceptual and material processes towards outcomes that can be evaluated in relation to the initial idea; and other related contexts that may arise during the timeframe of the project. The Project module is an introduction to the project as a key feature of creative practice. The projects in the Project module vary considerably in aim, structure and duration to reflect their application in a wide range of creative practices. The definition, implementation, development and outcome of the projects is transferred from tutor to student as the course develops. The projects are inherently student-centred with course demands satisfied by nurturing the student’s independent inquiry, discovery & production.

Practical elements of project-work are built-up by a close relation with the Techniques module. Critical reflection and self-evaluation encourage the development of self-organisation and effective time-management.

Prior learning requirements

AA3002 Techniques (co requisite)
Available for Study Abroad? NO


The syllabus covers development of creative pratice in various subject-areas providing an overview of methods and approaches in relation to a range of creative practices. It is responsive to issues of sustainability, environmental and ethical ideals. The Project Module is closely aligned to the Techniques module that delivers practical methods and material for the projects.

Developing a portfolio of project work (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

Generating and developing ideas and achieving outcomes (LO1, LO2)
Description, evaluation and critical reflection. (LO3)
Practical application of research. (LO2, LO4)
Choice, discernment and judgement in relation to project development. (LO3)
London, as a source of research potential and creative possibility. (LO4)

Organisation and awareness of timetables and university procedures. (LO1)
Time management and working to deadlines. (LO1, LO4)

Establishing points of reference and thematic intentions. (LO3, LO2)
Awareness and experience of progression opportunities. (LO4)

In stage 1 there are short, diverse and intensive skills acquisition through a range of different contexts exploring a range of subject-area practices.
In stage 2 there are short introductory projects that encourage exploration, experimentation and making relations with subject-areas to broaden experience and/or further specialism.
In stage 3 there is a more independently defined, managed and self-evaluated project; of larger and longer ambition, directed towards a subject area, interest or specialism.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Students are expected to; and have the opportunity to continue with their studies outside of scheduled classes. There will be a range of learning strategies deployed and individual learning styles will be accommodated.

The module’s learning outcomes, its contents and delivery, are regularly scrutinised and will be annually reviewed to ensure an ongoing inclusive approach to pedagogic practice. The module and course utilise the University’s blended learning platform to support and reinforce learning, to foster peer-to-peer communication and to facilitate tutorial support for students. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment items and interim formative feedback asks students to reflect on their progress, seek help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes, and proactively make recommendations to themselves for further development.

Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including reflections on progress and achievement. The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress through the year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their personal ambitions.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. present enquiry-based projects for review at certain points though the year and as a portfolio of projects at the end;
2. use media, materials, processes, technologies and/or equipment to initiate and progress ideas and to develop and evaluate outcomes;
3. articulate through presentation their own ideas, opinions and concerns in relation to broader critical and cultural frameworks;
4. identify research and develop project work to explore and explain an increasing awareness of and commitment to a subject area specialism.