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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA/MSc 2D and 3D Visualisation

Academic Year: 2015/16

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 / MSc
Programme title 2D and 3D Visualisation
Programme code ACPT03, ACPT04
Length of programme 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time by negotiation
UCAS code
Admissions criteria
Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:49:20 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To develop in students a knowledge and understanding of visualisation to an advanced (Masters) degree level.
  • To enable students to develop a range of conceptual, practical and professional visualisation skills.
  • To promote innovation in visualisation through drawing.
  • To enable and support students in research through a synthesis of understanding and application.
  • To enable students to develop key transferable skills in the areas of information technology, problem-solving, communication, management, team work and professionalism.
  • To promote an understanding of, and examine the opportunities for, professional practice.

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

  • Art and Design Benchmark Statement
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

K1  interpret current methodological approaches to 2D and 3D visualisation for academic and professional needs;

K2  demonstrate interrelationship between personal visual language and relevant cultural, social and theoretical contexts.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1  convey a broad and comparative awareness of 2D and 3D visualisation related to problem solving;

C2  initiate, manage, reflect, critique and evaluate their practice appropriate to specific project briefings and the nature of their enquiry;

C3  identify with, respond to, and critically reflect upon the opportunities and dynamics for learning with their peers and other external contexts;

C4  develop ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments for different audiences through a range of cognitive methods and methodologies;

C5  identify the opportunities in visual experimentation, innovation and further research.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1  develop a broad ability and innovative implementation of 2D and 3D visualisation techniques through a range of practical methods and outcomes including visual, tactile, written and oral;

P2  integrate 2D and 3D representations in investigative and creative work;

P3  evidence their practice appropriate to specific project briefings and the nature of their enquiry;

P4  demonstrate the relationships and contexts of their research into practice incorporating ethical awareness and application;

P5  demonstrate team working and organisational ability to realise goals.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1  reflect on and adapt own actions to connect and improve known and unknown situations;

T2  maintain and refine effective visual, verbal and written communication in 2D and 3D Visualisation - including clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and evaluation of outcomes;

T3  exploit relevant research literature and other sources of primary and secondary information;

T4  management - including self-learning and project and time management;

T5  teamwork - including shared responsibilities, the agreement of common goals and methods, and co-ordination of resources;

T6  professionalism - including acting professionally in accordance with ethical propriety, and the observation of safe working practices;

T7  communicate ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments with different audiences.

4. Programme structure

4.1.  To be eligible for consideration for these awards, students must obtain appropriate credit from the following compulsory modules. 

Compulsory modules account for a total of 60 credits in Semester 1 and 120 credits in Semester 2, which includes the Final Project during the summer, making a total of the required weighting of 180 credits overall.

Semester 1


Visual thinking and Communication



Visualisation:  2D and 3D Opportunities



Research Methodologies:  Art and Design


Semester 2


Final Project:  Rehearsal



Exploring Materials, Processes and Techniques




Final Project


  4.2.  All modules listed above are offered on a full time basis and part-time by negotiation.

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.  All taught modules provided by the School of the Arts, English and Drama will be assessed on the basis of coursework.

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

5.4.  In accordance with 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.

5.5.  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 leader.

5.6.  The decision to award an MA or an MSc. will be made by examining the focus of the route taken by the candidate within the Final Project modules.  SAP203 Final Project: Rehearsal will be used to develop a student's learning agreement, the content of which will constitute a final project proposal and will inform the nature of the degree award i.e. MA or MSc. 

It is expected that the Final Project (SAP009) that contribute to the award of MSc. will embody significant use of established scientific methods and methodologies.

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

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