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Awarding body            University of Brighton
School                   School of Architecture & Design
Faculty                  Arts & Architecture
Partner institution(s)
                         Course status
                         Host Department
Location of Study/campus Grand Parade
Professional, Statutory   None
and Regulatory Body
Award and titles         Award                         Title
Final award              BA (Hons)                     3D Materials Practice
Intermediate award       Dip HE (discretionary         3D Materials Practice
                         award)                        (WMCP)
Intermediate award       Cert HE (discretionary        3D Materials Practice
                         award)                        (WMCP)
Mode of study            Duration of study             Maximum registration
                         (standard)                    period
Full-time                3 years                       6 years
Part Time                By negotiation                6 years
Start date for programme  September
Course codes/categories
JACS code
UCAS code                Route A W710
                         Route B E710
QAA Subject Benchmark    Art and Design
CATS points for course    360 BA (Hons) of which 120 at level 3
                          240 Dip HE of which 120 at level 2
                          120 Cert HE

Admissions Agency
UCAS                           X
Direct to School
Admissions criteria
The fundamental criteria for admission to the programme are the student’s level of
educational attainment, the student’s demonstrable ability to benefit from the
programme and to complete it successfully. Evidence for these is drawn from the
combination of qualifications gained, a portfolio or examples of work, an interview and
where necessary an additional written task.
Through the evidence presented students will be expected to demonstrate:
- an enthusiasm and ability to develop personal research through systematic enquiry,
- an interest in their chosen design field and its context,

       Information from Part 1 is entered onto the courses database

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Their work and/or portfolio will be expected to include:
- an interest in form and in the application of materials and colour appropriate to their
chosen field of study,
- a broad interest in visual material and its context,
- an ability to present and discuss their ideas,

Evidence presented through prior work experience and other qualifications will be
considered in conjunction with the above.


Successful applicants would normally have achieved a recognized qualification in
preparation for study at degree level, such as an Art and Design Foundation or

All applicants must have achieved at least GCSE (or equivalent) in English language
and Mathematics at C grade or above.

During the admissions interview we would expect a successful applicant to

•   An enthusiasm for, commitment to, and formative knowledge of 3D design
•   An ability to articulate, critique and discuss their creative work, its relevance, and
    their particular approach to it
•   A basic knowledge of the course and its structure
•   Potential for independent study evidence through the above

Portfolio/examples of work:
Through the work presented applicants should demonstrate:

    •   An aptitude and intuitive enquiry for creative exploration through materials
    •   Visual discernment
    •   Evidence of drawing ability

Written work:
Students should have a proven ability and willingness to express themselves through
writing - applicants may be asked to submit a short essay where necessary.

Academic Programme
Leader (or Course              tbc
Development Leader)
Admissions Tutor       Patrick Letschka
Examination and Assessment
External Examiner(s)   To be confirmed
Examination Board(s)   As existing + BA(Hons) 3D Design and 3D materials
(AEB/CEB)              Practice (WMCP), MDes/MFA 3D Design and 3DMaterials
                       practice (WMCP), MDes Textiles with Business Studies,
                       MDes Fashion with Business Studies

Approval/start dates
Start date (month/session)     September 2006
                               Approval date                  Review date
Validation                     April 2006

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Aims:        The programme offers a choice between two M level awards each
              reflecting differing modes of professional practice chosen to inform
              L3/L4 studies. Planning, guidance and choice is made at L2.

              • MFA Materials Practice (Wood, Metal, Ceramics, Plastics)
              Workshop orientated, aimed at independent creation of artifacts in one or two
              of the specified materials with a craft or fine art approach.

              • MDes Materials Practice (Wood Metal Ceramics Plastics)
              Workshop orientated, aimed at the design and production of objects in one or
              two of the specified materials.

              The aims of the programme in Materials Practice (WMCP) are to
              explore and develop within each individual learner the topics listed
              below. Implicit in the programme design is the development of
              transferable skills both in the localised sense of multiple references for
              creative practice, and in the wider sense of eventual widely differing
              professional practice opportunities after graduation:

              The aims for the programme of study:
                 • A philosophy developed from the exploration of material
                     practices which derives from the common ground between art,
                     design and craft

                 •   Practice-led and applied knowledge and skills appropriate for
                     artists and makers, which challenge precedent and lead the
                     exploration and shaping of material and visual culture for the
                     21st century

                 •   The interrelationships, practical and intellectual, between
                     concept, design, function, production, visual research and
                     material techniques and processes in wood, metal, ceramics
                     and plastics

                 •   An ability to transform concepts into physical artifacts

                 •   An ability to form relationships between materials (Wood, Metal,
                     Ceramics & Plastics) and aspects of intellectual knowledge

                 •   An awareness of the relationship between the conception and
                     making of objects and their place in society and culture

                 •   To engage critically with self-perpetuating subjects and issues
                     relating to materials practice

                 •   A knowledge and critical awareness of the historical and
                     contemporary, social and cultural context of their practice

                 •   A conceptual, critical and self-reflective framework that will
                     underpin and facilitate the development of their chosen creative

                 •   Visual, design and technical skills through which they can
                     develop a personal visual language

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               •   Business, entrepreneurial, professional skills and knowledge in
                   creative practices to support a broad range of portfolio careers

               •   Motivation, innovation and independence appropriate for a
                   range of professional and further post graduate ambitions

               •   Strategies and methodologies to support independent learning
                   for further academic study or professional practice

               •  The ability to communicate visually, verbally and in writing an
                  individual philosophy supporting their practice
Learning   Knowledge and theory: Learners will gain, through a graduated
outcomes   study programme of increasing depth and range;

           •   Innovation and originality in creative practice

           •   Knowledge and experience of a range of research methodologies

           •   Knowledge of a range of design and developmental processes.

           •   Knowledge, experience and understanding of contemporary design
               and craft related practices through making

           •   An individual, intellectual, critical understanding of the histories and
               cultures of three-dimensional design and materials practices and
               an awareness of their societal influences and impact

           •   Knowledge of cultural, social, ethical and environmental issues
               associated with materials practice

           •   Knowledge of material qualities appropriate to their application

           •   Knowledge, experience and understanding of the role of visual and
               representational language in the processes of creative and material

           •   Knowledge, experience and understanding of the business,
               entrepreneurial and professional landscape of creative and material
               practices nationally and internationally

           •   Knowledge of the range of professional, postgraduate and research
               opportunities available

           •   Knowledge of Health and Safety Regulations and good workshop

           Preparation for self directed study in L3 is both an aim of the first 2-
           year segment of the programme, and it addresses specific skills
           required for further study and the developmental paths that exist
           following graduation.

           On completion of Level 2 (Dip HE / equivalent ) students will be
           able to demonstrate:

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Subject specific skills:

•   The ability to select, test and make appropriate use of their chosen
    materials in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics to develop ideas
    through the processes of making

•   The ability to explore and develop a range of visual research

•   The ability to reinvest their studies with the knowledge gathered
    through the processes of making and research

•   The ability to reflect critically on their work using a range of
    methods of enquiry

•   Technical skills informed by experimentation with materials and

•   A thorough knowledge of safe working practices

•   The ability to understand and articulate contemporary crafts and
    design issues and debates through personal and shared

•   Visual discernment demonstrated through the work and by
    selection and presentation

•   The ability to critically reflect on their work in order to identify future

Transferable skills:

•   Communicating effectively (visually verbally and in writing)

•   Researching and critically evaluating original source material

•   Working independently to organise and produce a body of work
    from conception to conclusion

•   Problem solving abilities

•   Collaboration and exchange – working with others

•   IT Skills

At level 2, students gain their first opportunity to develop an
independent proposal prior to developing the initial concepts for their
self- directed work at level 3.

*FdA requires the completion of a placement or other work related
learning unit not detailed here.

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On completion of Level 3 (BA Hons equivilent) students will be
able to demonstrate:

Subject specific skills:

•   An ability to establish individual research methods

•   An ability to understand and use a range of concepts, constructs
    and methods relevant to their working practice

•   An ability to develop a completed body of three-dimensional
    practice-led work that incorporates research and is informed by
    knowledge of historical precedents, contemporary and professional

•   An ability to direct and maintain a critical enquiry, expressed
    through an extended written form

•   An ability to critically reflect upon the knowledge and approaches
    gained through the close study of materials and processes of

Transferable skills:

•   Advancement of transferable skills from L2 and

•   Analysing and logically structuring research work

•   Management and organisational skills

•   Development of professional competency in written research and

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The three-year programme has a 2 + 1 structure in years or levels, where levels one and
two explore the foundations, skills and contexts for self-directed study in level three. The
transition to self directed studies begins in the latter part of level two, where students
engage with both experimental and critical approaches which begin to inform individual
interests and specialisations that are chosen for the beginning of level three. The nature
of a student’s self-directed study and the specialisations in practice implied by their
choice then continue to develop as a particular focus in level three. The programme also
has a dual structure in the following sense; that of constructing relationships between
‘practices’ and ‘issues or themes’;

1; Thematic, explored through lectures, seminars and reviews and linked with the
structure and tutoring of statements of intent and studio connections;

   Technology, knowledge and representation
   The material world, sustainability, subject-object relationships learning from
   Narrative, histories, creative expression
   Society, collaboration, the working and cultural environment
   Subject-object relationships, the individual, the body, personal experience.

    2; Practices, developed through workshop based learning, lectures, presentations
    and reviews and tutored in both discipline-specific and cross-discipline formats;
    Visual Research and Communication

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Professional Practice
Extension Study options from across the Faculty of Arts and Architecture (L2).
M-level framework options (L4) provide structured cross-discipline or research based
study opportunities that extend beyond the subject specialism.

Students who progress successfully from Level 2 have the opportunity to be considered
for transfer to the 4 year MDes or MFA alternative awards if the level of achievement in
level’s 1 and 2 are commensurate with the 4 year programme.

Level         Status*     Unit Title                                      Credit
Cert HE
1             C           Introduction to Materials Practice              30
1             C           Development of Materials Practice               40
1             C           Visual Research & Communication                 20
1             M           Historical & Critical Studies                   20
1             C           Professional Practice                           10

2             C           Material Development Projects                   20
2             C           Material Practice                               40
2             C           Visual Research and Communication               10
2             M           Historical & Critical Studies                   20
2             C           Professional Practice                           20
2             C           Extension Studies                               10

BA (Hons)
3          M         Self Directed Study - Materials Practice             60
3          M         Historical & Critical Studies                        20
3          C         Professional development                             20
3          C         Visual Research and Communication                    20
  *M = Mandatory C = Compulsory O = Optional

Learning and Notes and technical guidance provided for students will be published
teaching     on Student Central for future reference.

                  Level 1
                  Learning and teaching at Level 1 establishes the foundations and
                  framework for managing independent learning and the development of
                  individual research skills. 3D Design and materials practice students
                  share a common programme in level 1. Each aspect of the
                  programme develops and articulates essential learning skills in support
                  of the above.

                  Learning and teaching is predominantly conducted through seminars,
                  group reviews, workshop based teaching, inductions, demonstrations,
                  lectures, tutorials, assessments, displays of students work. Self and
                  peer assessment is encouraged. Choices of materials and/or
                  disciplines are supported by the above methods and agreed with staff.
                  The programme includes introductory preparation for the management
                  of independent study.

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             Level 2
             Learning and teaching at Level 2 continues the practices established at
             Level 1 whilst developing technical knowledge and skills, professional
             practice and personal presentation in preparation for independent and
             work-based learning opportunities. Learning and teaching is
             predominantly conducted through seminars, group reviews and forums,
             workshop based teaching, inductions, demonstrations, lectures,
             tutorials and displays of student work. Self and peer assessment are
             further developed. Advice on possible exit awards and directions in
             further study at Level 3 and 4, is provided through group discussion
             and tutorial support, leading to a preliminary study plan for progression
             to self directed study

             Level 3
             The development and management of independent learning is
             established at Level 3 where students undertake a major independent
             body of work in their chosen materials including a HCS written text or
             the presentation of a thesis proposal. Group reviews, forums, tutorials,
             lectures, seminars, and peer group learning are the primary means of

             Learning Agreements:
             Students at Level 2 and 3 develop learning agreements that support
             the process of reflective practice, dialogue and critical self-evaluation.
             This is achieved through the development of statements of intent, work
             plans and the development of a thesis preparatory stage at Level 2 for
             completion at Level 3. These are reviewed and discussed as part of
             the tutorial process at regular intervals and then revised prior to

Assessment   The purpose of assessment is to support progression and
             development. Work is assessed by a panel of staff, against the learning
             outcomes of the units of study. Assessment will be made against the
             statement of intent and the learning agreement and will include
             concluded three-dimensional work, supported by relevant research and
             evidence of creative and original thinking.

             Feedback is given to students verbally and in writing at formative and
             summative assessment points. Practice-based assessments are
             generally conducted through the display of two and three-dimensional
             work. Text based work is assessed by a minimum of two readers where
             the work will contribute to a final award and written feedback is
             provided for each assignment.

             Self and peer assessment methods are introduced at Level 1 & 2 and
             established at level 3 and Level 4. They are used to encourage critical
             and reflective practice

             General assessment grading criteria
             The following criteria summarize the general expectations for each
             grade of assessment. These are directly related to the honours
             categories of final BA (Hons) awards (see Regulations below).

             Grade             Criteria

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                A (70-100%)      Exceptional in most areas of work.
                                 Originality/creativity/imagination, synthesis and critical
                                 reflection are clearly demonstrated throughout.
                                 Excellent level of design resolution and
                                 communications skills

                B (60-69%)       High level of achievement in most areas of work.
                                 Demonstrates a broad understanding of design
                                 process with some evidence of critical reflection. High
                                 level of design resolution and communication skills.

                C (50-59%)       Good in most areas of work. Demonstrates a good
                                 understanding of design process. Generally competent
                                 with a good level of design resolution and
                                 communication skills.

                D (40-49%)       Adequate level of achievement and understanding of
                                 design process overall or an uneven performance
                                 combining some good and incomplete areas of work.
                                 Not fully resolved or communicated.

                E (30-39%)       Some signs of competence but outweighed by
                                 otherwise shallow, unresolved or incomplete work.
                                 Failure to satisfy all learning outcomes, but to an extent
                                 that may be redeemable.

                F (0-29%)        Significantly incomplete work, with little evidence of
                                 basic competence. No evidence of understanding as to
                                 what was required by learning outcomes. Shows little
                                 understanding of the design process.

Regulations The course regulations are in accordance with the University's General
            Examination and Assessment Regulations (available from the school
            office or the Registry).

              Requirements for awards

              Cert HE
              120 credits at level 1

              Dip HE
              240 credits at least 100 of which are at level 2

              BA (Hons)
              360 credits of which 120 are at level 3.
              The classification of the honours award will be determined by the
              assessment of level 3 work only, weighted according to the credit
              assigned to each unit of study.

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Learning support has a more detailed explanation in the student handbook, which
includes a programme introduction, unit texts, and seminar and event

Central support: all students benefit from:
University induction week
Student Handbook
Course Handbook
Extensive library facilities
Computer pool rooms (indicate number of workstations by site)
E-mail address
Welfare service
Personal tutor for advice and guidance
StudentCentral- study support and information on the university intranet

Course specific: in addition, students on this course benefit from:
Teaching staff are all active practitioners bringing their own information network to
support specific events and courses of study.

More detailed information about the course can be found in a range of documents,

Programme Specification
Descriptive programme text for publicity, web etc.
Student Handbook
Student Intranet
University Student Handbook
General Examination and Assessment Regulations for Taught Courses

This section details external indicators of the quality of the provision
QAA Subject Review outcome and date               22, Excellent, May 2000
RAE 2001                                          Grade 5 Art and Design

National student awards                         Silver Award in Jewellery Design(
                                                Junior), Goldsmiths Craft and Design
                                                New Designers Association for
                                                Contemporary Jewellery Award 2004
                                                Goldsmiths Hall Precious Metal Bursary
                                                Crafts Magazine individual student
                                                Best New Product at Top Draw 2000 &
                                                Philips Lighting Design Award 2003
                                                Design Council’s Talent Award (shortlist
                                                Undo Graduate Award
                                                Nesta Innovation Award 2004
                                                100% design 10 x 10 Award 2004
                                                BeePurple Yomping Success 2005
                                                House & Gardens Young Designer of the

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                                                  Year 2005
                                                  National Home Product of the Year 2005
                                                  Innovation Award - University of Brighton
                                                  New Designers Pulse Award 2006
Professional accreditation:
[full details of professional accreditation can   N/A
be found under course structure]

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