Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Interdisciplinary Thinking 1
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1) Essay proposal presentation.  5 minute essay proposal presentation  20%
Semester Assessment 2) Essay.  1,000 word essay  20%
Semester Assessment 3) Essay proposal presentation.  5 minute essay proposal presentation (continuation and development of 1 and 2)  20%
Semester Assessment 4) Final essay.  2,000 word essay (continuation and development of 1, 2 and 3)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary proposal & essay  Instead of 1 & 2 above: 2,000 word essay proposal & instead of 3 & 4 above: 3,000 word essay  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Identify a viable research topic, and systematically develop and present the case study via 2 presentations and 2 x essays (utilizing a range of presentation methods e.g. images, media clips, artifacts, and academic sources).

Conduct research into one or a group of artists involved in an interdisciplinary curated project, event, publication etc., via library, internet, gallery archives etc.

Clearly articulate research processes and findings.

Reflect on, evaluate, and constructively critique one or more artists’ practice.

Understand what motivates an artist to participate in a project, in terms of both career and creative ambitions.

Brief description

This first-year core module for the Creative Arts degree scheme provides an opportunity for students taking a variety of modules within the scheme to work together as a group. Guest lecturers will introduce students to a range of Interdisciplinary projects as case studies, looking at them from various discipline perspectives explored within the Creative Arts scheme: Theatre and Performance, Scenography, Art, Writing and Film. There will be specific focus the perspective of the artists included in the case studies, their individual projects included in the case study, and their previous and current practice. Adopting this approach will encourage the student to ‘join up’ elements of their optional and chosen taught modules offered within the scheme towards a greater understanding of how their learning from different disciplines can fit and work together.

Students will learn how to contextualise their learning within a wider contemporary interdisciplinary critical discourse and develop research that directly connects and informs the early stages of their self-directed creative practice. An example of an interdisciplinary exhibition from a Fine Art perspective could be the Liverpool Biennial 2016; Festival of Contemporary Art.


The learning and acquiring of professional and employability skills are central to this module. The students are asked to identify, extract and process an intelligent, innovative and critical theoretical framework from their studies, which will provide them with a context for their practice in their second and third year. Sessions will be convened on a fortnightly basis, with indicative content as follows:

Semester 1:
Week 2 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Fine Art (Lecture 1)
Week 4 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Fine Art (Student-led seminar 1)
Week 6 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Film (Lecture 2)
Week 8 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Film (Student-led seminar 2)
Week 10 Student presentations of essay proposal in progress (formal assessment, Assignment 1)

Semester 2:
Week 2 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Theatre (Lecture 3)
Week 4 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Theatre (Student-led seminar 3)
Week 6 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Creative Writing (Lecture 4)
Week 8 Interdisciplinary practice from the perspective of Creative Writing (Student-led seminar 4)
Week 10 Student presentations of Essay in progress (formal assessment, Assignment 3)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Where appropriate students will engage with number in relation to developing their projects.
Communication During group discussions, student-led seminars and presentations. Also in essays and both presentations, Assignments 1- 4
Improving own Learning and Performance This will take place throughout the developmental lectures and seminars.
Information Technology Practically in relation to completing Assessments 1-4 (written and oral).
Personal Development and Career planning Ongoing throughout the module.
Problem solving Creative approaches to problem solving include identifying personal/professional strengths and weaknesses, project management, tailoring self-evaluation to a given specification.
Research skills In preparation for the essay presentations, digital media will be used.
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain specific knowledge of their practice and the context for their practice.
Team work Student-led seminars, engaging critically with student presentation, providing informal oral feedback


This module is at CQFW Level 4