Module Identifier AR30920  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Christopher P Webster  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Belinda J Marking  
Pre-Requisite AR10120 , AR10220 , AR20720 , AR21620 , AR20830  
Co-Requisite AR30620  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   5 x 0.5 hr tutorials  
  Practical   11 x 17.5 hrs  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio: A portfolio of work and preparatory studies. Conditions: You must resubmit the failed component in the form of a portfolio of additional, new work100%

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you are expected to be able to:
1. Conceive and systematically explore a self-directed program of inquiry leading to a body of work demonstrating personal and individual inquiry (Aims: A,B)
2. Appropriately posit your work in the context of historical and contemporary art practice and ideas and develop a scheme of reading appropriate (Aims: B,C,D)
3. Execute work of a professional standard (Aims: A,D,E,F)
4. Test hypotheses, and confidently explore a range of possible strategies and outcomes of action (Aims: C,E)
5. Produce a body of work that is able to be developed and refined further in the context of AR30130 Exhibition 1 (Aims, A,B,C,F)

Relation to Assessment
Outcomes 1-5 are assessed through the Portfolio.

Brief description

The module stands in relation to AR30130 Exhibition 1 and AR30620 Research in Practice. AR30130 emphasises the production of a body of related and resolved works for public display and AR30620 focuses on the ideational aspects of art making - the processes, systems, frameworks, and precedents governing practical activity. This module concentrates on developing an experimental approach to production through lens-based media. In contrast to AR30130, the works do not necessarily have to be resolved or brought into a condition suitable for exhibition. More importantly, you should seek to manifest inquiry, the application and testing of an hypothesis (be that conceptual and/or technical), demonstrate the your knowledge of cognate practice and their ability to adopt or adapt such to your work, an improvement of acquired skills, and evidence of a willingness to risk failure. In the context of the module:


A. Develop a productive, individual, and imaginative interpretation of subject matter within a defined framework
B. Develop methodological and diagnostic approach to image making
C. Acquire the requisite conceptual, technical, and methodological coherence, and stylistic sophistication
D. Acquire the requisite cognisance and research of practical, theoretical, and historical debates relevant to the work
E. Take risks, push boundaries, and experiment
F. Work within self-imposed deadlines


The syllabus represents a suggested programme of work. It is given as a general guide for student and tutor. It need not be maintained rigidly; indeed, it may be superseded by a very different programme agreed between the two parties. What is important is that some form of schedule is developed so that a body of work that fulfils the aims and Outcomes of the module is produced within the allotted time.

Group meeting

Tutorial 1 (Weeks 1-2)
Stage 1: Defining the area of study in terms of subject matter, materials, skills, approach (stylistic and/or theoretical), and relevant sources.

Tutorial 2 (Weeks 3-4)
Stage 2: Testing and development of the above and, if appropriate, devising alternative subject matter and operational strategies.

Tutorial 3 (Weeks 5-7)
Stage 3: Development of the successful subject matter and operational strategies.

Tutorial 4 (Weeks 8-10)
Group Tutorial with second year students
Stage 4: Consolidation of the successful subject matter and operational strategies.

Tutorial 5 (Week 11)
Stage 5: Consolidation of the successful subject matter and operational strategies, and reflection on achievement.

Stage 6: Implementation of outcome of reflection and preparation of portfolio for presentation.

Transferable skills

Reading Lists

You are expected to read books and journals relevant to their field of study


This module is at CQFW Level 6