module specification

FA5003 - Studio Practice 6 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Studio Practice 6
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
120 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
180 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Professional website
Coursework 20%   Employment CV
Coursework 20%   Professional Practice CV
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Thursday Afternoon
Year City Thursday Morning

Module summary

FA5003 Studio Practice 6 encourages and facilitates intermediate development of practical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of contemporary visual arts practice. The module promotes a problem-solving approach towards increasing autonomy in practice. 

The module considers the integral relationship of practice and theory in contemporary discourse, requiring the student to begin the process of situating their evolving approach within relevant critical and aesthetic frameworks, towards developing a distinctive position and perspective. FA5003 Studio Practice 6 is taught in integral relationship with the work produced in other core modules, encouraging new frames of reference to emerge and synergies to be explored.

The module involves constructive critique and reflection, questioning traditional, dominant and emerging practices and methodologies.

Prior learning requirements

Pass & Completion of preceding level

Module aims

The module aims are to:

  • Prepare students as independent makers/thinkers to produce and reflect on a sustained piece of work in the form of a negotiated practical project;
  • Further develop appropriate ‘strategies towards practice’, enabling students to become knowledgeable about the processes of production, contextualisation and display;
  • Extend competency and confidence in a variety of modes of oral and written presentation;
  • Enhance subject knowledge in relation to their field of enquiry.


Indicative Content:

  • Outline of Module
  • Guided Independent Study
  • Research, experiment, testing
  • Reflection, Revision, formative assessment (in-class presentation)
  • Structured Feedback & Guidance
  • Presentations/folio review
  • Reflection, Revision
  • Submission of project and supporting studies

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning is organised around a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, supported by online learning.  Tutorials and critiques provide constructive feedback and advice on work in progress and inform students about their progress and areas for development.

Learning outcomes

On completing this module, students should be able to:

  1. Identify, collect, archive, critique and annotate research material from study resources to support their project;
  2. Employ effective testing and planning (for example through drawing, modelling, writing) and make critical notes to support their project;
  3. Understand how their developing practice can be situated within wider cultural contexts;
  4. Present completed practical project outcomes in an appropriate form.

Assessment strategy

Formative assessment as learning (feedback) is provided at intervals in relation to work in progress and through constructive critiques. Tutorials afford opportunities to discuss learning objectives and to develop work in relation to guidance given.

Summative assessment feedback occurs at the end of the module. Written feedback addresses the strengths and weaknesses of individual presentations in relation to published grading 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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