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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Academic Year: 2014/15

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 BA (Hons)/ BA (Hons) + Diploma in International Studies
Programme title Fine Art
Programme code ACUB14/16
Length of programme The duration of the Programme is six or eight semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend the third academic year undertaking an international university placement (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. The third academic year (Part I) occurs between part B and part C 1.4 Alternatively, students may complete the programme on a part-time basis over not more than eight years.
UCAS code W100
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/arts/fineart/

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:34:52 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment where students can develop the critical and practical skills relevant to contemporary art practices.
  • To create an environment in which students encounter diverse and interconnected activities such as curating, exhibiting, cross-disciplinary practice and critical writing.
  • To enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of all aspects of art making, encouraging risk-taking, curiosity, innovation and adventurousness.
  • To foster a deep understanding of diverse methodologies that enables a critical framework for specialist art production, study and research.
  • To enable the student to develop autonomous working habits based on best practice exemplars in the professional art world: and to be cognizant of their role in a global contemporary society.
  • To ensure that students are able to contextualise their work with reference to relevant theoretical, historical, cultural, political and ethical issues, pertinent to contemporary art practice.
  • To prepare students for employment in germane creative industries.

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

  • The Benchmark Statement for Art and Design: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/honours/
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • The QAA Policy Statement on a structured and supported process for personal development 
  • Credit level descriptors for Higher Education, Sourthern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer: http://www.seec.org.uk/publications/seec-credit-level-descriptors-2010-revised-2004

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Initiate, develop and evaluate projects to generate a distinctive and personalised studio practice.
  • Use research methods related to studio practice: locate and evaluate visual and textual sources, organise ideas, develop critical perspectives on research materials and autonomous work practices based on reflective feedback.
  • Analysis history and theory with an emphasis on the contemporary debate around the interpretation and production of meaning in Fine Art and the historical and international context.
  • Select and experiment with a broad range of materials and processes appropriate to contemporary art production and dissemination.
  • Synthesise intention, process, outcome and context, methods of presentation and dissemination, and an awareness of new developments within relevant fields of studio practice.
  • Integrate entrepreneurial and professional practices in Fine Art: composing applications for further study and exhibition opportunities, marketing methods, approaches to curating and enterprise.

 

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Initiate their own studio work with appropriate media, undertaking the research necessary to sustain their practice and to generate ideas, objectives, questions and solutions, either individually or collaboratively.
     
  • Comprehend how to use relevant media and select what is appropriate for developing particular themes and ideas through to material outcomes whether these are objects, texts, acoustic or other methodologies based on critical awareness of contemporary and historical Fine Art practice.
     
  • Be confident and skilled in discussing issues raised by their own work and that of their peers and be articulate in relating these issues to examples of both historical and contemporary practice from a national and international perspective.
     
  • Identify opportunities to install artwork in coherent and communicative exhibitions.
  • Research art historical themes and issues and present their conclusions lucidly in essay, presentation and dissertation formats.
     
  • Apply professionalism and resourcefulness in establishing student’s own practice or promoting that of others and ensuring success with their post-course intentions.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • Develop a significant body of innovative studio work through experimental procedure, adventurous application of technical knowledge and creative translation of ideas into practice.
  • Effectively use materials and processes such as drawing, moving image, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound and any other practices relevant to contemporary Fine Art practice.
     
  • Discuss and respond in their studio work and presentations to themes and issues relating to local or global contemporary visual culture, which have been generated through their own research in relation to exhibitions, lectures, tutorials and seminars.
     
  • Research and organise material relating to studio practice, art historical and theoretical studies and recognize relevant intercultural issues, leading to skills in communicating ideas in diverse formats, including presentations, tutorial feedback, studio notebooks, short essays, blogs, dissertation and artist statements.
     
  • Report on museum and gallery exhibitions by summarizing their responses and delivering a public presentation that incorporates visual material. |
  • Curate exhibitions both of their own work and peers, as well as other artwork and related material, which will enable the student to understand the demands of Part C semester two Final Project.
     
  • Respond inventively to commission opportunities and be prepared to complete a commission brief.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Use information technology: word processing and image manipulation.
  • Manage self learning: take on new practical and research skills in response to a developing programme of activity.
  • Problem solve: be resourceful in identifying and working with appropriate materials and processes to resolve questions arising in their work and to set challenges for future practice.
  • Teamwork: be skilled at working in groups, in determining the scope and goals of the project, in researching as a team and in delegating the separate tasks necessary for effective group presentation of material.
  • Communicate effectively: be experienced in clearly presenting their work to diverse audiences both verbally and in writing. 
  • Develop an appreciation of cultural diversity.

4. Programme structure

 

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules

  

Code

Title

Module Weight

Sem

status

SAA123

Introduction to Fine Art

40

1

Compulsory

SAA500

Research, Analysis and Study Skills in Art and Design

30

1&2

Compulsory

SAA124

 Developing Fine Art Practice

50

2

Compulsory

 

4.2          Part B - Degree Modules

 

Code

Title

ModuleWeight

Sem

status

SAB114

Siting Fine Art Practice

40

1

Compulsory

SAB115

Fine Art Practice

40

2

Compulsory

SAB550

Professional and Enterprising Practice

10

1

Option

SAB552

Professional and Business Practice

20

1&2

Option

SAB553

Art Histories and Theories

30

1&2

Option

SAB554

Visual Culture: Histories and Theories

30

1&2

Option

SAB555

Design and Material Culture: Histories and Theories

20

1&2

Option

 

Students can choose SAB553 or SAB554 or SAB555.

  • If a student chooses SAB553 or SAB554, they also take SAB550
  • If a student chooses SAB555, they also take SAB552

 

4.3       Part I – Year Out (Four year Programme only)

 

Code

Title

Module Weight

Sem

status

SAI002

International University Placement 

120

1 & 2

Optional

 

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

 

Code

Title

Module Weight

Sem

status

SAC500

Art and Design Dissertation

30

1&2

Compulsory

SAC116

Professional Fine Art Practice

30

1

Compulsory

SAC117

Fine Art Practice Final Project

60

2

Compulsory

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, from C to D (if applicable) and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

  • In order to progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must have accumulated 120 credits.
  • In order to progress from Part B to Part C, candidates must have accumulated 120 credits in Part B.
  • In order to qualify for the award of a Degree, candidates must have accumulated 120 credits in Part C. 

Successful completion of Part I leads to the additional qualification of Diploma in International Studies. 

Part-time students may negotiate the order in which modules are completed, subject to the following restrictions: 

All part A modules must be passed before the start of part B of the programme.

All part B modules must be passed before the start of part C of the programme. 

Students may transfer between full-time and part-time modes of study with the permission of the Head of School. 

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment.

Reassessment will not be allowed in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) if:

  • candidates have accumulated fewer than 60 credits in any part of the programme
  • candidates have gained a mark of less than 30 in SAC117

 

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

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 20 and Part C 80 to determine the final percentage mark.

 

 

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