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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Art and Design: Studio Practice (2016 and 2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2018/19

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, English and Drama
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA / PGDip / PGCert
Programme code ACPT01, ACPT02
Length of programme 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 23 May 2018 13:40:32 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To develop in students a range of advanced 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 consolidate their individual 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 instil in students the ability to articulate sophisticated ideas visually, verbally 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 reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
  • Art and Design Benchmark Statement
  • SEEC Level Descriptors
  • 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 Deploy current theoretical and methodological approaches.

K2 Engage the major concepts, values and debates in art and design practice.

K3 Interpret ideas in specialised fields of study, 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:

C1  Conceptualise and critically develop abstract ideas in response to existing  theoretical, methodological or practical concerns.

C2  Systematically use advanced problem solving, research and enquiry to address significant issues within their practice.

C3  Synthesise ideas and apply knowledge in unfamiliar contexts to generate innovative and transformative solutions.

C4  Analyse and evaluate complex, incomplete or contradictory data as part of the creative process.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1  Adapt analogue and digital approaches to produce advanced quality art and/or design work.

P2  Perform autonomously to improve personal practice against sectoral best practice.

P3  Demonstrate team working and organisational ability to realise goals.

P4  Consider and incorporate an ethical dimension to practice through negotiation.

c. Key transferable skills:

T1  On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to :

T2  Reflect on and adapt own actions to connect and improve known and unknown situations.

T3  Maintain and refine effective visual, verbal and written communication.

T4  Exploit relevant research literature and other sources of primary and secondary information.

4. Programme structure

To be eligible for consideration for these awards, students must obtain appopriate 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


Contextualising Practices in Art and Design



Exploring Materials Processes and Techniques


Semester 2


Final Project:  Situating and Rehearsing



Research Methodologies:  Art and Design




Final Project


 4.2   The above modules are offered on a full-time and part-time basis

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

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

5.4 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.

5.5 Subject to the approval of the Dean of the School, 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 Loughborough University and NAFA.

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

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