Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Life Studies 3
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio Submission including:Developmental work: (sketchbook, studies etc.)A Portfolio of Paintings or Drawings  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of portfolio 

Learning Outcomes

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

a) demonstrate a high level of competence in painting and drawing the life model and be able to inperpret that analysis in relation to a personal evolved regime of art practice that centres on the nude.
b) demonstrate a resolved and fully explored rationale for the creative potential of life studies within the framework of their other art practice.
c) evidence a high level of understanding of and engagement with the work of contemporary practitioners using the life model or working in the field of life studies.
d) articulate a reasoned and cogent rationale for their own work and its evolution through interaction in group and personal tutorials (not formally assessed) and the final assessment tutorial.
e) apply the technical expertise derived from studying the figure in the life class to another area of art practice. f) evidence the potential to extend their life studies into professional art practice in the future

Brief description

Students further their art practice in the context of the life class, putting forward a programme of intended work and indicating the ways in which they intend to use the subject of the nude. A proposal for this programme of study is agreed between student and tutor. Life Study at level 3 is perceived as integral to the student's other Fine Art studies and constitutes an extension or development of that study. The syllabus is negotiated between student and tutor. Projects are no longer prescribed as they were at Level 2 , the object being to offer students the opportunity to progress towards self-directed art practice and laying the foundation for post-graduate study or professional art practice. At the same time it is important that each student thinks in terms of producing a body of work that is linked together in terms of method or approach. A portfolio of paintings or drawings or other art work is produced over the semester during weekly life classes. Tuition takes place both in the life class and by means of group and personal tutorials.


This module is designed for students wishing to work in the life class at level 3. It is an option for those students with a particular interest in painting, drawing or working in other ways from the nude and forms the conclusion to a pathway in Life Studies initiated in Part 1.


Stage 1: Preliminary - Students begin by considering the way in which they want to interpret the nude or use the figure as part of an investigation and exploration centred on their particular area of Fine Art practice. Whatever their interpretation, they must give careful thought to the practical considerations of making paintings and/or drawings or other art works in the life class.

Stage 2: Preparatory - Students are required to present a rationale for their approach to the nude and to work out a programme of study in consultation with the tutor. This is to include choice and application of materials, stylistic considerations, approach and content, and the relation of their work to an established art historical or contemporary precedent.

Stage 3: Proposal - Students prepare a written proposal and notation of ideas to be presented in tutorial discussion.

Stage 4: Development - Painting and/or drawing or other art work to be carried out in the life studio, supported by group and personal tutorials

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 approach to creative working and to time management, supported through the tutorial programme
Problem solving development of practical painting skills and subject development
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to painting in relation to the subject of the nude
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in the life class and group tutorials although not formally assessed


This module is at CQFW Level 6