Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 3 x 3 hour group seminars, 6 x 0.5 hour one to one tutorials, 3 x 3 hour group tutorials
Other 3 x 3 hour workshops, 7 x 3 hour workshops in New Media software as required
Practical 11 x 8 hour studio based practicals in the ISP studio space


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio consisting of self-directed work consisting of 3 projects that show: evidence of experiments with different media and an ability to work in several different media in one project; evidence of how other artists work have contributed to their project via new processes, thinking and approaches to a project; evidence of the use of the studio space, the Project Room and or offsite spaces.  75%
Semester Assessment Research notebook showing evidence of: thorough research on 6 contemporary artists, through images and text; how these artists have contributed, shaped and informed the student's individual projects and influenced their process and approach; thought processes, experimentation and investigations via notes, photographic documentation, published material, drawings, video clips, references to other source material, etc  25%
Supplementary Assessment As above 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to clearly demonstrate:

1. the concepts and media investigations of the project;
2. a conceptually-led, investigative interdisciplinary approach to research that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas;
3. an experimental and conceptually investigative approach to contemporary fine art, and provide evidence of a thorough and rigorous line of enquiry and research;
4. an ability in visual and media research (through a note book containing all research in the form of written and visual material);
5. an understanding and experimentation in a range of media, taught and introduced on the module, with an acknowledgment and sensitivity toward process and content;
6. efficient use of the studios, Project Room, facilities and time, with regard to health and safety issues.

Brief description

Brief Description:

Interdisciplinary Studio Practice (ISP) is offered to second year students who wish to follow a course of study that is conceptually led and focuses on interdisciplinary practice and theory within contemporary fine art. Students will be taught and encouraged to prioritise and follow lines of enquiry that stem from and develop conceptual investigations. The conceptual exploration will lead, inform and dictate material-, process-, skill- and media- based investigations. The module will enable students to consolidate and develop their interests in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional subjects, including those already offered at the School and those new to the School.

The module encourages and allows students to move freely through and across disciplines and boundaries encouraging an interdisciplinary approach. All the new areas of exploration will be introduced by workshops and seminars that will take place in the ISP studio as well as within the Creative Media Lab.

The module offers an opportunity for students to combine and consolidate their investigations in other modules: photography, printmaking, illustration, painting and drawing. Students who enrol on the module will be encouraged to make use of the spaces designated to the module such as 'The Project Room' and the ISP studio space.

Students taking this 30-credit module will be required to:
  • write an initial 'statement of intent' that they will adapt, critique and review as their project evolves;
  • submit a portfolio with evidence and documentation of 3 works/installations/projects in response to the 3 set projects;
  • thoroughly research at least 6 contemporary artists relevant to their research.
The module is centred on regular group meetings/workshops/seminars/one-to-one tutorials and studio-based practice.


  • The purpose of this module is to introduce and develop students' ability to follow a conceptually lead investigation, taking their lead, inspiration and ideas from contemporary practice, while recognising and understanding the historical background to artist's practice.
  • The aim of the module is to introduce to students methodologies for developing an interdisciplinary approach to their practice and encourage them to adopt new approaches and attitudes to art practice within a non medium specific context.
  • Students develop a studio based practice within designated studio space and the 'Project Room', an empty, experimental bookable space.
  • Students will be introduced to a wide range of media not offered elsewhere in the School of Art; installation, mixed media, 3 dimensions, film, video, sound, site specificity, new genre public art, socially inclusive practice, text-based practice, performance, animation etc while they are also encouraged to engage with contemporary approaches to subjects that are already offered within the School; drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and illustration.
  • Video, sound, animation, and digital art are taught and supported by workshops and one-to-one surgeries in the Creative Media Lab within the School.
  • Students are encouraged to cross the boundaries of specific mediums, to work with a combination of mediums that best suit their conceptual investigations.
  • The module promotes and centres on community learning, collaboration and communication. Meetings will be student centred and student led, where possible, focussing upon students' work in progress and discussions on relevant contemporary practice.
  • Students taking this module will be encouraged to continue their course of study through ISP 3, 4, 5 and 6 in order for them to establish a continuity and methodology of working across disciplines and media in the studio, Project Room and offsite throughout the 2nd final year.
  • ISP 1,2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are designed to allow the students a continuous and flexible approach to interdisciplinary practice offering them time and space to follow individual and consistent lines of enquiries within very flexible and open-ended set projects.



3 x 3 hour group seminars comprising Powerpoint presentations and forums where set projects and all relevant visual and theoretical material will be shown, announced and discussed
3 x 3 hour workshops/demonstrations where ideas related to the set projects will be built into experimental hands-on workshops
2 x 3 hour group tutorials where set project works are reviewed
6 x 0.5 hour one-to-one tutorials
7 x 3 hour workshops in New Media techniques and approaches will be offered as required by The Lab.
11 x 6 hour studio based practicals in the ISP studio space

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Strong emphasis on the development and encouragement of communication skills via weekly seminars, discussion, peer critiques and reviews.
Improving own Learning and Performance Development and encouragement of a self critical approach to creative, conceptual and contemporary thinking. Working throughout a self-directed project in the form of any number or variants of contemporary fine art practices that culminates in a body of work taking any form or range of media
Information Technology Introduction of new software: 7 x 3 hour Workshops per semester in various software programmes are offered to all students in the School of Art, ISP Students are able to learn: After Affects, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Adobe Photoshop, Illustration, Dreamweaver etc. The software will be introduced via workshops and through one-to-one surgeries in the Creative Media Lab
Personal Development and Career planning N/A
Problem solving Development of practical skills in software and other media
Research skills Development of a programme of research and self-directed project/s that provide evidence of an experimental investigation into the theory, practice, history and technical skills within contemporary practice. Following, adapting and evaluating a 'statement of intent'.
Subject Specific Skills N/A
Team work Development and encouragement of teamwork and student interaction will occur within the studio, installation space, weekly meetings, discussions, critiques, reviews and seminars.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Bishop Claire (2005) Installation Art Routledge, Oxon & New York Primo search Campany David (2003) Art and Photography: Themes and Movements Phaidon Press, New York Primo search Christie Judie, Gough Richard, & Watt,Daniel (2006) A Performance Cosmology: Testimony of the Future, Evidence of the Past, Routledge, Oxon & New York Primo search Dexter Emma, (2005) Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing Phaidon Press Ltd, London, New York Primo search Garrels Gary (2005) Drawing from the Modern 2 Museum of Modern Art, New York Primo search Hoptman Laura (2002) Drawing Now: Eight Propositions Museum of Modern Art, New York Primo search Kantor,Jordan (2005) Drawing from the Modern 3, Museum of Modern Art, New York Primo search Licht Alan & O'Rourke Jim Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories Rizzoli, New York Primo search Oliveira Nicholas de (1996) Installation Art, Thames and Hudson Ltd Primo search Osbourne Peter (2002) Conceptual Art: Themes and Movements Phaidon Press, New York Primo search Reckitt Helena & Phelan Peggy (2001) Art and Feminism:Themes, Phaidon Press, New York Primo search Rush Michael (2007) Video Art Thames and Hudson Primo search Rush Michael, (2003) Video Art, Thames and Hudson Primo search Schwabsky Barry Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting Phaidon Press Ltd, London, New York Primo search Warr Tracy & Jones Amelia (2000) The Artists Body: Themes and Movements Phaidon Press, New York Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5