module specification

DN6003 - Exhibition Practice (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Exhibition Practice
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Exhibition Practice and Portfolio *FC*
Coursework 30%   Reflective Exhibition Diary
Coursework 10%   Evidence of Professional Practice & Independent Studentship
Running in 2018/19

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

For many creative practitioners, exhibition is the crucial, final aspect of professional dissemination and practice: a fulfilment of practice objectives – aesthetic, intellectual, ethical ¬– and the realisation of a long period of research and development in the studio. The moment of exhibition also provides critical debate and reception, commercial reward, and future career opportunities.

This module requires you to undertake a researched, targeted exhibition, presenting work (developed within your major project) in a professional manner, for public reception. You will apply your understanding of the codes and conventions of exhibition, contemporary curatorial practice, editorial and competitor approaches within a public exhibition. This will represent your independent critical questioning of academic learning and professional processes.

The module demands a creative and disciplined approach to collaboration with relevant stakeholders and external partners. This module develops your ‘learning for work’. Within the module, you will experience work-related learning through live project set up and realisation. You will refine a range of transferable skills in communication, management, research and analysis and are encouraged to reflect and report on the work-relevant skills you develop throughout. These skills are both desirable and advantageous for all graduates and include (for example): action planning, contribution to professional meetings, entrepreneurship, goal setting, negotiating, networking, project management, self-appraisal, team working.

Exhibited projects will develop and display effective professional presentation techniques and curatorial approaches for the dissemination of individual practice in live industry specific contexts. The final presentation should reflect your professional, creative and intellectual identity in preparation for entry to the workplace. The exhibition may be individual or as part of a collaborative venture.

Prior learning requirements

Pass & Completion of Prior Level (AMD-ASD Courses Only)

Module aims

The module seeks to enable you to:
• Demonstrate confidence and professionalism in preparation, management, selection and contextualisation of practice, preparing and representing final project work for exhibition, using appropriate skills in communication, entrepreneurship and critical persuasion
• Understand how relevant professional organisations and independent practitioners operate in the context of exhibition through conceptualising, planning, fundraising, build and operation
• Develop and provide evidence of the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil the exhibition and self-promotion objectives of the module in a professional manner, in the process realizing the research aims of the brief and demonstrating a mature creative practice
• Assess the impact and effectiveness of the approaches and techniques you employ, forming a strategy for publication and dissemination of your practice and professional career
• Plan, prepare and execute a professional presentation in appropriate intellectual, institutional and aesthetic contexts, reframing and improving for exhibition as necessary.
• Respond critically and maturely to tutorial feedback and guidance, affording opportunity for contextualisation and improvement of the representation of honours-level project work.


Through self-initiated individual and/or group projects, students will develop knowledge and experience of:
• primary and secondary case study research
• professional networking
• working with teams in a professional context
• professional communication and dissemination skills
• negotiation, collaboration and enterprise development
• regular presentation of progress and findings
• development of a career plan from reflection on your research and experience
• presentation skills within related publications
• exhibition practice research
• subject-specific curatorial strategies
• exhibition concept development
• public exhibition management, costing, planning and fundraising
• strategies for publicising exhibition events
• analysis of own and other exhibition outcomes

Learning and teaching

Projects encompass and utilise a range of learning opportunities, such as:
• lectures, seminars and tutorials
• input from industry professionals
• research & development field-trips
• collaborative study through blended learning
• live project opportunities
• event design and construction
• teamwork with colleagues and partners
• self & peer review, critique and analysis
• career planning and related individual material for personal development planning
• professional exhibition of graduate-standard images, artefacts and texts of your own devising

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding
Construct and carry out investigative research into exhibition practice in your professional field and develop effective proposals for the exhibition, publication and dissemination of your work

Cognitive Intellectual Skills
Devise methods for measuring the impact of your exhibition strategy and application, and plan for increasing effectiveness

Transferable Skills
Apply to a professional standard the necessary skills for exhibition design, curation, construction, reframing, installation, specification and publication in your discipline

Subject Specific Practical Skills
Position your practice intent within that of your contemporaries and articulate your concept confidently within professional presentation conventions

Assessment strategy

You will produce a coherent presentation of your exhibition experience, independent research development and findings, together with a critical evaluation of your successes and opportunities for development.

This module will formatively assess the research, planning, critical audience analysis and reflective diary at the end of each phase. The satisfactory completion of continuing independent studentship and professional practice will be continuously monitored and forms a part of the assessment requirements for the module. Precise requirements for the analysis, diary and studentship will be stated in the brief.

The final mark awarded at the end of the module will assess a range of practical exhibition outcomes, to include a contextualizing portfolio, reflective exhibition diary and evidence of supporting research. Precise requirements will be stipulated in the module guide. Work must be carefully organised and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labeled. Students must attend timetabled sessions.


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Clarke, A (2011) Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Century, Springer.
Macdonald, S (ed) (1997) Politics of Display, Routledge
Schouwenberg, L and Staal, G (eds) (2008) House of Concepts: Design Academy Eindhoven, Frame.
Stiles, K (ed.) (1996) Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art; A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings, University of California Press
Tilley, C et al (eds.) (2006) Handbook of Material Culture, Sage.