module specification

FA4003 - Studio Practice 3 (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Studio Practice 3
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
Attendance Requirement 0%   Engagement & Participation
Coursework 20%   Project proposal (circa 500 words)
Coursework 80%   Negotiated Practical Project (equivalent in development and realization to circa 2500 word assignment)
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

FA4003 Studio Practice 3 is taught in permeable relationship with the other modules in level 4. Focusing on the student’s own evolving fine art practice, Studio Practice 3 provides introduction and basic development of a range of traditions and techniques in artistic production. The module considers the relationship between method, medium and meaning-making, contextualized with reference to relevant theory in the field of fine art practice. Successive blocks of learning in the module examine traditional, dominant and emergent art practices.

Working under guidance, the module is structured around a negotiated project. Projects will vary in aim, type and duration. Students are encouraged to develop as autonomous learners, taking increasing responsibility for the progress of their project work as it develops. The precise nature of the project (including attendant critical commentary) will be negotiated in relation to themes drawn from the CP4010 Critical & Contextual Studies 1. Indicative themes may include: authorities of knowledge, objects and locations, methods and responsibilities.

Students will be expected to consider and construct critical connections between and across core modules in level 4 as a whole.

Prior learning requirements

Prior learning requirements AMD-ASD Courses Only

Module aims

The module examines current practice in the visual arts, encouraging development of critically creative and inquiring approaches to fine art practice through means of a negotiated project undertaken in relation to themes derived in the parallel CCS module (CP4010). The module will reflect on key concepts and paradigms within contemporary art practice.


Indicative Schedule & Contents:

Wks 1-3 Outline of Module: Themes, Aims, Key Concepts
Wk 4 Guided Independent Studies
Wks 5-13 Subject Knowledge –  Block 1 ‘Strategies-Towards Practice -lectures, seminars, tutorials
Wks 14 Reflection, Revision, formative assessment (in-class presentation)
Wk 16 Structured Feedback & Guidance
Wks 17-24 Subject Knowledge Block 2 Methodologies – lectures, seminars, tutorials
Wk 25 Research Presentations
Wks 26-28  – lectures, seminars, tutorials
Wk 29 Reflection, Revision
Wk 30 Submission of negotiated project and critical commentary.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning is organised around a series of seminars and lectures, including visiting speakers, and supported by online learning. This blend of studio practice with critique and issue-based discussion allows for the development of a lively culture of informed debate. 

Learning outcomes

• On completing the module the student should be able to:

• Acquire and demonstrate independent judgement and critical self-awareness when at work in studio and workshop environments and other dedicated facilities, in order to engage in the conception, development and production of artefacts.

• Acquire and demonstrate basic skills of investigation, enquiry, visualization and systematic scrutiny, informed by appropriate knowledge and use of materials, techniques and cultural contexts.

• Acquire and demonstrate the ability to generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity informed by an appropriate level of subject knowledge and engagement.

• Demonstrate the ability to study independently under structured guidance, setting goals and managing workloads in order to meet deadlines and develop understanding within a frame of tutorial guidance, anticipating and accommodating change, while working within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

Assessment strategy

The strategy is to provide an iterative and developmental model of assessment. Studio Practice is punctuated and supported at intervals by tutorial analysis. Tutorials provide constructive critique and guidance on work in progress. Records of these inform the student of their progress and go forward to inform the assessment panel at summative assessment.


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Rose, Gillian, Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Material, 2001, Sage
Schneider Adam, Laurie, The Methodologies of Art: An Introduction, 2009, Westview Press
Sullivan, Graeme, Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts, 2010, Sage