FA2SA-Fine Art Studio including CMS

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 80 [40 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: FA1SA Fine Art Studio
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Angus Wyatt

Email: a.j.wyatt@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This is a studio module that in addition to studio based learning includes workshops and a program of visiting artist talks. There is also an option to take a study abroad module or take up a placement in the Autumn term. The aim of the module is to support and challenge students in their development of an independent, creative and critically informed art practice. The module encourages students to identify and investigate particular (individual) interests and concerns through practical engagement in the studio and workshop areas. Students are further supported in the development of research skills relevant to both the development of an art practice and an understanding of its relationship to the broad field of contemporary art. Through the visiting artist program and placement scheme students are encouraged to enhance their knowledge of career opportunities and reflect upon skills required to make effective applications.


- to build upon studio 2 work by providing a framework, both practical and intellectual, for the development of an independent art practice

- to foster in each student a critical awareness and understanding of contemporary art and its contexts 

- promote collaborative learning through group tutorials, seminars and the production and curation of exhibitions

- to provide students with creative and research skills, including those developed on study abroad and on placement, that will sustain continued professional practice

- to foster appropriate writing, documentation and oral presentational skill 

Assessable learning outcomes:

- demonstrate the ability to initiate and develop a purposeful self-directed inquiry through practice

- show considered and experimental use of material/media

- locate and assemble information on contemporary and/or historical precedents relevant to the practice

- demonstrate considered selection of work presented through documentation and exhibition

- evidence the ability to reflect upon the practice in writing

- identify, assess and articulate key skills, interests and personal values and strengths in the context of career decision making

- develop careers information retrieval, research and decision making skills using a variety of sources including the internet and interviews

- recognise and be able to write an effective application; identify the purpose and processes of recruitment interviews and how to perform effectively. 

Additional outcomes:

This module also aims to enable students

-  to gain knowledge of different context through the artist lecture program

- to identity relevant journals and exhibition venues

- to gain a range of technical skills over and above the one that relate directly to their individual practice

- to gain knowledge of digital media relevant to the dissemination and promotion of art work

- to be effective in working to deadlines

Outline content:

Students will build upon their achievement from Part 2. They will continue to develop their understanding of an individually motivated art practice. They will extend and refine their knowledge of materials and techniques and reflect on the relationship between form and ideas. Through one to one and group tutorials and seminars they will reflect upon the relationship of their intentions to outcomes and on the cultural relevance of their ideas. The module offers a range of workshops where students can build upon their skills. Teaching fellows further support students to realise and resolve technical issues in their work.

Students will consider different methods of documentation of their studio work and reflect upon the role documentation and artist statement writing plays in the communication of their processes and ideas.

In the Autumn term students have the opportunity to go on study abroad or take up a placement opportunity.

The module is assessed by viva in the Spring term and by a presentation of their studio work,  an artist statement and documentation of coursework in the Summer tem. The Spring term assessment is formative and the Summer term assessment is a summative at these assessments student receive oral and written feedback and a mark for their work.

Global context:

The module directs students to the international art scene via the visiting artist program and relevant art publications. Studio seminars and study visits highlight the global nature of the art world and consider both internationally produced artworks and the debates and agendas within contemporary art practice and theory. Students also have the opportunity to experience art in an international context by participating in Study Abroad to one of the departments international exchange partner universities in Europe, North America and Australia.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The focus of the module is on self-directed study where students set their own questions and decide on the appropriate medium in which to develop and answer them. The teaching program supports students to both identify and realise their concerns through one to one tutorials, group tutorials, seminars and workshops. The tutorial system is also used as a means to challenge as well as support a student in the development of their artwork. Student’s work closely with their studio tutor and in addition to this peer learning and collaboration are an essential of the term.  Students are required to organise exhibitions in the student space and are supported in curating exhibitions outside of the department. Studio group sessions develop critical evaluation of practice and foster reflective skills towards exhibition/presentation and documentation. Teaching fellows provide practical material support through a diverse range of workshops and this is supplements by a broad range of cultural and skill based activities in week 6 of the Autumn and Spring term. The department offers a number of in house placements to assist students in the development of professional skills. The visiting artist lecture series is a core element of the program and provides students with both insight into new developments in contemporary art and how to grow a practice after art school.



Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6 6
Tutorials 3 2 1
Demonstration 6 6
Practicals classes and workshops 24 24
Supervised time in studio/workshop 180 180 30
External visits 5 5 2
Work-based learning 10 20
Guided independent study 110 110 70
Total hours by term 344.00 353.00 103.00
Total hours for module 800.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 5
Oral assessment and presentation 95

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One week

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Summative assessment at the end of the module is through appropriate exhibition presentation, statement and documentation. Performances and film screenings are timetabled for assessment

Part Assessment takes place in the Summer term. Students will have a given period of time and be allocated a space in which to present their coursework, documentation of practice, supporting work and research.


1. Presentation in the appropriate form of exhibition, performance or film screening

2. Two statements (c. 750 words each) evaluating the students own practice including reference to relevant precedents

3. Documentation of practice in the form of a reflective journal which evidences and evaluate previous iterations of practice throughout the module

Students will be required to carry out assignments for the career learning component of this module.
These are as follows:

4. Summative Creative Careers (c.700); Find a job/placement, C.V and targeted covering letter

Formative assessment methods:
Interim assessments are formative and take place mid module where a diagnostic mark is achieved alongside self assessment, written and verbal feedback

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% in assessed coursework

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Individually prescribed work to be presented in August/ September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 June 2018


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