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									BTEC National Diploma
     Art & Design
  Interactive Media

        Course Handbook

   Image: Mural for Maidstone West Railway Station by students from Year 2

About your Course Handbook                                       3
Glossary of key terms                                            4

1       Your Course                                              6
1.1          Introduction & welcome                              7
1.2          List of Course & University staff                   8
1.3          How to find the Campus                              10
1.4          Course rationale                                    11
1.5          Course aims                                         11
1.6          Course objectives                                   11

2       Course Structure                                         12
2.1         Structure and learning hours                         13
2.2         Term dates 2008/09                                   14
2.3         Course structure Diagram                             15

3       The Curriculum                                           17
3.1          Unit structure                                      18
3.2          Where to find Unit Specifications & Guidance        19

4       Learning and Teaching                                    20
4.1          Learning and teaching methods used on your course   21
4.2          Progression to degree courses at the University     22

5       Assessment                                               23
5.1         Assessment regulations                               24
5.2         Illness and mitigation                               24
5.3         Course management                                    27
5.4         University management                                28

6            Course Regulations                                  29
6.1          Attendance & access                                 30
6.2          Safe Studio Practice                                30

About your Course Handbook

This Handbook is given to you when you join your course, and will continue to apply
throughout all stages of the course. In subsequent years, you will be provided with
any updates to this information by your university. You should keep these updates
with your Course Handbook for reference.

The Handbook is intended to provide you with a description of the philosophy, aims
and objectives of your course. It also explains how your course is structured and
organised, and provides a description of your course units, including the assessment
requirements which you must satisfy in order to achieve your target award.

The University for the Creative Arts at Maidstone takes considerable pride in the
academic quality of its courses. In this context, your course is subject to a process of
rigorous quality assurance, entailing continuous monitoring and improvement. Every
effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within your
Handbook. However, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the
information given, including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of courses. In
view of the possibility of future changes, details relating to your course of study as
contained in this Handbook are not intended to form part of any contract between the
University and yourself.

The regulations, policies and procedures applicable to your studies at the University
are stipulated in full within your Student Regulations Handbook. You should read
both this Course Handbook and your Student Regulations Handbook thoroughly, and
consult your Course Leader or other member of course staff on any points that
require further clarification or expansion.

You should also check all published information on a daily basis, to ensure you are
aware of any changes.

Further copies of this Course Handbook and the Student Regulations Handbook are
held in your College Office, and the Library, for reference purposes.

Glossary of key terms used in the Handbook

Aims                The purpose behind your work. Aims are course-related and
                    express the course's intentions at particular points, whether relating
                    to individual projects, stages of your course or indeed the course as
                    a whole.

Appeal              The formal procedure whereby you challenge a decision made
                    regarding your performance in assessment. Disagreement with
                    academic judgement does not constitute grounds for appeal. Details
                    about the appeals procedure are contained within the Student
                    Regulations Handbook.
Assessment          The processes and mechanisms through which the quality and
                    standard of your work is measured and evaluated. Assessments are
                    retrospective and do not credit future potential, although the
                    feedback provided by marks and comments should be of assistance.
                    A sample of marks from all units will be verified to ensure the quality
                    of marking.
                    Formative assessment is an interim review of your work undertaken
                    at key points during particular units. It provides an indicative
                    measure of your progress, allows you to consider your work in
                    relation to that of your peers, allows you to agree with staff any
                    adjustments you need to make in order to satisfy course
                    requirements, and is designed to help you improve your
                    performance. It does not contribute to the final unit mark.
                    Summative assessment is that carried out at the end of a unit. It
                    provides an evaluation of your progress during the unit, generates a
                    unit mark, and confirms the conditions for referral and retake.
                    Peer and Self-assessment requires you to assess your own work
                    and that of fellow students. It encourages a sense of ownership of
                    the process of assessment, assists you to become an autonomous
                    learner, helps to develop a range of transferable skills and makes
                    assessment part of the learning process rather than an adjunct to it.
Assessment Board The generic term for a board of examiners at the University.
Assessment          The particular characteristics against which your work will be
Criteria            assessed.
Assessment          What needs to be done as a means of demonstrating attainment of a
Requirement         unit’s learning outcomes.
Award               The academic qualification conferred upon a student who has
                    successfully met and completed the requirements of a specific
                    course of study.
Course Leader       The member of staff responsible for the management and
                    organisation of a course of study.
Unit Rationale      The list of topics or points to be covered by a block of study.

Employability        The awareness, acquisition and application of subject-specific and
                     generic knowledge and skills, as well as key personal qualities, to
                     maximise potential through successful university study including
                     postgraduate study, life-long learning and sustainable employment in
                     a changing and competitive world.

External Verifiers   Relevant subject experts, either academic or professional, from
                     outside the University who moderate the assessment of students and
                     contribute to the maintenance of academic standards in all courses
                     of study of the University.
Content              That which has been learned or a student is able to do as a result of
                     study or training.

Learning Outcomes What you will learn in each stage, unit or project often expressed as
                  a list skills or abilities you will acquire.

Learning Support     These are used to discuss and plan learning development based on
Groups               your strengths and weaknesses and how these can be supported
                     outside the taught sessions

Year Group           All students in either Year 1 or 2.

Reference material The information which supports the aims of a unit and which students
                   are advised to consult. Materials can take any form including visual,
                   textual, websites etc. They may also be identified by the student or
                   suggested by staff as work develops.

Referral             The means whereby a student is granted a further opportunity to be
                     assessed in a unit, following initial failure. The opportunity is subject
                     to qualifying conditions, and so may not be available to every student
                     (see Student Regulations Handbook).

Retake               The means whereby a student is able to retrieve failure following
                     Referral. This opportunity is subject to qualifying conditions, and
                     may not therefore be available to all students (see Student
                     Regulations Handbook).
Self Managed Study Your ability to use the appropriate resources within the University
                   and elsewhere to support your taught course.
Stage                The period of time leading up to a formal point of progression or
                     award. It is normally associated with a year of study. See Course
Study Visits         Visits in the UK or overseas selected for specific educational and
                     cultural purposes. Where they require a financial contribution, you
                     will be notified of any costs well in advance.

Syllabus             The list of topics or points to be covered by a block of study.
UCAS                 Universities and Colleges Admissions Scheme.

Unit                 A self-contained unit of study. Each unit has a set of specific learning
                     outcomes. And is graded PASS or FAIL.

1   Your Course

             1.1   Introduction & welcome
             1.2   List of Course & University staff
             1.3   How to find the Campus
             1.4   Course rationale
             1.5   Course aims
             1.6   Course objectives

1.     Your Course

1.1    Introduction & welcome from the Course Leader & Associate Dean

Welcome to the National Diploma in Art & Design – Interactive Media Course at
Maidstone. The Course is an important part of the FE activity in the University and
has very strong links with other FE Courses on the campus and with multimedia at
higher levels. We intend your course to be stimulating, challenging and fun. We hope
it will be the starting point for a fulfilling and rewarding career for you.

The Course has been carefully considered and designed. A very experienced, highly
dedicated team of professional artists, designers and teachers teach it. The
resources of the University offer almost unrivalled access to practical facilities,
workshops and learning support.

However, the final dynamic in the success of a Course is determined by the full
interaction of its parts. It is essential that you approach these two years with
enthusiasm, optimism and genuine inquiry. It is equally important that you enjoy
these two years and fully develop your potential as a multimedia designer. You will
be encouraged to explore new ideas and methodologies and to formulate and
express your creative opinion.

It is an intention of the Course to extend your experience, your capacity for creative
and technical response and to equip you with the confidence and the means with
which to succeed in the future. This Course should be memorable and an enduring
experience for you whatever you eventually do.

As a Course Team we are aware of the many new demands and challenges you will
encounter this year. This Course Guide is intended to give you a summary of the
Course and explain what is expected of you as a National Diploma student. More
detailed information is available in the Edexcel Guidance and units document, copies
of which are available for reference in the Library and the Course Office. The Course
Unit Specifications including assessment and grading criteria are available in the
associated pdf document on same disc as this handbook or from the Edexcel website

If you need any explanations, advice or assistance with any matter relating to your
Course, or affecting your Course, do not hesitate to talk to any tutor or ourselves. If
we cannot resolve your inquiry directly, we can often identify someone who can.

Llewellyn                                             Sue Dray
Llewellyn Thomas                                Sue Dray
Senior Lecturer – ND Interactive Media          Course Leader – Further Education

1.2    List of Course & University staff
       BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design – Interactive Media

Dean with responsibility for Further Education   Francine Norris
                                                 Ext 8730
                                                 Based on the Rochester Campus

College Registrar                                Jenny Painter
                                                 Room W1.3 ext 1113

Associate Dean for Further Education             Mike Addison
                                                 Room E3.3 ext 1115

Course Leader Further Education                  Sue Dray
                                                 Room to be appointed

Senior Lecturer                                  Llewellyn Thomas
ND Interactive Media                             Room E3.1 ext 1145

Lecturer responsible for Graphic Design &        Vicky Morley
Illustration                                     Room E3.5 ext 1071

Lecturer responsible for Fashion & Textiles      Jane Howarth
                                                 Room E3.7A ext 1062
Course Tutor ND Interactive Media 0.5            Tina Honeywood
& Lecturer responsible for Photomedia (0.4)      Room E3.1 ext 1145

Senior Lecturer responsible for Printmaking      Randal Cooke
(0.5)                                            Room W0.9A ext 1089

Lecturer responsible for Fine Art                To be appointed
                                                 Room E3.7B ext 1073
Technician                                       Martin Verrier
3D Workshop                                      Room W0.2 ext 1085

Technician                                       Andy Wall
IT & media (0.5)                                 Room N1.1A ext 1167

Technician                                       Sebastian Edge
Photomedia (0.5)                                 Room E2.1 ext 1076

Technician                                       Mark Selby
3D studio and FE studios (0.5)                   Room E3.10 ext 1074

Technician                                       Kate Brightman
3D studio and FE studios (0.5)                   Room E3.10 ext 1074

Technician                                       Martin Robinson
Printmaking                                      Room W0.9 ext 1088

Technician                                       Tony Lee
Printmaking (0.5)                                Room W0.9 ext 1088

Course Administrator                                          Liz Barton
                                                              Room E3.2 ext 1114

University Librarian                                          Lucy Hanniford & Nick Ross

Subject/Course Librarian                                      Nick Turner

IT Technician                                                 Mark Beer

Learning Resource Technician (Audio-visual)                   Tony Hassan

Student Counsellor                                            Christine Crosby
                                                              (Room S0.12 Ext 1122)

Careers Service Manager                                       Paula Clark
                                                              (Room S0.11a Ext 1123)

Student Welfare                                               Caroline Bozier
                                                              RoomS0.13 Ext 1157)

In addition there are a number of part-time staff visiting throughout the year to deliver specific
workshops and activities.

1.3    How to find the Campus

University for the Creative Arts
Oakwood Park
ME16 8AG

Tel:   +44 (0)1622 620000
Fax:   +44 (0)1622 621100
E: (FE Administrator)


Please Note
Parking restrictions operate and are enforced at Oakwood Park. There is very
limited parking for students on campus which is available on a first come first
park basis.

1.4    Course rationale

The BTEC National Diploma Courses in Art & Design are designed to equip
individuals with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for
success in current and future employment in the art, craft and design industry and
allied sectors, or for entry to a Higher National or Undergraduate Degree programme
in Art, Craft and Design.

These qualifications provide:
•     A nationally recognised qualification achievable through flexible modes of
•     Detailed common standards for centres, students and employers.
•     Guidance for centres which have their own quality assurance procedures.
•     A focus on the practical application of knowledge and the development of the
      skills required for employment in art and design and/or related sectors.
•     A common core of study with related pathways into employment, professional
      or academic progression.

1.5    Course aims

The course has two main aims:

i.)    To provide an education and training in design that will enable you to apply
       with confidence either to a course of higher education to further your studies
       or for suitable employment.
ii.)   To extend your awareness of the social and commercial context, elements
       and applications of art and design, both historically and in contemporary

1.6    Course objectives

The course has two main objectives:

•      Make application for a Higher Education course at BA or FdA, BTEC Higher
       National Diploma level usually related to your major study option;

•      Or seek employment in an area of design usually related to your major study

At the end of Diploma Studies employment is likely to be at junior level with
advancement being determined by experience gained through the job itself.
However, most Diploma students choose to maximise their career opportunities by
going on to study at Higher Education level.

The staff of the University for the Creative Arts National Diploma Course are
concerned with the development and progression of students in our care. The Team
work tirelessly for students who come from different backgrounds and bring a range
of skills to the Course.

2   Course Structure

         2.1   Structure and Learning Hours
         2.2   Term dates 2008/09
         2.3   Course Structure Diagram

2.        Course Structure

2.1       Structure and Learning Hours

The Course duration is two year full-time study over six terms, which total 66 weeks.
There will be a break for Christmas, Easter and summer periods which are consistent
with the current Further Education timetable across the University. Students will be
required to attend for an average of 18-21 hours with a further 11 hours independent
study each week over sixty weeks. Your timetable will be available to you during
your first week. The combination of structured teaching and learning, whether
individually or in groups, is the most effective method for personal and creative
development and it is important that you attend each designated activity in order to
succeed on the course.

Main features of the National Diploma:

•         There are 18 units in the full qualification.
•         Your course has 5 Core, 11 Specialist and a double Final Major Project
          (FMP) Unit.
•         Core Units represent essential knowledge, skills and understanding

It is our belief that a broad based course offers the most opportunity for students to
develop through a set of projects, which cover the main study areas. The experience
is a complete contrast to GCSE, or AS level work and allows the student to be more
focused and in control of the pace and development of the creative work.

Most students will prepare an application for higher study at BA or Fnd, HND through
UCAS Route A or more often Route B during year 2. In addition to submitting your
UCAS form through the Course office in good time you must ensure your portfolio is
prepared and checked by your Tutor.

Assessment is usually in week 33 & 66.
UCAS Route A deadline:      14th January 2010.*
*Expected date

National Diploma in Art & design – Interactive Media comprises 18 units in total.

The table below indicates the range and sequence of units of the Course. The Unit
Number refers to the approved Edexcel Unit number.

Core Units

Unit 1:          Visual Recording in Art & Design
Unit 2:          Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art & Design
Unit 3           Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
Unit 4:          Visual Communication in Art and Design
Unit 5:          Contextual influences in Art and Design

Specialist Units

Unit 10:      Personal and Professional Development
Unit 12       Computers in Art and Design
Unit 29       Image Manipulation Computer Applications
Unit 31       2D Animation Production
Unit 36       Graphic Image Making
Unit 39       Website Design
Unit 104      Interactive Media Authoring
Unit 105      Interactive Media Practices
Unit 111      Video Production for Interactive Media
Unit 116      Stop Motion Animation Production
Unit 120      Web Animation for Interactive Media

FMP Unit (Double)

Unit 6        Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art & Design

2.2 Term dates 2009/10

Autumn term                   First day of term Wednesday 9th September 2009
                              Last day of term Friday 18th December 2009

Spring term                   First day of term Monday 11th January 2010
                              Last day of term Friday 2nd April 2010

Summer term                   First day of term Monday 19th April 2010
                              Last day of term Friday 28th May 2010

2.3      Course Structure Diagram
Units of the Course          Description of units and work expected                                         Week
Terms 1-3                    Units in each term will be integrated
Unit 1 (Core unit)           Core study in drawing, mark-making, colour studies, figure drawing and           1
Visual Recording             visual research. Much of this core work will be studio based and integrated      2
Unit 2 (Core unit)           within a sequence of projects that will also introduce you to printmaking,       3
Materials, Techniques        Photomedia, 3D and workshop practice. You will begin generate and                4
and Processes                communicate ideas and to develop some core work on screen.                       5
Unit 3 (Core unit)           The lecture programme supporting Historical ad Contextual Understanding          6
Ideas and Concepts in        is on Tuesdays and you must take notes of key dates, names and                   7
Art and Design               references. There is short contextual written element within each project as     8
Unit 5 (Core unit)           preparation for a *short essay to be written during term 2.                      9
Contextual influences in     There will be a series of study visits to museums and galleries on some         10
Art and Design
Interim Assessment           Individual Tutorials and Assessment of all work produced this term              14
Unit 4 (Core unit)           The continued generation, development and communication of ideas                15
Visual Communication         through a range of visual media. Assembling and presenting information          16
                             and understanding of the design process.                                        17
Unit 12 (Specialist unit)    Exploration of hardware and software for multimedia and of their roles and      18
Computers in Art &           functions.                                                                      19
Design                       *Essay for Unit 5 (1500 words) on contemporary visual awareness and             20
                             creative practice related to your specialist study.                             21
Unit 36 (Specialist unit)    An introduction to the origin and development of typography and its             22
Graphic Image Making         terminology. Generating type and text digitally.                                23
Interim Assessment           Individual Tutorials and Assessment of all work produced this term              24
                             Creating images, interpreting and illustrating narrative sequences.             25
Unit 120 (Specialist unit)   Exploring image manipulation software and its relevance to the                  26
Web Animation                communication of ideas and information.                                         27
                             Capturing, editing and generating images and understanding the meaning.         28
Unit 29 (Specialist unit)    Work this term will be undertaken in a sustained project. There will be a       29
Image Manipulation           briefing on the summer holiday project at the end of term.                      30
Computer Applications                                                                                        31
Interim Assessment           Individual Tutorials and Assessment of all work produced this term              33

Units of the Course          Description of units and work expected                                          Week
Terms 4-6                    Units in each term will be integrated
                             Exploring the usability of on screen information, interactivity and graphic      34
Unit 104(Specialist unit)    elements. Traditional and digital animation techniques including historical      35
Interactive Media            and contextual dimension.                                                        36
Authoring                    An understanding of audio visual and digital recording techniques.               37
Unit 31 (Specialist unit)    Practical experience of audio production and the integration into                38
2D Animation Production
                             multimedia presentation.                                                         39
Unit 111 (Specialist unit)   Analysis and construction of websites including uploading protocols and          40
Interactive Media
                             site maintenance.                                                                41
                             Written case study and critical analysis of exemplar productions.                42
Unit 39 (Specialist unit)
                             Consider HE progression options and undertake enquiry into                       43
Website Design
                             UNIVERSITY and other centre routes.
Interim Assessment           Individual Tutorials and Assessment of all work produced this term               47
Unit 105 (Specialist unit)   Sustained period of study in multimedia production including creating a          48
Interactive Media            functioning multimedia presentation package.                                     49
                             Visits to colleges and universities in preparation for ‘Route B’ applications    50
Unit 10 (Specialist unit)    and interviews.                                                                  51
                             Compilation of a specialist folder to support application to HE. Major           52
Personal and Professional
                             study visit to Paris January /February.                                          53
                             Additional visits to museums and galleries organised by project groups.          54
                             Unit 6 will be introduced at the end of Term 5.                                  56
Unit 6 (FMP x2 unit)         Visual and contextual research and preparation for Final Major Project.          57
Application, Exploration
                             Demonstration of skills, knowledge and understanding gained during the           58
and Realisation in Art &
Design                       course through a sustained Final Major Project. You will be expected to          59
                             demonstrate a high level of combined knowledge, contextual                       60
                             understanding and practical skill in the production of a multimedia              61
                             presentation. Applications to HE courses will be concluded this term.            62
                             Individual visits to museums and exhibitions.                                    63
External Final               Prepare and present Assessment and Diploma Exhibition. Subject to                64
Assessment                   Internal and External Assessment and open to the public in Week 33.              65

3   The Curriculum

               3.1   Unit Structure
               3.2   Where to find Unit Specifications & Guidance

3      The Curriculum

3.1    Unit structure

All units are defined in terms of ‘guided learning hours’. This means all times when a
member of staff is present to give specific guidance towards the qualification or unit
being studied on a programme. This includes tutorials, practical work in studios and
supervised study in, for example, open learning and learning workshops. It does not
include hours where supervision or assistance is of a general nature and is not
specific to the nature of your programme of study.

Each unit has a demand representing approximately 60 guided learning hours.
It should be noted that the Course is project based, not unit based. This is because
BTEC units are not expected to be delivered in discreet blocks instead they run
concurrently. Evidence is built up through project outcomes and it is quite likely that a
project will provide evidence for a number of units.

The Course consists of eighteen units divided into two years . Each unit identifies the
associated content, assessment criteria and basis for suggested evidence needed to
‘achieve’ the unit. The units are written by Edexcel and facilitate assessment of the
learning expected in each part of the Course. To achieve the unit (pass) you must
meet all the outcomes.

Each unit is specified in the following way:
• Unit title – as defined by BTEC and with its reference number within the National
   Qualifications framework
• Description of unit– this identifies the aims, purpose and scope of the unit
• Assessment criteria – this identifies the criteria against which your work will be
   assessed. Assessment decisions will be made against assessment criteria and
   the evidence (work) produced. Work is graded using generic grading criteria.
• Assessment evidence – this identifies the type and form of work that you will
   typically produce for the Unit

The assignments and projects that you will be asked to work on in each unit are
prepared by the Course Team and make direct references to the unit specifications.
The assignments will indicate in detail what work you must produce and present for
assessment. We grade each unit as Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

3.2     Where to find Unit Guidance & Specifications

The unit specifications and related guidance material including assessment and
grading criteria can be found in the pdf document included on the same disc along
with this Course Handbook and other material.

The same documents can be viewed on line at the Edexcel website:

4   Learning and Teaching & Academic Guidance

               4.1   Learning and teaching methods used on your course
               4.2   Progression to degree courses at the University

4.     Learning, Teaching and Academic Guidance

4.1    Learning and teaching methods used on your course

A significant part of your learning occurs from interaction with your peers. You will be
encouraged to present your ideas to them and exchange views. Commons skills
become an integrated part of your learning. You will encounter a wide range of
lecturers, both full-time and part-time, which staff believe you will find stimulating and

At the start of the course, you will be given a timetable which will show you the broad
structure and organisation during the year. Teaching methods will vary in
accordance with your timetable. Nevertheless, teaching will normally come under
one of the following headings:

Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss your progress objectively and agree a
further course of action. They are normally conducted on a group basis to address
specific issues related the work in hand. Individual tutorials also take place to
address individual issues, follow-up assessments, or to discuss other factors
affecting your progress. Art, design, media and communication subjects involve
complex issues which will inevitably generate discussion, debate and differing
opinions. From these you will learn to assess and form your own opinion.

Lectures are widely used as one teaching method, particularly in Contextual Studies.
You will be required to maintain a file of notes taken from lectures which you should
expand by personal research. Attendance at all Contextual Studies lectures is

Independent Study is an essential component of your Course and is calculated into
the time needed to complete projects and assignments. It aims to make you more
independent by allowing time for exploration, reflection and individual interpretation of
your work.

The course establishes a framework for learning centred around the needs of the
student, identifying and planning work to be undertaken. As you become more self-
confident, you will progressively negotiate your pattern of study in relation to personal
interests and the direction of your work.

Study Skills are integrated into the main curriculum. They consist of a number of
activities such as effective note taking, organising information, how to use primary
and secondary sources and are designed to help you get the most from your lectures
and seminars and increase your confidence to research material independently.

Study skills workshops help you understand your learning process more fully and
assist you in making decisions about the way you study. They will also help you to
understand the relationship between the taught course and self managed study.

Resource based Learning is self-study using a variety of resources such as videos,
books, CD ROMs, learning packs. It may be entirely self- directed or it may follow a
structured programme.

The course combines formal teaching and technical demonstration with self-
managed study. They can be initiated by staff or jointly with students, or where
appropriate, may form part of some external commitment such as a competition or
commission. The resulting outcomes may vary and are not always a single
completed product. It may be a presentation or a report and may require visual or
theoretical research. All are presented in a written form as a brief with stated aims
and objectives, and culminating in a review of your work.

4.2    Progression to degree courses at the University

It should be the normal expectation of students successfully completing Further
Education studies such as Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, National Diploma in
Art & Design or National Award (Access to Higher Education) in Art and Design at
the University that they can progress to undergraduate study at the University. The
University has an Internal progression scheme (IPS) where by students on our FE
courses can be considered for undergraduate places to an advantageous schedule.
Full details of this scheme, which is subject to certain conditions, will be published
during the year.

5   Assessment

            5.1   Assessment Regulations
            5.2   Illness and Mitigation
            5.3   Course Management
            5.4   University Management

5.     Assessment

5.1    Assessment Regulations

To achieve the National Diploma Studies award students must normally PASS all 18
(17 plus the double FMP) units.

If students only pass some units they may achieve their Diploma if their overall points
score is sufficient. See APPENDIX 2 for details of the National Diploma marking

The units are assessed at key points (stages) during the course. (See Course
Structure Diagram for more details).

Assessment for all but the FMP unit(s) takes place at a meeting between the student
and tutor at which evidence for assessment is presented and considered. Both tutor
and student contribute to the Assessment records on which comments about work
from the Units, notes of strengths and weaknesses, objectives for the future and the
final assessment for the unit is recorded. The student receives a copy of all
Assessment records. Formal grades for units at this stage are REFERRAL, PASS,
MERIT or DISTINCTION. A sample of unit grades from throughout the Course are
subject to external verification.

The final FMP unit is assessed independently by at least two staff and the
subsequent grade subject to internal standardisation. After these events the
recommended grade will go forward to the FE Final Assessment Board for
ratification. Formal grades for this stage are PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or

5.2    Illness and Mitigation

Any claim for mitigation of poor performance by a student is initially dealt with by the
Course Leader or Director of FE Studies and then considered by the FE Assessment

If a candidate fails to submit work or poor performance is due to certified illness or
other cause found valid on production of acceptable evidence, the FE Assessment
Board may exercise discretion appropriate to the case.

The FE Assessment Board may take on the following courses of action:

       •    Where sufficient work exists as a result of partial fulfilment of the Unit to
            award a pass.

       •    To seek evidence of learning by an appropriate means, including viva-
            voce examination and thereby award a pass.

       •    To allow an examination to be taken or course work to be submitted to a
            new timetable in which case the grade so gained will be recorded as if
            taken for the first time.

It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Course Leader of mitigating
circumstances prior to assessment, and to supply appropriate medical certification or
other relevant and substantive evidence at the earliest opportunity in support of the
It is a responsibility of the Course Leader to consider all claims for mitigation, the
action it proposes and the documentary evidence on which it bases its view.
The FE Assessment Board will assure itself that claims for mitigation have been
correctly dealt with and will confirm the award of an appropriate grade at the correct
credit level.

Any claim for mitigation of poor performance by a student is initially dealt with by the
FE Assessment Board. If a candidate fails to submit all the evidence required for the
assessment of a unit because of ill health or personal problems which they can
demonstrate by the production of proper evidence, (for example a medical note.) the
Assessment Board may recommend that the student is awarded a pass for the unit at
the appropriate credit level if:

       •    Sufficient work exists as a result of partial fulfilment of the unit to award a

       •    Evidence of appropriate learning can be demonstrated by other means,
            (for example a viva-voce examination.)

       •    If the students and tutors can agree an appropriate timetable for new
            work to be produced which demonstrates that the assessment criteria
            have been met. This is not the same as the re-submission of work. In
            this case the unit will be assessed again as if for the first time.

It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Course Leader and/or Associate
Dean of mitigating circumstances prior to the assessment, if possible, and to provide
appropriate evidence at the earliest opportunity to support the claim. It is the
responsibility of the Course Leader to draw to the attention of the Course Board all
claims for mitigation, a suitable plan of action proposed by the FE Assessment Board
and documentary evidence on which their view has been based.

The FE Assessment Board will assure itself that claims for mitigation have been
correctly dealt with and will confirm the award of an appropriate grade.

If a student fails to present any evidence for the assessment of a unit they will have
failed the unit.

If a student presents evidence for assessment which does not satisfy any of the
assessment criteria for the unit they will have failed the unit.

If the evidence presented for assessment demonstrate that some but not all the all
assessment criteria have been met then the student may re-submit evidence at a
date agreed with the tutor. This is called a REFERRAL and the student and tutor
must agree and document, as a result of the initial assessment, what new evidence
is required to demonstrate that the assessment criteria may be satisfied. The student
and tutor meet at the date agreed and the tutor considers the new evidence

produced in terms of the agreement made with the student at the original

Where a referral is made in the FMP unit the nature, circumstances and the schedule
for recovery of the referral is agreed with the Final Assessment Board.

5.3     Course Management

The University is conscious of the importance of the quality of its staff who determine
the quality of the student, the level of practice, research and scholarships and its
reputation. The University’s staffing policy and structure is designed to:

       • Provide the academic and administrative framework which enable the
         satisfactory implementation of the course
       • Ensure that the integrity and standards of subjects are maintained by the
         appointment of qualified staff
       • Complement specialist expertise by ensuring an adequate breadth of
         staffing across each course
       • Maintain a proper balance between full and part-time staff
       • Encourage personal practice from all academic staff
       • Maintain and improve as necessary a course of staff development
       • Ensure proper communications between all sections of the academic
         community, staff and students
       • Encourage the creation of conditions under which each student is exposed
         to a variety of influence and of different points of view, through contact with
         designers, artists, historians, craftspeople, and scholars
       • Encourage the maximum appropriate contribution from external practitioners
         relevant to the study of art and design, through lectures presentations, case
         studies, visits, etc.

A number of sessional lecturers will contribute to the course. The University has a
tradition of employing experienced teaching staff who also maintain their own
practise. It is felt that such lecturers, can give students a more thorough and up to
date view of specific art or design practice. Sessional lecturers contributing to the
course are supervised and supported by the Director of FE Studies/FE Course
Leader. New staff and key sessional staff are supported by the University’s Induction
course and staff development course.

At the beginning and end of each year course review and planning meetings are
timetabled. All teaching staff who make a significant contribution to the course attend
with, where ever possible student representation.

Aims & Objectives

       A1   To maximise the resources and expertise available on each campus
       A2   To develop a continuous dialogue between universities as the basis for
            inter-university operations
       A3   To ensure consistency of provision irrespective of location

     O1. To develop a single academic and operational framework which:
     O2. Facilitates effective joint delivery of the university to a common standard
           on the University campuses.
     O3. Harmonises academic practices and capitalises on established good
     O4. Provides a forum for inter-university academic development
     O5. Synchronises delivery

5.4    University Management

The respective Dean with responsibility for Further Education, as Senior Manager,
has responsibility for overseeing the academic management of courses and the
application of resources, including staffing, to each course. For practical purposes,
this is usually devolved to the Associate Dean.

Committee Structure

(Joint FE) Course Board of Study
An FE Course Board exists on for all FE provision. These Boards monitor the
effectiveness of each course’s delivery, and discusses its rationale, and teaching and
learning methods together with any appropriate academic developments.

Board of Study
These Boards are responsible to the University Academic Board for the quality and
academic standards of courses. Board of Study receive the minutes of the (Joint FE)
Course Board and Annual Academic Monitoring Reports for all Courses. Subject to
Academic Board agreement, the Board approves adjustments to the curriculum and
associated academic developments.

FE Assessment Board
The FE Assessment Board confirms the outcome of generic and subject specific
units contributing to the course. External Examiners have consulted and work with
Internal Staff to review and confirm marking levels. External examiners do not
normally attend the Assessment Boards. Examination process for Foundation
Studies in Art & Design and proscribed by Edexcel. The Final Assessment Board is
convened by the Quality & Standards Office and ratifies the provisional marks given
for each unit.

6   Course regulations

             6.1     Attendance & access
             6.2     Safe Studio Practice

6      General Course Regulations

6.1    Attendance and access

You are required to attend all timetabled periods of study including seminars and
tutorials. These are detailed within the Course Handbook and on course notice

Students are required to notify the FE Course Administrator of sickness if the period
of absence exceeds three full days. If you wish to be absent from the Course for
personal research you must first obtain the agreement of the tutor.

Liz Barton the FE Course Administrator can be contacted on 01622 620114

Registers will be called each morning and attendance recorded. This provides a
record of who is in the University in case of emergency; and records your attendance
in accordance with the requirements of your support agencies. If you are unable to
be in the University you should let your tutor know.

Core Hours are usually:
Mon – 9.30am – 4pm
Tues – 9.30am – 4pm
Wed - Independent Study
Thur – 9.30am – 4pm
Fri – 9.30am – 4pm

However you must consult your timetable for full details.

6.2    Safe Studio Practice

It is important for effective working conditions to maintain a good environment in
workshops and studios. You should not deface, drill or permanently attach anything
(e.g. shelves) to the fabric of the building without specific permission from your
Course Leader. To further assist the commitment to effective working practice rota of
basic maintenance jobs may also be assigned to students from time to time.

The following university Safety Regulations must be observed:

1      No food or alcohol is to be consumed in the workshops or studios. Anyone
       appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be excluded
       pending an investigation.

2      No Smoking in any workshops or studios.

3      No Radios/CD Players or Mobile Phones are allowed in the workshops or
       studios at any time. Personal stereos are permitted in Studios only with the
       permission of your tutor.

4      No Personal Stereos are allowed whilst using tools and equipment.

5    Always wear appropriate clothing, including sensible footwear and eye
     protection, for workshop sessions.

6    Because of the nature of certain materials, wash your hands thoroughly and
     regularly, particularly before eating or using the toilets.

7    Always tie back long hair, remove personal jewellery and guard against loose
     clothing when using moving machine tools.

8    Always use the guards provided on equipment.

9    Familiarise yourself with the location and operation of the Emergency Stop
     Power (red) buttons in each workshop.

10   Familiarise yourself with the Machine Authority Codes. These specify which
     equipment you may use unsupervised or what level of supervision is required.

11   Familiarity with the procedures of one Area does NOT qualify you
     automatically to work in another. Always seek permission from a member of

12   Observe safety instruction and unless you are absolutely confident to
     undertake an operation safely, DO NOT PROCEED.

13   You are requested to make known to Course Leaders any information, such
     as a medical condition or religious belief regarding conventional medical
     treatment, which may affect your safety in the workshops or your treatment in
     the case of an accident. This information is confidential and is for health and
     safety purposes only.

14   Keep all workshops and gangways clean and tidy.


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