20 credits at level HE6
This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and
skills needed to understand, and critically reflect upon historical,
contemporary and theoretical discipline-specific themes. Through doing
this, they will further develop their abilities to observe, investigate and
enquire into aspects of the contextual framework of their specialist
disciplines as well as within the broader framework in which these
disciplines sit. Students will develop their abilities to articulate reasoned
arguments surrounding key contemporary themes within the culture of
their discipline and society generally, thereby becoming more critical in
their thinking and more aware of the issues facing practitioners working
in the contemporary landscape.
Students will be able to apply their learning from this module to their work
in the other modules on the programme. The module will help to prepare
them to undertake the final practical outcomes.
• be encouraged to develop an understanding of critical ideas and
issues underpinning the discipline;
• develop and extend their critical and contextual knowledge;
• have the opportunity to develop and refine their approach to
questioning and enquiry through text-based and visual sources resulting
in a written outcome;
• develop and extend cognitive and intellectual skills within the
context of their discipline;
• experience new levels of knowledge and understanding that lead to
the application of theoretical ideas into practice; and,
• undertake an oral presentation, which contributes to scholarship
• Visual communication (e.g., communication theory; image analysis)
• Histories: key movements and leaders (e.g., origins; schools;
• Style and the consumer (e.g., postmodernism; audience behaviour)
• The deconstructed page (e.g., typography, image and narrative)
• The global consumption of images (e.g., social networking; cultural
• Social responsibility (e.g., sustainable practices; politics and ethics)
• Urban contexts (e.g., spaces (private, public, interior, exterior,
virtual); access; community identity; diversity)
• Putting forward an argument (e.g., Critical thinking; discourse)
This module involves students in project-based research into an area
related to their studio practice and related critical studies. Work will
normally be informed by, and in turn informs their practice it will provide
opportunities for students to demonstrate effective self-managed
learning whilst demonstrating a range of competencies from
research/enquiry through to independence of reflective thought.
Students will experience lecture and seminar input along with individual
tutorial support for this aspect of the programme but will be expected to
take responsibility for own work and the management of their research.
Students will discuss and negotiate their choice of topic, which, will be
related to aspects of their studio practice.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have negotiated and agreed with your tutor a research proposal that addresses key issues in design theory and practice.||
1.1 Have negotiated and agreed with your tutor a realistic research proposal that addresses key issues in design theory and practice.
1.2 Have developed a detailed and realistic research plan articulating the research objectives, methods, expected outcomes and timescale.
|2.||Be able to understand and discuss key issues surrounding the discipline in contemporary and historical contexts.||
2.1 Have demonstrated an in-depth knowledge and understanding of design theory and practice.
2.2 Have identified and comprehensively addressed key issues in design theory and practice.
|3.||Be able to source, organise and analyse research material.
||3.1 Have conducted in-depth research into key issues in design theory and practice and have used a variety of relevant information sources in the production of the assignment (e.g., Athens databases, ABI inform database, journals and magazines, books, web resources) with correct citations and bibliographies.|
|4.||Be able to apply insight and knowledge to your own work.||
4.1 Have demonstrated critical thinking skills by presenting a high level of argument and analysis of theory appropriate to this level of study.
4.2 Have formed clear and logical conclusions.
|5.||Articulate findings by presenting written and visual forms.||
5.1 Have demonstrated that your written submission addresses the title.
5.2 Have structured your academic writing and used an acceptable format with reference to the nature of design practice.
5.3 Have used an appropriate style of presentation and used figures, tables, plates, diagrams and charts.
5.4 Have used the Harvard referencing system within your written piece with sources cited in the text and appropriately referenced in a bibliography and list of figures/plates.
5.5 Have produced written work that is lucid and free from spelling, grammatical and typographic errors. Your writing style will readable and academic for this level of study.
|6.||Present the outcomes of your research orally.||
6.1 Have presented, in an effective manner, complex information in visual form.
6.2 Have designed accessible visual material that demonstrates a high level of typographic structure, legibility, readability and that has an appropriate layout.
6.3 Have given a presentation in a confident manner demonstrating good vocal delivery, a presentation style suitable for the audience, and the ability to respond appropriately to audience questions.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A negotiated research proposal and project brief- min. 1000 words||A reflective report on the research undertaken- min.1500 words||Presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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