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1.          Introduction                                                       3
2.          Awards                                                             3
3.          Modules                                                            3
4.          Specialist and Joint Awards                                        4
5.          Pathways and Routes                                                5
6.          Programme of Study                                                 5
7.          List of Pathways                                                   6
8.          Learning Outcomes                                                  7
9.          Learning and Teaching                                              7
10.         Assessment                                                         8
11.         Handing In Assignments                                            10
12.         Obtaining Extensions for Assignments                              10
13.         Extenuating Circumstances                                         10
14.         Grading                                                           10
15.         Study Support                                                     12
16.         Technology Supported Learning                                     12
17.         Attendance                                                        13
18.         Academic, Technical and Administrative Staff Contact List         13
19.         Personal Academic Tutors                                          16
20.         Prescribed Fees                                                   16
21.         Learning Centre Information                                       16
22.         Health and Safety                                                 17
23.         Sympathetic Listener                                              17
24.         Arrangements for Staff-Student Liaison                            17
25.         Plagiarism/Collusion/Cheating                                     18
26.         Copyright                                                         18


Welcome to the School of Art & Design

On behalf of all of our academic, technical and administrative staff, welcome to the School of Art &
Design. We very much look forward to your studying with us and offer our good wishes for an exciting
and enjoyable start to the time that you will spend here.

Our aim is successfully to support you in pursuit of your creative practice and to nurture your growing
ability to take on the professional contexts of your chosen field. Success in your studies will depend
upon many factors, but perhaps the most important will be your commitment and your ability to
manage your own time. Equally vital will be your confidence to ask for help and advice when you need
it, which will enable us to do everything we can to assist your enjoying a happy, challenging and
satisfying experience of University work and life.

Whatever your future aspirations, we wish you every success.

Andrew Brewerton
Dean of School


Pathways Guide for Undergraduate Programmes of Study 2003/4

This Guide needs to be read in conjunction with School of Art & Design Subject
Supplements. It is also vital to consult the University Undergraduate Modular Scheme
Guide, which will be given to you during Welcome and Induction Week and which, amongst
other things, provides further important information about the University‟s Undergraduate
Modular Scheme, a quick guide to University Regulations and information about Assessment.

The University reserves the right to change details given in the SAD Pathways Guide without

1.     Introduction

You probably came to university to achieve an award such as a degree. This Pathways Guide
tells you about the way that university studies are organised and outlines what you need to do to
achieve your award. You can find fuller details of the rules in Section F of the University
Undergraduate Modular Scheme Guide. The School of Art & Design Subject
Supplements provide you with detailed information about the Subject(s) and modules included
in your award.

You may well have special individual circumstances not covered by the Pathways Guide; if so,
please ask your Personal Academic Tutor for advice as soon as you can.

2.     Awards

Each award (degree, diploma or certificate) has a title, e.g. BA (Hons) Graphic Communication
or BA (Hons) Painting. To achieve your award, you must earn a certain number of study
“credits”. For example, to earn an honours degree you will need 360 credits, usually gained by
passing 120 credits per year for three years. If you have a break in your studies, or have to
repeat any modules, or if you switch to part-time, earning 360 credits will take longer than three

You earn credits by “passing” modules of study. Most of these modules must be in a specific
subject area or areas. They must also be at a suitable level, depending on whether you are in
your first year (Level 1), second year (Level 2) or third year (Level 3).

3.     Modules

A module is a unit of study which is taught. Each module is assessed separately and each
involves 12-13 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of assessment. It usually involves approximately
three hours of class, lecture or studio time per week, which is organised by the module tutor at
the same time each week. It also requires a further seven hours per week of private study at a
time and place to suit you.

At the beginning of each module, you will be given a Module Guide which tells you the who,
what, where, and when of the module. It tells you who will be teaching you, what you will
learn, where and when the classes will take place, how the module will be assessed and what
reading or other resources you will need.

The value or “weight” of a module is expressed in credits. A typical module is worth 15
credits and a full-time student usually takes four modules in the first semester (October to
January) and four different modules in the second semester (February to May). If you pass all
eight modules you will have earned 120 credits during the year. Pathways may include some
30 and/or 45 credit modules, as well as 15 credit modules.

Types of Module

The modules in your programme of study are of various types.

You must study all core modules required for your award. These are compulsory and will be
clearly listed on your programme.

You may also be required to study a certain number of core option modules. For
some awards, you might have to choose one core option module from a list of three. For
example, on Multimedia Communication you might be asked to choose Creative
Strategies or Digital Technologies or Digital Sound. When you register your modules
during Welcome and Induction week, you must make sure that you choose carefully. Your
Personal Academic Tutor will advise you which modules might be most appropriate.

You will also be required to choose elective modules. These are modules from any available
subject in the School of Art & Design or elsewhere in the University. These electives are listed
in Section K of the University Undergraduate Modular Scheme Guide which will be given
to you in Welcome and Induction Week.

There is a very wide choice of electives (for example, you could choose to add a foreign
language to your programme). However, you may wish to take elective modules that are
within, or close to, your main subject area. For example, you might choose to do all three core
option modules, counting two of them as electives.

As you can see from the above examples, you can choose elective modules which deepen your
knowledge within the same subject area or which broaden your study experience into other
subject areas to reflect your particular interests and ambitions. Your Personal Academic Tutor
will advise you on which might be the most appropriate modules to choose as electives.

4.     Specialist and Joint Awards

You can choose a route that leads either to a specialist award or to a joint award. On a
specialist award route, most of your modules will be from a single, specific subject area, e.g.
Animation or Ceramics. A list of specialist awards available in the School of Art & Design is
given at the end of this section.

On a joint award route, your modules will be drawn from two different subject areas, e.g.
Photography and Printmaking. For example, you might undertake three modules from
Photography and three from Printmaking annually, repeating this pattern of study for each of
the three years of your degree programme. You may choose two quite different subject areas for
your joint award such as Photography and Glass. Alternatively, you may choose two closely
related areas such as Photography and Digital Media.

Both specialist and joint award routes include modules with contextual/critical content.
All routes require you to develop your written and presentation skills alongside your practice.

Most of the subjects can be taken as specialist or joint routes but some cannot, usually
because they are already multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary awards, e.g. Journalism &
Editorial Design. Those subjects that cannot be combined into a joint award route are clearly
marked in the List of Pathways in Section 7 of this Guide.

If you are studying a joint award route that includes modules from another School, please
consult the appropriate Pathway Guide for that School‟s modules, as well as the relevant School
of Art & Design Subject Supplement given to you before commencement of your studies.

5.       Pathways and Routes


For each specialist award, and for each part of a joint award, there is a pathway which
is, in effect, a statement of the rules concerning which modules you must take to achieve the
award that you have chosen. Within a pathway, there will often be some choice, but it is

All School of Art & Design specialist award routes have 90 credits of core or core option
modules and 30 credits of electives in each year or Level of study.

School of Art & Design joint award routes (i.e. where all of the award‟s core and core option
modules are within SAD) consist of two pathways each of 45 credits of core or core option
modules, plus 30 credits of elective modules in each year or Level of study. At least one of the
pathways must include contextual studies modules.

For example, the joint award route of BA (Hons) Illustration and Printmaking is made up of the
Illustration (with Contextual Studies) joint pathway and the Printmaking joint pathway.

The School of Art & Design Subject Supplements provide details of pathways in each award
and short descriptions of the modules involved.


A specialist award route consists of a single pathway. A joint award route consists of two
joint pathways, one from each of the subject areas making up the award. If you choose an SAD
joint award, you must make sure that you meet the requirements of each of the two joint
pathways. You must also make sure that you include appropriate contextual studies modules in
at least one of the pathways chosen. If you choose a joint award that contains one SAD subject
and one subject from another School, then the SAD pathway must include contextual studies
modules. Your Personal Academic Tutor can advise you about these.

6.       Programme of Study

A programme of study is your individual record of all the modules you have registered
for including core, core option and elective modules. This is what you sign up for after
consultation with your Personal Academic Tutor. You will periodically receive a transcript
of the grade results you have obtained for each of the modules studied. Although your
programme of study must be consistent with the rules in the pathway, the programme of study

itself is different from the pathway in that it identifies your personal choice of elective modules
and core option modules.

7.     List of School of Art & Design Specialist and Joint Pathways

                          Subject                                 Specialist            Joint

                                                                                   (See Digital
Animation (see Digital Media Subject Supplement)                                  Media Joint
Ceramics                                                                                 
Design (formerly Design Studies)                                                         
Design for Interior Textiles                                                             
Design for Multimedia
(See Digital Media and Graphic Communication                           
Subject Supplements)
Digital Media (open combination)                                                         
Fine Art                                                                                 
Glass                                                                                    
Graphic Communication                                                                    
Illustration                                                                             
Interior Design                                                                          
Journalism & Editorial Design
(studied partly at Wolverhampton College)                              
Multimedia Communication (see Digital Media                            
Subject Supplement)
Photography                                                                              
3D Design (Product Design)                                             
3D Contemporary Applied Arts                                           
3D Design (Woods/Metals/Plastics)                                                        
Video (see Digital Media Subject Supplement)                                      (See Digital
                                                                                   Media Joint

NB: Details of modules available in Specialist and Joint Pathways can be found in the School of
Art & Design Subject Supplements.

8.     Learning Outcomes

Throughout your studies you will encounter words that all lecturers use to describe what is
expected of you on completion of a module.

Learning Outcomes are statements which describe what you are expected to know, understand
or able to do on completion of a module.

In all School of Art & Design modules, we have three types of Learning Outcomes and it‟s
important that you are clear about what these mean at the beginning of each module. Learning
Outcomes are clearly stated in all Module Guides.

The first kind of Outcomes are Subject Specific Outcomes (SSOs). There are usually two or
three of these for each module; they describe what will be expected of you in relation to subject
specific skills and knowledge.

The second, named Generic Academic Outcomes (GAOs), describe the general levels of
academic achievement required in art and design modules at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Finally, Personal Transferable Skills (PTSs), sometimes referred to as „key skills‟ or
„common skills‟, are those skills recognised by employers or educators as important in
preparing graduates for employment and the „outside world‟. These are: communications skills
(spoken and written), organisational skills, information gathering skills, IT skills, numeracy
skills, and the ability to act independently and work in teams.

Knowing what Learning Outcomes are expected of you makes it easier to understand your own
strengths and weaknesses and to develop your individual skills and attributes.

9.     Learning and Teaching

During your studies at SAD, you will encounter a wide range of learning and teaching methods.
These include studio and workshop teaching, lectures, small seminar discussions, group and
individual presentations and critiques and tutorials. The predominant learning tool is „the
project‟ or „assignment‟. Assignment-based studio/workshop practice, followed by self-
directed study, is supported by formative feedback via „crits‟ and individual and group tutorials.
Written feedback is also provided on each module.

Level 1 study normally focuses on studio/workshop practice followed by student self-directed
study. At Levels 2 and 3, there is an increasing emphasis on your taking responsibility for your
own learning. Larger credit negotiated modules in Level 3 provide you with the opportunity to
devise your own proposal, in negotiation with your tutors. This final „body of work‟ is usually
displayed in the School of Art & Design Degree Show.

Comprehensive information about the Learning and Teaching methods used in all School
of Art & Design subjects can be found in the Subject Supplements.

10.    Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment is usually based upon project/assignment work submitted both during and at the
conclusion of a module. Tight deadlines are set and work is discussed and criticised at each
deadline. Theory and critical studies assignments require you to produce seminar papers and
written work and to participate in presentations which are assessed both during and at the
conclusion of the module.

Assessment Criteria

The School has identified six Assessment Criteria, a number of which may be used in any given
module, depending on the stated Learning Outcomes. Specific criteria will appear on all
assignment briefs. The criteria have been designed to help you understand „what‟ is being
assessed in any assignment. Their presence will also help you identify what specific areas of
your learning you need to improve and develop.

In order to pass the module, you will need to be able to demonstrate, depending on the task,
some or all of the qualities described under each of the following headings. These criteria will
also be used in the assessment of negotiated or self-directed independent briefs. Where a
module has more than one assessed component, each component must be passed.

The School‟s assessment criteria are as follows:-

1.     Research

You should be able to:
 Apply an enquiring approach to identifying a range of visual or textual sources.
 Evaluate information gathered and select material.
 Synthesise different types of visual and contextual information.
 Demonstrate how research has informed your progress.

2.     Problem Analysis

You should be able to:
 Develop a range of ideas that demonstrate a creative response to a brief.
 Identify the nature and requirements of the task (set or self generated).
 Prioritise your tasks and take account of any limitations imposed by the assignment.
 Give full consideration to any intended audience of the work.
 Identify and communicate problems/solutions in an appropriate manner.
 Demonstrate initiative through solutions to identified problems.

3.     Working Methods

You should be able to:
 Plan your time efficiently to complete tasks on time.
 Work effectively as an individual or where appropriate with others.
 Use the available resources to good advantage employing safe working practices.
 Communicate effectively using a range of appropriate methods.
 Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the way that you work.

4.     Application of Skills

You should be able to:-
 Develop the appropriate technical/manipulative skills to support the production of your
 Employ safe working practices with regard to yourself, others and the environment.
 Demonstrate creative use of materials and methods.
 Recognise and build upon your own strengths.

5.     Conceptual Development (Generation of Ideas)

You should be able to:-
 Use your research to initiate and explore creative proposal(s).
 Explore and develop a range of ideas that demonstrate a creative response to the brief.
 Make links between your research ideas and, where applicable, with the intended audience.
 Effectively communicate your ideas using appropriate media.

6.     Quality of Final Product (Visual)

You should be able to:-
 Present and describe your own work in a professional manner.
 Present work which communicates its visual impact/aesthetic appeal, or demonstrates its
  commercial value.
 Demonstrate the connection between the finished work, your original idea and intended

Quality of Final Product (Written)

 Present and describe your own work in a professional manner.
 Articulate your own point of view/values.
 Coherently present an argument.
 Articulate your own point of view/values based upon research.

Quality of Final Product (Verbal Presentation)

 Present and describe your own work in a professional manner.
 Use appropriate language with regard to topic, audience and type of presentation.
 Articulate a range of ideas/arguments.
 Coherently present/evaluate an argument.
 Articulate your own point of view/values based upon research.
 Use visual aids/alternative forms of presentation as appropriate.

Quality of Final Product (Interactive Media)

 Usability, navigation and interface design.
 Robustness of program code, data validation and stability of system.
 Functionality and fitness for stated purpose.
 Integration of aesthetic, technical and other communication resources.

For more detailed information about assessment you will need to consult the individual Module
Guides for information at module level.

11.    Handing in Assignments

It is your responsibility to hand in assignments by the due date.

Coursework deadlines must be adhered to unless you have specifically requested, and formally
been granted permission to do otherwise. Late submission of coursework without extension
may lead to failure in relation to the piece of work concerned. Arrangements for handing in
assignments may differ from one module to another but, normally, they are submitted to the
Student Registry Point 4 in ML Block. Arrangements are usually printed in Module Guides; if
you are in doubt, consult the Module Leader.


12.    Obtaining extensions for assignments

If you need to apply for an extension either before or, exceptionally, after the deadline, obtain a
copy of Form AU33 from the Student Registry Point 4 in ML Block. The School‟s Programme
Manager or his nominee must first approve your request, before you discuss a new deadline
with the Module Leader(s) concerned.

An extension of up to seven calendar days can be given from the original submission date. If
you need further time, an application for Extenuating Circumstances should be made.

13.    Extenuating Circumstances

If you, your partner or members of your family are ill or you have other personal problems and
you believe that your performance has been or will be affected, you can apply for additional
time to complete your studies.

You can obtain a copy of Form AU34 (Request for Extenuating Circumstances) from the
Student Registry Point 4 in ML Block. You should follow the instructions given on the form
about its completion and submission. You are strongly advised to submit evidence to support
your claim. Wherever possible this should be from an independent source. Most claims that are
turned down are rejected because of insufficient evidence.

If you need advice about how to claim, or you would like your application checked prior to
submission, please contact the School‟s Programme Manager. Your claim is treated in

14.    Grading

Generic assessment criteria are selected to reflect the specific Learning Outcomes (SSOs,
GAOs and PTSs) for the particular module and any assignments associated with the module.

Staff will indicate on Assessment Feedback Forms the degree (e.g. satisfactory, good, very
good, excellent) to which you have met the particular criteria.

A final grade using the University Grade Point Scale for the module will reflect your
achievement across all of the stated criteria for each component of assessment in the module.

Grade Point Scale                   Description

A16, A15, A14                       Outstanding performance
B13, B12, B11                       Above average - very good
C10, C9, C8                         Average - good
D7, D6, D5                          Satisfactory performance
#E4                                 Compensated pass
E4                                  Compensatable fail (resit may be required)
F1-3                                Fail (resit permitted)
F0                                  Fail (retake required)
M4-0                                Valid extenuating circumstances. May submit assessment
                                    not submitted or failed as if for the first time
NS                                  Not submitted (retake required)
GA                                  Grade awaited
AM                                  Academic misconduct

To assist students and staff further in understanding grading, the following more
detailed breakdown of module grade descriptions has been developed by the School:-

SAD Grading Criteria

A16,15,14     Work of outstanding quality combining creativity, realisation and cognitive skills
              and an excellent grasp of contextual issues. Ability to work independently in
              response to module outcomes. Exceptional ability to select, execute, present and
              reflect on own work in the module.

B13,12,11     Work of very good quality, demonstrating good understanding of module
              outcomes and the contextual issues raised in the module outcomes. Clear
              evidence of self-initiation in the application of creative, manipulative and
              cognitive skills in the module.

C10,9,8       Work of a good quality, showing a sound understanding of module outcomes
              and good application of creative, manipulative and cognitive skills demanded in
              the module. Some evidence of self initiated decision-making and contextual

D7,6,5        Work of a satisfactory quality, demonstrating competent response to module
              outcomes. Work produced demonstrates satisfactory levels of creative,
              manipulative and cognitive skills.

E4            Poor work which only occasionally grasps the cognitive/creative and
              manipulative demands and contextual issues raised in the module and shows
              little evidence of active engagement in module outcomes. (Compensatable Fail)

F3,2,1        Extremely weak response in terms of creative manipulative and contextual
              engagement. Module outcomes not met. (Fail)

F0            Work submitted that is wholly inappropriate for assessment.

NS            Work not submitted for assessment.

GA             Grade awaited.

15.    Study Support

The School has a Study Support Co-ordinator, Pam Salter, room ML116, ext: 1959, email, who should be the first point of contact for students who feel they need
advice on any additional learning support they may require. The School provides drop-in
surgeries, small group workshops and one to one help (see Subject and general notice boards,
and information leaflet rack in reception and in the Welcome and Induction Week Pack).
Support, advice and study tip sheets are also available in the Harrison Learning Centre and in
the Students‟ Union.

If you are wondering what study support is – it can be anything from getting some extra help
with things like researching and writing your first University essay, to preparing a presentation,
to workshops for dyslexia related problems. Alternatively, you may wish, in confidence, simply
to discuss any worries about your work.

16.    Technology Supported Learning

A variety of learning facilities supports the modules that you study. These facilities range from
subject specific facilities, such as workshops, computer labs and studios, to the more generic
learning facilities such as the Learning Centre (library) and the University Internet

During the course of your studies you will be exposed to a variety of technology supported
learning experiences ranging from use of the internet as a support for learning, to CD Rom
learning packages and digital presentation/communication tools, to the growing use of on-line
managed learning environments.

When you have successfully enrolled on your programme, you will be allocated a personal
email address to facilitate communication between your colleagues and your tutors. You will
also gain password access to the University server and on-line support systems. In addition, you
will be allocated web space for your own personal use.

Using this facility enables you to communicate with the Learning Centre to reserve books and
other learning materials. This service is available from various campuses as well as from your
home computer if you have one.

The School‟s growing use of managed learning environments as an aid to study will enable a
more flexible approach to learning and learning support. A number of modules in the School
will use WOLF (Wolverhampton On-Line Framework) to support learning. Using this on-line
learning platform is beginning to form an increasingly important part of the School‟s delivery
and will provide a richer and more diverse learning experience for you and your fellow

To access WOLF topics related to your modules you will need to log on to:

The University home page is:

17.    Attendance

You are required to attend all taught sessions. The Module Guides will indicate how many
taught sessions there are per semester; most modules have 13 taught sessions followed by two
sessions of assessment and feedback. Registers are taken at the beginning of each session and
your attendance will be monitored by your Personal Academic Tutor. We are always
sympathetic to genuine reasons for non-attendance or lateness, but it is your responsibility to let
your Module Tutor know, preferably in advance, if and why you are unable to attend. Poor
attendance often puts students at risk of failure and we want you to succeed.

18.    Academic, Technical and Administrative Staff Contact List

School-wide Staff Contacts:                                  Tel:       Email:

The Dean’s Office

Andrew Brewerton, Dean of School                             1906       A.J.Brewerton
tba, Associate Dean Quality and Teaching
                and Learning                                 2427       tba
Antonia Payne, Associate Dean Research &
                Academic Development                         1941       A.L.Payne
Valerie Davies, Quality & Academic Co-ordinator              1968       V.A.Davies
Nicky Bhatti, PA to Dean of School                           1905       N.Bhatti

Divisional Leaders

Dennis Farrell, Fine & Applied Arts                          1957       D.S.Farrell
Lester Meachem, Visual Communications                        1952       Lester.Meachem

Academic Staff with cross-School responsibilities

Don Adamson, Programme Manager                               1928       D.Adamson
David Bainbridge, MA Network Co-ordinator                    1998       D.Bainbridge
Prof. Ed Bird, Research & Postgraduate Studies               4063       E.Bird
Peter Bone, Admissions & Recruitment                         2138       P.Bone
Patricia Cooper, Admissions & Recruitment                    2255       P.A.Cooper
Brian Holland, I.T. and TSL Co-ordinator                     2477       B.Holland
Lindsey Marshall, Learning & Teaching Co-ordinator           3423       L.Marshall
Pam Salter, Study Support                                    1959       P.A.Salter
Alan Villaweaver, Collaborative Links Co-ordinator           1634       A.Villaweaver
Ida Wong, International Co-ordinator                         1908       idawong
Richard Wooldridge, Admissions & Recruitment                 1914       R.B.Wooldridge

School Administrative Staff

Val Davies, Acting School Administrator               1968     V.A.Davies
Jane Ives, Student Progression & Achievement          2691     J.Ives
Stewart Mason, Superintendent Technician              1943     S.H.Mason
Beryl Neylan,Visual Communications Division           1975     berylneylan
Chris Pratt, Fine & Applied Arts Division             2090     C.Pratt2
Sharon Spooner, Acting Finance & Resources            1991     S.L.Spooner
Pat Tennant, Research & Collaborative Links           1372     P.Tennant
Marina Gavriel, Admissions & Recruitment              2058     M.Gavriel


Mike Marshall         Subject Leader                  1960     M.S.Marshall

Design (formerly Design Studies)

Dave Colton           Temporary Subject Leader        tba      tba

Design for Interior Textiles

Pat Dillon            Subject Leader                   2591    P.A.Dillon

Digital Media

David James           Subject Leader                  2717     D.K.James
Cathy Slim            Animation Award Co-ordinator    2260     C.H. Slim
Phil Nichols          Video Award Co-ordinator        2935     P.Nichols

Jeff Leak             Design for Multimedia
                      Award Co-ordinator              1938     J.Leak
Vince Robbins         Multimedia Communication
                      Award Co-ordinator              4003     Vince.Robbins

HND Digital Media

Alan Villaweaver      Award Leader                    1634     A.Villaweaver
Simon Larson          Award Co-ordinator
                      City of Wolverhampton College
                      Tel: 01902 317587 Email:

Sheila Kendrick       Award Co-ordinator
                      Walsall College of Arts & Technology
                      Tel: 01922 657000 Email:

Fine Art

Maggie Ayliffe        Joint Subject Leaders           1970     M.C.Ayliffe
Rachel Clarke                                         2204     R.P.Clarke


Chris Bird-Jones    Joint Subject Leaders            1505     C.Bird-jones
Stuart Garfoot                                       1648     S.Garfoot

Graphic Communication

Jeff Leak           Subject Leader                  1938     J.Leak

Interior Design

tba                 Award Leader, Interior Design    1532     tba

Journalism & Editorial Design

tba                 Award Leader                     1977     tba
Craig Spencer       Subject Leader Journalism 01902 317564


Gill Sampson        Subject Leader                   2259     Gill.Sampson


John Timberlake     Subject Leader                   1945     J.Timberlake

3D Contemporary Applied Arts

tba                 Award Leader                     tba      tba

3D Design (Product Design)

Dave Henley         Award Leader                     1902     D.W.Henley

3D Design (Wood/Meta/Plastics)

Peter Redmond       Subject Leader                   1902     P.Redmond

19.    Personal Academic Tutors

Every student is assigned to a Personal Academic Tutor (or Adviser) who will meet with you on
a regular basis (twice a semester). These meetings provide the opportunity for both you and
your Tutor to discuss your progress, and to highlight any concerns should they arise. Your
Personal Academic Tutor will provide you with general academic support and advice, but may
also refer you to more specific sources of help if necessary. As well as your academic progress,
anything affecting your study could be discussed and it is a valuable opportunity for you and the
School to make sure that, wherever possible, you are able to make the very best use of your
time with us and to reach your potential.

In addition, the School has an Undergraduate Programme Manager responsible for validating
student programmes and for operating procedures for assignment extensions.
He is Don Adamson, Ext. 1928. Email: D.Adamson.

If, at any stage, you experience personal, academic or ill health problems that mean you have
difficulties meeting project deadlines, please refer to the following* leaflets given to you at
Welcome and Induction Week and available from the School Office, and consult the
Programme Manager.

*      Guidance on Extenuating Circumstances
*      Guidance on Extensions

20.    Prescribed Fees

Prescribed fees (sometimes referred to as module fees or studio fees) are charges customarily
made within art and design subjects for appropriate consumable materials. These fees vary
from module to module. Usually, they enable you to benefit from bulk purchase arrangements
across a wide range of materials and processes, some of which might not be easily available to
you through normal retail. Payment of prescribed fees results in your acquisition and
ownership of finished artefacts and enhances the value to you of what you are able to achieve
during your period of study with the University.

The University reserves the right to retain student work, occasionally and on a temporary basis,
for exhibition and other purposes.

21.    Learning Centre Information

Books and periodicals are held in the Harrison Learning Centre (main campus). The collection
aims to cover all aspects of each subject. The specialist Art & Design Librarian is:

       Tom Hicks
       Room MD111a
       Tel: 01902 322377

The Learning Centre also holds videos, photographic slides, audiocassettes and CD-ROMs.
These are for use by both staff and students. The Learning Centre also houses the IT Suite, one
of the main centres for computing on the Wolverhampton campus. This provides students with
free access to the Internet, e-mail and word processing facilities.

22.    Health and Safety

All University subjects operate within the guidelines of the current University Health and
Safety Statement. Reference copies of this, with all appendices and amendments, are available
from School Divisional Administrators. Information that is more specific to School of Art &
Design subjects can be found within the Subject Codes of Practice. Copies of these are
available on demand and can be obtained from Subject Staff.

All personnel who are working, visiting or studying at the University must comply at all times
with the relevant statutory Health and Safety requirements.

23.    Sympathetic Listener

The School has two Sympathetic Listeners:

Pam Salter, ext:1959 or email P.A. Salter
Don Adamson, ext:1928 or email D. Adamson

Their role is to provide a confidential „ear‟ for any student with a problem about which s/he
feels unable to speak to anyone else. Information on how to arrange to meet one of our
sympathetic listeners is available on notice boards.

24.    Arrangements for Staff-Student Liaison

The School very much values the views of students and there are various ways in which you
can make your views known. At the beginning of the academic year students elect two
representatives for each Level of the Subject to the Subject Committee, which meets twice a
year. Student representatives give feedback from the student body; issues raised are discussed at
Subject Committee meetings and followed up by the Subject staff team.

An important way that you can give feedback to staff on how you felt about a module is through
the Module Evaluation Questionnaires. Here, totally anonymously, you have a chance to say
what you think was good about a module or what needed improving.These questionnaires are
issued towards the end of each module. Please complete them because your views can have a
real impact on how the School‟s modules develop in future.

Finally, a Student Forum is held occasionally in Subjects, Divisions or School-wide. This
provides a more informal vehicle for you to discuss issues relating to the School. Dates for
Student Forums are published at least two weeks in advance.

25.    Plagiarism/Collusion/Cheating

Plagiarism, collusion and cheating are extremely serious offences and you need to understand
what each of them means. The University has provided a leaflet, held in the School Office,
which you can consult and which describes in detail what the offences are and the penalties for
committing such offences. You should also read Section G.11 of the Undegraduate Modular
Scheme Guide.

Briefly, plagiarism is incorporating unattributed direct quotation or paraphrasing from
someone else‟s work into your own. (In effect, stealing another‟s work and passing it off as
your own.) Collusion is a situation in which two or more students have collaborated to produce
a piece of work to be submitted (in whole or part) for assessment, and this is presented as the
work of one student alone.

Cheating is interpreted widely as any attempt by a student to gain unfair advantage in an
assessment by dishonest means.

25.    Copyright

For inclusion in on-line and paper-based publicity, and for other marketing and promotional
purposes, the School requests use of images of all students (ie images covered by the laws of
the Data Protection Act 1998), and the royalty free use of their exhibited work. We request this
use during students‟ period of study at the University and for a period of three years from the
date of their graduation, or until such time as it could prohibit publication/patenting or
commercial gain, or as we are instructed otherwise by the author/creator/copyright owner
during the agreed three years‟ period. The University requires students to give two months
notice of any wish for material to be removed from use.

It is each student‟s responsibility to ensure that they have gained the permission of the
copyright owner to make use of any copyright images they may chose to incorporate within
their own work, and that use of such images is referenced accordingly.


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