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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Art and Design (Studio Practice) (f/t)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of the Arts - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA
Programme code ACPT01
Length of programme Mode = Full-time
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:05:29 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To develop in students a range of conceptual, practical and professional skills that will enable them to realise their creative aspirations.
  • To extend students’ conceptual thinking and research skills in order to facilitate an accelerated development of each individual’s practice.
  • To enhance the  practice of art and design, through increased acquaintance with  historical precedents, contemporary  practice, and  emerging technologies
  • To enable a critical  synthesis between intellectual understanding and technical skill.
  • To develop in students the ability to articulate ideas visually and in writing.
  • To enable students to identify their own personal direction and understand their role within the industry and the community.
  • To develop students awareness and knowledge of the professional and ethical context within their discipline.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • The QAA Policy Statement on a structured and supported process for personal development

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

  • advanced  practice in art and design.
  • critical methods of analysis that engage with the major concepts, , values and debates of  art and design practice
  • how to professionally articulate the idea and objectives of their creative work, both verbally and in writing.


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to l:

•    critically analyse their own level of competence and that of their peers and recommend improvement strategies

•    recognise the key relationships between art and design practice and appropriate business and ethical functions

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to :

•    produce quality art and/or design work, including as appropriate work derived from both manual and computer-assisted techniques

•    investigate a personal art and design issue and to produce a thoroughly researched final outcome

•    synthesise intellectual understanding and technical skills and articulate their ideas in an appropriate professional manner

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to :

•    deal with complex and inter-related issues both analytically and creatively.

•    identify and exploit relevant research literature and other sources of primary and secondary information.

•    be self-motivating when tackling problems and to plan their work tasks in an effective manner.

•    investigate and apply innovative practical and theoretical solutions in their creative practices.

•    communicate visually, verbally and in writing

4. Programme structure




Modular Weight




Proposing Practice





Situating Practice





Practice, Research and Entrepreneurial Skills





Exploring Materials Processes and Techniques





Research Methods and Methodologies





Final Project




5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI and additional requirements stated within these regulations.

5.2 With the approval of the School of the Arts, candidates may obtain not more than 60 credits, either from postgraduate programmes of the University, or, with the approval of Senate, from advanced degree studies or their equivalent at another higher education institution in the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

5.3 For the award of M.A. candidates must obtain 180 module credits

5.4 All taught modules will be assessed on the basis of coursework

5.5 A candidate will normally be permitted to proceed to the Final Project after studying taught modules with a total modular weight of 120.

5.6 In accordance with the Regulation XXI, candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module will be offered an opportunity to be re-assessed in a special assessment period.

5.7 Any student failing to meet the requirements for achieving credit in a module has the automatic right of reassessment on one occasion only. Candidates who have a right of reassessment in a module can opt for reassessment at an earlier date than that of the next routine assessment of the module with the agreement of the programme coordinator.

5.8 Subject to the approval of the Head of the School of the Arts, module SAP009  may be undertaken either at Loughborough University or at Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA) in Singapore. Students who undertake this module in Singapore will be jointly supervised by staff from LoughboroughUniversity and NAFA.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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