Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Exhibition 1: Consolidation
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment   Exhibition (intrinsic quality, selection, and hanging of art works, and exhibition management)  100%
Supplementary Exam Only failed components need to be resubmitted 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Produce a coherent body of work demonstrating comprehension and provisional resolution of the research problem(Aims:A,B,C)
2. Stage an exhibition to a professional standard within a gallery context (Aim: D)
3. Contextualize practice in a theoretical and historical framework (Aims: C,F)

Relation to Assessment
Outcomes 1-3 are assessed through the Exhibition and a portfolio of preparatory studies and unhung work

Brief description

The module follows on from ARM0130 Portfolio. In the latter, students are encouraged to explore a broad but coherent field of study, to experiment, risk failure, develop techniques, methodologies and processes, to conceptualise and identify appropriate contexts of operation, but without necessarily bringing this inquiry and activity to resolution in completed art works. In contrast, Exhibition 1, challenges students to consolidate these activities in the form of an interim statement of development. This should present a preliminary resolution or realisation of the research problem begun in Semester 1. The works made in Exhibition 1 should manifest a stronger stylistic, technical, and conceptual consistency, as well as the student's deepened awareness of the issues and criteria pertaining to their field of action. The works will also be produced with a view to public exhibition within a commercial gallery. To this end the body of works will be designed to fit an allotted space within the School of Art Galleries. Supplementary works, such as developmental studies and associated visual material, will also be required. The exhibition should provide evidence of the experience gained through the exhibition element of ARM0320 Vocational Practice. Students also develop an Article Publication -- Each student will submit to the group a preliminary draft of an article based upon an aspect of Art History and/or Fine Art Practice relevant to their field of research. Members of the group each act editorially, commenting on the relative merits and weaknesses of the draft. After a feedback and consultation seminar, the student will revised and resubmit the article (for examination) taking onboard, where relevant, the group's criticisms.


The module aims to:

  • further, focus, and deepen the research development initiated in ARM0130 Portfolio
  • develop the student's capacity to select and discriminate from within that portfolio of work an coherent and productive strand of activity
  • enable students to develop an initial and provisional consolidation of the technical, stylistic, and conceptual experimentation undertaken in the Portfolio module
  • facilitate the production of work for public exhibition. The exhibition should provide evidence of both the background to and resolution of this stage of research development
  • provide a basis for a more specialised and refined development of Fine Art practice in ARM0260 Exhibition 2
  • develop the student's capacity to communicate orally and critically about their own and colleagues works in the context of `Forum' seminars and an essay (publication article) that aims to contextualize the student's practice
  • produce a coherent body of work demonstrating comprehension and provisional resolution of the research problem
  • stage an exhibition to a professional standard within a gallery context
  • contextualize practice in a theoretical and historical framework


They are held, generally once a fortnight (in negotiation with the student). The aim is to discuss and evaluate work in progress and to develop realistic strategies and short-term objectives. Students are expected to bring to tutorial both their practical work and source material (in the form of notes, reproductions, or texts) relevant to the discussion.

Forum seminars
The first seminar outlines the format aims, objectives, and assessment criteria for this component of the scheme. Thereafter, the syllabus of seminars is based upon individual presentations by students and staff associated with the degree scheme. They consist of a 20-minute delivery based on the individual's current art practice followed by a half-hour group discussion.

Students are expected to work in their studios throughout the week. They determine their timetable. Along with research students, they have access to the School's building in the evening and at weekends. The expectation is that, over the period of each semester (which currently includes vacation periods also) students would accrue approximately 240 hours of `study-time' practice.

Students are responsible for developing their own pogramme of work in consoltation with their tutor/supervisor. What is important is that some form of schedule is developed so that a body of work that fulfils the aims and objectives of the module is produced within the allotted time

Transferable skills

  • Independent project work -- Through tutorial interaction between student and supervisor in the production of project work, that is at the heart of the module.
  • IT and information handling -- Students will be encouraged to prepare research reports using word processing packages.
  • Writing in an academic context -- This will be developed in the production of monthly reports and the essay, assessed under Oral discussion and presentation This will be chiefly developed in the context of individual tutorials
  • Careers Awareness - N/A
  • Self-management -- Through individual tutorials
  • Group activity -- In the context of `Forum' seminars but not assessed at this stage


This module is at CQFW Level 7