module specification

FA4002 - Studio Practice 2 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Studio Practice 2
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
150 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
150 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 80%   Folio of practice
Coursework 20%   Supporting studies
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Tuesday All day

Module summary

Studio Practice 2 (FA4002) provides an introduction to and engagement with a range of media and approaches to artistic production. Focusing upon key skills and concepts, it provides an introduction to relevant materials, processes and techniques for the development of ideas and artefacts, enabling students to make connections between intention, process, and outcome.

The module involves a series of demonstrations and exercises, introducing and developing basic artistic skills and techniques relevant to Fine Art practice. Allied to FA4001, the module supports applied understanding of visual and technical literacy through development of project work, negotiated between tutor and student.

FA4002 Studio Practice 2 evolves in parallel with other Level 4 modules. Students will be expected to look for and construct relationships between and across modules. Students are encouraged to test out and explore different approaches to practice through one or more of the established disciplines of painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture/ installation and mixed media.

Module aims

The module aims to:

• Equip students with basic artistic skills and key concepts relevant to Fine Art practice;
• Introduce students to a range of traditional and emergent fields of practice.


Indicative Content:

Key concepts, paradigms and research methods, as they relate to individual disciplines, techniques/applications
Guided Independent Studies
Technical Development- intention, process, outcome
Formative assessment
Structured Feedback & Guidance
Context and Content
Presentations/folio review

Learning and teaching

The module is organised within blocks of delivery, demonstrations, lectures, seminars and workshops supported by online learning and external visits.

The character of Level 4 learning fosters experimentation and risk-taking. Students are encouraged to anticipate and accommodate changing circumstances, whilst working alongside ambiguity, uncertainty and the unfamiliar.

Learning outcomes

On completing the module, students should be able to:
1. Devise and produce artwork based upon research explorations;
2. Test processes and develop technical skills to support the development of an artistic practice;
3. Create images, artefacts and texts which demonstrate critical thinking and an ability to work within contexts of ambiguity and uncertainty;
4. Reflect upon their own artwork and the artwork of others;
5. Recognise ethical implications such as environmental, social or economic related to art practice.

Assessment strategy

Students are required to demonstrate sound attendance, engagement and participation throughout the module. Failure to do so, will impact adversely upon assessment outcomes.

There are two main assessment components:- 80% Folio of practice; 20% Supporting studies

Formative assessment feedback will be offered on work in progress. Tutorials provide opportunities to discuss the learning outcomes and academic progress.

Summative assessment feedback takes place at the end of the module. Students will be provided with written feedback that will address the strengths and weaknesses of submitted work in relation to published assessment criteria.

Work will be assessed against the learning outcomes, in relation to the following criteria:
• Appropriate use of research methods
• Quality of analysis and interpretation
• Subject knowledge and relevance
• Quality of communication and presentation
• Appropriate use of problem solving, testing and experimentation
• Management of own learning and personal professional development


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Faris Belt, A. (2011) Elements of Photography London: Focal Press
Newman, A. (2005) The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act, Tate/The Drawing Centre
Rattemeyer, C. (2009) Compass in Hand, MOMA
Rosand, D. (2002) Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation, Cambridge UP
Savage, J., ed. (2001) Drawing Texts, Occasional Press
Shore, S. (2010) The Nature of Photography London: Phaidon
Szarkowski, J. (2005) The Photographer’s Eye, New York: MOMA
Yee, R (2007) Architectural Drawing, John Wiley
Zakia, D. (2013) Perception and Imaging: A Photographic Way of Seeing London: Focal Press