Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Life Studies 2
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio submission including: Preparatory work: (sketchbooks, studies etc.)A portfolio of paintings and/or drawings  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of portfolio 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a. demonstrate a growing proficiency in painting and drawing from the life model.
b. analyse the human form and interpret that analysis in the context of a number of different project briefs.
c. evidence a growing understanding of the creative potential of life studies within the framework of their other art practice.
d. evaluate their own work in relation to other students taking this module.
e. evidence some knowledge of methods and materials, their relative potentials and limitations.
f. articulate ideas about their own work through interaction in individual and group tutorials

Brief description

Students further their art practice in the context of the life class, following a series of projects based around the life model. The type and length of pose is set by the tutor who will also prescribe a series of projects that explore the subject of the nude in the context of: tone, structure, anatomy, colour, movement and arrested movement. The final part of the course comprises an extended project based around the nude to be determined by the tutor.


This module is designed for students wishing to work in the life class at level 2. It is an option for those students with a particular interest in painting and drawing the nude and forms the part of a pathway in Life Studies initiated in Part 1.


All life study sessions take place in the life room as timetabled. A list of materials required for each session is posted one week in advance. The tutor determines the poses and context in which the following programme of study takes place:

Week 1: Introduction: strategies and materials (painting and drawing) for life studies

Week 2: Anatomy and structure of the body

Week 3: Tone (i)

Week 4: Tone (ii) development & group tutorial

Week 5: Colour (i)

Week 6: Colour (ii) development

Week 7: Colour (iii) development & group tutorial

Week 8: Movement and arrested movement

Week9: Extended project

Week10: Extended project

Week 11: Conclusion of extended project

Transferable skills

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during tutorials and group tutorials
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical appraoch to creative working and to time management, supproted through the tutorail programme.
Problem solving development of practical drawing and painting skills
Research skills development of a programme of art practice related research centred around the subject of the nude
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in the group tutorials but not formally assessed


This module is at CQFW Level 5