module specification

FA6004 - Final Project: Photography (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Final Project: Photography
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
180 hours Guided independent study
120 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Professional Development Presentation (10 mins) plus supporting notes/ documentation
Coursework 80%   Final Practical Project
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Monday Morning
Year City Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module marks the summation of the BA (Hons) Photography programme of studies. It involves a major piece of independent study, produced under supervision and guidance. The purpose of the final project is to demonstrate the application and integration of the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course. 

The module requires the student to submit an initial project proposal (in the companion module FA6001) for discussion and feedback with tutors, followed by a period of research and development, culminating in the submission of a final body of work building upon the initial aims and objectives of the proposal. 

The module will be supported by a series of project planning workshops and will require students to frame their project in relation to contemporary discourse.  Students will be expected to reflect upon and evaluate the methods they employ and the conceptual and practical aims of their projects and intended audience/reception. Students are also required to keep an illustrated reflective journal documenting the evolution of their project.

The Final Project runs alongside the Project Development module and is delivered in integral relationship with the work produced in the other core modules at this level – CP6010 and FA6003. Students are expected to reflect upon and represent the complexity of critical and creative relationships between and across the body of work they have undertaken at this final stage of their degree.

Prior learning requirements

Pass & Completion of preceding level

Module aims

The main module aims are to:

  • Support students to undertake a sustained piece of self directed project work;
  • Enable students to achieve degree-level technical and conceptual knowledge and understanding consistent with the aims and objectives of their final project;
  • Enable students to integrate the various elements of their project: practical, aesthetic, conceptual and contextual in a creative and professional manner.


Indicative content:
• Outline of Module: Project Proposal and research methodology
• Guided Independent Study
• Self directed research, experiment and testing
• Reflection, Revision, formative assessment (in-class presentation)
• Structured Feedback & Guidance
• Work in progress presentations
• Presentations/folio review of completed body of work

Learning and teaching

Intensive studio practice supported by individual and group tutorials, research clinics, group critiques, seminars and workshops. Formative supervisory guidance is provided to support students to realise their plans and ambitions.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Devise, manage and produce a coherent body of photographic work based on their research explorations;
  2. Identify and develop appropriate technical skills and processes to support the realisation of their photographic practice;
  3. Demonstrate an ability to organise and sustain their own learning and practice, in order to manage workloads and meet deadlines;
  4. Apply informed critical judgement in relation to their photographic practice and its resolution;
  5. Employ research, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial strategies to support their practice and ambitions.

Assessment strategy

Tutorials provide students with opportunities to discuss learning objectives, routes to improvement and target dates. These will inform the student of their progress through the course areas for development.

Summative assessment feedback takes place at the end of the module. Written feedback addresses the strengths and areas for further development of individual presentations in relation to the grading criteria. Assessment and evaluation are viewed as significant learning tools with students engaging in peer and self-evaluation.

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


As required by scope and character of the final project.