Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 2 x 3 hour group seminars, 2 x 3 hour group tutorials , 6 x 0.5 hour one to one tutorials
Other 2 x 3 hour workshops/demonstrations, 7 x 3 hour workshops in New Media techniques and approaches will be offered as required by the Lab.
Practical 11 x 6 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 2 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 students 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. a thorough understanding of self-directed ideas and media investigations;
2. a conceptually-led, investigative 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. competent understanding and use of visual and media research (through a note book containing all research in the form of written and visual material;
5. a good understanding of, and experimentation with, 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

Interdisciplinary Studio Practice (ISP) is offered to second year students who wish to continue a course of study that is conceptually led and focuses on interdisciplinary practice and theory within contemporary fine art.

Students shall continue to prioritise and follow lines of enquiry that stem from and develop conceptual investigations to a higher degree of competence than in Semester 1. Their conceptual exploration will continue to 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.

All the new areas of exploration will continue to be offered by workshops and seminars that will take place in the ISP studio as well as within the Creative Media Lab.

The module continues to encourage and allow students to move freely through and across disciplines and boundaries encouraging a sophisticated interdisciplinary approach. It offers students the opportunity to combine and consolidate their investigations in modules offered within the department: photography, printmaking, illustration, painting and drawing.

Students who take the module will continue to be encouraged to make use of the spaces designated to the module - 'The Project Room' and the ISP studio space.

The students taking the 20 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 2 works/installations/projects in response to the 2 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.


  • This module offers a self-directed model in order to build upon 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 continue to develop and extend the students' range of methodologies for developing an interdisciplinary approach to their practice, encouraging students to adopt new approaches and attitudes to art practice within a non medium specific context, to continue to introduce them to interdisciplinary and contemporary artists' practice.
  • The module encourages students to develop a studio-based practice, so that they can contribute and assist each other in learning and development.
  • The module offers the students a designated studio space and a 'Project Room' - an empty, experimental bookable space. Students are encouraged to book this space for experimental project work throughout the semester.
  • The students will continue to approach their practice with the possibility of employing a wide range of media: installation, mixed media, 3 dimensions, film, video, sound, site specificity, new genre public art, socially inclusive practice, text based practice, performance, animation etc in combination with contemporary drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and illustration.
  • New media disciplines (video, sound, animation, digital art etc) are taught and supported by workshops and one-to-one surgeries in the Creative Media Lab within the School of Art.
  • The students will cross the boundaries of specific mediums, to work with a combination of mediums that best suit their investigations.
  • The module promotes and centres on community learning, collaboration and communication. Meetings will be student-centred and student-led, where possible focussing on students' work in progress and discussions of relevant contemporary practice.
  • Students taking this module will be encouraged to continue their course of study beyond the 2nd year and into their 3rd year through ISP, 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.


2 x 3 hour group seminars comprising Powerpoint presentations on contemporary issues, forums where set projects and all relevant visual and theoretical material will be shown, announced and discussed
2 x 3 hour workshops/demonstrations on related issues
2 x 3 hour group tutorials
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 and working throughout a self-directed project in the form of any number or variants of contemporary fine art practices that culminates in a body 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 and problem solving 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.


This module is at CQFW Level 5