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					                                                    School of Arts, Media and Education

Fine Art BA (Hons)
2008 - 2009


   Lisa Moore   Mixed Media/Print/drawing                     Jason Simpson    Limestone Carving
                                       Degree Show 2008
                           Founder Members of the ‘Neo-Artists’ Collective’.
                                                                           BA Fine Art Programme Handbook – September 2008 Edition

1     WELCOME FROM ALAN BUCKINGHAM........................................................................... 5

2     ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME HANDBOOK......................................................................... 7

3     PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION ..................................................... 8

4     TEACHING ROOMS AND LEARNING RESOURCES....................................................... 12

5     PROGRAMME AIMS AND INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES..................................... 14
    5.1     PROGRAMME OVERALL EDUCATIONAL AIMS ....................................................................... 14
6     PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND CONTENT.................................................................. 15

7     ASSESSMENT ................................................................................................................... 15
    7.1     ASSESSMENT STRATEGY FOR THE PROGRAMME ................................................................ 15
    7.3     INDICATIVE ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE ................................................................................ 17
    7.4     RELEVANT UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS .......................................................... 20
8     ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE ......................................................................... 20

9     STUDENT REPRESENTATION AND FEEDBACK ........................................................... 20

10        FURTHER INFORMATION ............................................................................................. 21

11        FINE ARTS BA (HONS) CURRICULUM MAP (SINGLE AND JOINT) .......................... 22

12        MODULES AND THEIR ASSESSMENT SPECIFICATIONS ......................................... 23

13        PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION DOCUMENT .............................................................. 25
BA Fine Art Programme Handbook – September 2008 Edition
    Welcome to the Programme Handbook for students studying Fine Arts. This handbook should be seen as
    supplementary to the School of Arts, Media & Education handbook, which you will have received
    separately, and can access on the School’s web site at

    This programme is part of the Fine Arts portfolio, which includes the BA in Fine Arts, and the MA in Public
    Art, within the School of Arts, Media and Education. This is an exciting time for the programme, as we have
    recently moved into brand new, purpose built premises at the Deane Campus, as part of the universities
    first phase of transferring all courses at Chadwick Campus to Deane. By the time you receive this
    handbook, all the remaining Art & Design courses will also be moved to be with us at Deane as part of a
    new central campus for the university.

    We are also working very closely with I. Vorgias Athens School of Fine Art, in Athens Greece. The
    programme here is running very similar modules to our own, and we have collaborated closely over the
    past three years. This is creating new opportunities for our programme in collaborating with exhibitions, and
    having staff and student exchanges.

    The BA (Hons) Fine Arts degree is available as a Single Subject, and also as a Joint Honours degree
    subject, to be combined with work in another programme. It is made up from a range of studio based
    practice modules, workshop centred skills development modules, and critical studies modules.

    The course is fundamentally practice led, with an emphasis upon the studio experience of the professional
    practising artist. All staff who teach on the programme are themselves practising artists, with a wealth of
    experience in the Fine Arts. The course offers a broad preparation for a range of employment opportunities,
    and you will find that gaining a Fine Arts degree will equip you with the skills and confidence to work
    independently, organise your time effectively, and to work well with differing groups of people. An artists’
    ability to think creatively, ‘outside of the box’, and develop new solutions to problems is a major asset to
    your future employment.

    Many Fine Arts graduates have set up in studios on their own, or in the more popular large group studios in
    the region, and enjoy working and exhibiting as professional artists. Studios such as NEO ARTISTS in
    Bolton, or the recently formed id8 group in Horwich have all been set up by Fine Arts graduates from this
    university. Many galleries in the region now have work from our graduates in their collections, such as the
    Lowry in Salford, and Manchester City Art Gallery. Others go on to further study at MA level, both here and
    overseas, or study to gain a PGCE that will enable them to teach.

    This Handbook is designed to provide you with a detailed explanation of your course, its aims and
    outcomes, the curriculum content, the approach to teaching learning and assessment, the tutorial support
    to assist your studies, and the course policies that affect you. Further, more detailed explanations will also
    be found in the Schools Handbook. Please read it carefully at the beginning of the course – and again from
    time to time – and ask for clarification of any aspect that is not clear to you. It also provides an essential
    reference document and you must keep it safe for future use. There may be occasions when you will need
    to refer to it, such as at induction, at assessment, or when you are choosing modules.

    The Course team wishes you success on the Course and will do everything in their power to ensure that
    your experience is both an enjoyable and rewarding one. Remember at all times that this is a partnership
    of tutors, support staff and students directed to achieving the best possible results for each student. Should
    you experience any doubts or problems then please do not hesitate to talk to us about them.

    But, most of all, we want you to enjoy your time on the programme! We as staff wish to extend you our
    warmest welcome and we all look forward to working with you on this exciting programme.

                                                                                                  Alan Buckingham
                                                                                   Fine Arts BA Programme Leader

This Programme Handbook, together with the following:

   •   The AME School Handbook available at
   •   The University of Bolton Student Handbook
   •   The University of Bolton Web Site

Constitute the definitive information about your course.

This Programme Handbook contains information specific to your course. Other important
information, which applies to other courses in the School also, is presented elsewhere as

Topic                           Relating to                     Refer to
General information on          Academic and administrative     AME School Handbook
relevant personnel              staff
Opening Hours of relevant                                       AME School Handbook
Policies and procedures         Those specific to your
                                programme are presented in
                                this handbook

                                Those that also apply to other AME School Handbook
                                courses, see …

                                Those that apply to the whole   The University of Bolton
                                University, see …               Student Handbook



Communication systems           Location of staff and their     AME School Handbook
                                contact details
Pastoral support and            Information about Personal      AME School Handbook
guidance                        Tutors
Assessment procedures           Handing-in procedures,          AME School Handbook
                                extension requests,
                                submission of personal
                                mitigating circumstances
                                (matters affecting your
                                performance in the
                                assessments), marking and
                                feedback policies and
                                procedures, official
                                publication of results

Attendance rules and                                            AME School Handbook
withdrawal guidance

The programme is delivered by a small team of staff who are, in addition to their academic roles within
Art & Design, are well known and respected practitioners in their specialist fields.

There are also several specialist technicians to ensure that the facilities function smoothly.
Alan Buckingham
Programme Leader BA Fine Art / MA in Public Art
3D Art, Public Art, and Photo Media Tutor BA/MA
Alan Buckingham has been a practising sculptor for over twenty years and in that time has built up a
substantial body of experience in a variety of activities. He worked in a private studio in Manchester from
1981 until 1990, before moving to Wimbledon School of Art, taking up the post of Henry Moore Fellow in
Sculpture. His work has been exhibited in numerous London galleries and sculpture parks, including
Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon, the Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, and Manchester City Art Gallery.
He was a founder member of “Rogue Artists Studios” set up in Manchester in 1993, and continued his
personal practice there until 2004. As a practising sculptor he has been engaged in numerous public art
commissions, and has been short listed in many public art competitions. He was a speaker and
commissioned artist at the ‘Art and the Urban Environment’ conference held at Manchester Town Hall in
1993. He is also a member of the Public Arts Steering Group for Bolton Metro Council, in which public art
projects, such as the ‘Spirit of Sport’ sculpture commission, are developed.

The experience in the numerous public sculpture commissions he has undertaken directly informs the
learning programmes on the Masters degree, and his extensive experience of Artist in Schools
residencies will help in the community based aspects of the course.

His past and present experience in the organisation and mounting of exhibitions all play a role in his
support of students as they prepare for their presentational exhibitions, the siting of their art works, and
their final end of year shows.
Rebecca Sitar
BA(Hons) MA
2D Art Tutor BA
Rebecca Sitar has been a practicing artist for over 15 years. Her work encompasses drawing, painting
and photography. She has exhibited in a number of notable solo and group shows across the UK and
Europe and is a member of Rogue Studios in Manchester.
Any painter of Rebecca Sitar’s generation must inevitably evaluate the act of making a painting self-
consciously. Neither figurative nor abstract, Sitar’s practice has been described as ‘hermetic’ in its
resistance to following any single orthodoxy. The paintings are self-evidently process led. Their surfaces
bear the trace of a post–Richter detachment and yet they also show things that seem profoundly
personal. Particular objects or incidents in paint are held up for inspection, requiring and eliciting a
subjective response.
Emma Hill, director of the Eagle Gallery , Hinterland 2004
Rebecca ‘s first solo international show Present & Elsewhere was held at Galerija Karas in Zagreb,
Croatia 2006 and toured to the Eagle Gallery, London 2007,.An accompanying exhibition publication was
produced for the exhibition with an essay by the writer and critic Sue Hubbard. The project was
supported by Arts Council England,The British Council and The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of

In 2001 The Eagle Gallery in London took on representation of her work, through which she has shown

Other national shows include Conscious Fiction, Eagle Gallery,London (2005), Beyond the Endgame –
Abstract Painting in Manchester (2003) ‘Slow Burn –Meaning and Vision in Contemporary British

Abstract Painting’ (Nov 98-May99) The Mead Gallery; Peter Scott Gallery & Leeds Metropolitan Gallery,
and Clwyd/NW Young Professionals exhibition to Gijon and Madrid through which she was awarded a
residency by the Asturias Regional Government.

Her work is held in both private and public collections including Deutsche Bank AG, DLA London, and
Manchester City Art Gallery (Patron Loan Collection).
Peter Lewis
BA(Hons) MA
3D, and Public Art Tutor BA/MA
Peter Lewis has lectured in Visual Art both in this country and abroad. Indeed it was his experience
abroad that has informed the content of his present personal practice in ceramics. Recent Exhibitions
have explored the relationships between art and conflict, specifically in the Middle East region.

Of particular interest to him are the underlying political issues of oppression and occupation and how this
has influenced and been integrated into artists’ work of that region. Current issues are explored
combining symbolism and topical imagery that express powerful emotions. Peter has articulated several
of these themes through the vehicle of ceramics and other media, reinterpreting sensitive issues making
them more accessible to Western culture. In support of this work he has been awarded funding from The
Arts Council England and The Arts Council Wales. This has enabled him to travel extensively in the
Middle East, gathering and developing ideas for future projects.

Peter has recently completed a Public Art commission that celebrates the connection between Sir John
Saville and Rufford Abbey Country Park. The work is sited in the park grounds. Peter believes that by
engaging in live projects he is able to bring valuable experiences into the student curricula.

He has exhibited widely, e.g., Wrexham Arts Centre, Crescent Arts (Scarborough), Elements Gallery
(Cardiff), The Bluecoat (Liverpool), Drumcroon (Wigan), Craft and Design Centre (Leeds). Peter is a
member of the National Association of Ceramics in Higher Education (NACHE).
Ruth Yates
Critical Studies Tutor BA/MA
Ruth’s specialist interests lie in modern American painting, Art between the Wars, and contemporary
British Art practice. Her career includes art centre management and facilities manager at Frontline TV
and Video Productions. Current research projects are focused on issues in Public Art Practice, both its
creation and reception, particularly mural and graffiti work in New York and California. Ruth Yates has
organized several international study visits for the department, including trips to Barcelona, New York
and Paris. They have been extremely successful and enriching for both students and tutors alike.
David Gledhill
BA (Hons)
2D/Multi-Media Tutor BA
Gledhill describes his paintings as a blend of conventions and techniques from the history of painting
and photography. His aim with these recent works was to find a way to convey the strange contradictions
between memory and the living reality of a place.

The subject matter may lack the grandeur of the great outdoors and the wild rugged beauty of nature
explored by the Impressionists two centuries ago. But Gledhill’s paintings are true to 21st century
experience and reflect the environment that many of us call home.

"With my current work I am interested in exploring apparently mundane or overlooked elements of our
visual field in an attempt to reinvest day to day experience with aesthetic content," he says.

David Gledhill, a fine art graduate, lives and works in Manchester. His recent exhibitions include Cedar
Avenue at Manchester’s Comme Ca Gallery, Thermo 03 at The Lowry and Look To This Day at
Castlefield Gallery. He contributes regularly to City Life Magazine and to various artists’ projects.

Technical Support Staff

Tracy McGovern
Tracy McGovern believes that her position as a ceramics technician, and her own personal practice
overlap extensively, and influence each other. With busy days spent working with students in ceramics,
sculpture and fine print, every day is a constant source of motivation and inspiration.

Her first introduction to clay work was in a very traditional craft pottery based area producing domestic
and decorative pieces. She found that first practical experience of using the material very enjoyable.
However, once she has appreciated the technical skills involved, she realised that this was the medium
with which she wanted to work.

Not wishing the medium to be solely practical and functional, she wanted to explore the potential of
ceramics as a vehicle for developing her own creative expression. That required a lot of research into the
working methods of ceramics she respected and experimentation into her own working methods, and
Tracy now feels that her skills and her understanding of the medium will serve her well in her future

At present her work is starting to evolve its own style, getting on with the doing, but into work which is
less craft based and more personal and expressive.
John Wineyard
BA (Hons)
John Wineyard graduated with first class honours in 1997 and has been a technician at the University
since 1998. He works across departments dividing his time between Fine Arts and Drama. His main
responsibilities are for the Printmaking workshops although he has knowledge and experience of all Fine
Arts processes.

He is a practicing artist who works mainly with the etching process. Recent exhibitions include Wrexham
Arts Centre and Egg Space, Liverpool. He is computer literate with a good knowledge of Photoshop and
Illustrator, producing design work for the Drama department and the University.
Tony Radcliffe
Tony Radcliffe has worked at the University for more than 15 years, during which time he has helped
with technical support in a number of different pathways. His expertise in wood and metal has been a
valuable asset to the department, and he continues to work with students across the Art and Design
department, and the university. Tony spends most of his time with the Fine Art students, however, and
he is the person to go to if you require any help regarding wood construction, stretcher and frame
making, and general fabrication.
Mel Hadfield
Mel joined the university this year, and has had a long career working in the fabrication industry. A time-
served Plumber by trade, and he worked in the building trade most of his working life. He moved into the
manufacturing industry, and first worked for a local joinery company for 12 years, working on all different
type of woodworking machinery. Leaving there he changed direction into the engineering industry for a
Brazilian company for 13 years working in paper mills throughout Europe, fitting, repairing &
commissioning new machines, before moving into his current role with the University of Bolton.
Rob Gittins
BA (Hons) MA
Rob completed his BA Visual Arts degree at the University in 2004, and has since taken up and
successfully completed his Masters at the University of Central Lancashire. Rob has had work in a group
show in the 'Tether Festival' Nottingham early this year and also recently took part in a joint exhibition
with John Wineyard at the Egg Space, Liverpool.

He has extensive knowledge of sculptural processes and in particular, casting techniques using resin’s
and cement. As an ex student, he is also very aware of the needs of students on the programme, and
you will find his expertise and understanding an invaluable asset to your time here.

Part Time and Visiting Staff

In addition to the main teaching and support staff, the Fine Arts programme also invite a number of
visiting lecturers during the year. Some of these visiting lecturers will also be involved in some teaching
during their time here.
Visiting Staff                                         External Examiner
                                                       Stephanie James September 2006 - present
Petra McCarthy Painter                                 Principal Lecturer Fine Art MA Bournemouth
Danny Clahane Sculptor                                 Institute of the Arts.
Tom Grimsey       Sculptor
Dave Binns Ceramics
David Hancock Painter                                  Access to Artists Residencies
Liam Spencer Painter                                   1999 Catherine Wood            sculpture
Ben Cook         Painter/Mixed Media                   2000/1        Margaret Hill    sculpture
Tony Knox Photographer/Gallery                         2001/2 Sue Platt        printmaking
Jason Minsky         Sculptor/Performance                     Michael Kay      sculpture
Dave Carson Painter/Digital 3D Artist                         Terry McKinley          printmaking
Margaret Cahill      Painter/Mixed Media               2002/3 Gaynor Sweeney          Performance Artist
Nick Jordan Painter/Multi-Media                               Andrew Revell Photography
Lawrence Lane        Multi-Media/Curator                      Muktash Patel Photography
Mike Lyons Sculptor/Public Art
Taslin Martin Public Artist
Kevin Wallace        Housing % for the Arts            Artist-in-Schools Projects
Michael Trainor      Public Artist                     2004/5 Sean Creagh Smithills School
Graham Marsden Bolton at Home                                 Martin Davies Harper Green School
Dr. Jonathan Hare Scientist/Mixed Media                2007 Hindley Community High School in
Sir Harry Kroto        Scientist                       conjunction with the Turnpike Gallery, Wigan
Alan Birch    Printmaker                               2008 Norman Parry, - Hayward School
                                                              Jane Lim, Karen Brookfield - George
                                                              Tomlinson School,
Honorary Fellow                                               Brian Raymond - Harper Green School
Patrick Caulfield
Made Honorary Fellow in September 1999

Studio Access

Whilst you are on the programme, you will encounter a number of different types of teaching room.
During your first year at Level 1, you will be introduced to the main Fine Art studio, the Life Room in the
studio, the Critical Studies Lecture rooms, the computer area, and the work shop areas for sculpture,
printmaking, ceramics, and painting.

This is an excellent way to experience each of the different areas of the programme, and how they
function, and what you can do in them. You can try things out for the first time, or update existing skills.

The Fine Arts Studios

The main core modules at Levels 2 and 3 make use of the large purpose built studio area. This has been
divided into studio spaces for each student, and are available all week for students to use outside of
taught sessions, as well as during the set time of the module. Only students who are taking the Practice
and Presentation core module at level 2, and the Advanced Fine Art Practice, Inter-Disciplinary
Practices, and Personal Project at level 3 will be given a permanent space in this part of the studio.
However, level 1 students can continue working outside of the Introduction to Fine Art module by making
use of the Life Room space in the main studio area, when it is not being used as a Life Room.

The 2D and 3D Workshops

The other rooms available include the 2D studio, and the 3D studio. Both are specialist workshop areas
that are equipped for specialist processes, including printmaking, ceramics, and casting, and which are
also used by groups of students from other areas.

The Wood and Metal Workshops

The Wood and Metal workshops are based across the corridor from the 3D workshop, away from the
main studio’s, and are fully equipped for all wood and metal processes. These workshops are shared
with students from the Engineering and Technology areas, as well as other Art and Design programmes.

You must have undertaken, and successfully completed, an approved Induction Course offered
to all students at the beginning of the year, before you will be allowed into the workshops. Failure
to do so will result in you being banned from using the facilities.

Computer Facilities

The visual arts pathway has its own computer suite for students to make use of whilst they are on the
programme. Currently, the suite consists of 23 of the latest G5 iMac computers, specialist pigment based
A3/A2/A1 printers, an a scanner, a DVD recorder, and hardware to convert analogue video to digital. It
is expected that this equipment will be expanded in the near future to enable new modules to be
delivered specialising in digital and electronic art.

The department of art and design also possess large numbers of Apple Mac and PC computers which
are placed within the specialist subject areas. If you undertake video, for instance, you will most likely be
making use of the specialist video editing suites that belong to that pathway.

The University library also houses large numbers of PC work stations for you to use at any time.

Shared Resources

The newly opened Design Centre at Eagle Campus houses ‘state of the art’ digital facilities, and
students will be able to access this high level facility at times throughout the year. A number of large size
digital printing machines up to 42 inches, which can print onto a variety of media, including canvas is
available. There is also a ‘Rapid Proto-Type” printer that can print 3 Dimensional objects.

The Fine Arts pathway also makes use of the other Art and Design facilities, such as the Photography
pathway studios’, where specialist equipment, or lighting is needed, or the high end video editing suites
for advanced video and sound editing. The Textiles Surface pathway has silk-screen facilities, and also
sewing and weaving equipment that can be used on particular work.

The visiting lecturer programme will also make use of the main lecture theatres which allow for slide and
CD/DVD Rom presentations.

The Degree Show

Finally, the studios are all cleared, screens re-arranged, and floors painted for the end of year Degree
Shows that take place at the end of every academic year. All the finalists across the department will be
setting up their work and presenting this to the public during a week of open access exhibition.

This is the time of the year when all previously stored work is removed, so it is vitally important that if you
have a precious piece of work stored at the University and you wish to keep it, that you take it home with
you. We do not have storage facilities in the university, and so we must remove all work at the end of the
year to create space for the incoming students in September.

Work will be held for 40 days after the end of the academic year. However, it may be possible for
you to negotiate a longer period, but you must have good reason for this, and you must get this
agreement in writing, and signed by the Programme Leader for Fine Art. Even in this case, the
maximum storage time for any work is 12 months. After that, it will be removed or destroyed.


     5.1   Programme overall educational aims
The Fine Arts Pathway offers a practice led approach to visual education, which is plural in scope rather
than discipline specific. The main purpose of the programme is to:
• Provide a stimulating, comprehensive and progressive programme of study which will provide greater
   access to Higher Education for a range of students, especially local and mature students.
• Provide students with the ability to develop their own practice, and to recognise those transferable
   skills useful for subsequent employment.
• Equip the student with the practical and critical skills to pursue an informed and articulate visual arts
   practice, as a preparation for a successful career in the emerging creative industries.
• To develop a critical awareness of contemporary art through practice, and the acquisition of
   specialist skills.

 •   Knowledge and understanding in the                   •   Subject-specific practical /professional
     context of the subject(s)                                skills

 •   An in-depth knowledge of designated topics           •   A high level of practical knowledge, skill, and
     within the fine arts, and a critical                     creativity in the students portfolio of practical
     understanding of the principles which                    work.
     underpin them.                                       •   Visual problem solving.
 •   Ability to analyse contemporary fine arts            •   Awareness of Health & Safety and issues
     practice and to make theoretically informed              surrounding Health & Safety in fine arts
     and critical judgements.                                 practice.

                                                          •   Other skills (e.g. key/transferable)
 •   Cognitive skills in the context of the                   developed in subject or other contexts
                                                          •   An ability to research, evaluate, organise, and
 •   A sound understanding of the contemporary                apply information and ideas in the students
     context within which you are working.                    work, and an understanding of the importance
 •   A basic awareness of the social, economic,               of that research.
     ecological and legal factors which influence         •   Working with people.
     the decision-making process.                         •   Planning and time-management.
 •   Ability to utilise critical analysis and synthesis   •   Oral and written presentation.
     in group & peer discussion.                          •   Proficiency in Information and Communication
                                                          •   identify personal learning experience through
                                                              the PDP process


 Module Code                          Module Title                                Credit Value

                                   Level One (HE4)
FIA1000             Introduction to Fine Art (CORE)                      20 Credits
FIA1001             Critical Studies 1 (CORE)                            20 Credits
FIA1002             Introduction to Photo Media                          20 Credits
FIA1003             Critical Studies in the Fine Arts 1 (CORE)           20 Credits
FIA1004             2D Art                                               20 Credits
FIA1005             3D Art                                               20 Credits

                                   Level Two (HE5)
FIA2000             Fine Arts Practice and Presentation (CORE)           40 Credits
FIA2001             Critical Studies in the Fine Arts 2 (CORE)           20 Credits
FIA2002             3D Art (Form and Space)                              20 Credits
FIA2003             2D Art (Colour and Experimental Media)               20 Credits
FIA2004             Photo Media 2                                        20 Credits
FIA2005             Art & the Urban Environment                          20 Credits

                                  Level Three (HE6)
FIA3000             Advanced Fine Art Practice (CORE)                    20 Credits
FIA3001             Critical Theory in Contemporary Practice             20 Credits
FIA3002             Inter-Disciplinary Practices                         20 Credits
FIA3003             Personal Project (Full-Time) (CORE)                  60 Credits
FIA 3004            Personal Project (Part-Time) (CORE)                  60 Credits

Details for each individual module and their specifications can be found on the university
Module Database:


   7.1    Assessment strategy for the programme
Each practical module that you undertake will require you to present a body of work, backed up by a
research journal(s), and sketch books. In addition, the Core modules at Level 2 and 3 require you to set
up an exhibition/presentation of your practical work. At level 2, this exhibition will take place at an
external venue, whilst at level 3, this exhibition will form the Fine Art Degree Show. Elective modules can
be assessed by portfolio, or limited presentation. Your work will always be assessed by at least two
members of staff, one of whom will normally be the module tutor. The Critical Studies modules will be
marked by the primary tutor for the module, and then a selection of these will be second marked by
another tutor within the Art & Design programmes.

The assessments by the programme team will then scrutinized by an External Examiner for levels HE5
and HE6. The role of the External Examiner is to ensure that we are marking fairly, and in academic
parity with other universities across the country. In this way, you can be sure that your degree award
meets the quality of the national standard of BA (Hons) award.

Assessments will normally take place in Week 14 and 15 of the academic semester. A timetable will be
produced and published that will show you when your work will be required for assessment. (A typical

Assessment Timetable for both semesters is included in this handbook). You must ensure that you
submit your work at this time, and at the times stated. You will be recorded as a Fail if you do not
submit work for assessment, and if it is submitted later than the stated assessment time.
Assessments for practical work will normally begin at 10am on the stated date. You will not be allowed to
enter the room where assessments are taking place after 10am, so please make sure that you give
yourself good time to set up your practical work – at least the day before.

On completion of the initial assessments by the programme teams, the marks are fed into the
University’s marking system. This then generates the marks for all students in the University, and once
prepared, will be issued to the various Programme Exam Boards.

The Programme Exam Boards meet to discuss and agree on the module marks presented. The results
of any mitigation are also presented at this board. The External Examiner is usually present to ensure
academic consistency is maintained. Decisions on Referral marks are made, and also the Progression of
students to the next stage of the academic programme is agreed, or halted. The marks are then sent
back to the University’s marking system, and a new set of marks are generated for the Schools Board a
week later.

The Schools Exam Board will look at the marks from all the Programme Module Boards within the
School of Arts, Media and Education. Final decisions are made here about student progression, and
agreement on Referral and other issues.

     7.2   Forms of assessment that will be encountered on the programme
Summative Assessment

The majority of Fine Art modules are marked as summative assessments. This means that we will
assess your work at the end of the module instead of assessing you bit by bit over the semester to
create a final mark. This allows you more freedom to experiment and explore ideas and processes
without the worry of generating a poor mark mid-term, and to apply the skills you learn at the beginning
of a module to a personal body of work at the end. We will look at the summative body of your work,
including research, and make an assessment of the whole at the end of the module.

Formative Assessment

However, we will also give formative assessment which does not carry marks toward your final award,
throughout the normal course of the programme. These formative assessments will be in the form of
group critique, one-to-one tutorials, group discussion, seminars, and so on. These are designed to allow
you to gauge your progress on each module, and to form an understanding of how well you are
progressing before the formal assessments take place at the end of the module.

In the case of Critical Studies modules, you will receive a formative assessment mark for each essay
handed in – normally two per semester. These marks will contribute to the final overall mark for that

Appraisal Mark

On the double core module of Practice and Presentation in level 2, we will give you an appraisal mark,
as well as a final summative assessment mark. The appraisal mark is specifically designed to give you a
point of reference at the half-way stage of a long module. You should use this mark to help inform you of
your progress, and view it as a guide to the mark you would have received if you had completed at that
point. However, you must also understand that this mark will not contribute to your final mark at the end
of the module when the actual assessment takes place. Your final summative assessment mark may be
less than your appraisal mark, it may be the same, and it could even be higher than the mark you
received for your appraisal. Just because you achieved a certain mark at the appraisal point does not
mean that you will achieve a higher mark at the final assessment point. You are marked on your

performance at the time of assessment in a summative assessment presentation, and any previous
marks are not compared.

Assessment Feedback

For every assessment you have taken, you will receive written feedback from your module tutor.

From 2006 all students in the department will be assessed using a generic summative assessment
module feedback form. This will provide feedback against the individual module learning outcomes and
their assessment criteria. This is to support your understanding of your level of achievement in
successfully or unsuccessfully completing those learning outcomes. Failure to pass all learning
outcomes will result in the normal procedures for re-submitting work which will be linked to the particular
learning outcome(s) that requires further work to pass successfully.

   7.3   Indicative assessment schedule
See the following pages for a sample assessment timetable.


Assessment Timetable by Module:-
Introduction To Fine Arts:     Peter Lewis, Dave Gledhill           Monday, Tuesday,        Week 1
Introduction to Photo Media    Alan Buckingham,                     Monday, Tuesday,        Week 1
                               John Wineyard

2D Art Colour & Exp. Media     Rebecca Sitar, Dave Gledhill         Wednesday, Thursday
                                                                    Week 1
3D Art Form & Space            Peter Lewis, Alan Buckingham         Wednesday, Thursday
                                                                    Week 1

Inter Disciplinary Practices   Alan Buckingham, Peter Lewis,        Monday-Thursday
                               Rebecca Sitar                        Week 2
Advanced Fine Art Core         Alan Buckingham, Peter Lewis,        Monday-Thursday
                               Rebecca Sitar                        Week 2

Public Art Practice 1          Alan Buckingham, Peter Lewis,        Friday Week 2
Public Art Practice &          Alan Buckingham, Peter Lewis,        Friday Week 1

Assessment Timetable by Day                        WEEK ONE:-
Monday                         Introduction To Fine Arts:                     PL, DG.
                               Introduction To Photo Media                    AB, JW

Tuesday                        Introduction To Fine Arts                      PL, DG
                               Introduction To Photo Media                    AB, JW

Wednesday                      2D Art Colour & Exp. Media                     RS, MC
                               3D Art, Form & Space                           PL. AB

Thursday                       2D Art Colour & Exp. Media                     RS, RP, MC
                               3D Art, Form & Space                           PL. AB

Friday                         Public Art Practice & Presentation             AB, PL, P/T

Assessment Timetable by Day                        WEEK TWO
Monday                         Inter Disciplinary Practices                   All Staff
                               Advanced Fine Art Core               All Core Staff Supervisors

Tuesday                        Inter Disciplinary Practices                   All Staff
                               Advanced Fine Art Core               All Core Staff Supervisors

Wednesday                      Inter Disciplinary Practices                   All Staff
                               Advanced Fine Art Core               All Core Staff Supervisors

Thursday                       Inter Disciplinary Practices                   All Staff
                               Advanced Fine Art Core               All Core Staff Supervisors

Friday                         Public Art Practice 1                          AB, PL, P/T

*All modules will be assessed by portfolio/exhibition, unless otherwise discussed beforehand
with the module tutor.

Times are liable to change, so please check the notice boards nearer the time for
confirmation of assessment times.


Assessment Timetable by Module:-
2D Art                        Dave Gledhill Rebecca Sitar         Thursday, Friday             Week 1
3D Art                        Peter Lewis, Alan Buckingham        Thursday, Friday             Week 1

Fine Art Practice &           Rebecca Sitar, Peter Lewis, Dave    Tuesday, Wednesday           Week 1
Presentation                  Gledhill

Photo Media 2                 Alan Buckingham, John Wineyard      Wednesday                    Week 1
Art & The Urban Environment   Peter Lewis, Alan Buckingham        Monday                       Week 2

Personal Project              All Core Staff Supervisors          Tuesday-Thursday             Week 2
Inter-Disciplinary Practice   Rebecca Sitar, Peter Lewis, Alan    Tuesday-Thursday             Week 2

Public Art Practice 2         AB, PL,                             Friday                       Week 2

Assessment Timetable by Day                                 WEEK ONE:-
Tuesday                       Fine Art Practice &                           RS, PL, DG
Wednesday                     Photo Media 2                                 AB, JW
                              Fine Art Practice &                           RS, PL, DG
Thursday                      2D Art                                        DG, RS
                              3D Art                                        AB, PL

Friday                        2D Art                                        AB, PL
                              3D Art                                        DG, RS

Assessment Timetable by Day                                 WEEK TWO
Monday                        Art & The Urban Environ.                      AB, PL

Tuesday                       Personal Project Viva-Voce          All Core Staff Supervisors
                              Inter-Disciplinary Practice                   RS, PL, AB

Wednesday                     Personal Project Viva-Voce          All Core Staff Supervisors
                              Inter-Disciplinary Practice                   RS, PL, AB

Thursday                      Personal Project Viva-Voce          All Core Staff Supervisors
                              Inter-Disciplinary Practice                   RS, PL, AB

Friday                        Public Art Practice 2                         AB, PL,

* Please note that the times specified here are liable to change. Please check nearer the assessment dates
for the actual times of the assessments, which will be displayed on the notice boards

   7.4 Relevant University assessment regulations
The assessment regulations that apply to this programme are those of the University’s
Undergraduate Modular Framework currently in force located at:

Under the section on “Regulations Policy and procedures”.

See the section the AME School Handbook for procedures on handing-in procedures,
extensions, mitigating circumstances etc.

Every student has a “Personal Tutor” and the role performed by such tutors is explained in the
AME School Handbook.

In addition, you will receive the following academic support on this programme:

Module Tutors

Module Tutors are responsible for the day to day management of the modules they deliver. Module
tutors are responsible to the programme team, and the programme manager, and will attend the
Programme Meetings throughout the year. Module Tutors will also provide feedback (written and verbal),
on your progress in each module. By Level 3, you will be assigned a Personal Supervisor who will be
your main tutorial contact for the year, and will provide tutorial support and guidance on your progress.

Year Tutors

Each academic year group will be looked after by a Year Tutor. This Year Tutor will deal with matters
specific to that year group, and will present a report on the year group at Programme Committee
Meetings. The tutor for each year level will change from year to year, but will be announced at the start
of the new semester in September of each year.

Programme Leader

The Programme Leader is responsible for the day to day running of the programme, and will ‘Chair’ the
Programme Meetings. He is responsible to the Head of the School of Arts, Media and Education, and he
will represent the programme at School Management Meetings.

Student Representatives

You will be asked to elect two student representatives each year. The role of the student representative
is very important to your rights and expectations of the programme. If you are unhappy about an issue
within the running of the programme, or to do with provision of an essential utility for instance, the
student representative is the person to discuss this with. The student representative is responsible to the
student union president, and the student union are very good at protecting students against unfair
practice and promoting improvements for the benefit of students.

Programme Meetings

These meetings take place every six weeks throughout the academic year. Currently, student
representation does not take place at these meetings, but requests from the student groups would be
accepted if it was felt that an important issue needed to be dealt with at programme level. Staff discuss
issues involving the programme and also issues of a confidential nature that could involve a range of

Committee Meetings

These meetings are the more formal of the programme meetings. There is one committee meeting per
semester, and the student representatives are invited to attend. The programme leader will give a report
on the programme, followed by the year group tutors, and then the student representatives.

Issues are discussed, and recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The minutes are then logged at
school level, and issues arising are ‘actioned’. The next committee meeting will look through the actions
and examine whether the issues have been resolved.

Issues from both Programme meetings and Committee meetings will be taken to the Schools Board of
Study meeting, held at least twice a year, for further discussion. Students representatives will be asked
to attend these meetings.

Student Feedback

As well as feedback at meetings from your student representatives, we will ask you to complete
questionnaires during the year to find out how the programme is working. We value any student
feedback which contributes to the improvement of the programme.

Information about being a student rep is available on the Student’s Union web site at:

(Click “Course Reps”)

The BA Fine Art programme has developed a close collaboration with I.Vorgias Athens School of Art in
Greece. This partnership has been working since 2005, when the BA Fine Art programme was
established in Athens. Since then, students from both programmes have collaborated on group
exhibitions, both here and in Athens, shown work in the Degree Show, and staff have exchanged
teaching in both schools. As a result of this collaboration, it is hoped that new initiatives will develop over
the coming years, with student exchanges, and post graduate opportunities.

2008 – 2009 (Joint Honours select shaded CORE modules only)

Monday            Tuesday              Wednesday        Thursday       Friday
Level 1 (HE4)
Introduction to   Critical Studies 1                    Introduction
Photo Media       CORE                                  to Fine Arts
FIA1002           FIA1001                               CORE
10am-4pm          9.30am-1pm                            FIA1000
20 Credits                                              10am-4pm
                  20 Credits                            20 Credits
                  Critical Studies                      3DArt          2D Art
                  in the Fine Arts 1                    FIA1005        FIA1004
                  CORE                                  10am-4pm       10am-4pm
                  FIA1003                               20 Credits     20 Credits
                  20 Credits
Level 2 (HE5)
                  Fine Arts            Critical         3D Art         2D Art
                  Practice &           Studies in the   Form & Space   Colour &
                  Presentation         Fine Arts 2      FIA2002        Experimental
                  CORE                 CORE             10am-4pm       Media
                  FIA2000              FIA2001          20 Credits     FIA2003
                  10am-4pm             10am-1pm                        10am-4pm
                  40 Credits           20 Credits                      20 Credits
Photo Media 2                                           Art & the
FIA2004                                                 Urban
10am-4pm                                                Environment
20 Credits                                              FIA2005
                                                        20 Credits
Level 3 (HE6)
Critical Theory   Inter-Disciplinary   Advanced                        Personal
in                Practices            Fine Arts                       Project (P/T)
Contemporary      FIA3002              Practice                        CORE
Practice          10am-4pm             CORE                            FIA3004
FIA3001           20 Credits           FIA3000                         10am-4pm
10am-1pm                               10am-4pm                        60 Credits
20 Credits                             20 Credits
                  Inter-Disciplinary   Personal Project (F/T)
                  Practices            CORE
                  FIA3002              FIA3003
                  10am-4pm             10am-4pm
                  20 Credits           60 Credits
                  (P/T option)


Level 1 (HE4)   FIA1000   Introduction to Fine Art
                FIA1001   Critical Studies 1
                FIA1002   Introduction to Photo Media
                FIA1003   Critical Studies in the Fine Arts 1
                FIA1004   2D Art
                FIA1005   3D Art

Level 2 (HE5)   FIA2000   Fine Art Practice and Presentation
                FIA2001   Critical Studies in the Fine Arts 2
                FIA2002   3D Art (Form and Space)
                FIA2003   2D Art (Colour and Experimental Media)
                FIA2004   Photo Media 2
                FIA2005   Art and the Urban Environment

Level 3 (HE6)   FIA3000   Advanced Fine Arts Practice
                FIA3001   Critical Theory in Contemporary Practice
                FIA3002   Inter-Disciplinary Practices
                FIA3003   Personal Project (Full-Time)
                FIA3004   Personal Project (Part-Time)


    •     Qualification            •    Programme Title                 •   UCAS Code
                                                                              Programme              •
          BA (Hons)                       Fine Arts                 Route A: W101 BA/FA
                                                                    Route B: E101 BA/FA
                                                                              Mod S J
                     5. Main Purposes and Distinctive Features of the Programme
The Fine Arts Pathway offers a practice led approach to visual education, which is plural in scope rather than
discipline specific. The main purpose of the programme is:
• Provide a stimulating, comprehensive and progressive programme of study which will provide greater
    access to Higher Education for a range of students, especially local and mature students.
• Provide students with the ability to develop their own practice, and to recognise those transferable skills
    useful for subsequent employment.
• Equip the student with the practical and critical skills to pursue an informed and articulate visual arts
    practice, as a preparation for a successful career in the emerging creative industries.
• To develop a critical awareness of contemporary art through practice, and the acquisition of specialist

6. What a graduate should know and be able to do on completion of the programme

        Knowledge and understanding in the context                  Subject-specific practical /professional skills
        of the subject(s)
                                                                    •   A high level of practical knowledge, skill, and
•       An in-depth knowledge of designated topics within               creativity in the students portfolio of practical
        the fine arts, and a critical understanding of the              work.
        principles which underpin them.                             •   Visual problem solving.
•       Ability to analyse contemporary fine arts practice          •   Awareness of Health & Safety and issues
        and to make theoretically informed and critical                 surrounding Health & Safety in fine arts practice.
                                                                    Other skills (e.g. key/transferable) developed in
Cognitive skills in the context of the subject(s)                   subject or other contexts

•       A sound understanding of the contemporary                   •   An ability to research, evaluate, organise, and
        context within which you are working.                           apply information and ideas in the students work,
•       A basic awareness of the social, economic,                      and an understanding of the importance of that
        ecological and legal factors which influence the                research.
        decision-making process.                                    •   Working with people.
•       Ability to utilise critical analysis and synthesis in       •   Planning and time-management.
        group & peer discussion.                                    •   Oral and written presentation.
                                                                    •   Proficiency in Information and Communication
                                                                    •   identify personal learning experience through the
                                                                        PDP process
7. Qualities, Skills & Capabilities Profile
    A Cognitive             B Practical                             C Personal & Social                   D Other
Critical reasoning                 High level of practical skills   Independence/autonomy        Computer skills
                                   and creativity
Imagination                        Spatial awareness                Time management              Research/analysis
Synthesis of theory and            Health & Safety awareness        Team-work                    Working with people
Conceptualisation                  Professional presentational      Networking/negotiation       Flexibility/adapability
                                                                    Self-critical awareness      identify personal learning
                                                                                                 experience through the PDP

 8. Duration and Structure of Programme/Modes of Study/Credit Volume of Study Units
 (3 years full-time; 41/2 – 5 years part-time). Honours Degree = 360 Credits; Intermediate awards of Diploma of Higher
 Education and Certificate of Higher Education available at 240 and 120 Credits respectively. All Honours degrees must
 include the study of 120 Credits at Level H3. Joint Award students must take 60 Credits from each level, and must take
 the Core Modules from each of the respective pathways.

 Level 3 Students take 6 modules (single honours); 3 modules (joint honours)
             Ordinary Degree 300 Credits                B.A. (Hons) 360 Credits.
               Core Modules                      Options (normally 20 credits each) Project (20 credits)
               •Advanced Fine Arts Practice      •Inter-Disciplinary Practices
 H6 Honours    (pre-requisite Fine Arts Practice  Critical Theory in Contemporary
               & Presentation);                  Practice
                      •Personal Project (pre-requisite
                      Advanced Fine Arts Practice);

 Level 2 Students take 6 modules (single honours) 3 modules (joint honours)
 Certificate of Higher Education 240 Credits
 H5 Honours      •Practice & Presentation           •3D Art 2
                 (Double)                            2D Art 2
 Modules          Critical Studies in the Fine Arts  Photo Media 2
                      2                                     Art & The Urban Environment

 Level 1 Students take 6 modules (single honours); 3 modules (joint honours).
 Record of Achievement 120 Credits
 H4 Honours         •Introduction to the Fine Arts •2D Art
                    •Introduction to Photo Media   •3D Art
 Modules            •Critical Studies 1
                      •Critical Studies in the Fine Arts
 9. Learning, Teaching and Assessment                      10. Other Information (including compliance with
 Strategy                                                  relevant Institute policies)
                                                           Date Programme first Offered
 Learning and Teaching                                     1988 visual arts offered as a minor route.
                                                           1991 offered as a major, joint and minor
 Active learning is promoted via seminars; lectures;
                                                           1996/7 offered as a single, major, joint and minor
 tutorials; practical workshop demonstrations;
                                                           2001 offered as a single, and joint only. Core module structure
 gallery visits; visiting speaker programme;
                                                           introduced and Part1/Part 2 structure replaced with H1, H2, H3.
 critiques; self-directed study; IT sessions;
                                                           2005 Major Pathway re-structure, and re-validation
 library & guided study
                                                                 Title changed to BA (Hons)Fine Arts
 Assessment Methods
 Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes
 of each module and are normally completed at the          Admissions Criteria
 end of each semester length module;                       Standard Entry:
 Assessment typically consists of a review and             2 Advanced Level Passes plus 3 subjects at GCSE
 examination of an appropriate exhibition/ portfolio       including English Language; Equivalent EU, Scottish
 presentation, accompanied by a journal and                or Irish Qualifications; appropriate GNVQ or BTEC
 notebooks.                                                Qualifications; Kitemarked Access Certificate.
 Marks are divided into 70% Practice 30% Theoretical.
 Assessment Classification System                          Non-Standard Entry:
 Pass Mark for Individual Assessments - 40%                Portfolio Interview/ Evidence of practical work;
 Final Degree Classification based on aggregated           Previous Experience; Other cases to be dealt with
 performance in 6 H3 Modules and 4 H2 modules and          by Admissions Tutor on an individual basis
 profile information for marginal candidates
 Honours Classification Bands                              Indicators of Quality and Standards
 (Marginal Criteria operate within final 2% of each
                                                           External examiner oversees each assessment point, and any
                                                           changes to the programme.
 70% and above                 -First Class
                                                           Quinquennial review 1995 to re-validate the programme.
 60% - 70%                     -Upper Second Class
                                                           QAA Inspection as part of the Art & Design subject group May
 50% - 60%                     -Lower Second Class
                                                           2000 which awarded 21 points (24 maximum)
 40% - 50%                     -Third Class
                                                           May 2001 Core Structure replaced Part 1/Part 2
 35% - 40%                     -Borderline/Consideration
                                                           May 2005 Major Re-validation and re-structure
                                for unclassified Degree
                                                           March 2006 Internal Subject Review Art & Design Dept.


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