Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Practice for Students of Art
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Part 1: 8 x 1 hour, 1 x 2 hour
Seminars / Tutorials Part 1: 1 x 15 minute PDP tutorial per student Part 2, Routes A & B: 5 x 2 hours workshop/seminars + 1 x 15 minute tutorial per student


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment (Semester 1) Group and PowerPoint Presentation (30%) and CV/Career Profile (20%)(Semester 2: Route A) Electronic Portfolio, Artist Statement, 50%   Semester 2: Route A) Electronic Portfolio, Artist Statement 50%  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will have demonstrated that they have some ability to:

exercise self-management skills in managing their workloads and
meeting deadlines.

accommodate change and uncertainty.

present evidence that demonstrates some ability to generate ideas independently
and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity.

demonstrate proficiency in observation, investigation, enquiry, visualisation
and/or making.

develop ideas through to outcomes that confirm the student's ability to select and
use materials, processes and environments.

make connections between intention, process, outcome, context, and methods
of dissemination.

At the threshold standard, a student's work will have been informed by aspects of
professional practice in their discipline(s). This will be evidenced by some knowledge and
understanding of:

the broad critical and contextual dimensions of the student's discipline(s).

major developments in current and emerging media and technologies in
their discipline(s).

the significance of the work of other practitioners in their discipline(s).

Brief description

Part 1: Presentation, Communication and Methodology, Career Awareness, Preparing for a Vocation in the Art World. In Semester 1 students are taught the principles and develop skills associated with effective communication and presentation. These will have an application for 2nd and 3rd year studies and also for employment. The module introduces information technology and writing skills and will encourage students to articulate and present ideas clearly and persuasively (both orally and visually) individually and in a group context. Students are enabled to identify job aspirations and strategic career goals. In respect of the latter, the module builds on the PDP program introduced in Year 1.After Part 1, students split into groups for specialized seminars, workshops and demonstrations.Part 2, Route A (Fine Art): Vocational training for staging an exhibition. In Route A students are shown how to develop an ethos of professionalism as artists, introducing the public and commercial gallery systems, principles of exhibition origination and preparation, self-employment and surviving as an artist. Students learn by observation, interaction with practitioners and the application of knowledge in the form of project work. Students will produce visual materials and written documentation to promote themselves and their work. The module provides a forum to discuss problems and share solutions that are common to all students regardless of their fine art discipline

Part 2, Route B (Art History): Aspects of Research Methodology, Writing and skills. Route B introduces skills relevant to conducting academic study and research for essay and dissertation writing in Art History and Museum and Gallery Studies. It introduces students to sources of information, generally and at the Hugh Owen and National Libraries. Various research strategies are explained.


This module, designed to help students develop an ethos of professionalism as artists, art historians and museum curators, is in two parts, one per semester. It teaches skills fundamental to communication in an academic and vocational context, introducing skills that will be developed and applied in the context of fine art and art history modules. This is a core module for students of Single Honours Fine Art, Single Honours Art History, Single Honours Museum & Gallery Studies, Joint Honours Fine Art and Art History, Joint Honours Fine Art and Museum & Gallery Studies. Semester 1 covers generic skills and knowledge, whilst in Semester 2, students select specialist pathways: Route A for SH Fine Art, Route B for SH Art History and SH Museum & Gallery Studies. JH students select ONE pathway


Semester 1: Career Awareness and Skills Development (10 hours)
1. Introduction and Module Rationale
2. Writing Workshop: Catalogue Introductions and Entries, Artist Statements, Biographies
3. Oral Presentations: Presenting a Paper as a Group or Individually
4. Pictures and Pixels: Using and Evaluating Electronic Resources
5. Planning and Designing a PowerPoint Presentation (2 hours)
6. The Gallery: A Curator'r Experience
7. Career Awareness: Careers in the Art World
8. Skills Assessment and CV Writing (followed by PDP tutorial)
9. Introduction to Postgraduate Study (includes forum with current PG students)

Semester 2 (10 hours)Route A: Planning an Exhibition
1. The Artist'r Experience: Making a Living as an Artist
2. Artist Groups, Print Workshops, Studios, Residencies and Funding Opportunities
3. Staging an Exhibition: Practical Considerations
4. Photographing of Works of Art for Record and Print or Electronic Publication
5. Presentation and Display: Mounting, Framing and Hanging an Exhibition

Route B: Dissertation Proposal
1. Finding and Deciding upon a Subject
2. Research Resources at UWA and the National Library of Wales
3. Literature Review
4. Tutorials with Dissertation Supervisors
5. Effective Academic Writing

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Oral discussion and presentation individually and in a group
Improving own Learning and Performance Self management, meeting deadlines, self directed project work
Information Technology IT and information handling, bibliographic searches for literature review, word processing, PowerPoint presentation, digital imaging
Personal Development and Career planning Development of a career profile. The module is specifically designed to highlight career awareness, transferable skills
Problem solving Conceiving a research project or exhibition proposal
Research skills IT bibliographic searches, conceiving a research project, literature review, exhibition proposal
Team work Group activities, preparation and presentation.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Beryle, M. K. Selling your Art Work: A Marketing Guide for Fine and Commercial Artists Barnes Yoseloff Primo search Blazter , L. and Hughes , C.How to Research University of Warwick: 1996 (1996) How to Research University of Warwick Primo search Clanchy, John and Ballard, Brigid (1994) How to Write Essays: A Practical Guide for Students Melbourne, Longman Cheshire: Primo search Crawford, Tad and Mellon, Susan The Artist-Gallery Partnership: A Practical Guide to Consigning Art Primo search Cryer, P (1996) The Research Student�s Guide to Success University College, London: Primo search Duffin, Debbie Investigating Galleries: An Artist�s Guide to Exhibiting Primo search D�Alleva, Anne , (2005) Methods and Theories of Art History London, Laurence King Primo search Edwards (ed.), Steve (1999) Art and its Histories: A Reader New Haven and London, Yale Primo search Fairbainu, Gavin and , Winch, Christopher (1996) Reading,Writing and Reasoning, a Guide for Students Milton Keynes, Open University Primo search Holden, Donald (1983) Art Career Guide: A Handbook for Art Students, Teachers, Vocational Councillors and Job Hunters New York, Watson-Guptill Primo search Mandell, S (1988) Effective Presentation Skills Kogan Page Primo search Mandell, Steve (1988) Effective Communication Skills Kogan Page Primo search Open University Milton Keynes, (1988) Key Skills: Making a Difference Open University /DFEE Primo search Periodicals: Art Monthly, Artist Newsletter, The Art Book: Issues, News and Reviews.,, Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5